Life illustrated, Doodling my life

I love thinking about life and laugh at it, whether it’s the past, present or the future expectation. Simple little things that are sometimes silly and we’re shy to talk about to people while actually others are doing the same silly things. We can feel connected to others when one can open up through many mediums, it can be words, songs, videos, drawings, etc. I’ve tried some of them, now I’m trying a new one for my own amusement to laugh about my life, maybe people can feel related to it.

Since in school, I’ve been always the type of student who draws anything that happens in her head about the class–and sometimes the teachers–in her friends’ books (not in my books, i liked to keep my own books clean and free from evidence just in case unexpected bad things happened).

My skill in drawing is just so-so or maybe below average, but I have the ability to express myself well, or at least to me my drawings are still understandable. Using my Samsung tablet, I like to draw random things from silly, good, somewhat inspirational, and naughty (wink!) things and send them to people I am close to. A bit out of topic, it’s why I decided to buy my Samsung Tablet that comes with a stylus pen instead of an overpriced Apple Ipad. Though the real reason was because I was too poor to afford one.

I’ve been posting some of them on my Instagram and made it one of the regular contents in my account (beside my self-obsessed selfies). I even tried to manage the display of my account to make my doodles ordered in one line because I am somewhat OCD, but it means have to regularly post one doodle every after 2 posts, otherwise it will hurt those pedantic eyes. I use black background and white ink color only to be my trademark, few times I put more colors, but the black background is a fixed one.

Here are some of my doodles, will be posting more of it here later. Visit and follow my IG for more. Cheers!

 

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Cute Aprons by CRAFTOPIA

cIMG_0893One of the products that I make on my online shop is the very stylish and girlish aprons. You know I love making things, especially cute things. Making apron is one of the new things I’ve tried this year since March 2017. I started my online craft shop in late 2013, but because of my job at that time, I only did pillows for 2 years because making pillows is the easiest and fastest crafts to make for me. It was going really well, like I made 80 pillows every month at the same time having a full-time day job. It made me have no life. LOL. But because of my job, I hibernated my shop for about a year or more. It’s in mid 2016 that I started to focus on my shop again. However, of course I couldn’t make a comeback with the same strategy. Also making only pillows for enough time doesn’t make me proud. I challenged myself with more complicated crafts, started with yoga bags then aprons.

The aprons that CRAFTOPIA makes are possibly too stylish and fancy to be actually worn for cooking, I know, hehe. Well I design them not for actual kitchen-related activities as the function of aprons has shifted to many ways. My shop can be called a gift shop, so my customers usually buy them for gifts for girlfriends, friends, mothers etc or for their own selves because they love cute things. My customers also range to business owners (mostly fashion boutiques and culinary business) who want to set a uniforms for their employees instead of giving the employees clothes which costs more money. With aprons, the employers do not need to think about the size nor worry if the staff quits, they don’t need to buy new clothes for future new staffs as aprons can fit all size. So the employees usually just wear t-shirts underneath the aprons.

Also, people ordered to me for special occasions like pre-wedding, bridal showers, and even arisan! I like to be part of other people’s happiness, if my crafts make people happy and their special days more special, that means more than material rewards. I myself maybe haven’t flown all over my country, but I know thousands of my products have been spread all over Indonesia.

Sewing apron is also the baby steps for me to eventually make clothes. I set the target that this year I have to able to sew clothes. Follow my creative passion on my shop’s IG account and youtube channel. And here are some of my apron designs. To shop, click here.

Have a nice day, peeps!

Pom-Pom Wall Hanging Decoration

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This is my first DIY tutorial on my youtube channel!

For a beginning, this DIY project is very basic, simple and fun-to-make. Wall-hanging decoration never seems to be out of trend, it’s cute and no sewing needed. It’s also relaxing to make if you have partners to do the project with. If you have kids, this is an easy art project to teach them creativity.

Watch the tutorial on youtube by clicking here.

Pouch with Detachable Pencil Case

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Problems give a chance for creativity. So, don’t complain if your life has a lot of troubles, because creativity is rarely born in comfort zone.

My problem was finding the perfect organizer to store my to-go stationary, it’s either too big or too small. I am the kind of person who always carries a notebook, a real one, even though my tablet has a stylus pen to write and draw on it, the feeling is not the same. It’s like reading ebook on gadget vs. reading a real book. Besides, there’s always a possibility my tablet runs out of power.

So, I sewed my own pencilcase. On the pic above is what I always bring. That’s a lot of stuffs for some of you I guess. Sometimes I don’t need to bring all of them, and just carry a notebook and a multi-color pen.

I was inspired by make-up brush rolled case. So I make one as a pencil case. In order to make it more practical, I make it detachable to a pouch for my notebook and other stationary, like post-it book, clipper, etc. I can bring only the pencil case when I need it, or just the pouch and carry one notebook and a pen in it if my bag is already too heavy and full of other stuffs.

Mother-Daughter Collabs

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I got my crafty talent from my mom, but she can’t use a sewing machine. She likes to do hand-stitching, like knitting, crochet, and cross-stitching. Unlike her, I’m very impatient for that, the only hand-stitching that I enjoy is crochet.

Seeing me doing crafts, my mom always asks me whether I have things for her to do too to keep her busy, because she is getting bored with crosswords. Actually, it’s because she can never finish a crossword when it comes to English questions.

