Star Wars Resistance Shirt — DIY

Hey there blog-trekkers,

I’m back in 2016 with a DIY. I’ve recently been swept up in Star Wars mania and I couldn’t help myself. I had to have Finn’s jacket. Well, I sort of did it. The following instructions are for any fabric painting DIY. Modify them as you see fit and have fun!

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You need:

  • Shirt / shorts / bag / whatever fabric you want the design to go on
  • Fabric paint
  • Brushes / a sponge
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspaper
  • Card stock (I just used the stiff board that came with my writing pad)
  • Pen knife / scissors
  • Printed design
  • Pencil

Steps:

  1. Resize your designs in Word
  2. Print it out
  3. Trace it onto the card stock (refer to the template in the gallery)
  4. Cut out the patterns, in as many iterations as needed
  5. Lay out newspaper so you don’t dirty your workspace
  6. Put some newspaper in between the two sides of the shirt so the paint doesn’t seep from the front of the shirt to the back as you paint
  7. Align your card stock template on your fabric and hold it down so the fabric doesn’t move around under it
  8. Make sure your template stays in the right place as you are painting unless you want the final result to look wonky
  9. Remove template carefully and continue refining if needed
  10. Wear with pride! (Wash first though. For full instructions, read your fabric paint label)

Tip #1 : For this design, the words were too small to cut out on cardstock so I eyeballed it and referenced it to my printed design. I drew the words onto the fabric lightly using a pencil first before going over it with fabric paint. I had to use a toothpick for the words on this design because the brush was too thick.

Tip #2 : Put the shirt on before you start painting to see where to best place your template. I learnt this the hard way when the front emblem ended up a little too far from the center. The shirt will look different on the table versus on you.

Hope you have a great New Year ahead! Oh and also…

giphy

Yoda’s advice for 2016

May the force be with you

 

Discovery – Animal Wonders

Hey there blog-trekkers,

I recently stumbled upon this Youtube channel called AnimalWonders Montana. It features educational videos about many different exotic animals and how they care for them. That cute little thing you see above is Kemosabe the prehensile-tailed porcupine. To find out more about him and his friends, check out their Youtube channel here. You can also learn more about their back story here.

If you have some time, do check them out because their videos are very interesting and informative. If you do have some extra change to spare you can look up the different ways to support them. They have a Patreon page where you can donate any amount every month or click here to go to their website where you can learn even more about them and how to support them.

Thanks for reading!

HDB sketch & new notebook

new notebook & sketch

Hey there blog-trekkers,

I recently did a sketch of a HDB void deck. For those unfamiliar with the term, HDB stands for Housing Development Board, a board in charge of public housing in Singapore. Locals commonly use the term HDB when referring to the public flats built by the board.

On the left is a notebook I bought in Taiwan two years ago. I had never opened the package until now because I always thought I would ruin the book by writing in it. But one day I decided I needed a place to write book quotes and other musings. I love noting down parts of the book that I thought were really funny or moments that struck a chord with me. I hope it will be a book filled with memories that I can flip through fondly in a few years time.

Not giving a hoot about what other people think

Hey there blog-trekkers,

This next bit is going to be a bit of a rant because I’m not an expert at self-help and confidence. I’m just trying to figure it out like everyone else.

Have you ever spent hours rolling around in bed, unable to sleep as you replay an embarrassing moment that happened to you that day? Or maybe you’ve found yourself saying “Yes” to a ridiculous request for the 10th time and you just want to collapse in bed. Or perhaps you were fighting the urge the speak up against something someone had said or something they’d done.

Well, I certainly have.

Many times, we catch ourselves obsessing over what other people think of us. We shape our actions and words to avoid as much conflict as possible. In some cases, this could be useful, for example, when we are going for a job interview and need to present ourselves in an appropriate manner. However, that’s not to say we put on a mask and change our demeanour entirely. Having good manners and knowing who you are are two entirely different things.

Oftentimes, caring about how others perceive us is more of a hindrance than a help. For example, I was so preoccupied with how my seniors viewed my performance during training that my performance got worse. (You can see how this can spiral into a whirlpool of doom) However, what I neglected to understand was that everyone else was probably focusing their attention on their own performance.

Reflect on your day today, what were you thinking about? Were you looking at other people? Perhaps, but I trust that you weren’t passing scathing remarks all the time. So chances are, the people around you also probably didn’t notice that you missed the basket, or mispronounced a word. Even if they did, they definitely won’t remember it in 2 weeks time.

So what I want to say is You Do Your Thing. As long as you’re having fun, you’re learning from your mistakes and you’re applying the appropriate safety precautions, you’re good to go! Only you can decide who you want to be. 🙂

 

 

 

Fashion sketches

fashion sketch

Hey there blog-trekkers

These are some fashion sketches I did while doing a short project on Fashion Entrepreneurship. I felt a little uninspired so I went on Pinterest to find some clothes to draw. Hopefully I’ll upload some more in the near future.

Long time no see

random sketch

Hello blog-trekkers,

Long time no see! Sorry I haven’t been posting. It’s just that I’ve been busy with a lot of things. This blog has always been pretty irregular with its posts anyway so I hope you don’t mind.

Recently, I’ve been working on a different blog where I write reviews of books I’ve read. If that’s your thing you can go ahead and check it out in the links below. I’ve also created a Chinese version of that blog to get in some more language practice. It’s been very fun but it has been a little difficult keeping up the translated posts. They will come much later than my English ones.

Jaime Reads: https://shessolovelybutshedoesntknow.wordpress.com/

Jaime Reads(华文): https://shessolovelybutshedoesntknowchi.wordpress.com/

For now, I’ll try to just post new sketchbook posts or long thought posts here once in a while, I can’t bear to abandon this blog after so long. See you soon!

 

 

 

Bills – LunchMoney Lewis

Hey there blog-trekkers,

Long time no see and am I glad to be back. As some of you might [not] know I spent the bulk of the past year participating in Odyssey of the Mind. Well, our team went to Nationals and did well placing third but not enough to clinch a spot at the World Finals. Well, today, the school’s contingent left for the World Finals in Michigan and I was feeling a little bitter. (And filled with regret but pfft no one needs to know that) Then I heard this song and well, it put a smile on my face. Enjoy!

Star shoes – DIY

Hey there blog-trekkers,

Here’s another DIY that I did. I used fabric paints for the yellow stars and outlined it with marker.(The marker I used wasn’t a fabric marker so if the shoes ever get wet I expect it will run. So Be Smart. Use fabric paint. On fabrics.)

shoes DIY

Happy New Years’ Eve Eve? Take Care~