DIY Gold Dipped Feathers

I love it when I find a great DIY craft idea, even when I don’t get the chance to make every great craft idea I come across but I love sharing it! 🙂

With Christmas just around the corner, I found this awesome Christmas accessory idea from Honestly WTF  to add to Christmas tree and affordable too!  If you have a some pretty feathers leftover from another craft project lying around, you will find that it is a good use of those  feathers and makes your tree look prettier too! For the full DIY tutorial , step by step…check Honestly WTF’s website.

Happy crafting! NOtahati x

Items needed for this craft project are:

  • pheasant feathers
  • gold spray paint
  • gold end caps
  • paper
  • tape
  • glue

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Dominic Wilcox: Watch Sculptures: Moments in Time

When I think of Dominic Wilcox’s watch sculptures, I can’t seem to think of any other words except of the song “Time of Time” especially the chorus from this song sung by Cyndi Lauper in the 80s.

“If you’re lost you can look–and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you–I’ll be waiting
Time after time”

Don’t ask me why ..but my brain has a way of connecting things and I have also digressed from I wanted to share about which is Dominic Wilcox’s amazing work: a series of miniature time-based sculptures using a collection of vintage mechanical watches and customised model figures. By attaching tiny figures onto the second and minute hands of each watch, Wilcox has made unique, animated scenes from everyday observations and imagined situations. Like the one below…

Another interesting clip on how he discerningly  “feels” which  toy soldiers to use  for his sculptures.

Interestingly different way of displaying his observation, if only I had at least extra GBP 600 lying around..I would happily purchase one of these watch sculptures. For more updates, or news on Dominic Wilcox..check out his website

I am glad it is a short work week (Easter)….this week and next, more time to rest,”re-set” and craft. 🙂

PS: March Daisy hasn’t emerged due to busy schedule but she will make the appearence…along with April. xo Rachel@NotaHati

Akira Yoshizawa: what I did not know about Origami…

If you had clicked on Google today,  like myself and the millions of people out there, you would have noticed their interesting image today, which is this:

I was curious enough to click on the Google  icon today because I liked the origami styled words  and I am glad I did because I learnt a little more about Akira Yoshizawa (1911-2005) who was considered to be the grandmaster of origami.   Akira Yoshizawa is  still highly revered in Japan and worldwide  for his contribution in raising origami to living arts and today, 14 March was his birthday.

Akira Yoshizawa contributed vastly to art of origami once considered as  childrens’ craft to pass time turning it  into figurative art, now embraced by so many nowadays and yet I wonder how many of us knew of Akira Yoshizawa?

Before learning of this today, I have not even heard of Akira Yoshizawa and  his amazing passion for origami .Like many out there, I just took origami as it is without thinking too much about how much history there is behind origami, the art of folding . But today, my perspective has changed because of this one man and the impact he had on this art form.

I personally find origami to be one craft which perplexes me because my limited amount of patience but undeniably,it is one beautiful craft which is portable, easy to learn even when sitting on your own couch and in your own time!:)

Akira Yoshizawa

Akira Yoshizawa was so dedicated to his art that he left his full-time occupation as a technical draftsman to pursue origami and due to this dedication, he lived in poverty for 20 years, earning money by selling preserved fish door to door ( now that is real passion!)

His   passion paid off because at the end of 1951, a Japanese magazine commissioned him to fold the 12 signs of the Japanese zodiac to illustrate its January 1952 issue.

The work raised his  reputation, leading to exhibitions in Japan and, in 1955, a show at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

I am so glad there was once a man who loved creating art through folding using his understanding of geomatry, because without Akira Yoshizawa, origami would not be where it is today.

Monkey by A.Yoshizawa

To read more about Akira Yoshizawa, please click on the following links:

The New York Times and Akira Yoshizawa Origami Biography

Elephant: A Yoshizawa

At the moment, still really busy at work and not having enough energy at the end of the  day to work on my own craft..(sigh such is the life of a desk-jockey). I hope today’s sharing makes up for the lack of the crafting . xoRachel@NotaHati

A Letter to Whitney Houston…

Dear Whitney,

It has been almost  6 days since I heard about your death, and the sadness is still there, we have never met but like anyone else who have loved and been touched by your music, I have been wondering how do I tell someone that I have never met how much I will miss her because she shared so many memories with me? Well…her songs have anyway…

Beautiful Whitney in 1987, the way I remember her...

It was your “Greatest Love Of All” which my girlfriends and I sang with gusto, whenever we hung out in each other’s bedrooms as teenagers after school or at weekends, our young voices giving way as we tried to emulate your powerful vocals especially the bit “learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all” (what happened Whitney…did you stop loving yourself?) This song also reminded me to be strong especially on days when I was having it tough in school, being a slightly awkward schoolgirl with braids and big glasses and had to endure teasing from some of the nastier kids in school.

I danced to your “I Want to Dance with Somebody” during school dances with my high school crush and sometimes in my bedroom in front of the mirror, pretending that I was dancing with a certain special boy and I was still dancing to this song as a 20- something in night clubs with friends, having so much fun and laughter.

But some of the most beautiful memories you shared with me was with this boy called D.

I met D when we were both 15 going 16 and there was an instant connection between us. He was one of the nicest boys I met really smart, kind and had a sparkle in his eye.

I could not believe that someone so wonderful could like me  because I was a little messed up and did not like myself very much at that age. I was an awkward kid who felt very misunderstood and uncool.

D used to ring me up every other day or I will call him when my parents were out and we would talk about life, ambition and dreams, he even encouraged me to work hard at my studies.  Had I dared to tell my parents about him back then, perhaps things would have been a little different?

One day when we were on the phone I plucked up the courage and played “How Will I Know” over the phone to let D know how I felt, and he responded with Reo Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”on a song dedication program on the radio. With that exchange of music, it was all out, our mutual feelings of young love.

He would play “Greatest Love of All” ( over the phone) to cheer me up and “Saving All My Love “to let me know he cared and he felt  all we had were stolen moments(I know …he was the sweetest).

My parents were strict and we weren’t allowed to go out on dates, more like I was not allowed to go out on dates, but D was happy to call me his girlfriend even though most of our relationship was over phone conversations and letters (that was the time before internet and emails existedJ).

In the 15 months we were “together”, I was only allowed to go out a handful of times with D, I remember when I turn 16, he visited me with a present, we were so shy around each other that we just stared at each most of the time and secretly held hands (and no, we never kissed). It felt surreal because most of our relationship was based over the phone conversations accompanied by Whitney’s music.  Sweet innocent teenage romance that I still remember to this day how D had said to me that day how he would take me out for a proper date when I turn 18.

It must have been shortly after both D and I turned 17 that I decided to break things up between us, I felt it wasn’t fair for D to be alone whenever he went for birthday parties or other school functions, and I felt he was being made fun of “for having a girlfriend who could not come out”.  .

It was a very sad day when I made the decision to let him go ,after  trying to dissuade me from making that decision, D finally agreed and the last two songs he played for me were “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” and “Didn’t We Almost Had It All?” I cried buckets and could not tell my parents why.

Sadly D and I lost touch for the next few years ,being the smart boy he is, he studied engineering overseas and it was by chance,  he contacted me and was back into my life when we were in our 20s and single (but that is a whole different story J).

So tell me, how do I say goodbye to someone whose songs became part of these memories? I simply don’t know how, except feeling a sense of loss and sadness for this beautiful talented lady who became a fallen star.

RIP Whitney, I hope you found peace at last.xo Rachel@Nota Hati