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Hama Bead Crafting

Pinky Pie and My Melody
Pinky Pie and My Melody

The kids have picked up a new hobby this year~ Hama Bead Crafting. It has been the ” in thing” since 2014 and we are slowly catching on to the latest trends.

I’ ve been  pining a lot of pictures on my  Hama Pinterest Board and love the designs that I have been seeing.  The kids too have their favourites and have picked up a few designs to start creating.

Monkey boy  and Doggie boy creating their masterpieces
Monkey boy and Doggie boy creating their masterpieces

They were inspired by the tools that they saw in the game Minecraft and attempted to make their own version of the diamond sword and pick axe.

Monkey boy's Sword
Monkey boy’s Sword

Monkey boy chose a mixture of blues for the sword and gave red accents to represent a blazing sword.  He named it Fire  & Ice.

Doggie boy's Pick Axe
Doggie boy’s Pick Axe

Doggie boy create this Flaming Pick Axe above. The over sized Pick Axe was suppose to cause massive damage when used during a fight with the zombies.

Rainbow Dash ~ My Little Pony
Rainbow Dash ~ My Little Pony

Tiger girl has no interest in Minecraft and drew inspiration from her favourite show  My Little Pony instead.  Both of us worked on creating one of her favourite ponies – Rainbow Dash.

Pinkie Pie and My Melody
Pinkie Pie and My Melody

Tiger girl had so much fun that she requested to create another pony. This time she decided on Pinkie Pie. I on the other hand tried my hand replicating a famous Sanrio character- My Melody.

My Melody Key Chain
My Melody Key Chain

I decided to make my creation into a key chain as a Valentine’s Day present for a girlfriend of mine who loves My Melody. I hope that she enjoys her little present from me.

Have you been creating anything

using Hama Beads?


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Writer’s Workshop: Just been Drinking


A cup of Tea


Tea, Coffee, Milk, Juice? The choices are really astronomical if you think about it.  You can mix and  match and even create your own unique quenching blend to suit your taste buds or your mood for the day.  One is only limited by his creativity and willingness to try out something new which may/may not taste great.

What  should I drink?

A cup of green tea
A cup of green tea

I personally love drinking green tea  and have a wide range of green teas and tea blends in the kitchen cupboard.  Silvermoon, Geisha Blossom and Place Vendome are the  premium green teas that I have from TWG that line the top shelf of that cupboard.They are my go to green teas when we have guest over.  On other days I normally

Besides hot green tea I also love drinking  ice-cold green tea to quench my thirst on a hot day.   I also love the green tea latte or ice blended green tea which they serve at some restaurants which we patronize on the weekend.

I’m lucky that most of the places which we go to when we dine out do serve ice green tea or jasmine green tea.  They are my go to drinks when  I am out.


If green tea is not available I will opt  for a glass of lemonade or honey lemon as my 2nd choice.  I love the bitterness of the sweetness of honey and the bitter after taste from the lemon mixed together.  If there isn’t lemon I will opt for Lime juice instead.

A pitcher of water
A pitcher of water

Even though I do love my teas  I ensure that I drink at least 8 glasses  water on a daily basis to remain hydrated.  Sometimes I do add slices  of lemon to my pitcher of water to make it a more refreshing drink.

What have you drunk lately?




Jenny Matlock

Mama’s Losin’ It