Thursday, January 31, 2013

coptic book binding class with little syam at lapan

Have you been to Lapan?

Good crafting friends GeeGee, Little Syam and Oh + Ah have collaborated to open this spectacular pop up shop over at Art Row, Publika. Over here you will find wonderful handmade polymer clay jewellery, printscreen art, binded books, plush toys, home decor, accessories and printed bags.

Sent the Lapan gang a wee congratulatory succulent bouquet.

Image courtesy of Little Syam.

Image courtesy of Oh + Ah.

I've forgotten how to bind books! So I decided to take a coptic stitch class with the book-binding maestro Syam. Syam has pretty much taught everyone who is currently teaching or selling stitched books locally. That's me trying to gloat on her behalf because she truly deserves this credit! She's very humble that way. Also she is sooo patient and terribly transparent which makes her an amazing teacher. You should see her having to deal with our group: attention-deficit me, confused Katrina and befuddled Alison. If it weren't for her tudung, Syam would've pulled her hair out in exasperation :D She'd explain the instructions to us... we'd nod our heads pretending we understand and when she was done, ask her how again. And she would reexplain very nicely, sometimes having to repeat herself thrice... oops!

In the end we all managed to finish our books and I was last of course as I tend to be. Too much yapping and eating and not enough binding :D

Clockwise from L: Syam showing us how to get it done (she is SO demure I can't stand it! *geram*), the finished product, the tools required for the arduous process.

Wikipedia: Coptic binding or Coptic sewing comprises methods of bookbinding employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century. I've always felt it's such a charm to learn a skill that dates back to the ancient years. I decided it would be rather fun to do some stitching to kill time in the village during CNY. Boring nak mampus mah. No internet. No Astro. No air-conditioning. Don't tell my husband I said his village is boring ah.

Syam giving me some *bisou* lovin'. Me couldn't be bothered with that because loopings require utmost concentration.

Visualizing the knot! And still I failed... LOL.

Even crafters take classes: Syam (our Yoda sifu), moi, Alison of Mettaville, Katrina Gumal

Visit Little Syam's website (*click here*) to find out about upcoming classes or just to see the fabulous work she's done. My favourite being the custom 'Our Adventure Book' (remember 'Up'?), Kuda - unicorn plush and binded books (but of course!).

Also do visit Lapan to learn more about local talents in the handmade art and craft industry:
No.55 Art Row
Solaris Dutamas
Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
15 Dec - 15 Mar 2013
Mon - Sun 1000-2000

P.S. images courtesy of Little Syam, Oh+Ah

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

journey back to pocc 2012

I was ecstatic to be involved in POCC's last event of their fiscal year! It was a gathering to reflect on all the previous events that have taken place during the 'BFFs Break The Silence' campaign. A catwalk sponsored by Kitschen was involved and I even got to emcee abit :)

Afew days prior to the event The POCC ambassadors and myself were invited to select our outfits at Kitschen, 1Utama. I figured with Kitschen being an asian label, the sizing would be on the smaller purview so I'd prolly just end up with a scarf or something that doesn't require me squeezing my belly in. Turns out the Kitschen experience wasn't quite good after all and they're a homegrown label too! They have got a variety of clothes to cater party animals, disco divas, festival hippies, corporate snobs, sporty chicks and even plain janes! I dont know why I've never really shopped here. And I could quite squeeze myself into a couple of L sizes (albeit not everything but that's a given) too which is a treat!

Will it be the batik and coral top jumpsuit? Or the leopart print harem pants? Or the floaty  jumpsuit?

So the instagrammers voted aye to the first choice which was also my preferred outfit. Alas! I was way too FAT for that. Afew minutes into stuffing my lower abdominals into the suit, the garter cinched into my hips so hard that I felt my lower limbs go a little numb. I had to bid goodbye to it and opt for the flowy jumpsuit. Wasn't too keen on the colour but hey beggars cannot be choosers. I didn't even think to accessorize myself until the person in charge pointed out Sarimah's chosen necklaces. I can be quite clueless when it came to styling myself LOL.

Have you done your pap smear lately?

