Showing posts with label hobbies and crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hobbies and crafts. Show all posts

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Decoration Idea

Although I don't celebrate Christmas, I do love looking at Christmas decorations. There's just something about lights and Christmas colours that just remind me of a time when I used to celebrate Christmas at my late grandma's and my late uncle Joshua's. My late uncle Joshua was amazing with Christmas decorations. There are like 4 huge trees in his house with different themes! And since the family is pretty extended, there are mountains of Christmas presents under each tree which makes it even more exciting to look at.

Wow, I haven't gone back to Kuching to celebrate Christmas with my uncles and aunts and cousins there in a veeery long time. Yet whenever I see Christmas decorations, they are never far from my mind.

Anyways, if you're bored of your annual Christmas decorations, or having a theme for your Christmas tree and don't know what to do with the rest of the ornaments, probably you can show them off this way!

You don't need even need glue. You just need to find a shadow box or deep frame for this! I know that the RIBBA frame from IKEA is extra deep. It has a 4.5cm depth. If your ornaments don't fit in, any other Christmas decoration will do. Perhaps you want to put in a wreath instead? Or fill it up with candy cane? The options are ENDLESS! And there's nothing like a DIY project that will impress your guests when they come over!

Thanks to 52 Mantels for this wonderful idea! Check out how her nursery turned up!

So easy and so beautiful! Try it yourself!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Time to Artzooka!

My children have been really honing their creativity skills lately and it's all thanks to the tv show Artzooka.

Yesterday, the children created Spongebob Squarepants using a box and yellow paper. I've got to admit it looked really good and I was really impressed with it (although less impressed with the huge mess they made with the paint). I don't normally allow my 3 and 1/2 year old daughter to use the scissors (even the baby kind) and that just gets her upset because she thinks I'm not being fair and that I'm showing favoritism.*rolls eyes*

So, fine. I gave her a pair of scissors which she happily took and she decided that the best "scrap material" was on her head. SNIP SNIP goes her curly hair and before I know it, some of her curls have ended up on the floor. Luckily it didn't look too bad and since her hair is curly, you can't see much difference. *sigh*

Anyways, tomorrow my son plans to make a mosaic and so I "googled" some simple patterns to do until I found this amazing mural, The Legend of the Fire by Harold Freedman which can be found in Melbourne, Australia. Apparently, the Harold Freedman mural took approximately one and a half years to assemble and is comprised of over one million glass mosaic tiles.

Gorgeous, isn't it??

Oh well, don't expect us to make anything THAT intricate, though.. I'll probably just go with a basic shape.. an apple perhaps?? LOL!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dream Of Being A Celebrity Stylist?

I'm sure by now, most of you know how much I enjoy creating sets for Polyvore, right? For those of you who don't know what Polyvore is, well, it's just a site that allows you to channel your creativity into creating artwork, interior design or fashion sets using the items provided for you. All you have to do is start from a blank canvas, then start creating!

Personally, creating artwork, is not my strong suit. I'm more interested in creating fashion sets, which I've shown here in my previous posts a couple of times before. Most of the time, I'm inspired by celebrity fashion and try to re-create a set as close to it as possible!

Here are a couple of examples that I've made:

Queen B
Queen B by shemah featuring Paul Smith tops

The Roommate
The Roommate by shemah featuring Converse shoes

Most of the time, I enjoy choosing my favorite celebrities as muses and pick and choose from the array of gorgeous clothes what I think my favorite celebrity would wear. Basically, it's playing stylist to your favorite celebrity. After all, there are many celeb styles that we're just iffy about and should be fined by the fashion police.

Remembering Natalie
Remembering Natalie by shemah featuring Christian Louboutin shoes

From designer goods at Net-A-Porter to affordable Forever21, there are so many brands and stores to choose from when creating your fashion set. So if being a celebrity fashion stylist has been your dream since you were a little girl watching Cyndi Lauper's crazy getup in the "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" music video, then you should try your hand at this.

Besides, the community at Polyvore are very supportive and they're very friendly which makes it all even more fun. If you're insecure about your fashion style, getting feedback from other members might even make you even more confident. Not to mention joining contests held by members! You might even win a few.. I never thought I'd win a place in fashion contests, but I did! It's one of my favorite hobbies right now but the only downside is: you get addicted!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #3: I'm Gleefully Happy!

Yay! Glee is back! Made a Glee-inspired set on Polyvore today! :) Feeling Gleeful!!!

p/s: I'm also happy that my favorite set won 8th place out of 1,374 sets on a "Killer Dress" contest on Polyvore!

