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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Big Shot die cut machine


Finally I got my wish!!! I got my die cut machine that I so longed to own for as long as I can remember. At first I was aiming for the Cuttlebug machine which I blogged about here in 2010. That was the first time ever I tried using a die cut machine....But now that I own my own die cut machine it feels like I'm in heaven! I never thought that I would be able to get one some day and I'm so happy that I was able to make my dream come true before the year end.  

Although I took longer that I should to get one, at least I got one in the end.....that's what's important. You have no idea how difficult it was for me to get it. I'm glad now I got a new tool to help me with my business and help me improve my card making and crafting. Hopefully things will get better and better and my designs will further improve even more and be easier for me to make more ready card stock for sale. I definitely need help in making more ready card stock for sale. Desperately! ahahaha!

I'm loving this machine so much. It's wonderful and easy to use. I wish I could get the latest die cut machine from Sizzix but it is sooooo expensive so I opted to just buy the Sizzix Big Shot instead since it's more affordable.Whatever it is, I'm just so extremely happy that one of my big wish came true this year.....hopefully more wish will come true soon for me! ;)


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Singing

I've always loved to sing. Sing in the car while driving or while working in my studio. But never in my dreams have I ever intended to do be a recording artist or anything like that. I just love singing. I've always wanted to record my voice and hear what it sounds like and today I did it. I recorded my voice for the first time singing one of my favourite songs from The Carpenters entitled "Rainy Days and Mondays" and uploaded it on YouTube. It's set on private....only those with links to it can view it hehhehe.

I just recorded my voice and not my face. Too embarrassed to show myself singing so I just preferred to let my voice be heard hehe. I don't have a high pitch voice or sound as beautiful as Karen Carpenter but I did tried my best and sang from the heart. :)


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Going for Hajj


This year is the year........finally I'm going to do it for real. I'm preparing myself to go for Hajj. I suddenly got the feeling to do it and I'm now making the list of things I need to do in order to prepare myself to go for Hajj, hopefully next  year if Allah permits it. 

I have to attend Hajj courses at the mosque every week and also I'm learning again how to read the Quran. I told myself long ago, that if I ever want to go to Mekkah again for Umrah or for Hajj, I have to learn to read it properly. I remember what it was like years ago when I went for my Umrah and I felt so sad coz I couldn't read it as well as others. It is my wish that the next time I go there, I want to be able to read it really well. I hope Allah will grant my wish this time.

Going for Hajj is definitely one of the things I wish to do before I kick the bucket. It will be a dream come true if I really get to do it. I'm not really prepared to go and do it this year but hopefully by next year, I'll be prepared. InsyaAllah :)





Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My first video on YouTube

Talk about trying something new this year and one of the things I've always wanted to do is making my own video. Putting it on Youtube would be a dream come true. It wasn't easy at first. But once I started it, I never looked back. It had to be done and I did it! 

I used my Sony Cybershot digital camera to make my first video and it's just a short video about how to make paper flowers using a hair comb. The duration of the video is 1 minute and 30 seconds. Making the video was a wonderful experience for me and the feeling I got when it's done is so incredible, I just can't explain it. 

I was self taught, and was willing to do just about anything to learn how to do it. I googled, I played with the camera for days just trying to figure it out on my own. I'm so happy that I finally did it in the end. The video was made on 31st of January 2012 and uploaded in Youtube on the same day.

I know that this post is a bit late but, I just had to post about it here since this is about something that I've always wanted to do. My first video hit 1000 views in just 3 days! So cool! I wonder if it will ever hit 1 million views one day??? hahahaha.....will see .....will definitely blog about it if it does! :D

Have a look at my first video below! ;)





Monday, January 2, 2012

Blog for 365 days

It's a new year already. There are still a lot in my bucket list that I have not yet achieved. :( Thinking of what I want to do and add to my list and one of it is this!

My new bucket list project for this year is to blog for 365 days!! A post a day. It will be at my personal blog. I will make it a point to write a post a day and it can be about anything under the sun. Doesn't matter. It would be awesome to be able to do it. ;)

But when I checked this year's calendar, I noticed that it's leap year! So that means I have to blog an extra 1 one to make it 366 days. As if there isn't enough pressure already for me to blog for 365 hahaha. Oh well. It's just a coincidence that I decided to do this on a leap year.

