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The design for this frame came by accident. I was playing with popsicle sticks and suddenly realized I had created a wonderful frame. I then designed the stand to hold the frame. The frame can be used vertically or horizontally. Download the instructions from my downloads page here. Or watch the animation on my YouTube channel here.

popsickle-stand-vertical

the simple but lovely popsicle stick frame (vertical)

popsicle-stand-horizontal

turn the frame around and you get a horizontal picture

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Ever since Lee-Kuo was four years old he has been drawing mazes. His first big maze was drawn on a train going to Munich one Saturday morning. Since then he has drawn many fascinating designs with gates, transporters and keys. Now he designs mazes in 3D and has just completed a cube maze, check this blog in the near future for pictures. Below are examples drawn when he was 5-7 years old. Download them from the downloads page. Watch a computer animated solution here

drawn on a train going to Munich

this maze was drawn on a train going to Munich

a lovely maze with a very long solution

a lovely maze with a long solution

maze-5

a wonderful circular maze

maze-6

lots of transporters

maze-11

a very difficult maze from Lee-Kuo

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Japanese crochet dusters

By now you must have realized we have lots of Japanese crochet books, they have many wonderful cute animals and ideas. These hand dusters are one of those cute ideas that my wife liked and so she made quite a few different versions.

Japanese dusters my wife made

Japanese dusters my wife made

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What a wonderful day we had. Just as the sun was rising we set out for the two and a half hour journey with a friend to Kaoshiung. The purpose was to visit summer camp students and collect Starbucks business cards. On our arrival we had a traditional chinese breakfast and walked around a park. We walked a long way, collecting Starbucks cards as we went. In the evening we visited a night market and ate stinky tofu. It was a fantastic day and we will definitely return to visit our friends in Kaoshiung.

getting together and eating a traditional chinese breakfast

getting together and eating a traditional chinese breakfast

I can never resist a good macro flower shot

I can never resist a good macro flower shot

walking around Kaoshiung collecting Starbucks business cards

walking around Kaoshiung collecting Starbucks business cards

the dome of light in an MRT station in Kaoshiung

the dome of light in an MRT station in Kaoshiung

a close up of the amazing dome of light

a close up of the amazing dome of light

taking a rest in the wonderful atmosphere under the dome of light

taking a rest in the wonderful atmosphere under the dome of light

another amazing piece of architecture for an MRT station

another amazing piece of architecture for an MRT station

entrance to the MRT

entrance to the MRT

my wife always finds an opportunity to teach crochet

my wife always finds an opportunity to teach crochet

walking to the night market and a view of the arena

walking to the night market and a view of the arena

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This is a lovely paper craft to make with students for Mother’s Day. The original can be found on Robert Sabuda’s website, see link below. I find it more interesting when the children colour the flower on the backside of the paper, so I mirrored the original template. click here for Robert Sabuda’s wonderful Pop-ups

my mirrored version with no black outlines

my mirrored version with no black outlines

the original version with black outlines

the original version with black outlines

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This is one of those beautiful works of art that my wife is so good at sewing. It is fully padded and lined inside which gives it that added quality feel. My son wanted to use it for school but his first one got stolen so now it stands on our cassette stand.

A lovely padded pencil case for extra quality

A lovely padded pencil case for extra quality

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This is another popsicle lamp I made during the summer vacation. It’s actually the same kit as the boat lamp in an earlier post, but I simply made everything from scratch including the electrical cable and switch. I love this kind of craft it gives you a warm feeling and pleasure in using wood.click here to buy the kit in Taiwan

a beautiful popsicle stick night lamp

a beautiful popsicle stick night lamp

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I created this lovely ladybird after seeing a small version in a hospital during spring. We were in hospital because Lee-Kuo needed a check-up for school. I came home and gathered all the materials and objects to make a ladybird. I then drew the body and found a bowl for the wing size, the spots are the size of a 50 NT$ coin. All my students really liked this craft.

a lovely ladybird made from corrugated paper

a lovely ladybird made from corrugated paper

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Needlecraft mouse

My wife makes some extraordinary crafts. This is a tiny mouse she made last year for a special exhibition, she is a perfectionist and it shows on this lovely little mouse.

A lovely little mouse made by my wife

A lovely little mouse made by my wife

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This was another summer vacation craft that Lee-Kuo made. He missed the crazy golf course in Germany and decided to make his own from wood. We found a wonderful set of instructions on the internet from a magazine printed in 1950. Lee-Kuo had so much fun sawing, cutting, sanding, shaping, drilling and gluing. The summer vacation was simply too short so he only completed 5 holes, nevertheless they are superb. click here for the original 1950 instructions

Hole 1, the ski jump

Hole 1, the ski jump

Hole 6, the maze

Hole 6, the maze

Hole 11, pinball

Hole 11, pinball

Hole 12, diamonds in the rough

Hole 12, diamonds in the rough

Hole 14, foothills

Hole 14, foothills

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