Friday, September 4, 2015

Style: Design-Focused Earphones by Sudio Sweden

Friday, September 4, 2015






The anticipation finally dialed down when I received these stylish and design-focused earphones, designed by Sudio.

Let me tell you why I love Sudio earphones:

1. Stays in ear
2. Comes in stylish colours like black, orange, brown and white.
3. Has a minimalist design style
4. You can wear it as an accessory
5. Good surround sound quality

I have come to realized that when it comes to photography, colour coordination and good lighting creates good photo results. Tip: always refer to Pinterest for photography ideas & inspirations. 

I couldn't help including Sudio earphones in my photoshoots, thanks to its stylish brown colour and the little leather pouch that came with it; the combination was perfect for the layout. 

Wooden mala bracelet: The Artsy Craftsy Shop
Sunglasses: Indie brand
Brown satchel: Springfield

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Popular in The Artsy Craftsy Shop: Bohemian Wrapped Crystal Necklace

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

YAY!

How magical! Latest in store are our newest creations:- Bohemian Wrapped Crystal Necklaces

When it comes to creating pretty things for The Artsy Craftsy Shop, we always make sure that we try to incorporate the two main important things- colours and crystals.

Both elements share the same thing; both colours and crystals has its own meaning and healing properties that helping individuals like you and me make a difference.




 We made sure that creativity plays a big part in creations as well. Our lovely bohemian wrapped stones come in different colours and the designs are catered for both guys & girls and for all occasions.


 One of our favourite artists Ruby Room is rocking it! She got it just for travelling and requested for an Amethyst wrapped stone to accompany her on her backpacking adventure. Want one?



Travel Art: Metro Manila: Part 2 - The Mona Lisa Project Art Exhibition, Solaire Resort





In part 1, I mentioned that art is a big thing in The Philippines. Which is true because during my meeting with one of the biggest players of the arts & crafts suppliers in Malaysia, I was told that a lot of their customers are from Manila.

Solaire Resort was having an art exhibition called The Mona Lisa Project. Well, since I can't go to Europe yet, being able to see the different versions of Mona Lisa recreated by different Filipino artists was just good enough. I am amazed by the representation Mona Lisa created by each artist, because each representations carries a profound meaning.

Go ahead and take a look at the pictures. Oh and there's a shot clip of the place too.










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The exhibition featured more 30 over Filipino artists, each of them capturing the iconic portrait of the lady, by merging their own styles and interests, and creating a new perspective of their own portrayal. It is not at all a copied work, but an expressive interpretation of a female image. It is nice to know that I will be visiting Metro Manila often, hopefully this time, I will be able to capture more of the artistic side of the Filipinos. 
Mahalin Sandaling Ito! (Love this moment)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Travel Art: Metro Manila, The Philippines: Part 1

Wednesday, August 5, 2015



Believe it or not travelling to Manila was actually my first time flying out of the country. While I was sitting at the airport, waiting for my flight, I recalled back what supermom used to say to me when I was a kid. She used to travel all the time and I was too young to follow her. She would say to me, "You are just like me. I didn't travel until I was in my late 20's. When you grow up, one day, you will have your chance to travel and see the world on your time." 

Well, she was right and I am glad that it was with someone that I love.
Poor lil' ol' me. Haha! As a first time flyer, even this fascinates me.


(Above) First picture of the day at the airport. No make up! The eye bags were from the late night before trying to figure out what to pack and not to pack (I hate last minute packing). Note to self: NEVER over pack, and for the next trip, I am going to make room to bring along some more of my work and crafts with me. (It was a work-trip)



Seeing Manila for the first time is an eye opening experience. The moment I stepped out of the Ninoy Aquino Airport, I felt as if I was back at home, in Pudu Raya, Kuala Lumpur. Only difference was that everyone spoke in English and Tagalog. The journey to the hotel was chaotic. The jam was crazy and the routes were narrow. Well, not that narrow than what I expected, but it was certainly one helluva journey to the hotel.

I was actually really worried about their typhoon cases. Apparently, just few weeks before my trip to Manila, they had a typhoon hit. According to the hotel staff, it wasn't that bad and they assured us that we will be safe at the hotel if it does happen. I thank god that we are OK and that nothing happened to us.



Jeepneys! A longish car that look almost like a Hummer but it's not really. Apparently it is a popular ride in The Philippines, almost like taking the mini bus. Most of the jeepneys that I come across are very colourful, or quirky. I don't know why but the first thing that came across my mind when I saw a jeepney was Optimus Prime from Transformers. How random.

So, while I was in the taxi (they don't call it 'cab'), I noticed that this was happening a lot on the streets (pic above). It was common for the locals to walk around or in the middle of the road to sell their goods. It was also common for a homeless people to walk up to cars in the middle of a jam, and knock on the windows to ask for money. I can't help feeling sorry because Manila is a beautiful place even though there is a gap between the lower class and the upper middle class.

I was told to avoid the slums or avoid going out at night altogether. Apparently it isn't safe at all and you wouldn't want to be getting into the wrong crowd or knowing the wrong person. But then again, almost everywhere in the world is unsafe. We just have to be careful.
One of the local bars that we passed by often.
Manila is a colourful city. I noticed how colourful it was just by the sight of their roof tops before the plane landed. It was beautiful! Even on the streets, although it was the slums, but the shops were quirky and creative in its own way, filled with assorted prints. The streets and the people also reminded me a little of Mexico, even though I have never been there before. (Thank you movies)

One of the watercolour paintings in one of the rooms.


We stayed at a hotel called Solaire Resort & Casino, located in Paranaque. I spent the first couple of days exploring the hotel (it is a big hotel). Solaire is a hotel that is filled with fine art paintings and sculptures. Each room is decorated with its own 3-series painting and each is unique on its own. I knew this because we had to room-hop.

Art, design and decor is a pretty big thing in Manila. I know this because I also happened to hotel-hop and I noticed that each hotel put a lot of effort in its interior and architecture design. Almost every spot I visited, there is an art exhibition happening. It was amazing!

We visited their famous mall called SM Mall of Asia (MOA) and the place is huge! It is located by the bay, so as you shop, you could smell the sea breeze.
Okay I may sound like a typical tourist here, but really, one of my favourite stores is called Kultura Filipino, a creative that not only offers souvenirs and Filipino merchandise; each product offered by Kultura focuses on the artistry and craftsmanship of Philippines.

Kultura's items ranges from handmade jewellery, apparels, paintings, wooden crafts, home decor, food and beverage and more.



I am always fascinated with design and typography. There is a trend going on now in the creative scene, people are going crazy with cursive hand writing, watercolour and calligraphy. When I was going around town, I noticed cursive hand writings, written with paint on their vehicle. A pretty good job if I might say so myself. I am impressed!



It wasn't just all play for us. We had to make sure that we got our work done, and balance it with some fun at the same time. While I was there, I managed the creative biz on the laptop and on my phone. Thank god for internet everywhere! I also brought my journal along with me so that I could do a journal entry about my experience.

By the way, this is just part 1. There's more to tell in part 2.


Live Na Buhay! (Live Life)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Handmade Market Calls Out for Artists & Crafters: I Love Bazaar, One of Klang Valley's Hottest Bazaars

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

One of the benefits of running a creative arts & crafts business is that you can do it from the comfort of your home. Compared to 10 years ago, we are so lucky now because of two things:

1. Social Media: It has evolved tremendously and given creative artists and crafters a chance to reach out and publicize their work globally.

2. Bazaars and Markets: A great way of showing your work to the public and speak to your customers directly.

Our local bazaar and market events has certainly moved forward from the days of Pasar Malam (night narket); today, pop up markets and bazaars are not only a lifestyle concept, but it is a good opportunity for artists and crafters to set up booth and sell or network with their potential customers.
I Love Bazaar @ Subang Parade, Subang Jaya


Running a Creative Arts & Crafts Biz Now is Possible!
Most successful artists and crafters started off as bazaar vendors. To this date, some of them still participate at bazaars and handmade markets because they get to experience different crowds and events held at different locations.
One of the vendors selling creative lifestyle merchandise at I Love Bazaar, Subang Parade
The benefits of participating at handmade bazaars and markets is that it gives you the freedom to invest in your "store", plan your dates and decorate it as attractive as you want. Unlike investing in a retail store or a shop lot which costs a bomb, having a creative arts & crafts business allows you to start at a booth with a smaller capital and eventually grow as your business expands.

