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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Library Display Ideas Pin Board

Pinterest is an online pinboard service I started to use since 2012 to pin ideas gathered from various internet resources.

For reader of this blog, "Library Display Ideas" pin board on Pinterest will help you to see an organized board on the topic and the sharing may help to generate a lot more creative things that could be applied in Library Display.

View the pictures and visit the links, you can get a lot of creative display ideas free from this web sites:

Other pin boards I like to recomment are:

Pinterest is a free service and you may like to explore and learn to pin something and share with other!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gift wrapping ideas: NTU Library collection

Today, I revisited Lee Wee Nam Library in NTU after two full days of LAS/WSQ assessment at Instructional common, and was surprised to see that all the gift wrapping items I created years back were well kept and treasured by the staff.  

Since Christmas is coming, I took some photos at the end of the day, to share these gift wrapping ideas with readers of this blog.

Hope you like the various wrapping ideas and may I wish you a Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Festive Gift Wrapping Course: single session workshop

For organisations interested in a shorter version of the Gift Wrapping Course, I have the following 2-hour session to meet the needs.

Festive Gift Wrapping Course: single session workshop

* Duration of the workshop: 2 hours

* For a minimum of 20 participants

* $50 per participant

* Fee charged is inclusive of materials used in the course. Participants just need to bring their own scissors.

Festive Gift Wrapping Couse: one single session workshop

This 2-hour workshop will enable you to design your own gift wrap and learn the creative art of gift wrapping through innovative hands-on experience.

Not only that the gift wrapping ideas is interesting, innovative and creative, most of them are designed with Green thought in mind and they may be recycled!

*How to wrap gift in box shape: hands-on

*How to dress up your wine bottle: demo

*How to wrap soft toys or soft items without using boxes: hands-on

*How to make ribbon bows to enhance your gift wrapping: hands-on

*How to design gift wrapping that can be recycled and keep the world green

The course will be conducted at your club or organisation's premises:

2-hrs session for a group of 20 participants (Minimum)
Fee: $50 per participant (inclusive of all materials)
Additional participants will be charged at a rate of $50 per person

If the total number of participants is less than 20, the total fee for the 2-hour course for 20 participants will be charged if the club or organisation wishes to have the workshop conducted.  The class will be given 20 sets of materials which maybe used collectively.

Confirmation of class: one week before the actual date, with Booking fee of $250 (Will be counted as partial payment in advanced.)

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang
HP: 9660 4692
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INNOvative HANDS-ON, INNOvative minds-on

Similar workshops conducted:

Jurong Point Mall, at Learning Corner
on 8 Dec 2012, 2pm to 4pm
Organised by Jurong Point Realty Limited

Singapore Police Force, HQ at Cantonment
on 13 Dec 2012, 2.30pm to 5.30pm
for Police Welfare Division, Manpower Department

Notes: The above are similar sessions, i.e., 2 - 3 hours workshop. For every additional 30 minutes, the add-on fees is $10 per participant!
The workshop contents are tailored made to meet the requirement of the organization, and similar courses can be designed upon request.  Festive wrapping, like Valentine day gift wrapping designs, is available!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Odd Shape Items: How to wrap it

"How can I wrap odd shape items?"


Friends and course participants always have the above problem to solve and find it a tough job in gift wrapping.

Sometimes, it may make them change their mind in the gift shopping process, and buy something that is easy to wrap instead of the gift that matches the choice of their heart.

The gift wrapping service provided during festive session can create a joyful gift giving experience. 

Hence, departmental store which provides gift wrapping service, especially during the Christmas season, does help to boost their business as shoppers will focus on shopping gifts and have the task of wrapping delegated to professional gift wrapping service.


Now back to the Q and A:

"How can I wrap odd shape items?"  


A simple solution most people used is to look for a box that can contain the item and wrap it like a box.  Departmental stores now turn it into a business, and gift boxes in various sizes are available for sale.