Wish me luck! ;)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Crochet handbag



I know I know....I can't believe it myself! I'm crocheting myself a handbag! Woohoo! For the first time ever I'm doing it by following instructions from the crochet book! :D

Actually years ago, I've crocheted my own handbag on my own without guidelines from anyone or following any instructions from a book. I just bought myself a roll of white yarn and crochet myself a handbag. I even added beads to it. It took me 6 months to get it done. A lot of people complimented on the handbag too which was quite a surprise for me since it was so full of flaws! The handbag looked so weird....but perhaps because it was weird looking that people loved it so much. I do too and up till now I still use it whenever I go out. It's unique in it's own way I guess hehee.

So today I started crocheting a handbag by following the rules.....step by step till it's all done. So far so good. I got me a dark redish brown yarn that I think is so beautiful. I've never had a handbag in this color before. Love it! I just can't wait for it to be done. I love a hobo shape bag and I'm aiming for that. Even though the instructions is actually for a bag quite different from what I want but I'm following at least 3/4 part of the design and the top part will be hobo type for the handles. So it's a trial and error thingy as well. I really hope it will turn out nice in the end. It's just a simple single stitch crochet with very little of double stitch involved. A good design for beginners like me. ...hehehe.

I don't know how long it's going to take for me to get this handbag done. I hope it will be done in less than 6 months time considering the load of work I need to get done in between. I can't wait!!!! :D


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Baby's haircut


Over the years I've learned to cut my own hair, my Mom's hair, my aunt's hair, my sister's hair and even my friend's hair during my varsity days. But I've never cut a baby's hair before. This is my first time!

What I did  yesterday was something really challenging for me. I cut my nephew's hair! Emir is just a little over 1 years old...and I was asked by his mother to cut his hair since she had problems cutting his hair at the barber's. He is so afraid of getting a haircut hehehe!

I had a hard time cutting his hair too! LOL! Super challenging I tell ya! I needed help from 3 other people to attract his attention and keep him happy so that I can cut his hair. We were running around everywhere outside the house to cut his hair and he was screaming most of the time and won't sit still coz he didn't want anyone to cut his hair. With much difficulty I finally managed to cut the back and the side of his hair. The front part was left alone because he just won't let me touch it! 

So as a result, the hair at the front was still long. His mom plan to cut it when he is sleeping hehehe! Not sure if that is possible though. :P It was really quite an interesting experience!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Blogging via handphone

There's always a first in everything right? hehe! Well for me right now I'm blogging for the first time using my hand phone. Feeling sooo excited and silly at the same time! LOL! :D 

I'm using the Wifi service I just got installed today at my house......upgraded the internet service for better internet surfing using the PC and the hand phone. I'm so glad I can use both now at home. But what I love best is the fact that I can surf, email, blog or whatever, at any part of the house with my hand phone. That is so cool! A lot of people are doing it nowadays.....I'm only getting to do it now. A bit late no? But better late than never right? ;)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Cuttlebug machine

*Photos above are taken with permission from Miyyah@Kertas Facebook photo album

For the first time ever, I got the chance to use this Cuttlebug machine, all thanks to my dear friend Sazalina. I got this wonderful opportunity when I went to Kuala Lumpur recently for a holiday. We were at McDonalds for lunch and she brought the machine with her with all the templates for cutting and embossing paper.

It was like a dream come true. Even though I don't own it, but getting the chance to just try out the machine was super exciting as I have been wanting to get one for myself for such a long time now. The Cuttlebug machine is in my wish list of things I wish to own one day.

Well, at least I got the chance to play with it even though the time I had to play with it was not that long but I'm very happy about it!!! ;) The whole experience truly did inspired me and motivated me to get the machine even more. Experiencing it and just looking at it on Youtube is definitely not the same. The minute you gave it a try, it brings the spirit to a whole new different level. I'm so psyched about getting it now. Oh gosh! I hope I'll be able to get one next year!!! Wish me luck!!!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Significant or not

Gosh...I haven't blogged here for so long! That shows that there was nothing significant enough  that happened to me for me to blog about here. But....from today onwards....I'm changing that concept. I won't just blog about something here that I've done from the bucket list that I made......but also things about what I've never done before no matter how small it is before I kick the bucket. :)

Any new discovery....and any new experiences.....I shall be blogging about it here.. :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Budget issues

I realized when I scrolled through my bucket list that most of the things I wanted to achieve in it would have me spend quite a lot of money in order for me to do most of them........especially the ones involving traveling to places outside of my city.

