Make: Duck Costume

by Cat on October 31, 2012

Designing Mom Shinmin has been my co-conspirator and inspiration for the past few Halloweens. Her costumes simply rock. Every year when I start to weaken on my costume making goals I close my eyes and think of her and press on with the glue guns and felt piles. This year her daughter Mila requested to be Beatrix Potter’s Jemima Puddle Duck. And Shinmin did not disappoint. Here is a 3D view of it (below):

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Shop: Cocon

by Cat on April 3, 2012

Designing Mom Shinmin turned me onto the dreamy work of Masami Katsuka. She’s one of those designers whose sense of color, texture and theme seems to effortlessly exist in every part of her world…from her writing, blog, to the products she creates. Love!



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Happy Friday: Mila’s Big Three

by Cat on March 30, 2012

Thought I’d close the week with this pic of Mila (daughter of Designing Mom Shinmin) at her big 0-3 party at the Children’s Creativity Museum . I snapped the photo late but the cake was a stunning three tier. As some of you well know, Shinmin is THE cake extraordinaire and everyone, including picky-eater-Zilla, got down to business  sampling the flavors. Here’s to a Happy Friday and weekend everyone!


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Make: Kale Chips

by Cat on March 27, 2012

by Designing Mom Shinmin

Kale chips.I’ve been on a mission to get Mila to consume more iron (doctor’s orders due to the lead poisoning incidence…long story).

I’ve tried all kinds of creative, borderline desperate, attempts. Mila is not big on meat or veggies. So besides plain pasta, meal time is not easy. I tried home made spinach ravioli, frozen chard/tofu pops, beef meatballs over spaghetti, nothing worked.

Her mouth stays sealed shut except on the rare occasion she decides to eat paper. That is when I had an ah-ha moment. I know she likes the texture of paper. So why not create food with that texture?!

The result is KALE CHIPS. Mila absolutely LOVES them. They have the texture of crispy paper. They crunch with each bite. Mila consumes a huge amount at a time.

Here’s how to make them.  It’s so simple. A bunch of kale from the supermarket will be enough for 3 or 4 baking sheets of chips.

Preheat oven to 250F. Wash and dry the kale. Cut out and throw away the middle thick stems. Lay the leaves flat on the baking sheets. Drizzle some olive oil and a bit of salt. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes and crunch away.

Tip: after making these plenty of times I bought an olive oil spray. This applies a thin even coat on the leaves.


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Make: Fabric Headbands

by Cat on February 21, 2012

by Designing Mom Shinmin
Mila was sick the other day.  She had a fever and a queasy stomach so
I kept her home from school. I could see she was bored out of her mind.I initially planned to bake sugar cookies in the shape of hearts and let her decorate them with colourful icing. But since she was sick I didn’t think the cookies would make thoughtful gifts after all.

So I took out some fabric scraps like let her manage her own “fabric store”. She started piling the fabrics into fun colour combos. So I thought I should make something with the fabrics she’d chosen.


I made reversible fabric headbands for the girls in our building. There are 3 girls under the age of 3 in our building.While I made the headbands, Mila made cards for them. So I guess her sick day wasn’t so bad after all.

I absolutely love fabric headbands on little girls. Mila wore them when she was just a baby because her hair took so long to grow out. Now that she’s got some hair, they look even better!

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