I use this method too as it is the most convenient way!

I usually do not purchase gift boxes since I know how to make them myself.  It is not hard to make gift boxes if you have 100-120 g paper and some ready template to follow. Designs of boxes is available in books or Internet.  Google "gift boxes design", you will get lots of ideas for your applications.

I also recycle old boxes that serve the same purpose, or use nice shopping bags and convert them into boxes for wrapping.

To make the boxed gift more interesting,  I would suggest that you wrap the box with some add-on, and give some personal touch to the box shape. The add-on could also reflect or reveal the contents:

If your gift is for a lady or a teenage girl, you may like to make it lookfeminine. Here is an example, I use the box shape to create a lady's blouse and add a friendship knot below. 

To make it more attractive,  a handmade rose is placed on top of the collar and act like a brooch, which makes it looks interesting and appealing!

Here it is:

If the gift is for gift exchange party, gender neutral gift will be the usual choice.

Hence, wrapping the gift can be more straight forward, and here is one suggestion:


"If I can not find a box, how can I wrap odd shape items?" 

Sometime, t is hard to find boxes that match the shape of the gift. Problematic shape, like a soft toy, a pair of jeans or a key chain are common gifts that most people like to purchase.

I would suggest that you use gift wrapper to make a bag, which look like a shopping bag without the handle.  Leave more balance on top, so that you can create some design on top.

Here is one design for your considerations:

(Notes: The gift inside this "lady's shirt" wrapping is a scarf)

If the gift is for a gentleman, then, just make it gentleman-like for your collar design, and add a bow tie:

(Notes: the gift inside is a table tennis' bat)


For soft items, you have to wrap them with tick wrapper, as the bag shape will then be able to stand on it own.  If you run out of wrapping paper, you can use drawing paper as an alternative.  The above gift is wrap with an A3 size white drawing paper.


If you find it too troublesome to wrap gift with collar design, you can just fold the top of the paper bag and seal with tape, or add a ribbon bow to decorate it. The fold can be a straight fold or a V shape fold, and the seal can be colourful tape with design that you can purchase from the bookshop.


Alternatively, if you do not like to seal with tapes, you can staple a rectangular gift tag or gift note to cover the folding too!


There are many way to make the folding attractive:

*you can modify the rectangular gift tag add-on to Heart shape gift tag, use two-layer method and have red colour heart shape overlaying the green one... for Christmas mood!

* you can also cut-out the Christmas tree shape and make the rectangular shape a see through label add-on. Use the cut-out create a greeting card!

* you may cut-out shape of Christmas tree in different size with different colour paper and glue the center line, fold the paper to make it look 3D...

* you can use craft punch with any design you like to save time if you are in a hurry!

Alternative are endless and you will be amazed with the result.


The above are some ideas I enjoy during Christmas and festive sessions all these year!


With that, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

HP: 9660 4692 

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Daily thought needs exercise too...

Whatever I shared here may sound familiar to you:

In my life journey, one of the biggest problems to better performance is the uncontrolled thought and feeling that block the flow in my daily works, especially worrying thoughts and depressive feeling.

I know that it is a waste of time and resources to dwell on unproductive thought and feeling, yet I just let my energy drain in these pointless loops sometimes.

Brain, like body, requires exercise to keep fit.

For our physical body, daily exercises will give us a good body shape. Hence, I take up yoga and try to build it into my daily routines.

For our mental health, good daily brain exercise, will create a routine mental loop that results in good mental habit and behaviour.  To make it work, I read newspapers and watch news everyday.  In addition, reading good books, doing art and craft or watercolour paintings make me feel great and stay in a positive mood.

By adding in physical and mental exercises, somehow the immune system is being set up to replace the worrying thoughts and depressive feeling.

That may explains why the current trends of taking up yoga and other forms of exercises are becoming popular now.

Likewise art courses in all forms are being subscribed to by many all over the world!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang