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

- 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:

*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: or visit I Love Bazaar Facebook Page

Click for EVENT PAGE here:

*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 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!