Crafty ideas and Paintings

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Tuesday,  26 July 2011

I've been going here and there and everywhere and have had no time to take 5 and write properly........ and before I lapse again, I thought I would sit tight and update before I run off again ............

272656_192242984162554_138031119583741_457998_7874324_o.jpgI attended a two day workshop organised by the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement and SABM ( Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia) which is located at Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. I had heard about the NGO before but was curious as to what they actually do.  So, my daughter and I attended the workshop and came away uplifted and feeling "  so so MALAYSIAN " .  There were a good mix of all races, Malays, Indians and  Chinese  and  we all spoke openly about our Malaysian identity and shared heritage  and how divided the people are presently.   We were recommended to see a documovie called " 10 Years Before Merdeka " by Fahmi Reza ( can be uploaded from Youtube) but we decided we would all watch it together at SABM House  soon and also have the Producer Fahmi Reza in attendance too ( to talk about the 'behind the scenes ' and give his take on his movie ).  

My class at 3C is going on fine and I am rather getting fond of the special students as they are with me.  Maria Soo always gives me the ' High 5' special  hand shake with a friendship tag with the thumbs and forefinger , Arshad will greet me  loudly and repeatedly the instant I walk into the class no matter where he is, Ashraf will smile shyly and say ' Hi teacher Lakshmi ',  Lai Meng would sit quietly and wait for me and Zanina will smile from ear to ear, waiting eagerly for my class to start............. and when some of the other students  bake cookies, I'll be offered cookies packed in platic bags from all of them.  ( lol )  even their parents  goodnaturedly complain that I'm being offered more than them !! ha ha ha

Maria Soo painting the paper plates......

Zanini on the extreme left and Rafika next to her being helped by her maid

The craft project involved using paper plates and acrylic paints.  The end results were   watermelon shaped ' handbags' for the girls  -(  had bows on them )and  watermelon shaped mail holders for the boys ( had  no idea what to tell the boys to do with it and had to think of something quick to tell them , thus  the idea of a mail holder !)

I think they're quite happy with it ... the shy smiling handsome guy ( 3rd from left ) is Ashraf

My painting students/ladies  at 3C Community class is going great too.  There are more ladies attending the class and I have the pleasure of the 3 grannies who always come together and support each other during class.  We have a good time together, laughing and joking at mistakes and hits and misses made during class time.  Each want to impress their grandchildren and boy!, they are so happy to do and learn that time is on their hands  ...Sorry, I was so busy teaching that I didn't have time to take pics....

Anyway, the pic below shows Amutha and Pushpam with their artwork ..
The picture below is one of my students at home, Shalina with the door stopper

Tea box with pansies by Kak Nor

Have to rush off for my English class at the SRJK Ebor Tamil School.......

Happy reading and painting


How To Make Playdough

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Saturday 16   July 2011

My last activity with the the special children/students class was quite interesting and creative.   I took with me the ingredients from home and taught the students how to make playdough - the kind that anyone can do and use it as a modelling clay for creative craft making.

The recipe is quite simple and fun to do and for those who want to try, you need the following kitchen ingredients :

                               3   cups  plain flour

                               1   cup fine salt
                                1  cup    warm water  ( a little extra may be necessary )
                                 acrylic colours of your choice

 Sift flour into a  bowl  ( this is to avoid any hard lumps )
Dissolve the salt in the warm water and pour into the flour.
Knead the dough for about 10-15 mins until it is soft and pliable
Divide the dough into required portions and mix in your acrylic colours
( I used a disposable glove when mixing the colours )

 The longer you knead the coloured dough, the softer the texture.
Roll the dough and use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes - stars, crescent, rounds, etc...  Use  a skewer to make holes.  Dry them for 2 or 3 days  or you can bake these in the oven 100 C until it is completely dry ( about 3 or 4 hours )  and varnish them.

We did not have time to bake the playdough as we were busy having fun and playing around with it.



Happy reading and painting

A Beautiful Garden Wedding

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Friday,  1  July  2011

It was a clear and beautiful sunny day when my daughter and I donned our Malay costume   in honor of the wedding of Khairun Nisa Mohd Zabidi and Maximilian Tariq Conrad.  Khairun was the daughter of my friend, Puan Juairiah.   It was a beautiful garden wedding  and the organisers truly did a great job.

The bride was dressed in a beautiful ivory silk creation which was specially tailor made  after her  many trials with various off the rack   bridal gowns.  It was a last minute decision but I should say that  Khairun made the right choice.

The wedding was classy yet informal  and  breezy yet chic at the same time.  A wide array of food was served buffet style together with the  the perennial Malaysian favourite  ' Cendol ' , a Malaysian ice concoction . There were local fruits galore, arranged beautifully at the patio in quaint wooden wheelbarrows - mangosteens, passion fruits, rambutans, etc which really was a terrific idea.  Local cakes and bakes were also displayed elegantly for the guests.

Almost everyone was  clicking away  their cameras at the garden concept theme and I'm quite sure that  Khairun Nisa's wedding theme will be the new craze in town as you can see from the pictures below.

Before we left,  I took a photgraph of my daughter and I in the Malay traditional costume.   The costume  was a tad too big for me, I think.  ( Me thinks it's due to my daily yoga practice.!)

 A  beautiful  view of the garden  deco.  According to Puan Juairiah , on the eve of the wedding, they had a barbeque party with the same surrounding deco.  Gosh, so so fairy tale like

A closer view

A framed scrapbook style family pictures.  Cds are so passe...

Fruit baskets placed strategically for guests

My personal favourite, the desert table...... note the family pictures hanging  on the branches at the foreground

Buttons and bows, lanterns and baubles hanging all over the branches to give the breezy and outdoor garden ambience

The band was in full swing,  loved the song ' Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps ' which I always hear at most Malay wedding and functions.  Not a bad rendition by the band singer

Mmmm, another angle of the desert table

The 'kompang girls' who make up part of the traditional wedding  ritual of greeting the groom's entourage

Beautifully arranged wedding ' hantaran' gifts

The dais or ' pelamin ' .  The bride and groom will be showered with flowers and rose water, etc, given blessings by  the relatives and well wishes.  This is part of the Hindu  wedding ceremony too

don't have to explain here, self explanatory ... love the butterflies

Ahh, finally the bride herself, couldn't let go of the opportunity

A very beautiful and confident bride

Well, that was all the pictures  I could take.     Guests were arriving by the dozens and  table space was getting scarce.  Puan Juairiah later told me that although she had invited about 600 guests, close to a 1000 or so turned up !!.  I guest everyone wanted to be part of a right royal garden party wedding.  The groom had still to arrive  when I left  reluctantly to give way for other guests.  Thus, I missed a belly dancing performance and other customary games between the bride and groom !  

All in all, however, I came away very happy with the breezy ambience and Hershey chocolate give- aways  beautifully wrapped in a ceramic holder.  

Happy reading and painting