Calendar of Events

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Wednesday, 07 January 2009
Day of Ashura
10 Muharram 1430

Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Birth of Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)
12 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1430

Sunday, 19 July 2009
Laylatul-Me'raj - Eve
27 Rajab 1430

Thursday, 06 August 2009
Laylatul-Bara'ah - Eve
15 Sha'baan 1430

Saturday, 22 August 2009
1st Ramadaan (Commencement of Fasting)
1 Ramadaan 1430

Sunday, 20 September 2009
Eid-ul-Fitr (Termination of Fasting)
1 Shawwal 1430

Friday, 27 November 2009
Eid-ul-Adha (Day of Sacrifice)
10 Zul-Hijjah 1430

Friday, 18 December 2009
1st Muharram (Islamic New Year)
1 Muharram 1431

Sunday, 27 December 2009
Day of Ashura
10 Muharram 1431

1.
January

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New Year

Date : 1 Jan
Significance : New Year is a celebration of the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. For most countries, New Year's Day falls on Jan 1 according to the modern Gregorian calendar. The day prior to New Years Day, Dec 31, sees much merrymaking, new resolutions-making and gifts exchange between friends, family, colleagues and clients. Jan 1 is usually a holiday for most countries.
Popular Gifts : Hampers


2.
February

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Chinese New Year

Date : 7 Feb & 8 Feb
Significance : A major celebration celebrated by Chinese all around the world, Chinese New Year is marked by visits to kin, relatives and friends. These visits are often accompanied by food hampers and oranges as wishes of prosperity and good fortune. Many companies send Chinese New Year Hampers to their clients as a gesture of appreciation for successful business transactions.
Popular Gifts : Hampers, Chinese New Year Hampers & Table Flowers



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Valentine's Day

Date : 14 Feb
Significance : Valentine’s Day falls on Feb 14 and is a day on which lovers express their undying love and devotion to each other. Much celebrated by both unmarried and married couples, Valentine’s Day is a day for exchanging of romantic gifts and gestures where chocolates, teddy bears and roses take precedence. During this period, prices of Flowers & Roses are known to skyrocket so do order your gifts in advance to beat the high prices.
Popular Gifts : Red Roses, Bouquets, Roses, Flowers & Valentine Roses


March: Earth Day is celebrated at the United Nations each year on the first day of Spring (also called the Spring Equinox). More details on the official Earth Day site.


International Women's Day
International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world.
This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.
International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for "liberty, equality, fraternity" marched on Versailles to demand women's suffrage. The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies.


3.
April

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Administrative Professionals Week (F.K.A Secretaries Week)

Date : 21 to 27 April
Significance : Initially celebrated to attract people to secretarial/administrative careers, Administrative Professionals Week is now a celebration to recognize secretaries for their contributions in the workplace. For administrative professionals, this celebration sees employers treating them to corporate lunch or dinners and special gifts.
Popular Gifts : Table Flowers, Flowers, Roses & Hampers


4.
May

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Mother's Day

Date : 11 May
Significance : Mother's Day is a day for celebrating and acknowledging a mothers undying love, sacrifice, care and concern for her children. On this day, children of all ages treat their mothers to something special to show in a tangible way how much they appreciate their mothers. Traditionally, some children will serve their mothers breakfast in bed or present their mothers with handmade gifts. These days, gifts of red carnations and flowers, a relaxing day at a spa or a grand meal at a restaurant are common.
Popular Gifts : Red Roses, Bouquets, Table Flowers, & Flowers


5.
June

5 Jun: World Environment Day by the United Nations based on a theme for the year, since 1974. The theme for 2007 is "Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?" in support of International Polar Year More details for 2007 World Environment Day events. Since 2004, the Singapore Green Plan 2012 (SGP 2012) Award is awarded in June. See also wikipedia enty

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Father's Day

Date : 15 June
Significance : Celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June, Father's Day is a celebration that commemorates fathers and forefathers for their fatherhood and parenting. Likewise to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day involves gift-giving.
Popular Gifts : Gifts & Hampers


6.
September

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Teacher's Day

Date : 1 September
Significance : Teacher's Day is a celebration that commemorates teachers for their dedication to educating students. Teachers Day is often accompanied with gifts-giving (often flowers and red pens) on the students part as an expression of thanks to their teachers.
Popular Gifts : Roses, Bouquets, Flowers, & Handmade Cards


7.
October

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Hari Raya Puasa

Date : 1 Oct
Significance : Muslims all around the world celebrate Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidilfitri after a month of fasting in Ramadan. Several weeks prior to Hari Raya Puasa are often a flurry of baking, cooking and of course, spring cleaning. In the course of spring cleaning, new curtains are hung, new carpets are spread and fresh table flowers adorn the living rooms of Muslim homes.
Popular Gifts : Table Flowers & Hampers



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Children's Day

Date : 1 Oct
Significance : Children and childhood are celebrated on Children’s Day. On this day, primary schools in Singapore organize fun programmes and activities for students. Apart from receiving gifts i.e. stationery and sweets from their teachers, children also look forward to watching cartoons which are shown back-to-back on television that day.
Popular Gifts : Table Flowers & Hampers

4 Oct: World Animal Day Animal welfare groups, sanctuaries and individuals throughout the world hold special events to heighten public awareness of animal issues and to encourage people to think about how we as humans relate to animals.


