I'm in trouble .. (again)

Thursday, August 01, 2013

why? I'm hooked with a new craft [or technique..]

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Isn't it pretty???? It's called Soutache Jewelry.
Well, I've known about this type of jewelry way back when i stumble upon this talented lady, Dori Csengeri who made hand embroidered jewelry.
Owh, go to her website and drool..

I want to have a go with it, but I'm not sure if i can find the Soutache Braids here. To import, well, it has to come from either the UK [with slang] or Europe.

That's where the the hype are. And i haven't found any China supplier that are selling these braids in particular.
But I haven't drop by to Bunga Reben yet. Usually, they will have nearly everything when it comes to embroidery, beading, etc. So, maybe I'll shall have a go there first before starts to order online.
Argh.. the agonizing of having to pinch in next month.. till I start my new job.

Till then! I'm gonna go and drool on more Soutache.
















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Adventurous Brass Bib Necklace - Completed

Monday, June 03, 2013


Kindly refer to my previous posting on my journey with this necklace.
Finally I manage to complete the two necklaces & test drive [wear].


Thank god I found Hagerty Silver Foam in Ace Hardware and managed to polish the pieces. It shines! Super Shiny like it just went through tumbling. I am so happy. Now I don't have to worry about making big pieces. But Emi just asked me to watch out on the tarnish. Hopefully it won't. [Fingers crossed]



Both have been reserved and as usual my problem will start with pricing.
I know I shouldn't discount myself but I'm scared to price my stuffs.
At the moment, even tho it has been reserved, both are still price-less.

 

Version 1 & 2 - with green & dark grey stone

 

Made a singular horizontal pendant from extra pieces


Test drive yesterday & it was FABULOUS!
I usually wear [as per advised by Mummy too] before handing it over to customer. Not all, mostly original 1st experimented pieces. I do not want to hand over fragile pieces to customers, especially friends. 

I am so happy and puzzle now. Off to do pricing. sigh..

Owh ya, Shop blog are ready! Photos were taken last night but yet to be uploaded. 
This blog will still maintain as the main ranting, rambling, and experiments blog. 
But ready pieces ranging from glass painting, doodles, jewelry, fabric and clay pieces will be listed in the Shop blog. 
You can click on Shop at the side bar or go to melisamuhd.blogspot.com.

I've decided just to use my name as reference. I'm doing too many things, creating random pieces, so i believe any specific name such as Jewelry - Clay or Glass would just be a restriction. 

Artworks listed in Melisa Muhd Shop are made by Melisa Muhd. 


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Bazaaaaar!


First bazaar FY13.
Manage to debut my camera straps & doodled bookmarks.
Those were my sale for the day. 



First debut!


Neko & doodle bookmarks


My partner in crime & my sugar mummy, Kak Mas from Whimsical & Quirky




Items by Kak Mas



Some of my other stuffs

Looking forward to the next bazaar!


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Doodle Paper Bracelet

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Omigod! I am like brimming, bursting with ideas right now.
Just found a  brilliant video tutorial on how to incorporate paper to wire. Ahmazing!
The artist is Ross Barbera. He paints and make jewelry. He is too generous. He shared his technique of incorporating his drawings on wire and make beautiful accessories.

You can check his tutorial from the link below. You can also check out his website here


Now I've found a sure brilliant way to use my doodles!
Brilliant!

Edit - 23.5.2013
I made my version! It was as easy as presented in the video. Now I have reason to doodle more and have a purpose for it. How cool is that???

This is an experiment piece. Will do a proper one soooon.
1. I didn't use proper lacquer. I just used clear nail polish
2. I didn't put a backing paper. Didn't have a fiber type paper at home. A backing paper will make it thicker but without backing paper it is do able.





 I am so going to try with watercolor mix and getting 16ga wire.
Now I only have 19ga brass and 18ga wire copper plated.
Happy happy clam!



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Work - Life Balance

Monday, May 13, 2013



Work - life balance.
It is something that everyone wishes to have but very hard to achieve. However it is something that I enjoy very much nowadays.

My first job was with a local SI company. It was a startup Bumiputra company that has grown big. It was very family like environment, close-knit kinda family. That is the place where I learn everything about work, business and opportunity. Where I about learn heartache and happiness of working. Money was not the motivation at the time. It’s all about passion and loyalty. I looked up to the MD [which now is the CEO] and the COO. Who taught me everything they know on how to be effective and ethical. Weekend is a work day sometimes. Late nite, not sleeping is kinda common. I felt like I need to do more every time. Give my everything to be the best in the eyes of the management. Work is number 1. Money is number 2.
I still look up to them, but I guess, in a company, people come & go. Therefore, whoever left is more important. I left when I felt I am not effective anymore. I felt redundant and money is the driver.

I joined S company. It was a culture shock for me.
Results. Target. Quota. Revenue. Such foreign terms to me. As I felt I might not do well there, I left for another job. The job where I am with now. But the money was good. For the first time I taste Commission. Another foreign term to me. And I became addicted.

When the offer for this job came, the company is a much bigger company than S. But it is for Australia market and not Malaysia. Ah, another market that I have always dreamed of working for. I was kinda bored with Msian market at the time. It’s too demanding. The market too narrow and everything boils down to NETWORK. Which I hate it so much!

The job demand was light, daily expenses were reduced and best of all -> no work after office.
Here I found my Work-Life balance. It might not be as glamorous as the previous jobs. No event to attend. Not meeting with big shot or Dato’ but it was fulfilling from a personal perspective.
Nowadays, my days are filled with crafting, cooking and dramas. Yes, I became a bit chubby [also due to the medication]. But I am happy. No office is without politic, so same goes here. But I only need to be concerned with it during office hour. Not after.

There is also no traffic jam. My times are better spent and manage. Work starts at 7am to 4pm and 6am to 3pm during daylight savings time. The time before all mother of traffic jam starts.
Before I can’t have daily craft time but now I’m enjoying it EVERYDAY. It is a bliss.

I don’t know why suddenly I felt like writing this. Gratitude, I guess.

All in all, all is good.

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A collection of thought by dreamer with 1001 dreams and things to do.
A salaryman by day and a crazy crafter by night.
Current obsession : glass painting, clay, jewelry making, upcyling craft, cooking, baking, hmm.. too many to list down!

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