This is the newer version of MFK name card that I’ve been working on these few days. I wanted to make a black colour name card but of course my printer can’t print white. So I’ve decided to carved my details on an eraser stamp (my previous post) & stamp on the the card using the ink stamp pad that I’ve bought from Scrap.n.Crop. Here’s the outcome:
I was thinking of making a new name card, so I start carving for a new eraser stamp. This time I carved my details on the eraser (7 x 3cm, largest that I have) by carving out my own handwriting. Here’s the carved eraser:
This is another handmade chopstick hook experiment that I did in December last year. This time I used a normal non disposable chopstick with some decorative part on it. So here’s the hook:
I’ve wanted to try to make my own crochet needle for quite sometime. I did some wood & soap carving in secondary school & also some eraser carving recently. So I thought why not carving a bit for my crochet work for a change.
You can find a few tutorials online on it but I try to improvise whichever is easier for me. I’ve used plain bamboo chopstick which is cheap & available in any store in Malaysia (bought one big packet for a few ringgits only), blade, sand paper & a bit of bee wax.
Here’s some photos of my handmade crochet hooks & some the materials that I’ve used to make them:
- Draw with a pencil roughly the shape of the hook compare with your favorite one.
- Use a sharpener to sharpen the end of the stick & cut the sharp end of the stick. (This is easier way compare to use a blade to carve the rounded hook head)
- Carefully carve out the unwanted section with a blade (This might be the hard & tricky part if you are not use to carving, I did throw away some sticks after some fail attempts. Really be careful when you are handling the blade. Start a new stick if you make mistake, you may need to get use to carving it).
- After you are satisfied with the your carved hook, sand it with a fine waterproof sand paper until all the hook surface are smooth.
- For the finishing, use some bee wax balsam to make the hook shine & smooth. (you just need a bit for your handmade hook, but you can use this for your other bamboo hooks or needle available to care it)
Now you are ready to admire your master piece, get hook & enjoy! =)
This is one of my quick project which is an idea sketch book. I normally scribble my ideas on any paper that I can grab so it’s kinda here, there & everywhere. So I’ve decided to get crafty & make one rather than to buy a normal one from the stationary shop =D.
I just used things that are available for making this sketch book. Some colour A4 papers, one hole puncher, my eraser stamps, stamp pad, some yarns & crochet hook. So here’s my first handmade sketch book:
How do you guys document your ideas?
I wanted to display my sample beanies & hat but didn’t have any stand to do so. After googling & everything, not much info on display stand DIY. Some available hat stands I’ve found was head mannequin or just simple acrylic / metal stand. These are normally kinda hard to get in Malaysia & I bet it’s expensive for crafters like me.
Eventually I’ve decided on DIY my own display stand. I went to the Art Friend Shop in Gardens to get some materials & ideas for the stand. After browsing in the store, eventually I ended up buying some cylindrical & disc shape polystyrene. I’ve decided to make use these polystyrene to make my beanie & hat display stand. It’s cheap & easy to cut the length just by using a cutter knife. Here’s what I did for making my beanie/hat display stand:
- Polystyrene only around RM14 (for making 3 stands)
- Mural colour was RM18 for 1kg (used just a bit but can be use for something else)
- Brush for paint was around RM6
- No More Nail adhesive around RM15 per tube (used the left over I have so no need to buy)
Roughly the for making the stands was total around RM24 for 3 that can display 2 beanies/hat in a time each. If you want to make an easy, light & cheap hat stand, then give this one a try =)
After 2 weeks was kinda hectic with work, enquiries, orders & preparation, Nas & me managed to join the Threadszoo SweatFest Bazaar last Sunday. The crowd was not that many but then we had a good experience & managed to make some new friends who most of them have blog shop. I managed to meet Brenda from Baby Sasha N Mom which I was introduced by Norlie from SekociNorlie thru FB.
Anyway here are some snap shot of the event:
He is certainly will be in my guy model list 😉
Later I’ll post my DIYs for the booth including the beanie / hat display stand & simple rack to share everyone =)