Everyone knows Daiso has almost everything. Including art supplies. 

My friend and I was just browsing around, looking for other things except for these craft kits below. 



I have no regrets though. It's the first time I attempted this kind of thing and I am quite surprised that it wasn't as tough as I expected it to be. 

I chose this book as my first attempt. It was also the one that caught my eye and made me spend money. (Yes yes, blame it all on them)



I had so much fun though!!!!

I was pretty surprised that they have english instructions. They also have COLOURED diagrams, which actually helped when I didn't understand what the hell they were saying, and were easy to understand. It was really tiny though and my face was probably 8.64cm away every time I need to read it but why am I even complaining it's frigging S$2.

This was what they provided, and they also gave a short description of what YOU should prepare. EVERYTHING required can be found in daiso if you don't have them, so it's quite assuring that you can get everything in one place, it's always better to get everything in one place than running all over the town...

I initially thought that I'll have to measure every single piece and then cut them out cause that'd be tedious and I was feeling quite lazy (like every single day) BUT NOOOOOO they have a portion of the instruction booklet which has this template! It's the exact same size that will be required and I literally "hallelujah"-ed.


Of course, I could have measured and then drawn on the leather which I was actually tempted to do so I could make sure the instruction booklet was in one piece BUT NAH. I CUT THEM ALL OUT. 

Besides I can keep them anyway and it doesn't affect the actual instruction. It was easier to cut them this way, DON'T HAVE TO USE ANY BRAIN JUICE HAHAHAHAHA. (aiyo bad example tsk)

The next step was to make holes based on the template. Apparently a "Diamond chisel (awl)" was required to make the holes and somehow I have something similar to it.. I initially bought it from Daiso as a clay tool BUT I'VE NEVER USED IT ON CLAY LOL. At least not yet. But it was finally put into good use. 

I didn't have a mallet but I figured something with a little bit of weight should do the job, so thank you martha stewart satin acrylic paint.

I had fun banging an acrylic paint to this chisel to make holes. The sensation is great and it felt like relieve. I think it'll make a really good anger management project. You can totally imagine poking holes to whoever who pissed you off. Isn't that great.

The holes made wasn't really big but my needles could go through it anyway so that's good. They said to prepare leather needles which I'm sure Daiso will have too, but I only had tapestry and sewing needles. It was quite tough to sew using those, but if you don't want to buy leather needles just for this, you can use pliers and kind of tug the needle off the leather WHICH HELPED A LOT.

The instruction booklet also say I should have a cutting mat (which I miraculously have too, AND also from Daiso lol) it was obvious why. Unless you're not going to use your table anymore you should have something protecting it like a cutting mat. 

By the time I got here, I was quite overwhelmed but it's actually really simple, albiet all the strings flying all around. 

You can see the holes at the bottom left of the mat that I unintentionally made with the chisel hahaha

I feel that other than the fact that it's leather (though artificial) and it gives an antique feeling which I like, it's also malleable. Unlike clay which will be hardened to the positioned you baked at. 

You can totally use it and make it a mini scrape book and give it to someone you love as a gift. Isn't that a neat idea!?

I wasn't as satisfied with my miniature leather book though. But I still enjoyed making it. I took approximately 2 hours or a little bit more than that to finish it, and since I had time, I proceed to the next one almost immediately. 

Bulldoze through.

The next challenge was this bag!! I don't usually like yellow colour on anything but this actually makes me feel happy.

I absolutely adore the templates hahahaa. I also like how they match the colour of the bag in the instruction booklet to the 'real' ones. They didn't have to, but they did. 

Gotta appreciate the little things. LOL.

This bag was definitely much more tedious but also more satisfying than the leather book. THE NUMBER OF STITCHES THOUGH. And my needle wasn't the correct one either so it was really tough hahaha. BUT I MADE IT.