Monday, April 12, 2010

MM: In My Head - Jason Derulo

It's Music Monday and I decided to dedicate a song to all my Polyvorettes who have been amazing and fave-ing my sets! Just like that, one of my sets have been faved by over 40 people!

I know it's peanuts to other polyvorettes, but to me, if more than 10 people like my sets, I'm floored and ecstatic!! :D

So for all of you who "faved" this set (as well as my other sets) you guys ROCK!! Especially to Debbs who made me come back to Polyvore and who is also addicted to Polyvore.. thanks so much!! Love you guys!! This is for you! You guys are as awesome and addictive as this current fave song of mine, "In My Head"!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #2: Getting Crafty!

I know this is supposed to be "WORDLESS" Wednesday and let the picture speaks for itself.. but I just have to say that I won this from Debbie's Craft giveaway last "February 2009" and a year plus later, I still haven't used them. So I am planning to start creating some crafts (i.e. scrapbooking, card making, etc) with these and maybe getting even more supplies.

My good friend Debbie has a Crafty Heart Online Store with really cheap prices and she also makes really pretty cards (for sale) at her Crafty Heart Blog. She's so creative that I think she can broaden her business and take in orders for communion invitations, bar mitzvah invites and such!

Friday, February 26, 2010


My late father was a photography enthusiast and as long as I can remember, he always had a camera with him. From my uncle and aunt's story, even though they were poor, they always had a camera.

My sister, Syura (my father's protegee since she was a pre-teen) and my older brother, Tadzief, has inherited my father's talents as well as all his photography stuff. There are like 3 old SLRs with all sorts of lens at home that only those two know how to fiddle around with.

I can safely say though, that the photography gene has certainly bypassed me and my oldest brother. Totally skipped us! I can handle our Polaroid just fine, though! LOL!

Other than that, I suck at cameras and photography. I even once thought that the epson tm-t88iv receipt printer was a mini digital photo printer. Yes, I'm a big dodo when it comes to this subject.

However, it does look like Buddy and Allie have a knack for it, though..

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Baby Shower Invites!

Recently, a long lost friend contacted me through my Facebook and I was soooo happy that we finally "found" each other. I've always been wondering where she was and what she's up to. We exchanged numbers and finally caught up with each others' lives.

She has married and given birth and I'm sooo happy for her. Too bad we didn't find each other sooner because she really wanted me to help her with her baby shower invitations.

I have no idea why she wanted me.. because I know so many other friends of ours who are more creative but she said that she remembered that I once made a really awesome handmade card for my THEN bf.. and she loved it a lot.

Well, for future handmade invites though, I'd definitely recommend my girlfriend Debbie, from Crafty Heart, 'coz she's so awesome at handmade cards and I believe that she takes orders too. So check her out if you've got the time!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Butterfingers.. NOT The Yummy Kind

While I was flipping through my Hari Raya pics to post on my blog, I found this old scrapbook piece that I did of me and Allie, using our 2008 Hari Raya pics.

I find digital scrapbooking much easier because you can just delete and move stuff around and start all over if you get it all wrong. Real life scrapbooking is more tedious and you really need to have buckets and buckets of creative juice in you to create an outstanding piece. And THAT I don't have.

Besides, I can be so clumsy sometimes that I can't even handle scissors right.. I definitely can use a pair of safety glasses for doing simple paper cutting. So for now, I'll just stick to digital scrapbooking.

But for those of you who need any scrapbooking supplies, feel free to check out Crafty Heart! Oh and I heard that there's a Crafty Heart Giveaway going on now too! Awesome kits to be won!! :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

You've Got Mail!

I looove receiving surprise mail and packages! I mean, who doesn't right? I'm sure everyone loves receiving mail besides those dreaded bills. Sometime last month, all I was expecting was a mail from my insurance company sending over the new life insurance rates, (which I haven't looked over by the way.. but they assured me it was lower and more affordable).. Anyways, to my surprise, I also received a package from Debbie a.k.a Phatelara!!

In it, I received a keychain as a consolation prize from her giveaway, and she also made me a belated birthday card which I simple adore!!

Thanks Debbs, LOVES YA!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

My Prize Has Arrived!*

Remember Debbie's contest that I won earlier this month?? Well, I received my prizes already!!! menari Well, actually I already received them the day after Debbie sent them but since I sent it to my MIL's house, it took a while for me to get it.

