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The All New Team EtsyMalaysia.

Some of you might have noticed the recent changes on the appearance (namely logo) of Team EtsyMalaysia. The truth is, Team EtsyMalaysia has been quietly working behind the scene for a whole new appearance.

After a month or so of hard work and collaborations from members, I’m proud to announce that Team EtsyMalaysia is ready to move on to a new site. Welcome Team EtsyMalaysia. This will be the new home for the team, so remember to update your bookmark.

The new editorial board is still fixing things here and there, but please feel free to browse around as we’re at it.


What To Do When You Hit A Creativity Drought

All of us are artists in some way or other (even those of us who don’t have the faintest idea of what to do with crayons and a blank sheet of paper), and we have a natural ability to create things on a daily basis.

But sometimes we do hit speed bumps in our attempts to be ‘creative’, whether it be with regards to artwork, our crafts, or even solving a problem (you need to be creative to do that too). We have all hit dry spells in our creativity and it can be infuriating! Here are some suggestions as to what you can try to do to get those creative juices flowing freely again.

Breathe Deeply.

These days when we are so caught up with the busy-ness of our lives, we tend to take shallow, rapid breaths. Just take a moment to observe your breath to see if this is the case. Shallow breathing shortchanges our body’s demand for oxygen which, amongst other things, most definitely affects our ability to think clearly.

So to counter this, make a conscious effort to take deep, calm breaths during the day. Imagine your lungs comfortably filling up to their maximum capacity with life-giving oxygen, and release your breath gently until they’re empty. Repeat this as often as you can. You may choose to set aside a specific time to do this as an exercise, or better yet, decide for yourself several intervals during the day at which you tell yourself you’ll step back from whatever it is that you’re doing, and to take x-number of deep breaths, before continuing whatever it was that needed your attention.

Take a walk or do some form of exercise.

This is also another way to circulate oxygen around your body and to your brain. Plus it’s always a good idea to get yourself out of an enclosed building to let your eyes feast on your surroundings. Who knows – you might find inspiration in a relatively unfamiliar environment.

Write or do everyday tasks with your other hand.

If you are right-handed, try to consciously do stuff with your left hand instead – like opening doors, drawing, or brushing your teeth. Doing new things, or performing familiar tasks in a different manner is said to be an easy way to give your brain a nice workout. Besides, seeing the results of your switching hands for such tasks could possibly let you see things in a slightly different light.

Limit your options

Sometimes having too many options available to you gets you stuck in the I-can’t-decide-which-one-to-use rut. So let’s just say you have an assignment to create a piece of jewelry. That’s pretty broad, right? I’d imagine that there are countless materials to choose from, and ways to get started on that! If you’re stumped by how to start, how about telling yourself that you’ll only use… bottlecaps? This is what happened when two teenage sisters did just that:

Don’t take yourself too seriously

Like it or not, there will be things in life that will blow up in your face at the worst possible times and it’s easy to get caught in the gravity of the situation. I think you’ll agree with me if I were to suggest that these mind-ruts are possibly your worst enemy because they are potentially soul-draining, life-sucking thoughts that can literally stall you from moving forward with anything, let alone being creative.

You always have choices available to you. So it might be a good idea for you to choose to look at the lighter side of things. You’ll make mistakes and muck-ups once in a while–that’s perfectly okay. Just promise yourself that you’ll learn to do better next time, and move on.

So those are my 2 sen worth of ideas on how to get creatively un-stuck. What do YOU do when you need to breathe new life into your creativity? Please share your thoughts with us! :)

Crafty Art Market 2

Crafty Art Market is here again!! This time, it is BIGGER and BETTER! I am excited and I am sure you are too! XD Come and meet all our talented Etsians and local handmade artists and see for yourself what they have to offer! Pencil down this date and bring all your friends and families for this fun-filled event and we will see you there! ;)

Here’s our final list of confirmed participants:

