Showing posts with label Handmade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Handmade. Show all posts

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Crochet: Flower bookmark or brooch

I've recently embarked on a bookmark craze! At first, it was some mouse bookmarks and now some flower ones!!! It actually was a suggestion from a loyal student, Carol, who wanted to learn to make one. And then Mother's Day came, so was sis' birthday, so I've made them one each!

Flower pattern was from and I've added my own take of the tassel. Easy peasy!
Flower themed
Flower bookmark with tassel for sis
Flower brooch for mom

What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns (mixed colour)

Monday, 28 January 2019

Nyc Nat Nook: Crochet Workshops!

Did you know that I do conduct crochet workshops at Nyc Nat Nook? Aside from books for rent and mobile phone accessories for sale, I do sell some handmade crochet products and teach crochet during weekends.
If you would like to learn a new skill i.e. crochet, you can give me a holler and I'll advice you accordingly. Either a beginner or a refresher, I have suitable workshops for both category namely:
  • learn to crochet a book/ e-reader sleeve
  • learn to crochet a coaster
  • learn to crochet a pokeball
More will be added in due time but if you have a particular pattern in mind, we can work something out. Workshops are by appointment basis as such please do holler for more details.
Learning to crochet a book sleeve is currently our most popular workshop :-) 

Below are some of our student's completed book sleeves:
For more details, please check out our Facebook page:

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Crochet: A simple muffler

I was recently commissioned to crochet this muffler, though simple but a very tedious project! I could have finished it earlier too but restricted due to time and joint pain :-(

Anyway, the end result was truly satisfying for me and I really loved how it turned out!
Pattern was my own. Here's what I've used:

  • 4 Seasons pure wool 8 ply (100% Australian Wool) yarn

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Crochet: e-reader sleeve

Though I've been crocheting for so long, I've not made many book related items as I've enjoyed making dolls more! Oh well, since I wanted to have a book themed workshop, I've finally created this simple e-reader sleeve, definitely suitable for beginners.

What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarn
  • rubber band
  • button
If you are interested to learn a new skill, you are welcome to check out my Facebook page for more details:

Monday, 8 October 2018

Nyc Nat Nook: Now opened!

I've been pretty busy setting up the shop as the opening date was getting nearer! The adrenaline rush was pumping high since I was so excited and can't wait to reveal the shop in it's glory! Painting the shop, furniture, decorations, stocks, etc... so much to do with so little time!

And finally....... tadaa!!!

We are now opened!!!

Since we are sub-letting a small corner, there wasn't any soft launch or grand opening. We will save that for later when we have our own shop ya! So for now, this will do!

Nyc Nat Nook offers:

  • books for rent
  • crochet gifts for sale and crochet workshop is available
  • power banks, chargers and cables for sale
For more updates, please follow us at:

Friday, 28 September 2018

Nyc Nat Nook v1.0

I have always fancy having my own books and crafts cafe, day dreaming of the facade and whatnots. However, in reality, it costs a bomb to open one! I've done my homework and it's not cheap ya especially the equipment to run a cafe.

Fortunately, opportunity comes in another form...

So here I am, finally taking this huge step with hubby, setting up a brick and mortar shop! Though not the whole shop per se, it's just a small corner nestling within an optical shop and a cafe.

A little background to this special arrangement:
Well, it was the optician's idea to have a 3-in-1 shop where it's inter-related. We have the main tenant which is the optical shop, the cafe so customers can sit, read and drink coffee while waiting for their spectacles to be ready and lastly, my shop where customers can read, rent and shop :-) Something different and unique, right?!!!

Hence, "Nyc Nat Nook" has been born! Here, we plan to have:
- books for rent with random reads from classics to modern fictions
- crafts for sale with crochet workshops for beginners would be available
- accessories for ladies and gadget for mobile phones for sale

I know it seems like a lot for a small corner but it's something we believe in. Definitely a leap of faith for us *fingers crossed*. All I can say is there's a little something for every readers, crafters and gift-hunters... all under one roof! I mean nook!!!

