After 2 months of preparing the props, rehearsing the dance moves on every alternative weekends, the day has finally arrived for the kids to perform live on stage for Yamaha Annual Concert 2017… The prop/costume is none other than the SuperMario Cheep Cheep, sewn to perfection by Mommy after a few rounds of feedback from HY and after a burning the mightnight oil for almost a week…
The costume is thoughtfully matched with red long sleeved shirt (with felt to mimic the tummy of the fish ^_^), long white pants (after searching high and low for it, we finally bought it in Uniqlo), yellow gloves (bought from Daiso in AEON after failing to find any at nearby school uniform shops) & white school shoes.. Getting all the “components” together is truly, by itself, a piece of “art”…^_^
So, here are some pics of the boy in action… Great Job Mommy and HY!!
Note: Some pictures courtesy of parents of one of the Mario Flower. Thanks ^_^
It’s been more than a year since we last posted the plastic spoon dragonfly and formula milk scoop flower souvenirs for the boys’ Teachers’ Day Year 2016.
So for this year, sticking to the same tradition of using recycled materials, Mommy and boys came up with some greeting cards made of wedding thank you cards, plastic bottle covers, decorative buttons, color papers, glittery powder, etc. and of course with a personalised message for each teacher. Moreover, this year is HY’s graduation year and probably the last hand crafted gifts for his beloved preschool teacher… (how time flies.. ^_^)
Come middle of this year, HY, our eldest boy, would be performing in his music school concert… of course, he’s no prodigy to be playing any pieces from Chopin or Beethoven this time (I hope he will one day though 😉) but he would be doing something more age appropriate, Dancing / Acting / Pretend Play (however you name it.. )!!
So I guess u would have known what his character would be on stage by now (with the big caption for this post)… joining his classmates with the likes of Fire Flower, Koopa Troopa, Mushroom, Coin, Star and Blooper (i.e. flower, turtle, mushroom, coin, star, squid in adult term…😂)
Well, when it comes to costume, the ultimate goal is… construct from used/recycled items with lowest cost possible… I guess at least for me, with this mindset in mind, the concert would be such a unforgettable one for the kids as well as the parents who spend all their spare time to make the costume (or at least part of it)…
So here you go, prototype no. 1 from our SAHM…still in “rigorous” test and trial stage in terms of robustness, flexibility, practicality, etc. Note: Most of the joints were hand sewn…
- Polyfiber from used pillow
- Cloth from old T-Shirt
- Swimming cap (where the fish is hand sewn to it… can be substituted by any cap)
- Liquid silicone glue, thread, needle
TO BE CONTINUED…
Glow in the dark Snowy Flower with labels made of wires… the main theme of this year’s birthday gift from my beloved Wife, topped with a card filled with promise from my big boy + clay flower and a nice home baked banana chocolate chip cake… such a wonderful surprise from all members of the family..
The night started with Thai food at the newly opened Wan Thai Cuisine nearby… Guess it was by far the most challenging dinner we’ve had.. imagine having Thai steamboat “mookata” with an infant, a toddler and a boy… we regretted it the moment the dish was served but at the end, it wasn’t as bad as we thought.. it tasted good and the boys like it too.. felt so blessed the kidos were considered quite well behaved 😀😇 (probably give me some face on my big day.. ^_^)
Mookata.. & Chef of the Day… 🙂
After that eventful dinner, we proceed to have a drink at our favourite Starbucks cafe near our home and celebrated my birthday…
Finally the closeup pics of the invaluable gifts… Thanks Dear…
Since the tree first bore its first fruit in Oct 2016, we were hoping it would live by the slogan, “Grow, Bear Fruits, Harvest, Repeat!”… now it certainly does live up to its expectation ^_^
So, here you go, some blooming flowers, the one and only pomegranate for now (used to be twins but one of them gave up)… and also the person who “nourished” this tree (details in this blog post).. btw, if you’ve not seen a pomegranate tree, it’s the tree at the back of ZY!!!
p/s: Feel free to view the first post about this “Miraculous” tree if you have missed out on that previously.. it is so far the most meaningful tree to us and our baby, ZY…
Home Grown Pomegranate | Minifury’s Art & Craft https://minifury.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/home-grown-pomegranate/
Similar to all 1 year old birthday celebrations of our kids, way advanced planning was the norm for our SAHM to make sure everything falls into place on the big day.. and of course much of her time, effort and energy were poured in..
So, apart from the most time consuming pom pom skirt in our previous post, these were the remaining items to prepare, i.e ordering of the cake, decorating the cake, buying some special candles, preparing photography props, securing the venue (thanks to our Uncle for the wonderful place), dyeing the eggs, ordering cheese tarts for dessert, steaming the chicken drum stick (thanks Mom for getting us one)… etc.
So here u go for some of the pictures of the cake deco (ribbon around the cake + name tag made of flexible wires + special battery-powered blinking 1 YO candle beside the cake)
Subsequently, some special props to spice up the photography session… the props were mainly consist of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs (since it’s CNY anyway) + funny and meaningful dialogue boxes + smileys.. (if you have followed our blog since its birth, you may find the monkey zodiac prop very familiar… YES, you are right! It’s the one Mommy did it last year!! 😄)
Some dessert for everyone after the reunion dinner on the same day…
Lastly, our princess and SAHM with all the props in the wonderful antique-feel living room (can’t thank Uncle CH and family enough for their hospitality… 👍🏼☺️👏)
Time really flies and without we actually noticing it, ZY has grown up to be a little lass (still an infant though.. ^_^).. Well, on her 1 year old birthday, mommy has set her mind on preparing/ sewing / knitting (however you name it..) a piece of Pom Pom for her…
By the way, Mommy has gone through so many sleepless nights just to get “all the pieces in place” while juggling all the other household chores / entertaining the kids / etc etc … by looking at Mommy’s sheer determination to bind all the cloth together really amazed me…
So here u are, the end result of all the effort…
And when everything else were put together…