Enlightened Polymer Clay: Artisan Jewelry Designs Inspired by Nature [Paperback]

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Rie Nagumo (Author)

14-15 January 2012 - MANIZER BAZAAR ATTACK

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"We hate it when men are bestowed with the title 'womanizers' and women as sluts when it comes to conquering the world! It's so unfair!

This bazaar is gratified for us (women,also those with Aunt Jemima's instinct) to satisfy our consumerism needs and to have fun shopping
!! we just LOVE the word SHOPPING.

There will be fashion boutiques, home baking nyums, vintage items, jewellery, HAIR-BRAIDING, handcrafts, books, silent auctions, live music, future husbands, and MORE!!!!!

One good thing about bazaars is that you dont have to bring that much money to get a alot of stuff. But just in case, bring extra this time!
Because for those who spend more than rm60 will get a free movie ticket from Time Square GSC!"

by Manizer Bazaar Attack

Location : 10th Floor, Berjaya Times Square 
Date : 14th and 15th January 2012
Time : 2-9pm (indoor)

Vendors are still needed! But hurry up yeah for the slots are running out!
For inquiries email to manizerbazaar@gmail.com

Follow us on twitter : ManizerBazaar

18TH DECEMBER 2011 - Marseilles Soap Making Workshop by Lulla Bella

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Let start and make your very own and unique batch of Marseilles Soap, The world’s famous soap prized on its purity & gentle care. And also a great soap for relaxing and calming the senses after a busy day of work. You also get to play around with herb powders, organic clays or additives to make your own unique soap bars.

Savon de Marseille -The world’s famous soap prized on its purity & gentle care.Marseille soap became outmoded in the 1960's, but with a rise in ecology and the search for the most natural products possible, Marseille Soap has regained its popularity. Savon de Marseille has the reputation for being kind to the skin and it is recommended for general skincare, because of its mildness and anti-bacterial qualities.

Participants will learn to make their own soap mould and about 500g of soap, which they can take home to cut afterwards.

Each student will receive a special certificate of recognition from Lullabelle Handmade Soap for this class!

Each participant will need to bring 1 empty milk cartons (1000ml size).

Class Language: English & Mandarin / Cantonese
Class Fee/ person: RM250 (inclusive of materials)
Class Deposit : RM120 (this fee is non refundable in the case of absentee)
Maximum Participants Capacity : 2 – 6 person
Language Medium: English (supplemented with Mandarin/Cantonese)

Tutor:Patty (lullabellesoap@gmail.com / 019-2171015)
*Time length 2 -3 hours.

Available Timetable and Venue:
December 18: 3pm – 6pm (Marseilles Soap) at Fabric Fanatics (Add: Lot RL2-096, Level 2, USJ 19 Mall, Jalan Persiaran Kewajipan, USJ19, 47620)

For further findings check out Lulla Bella Blog


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This week I would like to feature a friend of mine, which I get to know her through Facebook. An Onwer of a popular online store Da' Knit which supplies knitting material, yarns and etc etc. A nice sweet girl who is from Sabah. I've personally inspired by her handmade (Knitting and crochet) and due to that I've sent her the interview note and here is her answer.

Q1. Tell us about yourself
A: Hi :) I am known with the name of Ery/Sindarery/Da'Knit among my crafter friends that i met all of them via online :) I'm married to a wonderful Turkish man since 2011. I'm working as a teacher, teaching chemistry and english in a secondary school in Sabah. I graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sabah in Ed with Science. As hobbies, I like watching cartoons especially Sponge Bob and playing games. I also like to spend my time with playing piano ( I learnt to play since I was 8 years old ). Besides that, reading blogs is what I love to do too. Ah.. also, the thing that I can never resist is always YARN! I am very crazy about Yarns. As conclusion, I'm just a simple girl who loves to do knitting and crochet during my free time and share this passion with my friends in my blog at www.aheys.com 

Q2. How did your 1st learn your knitting?
A : I love this question :) It reminds me of how I was so afraid to start this new hobbies though I was very eager to try it out! I've been thinking about starting this new hobby almost all the time and yes, it was somehow stressing coz I know that once you knit, you will need to spend more!:p

However, finally it started at the end of 2009.. it was close to school holidays and my husband ( also my special one and my best friend :) ) suggested me to fill in my free time during the school holidays with learning a new language. Hahaha.. however, after given deep thoughts, I finally take the step to try out knitting instead of learning new language :p

The only problem about this is how to get the knitting tools to start learning since unfortunately knitting is not very well known in Malaysia. Hmm..

