Thursday, October 21, 2010

October 21: halloween garland


October 16: H.'s tenth birthday party!

Of course, for daughter H.'s birthday we always do a craft party. I mean, what else would you expect from a mother who loves crafts! This year was no exception and 27 girls (we only have girls' parties as adding boys into the crafty mix of feathers, beads and paint would be too much for the poor mother organizing everything!) spent hours painting, hats, masks and bags and then covering them with beads, ribbons  and feathers. After seeing the mess afterwards, I was very releived that I had refrained from giving them glitter as well! But as usual it was all worth it and the girls went home with some amazing creations! Here is a small selection:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Oct 14, 2010: hats

Children love decorating things they can actually use, and these hats were no exception:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 7: autograph books

As many of the children who attend our craft classes are from expat families, we thought it would be a good idea to let them make autograph books. That way they could have their friends write something about themselves or make a drawing/ stick in a photo and they would always have something to remember the people they met in Manila by. If any of the kids needs extra pages, please let us know so we can send you the Word document to print yourself.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Oct 3, 2010: Tie-dye

E. had been asking us for quite some time to do some tie-dying. Unfortunately this is not that easy to do with a big group using the facilities where we normally host our craft classes. (supervising 10 kids running around a small room with lots of  hot water and big dye pots, was not a scenario that appealed to us very much!) So we arranged a "private"class and over a couple of weekends tie-dyed some bedsheets.

It is actually quite easy to find fabric dye in Manila although only the Venus brand is available and the stock of different colours is quite unpredictable. Carolina carries it as well as National Bookstore and it is often available at stalls in public markets. We actually had to get a magnifying glass out just to read the instructions and unfortunately there are no indications of how much dye to use. We made an educated guess and used 14 sachets (2grams each) per bedsheet and otherwise followed the instructions to the letter and this is the result:

The colour on the packages was not very close to what actually came out in the end. The blue was more aqua on the package but was a more greyish blue on the dyed fabric. For more intense colours, we probably should have used a few more packages. We also dyed a T-shirt along side these bedsheets and that has already been washed repeatedly. The colours have not faded much, so all in all we were quite please with the results!

If anyone out there has more experience with the Venus dye, please let us know how you got on!

Oct 2, 2010: Eygptian pillows

H+P, 2 of our 10 year old crafters made the Egyptian pillows using fabric crayons (available at National Bookstore and some SM department stores) on canvas.  We used them last year when the children decorated pillow cases as Christmas gifts for their parents , and they stand up very well to washing even when using the rather harsh Philippine laundry soaps! The girls agreed to to the same rather haughty cat on their pillows.