Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IKEA and Operation Overhaul is part of the 2015 IKEA Singapore Bloggers Program. All opinions and reviews are our own, and very honest as well. x

The convenience of electricity and lights is something we really take for granted nowadays (especially in such a safe country like Singapore!). We learnt about IKEA’s Brighter Lives for Refugees Campaign for Task 1 and how refugees all around the world in UNHCR camps were living. A lack of light can have a devastating effect on their safety, education prospects and income.

And so, our very first task from IKEA sounded fairly simple, although it wasn’t something we’ve ever attempted before – To spend a night without light.

A typical OOH-type of evening would have the both of us at a cafe or restaurant, catching up and discussing plans over a big hearty meal. We toyed with the idea of having a sleepover at one of our houses (so sixteen!) with the LJUSA LED torch that IKEA kindly provided us with for survival, as well as endless rows of scented candles everywhere. However, we decided to make the best out of a gloomy situation (hurrr) and have a…


We wanted to keep everything really simple and in line with the no electricity/total darkness experience, and decided against products that required alkaline batteries as well. We met up at about 7 in the evening and started doing our preparations for the night just before the sun went down and we lost all light…

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OOH x IKEA - Glo BalloonsRos at work

OOH x IKEA - Glowsticks

We were planning to depend entirely on our hand-driven torch as well as glowsticks to ‘survive’ the night. Ros inflated and filled balloons with light sticks, while I worked on a light stick bunting using jute and SOMMARFINT drinking straws.

Darkness soon crept up and we were left in a dark room surrounded by the glow from the light sticks. We broke the last two XL light sticks we bought and couldn’t resist snapping a few photos and having some fun before emptying the glowing contents into RAJTAN spice jars filled with water to make our glow lamps (which did a greattttt job and looked amazing).

OOH x IKEA - BuntingsJuu putting up the light stick buntings which were essentially skinny light sticks slot into regular drinking straws!

OOH x IKEA - TechnopartyCouldn’t help playing with the XL light sticks!

OOH x IKEA - Glowstick JarsOur water glow lamps

We tried a couple of other things that didn’t necessarily work (PS. Glo’worms do not actually glow) and simple things that we did on a daily basis proved to be more difficult than usual. Craft photography usually requires lots of light to ensure clear and clean photos. We tried to take photos of simple actions, such as breaking the lightsticks, putting up the deco, etc. but all we got were silhouettes (if we were lucky!) or just a black photograph with coloured lines all over (glowsticks). We finally settled on using the LJUSA LED torch as a light source/ using the long exposure function on our camera.

OOH x IKEA - Party and DrinksYou can finally see what Ros is doing because of the light from the LJUSA LED torch (which you then can’t see).

OOH x IKEA - Glow SetupOur final party set-up and photo wall!

OOH x IKEA - GlowwwwLight sticks taken with long exposure

OOH x IKEA - Buntings 2Our light stick buntings which were super easy to make and looked great in the dark

OOH x IKEA - Juu & RosAnd yes, this actually is a photo of the both of us… Juu is the one with the light stick necklace and Ros is wearing a light stick headband.

OOH x IKEA - Lightsticks OOH

OOH x IKEA - Mickey EarsFinal photo taken the light from the hand-driven torch.

We clearly had quite a bit of fun decorating the place up with glow-in-the dark craft things as well as laughing at every photo that came up pitch black, but it also reminded us of the many inconveniences that came with the lack of lighting. I had to admit I felt a sense of safety and familiarity again when the ‘night’ ended and I walked out into a well-lit corridor to get home.

We urge you to read more about IKEA’s Brighter Lives for Refugees Campaign here. For every LED light bulb sold during February 1 to March 28 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate 1 euro to UNHCR. The funds generated will help improve access to lighting, renewable energy solutions and primary education in refugee camps across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

There’s also going to be a LED exchange coming up at our local IKEA stores! From 6-8 February 2015, bring your used halogen or incandescent lightbulbs to the IKEA store for a 1 to 1 light bulb exchange. *Up to 3 lightbulbs per person and exchange is limited to the first 1000 bulbs per day.

Till the next post! Hopefully we’ll all be able to light someone’s life up somehow~ x

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OOH x IKEA SINGAPORE Bloggers Program


What’s Blue + Yellow… and very Swedish?