So looks like I would have to put those things on hold for a while till I get enough money in my savings account hehehehe. I guess that's why all these years I was not able to do some of the things in the list. It all boils down to the budget. If I have the budget, then I can do it.

I want to do it.....it is not that I don't want to.....and I really want to to it even more now that I'm much older. As years go by the more I feel the need to accomplish them. But I'm not gonna worry my life away thinking too much about it and stressing myself though. All I have to do now is focus on the plan and make sure the plan will be materialized. At the same time I will also try new things that I've never tried before......even the little things that I might find insignificant to me before. As long as it is something I've never done before.....I'll do it......but always remembering that it has to be something that is not against my religion :). 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Write a book......



It is a life long dream of mine to write a book.....and it would be wonderful if I could include in it as well some pop ups and illustrations like the photo above. I love stories......fantasies.....true stories......funny ones too....but I think for my own book I would prefer fantasies.......or fantasies mixed with true stories. Stories from my own personal experiences. I would like that very much. It will be a good combination. Since I love to draw, then I'll combine my stories with my illustrations. I've been practicing my drawing skills lately.....it has been pretty rusty. I used to love to draw a lot as a child, all the way to my teens and varsity days...

It triggered me most when I saw this movie.....about Beatrix Potter in the movie "Miss Potter". How she made a living by writing children story books. She was a bestselling author and illustrator back in the 1900.  "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was so beautiful...... :). I felt so inspired watching that movie. I kept thinking to myself.....hmmm.....I could do that.....it doesn't seem so hard to do......heheheh.....all I need now is to seriously think of that story that I wanna share with the world with. ;) 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I wanna be a self made millionaire!!

Be a self made millionaire has always been my dream.......and I'm sure it's everyone's life long dream as well to get there some day. We all want to be successful in what we do but sometimes our occupation does not help us get to where we want to be.........and to have that financial freedom is not an easy journey.

I've always thought that what I do now for a living will help me get there. But as you all know, I'm only making handmade cards.....not handmade jewelry......cards don't fetch much money.....unless it's a mass production type of business. So how do I get that financial freedom? For once in my life I don't want to have to worry about paying my bills....I want to be able to buy whatever I want and whenever I want it......I also want to use it to help people.....especially those in need. I know of a lot people who needs help......and I always wish that I have more to give. 

I know the road I will be on for the next few months or years to come will be a tough one ......but I believe that I will make it. I have a strong believe that I will make it.......I want to make it happen this time. I've wasted too much of my precious time years ago because I was too afraid to follow my own dreams....instead I was trying to fulfill other people's dreams.....so much of pain I had endured all this time. No more pain from now on, because now I have no fear of failing......since I've failed many times before. I'm ready.....ready to be a millionaire........ :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Learning Mandarin online..... :P

Ok ok......this has been  going on for years now....years and years of obsession about learning this unique language. If you wonder how this obsession came about.....it's probably because I live in a Chinese neighborhood since small and love watching Chinese TV shows, soap operas and movies. I even adore some Chinese singers from Hong Kong....and I used to be sooooooooo in love with Leon Lai Meng!!!! I even bought his cassettes.....sang his songs like some crazy loony.....not knowing what in the world I was singing about.....but because I was in love.....and the melody sounded great....it just made perfect sense to me at that time! LOL!

I only know a few words in Mandarin and that alone is enough to make me feel so proud. Of course I have a lot of other languages that I would love to learn someday, but somehow Mandarin is close at heart. I donno, all I know is no matter what I have to be able to converse in Mandarin before I kick the bucket. I live in Malaysia and there are a lot of Chinese people here.....and it would be great if I could converse in their own language once in a while..... :) I know they would love it too if we know the language and can speak it fluently.