I had the impression my emcee bit was gonna be just light fluff like "Good afternoon.. take your seats... the show is about to start...". So imagine my *gulp* when it turned out to be 1.5 pages long! Everyone seemed to have far more experience standing behind the podium in comparison with me and even though the crowd was light I really wouldn't wanna pull a King George VI (King's Speech)! Alot of repetitive speed reading was done that morning... 'twas like freakin' medical biochemistry viva all over again!

L-R: demure Pamela Chong, vixen Sarimah Ibrahim, charming Vanessa Chong, sassy Rina Omar and moi :)

The catwalk went down good. I'm proud to say I didn't fall and the scarf did draw attention away from my flab so good that I chose it. The difference between REAL celebs and fake-it-till-you-make-it c-listers like me is that when I took the stage everyone kinda went: Shelb..who? Who is that? Never see her on tv pun! LOL I found it hilarious that everyone went wide eyed like there was a pink elephant in the room :D

Mmmy: Wahhh nice picture wor.. lucky you don't look so puiipuii (fatty fatty) here eh! All the girls so slim and breautifooo!
moi: *lost for words* -_-

There was a competition after that to guess the amount of our outfit. Sarimah's was the most expensive. I think mine was prolly one of the cheapest at approximately RM250 for a jumpsuit + scarf + bangle + chain. Not too shabby huh? Oh and the snacks were great! If there's one thing I enjoy is mini food... oh you know mini sandwich, mini pie, etc.. I give thumbs up to that and the yummy iced lemon tea!

The very sexy Rina whose vast knowledge about reptiles floors me! Will need to get some cobra tuition from this spicy chica soon. She is now the content producer of Masterchef Malaysia woohoo!

There were Kitschen vouchers in our goodie bags which was awesome 'cos I so wanna get that leopard print harem pants. My CNY uniform will all be courtesy of Kitschen. Thank you POCC! Thank you Kitschen!

Made it on Harian Metro like whoah. Yalah LIMA selebriti, me blogger mah. Can we not be politically correct on this matter so I can kembang abit?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

pasar ahad strictly preloved @ hello deer!

It's ALL about ridding myself off dead-weight this year! I've finally succumbed to letting my cuh-razy youth go and will be selling some pre-loved (and many have-not-been-loved-yet) shoes / clothes / accessories / knick-knacks this Sunday. Do come and give my things a happy new home!

Everything is RM50 and below!

The size of clothing article ranges from UK10-16. There will also be clothes sized UK6-8 (sister's).

The size of shoes range from EUR 35 / 36 (sister and mum) to 37 (me).

Date: 3rd February 2013 (SUNDAY)
Time: 1200-2000
Venue: Hello Deer (refer to address at the image below)

Moon Boots and Shaggy Boots

Hard Rock Cafe drumsticks

I'll continue to add more pictures here (if I have the time!) so do check back. Lil' Miss Mei of iHeartBadges will also be joining in the fun and boy does she have ALOT of quirky AWESOME stuff. Even if the other stalls are a snore, I assure you it's gonna be a fun day at the zoo at our booths :D

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

clip of the day: victoria secret show 2012

Let it be known to all mankind that one of my dying wish is to have graced the Victoria Secret catwalk wearing a pair of Angel wings. To be a little more precise, put me just after Mirinda Kerr!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ong shunmugam

I am so obsessed with Ong Shunmugam!

Back in Bandung, I used buy various batik and oriental-print satin clothes and get my tailor to make tube dresses or skirts. He used to think I was a nut case! I had a Chinese satin cloth modeled alá Carrie Bradshaw's LBD (which had a uni strap that flipped and hung over her shoulder) which raised everyone's eyebrows at a medical student function. I've always understood myself to be a fashion oddball. Looking back perhaps I wasn't that much of a weirdo.. it was just that people needed more time to understand my concept of fashion. Hence when I laid my eyes on Ong Shunmugam's collections, my heart skipped a beat. I wanted to write Priscilla Shunmugam a love letter! I wanted to tell her I get her, I get it all and if I had more leisure money, I would most definitely own every piece in Guardianship and Prints Charming! As for now I'll just save up for a Tsu-Yen.

Ong Shunmugam aims to revive the glory of Asian style and denounce disposable fashion. It's about time someone started to make out cultural uniforms Ready-To-Wear rather than function formals. Gimme Tsu-Yen! Gimme Kangxi! Gimme Kamala! Gimme Sanmon!

