Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Royal Wedding (Part 2)

A simple Well Wishes table.

The handwritten words on the chalkboard (tr: well wishes for the bride and groom) was done by my father, who has a knack for calligraphy and he is REALLY GOOD at it! (Why didn't I inherit that?!). It's just a small table, where guests could come and pick a card, and then run back to their seating places.

The original idea was to have a guestbook, but we wanted to avoid long queue of the guests. Then we went to this one wedding which implemented this idea and fell in love with it, and decided to adapt it for the royal wedding.

Nothing fancy about the cards (bought them at Tesco haha), and we did everything within 2 days (Stamp! Punch! Glue!). I already have the wedding stamps from my clear stamp stashes - bought ages ago but didn't really use it much, and it was the right time to use my new Martha punch... hehe. (which I LOVE!)

The plan was to have all the cards arranged in an album/ frame, but the bride and groom haven't decided yet, so the plan is still pending. :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Royal Wedding (Part 1)

'The royal wedding' is a pun, since my sister's wedding was a day after Will & Kate's. LOL. The wedding took almost all my free time for the past couple of months, since I was determined to make it a totally-handmade-wedding. Yes, I was the self-elected planner, and went a bit over the top with everything (complete with the freak-out before the wedding day LOL). The Royal Wedding will come in few series, and each will feature different types of paper crafts that were made for the wedding. Tonnes of stress, bucket-full of blood and tear spilled LOL, but tonnes of fun as well. :)

First in the series: The Wedding poster.

The quilling  poster was A1 in size, and was done in the very last minute. I started doing the coils a week before the wedding (!) and finished the poster a day before (!!).

This was the only quilling work I've done for the wedding, so it had to be bigger in size haha. I was already in  my hometown when I realised that I left some important tools behind. So I had to use whatever I had and force the niece and nephews (and my brother) to help with the shaping of the coils.(Yeah, I'm a greeaaaattt aunty (sister)!)

As you can see, it's a repeated theme of trees and owls - haha - I would never get tired of them LOL! I used 8 different tones of green/ yellow for the leaves and 3 shades of purple for the letters.

The typography took a while to do, especially the details inside. I didn't even have high hope that I'd be able to finish the poster on time. But I did! Yeay!

Well... the coils were not so neat as they're done in a rush :P Still need to improve on that! I used mostly basic shapes in quilling (teardrop, marquise and tight coil) and the messy version of alternate-side loop technique. The poster was a hit, and we later framed it, thus officially making this my second framed artwork! (The first one would be the miniature quilling hehe).

We displayed the poster right beside the Well Wishes table, which will be featured next! :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

In Love

Simple is beautiful.

I love polka dots. And pompoms are my favourite kind of quilled flowers, as it's one of those simple flowers that are very quick to do. I'm getting the hang of using pattern paper right now, and I think I might get addicted to them hehe.

Well I had card craze these few nights and keep on making cards and cards and cards (and some bookmark samples). And I AM using pattern paper! Yeay for that!

The new cards will be ready for preview on Saturday the 14th, during the quilling class. I made almost 15 new cards this week (since I went card-'block' for the past month or so haha), and InsyaAllah I'll bring them to the class. The how-to of the flowers would be one of the tutorials that will be taught in the quilling class.

Join us! There are still spaces left for both slots. Will try to post the quilling set of what the participants will get sometime on Friday okay! :)

*runs off to do other things*

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quilling Class Poster

Update: Slot 1 only have 4 more seats available! More seats available on Slot 2!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Quilling Class

Simple Rhyme

are organising


CASTOR & POLLUX Professional Styling Studio, 31-2 (2nd Floor), Jln. Wangsa Delima 13, D Wangsa, Wangsa Maju, 53300 Kuala Lumpur. (map will be provided later)

Saturday, 14th May 2011

SLOT 1: 12.00 noon – 2.30 pm (10 participants  4 more seats left!)
SLOT 2: 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm (10 participants 8 more seats left!)

Fees per person:
RM70 (Deposit of RM30 to be forwarded before/by Wednesday, 11th of May 2011)

All-in Package:
Basic quilling shapes
Tips on choosing paper and materials for quilling
Techniques of applying quilling on paper/ other materials
2 card designs (flower motives and robot motives)
Quilling Kit (quilling tool, quilling paper, cards, scissors, glue & quilling module)
Refreshment provided.

How to book your place?

Email your details (Name, phone number, email address, choice of slot time and number of required seats) to

Account number will be given once you’ve confirmed your place. Deposit of RM30 (non-returnable) must be forwarded to the provided account number before/ by Wednesday, 11th of May 2011.

List of participants will be updated daily in the blog/ fb page so do check on the latest update on available spots.


Saturday, May 07, 2011

Wanita Hari Ini

Yep. That was me. On a live TV show. :)

I was informed that I would be featured on Wanita Hari Ini (WHI) talkshow merely a week before, and I was in the midst of preparing for my sister's wedding. Luckily, I was still on leave on the proposed date, and agreed to the request. (For my international readers, Wanita Hari Ini can loosely be translated as Women's Today - it's a daily 'live' talkshow which discusses different issues and topics and sometimes invites different crafters for the craft segment). The studio was pretty quiet, since there's no live audience, and that alone managed to calm my nerves. A lot. Heh. They didn't provide me any question beforehand so all answers were given impromptu.

They told me it was going to be 7 minutes. And it was the 7 minutes that changed a lot of things.

Within three hours after the aired segment, there was a sudden increased  of more than 600+ fans on Miyyah@Kertas FB page. A day later, the number reached more than 1000. The usual visitors to the blog always range between 100 - 200 visits daily. On 4th of May, the number spiked to 3929.  The pageviews that usually goes around 400-500 per day, went up to 23724 page views on that day alone! I was shocked. And stunned. And I've been bombarded with questions on the comment pages, and emails, which I still have to find time to answer.

To those looking for more info, and might miss the announcement on FB page, you can check Miyyah@Kertas Quilling FAQ section on top, which I believe, pretty much answered most of the posted questions. If you do have other questions apart from those already been answered, do post them on the FAQ section, and I'll address the answers later. I'm not doing this full time, and I still have to juggle between my day job (which! I! love!) and my other activities as well. I can only quill at night time, and during weekends, so please understand if it takes me some time to reply to them. Patience, my dear, is still one of human's biggest virtue, right? :)

I appreciate the sudden increase of interest in paper quilling - ecstatic was more like it haha - and it spiked the number of visitors to other quillers and cardmakers' blogs as well. It's about time Malaysian cardmakers get the lights they deserved, aite? :P

And amidst the chaotic week, I managed to finish up this frame hehe. Still had some neatness issue with the letters, and missing the dots on the i's due to the rush! LOL! :P

Still, enjoy the frame!

p/s: TV does make you look fat.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Thank you

Thank you for being patient.
Thank you for being such great supporters.
Thank you for being the strong wall to protect me.
Thank you for being the shoulder to cry on.
Thank you for being the soul sisters (and brothers).
Thank you for alerting me.
Thank you for the constructive criticism.
Thank you for the trust.

Thank you for being cool.
Thank you for the advice.
Thank you for being nice.
Thank you for the opportunities.
Thank you for the fun.
Thank you for the pain.
Thank you for the joy afterwards.
Thank you for saying hi.
Thank you for smiling.
Thank you for being you.
And thank you for allowing me to be me.


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