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by J.D.Wen (subscribe)
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Published August 1st 2016
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Fanciful DIY crafts by Blue Stone Craft Gifts & Toys and pretty bouquets from Photo Credit: Blue Stone Craft Gifts & Toys

Last week I had visited the marketplace after touring Singapore Garden Festival 2016 and discovered unique products I had never seen before:

1. The Singapore Shawl Company
The shawls are made of good quality silk and eco-friendly materials with unique designs like orchids, palms and more, and come with vibrant colors too. These shawls could be worn on casual or semi-formal occasions.

Shelley showed us how versatile and stylish her shawl is.

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Shelley, the founder and designer of the company, demonstrated three ways to wear the shawl designed by her

The social enterprise founded by Shelley Siu in 2003 employs disadvantaged women like breast cancer patients, single mothers, and caregivers to sick family members.

Selected items are available from $30 onward. Please visit its e-store for more designs.

2. Barrosa Studio
I found this beautiful necklace with a green colored Cardiff designer master glass, and swarovski crystals.
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Dr. Praema's creation with

This multi-colored necklace is made of Czech fire-polished beads, swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls, and corals.

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Dr. Praema with her painting (Left). A multi-colored necklace designed by her (Right)

Dr. Praema Raghavan-Gilbert has been an artist since her retirement in 2001. Besides her love for oil and acrylic paintings, she designs necklaces and earrings made of top quality materials. Together with her husband, Prof. Lee Gilbert, they learnt paintings from S L Wee, and James Holdsworth.

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Prof Lee Gilbert with his Mirage series (Left). The tools and Trades Project: celebrating heritage (Right)

For viewing appointment, please contact them at 90472641 (Praema) and 97601492 (Lee). More items can be viewed here.

3. Blue Stone Craft Gifts & Toys
These DIY music boxes are so lovely and it does not come with a hefty price tag! It starts from as low as SGD 25.90 for a kit. It's interesting to build your own toy. It's a great idea for birthday presents!

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DIY music boxes designed by Blue Stone Crafts and Toys

For hobbyists who prefer figurines, build your own cool DIY metal crafts from $16.90 onward.

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A series of Starwars metalic figurines

Terence, Cavin, and Jiada design most of their products since end of 2015. Contact them through Facebook for further detail.

4. Tea Ideas Pte Ltd
I found Tea Wand range interesting and convenient as it is made of food safe aluminium foil individual packaging. It is also practical and affordable. I sampled Gyokuro and Tea Wand Celebration.

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Left: Gyokuro from Shizuoka, Japan. Middle & Right: Tea Wands

This tea company started 4 years ago by Jacinta Ong and her husband. It currently operates an e-store. Best sellers are Special Premium Grade Gyokuro sourced from Shizuoka prefecture in Japan, and Tea Wands.

5. Botanicaire Products
Plant-in-a-Bottle series are unique and exquisite ornament plants with minimum maintenance. Pet fish could be reared in Botanicaire too. These unique plants are suitable for indoor settings and would be lovely to be presented as a housewarming present.

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Left: Plant in a Bottle Series. Right: Botanicaire Feng Shui

Botanicaire Plant Sushi is a concoction of 12 types of probiotics called Nuvoc(tm) microbes which are infused with Seramis. This probiotic was invented in NTU. It aims at breaking down toxic gases in the air around your living spaces.

Products are available at e-shop, Homefix DIY stores, and Invitro flagship store located at 3 Soon Lee Street, Pioneer Junction, #01-07, Singapore 627606.

These five vendors occasionally participate in pop-up markets. Hope you get something you like.
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