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Mother's Day Gift DIY May 09 2018

It's almost Mother's Day, can you believe it? Do you have anything special planned for the occasion? If you're stuck on what to give your mum for Mother's Day, don't worry! We've got your back! Follow along in this tutorial to see how we customized a simple pouch/pencil case using fabric paint!

Materials:

  1. Pouch (or any item you want to decorate)
  2. Fabric paint
  3. Palette
  4. Scrap paper
  5. Paintbrushes

We wanted our pencil case to be unique and really personal, so we painted a simple, geometric portrait of Mummy dearest 😍 To get started, scoop out the fabric paint onto your palette. If you don't have a palette, you can use scrap paper, or even a plastic tupperware lid. Before you start painting, remember to place a piece of paper or cardboard between the layers of the pouch, just in case the paint bleeds through to the other side.

The trick is to identify your mum's identifying features (hair, eyes, nose) and simplify the shapes. We used a limited colour scheme of blue, white, and purple because we wanted that modern, pop art look.

After that, it's just a matter of letting the paint dry, and wrapping it up in some pretty wrapping paper. Mum loved it, and we really think it resembles her!

There you have it: an adorable, customized pouch for Mum! We find that the best gifts are often simple, practical, and fun to make. Putting a little effort into your gift and adding your own personal touch makes it so more special and meaningful than any expensive trinket out there. We hope you enjoyed this simple and sweet DIY! Until next time, happy Mother's Day, and happy crafting!


We made our own Easter eggs this year! April 01 2018

Can you guys believe it's Easter? The time just flew by this year! In the blink of an eye, and it's already the end of March. In honour of the special occasion, we actually hosted an Easter egg hunt and giveaway on Instagram, using our very own homemade Easter eggs. Read on if you want to see how we decorated our Easter eggs! Here's what you'll need:

Materials:

  1. Eggs (we used hard-boiled ones so they'd have more weight and stability)
  2. Non-toxic paint (especially if you plan on eating the eggs afterwards!)
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. Mixing tray or palette
  5. Sharpies

The first thing we did was mix up some pastel colours using our palette. To get pastel purple, we mixed red + blue + white, and pastel pink is just red + white. We painted the eggs a solid colour, and put them aside to dry.

After they've dried completely, it's time for the fun part: decorate the eggs using your Sharpie markers. We drew on some fun polka dot, chevron, and heart shaped patterns, but you can draw anything you'd like!

That's it! Now all you have to do is hide them, and you've got yourself a fun, festive, homemade Easter egg hunt! We loved how adorable the pastel colours and minimal patterns looked.

How was your Easter? Did you make your own Easter eggs? Let us know! Until next time, happy crafting, and have an awesome Easter, everyone!


Easy Hair Clip DIY March 30 2018

For this week's edition of easy peasy DIYs, we blinged up a pair of plain hair clips with some colourful pom poms and star sequins! Oh, did you know that the type of hair clips we used (pictures below) are called claw clips? You learn something new every day! Here are the materials you'll need to get started.

Materials:

  1. Inexpensive hair clips. A solid colour would be best for this DIY.
  2. Decorative items (we used pom poms and sequins)
  3. Hot glue gun (optional)
  4. Super glue, or any other adhesive you already have

For the first hair clip, using the hot glue gun, we stuck tiny pom poms along the straight edge of the claw clip. We dabbed the glue directly onto the clip, then placed the pom pom on it, holding and pressing it in place for a few seconds until the glue dried completely. Remember to work quickly but carefully with hot glue!

We decided to create an alternating design of hot pink and orange pom poms, all along the edge of the claw.

And here's the finished product. It turned out so cute!

The second clip is a bit more fiddly. We chose to use super glue instead of the hot glue gun because in our test runs (always a good idea when working with glue!) we couldn't work quickly enough, and the glue dried before we could put the sequins where we wanted them! We dabbed the super glue onto the clip, a little bit at a time, and popped the tiny sequins in place. Here's a tip if you're working with sequins this small: use a toothpick or popsicle stick to pick them up and move them around before the glue dries.

Here's how it looked like once the glue dried:

So adorable! We loved how they turned out, and it took hardly any time at all! It would be the perfect DIY for a fun Parent-Daughter activity this weekend! Would you try this DIY? Let us know! Until next week, happy crafting everyone!


Cute & Kid-Friendly Keychain DIY! March 24 2018

For this week's DIY project, we'll be making some super adorbs keychain figurines from wooden beads! This project is totally kid-friendly and kid-safe, so if you need a weekend activity for the little munchkins, you're all set! Here are the materials you'll need:

Materials:

  1. Wooden beads (we used 3 different kinds: 1 for the head, 1 for the torso, 2 for the legs)
  2. String
  3. Sharpies
  4. Keychain rings
  5. Scissors
  6. Needle

The first thing you'll need to do is get a length of string, fold it in half so there are 2 strands, and tie it to the keychain ring on the folded end, like so:

Make sure there are 2 separate strands hanging from the keychain ring! This step is optional, but you can tie another knot here to secure the first bead in place.