Then there was one day, i was wandering around in a mall inside KK (Kota Kinabalu) during the earlier days of the school holidays. While walking.. I suddenly remember there is a small shop just in front of the escalator at the first floor, with a name of Meelo, a craft shop. Yup. I am sure most Sabahans know this place!

So I decided to go inside to have a look and because it was my first time stepping into the store, I was shocked beside surprise to see the yarns collections they have and lucky me! I found knitting needles :) Totally it was heaven! There were metals also bamboo needles, Without having second thought, I grabbed two pairs of metal needles, and two balls of Sakura Yarn, went to the counter, paid and came back home immediately.

Just after I reached home, I began to try out the needles and the yarns with making random stitches...oh momy.. it was s bit funny that I kept slipping off the yarns from the needles and never managed to stick even one stitch over it due to the slippery surface of the metal needles, and yes, it was hard for a first try!

After few days passed, I decided to come back again to the same shop and bought the bamboo. Unexpectedly.. the result of using bamboo was much easier than the metal. It did helped me to regain my confidence back! Few hours struggling of being stubborn, at last, I decided to look for more information and tutorials from the youtube.com.

Alhamdulillah.. Slowly I managed to memorize every basics of knitting thanks to the tutorials in Youtube.Com. I bought some books afterwards too, but yet from my opinions, youtube is very effective for knitting lessons than referring to the books :)

So.. just in a month, after mastered all the basics and more comfortable handling the needles, i converted back to the metals and finally, the first project that I successfully knitted  was a muffler for my husband :) Thankfully, he likes it a lot! :) I believe that there is nothing impossible when you really go for it, thus, giving your best at something will result satisfaction and successful.

Since then.. I always search for more information, patterns, tutorials etc almost everyday when I got my free time. Most of the time, I was all learning by myself without any helps other than internet and books. Alhamdulillah.. because of this, I learnt many new things and I'm glad I chose to knit.

Q3. What make you decide to start an online shop?
A : I decided to start an online shop with my husband support, due to the reason that I really love knitting and enjoy all the yarns I experienced with. I want to share the passion with everyone who loves to knit and I wanted to share more types of yarns to all knitters around Malaysia. In Malaysia, we often stick to cotton and acrylic types, especially we don't have much choice to try out different yarns with a reason of limited sources to find good and quality yarns. With helps and supports from my husband, my family, and few of my friends, I gave myself a chance to take this challenge with a mission, everyone can knit and enjoy our yarns :)

Also, there are lots of quality yarns out there which is hard to be found in our local yarns shops can now be found easily via online and they need to try them out! With the availability of variety yarns nowadays, you have more opportunities to knit more quality handmade projects for your lovely ones or even for yourself. This is our main mission. Hopefully, in time, our small online store will brings more supplies especially in knitting and crochet for everyone around the world. InsyaAllah.

I am sure there are a lots of online stores now that provide yarns and tools for knitting and crochet. However, I believe, competition is always what you need to make sure you will always give the customers your best services. Without competition, you'll never know what your weakness is and especially, in the things you love to do!

Q4. I know you make a lot of custom items, is there a particular order that stands out for you and why?
A : Alhamdulillah.. after a while, order started to come slowly... and I feel very happy when someone putting their trust on me to knit something for them :) Besides, it helps me to enhance my knitting skills and be creative. Thanks to my colleagues, especially Myra.. if it isn't because of her, I will not have a chance to have my own customers now :)

Among all the orders I made, the one that I really love is the Baby Helena dress, which I was making for my colleague :)   (pattern from knitty.com)

Why I love this dress because it was my first time making a lace dress, though it looked like a complicated dress, yet, it was very easy to knit! Once you learn the pattern's rhythm, it's just a piece of cake! Besides, this dress is a raglan knitting, one of my favorite technique. The things that made me most happy is when my colleague said she really loves the dress! All the hardwork was really worth!