Introducing, I Love Bazaar: Handmade Market
One of the hottest bazaar organizers in Klang Valley, I Love Bazaar is renowned for organizing bazaars with consistency. With an aim to meet the rise of the handmade scene, I Love Bazaar introduces I Love Bazaar: Handmade Market, dedicated only to the creative community, gathering all creative talents in one place.
I Love Bazaar: Handmade Market wants to gather all creative artisans and crafters
More exposure for homegrown creative talents!





Another Good Opportunity for Artisans & Crafters
The I Love Bazaar: Handmade Market is strictly a handmade event only, welcoming handmade artisans and crafters to apply as vendor and showcase your masterpieces. Creative enthusiasts are also welcome to join the fun, mark your calendars and visit the event for your handmade shopping.
#supporthandmade #supportlocaltalent

Below are the event details:

Date: 1 & 2 Aug 2015 | 29 & 30 Aug 2015 | 5 & 6 Sept 2015

Time: 11am - 10pm

Venue: Berjaya Times Square, 2nd Floor East


How to Participate:

Booth Fee(s):
- RM160 for a weekend (Saturday and Sunday)
- RM90 for ONE (1) day only

Space:
- 8 x 8 Ft
- Inclusive of 2 units of 3 x 3 Ft Tables, 2 chairs and a table cloth.

To Sign Up:
- Kindly fill up the online application form here: http://www.ilovebazaar.net/p/vendor-application-form.html

*Available booths and dates can be viewed via link.
*This event is a handmade arts & crafts event only.
*Applicable only for handmade artists and crafters.

For more enquiries, please email: Ryl.Designs@gmail.com or visit I Love Bazaar Facebook Page

Click for EVENT PAGE here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1493410874284472/
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*Photos and details are provided by I Love Bazaar organizers

Monday, July 20, 2015

For the Creative Entrepreneurs: 4 Life Lessons to Be your Own Boss

Monday, July 20, 2015


*this post is dedicated to the creative entrepreneur in you, waiting for you to spread your wings.

In a blink of an eye, it has already been 1 month since my last day of employment. Early last month, I took the road less traveled and decided that it was time for me to make things happen for myself.

I am writing to you all the way from Manila, The Philippines; that's right! We decided to spend 10 days here for a work/holiday trip while I try to find my way around to cover some of the arts here.

I can't help wondering what would've happened if I didn't hand in my resignation letter two months back. Would I still have to drag my butt out of of bed everyday? I would probably be playing the survival game each day at the office (I know you know what I am talking about), and wondering when will the day come for me to seize the moment. I know that I will probably still be running The Artsy Craftsy behind my desk at work. I shouldn't say this but I used to juggle handling the blog with the constant phone calls and job assignments. I would quickly minimize the window when necessary! I am not proud of it though.

(Please do not try this at work because I am not encouraging you to be unproductive. Your office work is still a top priority especially when you are being paid to do your job.)

Nonetheless, thanks to my blog biz, it kept me motivated to do my job at work. I was still my boss's trusted copywriter because I was dedicated and familiar with what the company wants. Then on days when I don't need to work over time, I would rush home to do whatever I need to do to maintain the biz.

It was not easy. But it was part of juggling a part time biz.

Being able to work for myself was always part of my bucket list. Whenever I go through my list, I would tick almost everything off but I would leave this out instead because I realized that all these years, I always had this fear in me: different fears that was built up not because I was comfortable with having a fixed pay, but fear by my past experience when I tried to run a business several times before. (I started young)

But then I saw this on the internet, it changed my mind completely:
Infographic Source: Funders And Founders



Almost everyone, started off at the age of 30. This made me realized that perhaps it was all about timing. My safety pillar taught me a few things: my new life gave me a whole different experience and in 2 months, I discovered a new side of me.

I realized, that despite learning how to run a business, finances and time management, I have discovered life lessons that they don't teach you in college or business school.