Now comes the fiddly part! Thread both strands through the first wooden bead. This will be the head of our little keychain figure. Here's a tip: if your thread is being stubborn, you can use a needle (or safety pin) to push it out to the other side.

Once you're done with the "head" bead, it's time for the "torso" bead! We used a slightly more oval-shaped wooden bead for this. Repeat the same process as before, threading both strands through the bead, using the needle if necessary. Once you're done, you should have something like this:

Now for the little guy's legs! This time, thread one bead through each strand of thread. We used beads that were slightly more cylinder-shaped, so they looked more like a pair of legs! Once you're done with that, tie a knot at the end of each bead to secure them in place.

Now comes the fun part! Using Sharpies (or any other permanent marker), decorate the little guy any way you want. We added some brown hair, an adorably grumpy face, and a blue patterned shirt!

When you're happy with how your little guy is looking, snip off the excess thread.

We had so much fun making this guy, we even made a girl version to be his friend! We love how they turned out:

Super simple, affordable, and definitely fun for the whole family! Would you make keychains like these? If you do, we'd love to see your version of it :D Until next time, happy crafting, everyone!


Confetti Coloured Bowl DIY - inspired by Oh Joy! March 17 2018

Hi again, everyone! It feels like such a long time since our last tutorial, and today's DIY is such a fun little project for a slow weekend afternoon. We bought an inexpensive white bowl and transformed it from Plain Jane to Chic Monique using only nail polish! This colourful DIY was actually inspired by Oh Joy!'s Large Confetti upholstered armchair. Do yourself a favour and follow them, their blog and Instagram is an endless source of inspiration and #goals ;) Let's get down to the materials you'll need:

Materials:

  1. Bowl, mug or pot. It can be any colour you want, but we recommend a solid colour so that your nail polish will show up nice and bright!
  2. Nail polish!

The first thing you want to do is make sure your bowl or mug is clean. We don't want any oily residue or dust particles to get trapped in the nail polish, so give it a good scrub before you start painting. Once your bowl is clean and dry, you can start painting your design straight away.

A tip before you begin: try and paint your bowl in a well-ventilated area so that you won't be too bothered by the nail polish fumes, especially if you're painting more than one bowl. You can paint on any design you'd like, but this was our inspiration for our design, an upholstered armchair by Oh Joy!:

Let's start painting!

And painting some more! Of course, we added some glitter polish because, why not? ;)

Once you're happy with how your design is looking, leave it to air dry for about 10 - 20 minutes. We also fired it up in the microwave for about 5 minutes on high heat, just to make sure the nail polish doesn't budge!

And here's a look at the finished DIY:

You can use it to keep your jewellery and accessories, as a candy dish, even as a pot for your house plants! This bowl was so fun and easy to make, and really brightens up any room instantly. Would you make something like this with nail polish? Give it a try for your next craft project! Until then, happy crafting everybody!


Easy-Peasy Pom Pom Slippers Tutorial March 05 2018

Hi, everyone! How was your weekend? We spent our weekend resting, relaxing and getting inspired for more DIY projects! For this edition of simple and hassle-free DIY tutorials, we transformed a pair of cheap slippers into a fun fashion statement! Here are the materials you'll need for this DIY:

Materials:

  1. Slippers
  2. Pom Poms
  3. Hot glue gun
  4. Needle and thread (optional)
  5. Scissors (optional)

We used a pair of slippers with two nice, wide straps, to make gluing down the pom poms easier. The first thing you'll need to do is figure out a design or colour scheme to place your pom poms in.

After you're happy with the placement of your pom poms, it's time to glue them down. We found that putting the glue directly onto the band of the slippers and then firmly placing the pom pom on top of the glue was the easiest method. Hold the pom pom in place for a few seconds before moving on to the next pom pom, to make sure the glue is completely dry. You don't want your pom poms coming undone and rolling away!

After you've glued all your pom poms down, you can choose to leave them like this, or sew them down with a needle and thread to make them even more secure. We opted to skip this step, since the glue seemed to be holding the pom poms in place quite securely! Here are some pictures of the finished product:

We just love how they turned out, and we especially love how easy it was to achieve! Fun, flirty, and colourful: just how we like it! Would you try this DIY? Let us know! Until next time, happy crafting! :)


Simple, Quick & Affordable Sunglasses DIY February 24 2018

Happy Saturday, folks! You guys know that we are fans of DIY projects that are super easy and simple, with an adorable outcome. Get ready for today's edition: bringing some funky spirit to a pair of simple sunnies! We'll be customizing 2 different pairs of sunglasses today, and each one cost us less than RM10 (that's less than $2.55, USD!) to complete. Here are the materials you'll need.

Materials:

  1. Sunglasses (the plainer the better)
  2. Decoration items (we used some gorgeous foil butterflies for this DIY)
  3. Hot glue gun

Note: All these items were picked out from Super Save and Mr. DIY, local stores that have some really cool items for affordable prices. Let's get started! For the first pair of funky sunnies, we wanted a more simple and classic look. Each of the little butterflies has its own adhesive pad on the back, since they were made for sticking onto different surfaces. We recommend using a hot glue gun anyway; you want to be 100% sure these little guys won't be flying off! Carefully dot some glue onto the back of your decoration item, and then hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue cools off and hardens.