8.
November

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Grandparents' Day

Date : 23 Nov
Significance : Grandparents' Day, celebrated on every 4th Sunday of November, aims to recognize and honour the contributions of grandparents and senior citizens in the family. On this day, grandparents are treated to pampering, extravagant restaurant meal and gifts as a show of appreciation for their wisdom and contributions.
Popular Gifts : Table Flowers & Hampers


9.
December

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Christmas

Date : 25 Dec
Significance : Christmas (also known as Christmas Day), an annual holiday and celebration that falls on Dec 25, is a festivity which honours the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Christmas is predominantly celebrated by Christians all around the world but as of late, non-Christians have, too, taken part in the merriment of this festival. Come Christmas, Christmas trees are laden with decorations i.e. lights, mistletoe, holly, fresh flowers and hampers.
Popular Gifts : Hampers

Paper Hardener

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they say...

found this stuff: http://www.artplace.com/It says "Paverpol [fabric hardener] can be used to make all sorts of materials rock-hard, such as textiles, paper,..."Also, I think any clear-drying decoupage glue (like Mod Podge) would also harden paper.

*Reminder: Paverpol_ Gotta check this out on my next trip to Artfriend

http://www.paverpolaustralia.com/index.html



An excellent fabric hardener that dries fast and is very easy to use on any natural material such as silk, soft leather, self-hardening clay, polystyrene foam, wood, plaster, ceramic and more. It adheres to almost anything except plastic.

Unique Qualities:
Dries rock hard without additives.
Causes item to be weatherproof and suitable for outdoors.
Washes off with warm water.
Mixed product does not harden; if kept in sealed container it can be re-used.












More inspirations for Paper Jewellery

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Paper Couture™

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Saw this at Artfriend last Tuesday and I felt fireworks in ma head. That was when I knew I've fallen in love.

*geez that sounded cheesy*



Create Elegant, Durable Jewelry -- Out of Paper!

Scott O. Handy


Jewelry Making


Karen-Marie Fabricius has always had a deep fascination with paper and the endless creative possibilities it offers. Twenty years ago, she turned her fascination into a dream-come-true by starting the Danish company Karen-Mare Klip. Since then, Karen-Marie has become a world-renowned designer in the paper-craft field. Her designs are sold all over Europe, Iceland, and the United States.

Paper Couture™ is Karen-Marie's latest success. This unique jewelry-making line features sixteen different kits, each one containing everything you need to create exquisite matching ensembles. The kits even come with specially formulated paints and glues to increase the durability of your projects! Paper Couture provides perfect summer crafting projects, or just anytime jewelry-making fun!


Here are three examples of the Paper Couture kits:



Klip Gold

Karen-Marie Fabricius

Other Supplies:
Wax paper
Tweezers
Wire cutters
Pliers



Necklace


Fold the laser cut sheet in half; use paper glue to adhere the squares.

Let dry.
Paint the front and back of the squares gold; let dry.
Cut squares out and snip the paper bridges around the inside edges of the border.

Set one square aside for the brooch.
Fold opposite corners of the square toward the center, adhere with paper glue. Let dry.
Fold the inside corners of the square toward the center, adhere with paper glue. Let dry.
Form a loop by curving the top corner over a match or toothpick. Adhere on the back of the square with paper glue. Let dry, then remove the match.
Use jewel glue to adhere pearls to the piece, referring to package photo for placement.
Apply a coat of paper hardener to both sides of the piece; let air dry for 15 minutes. Apply second and third coats, letting the hardener dry for 15 minutes between each coat. Let dry completely. (Hint: Place on wax paper to dry.)
Thread cotton string through the loop created in Step 6.
Tie one end of the string to the opposite side with a single knot.

Repeat with the other end of the string. This will allow the necklace length to be adjustable.

Brooch


Use the second square created in Steps 1-3 above.
Repeat necklace instruction Steps 4-5.
Apply paper glue to the corner of the square; fold the corner to the back of the piece as shown in the instructions and let dry. Repeat with the opposite corner.
Use jewel glue to adhere pearls to the piece, referring to package photo for placement.
Apply a coat of paper hardener to both sides of the piece; let air dry for 15 minutes. Apply second and third coats, letting the hardener dry for 15 minutes between coats. Let dry completely.


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ABOUT




Danish designer Karen-Marie Fabricius founded the company Karen Marie Klip 20 years ago. This was the introduction of a fascinating, new & unique papercraft to the craft market across Europe and it caused a sensation!


Today Karen Marie designs for several craft companies, bringing us a wonderful selection of intricate laser cut designs.


As well as themed design sheets (baby, birthday, wedding, etc) there are a number of lovely frame, alphabet and floral design sheets available. Matching card blanks, tags and papers complete the range.
These seemingly delicate laser cuts are actually very durable and mouldable. Not only great for cards and scrapbook pages, it is possible to actually make jewellery from these designs too!

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