Q5. What would you like to tell/ share the other crafters out there?
A : To all crafters out there, don't give up so fast when you learn something new, Knitting is actually really fun besides crochet. I do crochet after learn knitting and yet I enjoy crochet very much, however, knitting should not be put aside too :) I often hear people complaining how hard knitting is which is actually not true! Once you set your mind with thinking 'knitting is difficult' then believe me, it will always be. Be confident and practice makes perfect is what you should do!.

There are many tutorials can be found easily in the internet as well such as in youtube.com or knitting websites by the expert and experience knitters who are willing to share with us with no profits!

I hope and wish that some day, knitting will be as popular as crochet too in our Malaysia because I really believe that no matter how, everyone can knit! :) I feel blessed to be involved with knitters from a group called Malaysia Knitting Club (FB) like Angah, Marlyna Nurrie, Ritia Gitieg, Eija Jhan, Mikko, Hasnida, Noraida and more members who are expert and very skillful knitters :) I'm glad to know them all and wish to get more friends  in the same field as well :)

No matter how, always believe in yourself!


Despite of the sharing, Sindarery would like to share her TUTORIAL to all craftzmaniac readers.

You can also check her website as follows:
Sindarery Blog : http://www.aheys.com
Sindarery online shop : Da' Knit

BOOK PREVIEW - DECEMBER 2011 (22 Simple Sewing Projects for Cool Kids of All Ages)

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Sew Kawaii!: 22 Simple Sewing Projects for Cool Kids of All Ages [Paperback]
Choly Knight (Author)

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
Language: English
ISBN : 9781565235687
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches

KinoKuniya : Now Available at MYR 73.69
Amazon.com : Now available 

BOOK PREVIEW - DECEMBER 2011 (The Best of Quilting Arts: Your Ultimate Resource for Art Quilt Techniques and Inspiration)

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The Best of Quilting Arts: Your Ultimate Resource for Art Quilt Techniques and Inspiration [Paperback]
Patricia Bolton (Author)

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Interweave Press (December 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN : 9781596683990
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches

Kinokuniya : Available
Amazon.com : Pre-Order available

BOOK PREVIEW - LAUNCH MAY 2012 (Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies: 30 Romantic Jewelry Projects)

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Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies: 30 Romantic Jewelry Projects (Beadweaving Master Class Series [Hardcover]
Sabine Lippert (Author)

Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Lark Crafts (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 145470246X
ISBN-13: 978-1454702467

Kinokuniya : NOT AVAILABLE
Amazon.com : Pre-Order available

BOOK PREVIEW - DECEMBER 2011 (Seamless Crochet : Techniques and Designs for Join-as-You-Go Motifs)

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Seamless Crochet : Techniques and Designs for Join-as-You-Go Motifs 
By Omdahl, Kristin

Publisher : Interweave Pr
Publication Date: December 13, 2011
ISBN : 9781596682979

Preorder available at Kinokuniya Malaysia
BookWeb Price : MYR 93.77

Available also at Amazon.com

Click  Amazon.com for book description.

BOOK PREVIEW - LAUNCH ON JANUARY 2012 (Knit Noro: Accessories : 30 Colorful Little Knits)

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Knit Noro: Accessories : 30 Colorful Little Knits
By Vogue Knitting Magazine (COR)

Publisher : Sixth & Spring Books
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
ISBN : 9781936096206
Pre order available at Kinokuniya Malaysia.
BookWeb Price : MYR 92.19 

Book Description
Using only the finest natural materials and ecologically sound manufacturing processes, Japanese designer Eisaku Noro has been producing some of the most extraordinary and popular yarns in the world for over 30 years. Hand colored in vivid combinations of painterly hues, Noro yarns are as striking to behold as they are easy to work with. This follow-up to Knit Noro features 32 small projects knitters can complete in a weekend, including Leg Warmers, Cabled Mittens, a Lace Flap Hat, and even an iPad cover. Source from Amazon.com


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Emila's 2012 Illustrated Calendar

Illustrations are a collection of Emila's own illustrations throughout the year of 2011, mostly watercolor work. The weight of the calendar is about 200 grams and it can be hanged using light-weight or medium-weight wall hook.

A 2012 wall calendar that fits nicely in your workspace, hall or kitchen wall.

Product Description 
Size: 30cm x 15cm.
Pages 14: Cover, 12 month's calendar page and a write-up page about Emila
Price RM15.00

Here are samples of the monthly pages:

Online purchase click on Emilayusof.com- littleshop

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