That's that! Look at how adorable the shades are, with just that small alteration! Alright, on to the next pair: our leopard print cat eye shades! We were inspired by the cool frame shape and quirky animal print, so we went a little wild! We basically repeated the same process as the previous shades, just with more butterflies. A whole lot more butterflies ;)

Voila! From subtle chic to full-blown butterfly madness! We love how this simple addition to a neutral pair of shades just takes them to a whole other level. Take a look at these gorgeous shades in action:

Would you ever decorate your sunnies like this? Let us know! Until next time, happy crafting, everyone!


No Sew DIY - Customize a plain black pouch with some fun stickers! February 05 2018 2 Comments

Do you guys have plain clutch, pouch, or even jacket lying around that you think needs a little more pizzazz? Add a personal touch to an item that's too plain with some fun stickers! You definitely don't have to be a DIY Queen to make this easy-breezy project ;) All you need are some inexpensive stickers, and a plain pouch or clutch, and you're good to go!

Materials:

  1. Plain canvas pouch
  2. Stickers (the ones we used were designed for sticking onto fabric)
  3. Imagination! ;)

This DIY is so simple and yet the final effect is so adorable and quirky. All you have to do is stick your stickers onto your pouch, in whichever design you prefer. If you're nervous about the stickers falling off, we'd suggest some iron-on patches. If you're using iron-on patches, you just follow the instructions (usually printed on the packet itself), and press the patches onto the fabric of choice, ironing at medium heat with constant pressure and motion.

Here's the finished DIY:

How cute is that? We love super simple DIYs, and this is no exception. It turned out so cute and fun, we can't wait to put stickers on everything we own! Would you guys customize a pouch like this? Until next time, happy crafting, everyone!

 


Valentine's Day DIY Tote January 26 2018

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, guys! We made a simple DIY with one of our plain black totes, and thought we'd share the love with all of you! Here's what you'll need to get started:

Materials:

  1. Black tote (or any fabric you'd want to decorate)
  2. Fabric paint (we used white and pink, so it will stand out against the black)
  3. Ruler
  4. Scissors
  5. Pen
  6. Paper
  7. Cotton bud
  8. Something round to use as a template (we used a lid from a bowl)

The first thing you'll need to do is cut out a heart template. Fold the paper in half, and use the lid (or anything round that's handy) to draw out a semi-circle, with one side of the semi-circle touching the folded edge. After that, using the ruler, draw a diagonal line all the way to the folded edge of the paper. Cut this half-heart out, unfold it, and boom! You have yourself a perfect heart shape! 

Next, place the heart onto the tote bag. We placed it right in the middle. You can use blue tack or double sided tape to secure it in place. Using the cotton buds, we dotted a design around the heart, using it as a reverse stencil.

And that's it! You have yourself a sweet Valentine's Day tote, perfect for a gift or a casual day on the town. Have a look at our finished DIY:

We are definitely head over heels for this sweet and simple DIY. Would you make something similar for Valentine's? Let us know! Until next time, happy crafting, everyone!


Inspirational Quotes Contest - Congratulations, Winners! January 19 2018

Who else loves scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram and reading all the motivational quotes other people have posted? Well, we definitely do! We love the idea of strangers on the Internet all uniting and inspiring each other to continue growing and reaching for their dreams. We especially appreciate it at the beginning of the year, when we're so tempted to break our New Year's resolutions! And so, we decided to hold a contest on Instagram where each participant shared their favourite quotes with us for a chance to win vouchers worth RM50, and as a bag organizer so they could start the year off right: being inspired, organized and productive!

Let me tell you, we had such a great time reading the quotes everyone shared with us, and we enjoyed the stories behind them even more! One of the prizes was also a feature on our blog, so read on for the two most voted quotes:

"Hard work is another word of miracle" submitted by @najiha_nurfatin. We couldn't agree more! A lot of people only see the success that came after all the hard work and sleepless nights we had to put in, but we have to remember: nothing comes easy, and if you put enough effort into it, you'll always have results.

The second winner was @nursyaaaaaaaaaa. She submitted this quote: "When you think positive, good things happen." This is so true! Often the only thing holding us back from achieving our goals is a negative and fearful mindset. Get rid of your reservations or doubts and just go for it!

Follow them on Instagram, they're such awesome and inspirational people! We hope you guys enjoyed this contest and that you're motivated for 2018! Until next time, stay inspired!


Back-to-School DIY! January 03 2018

How time flies when you're having fun! In just the blink of an eye, Christmas and New Year's is over, and it's time for the kiddos to go back to school. If you're anything like us, you love using those rattan baskets to keep all your munchkin's bits and bobs right where you want them. The only problem is they look so alike to all the other childrens' school baskets! Well, we've DIYed the perfect solution! It's super easy, and you probably have all the materials at home already. Here's what you'll need:

  1. The rattan basket
  2. A ribbon in a bright or distinctive colour
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. A lighter

Now that you have all your materials, it's time to get started! First, wrap the ribbon around the handles of the basket, gluing it down as you go along. Make sure it's tight and secure so it doesn't unravel later.