Below are my favourites with excerpts from Ong Shunmugam on their pieces:

Hang Jebat
 "Whether or not these great Malay warriors really lived, women in the days Sultan Mansur Shah were used as symbol of a man’s prestige. Quite simply, the more women he had, the more powerful he was thought to be. So when Hang Tuah was rumoured to have bedded one of the Sultan’s favourite concubines, the Sultan ordered that Hang Tuah be executed; it was the royal loss of face that triggered the series of events that lead to Hang Jebat’s tragic and iconic death."

"Throughout his reign Emperor Kangxi became known for his many earnest attempts at reform. Soon after ascending to the throne, he tackled the practice of foot-binding among Han women - a lingering reminder of the distance between the ruler and ruled. In 1664, he decreed that all girls born after the year he began rule could not begin binding. The offender's father would be punished by flogging and exile, and local officials would also be held accountable. Custom, however, was too strong for the royal command and this attempt to create a new female culture fell onto deaf ears. Three or four years later, upon urging from the Ministry of Rites, Kangxi retracted the ban."

Prince Andrea
"A recent independent survey amongst young women indicate heavy sighs of missed opportunity upon hearing news that yet another young prince is engaged to be married."

Su Lin

Lai Hing (jacket) + Kamala (skirt)

Sanmon and Priscilla Shunmugam in Paris

Tsu-Yen version 1.0

And now for the piéce de résistance!

P.S. all images courtesy of Ong Shanmugam

Saturday, January 19, 2013

shelbybaby eye candy: chinois blush

Chinois Blush

1. Ong Shunmugam tsu-yen S$428 
Love it that it's a cheongsam made playful. Well you already know my obsession. Need I say more?
2. Celine mini luggage tote US$2500 
I don't care if people think it's a boxy robot bag. I think it's absolutely handsome. It's chic, feminine but stern all at the same time. The modern day Lady Mary Crawley I'd say.

3. Mich Dulce winged rose bow bunny topper £275 
Perfect to hide a bad-hair-day yet can compliment a sleek tress. A versatile and whimsical hat that you could even wear to Prince Harry's wedding and still look regal. Mich Dulce venture into millinery is certainly showing so much promise.  

4. Christian Louboutin pumps US$845 
Sexy (ballet) strappy shoes to compliment the bare legs. Why red? Why not? (It's Chinese New Year for crying out loud!)

5. Kohls jade oval stud earrings US$175 

6. Tiffany + Co rubedo cuff €3850
With this simple cuff, one needs not accessorize further. It's a statement piece that says it all. Rubedo, somewhere between gold and silver, is said to have a gold-like appearance but it malleable like metal. It is a new form of metal alloy made popular by Tiffany + Co in their Rubedo collection.

P.S. It's been awhile since my last Polyvore hence the 'rusty' combination. I've since renewed my curating interest and hope to present more marvellous eye candies for us to drool over LOL :D

Friday, January 18, 2013

christmas, baby + bridal showers with *bisou* bonbon!

This is why I've been so terribly quiet. I've got a business to run mah! And I have friends to entertain!

It's been a bustling end of the year over at *bisou* bonbon. I've been doing alot of packages and custom orders which is blissful. Just love wrapping gifts up.. very therapeutic.

These are personal gifts to my good friends. You probably know them as they sometimes man my booth as *bisou* bonbon booth fairies and they do it for free! Miss ChongChong is a very successful regional manager in IT sales. Miss ChewChew is managing her family's business in pharmaceuticals. I went with the whole 'Brown paper packages tied up with string' for their birthday gifts. Totally f*cked up 'Birthday' though.

Gifts for Sophiekins and brother-in-law 

Small little packages for a customer (who's a dude) for his mum and friends. Such a sweetheart, non? Hence we made it real cute for him!

This was Christmas corporate order for a company superior. The real challenge was squeezing twine into 50 miniscule bells LOL. I baked the 'Joy' tags myself!

This (and the image below) was a custom order for a bride-to-be as thank-you gifts for her bridesmaids and bridegrooms. She particularly liked bright colours and because she couldn't make a decision, we did them in all colours!

She especially requested that the bridegroom packages be dressed in moustaches so we balanced the bridesmaids' ones in luscious pouty lips!