Ok, so here is the thing.......I'm staying in Alor Setar, Kedah and I have no idea where to get Mandarin lessons here.....I don't know of any class operating nearby that I can attend to. Plus, I'm quite broke right now and I need a cheap alternative to learn this language.......I wish I have a Chinese friend right now who is good in Mandarin so that he or she can teach me for free....LOL! Unfortunately, my Chinese friends can't even speak Mandarin! Why? Because most of them never attended Chinese school.....they all went to the National school like I did therefore skipped learning the one language I want so much to learn! Urrrghhhh! What a bummer!

So I was thinking and thinking.......could there be a possibility that they have Mandarin lessons online???? Could it be??? So I tried googling it just now and whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! It's available online!!! Yes! Yes! Yes!!!! Why didn't I think of this before???!!! :I How silly of me not to try it before. I clicked on the website link and my goodness!!!! It's so cool! There are quite a few websites that offer these tutorials and I'm thinking of checking them all out soon enough. But for now I'm sticking with this one first. It looks good enough and it's one of the most sought after it seems. So I'll just go with this one now. I'll give it a go! I hope by the end of this year I can communicate with someone in Mandarin. Wish me luck ya!! ;) 

Check out this website if you are interested to learn Mandarin too! ;) Have fun!
http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Annual Blog Giveaway

I cannot believe it! The last time I blogged here was in January....and now it's already April....and April is moving real  fast towards May! Urrrgggghhhhh! To think that the only thing I've actually tried to accomplish in my bucket list  so far is the blog giveaway. So, for the past 4 months now I've been giving away my handmade cards and embellishments to my lucky followers in my card blog. It has been quite a challenge to pull it off since I've been so busy keeping up with my work......the work keeps getting more and more heavy and sometimes I feel like I'm about to lose my mind trying to manage it all. It's hard....so very hard to do it all by myself. 

I'm really hoping that things will get better and I will be able to fulfill my dream to giveaway as much as I can in my handmade card blog. I was even thinking of doing the same for my other blogs but looks like that will have to wait till next year. Because this year alone I really wanna concentrate fully on my handmade card blog and make it really successful. 

The idea was to giveaway according to the number of the month....so that means this month I would have to give away cards to 4 lucky people. Next month, it will be 5 lucky people....then 6 lucky people.....till end of the year, which is to give to 12 lucky people!!!! Yikes! Wonder how I am going to handle 12 gifts for 12 people then.......I would probably have to prepare them much earlier.....as early as possible. The problem with me usually is that I have problem deciding what to give. That has always been the case! Maybe it's a Libra thing....or what...I donno.....but I've always had problems making up my mind hahahaha........it has been a life long struggle since I was in my primary school. LOL! I can't seem to shake it off! But whatever it is....in the end, I usually managed to settle the problem....I always find a solution in the end......it usually works out fine eventually. But, before it is settled....there will always be a panic attack....hahahaha!

I'm really glad overall with how the giveaway is turning out so far.....so far so good. I wouldn't want to giveaway cards that are not of good quality.....I don't want to give them rejects....I want to give them a selection of my best work. This is so that they will have an idea of how my cards are like , they will get to see them in person and hopefully they will help in promoting my work to their friends and family as well. Although I want it to be a win win situation, it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. I'm just happy to be able to give.....that's what matters most to me. Giving is sharing.....sharing is caring.... :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Today is the day......

Today is the day.......yes! Finally I'm actually doing this for real! I have always wanted to do this ever since I saw the movie "The Bucket List". I saw it for the first time last year. It was a really inspiring story. It really got me thinking of what are the things I would want to achieve before I die. Gosh! That would be plenty!!! I've got tons of things that I want to achieve before I die. Not sure if I can actually achieve all of them though, and I know it will take me years and years to do them all but, I sure do want to give it a go! :)

At the moment I can only think of a few things that I wish to accomplish. Will write them here in this blog so that I will always be reminded of them and that will help me not forget of what I want to do because I do tend to forget them as time goes by.

I hope this blog will help me keep track of my accomplishments and from time to time I will list down what are the things I wish to add on to my bucket list. I hope whoever visits this blog will be inspired to do the same. Life is short and no matter how small the effort we make in life.....it will determine our happiness. So make that move today!! :)