We wrapped the entire handle (even the vertical bit near the top of the basket) with the dark blue ribbon to give it a more polished and finished look.

Once you've wrapped the ribbon to your satisfaction, use a lighter and melt the exposed edges of your ribbon to prevent it from fraying.

You can always stop here, but we just had to add a little special something! We had a souvenir license plate with little Kyle's name on it, so of course we had to use that to decorate the basket. We tied it onto the basket with some thick string, and voila! Take a look at our finished DIY:

Even Kyle loves it! Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy :) Now you'll always know which basket belongs to your little one at a glance. To make it stand out even more, you could also use a patterned ribbon, glue on some flower embellishments, or use twine instead. You could use paint to spell out a name or draw your kid's favourite animal. The possibilities are endless! We hope you enjoyed this super simple back-to-school DIY project. Until next time: happy crafting, everyone!


Simple Christmas Craft for Kids: Pop Up Card December 02 2017

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas! Today we're going to share how we made these super cute pop-up cards, step by step! The best part? This craft is totally kid-friendly, so you can kill two birds with one stone and get the little ones to participate in the holiday preparations this year ;) You'll need these materials:

  1. Two pieces of paper. We suggest using different colours, so that the pop-up stands out more. We used red and orange.
  2. Ruler
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Pencil and eraser, or pen
  6. Items to decorate the card. You can use stickers, ribbons, paint, or sequins!

The first thing we did was trim off a border of about 1cm from the orange paper. This is totally optional, but we loved the effect of the red border surrounding the inside orange layer.

Now to make the pop-up! We folded the orange paper in half and, using the ruler and pencil, drew 4 horizontal lines (shortest on top and longest at the bottom) coming out from the folded edge. At the end of each horizontal line, mark a vertical dotted line. Cut along the horizontal solid lines and fold along the vertical dotted lines, as seen below.

Once you've done this, fold out your paper and you should have a pop-up effect of 3 boxes stacked on top of each other! Pinch the cut outs towards you so that they point in the right way, and then you can glue it down to your outer card.

How cool is that! And now all that's left to do is to decorate! We actually wanted to experiment a little bit, so we used some glittery nail polish (that's right, nail polish!) to paint some simple polka dots and stripes on the boxes. We also used some tiny ribbons to make it even more Christmasy!

And, voila! The finished product:

Would you make this simple and sweet card DIY for Christmas? We definitely had a blast with it, and we hope you do, too! Til next time: happy crafting, everybody!


Slip On Emma Simple DIY - Gift Idea for Christmas! November 17 2017

Wow, guys! Can you believe it's almost Christmas? Where did the time go? We're so excited for the holiday season: good food, quality time with our families, and of course, presents! And speaking of presents, if you're not quite sure what to get for everyone on your Christmas shopping list, don't worry, we've got you covered. Keep reading for this super simple Christmas-inspired DIY!

We took one of our Slip On Emma organizers (in pink, of course!) and brought some Christmas bling to the party. It was so quick and easy, but the results were amazing. And since Emma was designed to perfectly fit an iPad, this bedazzled version would make the perfect gift for a trendy student, or a fashionista on the go! Here's what you'll need:

Materials:

  1. A plain coloured bag or bag organizer (in this case, the Slip On Emma)
  2. Some bling! (we used some cute and inexpensive diamantes/rhinestones)
  3. Tassels
  4. Hot glue gun

First thing you want to do is to experiment a little with the placement and design of the decorative elements. There's nothing worse than making mistakes with a hot glue gun!

This was our favourite design (front):

And back:

After that, it's just a matter of gluing down each element into place! Take your time and be careful, they call it a "hot" glue gun for a reason! When we got to the tassels, we snipped off the loop at the top and glued it down the same way we did with the diamantes, and it seemed to work well. We might come back and sew it on, though, for extra security!

Wait for the glue to dry, and that's literally it! Here are a few pictures of our blinged out Emma in action:

How adorable! We love the way the light shines and reflects off the diamantes, and the movement of the tassels. We hope you enjoy this simple and sweet tutorial! Have a merry, crafty Christmas, everyone!

 


Say it with a Stencil: Initials DIY November 10 2017

For today, we're going to make an easy breezy DIY to kick off the weekend! It's perfect as a quirky art piece to hang up in your home; framed or plain, you can even have the kids do their own initials for their bedroom door. Let's get started!

Materials:

  1. Art paper. We used a slightly thicker paper so that the paint wouldn't bleed or leak through.
  2. A print-out of a letter or initials of your choosing
  3. Paint (you can use whatever's handy, but we used poster paint here)
  4. Penknife or scissors
  5. Ruler
  6. Paintbrushes
  7. Paint palette or mixing tray
  8. Cotton buds

Let's get started! Cut out the printed letter. Since our letter was an "L", it was easier for us to use the ruler and penknife, but if your letters are curvier, we suggest using a pair of scissors instead. Once you've cut it out, place the letter in the center of the art paper. You can secure it using blue tack, or simply hold it in place with your fingers.

Get your colours ready! We used yellow, orange, and red because we wanted to create a kind of gradient or ombre effect.