This was a last minute 'New Mum' order and we whipped up a pair of origami shoes as decor. It was quite the feat (pun not intended).
I found the instructions on Two Peas in a Bucket most simple and helpful.

This was another massive order for a baby shower. We kept it delicate and sweet. Did you know that Lyla means island girl? Altogether now, "Aww...."

Saturday, January 12, 2013

handmade has got a hold on my heart

My Whimsy Whimsical haul just came in the mail today! A steadfast fan of her work, this fellow Malaysian's illustration has got a hold on my heart! 

Yeevon's a demure (I'm guessing and purely based on her docile work) illustrator who makes warm and comforting stationery: Whimsy Whimsical. My favourite being her greeting cards. I've stalked her on Etsy since forever and used to buy my stash in Kaleidoscope. Her affectionate woodland creatures remind me of Wind in The Willows and my favourite characters are Mrs Rabbit and Mr Skunk :) Visit her Etsy shop: here!

Thanks to succulents gifts (and previous lesson) from Murni and MaykeMe's meaty mini hedgehogs, I made Mmmy and myself petite window sill friends to keep us company when we wash dishes! 

Jia Mayne of maykeMe, sister of the equally talented Jia Wen of inkypots, is a petite cheerful Malaysian clay crafter currently residing in Singapore. I once wiped out her entire Abominable Snowman + Snowwoman magnet collection at Christmas last year. My friends thought they were such a laugh! I was never really interested in her clay hedgehogs (featured in the top row image below) previously until the Meaty Minis came about (bottom row image below)! Sure tugged on my heartstrings the moment I laid eyes on them :) So with some lingering knowledge imparted from Murni during the last Craft Party I whipped up succulent pots with Daiso ramekins.. each with a resident Meaty Mini (Hedgehog)! Aren't they most adorable?? Visit her Etsy shop: here!

Image credit: ilovedoodle

Lim Heng Swee of ilovedoodle is one of the most successful Malaysians on Etsy. An illustrator and visual artist, Heng Swee delivers heartfelt messages via chirpy jocund 'doodles'. My absolute favourite is 'Hugs Keep Us Alive' which features smiling internal organs embracing each other. LOL how cute is that?? I haven't bought that picture yet. Plan to get it in A3 size for the future clinic. I did, though, manage to get his Rainbow Collection when he was exhibiting at Art Row, Publika. Visit his Etsy shop: here!

Malaysian handmade at its best. I truly aspire *bisou* bonbon to join the ranks of these elite Etsians. Lookout for more features on local handmade articles :)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

if i'd known then

Dear teenage Shelby, 

Feck it that you're FAT. 

Feck it that the cool crowd bullied and taunted you. 

Feck it that you're a Chinese girl who loves to bersajak and bersyair. 

Feck it that you didn't know what was a scrunchie. 

Feck it that you didnt get a Guess T-shirt till you were 14 (by then had become so passe)

Feck it that you don't have a boyfriend called Dylan or Tristan. 

Just feck all that sh*t. 

Cos I'm telling you, you're going to love your 30s! 

See you when you get there :D


So tell me, what would you have told your younger self if you knew then what you know now?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

pi said god, thank you for giving me my life. i am ready now.

I will not pretend to have read the book and loved it all my life and been anticipating the movie since forever. I have no idea why I haven't read the book. It must be a really good book because it was such a spectacular movie! Perhaps being ignorant about the whole Pi business has its own charm because I didn't have any expectation. I just went to see a film, with my husband, because we haven't had a date night in gazillion years and was hoping to see something picturesque (and NOT military action as suggested by the Mr!). Turns out it wasn't just a film. It was a mind-blowing visual and life experience! You'll have to watch it yourself and if you require a narration there's alot of reliable (and unreliable) resources out there. Just consult Uncle Yahoo or Auntie Google.

I can eat biscuits, but God made tigers carnivorous, so I must learn to catch fish. If don't, I'm afraid his last meal would be a skinny vegetarian boy.
... Pi Patel, Life Of Pi ...

My favourite scene. Thank you God for bringing Ang Lee into this world and executing such a magnificent piece of movie.

I shall always have bittersweet thoughts of this movie though.