  1. LavenzOsy – Lavenz makes prints, postcard, bookmark, jeweleries, pocket mirror, bookplates etc.
  2. okinokiyo – Maizura makes kids sun hat and clothing
  3. kindersoaps – Michelle makes handmade, all-natural soap
  4. yeepiicloset & moodfashionstore – Chris makes accessories from jewelry to bags & Tasha makes clothes
  5. emikaz – Emi makes handcrafted jewelry
  6. kiiss – Kelly sells fabric and craft supplies. She creates some fabric rings, brooches and hair pins too
  7. BellaPosh – Ayesha makes handmade hair clips and clothing
  8. skyejuice – Alex make colorful jewelry and other handmade goods
  9. mimpimurni – Murni makes handmade jewelry and lip balms
  10. loveandcraft – Alice makes felt and fabric accessories. She will be selling some craft supplies too
  11. angelicquirk – Evelin creates lovely cards, gift tags, notebooks, bookmarks
  12. thezaiart & MynnQ – Zai offers acrylic painting while his partner & Mynn creates bags, accessories and paper craft
  13. blankcanvasdesigns – Joanne creates decals for walls, glass and smooth surfaces
  14. BagNCraft – Sally makes handbags, purses, keychain pouch & origami
  15. snazzynsuch – Tini offers craft supplies and kid clothes
  16. izreen – Izreen makes party related items. She will be selling some tags, homemade cookies and such
  17. nukilan, funkytiles & Rekhss – Both Nadiah & Rekha sells hand-painted ceramic tiles, cards and other paper goods
  18. HoneysHive – Honey makes paper quilled jewelry, magnets, hair clips, gift cards, and more
  19. SakaiCentric – Joey makes cultural influenced handmade notebooks & gifts
  20. LoveFateJewelry – Zurien makes handmade jewelry & accessories
  21. KalleoHandmadeSoaps – Christine makes cold-processed handmade soaps
  22. effbombs – Mei makes handmade statement badges
  23. TrinketTrove – Jessie sells handmade jewelry & display trees
  24. beadscraftz – Madeline makes polymer clay jewelry & accessories
  25. JainaBee – Pek Mun sells origami works such as Japanese Washi dolls, origami Washi jewelry & Washi supplies
  26. jpbeads – Jenny makes purse hooks, handmade jewelry & accessories
  27. CharmingBeadzsnorazah – Selina makes stitch markers & wine glass charms. Norazah sells embellishment for card making
  28. iitchillustrations & My Glass Cubicle – Dura creates illustrations, handmade accessories, clothes, tote bags & paper dolls
  29. LittleSyam & Lina footstool – Lina  makes silkscreen, tote bags, bookbindings, painting & handmade footstool
  30. Giffy – Amy sells craft supplies & handmade key chains, brooch & clay figure

Theme Challenge January – Valentine

To encourage creativity amongst members, we had our first ever theme challenge last month – “Valentine” We hope to have a theme challenge on a monthly or bi-monthly basis (depending on time and response from our members) to stir-up some brain cells and to help each other make more beautiful things to share with our customers.  If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for someone special, look no further! Our members have some pretty neat stuffs which just might be the gift you are looking for:

Plush by Beanipet ♥ little girl’s dresses by manmanku ♥ dyed yarn by eleraine

Origami Jewelry & Lucky stars by JainaBee ♥ tags by Phings ♥ Purse Hooks by jpbeads

Charm bracelets by yeepiicloset

Handmade cards by PoochD, Nukilan, Rekhss &, Rabbitandme ♥ Illustration print by schin

Handmade cards and tags by angelicquirk

KLPAC Open Day

Just over a week ago, on 23 Jan 2011, Team Etsy Malaysia set up shop at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Open Day.

All in all, it was quite a productive day for most of us, I think. It was certainly a busy and hectic day, as there were also performances to watch and activities to join. And boy, was it hot!

Twelve Etsy Malaysia team members took part. See pictures here (more to be uploaded on FB soonest).

(Click on the pics for a larger image and to see who’s who)

Team Etsy Malaysia Crafty Art Market 2 is here!!!!

Good news!!! This is the market everyone is waiting for!!!! Our own Crafty Art Market is about to happen again. Wow, that is quick and exciting and the sign up dateline is close too (by end of this month, 31/Jan).

Venue: @ The Bee, Jaya One
Date: 19 February 2011
Time: 11am – 6pm

Requirements: Your products for sale on event day must be “handmade”/ supplies for “handmade” only. And of course, you have to be an Etsy team member!

Discussion Thread (more details and sign up instruction) : http://www.etsy.com/teams/5026/etsy-malaysia/discuss/6749185/
(this is a private thread, you have to join our team to view)

Or contact jpbeads to sign up for the market.

Supplies Bazaar

It’s the first ever bazaar selling nothing but awesome supplies organize by the Handmade Movement. You don’t need to go search high and low to search for supplies and material, now there’s a bazaar only for handmade and craft supplies. How great is that?

For supplies seller to want to participate in this bazaar, kindly contact Beii at lvbeii1604@gmail.com to register.
(super cool organizer Beii, she also organizer all sorts of interesting craft classes, I am joining the socks doll class)

Rental is just RM30 for the first early 15 vendors who sign up. And after the first that will be RM50. Hurry up :D

For more details : http://thehandmademovement.blogspot.com/