TGIF: Cards Stand

Welcome to another episode of TGIF! This is a new series where I make or put together fixtures to add to the aesthetics of my abode, stuff you may not be able to find in the shops or if you do; them at an overpriced range. It’s fun to make and be a consumer of your own stuff. Plus it’s therapeutic – putting stuff together like putting pieces of one’s life together – like chicken soup for the soul. Jesus Himself was a carpenter (a builder of things) before He stepped into full time ministry to become the Builder of lives. *Smileyface

In this entry, I seek to build a cards or letter stand to display the Zo cards and cards that I have purchased so that I can choose a suitable one to give to my addressee. Have a read and if you are free on a Friday night, why not get some materials and start making something out of that night? Give it a try and you can customize the look to one which you like.

Price breakdown:
Wooden backboard (Daiso) : $2
Wooden ledge x3 (Daiso) :  $6
Craft glue (Popular) :  $2.90 (There’s leftovers)
(Optional) Stick tapes (3M) :  $4(+/-) (There’s leftovers)
Total :     >$20
Satisfaction :   Guaranteed
Value :   Priceless

IMG_8530(TGIF)Hang it up with 3M tapes.


IMG_8529(TGIF)Or give it some space by the wall.


How To Make Your Own Cards Stand:

IMG_8352Ingredients to make your own cards stand. Photographer’s err: I’m lacking one extra wooden stick(close to twice the breadth of the stick you see in the picture) at the time of take which is needed to hold the cards in place.


IMG_8354Cut up the wooden sticks, use the remainder for the upper tier.


IMG_8355File the edges with your regular nail file to produce a smooth edge for the ledges of the cards stand.


IMG_8395Take measurements.


IMG_8358Glue it up with Selleys craft glue, specialized for quick adhesive of craft work!


IMG_8532Put it altogether and customize your own cards stand with decorations, polarites, to name a few. And wala! Your very own cards stand!


IMG_8426For those who would like to hang up your dainty and pretty looking cards stand, use 3M tapes of this size.


IMG_8432Stick them in the middle; one at the top and another at the bottom. Note that the plank might not be completely flat, so stick at a point that both adhesives will contact the wall.


IMG_8361Coffee break during the carpentry process.


IMG_8362Cards from Korea.

TGIF: Letters To:


In the previous entry, you see ‘Letters From:‘; letters addressed to me by friends and loved ones. However, a person who receives and does not give [back] is like a dead sea – so rich in minerals, yet no life can exist there – with only inputs without outputs. It takes two hands to clap, and it takes both on either side to maintain a relationship. Letters are one of the most practical ways to do so. Two-penny letters (Hanson, Kinfolk Volume Three, p102-103) work very well as opposed to the notion that one should only write ‘proper’, lengthy letters. A simple “Hey, love your dress!” or “Meet for coffee soon, old sport.” can be so heartfelt in letting the addressee know that you are thinking of them.

I have written and sent out much letters, post cards, post-its, handmade and DIY cards to friends and loved ones through the years but two-penny letters is a quick solution with the same intent and outcome [though results vary depending on effort spent la]. One doesn’t have to fret over filling in the lines of the letter with ‘substantial’ content too. Simplicity is the way of life. There’s also lesser pressure and expectation added to the addressee; they are not forced to write something back.

We’ve all received that out-of-the-blue note from a friend; the joy and comfort that these little check-ins bring us is incredible considering the simplicity and scale of the act. It doesn’t take much time or effort to jot down a thinking-of-you note to a friend that will change their day.
Killeen Hanson (Kinfolk Volume Three)

A follow-up to Kinfolk‘s HOW TO BE NEIGHBORLY: CHECKING IN article, here‘s how you can ‘check in’ in someone else’s lives without being too over the top. And it is inexpensive too. Scattered all around hot-spots in Singapore are the Zo card racks constantly topped up and replenished with new Zo [post] cards on a regular basis. Pick up a few with interesting themes, colors, concepts, photography, etc. Bring them home, use a trusty pen to write on the blank areas of the card, give them by hand or by post whichever is preferred. For my foreign friends, you can collect all those free post cards from your country’s attractions and hot-spots (museums, tourist centers, etc), they are good for writing too.

Knowledge is power, now that you know how and what to do, send out your two-penny letters [or Zo cards]!

P.S. I would love to see your two-penny letters. Please feel free to tag me on your blogs or social media platforms, or drop me a hyperlink to your new media platforms under the comments section of this entry.