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

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Kong Heng Artisan Market

I've recently discovered Kong Heng Artisan Market, thanks to hubs for alerting me and bringing us there. I've not heard of it and I was humbly surprised by the facade and market! It sure did remind me of Penang and Malacca but Kong Heng still has it's own unique artistry.

Located in the busy bustle of Ipoh, we were early so we beat most traffic and able to get parking easily. The walk from the car park to the market, passing through some alleys which were not only clean but artistically decorated, similarly to both Penang and Malacca. The only difference was the cleanliness here. Even the nitty dark back lanes were so clean! Well, I'll just let the photos do the talking here...

So clean right???

Kong Heng Artisan Market is actually a maker cum art market for the artsy fans. Lots of handmade stuffs are found here and some are quite unique too! Even the decoration for this location is artistically done.

We had this ball of ice LOL!!! It's from Bits & Bobs if you are interested :-)

On our way back to the car park, we did stopped by Bookxcess and Concubine Lane. Lots of stuff to feast the eyes on but it was already getting hot and humid with cramped up spaces. Too crowded so had to leave then...
Here's my mini loot! The lovely pair of earrings were from my Angels!!!
I did enjoy my time at this market and my mind has been buzzing with ideas! Unfortunately with limited funds and resources, most ideas would have to take a back seat... can only work on the feasible ones for now. Slowly but surely, love of art would lead the way, one step at a time! *fingers crossed*

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Crochet: Amigurumi Owls with key chains

Recently received an order to make 10 of this lovely owls! I was happy to do it but I was hit by muscle spasm and aches initially so my progress was slow at the start. When I've managed to pick up pace, I was so happy with the outcome! Thank you Miss Siah for your kind support!

Pattern is my own. What I've used:
  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • Styrofoam fillings
  • Key chains
  • Safety eyes
Sparks joy amigurumi owls!!!

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Crochet: bag charms / key chains

I've recently crochet lots of bag charms and key chains for the upcoming The Santai Pop-up Market this weekend at Sunsuria Forum, Setia Alam.
All are my own creations hence I'm really happy at how it turns out! What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • Fibre foam filling
  • Random buttons
  • Lobster clasp / key fob
Aside from these, there are some amigurumi's for sale... not forgetting, lots of DIY Mosaic Kits too! So drop by if you are in the vicinity! Come one, come all!!!

Friday, 21 June 2019

CSM: GMBB: Good Market - Family

This coming weekend, there will be a Family themed Good Market at GMBB from 11am to 8pm. Nyc Nat Nook is grateful to have been invited to join this creative market! Aside from selling crochet gifts, we will also have a mini crochet workshop, Understanding Basic Crochet, for freshies! So if you have no plans for this weekend, please do come by and holler us your support! If you are interested in our mini workshop, please send me an email to book a slot as seats are limited.

More deets here:

GMBB Mall:
No. 2, Jalan Robertson, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Crochet: Cobblestone Cowl

I've recently made these and I absolutely love it! It was so easy to make and can easily finished it within a day but I took longer as I do have a life ya (Work and Pokemon Go got in the way LOL!)! I also love using bulky yarns as it's so easy to yarn over! I've made 3 of these for my sis-in-laws and niece-in-law so I could probably make another one for my own collection :-)

Pattern from

What I've used:
  • Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

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.


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