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    My DIY chevron Chuck Taylors

    What do you do with an old pair of white Converse Chuck Taylors? You decorate it with a black fabric marker, that’s what!     This certain style of Chucks has a reversible tongue — you can choose to wear it with the tongue underside displayed if you wish. I decorated the pink tongue with polka dots.     I drew a chevron template to use as a pattern for the shoe. Chevron patterns are very trendy right now, and while I’m usually not one to follow trends, this is one trend I like. Also, it’s easy to draw. LOL.   My cats seem to approve. Sushi   Tiger  …

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    DIY Washi-taped Keyboard

      Just recently, I was without Internet for two weeks. For a country where a lot of BPO companies conduct business, we sure do have sucky, local customer service *coughPLDTcough*. For most, two weeks without Internet is like a death sentence, but for me it was like rehab. I had Internet on my phone (however slow *coughGLOBEcough*) so it wasn’t that bad. Also, being (partially) disconnected from the online world gave me a chance to start on things I had previously been putting off. Like washi-taping my keyboard.   I got the idea from Minifanfan who seems to have started the trend. I’ve been meaning to washi my keyboard ever…

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    Rubber/eraser stamp carving, part 2

    I live on the Internet. Screenshot of my old online digs, courtesy of the Internet Wayback Machine. I’ve been online and making websites since 1998, in various places on the web. I am grateful to have been an impressionable teenager then, quick to embrace new technology and media at the time the Internet went mainstream. I blogged my life online, along with a regular circle of local blogger friends and we all kept updated on each others’ lives via Livejournal. Some of them I’ve known for about ten years now– some I’ve met in real life, or bumped into randomly in school/at work, and there are others I haven’t met…

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    Rubber/eraser stamp carving, part 1

    A relatively new hobby I’ve taken up recently is rubber stamp carving. It started when I stumbled upon some handmade rubber stamps being sold on Etsy some years ago. At the time, I was running my own Etsy shop (which I’ve since “retired” since work got in the way) and was looking to speed up the process and reduce the cost of packaging my products by having a custom rubber stamp logo made for my shop. The price of these custom stamps turned me off, though– they were about $25 USD for a small stamp. Yes, I know it’s a custom piece and it’s handmade but it was, for me,…

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    DIY Muji colored pencil tube

    What happens when you have a plain cardboard canister and an afternoon of procrastinating?   I have a lot of personal projects brewing in my head all the time but I usually have no time motivation to act on them… except when I’m procrastinating on more important tasks at hand. Last year, I bought mini colored pencils from Muji, a Japanese lifestyle brand with beautiful, minimalist, and “unbranded” household/stationery/travel/furniture/clothing products. The colored pencils came in an unmarked brown Kraft tube– perfect for personalizing, I thought, as with everything else Muji sells. It took me a few months before I thought of what to do with it, and when I did,…