Thing is, my husband already picked it up for me the Sunday before last, and only gave it to me last Friday! And all this time, he had it in his work bag and forgot all about it! ketukmeje Luckily it's his birthday today so I won't go all crazy on his little faults!

Anyways, I wanted to create something for him but it looks so precious and beautiful that I don't have the heart to use it. I did go to One Utama to get the craft papers and stuff but the store drove us crazy! There were sooo many cool stuff but I suggest that we leave the store ASAP before we made permanent damage in our bank accounts! ihikhik

Maybe I'll just make a digital scrapbook page instead. Hahahaha.. I'll wait until we're done with our family portraiture session next month, then I'll do a real nice crafty scrap. So thanks again Debbs for the beautiful prizes! I absolutely love the special add ons you gave! love

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Bone Collector

I was watching the movie The Bone Collector just now on TV. The one with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie as the rookie NYPD officer. I've seen it before but since I had nothing else better to watch, I thought.. what the heck...

Basically it was about this serial killer, right.. and he collected bones from his victims. While they were still alive, he would surgically remove a part of a bone from their body. Sadistic, I know. But what serial killer isn't, right?

While I was watching it, I was wondering to myself.. with all the clutter that I have in my room, I do not collect anything at all. Syura and I used to collect candles but then our family used to burn them when there were blackouts, so we got pissed about it and didn't bother collecting 'em anymore. So now, I am just into collecting dust. hehehe..

So anyways, I found a site for those who like to collect stuff.. It's called the Collectibles Shopping Network and they have a range of collectibles from coins, stamps, sports stuff, etc. I saw some cool presidential coins at the site too.

Personally, with my 2 kids at this age (4 and 11mths) I think I should forget about collecting anything at the moment. That'll be plain crazy...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The coin collector..

I don't know about children nowadays, but last time, before the time of the iPods, PlayStation, XBox, etc, kids spent more time for their hobbies. REAL hobbies. Hobbies like collecting stamps, collecting coins, playing soccer (not Nintendo Wii version), fishing and so on.

Hobbies that didn't involve any technology. Websites such as should really create more interest in the younger generation to continue with such real hobbies. With websites like that, I hope that more young 'uns get to experience what we experienced during our childhood days..

Since history is one of my kid sister's fave subjects, I might just recommend her to start collecting presidential dollar coins or something. That would be really cool, wouldn't it? Then, that way, she'd be known in school as "The Coin Collector"! LOL! Although, personally I think she'll die of embarassment if I gave her that nickname. hahaha..

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A Dream Unfulfilled

When you were little, was there anything that you wanted to learn to do and wished that your parents were able to help you achieve your little dream??

I did..

I have always wanted to be talented, artistic and graceful. Which I thought at that time, could only be achieved by being a ballerina or a pianist. Really. That's what I thought. I knew ballet was totally out of the question for me. After all, even at the tender age of 4, I realised that I wasn't built for it.

So playing the piano it was. I had full support from my grandmother, though. She too, wanted her granddaughters to be more dainty and graceful. She definitely didn't want me and Syura to turn out to be tree climbing little girls who threw berries at little boys. (Syura: What ever do you think happened to Bomb Berry??).

At least Syura was artistic.. and still is.. The only closest thing to being artistic, for me, was appearing as one of the children in The King & I at a theatre, back in the States. And what did I have to do?? Just bow in front of the King. Artistic, indeed. *rolls eyes*

Anyways, we weren't in luck.. my dad somewhat agreed but I think my parents procrastinated quite a bit.. and we never got around to getting our piano lessons. I was so envious of my cousin, back in Oz, who managed to finish her piano lessons and plays beautifully.

Maybe, it isn't too late for me to learn, don't you think? I can sign up me and Buddy for piano lessons. That'd be cool.. or pathetic.. LOL! Buddy can be the next Richard Clayderman or something.. hahahaa..

I think one of the main reasons why my parents didn't send us for piano lessons was because lessons were pretty expensive at that time. Also, I think that learning how to play the piano could only mean one thing. That is, purchasing a piano. And these things don't come cheap too.

Besides, those days, they didn't have sites like where they offer everything regarding pianos, such as, piano lessons, piano rentals, piano barters, piano movers and even piano financing. With sites like these, that leaves almost no room for you to make excuses on why you can't fulfill your dream.

So maybe finally, I will get my chance... or even if I don't.. who knows my children would maybe like to fulfill my dream themselves.. :D

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