I had read that 'Damini', the Indian medical student, was waiting for bus home with her companion after watching this very movie. I cannot help but wonder if she felt inspired or encouraged with the humble wise words of Pi as I did, intending to do more good from then on. It was inevitable that the day turned late by the time the movie ended (3 hour movie mind you, I went to the lavatory twice... sensitive bladder that is) and she boarded the next bus that paused where she stood. Little had she known that there were despicable scumbags in the bus that had been drinking all evening. She was a pretty girl and the men were terribly cruel. They raped her, beat her up, plunged rods into her and threw her (and her poor companion) out of the bus naked. She was so hurt that she had to be flown to Singapore for further medical assistance. She didn't make it. The people were enraged. There was a huge demonstration demanding justice. Yet the youngest one of the lot got out scots free (juvenile). There were criticism when the demonstration turned into a riot.

What fears me is that our country's fate falls into similar apathy and injustice. It IS crazy what they did (what with emotions running high) but perhaps it's the ONLY way to make the world sit up and pay attention so that their government would finally do something!

Back in college, I had an Indian dorm mate who never wore anything lesser than a short-sleeved top because it was just not their culture and most of all it made her self-conscious and wary that it might attract the 'wrong' kind of attention! But it was Liverpool where English girls wore tube tops at the hint of sunshine! Never really understood the meaning of this fear until my medical studies in a small little village of Jatinangor. Tank tops and shorts (what would be a staple uniform in Malaysia) made the village men drool. The security guard told one of our local friends to pass the message on that if we do not get 'covered up' that he is not to blame should he rape us. So we wore jackets even if it was sweltering hot and all our skirt hems fell to our ankles. If we should live in fear then so should the fucking rapists! They should live in extreme terror that they would be get their penis cut off should they be found guilty of rape!

That oughta cut rape to 0%, don't you think?

Let me leave you from the words of STFU that I got off Facebook (along with the image above from their Tumblr):

One person wrote, "but then again, its kind like putting a meat suit on and telling a shark not to eat you".

STFU responded (with bolded text):

"We (men) are not fucking sharks!

We are not rabid animals living off of pure instinct

We are capable of rational thinking and understanding. 

Just because someone is cooking food doesn’t mean you’re entitled to eat it. 

Just because a banker is counting money doesn’t mean you’re being given free money.

Just because a person is naked doesn’t mean you’re entitled to fuck them. 

You are not entitled to someone else’s body just because it’s exposed. 

What is so fucking difficult about this concept?"

Saturday, January 05, 2013

refurbishing my life (part une)

I've been keeping alot of pending tasks at the back of my mind. I always felt I never possessed the time to get them done. Life would be so much easier if I didn't have to work 8-5.. I could get this done and get that done.. or so I thought. I've been off 8-5 work for 5 months and still have not done anything substantial. Without realizing *bisou* bonbon has started to grow and with some growth came a slight business expansion and with a slight business expansion came a need for a bigger storage space! 

Goodbye and good riddance!

After having to turn down Christmas and New Year hosting due to excessive material and packaging cluttering up the living room (and a raised eyebrow from Dddy 0_0) , I seriously felt I had to get my abode together. I decided to utilize one of the bedrooms (that came with built in furniture) and convert it into a storage room cum craft corner. We had to pick the built-in wardrobe apart. Needless to say there was no heartache there because I never liked it in the first place! It was a dark and dreary set with the most ridiculous storage solution ever! 

We had to korek out the ceiling to check watdahellwasgoingoninthere!

Turns out it was fortunate that we ripped out the built-ins. It was more of horror than good surprise that awaited us! The leak (of which we had fixed multiple times before) came back for a visit and ruined the back of the wardrobes including our parquet flooring. Haiyo. Mo' problems mo' money.

Le sigh.

I'm on a serious budget so I was hoping to repurpose the wood from the built-in we took out into my current shelving unit. My contractor told me that my cupboard doors were made of Nyahtoh.. in his words, "Good Wood." I told him if it's possible I'd like to salvage the doors and convert them into shelves. He told me he'd try to work it out. And that's why I love him!

Aargh all the clutter in my porch is driving me nuts!

It's going to be awhile before things rap up but I hope for the torture to end latest by next weekend. Don't we all just hate refurbishment! It's like ripping porcupine thorns of your pee-stained ass. We just can't wait for it to be over!
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