If you are also running a creative biz like me, I understand that it is not easy to cope in the first 3 months. I knew it was not going to be easy for me at all, but regardless of the challenges, there's always a "song" with meaningful lyrics to empower me to stay strong. If you are on the way there, and have been thinking about taking this path, may you find this post helpful:

Lesson 1: Stay Humble
I knew my 2nd month was not going to be a smooth ride for me, and I definitely know my 3rd month would be the same as well. When people ask me, "how's business?" or make comments like "Wow! Must be fun being your own boss and business must be good!"; sometimes I can't help but feel as if I am living a lie to just nod and claim that biz is good!

Let's face it, the reality is that biz will be very shaky for the first 3 to 6 months probably. Half the time you feel like shit and probably want to quit and hide under the table. I still go through that every now and then (momentary lapse), but then I realized that it doesn't make sense because the only person who is being all judgmental about it is Me. And that's how I realized that it is OK to #StayHumble. It is okay to admit and talk about it openly because things will change eventually. It can't and won't stay this way forever unless you choose to let it.


Lesson 2: Stay in Love
I made sure that I include "paint or journal" as part of my to-do-list. Why? Because I want to make sure that I stay in Love with my work, love what I do, and be good in what I do best.

How do you think famous entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson or JK. Rowling became so successful? It wasn't because they had expensive degrees of PHDs, or came from rich families to fund their businesses.

Okay, maybe for some of these founders, but more importantly was the fact that they didn't just believe in their work, but they LOVED it. Every minute of it.


"...Love can only grow."
- G. (A good friend)


Lesson 3: Stay Alive
During this "start up times", there were days when I was a little sad because my mind would play tricks on me and start doubting this path that I am taking. I was afraid of the bills and obligations. As much as I was aware that it was all my monkey mind at work, yet I am truly grateful for one thing: the heart of a survivor. 

I started to understand the difference between my needs and wants. I learned how to adapt and became less particular when it comes to food or supplies because I realized that it was all just about having 'enough', as long as you make sure you are well fed, cleaned and clothed. At first, it was pretty challenging because I was used to the lifestyle of someone who has a fixed salary. But after quitting my job, I knew I had to change my ways.

A wise friend once shared with me that being in this journey, when someone asks you what do you want, you will realized that there's nothing else that you want in particular because you already have 'enough'...

Lesson 4: Stay Inspired
Staying in love with what you do is one thing, but staying inspired is another. It is very easy for the fire within us to die off if we don't maintain the spirit. I have seen many employers and employees go down this road, and they end up working for the sake of working. This can happen to anyone, even for entrepreneurs. If we don't stay inspired, we will lose our focus, our spirit and eventually, our passion.

So how do I do it? Well, I make sure that I take time off and have fun. If I work hard for 3 days in a row non stop, all the more reason that I deserve some me-time. Whether it is watching a movie, reading a book, going for a holiday, anything that you like...it helps. Ideas naturally come flowing in when you take a break. Believe that you deserve to have some fun.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Popular in The Artsy Craftsy Shop: Artsy Harem Pants

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Now we have apparels too!

One of our biggest aim for The Artsy Craftsy Shop is to bring in bags and apparels with artistic styles and prints. You can imagine how happy we were when we released our first apparels collection:- 2-in-1 harem pants with beautiful aesthetic prints. Introducing, the Artsy Harem Pants by The Artsy Craftsy Shop.



The Artsy Harem Pants comes in various designs; each design has its own unique patterns and vibrant colours. It is a 2-in-1 piece because you can pull it up and wear it like a bandeau jumpsuit and tie it up at the back like a halter top; or wear it like the most comfortable pants paired with a nice top. 


The Artsy Harem Pants is currently available on The Artsy Craftsy Shop at an affordable price. After all, everyone deserves to enjoy comfy apparels with beautiful designs.

Why Apparels?
Fashion itself is a form of wearable art. When we select our favourite colour, style, pattern or even accessories, we are creating a work of art as well except that it is on us. We carry that piece of wearable art as a form of expression. When we select an item to offer in our store, we ensure that a piece of clothing, isn't just a skirt or a pants, but a type of clothing that allows our customers to express their creative-selves. We bring magic to them again!