Here's a nifty technique for painting projects: use cotton buds to make tiny dots for a bit more texture and interest. It's such a simple technique, but it really makes a difference! Go slowly and carefully to avoid moving the letter for a crisp, sharp edge.

Remove the letter, but only once the paint has dried fully. You don't want to smudge all your hard work!

And we're done! You now have a cool piece of customized artwork to hang up on the wall and brighten up your home! We hope you enjoyed today's DIY, and until next time: happy crafting!

 


Stone Photo Holders - DIY Tutorial November 03 2017

Hi, fellow crafters! For this week's edition of DIY Friday, we're making some adorable photo holders from small stones! Bonus: this craft is totally kid-friendly, so we definitely recommend it for a weekend project with your little munchkins. Here's what you'll need to get started:

Materials:

  1. Stones/pebbles (we suggest ones with a nice flat bottom)
  2. Acrylic paint
  3. Paint brush
  4. Small gauge wire
  5. Needle-nose pliers
  6. Cutter pliers

First things first, make sure the stones are nice and clean. And then it's time to paint! For the first stone, we went with blue and white polka-dots, and then some adorable red and yellow hearts for the second stone.

Wait for the paint to dry before adding any patterns. We found that 2 coats of paint made the colours brighter and more opaque.

While waiting for the paint to dry (again!) you can prep the wire for the photo holders. Take one end of the wire and loop it around any pen or marker about 2-3 times. Tip: use the pliers to loop and twist the wire into a super tight coil.

Once the paint is dry, it's just a matter of wrapping the other end of the wire around the stone about 2-3 times so it's secure. Then, snip off the excess wire with a wire cutter. You can also tuck the snipped end of the wire under the loops at the bottom to avoid any nasty poking incidents!

And that's it! We repeated the same process with our second stone. Here's some pics of the finished products:

What do you think of this DIY? We'd love to see how these photo holders would look like using pebbles of different shapes and sizes, with different decorations (rhinestones, anyone?) or with copper coloured wire!

That's it from us this week. Until the next time: happy crafting, everyone!


Googly Eyes For Halloween! Short & Simple DIY October 27 2017

Hello, fellow crafters! Halloween is just around the corner, and we just love all the creative and creepy themed DIYs we've come across online. If you're looking for a cute, not-so-scary, and kid-friendly DIY for Halloween, you've come to the right place! For this adorable and easy craft, you'll need these materials:

  1. Googly Eyes (we got our at our local craft supply store)
  2. Hot glue gun (or any strong adhesive)
  3. Double sided tape and scissors (optional)
  4. Something you want to decorate!

It's pretty straightforward from here! Simply take your item (a bag, a mug, a vase, etc) and glue your googly eyes directly onto it with your hot glue gun. Here's where the double sided tape and scissors come in: you can use the double sided tape to plot out the position of your googly eyes before gluing them down. Also, if you don't want the googly eyes to be fixed permanently onto the item, you can stop at this step. That way, you can easily remove the googly eyes whenever you want to!

And then, we went a little ga-ga for googly eyes! Here's what our ORGANIZE JACQ and one of our plain CANVAS POUCH looked like with a pair of googly eyes!

But we didn't stop there ;) Here's our SLIP ON EMMA looking very spider-like with a total of 8 googly eyes! We love how the eyes on the outside match the polka dots on the inner lining.

But wait! We still had a lot of googly eyes left over...so we stuck them onto a few of the small vases and pots lying around the shop, and we just loved how they came out. These ones may be our favourite outcome, take a look!

And last, but most certainly not least, we stuck some googly eyes on a coffee mug! It turned out so cute, almost like Chip from Beauty and the Beast, and it really brings the plain white mug to life.

And there you have it! We adore how versatile and easy this DIY turned out to be, not to mention the adorable effect of inanimate objects coming to life! How would you craft with googly eyes? Which items would you bring to life?

Until next time, have a spooky Halloween, and happy crafting!


Easy Tassel Necklace DIY October 13 2017

Hi, everyone! I don't know about you guys, but we've been seeing those adorable tassel necklaces everywhere on Pinterest lately. We just had to have one...but they're soooo expensive! So of course, we made our own. We happened to have some leftover tassels from our Pink Pocketbag Penni's lying around, so we thought we'd give it a try! Here's what you'll need:

Materials:
1. Tassels in different colours
2. Any cute necklace you already own. A plain one without embellishments works best.
3. Scissors (optional. We didn't even use scissors in the end XD)

We tried on different configurations and patterns, and decided we wanted 5 tassels hanging on the bottom half our our necklace. Place the necklace flat, and folded along the middle so you can find the centre point. This is where you'll tie your first tassel. We chose a red one, because it was bigger than the purple ones we had. And then just continue tying your tassels in the pattern you want them to be. 

It's really that simple! You see now how we didn't even need to use the scissors! Of course, if you think the tassels are hanging too low on the necklace, you could always trim a bit off the bottom. We loved the effect, though, so we left the tassels as is.

The finished product looks something like this:

It looks super cute with a plain white or black shirt, and since the necklace we used is so long, we looped it around twice. The best part is we can use the loop to adjust the length and look of the necklace!