No need to look further ya... coming soon so stay tuned!!!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Crochet: Looks knit book sleeve

As I'm a bibliophile, aside from bookmarks, I should be making book sleeves too right?!!! So here's a pattern I've discovered from the web, very easy to make with just chain and half double crochets...

And this is the outcome! Though I prefer yarns from Nona as the quality is much better but since I couldn't find shops selling Nona yarns thus have to settle with Minlon. Thankfully, am loving the mixed colour yarn from Minlon so far and it's not as coarse as the single coloured ones!

What I've used:
  • 100% acrylic yarn
  • button
  • hair tie

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Throwback to my third crochet workshop

I've just completed another basic coaster workshop last Saturday at Lit Books for another 2 students. It was an amazing feeling, watching them finished crocheting their coasters!
Thank you so much, Audrey and Ai Jou, for the support!
Yummy coffee set from Lit Books!
I'm in the midst of coming up with videos for referencing and also a new workshop for book sleeve, most likely end of July! If you are interested to learn basic crochet coaster, please send me an email for more details!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Post-mortem: my second crochet workshop

After my first crochet workshop, with the feedback and suggestions gathered, I had thought about it long and hard... finally coming up with this 'Beginner's crochet workshop'. It's a crochet workshop meant for beginners where I'll teach basic crochet stitches and then to crochet a coaster. This time around, the class was smaller with a slightly longer hour which turned out to be successful! I was ecstatic when all 3 managed to finish a coaster each! I'll definitely keep to this syllabus for sure! So here are some photos captured by hubby...

Here are some random stationary photos I've taken of Lit Books! I love, love, love the environment here!

The yummy tea (or coffee for some) set that comes with the workshop package!
Thank you, Tung, Irene and Adelene, for having faith in me and given to me your full support! I am grateful and thankful for it! For our next lesson, we will move on to book sleeve!

If you know nothing about crochet and are interested to learn, do drop me an email at for more details.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Spotlight: Zarina Craft

Late last month, I visited a dear friend's booth at Modern Sewing Market 2018 @ P3 Research, Sec 14 PJ. She's into sewing and she does sew lots of stuff like quilts, baskets, bookmarks, bags, clothes and toys for babies but most recently, she's into something rare and unique... lingerie! Oh yes, you read it right!

Zarina teaches sewing at selected locations and she does take custom orders too. From quilts to clothes to toys and now lingerie, she's truly dedicated to her craft full time! Recently featured in The Star Newspaper, Zarina Craft is making headlines now especially with lingerie making! Well, I have jumped on the band wagon too, buying a set from her, hoping to sew some bras for Princess since she's always complaining of the ill-fitting ones available commercially.

Zarina has also published a quilt making book in Bahasa Malaysia which you can buy from major bookshops called Variasi Seni Asas Jahitan Quilt. You can also purchase it online here:

For more details, you can check out her Facebook page:

Friday, 27 April 2018

CSM: Modern Sewing Market 2018

Modern Sewing Market 2018:
Modern Sewists Malaysia is having their annual market at Passion3 Research, Section 14 PJ tomorrow from 9.30am to 9.30pm. There will be lots of sewing paraphernalia and handmade handicrafts for sale, so if you are a handmade enthusiast, do drop by and check them out!

For more deets, please check out their event page here:

Monday, 16 April 2018

Crochet: Fish bookmark

Well, I got lazy with this LOL! It's supposed to be a birdy bookmark, pattern from below:

However, I didn't have felt in hand so I've shaped it into a fish LOL! So now it's a fish bookmark :-)
What I've used:
  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • Large paper clip
  • Fibrefilling

Friday, 13 April 2018

CSM: Crochet feather bookmark workshop this Saturday!

Finally, my first crochet workshop! *syiok sendiri*

I'm actually nervous so I do hope I don't start stuttering while teaching the fine ladies to crochet this feather bookmark! *fingers crossed*

Though it's a closed door workshop at Lit Books tomorrow afternoon, I just want to share that if I do survive it, I'll want to make this a permanent workshop with more classes and different products for the public either in a group or one-to-one :-)

Thank you to all who have supported me through the years! Fully appreciate it! *bowing*

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Crochet: of bookmarks, booties and workshops

I've recently made more of these! I've so enjoyed making it especially the cute little baby booties! Now looking for more colours to add to these pinks and blues for both!

