god’s love notes

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI haven’t blogged in a year but this post really inspired me. At first, I was going to add it on to my special commitments for Lent, but then I realised – why not just make it a permanent feature of not just my wall, but my life.

The idea is beautiful: If someone were to leave you a trail of sticky notes to find throughout the day, wouldn’t you be delighted and grateful for each one you found? I would probably be posting each one on instagram or facebook to share the joy that it brought me. And the truth is, it’s the same with God. He leaves us little notes throughout each day to tell us He loves us and to remind us that He’s thinking of us – through our conversations, a sudden breath of wind, or a passing moment of peace. But most of the time, we don’t notice or give much thought to the love notes He leaves for us to find – let alone celebrate them as they deserve to be celebrated!

I hope that by the end of this semester, this wall will be filled and that this Lent (and beyond), my eyes will be opened to the love that God wants to shower me with each day. :-)

And if you’d like to join me – send me pictures of your own love note walls or journals or whatever mode of documentation you decide on!!



my wallet’s name is clairie

I’ve been rather sick of my wallet for a really long time, and so today I decided to make a new one! I used some cloth and padding and basically just folded a rectangle into a few layers and sewed it all in place :)

2014-01-18 14.26.57-1 2014-01-18 14.27.43Presenting Clairie (open and closed)! Clairie rhymes with fairy, by the way.

xoxo, denise


What we did for mothers’ day

2013-05-20 19.06.26Okay, I realise this is kind of late but I’m just going to share what my little brother (who is 2.5 years old) and me did for our mom a week ago! We made her a book, “Dear Mummy,” and filled it with a lot of love, laughter and glamorous pictures. He helped to write (with me holding his hand) and paint and stick dots, and we had tons of fun together.

2013-05-11 08.47.39One of the things we did was to list down all the reasons why we love her, one on each handprint cut out (traced from my little brother’s hand) and then we placed them under 2 plastic sheets so she could take them out to look at and put them back in to keep. When we were thinking of the reasons to write down, he would actually give me several one word answers – milk, sleep, play, etc. It was really, really adorable cause he’s only just learning to talk and I was amazed that he could actually come up with so many reasons on his own and verbalize them.

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I love these two pages, because they were so similar yet so different. We chose pictures together of ourselves with our mom since the time we were kids (a much longer time for me), and put them altogether to create collages!

2013-05-11 08.51.59This was the last page, and we both wrote her a letter and slipped it in the pocket. I’m just going to show you my brother’s, cause it was soo cute and he actually painted it himself (for the first time!).

2013-05-11 08.52.54So yeah, that’s our present. We love you momma! Thanks for all the happy and cray cray moments together, they’re memories that will last a lifetime, and we hope that many years from now you will come across this book again when you’re cleaning through your stuff and feel all nostalgic and stuff, and um, yknow, cry or something AHAHAHA. Just kidding. Love you mom.

I made a rainbow skirt!

Helloooooo, today I was altering an oversized tshirt, and then I decided that since my sewing machine was already set up… why not sew something else too! So I decided to make a rainbow skirt with some leftover cloth from before. :)

diyskirt1What you need:

  • A piece of cloth (has to be way more than enough to wrap around yourself)
  • Elastic about 2cm wide (a little less than your waist measurements)
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Bodkin & Safety pin
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

A sewing machine and iron is useful too, but I guess you *could* sew the entire skirt by hand, although it might not be very strong. Heh.

diyskirt2So first, iron out your cloth and then fold it in half inside out so that the two short sides are together. Pin these two sides and then sew along the line. I don’t have the special sewing setting which uses two needles, so I just sew the same line twice (as pictured above). Remember that your skirt has to be INSIDE OUT whenever you are sewing it! You should get a kind of tube of cloth.

diyskirt3Then iron both the outer edges in with a double fold so that the edges look neat and don’t fray. The bottom edge can be as short as 1.5cm, but the top edge has to be around 3-4 cm so that there’s enough space for the elastic. Once you’ve ironed your folds, proceed to sew! Since the top edge has quite a long fold in, I sewed both the top and bottom, leaving a big-enough space in the middle to fit the elastic through, but small enough so that it doesn’t move or twist around easily. When you sew the top edge, remember to leave a hole to put the elastic through!

diyskirt4Once you’ve done that, put the skirt aside for awhile and get your bodkin, safety pin and elastic. Attach the bodkin to one end of the elastic and feed it through the gap you left in the skirt’s top edge just now. Keep feeding it until the bodkin comes out of the other end of the gap. At the same time, use the safety pin to attach the other end of the elastic to the skirt so that it’s easier to attach both ends of the elastic together later.

diyskirt5Once the elastic has been fed through the whole top edge, take both edges of the elastic, and making sure that they’re not twisted, place them one of top of the other and sew them together. Sew up and down a few times just to make sure that it’s secure! Then you can sew up the gap that you created just now….


And ta-da! You’re done. Easy, right? :D

p.s.k. (the reveal)

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If you’ve come here before, you might have seen this post, with a teaser for my project: P.S.K. Did you manage to guess what it stands for? Pesky sock kids, peanuts so kewt, princesses sewing kites… The possibilities are endless!

But today, right now, here, is the reveal of what it really means. The socks were a total decoy, btw. I just thought they were cute. :D

psk 2One of the tasks in Keri Smith’s Finish This Book, is to create your P.S.K., or Portable Sleuthing Kit. This involves gathering all the tools and materials you might need to conduct any investigations or sleuthing. But… Instead of using actual items, I decided to create some of the things myself. More fun, right? :D

psk 3So here’s my P.S.K.! It includes:

  1. Magnifying glass
  2. Notebook
  3. Flashlight
  4. Fingerprint template
  5. Pen
  6. Chalk
  7. Ruler
  8. Ink pad
  9. Decoding wheel
  10. Compass

I created the magnifying glass, flashlight and compass out of cardboard, construction paper and washi tape.

psk 4 psk 5And then my little brother spotted me taking pictures of my kit, and wanted to play too. How could I say no?

psk 6 psk 7Here’s to many exciting adventures with the best tools a detective could ever hope to have. :)


Animal face shapes

In my many hours spent doodling and being “unproductive” every day, I’ve learnt quite a few things about illustration. (Well, maybe it wasn’t that unproductive after all, eh?) For example, how easy it is to draw animals when you realise what the shapes of their faces are.


First up, we have… the triangle! Pointy at three ends, this is a common shape observed in animals such as foxes, cats, horses, zebras…I think. In fact, it can be used by lots and lots of animals.


Next, we have the circle! This shape can actually be used for almost any animal. It may be pointless, but it’s still pretty useful. Yay for circles!


And third, we have the heart! This is quite a special shape, and is not as common as the other two, but it still serves its purpose in animals like penguins.

Okay, so like, triangles and circles can be used for almost any animal. What was the point (no pun intended) of this post again?