Merry Christmas

imageCrochet tree made by my DD (11 yr old).

Fleece Softies


Felt is easy for children to handle when they first start to sew. It is easily available, comes in many colors, doesn’t fray, it’s thick, yet easy to cut and it’s stiff. It’s stiff. That’s a good thing. But not so good for cuddling. And after a while, felt (I can only find acrylic/polyester felt) starts to pill. Then the whole project just look worn.

Fleece is a better choice as it is softer and better for cuddling. It doesn’t fray either and not difficult to cut. I do prefer fleece for softies. But living in the tropics, it’s not easy to find.  However, I found out recently that Ikea sells inexpensive fleece blankets/throws which comes in a few colors. So far I have acquired it in cream white, red, light blue and Mikey (from Monster Inc) green. I believe I saw one in tiger print too!  These are fantastic for crafts! I don’t remember how much but they were way under $10 each and came in a huge piece!

Last week, we had a workshop, sewing snowman and snow bear by hand. My students (youngest being 5) had no issues handling fleece.

I wish they have it in brown Coz I’m thinking gingerbread man softie would be so cute! As would brown bear!

Oh, and no problem with laundering.  Just put your softie in a laundry bag and toss it in together with the rest of the wash.

Carrot Cupcakes


I like frosting more than most of my peers. But at the same time I always felt that frosting is used to cover up dry, bland cake. If a cake is good enough, it should be able to stand alone.  For example, brownies. If a brownie is dense, chewy, chocolatey, then frosting it is like *adding legs to a drawing of a snake.

What I am trying to say is that my carrot cake does not need any frosting coz it is yummy on its own.  8D

This is an easy recipe.  Except the grating of carrot part coz I hand grated them on an ancient grater.  I didn’t enjoy that part.  But the eating part, definitely!  It’s moist, tender, and not overly sweet.


Carrot Cupcakes (makes about 15 cupcakes)

225 g melted butter or 225 ml oil

3 large eggs

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp rum essence

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup flaxseed meal

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2  1/4 tsp baking powder

9 oz grated carrot (about 2 medium size)

1 cup walnut bits

Mix everything together.

Heat up oven to 180c.  Bake in muffin cups for about 20 min.


* A Chinese story about a kid who after drawing a snake decided to add on some legs coz he didn’t know what else to draw.