It really just brings your whole outfit to life with those beautiful pops of colour and movement. We loved this super simple and glam DIY. Would you wear a tassel necklace? Let us know! Until next week, happy crafting everybody!


Turn An Old Shirt Into A Tote Bag: No-Sew Tutorial! September 15 2017

Hi everyone! Here's a DIY project we've been wanting to do for a while: transforming an old, well-worn shirt into a cute tote bag! We couldn't believe how easy it was! Read on to see how we made our tote bag, no sewing required!

Materials:
Old t-shirt
Scissors
Cellophane tape (optional)

The first thing you'll need to do is to cut off the sleeves and neckline. You can make the neckline opening as big as you want as this will be the opening of the tote bag.

We're halfway there! Cut off the bottom hem of the t-shirt. Then, cut a fringe all along the bottom, ours were about 3 inches in length. You could just eye-ball it at this point, but if you're slightly OCD about making all the small fringe bits uniform in size (like we are XD) then here's a handy tip: place cellophane tape all along the bottom as your guide lines!

Here comes the fiddly part. Line up the top and bottom layers of the fringe, and tie them in a simple knot. You could stop at this single knot, but we noticed a tiny gap between each set of knots. To fix this, we tied a second knot using the “top” fringe from one pair and the “bottom” fringe from the pair next to it. And voila, no more gap!

And you're done! We love this no-sew technique, the fringe looks so cute and on-trend. Here are a few shots of our new tote in action!

You can also use it in two different ways: a simple tote bag, or tie the handles in a knot and transform it into a cute casual bucket bag!

We absolutely adored how it turned out! We think it would make a perfect shopping bag, or beach day carry-all. The knit fabric of the t-shirt is nice and stretchy, and really takes a lot of weight, so we hope to get a lot of use out of it!

Until next time: happy crafting, everyone!


GIN & JACQIE's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign September 08 2017

It's almost October, and we all know what that means! October is the official Breast Cancer Month: the time to uphold those of us affected with breast cancer, to celebrate their strength and determination, and to spread awareness on the symptoms and prevention methods. To commemorate this special month, GIN & JACQIE is hosting a bag designing competition. If you're good at arts and crafts, or if you feel strongly about breast cancer, we invite you to participate! The competition will be held from 6 September to 12 October 2017 and this year's theme is "Creating Awareness Through Art". Each participant will be given a plain black tote bag to decorate or redesign however they wish, as long as they incorporate the signature PINK RIBBON in their final submission. After a round of online voting, 10 entries will be shortlisted for our panel of judges to pick the top 3 winners! All entries will be auctioned off by GIN & JACQIE, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Sarawak Breast Cancer Support Group!

You can read more about the rules, design criteria, and prizes here.

And when we say "redesign", we really mean it! Participants are encouraged to totally restructure their tote bags and express their creativity. You can even cut up the bag, sew it into a clutch or pencil case, or make it into a totally different product; the only limit is your imagination! Here's a few ideas to get you started:

For more information regarding the contest rules, or how to participate please contact Beth (014 6943852). You can also stay updated on contest developments by following our Facebook and Instagram pages.

We can't wait to see all the creative and interesting entries you guys will submit, and to all the breast cancer survivors out there: stay strong, we're all here for you!


Sweet & Simple: Rosy Red DIY! August 25 2017

This week's DIY is super sweet and adorable, and so easy to do! We used one of our bag organizers (the ORGANIZE JACQ, in Rose Pink) and some cute rosettes we got at our local fabric and art supply store. The big red rosettes cost us around RM5 - 4, and the small white ones were even cheaper! Keep reading for our step-by-step explanation.

Here's what you'll need for this DIY:

1. A bag or bag organizer of your choice
2. Hot glue gun
3. Rosettes (or any small embellishments)

We wanted to cover one of the bag organizers pockets entirely with roses! Before gluing it down, play around with the arrangement of your embellishments. This will make it easier to glue down later on, and we also wanted to make sure we had enough little rosettes to cover the entire surface area.

Now that you have a plan or rough design in mind, glue your embellishments onto the bag with your hot glue gun. (Note: always be careful when handling a hot glue gun, slowly and surely is always the best method).

After we covered the entire pocket, we glued down any awkward-looking pieces.

We had a couple of rosettes left over, so we decided to decorate the back pocket of our bag organizer as well! We measured the centre point of the pocket so that we knew where to place the rosette. Here's a tip: If you want to mark a certain point on your bag or fabric, but don't want to stain it, use cellophane or washi tape! After we marked the centre point, we glued down three rosettes.

And there you have it! So easy, yet the end result is so pretty! Here's what our ORGANIZE JACQ looked like before its transformation:

 

And this is our finished product, the rosy red Organize Jacq:

What did you think of our DIY? Would you make something like this yourself? Let us know in the comments! Until the next time, happy crafting everybody!


Upcycled Cardboard Box August 18 2017

Don't know what to do with cardbox boxes lying around, here's a tip on what you can do with it .