FYI, I'll be having my first ever crochet workshop at Lit Books, Tropicana Avenue mid of next month! I'm truly excited and nervous at the same time since it's my first time doing this LOL! All the starter kits have been prepped and ready, just waiting for 'The Day' to arrive! Wish me luck *fingers crossed*
Crochet feather bookmark with charm
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Crochet baby booties
Please refer to my previous post:

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Amigurumi: BB-8

I am so happy to have discovered this pattern and gladly crochet it for hubs! Star Wars' BB-8 has been hubs favourite little robot, aside from R2D2! So here it is, the final product!
Pattern designed by Casey Barnes. What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • Polyester fibre-filling

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Crochet: updated feather bookmark

Finally, I was able to locate the English version of the feather pattern by chance and have crochet it correctly! You can view the English version here:

The original version is here:

It has turned out beautifully and I've added a charm as a bookmark!
What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic mixed colour yarn
  • added a charm

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Crochet: baby bootie

Recently crochet a pair of baby bootie for a colleague's baby full moon. It's a first for me! Found this easy and fast to make pattern here:
FYI, I did modify it a bit to match the type of yarns used.
Lovely baby bootie!
What I've used:
  • Milk cotton yarns

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Amigurumi: Bubblegum the Polar Bear

I've decided to crochet this polar bear because Christmas is just around the corner! Furthermore, this pattern is really easy to make, simple and fuss-free.

I've obtained this free pattern from:

Hi, I am Bubblegum!!!
What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • polyster fibre filling
  • sticky felt
  • plastic eyes

Thursday, 23 November 2017

KLBAC: DIY Mini Book Workshop 2.0

I had so much fun at the workshop last Sunday that my initial plan to capture the step by step of how to make the mini book has gone out of the window! So much laughter amidst the seriousness and concentration that beckoned one to forget the time! Who says bookworms do not know how to have fun???

It was clever of Diana, our KL Book Appreciation Club (KLBAC) founder, to have this idea of a workshop... combining the love of books with bookish accessories. So naturally it would attract us crafters and book lovers alike to participate. In fact, this is the second round of a DIY mini book workshop and thankfully I was able to join as it's held at Artisan Coffee PJ! The first one I had to give it a miss as it's in KL.
A sample of a book charm bracelet
Our teacher is the very talented and also one of the esteemed group admin, Vivian! In fact, she sews and makes loads of book sleeves and journals for sale at:
My kit and a sample of the bookmark
Aside from the kit, our workshop package does come with a coffee + cake set!
Yummy iced latte and cheese cake from Artisan Coffee
After finishing the second mini book, I was contemplating on the third one as cutting through those thick pile of books was no easy feat! In the end, I had to lah since there was still ample of time...
Halfway there...
I was so happy to finally meet some new faces though we have been conversing much online via the Facebook group. It's good to put a face to the name so to speak LOL! The best part, there were actual crafters among us! I felt so at home in their company! I was so, so glad I could be there and make their acquaintance!

Our eclectic group
Thank you ladies, nice knowing all of you! A special thanks to Vivian and Diana too! Not forgetting Artisan Coffee for their hospitality and space though the corner we were at was kinda dark... hopefully they could brighten it up more!
With my fellow crafters, Elaine and Michelle!
My masterpiece!!!
So I've managed to make a necklace, a key chain and a bookmark with mini books! And this concludes workshop 2.0!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Crochet: Feather Bookmark

I wanted to make some simple bookmarks so I was happy to have found this pattern. Unfortunately, the mix colour yarn that I had was coarse so the outcome was horrible! Looks like I have to hunt for thinner, softer yarns for this feather bookmark but I didn't want plain coloured ones... which I do have a lot... hmmm...
Pattern from:

What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarn from Daiso


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