Ooh! And it begins! We’ll have to admit that we were particularly excited when we were first contacted by the IKEA team to come on as one of their bloggers in their new 2015 SG Blogger Program. The both of us love the brand and we spend a lot of our weekends in the stores! (A whole lot of that time spent in the restaurants and hotdog/soft serve checkout but shh!)

For the next few upcoming months, OOH will be rolling out a number of posts based on the “tasks” that IKEA assigned. We think it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore more home & decor ideas with such a familiar brand as well as the extensive range that IKEA has!

We’re also super glad that the team behind the whole program has been really unrestrictive and supportive in whatever ideas we might have. Any content or reviews on this blog will always feature our true opinions and we hope that you’ll enjoy the ideas and upcoming collaboration posts as much as we had fun creating them!

Operation Overhaul - IKEA Bloggers Program


Ros & Juu


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Feature: Nookmag

Juu & Ros of Operation Overhaul

Only January but 2015 is already looking fantastic! Just want to thank Eliza and the team from Nookmag for not only featuring us, but naming January the month of Overhaul on Nookmag.com– something they said was inspired by us!

They’ve roped us in not only for this feature, but also decided to put some of our items on their newly launched online store. You’ll find our super cute crochet Tri-Scoop Ice Cream Pin, Loopy Necklace & Cloudy Necklace available there, as well as exclusive OOH x Nookmag DIY Kits we’ve specially curated and put together! We’ll also be guest posting alternative ways to jazz up your creations from the DIY kits at the end of the month so stay close for that!

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Meanwhile, read the feature here and don’t forget to submit your entries for their instagram contest where you could win yourself our crochet Tri-Scoop Ice Cream Pin just by uploading a photo of an ice cream dessert and tagging @nookmag + hashtag #nookmagstore #nookmagxooh! Contest ends 25 Jan so hurry! 

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DIY Tutorial: Dough Ornaments

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Christmas is round the corner! Here’s a quick tutorial for some simple cornstarch dough ornaments you can make from home, be it to hang on your tree or to add a little personal touch to your gift wrapped presents.


Materials / Ingredients:

  • Cornstarch / Corn Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Cookie Cutters
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Straw / Awl
  • Paint of your choice


Step 1. Mix 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of cornstarch in a pot.


Step 2. Add 1 and a quarter cup of water to the powder mixture. Mix it till it becomes runny and place it on a stove over medium heat.


Step 3. Stir the mixture constantly. Once it thickens, it’ll start to form a dough.


Step 4. Place it in a bowl covered with a damp paper towel and let it cool. Do not attempt to roll it out now as it’s extremely hot inside!


Step 5. Once cooled, knead the mixture till it’s smooth and roll it out. Keep it below half an inch thick or the ornaments will crack when dry.



Step 6. Prep your cookie cutters and have fun with them! Remember that you can always knead the remaining dough into a ball and roll it out again when you’re out of space on your current piece. If you’re using them as ornaments, use a straw or awl to create a hole out of the dough.


Step 7. At this stage, you can choose to let it air dry or bake it in an oven. It’s recommended to air dry for 24 hours but I left mine for about 2 days. The humidity in the air affects the drying process. Otherwise, you can bake them at 160 degrees celsius for 30 minutes on a baking sheet, but they do brown a little in the oven.


Step 8. Once dried, you can paint them using acrylic or spray paint. Use tapes to create different designs too!



Step 9. String your ornaments and they’re ready to go!



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Feature: ZAN Magazine


We’ve found our way to the pages of another local mag! This time, Mindy from Zàn Magazine approached us to share some ideas for some festive home decor as well as Christmas gift wrapping. The 8 (!!) mini tutorials can now be found in the December 2014 issue of Zàn Magazine! It’s all very fresh for us to be reading our own craft tutorials in mandarin (Thank you, Mindy!) and I hope those who are interested can pick up a copy to check out the 4 page spread!

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Learn how to make 3D paper stars, yarn wrapped alphabets, cotton thread christmas trees, metallic straw geometric ornaments, frosted glass candle jars for your home; as well as 3 different gift wrapping ideas to jazz up your Christmas gifts!

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???Zàn is available at 50 FairPrice locations islandwide, which include all FairPrice Finest outlets, as well as all major bookstores, Cheers and ExxonMobil Cheers.

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