Simple and Easy Birthday Bunting! August 11 2017

What do you do when you can't find a suitable bunting for your son's birthday? You make your own, of course! Today's DIY is super simple, and a great way to liven up any party without taking up too much time. Here's what you'll need:

1. Coloured paper
2. Pen knife (or scissors)
3. String or twine
4. Hole puncher
5. Cutting mat (optional)
6. Pen or marker
7. Binder clip and paper clips

Before we begin, a party planner tip: follow a set colour scheme, that way your party decorations will have a sense of consistency, but still be fun and lively! In this case, our theme colours were white, red, and blue.

Let's start! First things first: mark out a series of triangles onto a piece of coloured paper.

Next, align all the pieces of coloured paper together, and place the paper with the triangle shapes on top. You can use binder or paper clips to keep the papers from moving around. And then, using your pen knife or scissors, cut out all the triangle shapes. We arranged around 5-8 pieces of papers on top of each other because it saves so much time and effort! This way, we don't have to mark out the triangles and then cut out each individual piece.

Next, take your hole puncher and punch two holes along the straight edge of your triangles, one on the left and one on the right. The finished result should look something like this:

So festive! If your triangles are multi-coloured like ours were, arrange them in an alternating pattern. Take your string or twine and thread it through the holes you made, like so:

And you're good to go! All you need to do now is hang up your bunting. So simple, and so cute! Here's a shot of the bunting in action:

 Referring back to our tip of sticking to a set colour scheme, here are some more pictures of the day's decorations.

And there you have it! A super simple DIY bunting. We just love the way they brightened up the party. What are some decoration tips and tricks you love? Let us know! Happy crafting, everybody!


DIY Envelope Bookmarks July 07 2017

I don't know about you, but our house is simply overflowing with envelopes from banks, and bills, bills, bills! We noticed the funky patterns printed on the inside of the envelopes, and with some awesome inspiration from Stickeriffic (a company that sells cute stickers, decals, and stationary), we transformed our plain, used up envelopes into 2 adorable bookmarks. (Psst, check out the Stickeriffic Facebook page while you're here!)

The first thing you'll need is an envelope! Cut it open with a pen knife or scissors (carefully!) to expose the pretty pattern inside. Next, cut out various rectangle and square shapes to make the bookmarks.

Once you've done that, it's time to glue the two sides together, and decorate! Sticking a quote, and some scrap paper onto the front of your bookmark are simple ways of making it look more interesting.

Here's a nifty trick: instead of using ribbon, use twine! It gives it a more rustic and vintage look to your bookmark. Also, if you're gifting this bookmark to someone, twine is more gender neutral than ribbon. A win-win!

The finished product! Not too shabby ;)

But that's not all! We were on a roll, so we decided to make one of those adorable page corner bookmarks we've been seeing everywhere online. Using some more pieces of envelope from before, we cut out a rectangle. The rectangle, once folded, should be a perfect square (like in the photo below):

Next, turn it so the plain side is facing you, and place your glue in a narrow strip along the top of the rectangle, and only the top! Fold it in half, and let the glue dry.

Once the glue is dried, you should have a square or diamond shaped pocket, perfect for sliding on to the tops of your pages! This next step is optional: we thought the bookmark looked a little plain, so we decorated it with some leftover scrap paper, and we also wanted to reinforce the glued edge.

Here's the wee pocket bookmark in action!

All in all, we're super satisfied with how our bookmarks turned out. How would you make yours? We'd love to see your creations! Happy crafting, everybody!


Selamat Hari Raya! June 28 2017

Who else has mixed feelings about going back to work after the long Raya weekend? We spent our holidays resting, catching up with old friends, and eating our fill of delicious Malay food!

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is honestly one of our favourite holidays in Malaysia, because of all the colourful outfits and decorations. It just feels so festive! Suasana meriah, riang-ria macam tu. It's just too bad we're too old for duit Raya ;)

Well, we might be too old to receive it, but we can certainly give it out! That's where our adorable Duit Raya Packet Holders come in. 100% handmade, they're sourced from local batik and songket fabrics, for that beautiful Malaysian touch. And even though Raya is just about over, we're still ranting and raving about them. Not only are they unbelievably cute, they're so convenient! You can fit up to 30 duit Raya packets in the two inside pockets!

We hope you all had a wonderful, joyful, awesome Hari Raya. It's the time of year to slow down, take it easy, and spend some quality time with our family and loved ones. Before we sign off, here's an old school pantun as a reminder of the true spirit and purpose for Raya:

Buah cempedak di luar pagar,
Ambil galah tolong jolokkan.
Saya budak baru belajar,
Kalau salah tolong tunjukkan.

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin!


October is all about pink..... October 13 2016

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are giving away a BCWA mobile strap for every RM80.00 above spent in a single purchase. Get yourself checked if you have not.


CUSTOMIZE NAME TOTE October 11 2016

You can now customize your own tote with your name on it! With 3 different fonts and animals to choose from and 4 colors to choose them in. Great as a gift and for kids to use for their daily needs.
MIA in gold color font
Ziad in silver font
Qaid in silver font

FOOD FOR TOTE (LIMITED EDITION) September 03 2016

As we Malaysian love our food, we are celebrating Malaysia Day with 3 of our favourite food that represents that is all Malaysia, Char Kway Teow, Nasi Lemak and Sarawak Laksa. Collect all 3 as it ends on 16 September 2016.