My mom is a simple Indonesian muslim woman, she doesn’t understand any English and for her the world is just about Indonesia, she doesn’t keep up with what’s happening in other parts of the world. It’s because her life was not like mine, she went to school because it’s what she had to do to work. She went to school not to study, not to read and nor to get knowledge. She didn’t have time to critically think about the history, literary works or gender equality. For her life is simply living.

I saw that I have embroidery hoops that I haven’t used, I thought I could train my patience, but maybe not right now. So, I grabbed some fabrics and a pen, and started drawing on the fabrics, my mom then did the hand-stitching. She finished one project quite fast. I want the hoop arts to have messages in them. The funny thing is that my mom who does all the hand-stitching doesn’t even have any idea what they are about. She never questions. Just believe that her child is doing right. I wish I had that faith to something.

These are some of the works she has finished so far. You won’t believe these nasty fierce hoop arts were made by a sweet, simple, 64 y.o Indonesian muslim woman.

Granny’s Furniture Turns New

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the after photo of my granny’s old showcase closet

My real best friends since childhood are not real persons, they’re my books; comics, novels, biographies, anthologies, etc. Where ever I moved, I’ve always been with my books, not all, only some. Books are better than real persons because they never change their words unlike humans.

So, I feel my besties deserve good shelter and I could not take my bookshelves in Lampung when I moved to West Sumatra. Hence I need more space for my new books and old comic books and saving some space for more upcoming books.

My mother took me to furniture stores in this little town of Payakumbuh (yeah, some of you might have never heard of it or cant find it in the map) to buy bookshelf that can store all of my books. But I didn’t like the idea to always buys things whenever we need something, because that can’t make me proud of my self. And of course, you can’t really expect to find a modern, minimalist-yet-vintage looking furnitures in a town that doesn’t even have a real supermarket.

I remembered that we have so many old furnitures from my Grandma combined with my mother’s old furnitures–she buys furnitures like I buy books. So I chose my granny’s old showcase cupboard to be remodelled and repurposed.

It was used as a showcase for my grandma’s dining ceramics, it’s clearly older than me. It had two sliding glass doors and two big shelves, one was only half side. It’s two meter long, that’s more than enough for my books now (in the photos, it’s only 65% of my books in total). I don’t have photos of the original brown cupboard as I’ve used and decorated it before for my bags.

 

The good thing about old furnitures is that the wood is better and stronger. It doesn’t mildew hence why it’s good for books. The only minus is that it’s so heavy unlike my previous bookshelves (as they’re cheap China-made goods), so I have to decide where it’s gonna be put and not move it again when decorating the room. I took off the sliding doors, add more shelves and re-painted it. Still thinking what I can make with the doors. I only spent 300,000 to buy wood paint, wood shelves and fee for the workman (I’m not good with hammer and saws, don’t wanna kill my self!)

 

If you’re gonna decorate your granny’s furnitures, you need to be thinking out of the box, don’t just be stuck with one function. Just because it was meant to be a dining table doesn’t mean you can make a hanging cupboard out of it. Just be creative 🙂

If 300,000 IDR can give you a fresh-look furniture, why spend 2 million?

Happiness according to My Mother

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I’m turning my sweet Muslim mother into a badass.

The cover pic above is my mom holding the embroidery hoop art that she stitched following the design that I made. She did a good job, didn’t she? But does she understand anything about it, the middle finger or the text? NOPE. Nothing but the green leaves that she understands.

My mom is a simple Indonesian Muslim woman. She likes cooking (even though her cooking is not better than mine), cleaning and crafting–yeah, I got it from her, the difference is that she doesn’t know how to turn it into money.

Her happiness is simple; to live, get job, marry, have kids, send kids to school, grow old together with my dad. For her, she doesn’t need to seek nor understand why she does things. Never question. I don’t think my mom has ever been in a quarter life nor self-identity crisis, like I’ve been through. For her, life is to be lived, not to be thought about.

She can be happy with simple stuffs, “don’t aim more so that you don’t get jealous of others, just be ordinary.” The only thing she can be jealous of others is about having grandchildren. D’Oh!

Sometimes I thought that when she sent her kids to school, she just did it because everybody else’s doing it or because that’s what she thinks parents do. Because she sometimes is not ready for what education and books can change her babies.

One day, my brother bought her a present. A 5 million Guess watch. It’s packaged in a cute fancy drawstring pouch with the brand tassel on it. Looking at the brand and knowing the price, my eyes glared with amazement. Her eyes were too, her face looked so happy. She said, “Thank you so much for the pouch, I need a handy pouch like this to go to wedding parties.” She thought the gift was the wrapping pouch. Until now she is still using the pouch. Not the watch.

My mom doesn’t understand any English at all. I love crafting but not a fan of hand sewing, I don’t have the patience like my mom and she always asked me whether I have things for her to do. I saw embroidery hoops in my craft box that I never used, then I just drew the design. She asked, “Where’s the flowers?” She thought embroidery is always about flowers and cute, girly stuffs. Not today, Mom. At first I just wanted to keep her busy, but the result turns to be great. So I give her another design every time she finishes one.

After 1 hour of stitching my first design, she asked, “What does the text mean?” I replied, “It means ‘Cinta Fitri’ (Eng: Pure Love).” I couldn’t be bothered to explain nor argue. So I just made it up with the title of her fave Indonesian soap opera.

“Oh, that’s why there’s finger in it.” she said.

Dang. I don’t know why my mom thinks one would put wedding ring on middle finger. And I don’t want to know.

Here’s her finished projects so far:

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