i came across this amazing blog post by bloesem.

picture from bloesem.

wood just gives such a warm feeling. i’d love to learn and work with wood to make zakka products.

also found these cute twig chopsticks from leif.

twig chopsticks from leif

twig chopsticks from leif

fell in love with this large pouch by bookhouathome on etsy.

large pouch from bookhouathome USD45.

after our first launch, i have to admit i’ve since been a bit lazy and having done much craft work. basically juz been doing a lot of research & planning. i think it’s time to pick it up again.

bondi beach.

my first sewing machine

how’s everyone’s weekend been? mine went in a blink as always …

bought my first ever sewing machine on saturday – a brother ds-120 – which is a computerized 20-stitch machine. my excitement has not quite fade away yet hahahaha very excited to see what i can make with this machine. started on my first sewing project …

sneaky peek ...

sneaky peek …

not quite finished yet, still have to finish the handles. and because this is my first every sewing product (not including those i did for fun before of course) it took me 5 hours just to get this far … but considering i made this up completely on my own i think i did pretty good? (didn’t use any samples/books/reference at all)

on sunday i had a day off from my craftmaking project and went to iceberg at bondi beach to have lunch. it was an amazingly cool sunny day.

bondi beach.

bondi beach.

please note : before you say that’s very romantic, i need to tell you below the “i love u” is a small line saying “maya i am sorry”.

so there goes my weekend.

first stamp :)

my first handmade stamp.

do you like winter? what do you usually do during cold weather?

personally i don’t like cold weather, makes me want to curl up in bed with my laptop with a hot cuppa chocolate and tonnes of marshmallows.

sydney has been harshly cold this year, with lots of rainy days too so my gumboots had been handy.

the rocks - winter

winter @the rocks.

one of the good things about this city is that people are very encouraging & active in promoting arts – vivid sydney has been amazing this year.

vivid sydney - customs house

vivid sydney – customs house.

been doing a lot of research (and shopping haha) on home products/handmade crafts. a lot to absorb at the moment and have been trying out different things. i’m not a very arty person but i do love home/handmade products a lot, so hope to show you more things i’m working on soon.

my work station.

my work station.

woooohoooooo my first handmade stamp was born yesterday!! so excited!! it was easier then i thought.

for beginners you only need the following things:

  • a block of rubber
  • a cutter (don’t even need the carving tools if you’re not planning to make a large batch)
  • some tracing paper (you can get that at craft shops)
  • a pencil
  • a rubber
  • a ruler
  • ink pad
i’m sure you have all of these things at home (maybe except for the tracing paper).
what you need to do is:
  1. draw the shape/design onto the tracing paper with a pencil
  2. turn over the tracing paper and put it on the rubber block
  3. use the end of the pencil to scratch the design onto the rubber block
  4. and then start carving!
it’s as easy as that.
first stamp :)

first handmade stamp.