The one and only Sarawak Laksa!

Love our Nasi Lemak for breakfast!

How we love our Fried Kway Teow - Char Kway Teow!


Celebrating Malaysia Independence Day with this 2 for 1 price September 01 2016

SETS at RM59.90. MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!

Crazy ONE day sale on GIN & JACQIE items at Rawsome June 23 2016

Saturday 25th June 2016, we have one day sale on G&J items. Starting as low as RM10 only. You will find great things to grab. Some items have limited quantity as we are clearing some stocks. Opens at 11am. Be the first to grab the goodies. For any information you can email us at info@ginjacqie.com

POCKETBAG PENNI June 20 2016

We have come up with yet another practical invention to make your RAYA this year a breeze. The Pocketbag Penni was created to keep all those Raya money packets in check and make it easily accessible and handy to carry around. Fits up to 20 packets or more, comes in three attractive modern Pua design colors - Blue, Green and Red. Retailing at RM22.90.


Get Slim Ellie for free with RM60 and above spent on G&J store June 15 2016

Valid from 14th - 17th June 2016. A great way to start the week :)

How to make a simple diaper cake June 04 2016

When my friend had her baby shower, I didn't know what to get her. She probably has everything already. So I made her a diaper cake!! No mother can ever have enough diapers (mothers out there will agree with me) Yes its really simple and I did it all by myself. I like this diaper cake because there was no pins involved and was easy to put it together.

 

You will need diapers, ribbons, strings, cake base, gifts to decorate the cake and something cylindrical for the middle part of the cake. I used about 60pcs of newborn diapers for this 3 tier diaper cake.

 

First, place the center piece ( I used a milk powder dispenser, you can use baby bottle or even a paper towel roll) in the baking tin. The baking tin will help you to hold the diapers around the centerpiece if you don't have another person to help you. Lay the diapers in a line and wrap around the centerpiece.

 

Once the diaper goes around the centerpiece, tie it tight with a string to hold it together. Move the first layer on to the base of the cake and work your tiers up.

 

Repeat by lining up the diapers and start building around the first tier. If you have 2 people doing it , it will be easier. The other person can hold the diapers together while the other ties a string around it. Place the tiers on top of each other.

 

Once done you can use ribbons to tie around the tiers. I used a wrapping paper and ribbon to make the borders thicker. I stuck the ribbon onto the wrapping paper and cut it to the width I like to wrap around the tier.

 

Because the diapers had prints on them, I made the borders thicker to cover more of the tiers. I added an alphabet J on it. And taaddddaaaa..... the Diaper cake is done. From here on you can put anything you like to decorate it. I would suggest to work with a theme or a color scheme. I worked with the color blue :)

 

The final piece at the baby shower. Simple and practical gift for the new mother-to-be. Try it out and look at pinterest for ideas on decorating the diaper cake. 


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Introducing ABU our adorable monkey April 13 2016

Introducing our 3rd member to our family, Abu the monkey. Handmade with love in Malaysia with colorful batik prints. Great companion and a gift to kids.
Abu is always smiley and happy. Always ready to give hugs away.

Say HI to your friends with a card and gift March 31 2016

For just RM20, a card and a tote bag to say HI or tell someone that you are thinking of them.
It's always nice to receive a card these days with everyone being so techy.

Fortune cookie purse to usher in prosperity and wealth February 14 2016

Comes in three great colors !!
Great for keeping coins and even keys and headphones

GIN & JACQIE is ushering the Chinese New Year, with this Cheeky Monkey canvas tote January 29 2016

Happy Chinese New Year 2016!! Since its the year of the monkey, we have collaborated with our local Malaysian illustrator Ayamimlove for the print. Do check on www.ayaminlove.com for more of their fun and quirky illustrations.

From now till the 1st February, you can get the tote bag for just RM9.90!!! Check it out at our store.


Introducing the adorable Dolli the Dugong October 12 2015

Dugong, manatees
Meet Dolli the Dugong the newest member of our family to LOVE MALAYSIA COLLECTION.
She is waiting to get adopted by little friends and to teach them about their extinction. Dugong also known as seacow can be found around the sea of Sarawak, Malaysia and are becoming extinct. Adopt one today and save the dugongs.

NEW COLORS for our BATU SEREMBAN August 02 2015

We are loving the new Borneo prints for our Batu Seremban!! Do check out for more colors at our store.

Selamat Hari Raya July 10 2015


Get your FATHER'S DAY gift with GIN & JACQIE June 14 2015

Stumped on what to give Dad for Father's Day? Worry not as we have some great picks for you!

We are having 30% off on all our Cory Shoe Case, Double-up Abbi, Alex Passport Organizer and Charlie Organizer! Offer valid from now til 17th June 2015. Don't forget to key in code DAD8 upon checkout at www.ginjacqie.com


Limited edition GIN & JACQIE ketupat coin pouch June 08 2015

We are ushering Hari Raya with this limited edition Ketupat coin pouch. Designed exclusively by GIN & JACQIE, this ketupat pouch is also part of our effort in creating jobs for single mothers at Heart Treasures.

Its comes in various colors too! Log on to www.ginjacqie.com to purchase them.