Friday, February 24, 2012

Pick: Borneo Rocks' painted Rocks

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fan of adorable animals and rock-painting? Check out Borneo Rocks
Rocks painted in detail. Artist from the beautiful land of exotic Borneo.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Draw a Mandala

Thursday, February 16, 2012

To me, there are no rules to draw a Mandala.
Mandalas are fun to create, draw and colour. In my opinion, a Mandala is your inner circle of safety, peace, love and creativity. It is great to draw Mandalas especially after during a stressful or hectic day at work or school. 

Sometimes when you find yourself feeling blue or emotional about an incident, drawing or colouring a Mandala would help you have a clear mind thus, allowing you to think things through and maybe even problem solve.

Mandala drawings are unique in its own way. It depends on each individuals on what sort of colours, shapes, design or size used. Many people find themselves being self-conscious when they are drawing anything from birds, to trees, to humans or even landscapes... in truth, deep down inside us, there are no rules nor restrictions when it comes to art. Not a trick up your sleeves, but in order to enjoy creating art is simply being UN-self-conscious when creating.

Many of us tend to compare our art with others; it is a lot easier to point out the flaws in our art but it isn't easy to see beyond the lines and technique used.

So, the next time you are creating art or attempt to create a Mandala, here's few tips you might find useful:

1. Breathing during creating - make sure your breathing is steady...when you breath, you are allowing oxygen in thus, enabling you to think with a clearer mind.

2. Be free - don't worry about which colours look nice or not, just use the first colour that comes to your mind. Likewise with drawing images.

3. Don't compare- comparison is another way of judging yourself be it in a negative or positive manner. Art isn't about comparison, there are no rights or wrongs but all that exist in your own space is just YOU.

4. Reflecting- Once you're done, take a step back and look at your colours and images. Observe every single detail and ask yourself how did you feel when you were colouring that or drawing this.. ask yourself why did you use a certain colour and how does that colour make you feel? You may write it down too (as seen above)

Here's a link for you to view on how you can create Mandalas! With lots of light and love.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Project: Decorative Mosaic Tiled Frame

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ever had a wooden frame that you thought its too plain but want an uplift? What about used photo frames, you can recycle them by decorating them with mosaic tiles and grout. No worries it is easy, just follow this really fun and simple tutorial.

Project courtesy of Square Art
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Monday, February 13, 2012

A Visit to Plaster Fun House (Tea and Plaster Painting)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Located at Empire Mall, Subang Jaya; the Plaster Fun House is a peaceful place to be. I did a painting project one evening during my visit and found the staff at the shop helpful in explaining to me on the pricing and in providing me the materials I need. When i arrived, there were parents and children having fun painting together while even couples were locked in deep conversations over their painting. Plaster Fun House is a lovely hang out spot with wholesome painting projects for couples to rekindle!

The are various plaster designs ranging from, Angry Birds to cute animals, angels, signage to feminine ones (as above). Prices are affordable where you can do a simple project from RM10 to above.

Paints, brushes, palettes and container for water are provided. As suggested by the staff, you can even bring your own materials.

Snacking over art!

While customers visit for projects, you can even order a snack or two with a drink- yes it's also a cafe! I personally enjoyed every bit of the moment while i paint and have a drink. Once you've finished your painting, you can have them to varnish it while they pack it in a compact box for you to bring it home with you.

Locate it at Empire Subang Gallery, Level 2 #S-05.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

We reckon Junkyard Avenue Boutique

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
It's a rockin' place to shop..
Top: (L) Marinah, boutique owner
& (R) Sonia, Styles of Sonia owner/designer
Bottom: A soft launch on 4th Feb 2012
The awesome Junkyard Avenue Boutique was filled with retro-vintage ambiance; The Beatles poster, retro handpicked dresses and even The Phantom T-Shirt just complete the space. 
Polka dots lover Marinah, an interior design student at SEGI College Subang Jaya, started off the boutique not just with an inspiration to handpick retro-vintage apparels but also to decorate the space with Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe posters. 
There's a twist of art and fashion in it. She carries a range of colourful and quirky blouses to bring out the creativity in you. The boutique also featured Styles of Sonia's Twinkle Sparkles and Tinsel Me Now- CD Jewelry Collection on their feature-wall. Now you can grab a complete creative outfit of Grunge-Rock-Arty look instantly when you visit Junkyard Avenue Boutique. 

Some of the unique Junkyard Avenue's fashion range


TSTMN CD Jewelry Collection

Shoppers shopping away during the opening!

If you're heading there, visit 
USJ 19 City Mall- Level 2 
Call 017-6546230, Marinah or Email:

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Up close with: Crafter, Irene Sin

Thursday, February 2, 2012

one_love_cottage_pictureEveryone has a burning passion to create something unique from the ordinary, to touch the hearts of others. I can understand how it feels when one has that eager drive to craft something appealing. “Just a typical girl” she says, however this girl-next-door has creativity written on her forehead. Irene Sin of One Love Cottage tells how she finds time to begin her journey in the crafting world.

Tell us about yourself before it all started?
Before it all started I'm just a typical girl who goes to the university and attending lecture classes. And I was really super bored and free those days. But now, after I've started this business of mine, my life is no longer dull.

Any significant experiences on why you started your blog-hobby?
one_love_cottage_picture I used to make crafts during my university semester's break and I posted it on my personal blog which caught a lot of attention from my fellow friends. And I even used some of the crafts I did such as bags to campus and my fellow friends think that I should try to do business through this hobby of mine as they find that I am talented in it. But that never cross my mind until one fine day which I've finally made up my mind to try out my luck. And that is when I started my online business in January 2010.

Reason for the name chosen?
One Love Cottage is actually my little brother's idea. The blog's name is supposed to be Fairy Cottage but it was unavailable when I signed up on And I insisted on using the "cottage" word because it somehow gave me the crafty feel and so my brother came up with One Love when we both listened to a song named One Time by Justin Bieber which was also our favourite song. Thus, One Love Cottage is then created.


What is the motivation behind your passion?
The motivation behind my passion is the support my family, my loving boyfriend and my lovely friends. They are always there to motivate me when I felt like giving up on my business in the beginning.

Describe your style of craft?
Honestly, I do not know how to define the style of my craft because most of the crafts made by me are made out of customers need and wants. I tried to fulfill their requirements based on the descriptions they gave me. But mostly my crafts are on the cute style.

one_love_cottage_pictureWhich craftwork of yours is your favourite and why?
Oh! There is tons of it but since I have to choose one of it, I would say my previous handmade bags called Miss Owlie because I love owls. It looked pretty cute, in my opinion.

Any source of inspiration you seek from?
I got my inspirations from books, and other crafter blogs.

What kind of services do you offer and where are you based?
Oh, I custom make camera pouch, HP pouch, key chains, HP charms, passport holders, tissue holders and anything you can think of. Up to now, I have received a lot of camera pouch customizations.

one_love_cottage_pictureAny advice to other crafters out there who shares the same passion and goals as you do?
My advice to them is to have faith in everything you create, believe in your self and most importantly have fun while creating that lovely hand made.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Secret Market (Kuala Lumpur)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Want to know a secret? Psst...Another hip and happening yet mysterious event that awaits you; 'Secret Market @ KL'

The organisers behind this scene would like to cultivate our very own homegrown's talent and creativity by showcasing it loud and proud at the exciting event. The Secret Market would be featuring a various vendors from preloved, vintage, handmade and more.

Date: 11th February 2012 (Saturday)

Venue: Bungalow 153, MIA Art Centre, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur (right beside Wisma Central)

Time - 11am - 6pm

Calling out to vendors and visitors. Mark your calendars!