Ahhhhhhh it's so adorableeeeeeeeee~

The stitches isn't perfect and you can see the creases etc. BUT IT ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. It's going to be for a friend and I'm going to stuff something inside the bag. ISN'T IT GREAT YOU CAN STUFF THINGS INSIDE HAHAHA TOO CUTE. 

So in conclusion, this is really something anyone who is interested at all should try. It's only $2, it's fun and quick, and the satisfaction is real. 
It's my first time trying it and I can do it. YOU CAN TOO. JUST DO IT. 

Anyway, that's it for now. I haven't been claying much because I recently just started my part time job (which somehow requires me to work full time, but I managed to make sure they allow some leeway and that I will be able to take half days off whenever I want after I'm done with what I'm needed to do everyday ^^) I moved out of my parent's house too and currently renting a room and all, trying to be independent, hence the more sustainable job.. 

But that's not really a good excuse to stop claying. I'm also currently having kind of a mental block regarding a custom order... More about that in the next post. 



I was scrolling through one night and I saw this post: https://vulcanpost.com/215551/drop-out-nus-pursue-passion-gsews/

I really dislike this kind of title but because it was about craft, I read it anyway. And I was so, so inspired by Grace. 

I then went to stalk her on instagram (ha, not shy at all to admit HAHA) and there was one post where she talked about her insecurities and negativity (go to her instagram https://instagram.com/gsews/ and read if you want ;>), which really hit me hard. This person is almost exactly the same as me in terms of thought process. 

I'm quite a negative person, and of course, being realistic is better than being negative, but you know, it's hard. Even though I KNOW I have to be realistic, I still expect a lot from myself, and I am always, ALWAYS, very unhappy about my craft works, It's very hard to reach the point where I go "THIS IS IT" and when I do I stay happy all day long and I feel satisfied. But when things go wrong, I always end up trying TOO HARD to make it 'right'. And trying too hard for anything means it's not going to work out. Now that I know that about myself, I'm trying to stop myself and just rest for the day. But it really affects me. And when someone else comments about some things, I get annoyed, but it usually isn't target to that person though. It's because I KNOW it's not perfect, and I KNOW everything you're saying. But I can't get it. That's where the frustration usually is. 

After reading her post, honestly, I really want to get to know her myself. I secretly wish we could be friends, so we can support each other and give encouragement. Especially when you understand how someone else feels. Having the same mindset sometimes really helps, because in my opinion, most of the time you just need acceptance and understanding. Not really a solution. 

So I was THICK SKINNED ENOUGH to direct message her on instagram and chatted with her a little regarding the frustration stuff. And suddenly I thought of making her a bag out of polymer clay of her own design. 

I want handxmade to be somewhere people look for when they want to create memories of something precious to them. Something that was an important part of their life, or still is. Something that they're proud of. Where they can look at and say "I did this", "this was mine". 

And gsews is doing exactly what she wants to do, what she loves. She risked her 'future' that her education might have given her for this, but she probably doesn't regret it. Bravery.

I asked her whether it was okay, and I told her I won't charge her. I really just wanted to do it. AND TRUTHFULLY SPEAKING, I wanted to make it as detailed as possible, and it'll be yet another first. Like I said, I don't want to be giving something to someone when I feel that it might be even a tad bit not satisfactory. (sigh perfectionist) 

And this is the end result.

I think it looks decent- FROM AFAR. LOL. If you really look at it carefully, it isn't very good. :( AS EXPECTED SIGH. I spend almost 7 hours on this I think, just testing and trying. Especially I was trying to get the texture on the clay as similar to the real one itself, the zip etc. THE CHECKERED INSIDE WAS QUITE TEDIOUS AS I HAD TO PUT THE SQUARES TOGETHER. I mean, I probably could have painted it......but yeah..... I even tried to make the zip but it wasn't very well done either.... 

Here's the picture Grace passed to me as reference for the clay bag! :) I REALLY LOVE HOW THE OUTSIDE LOOK. If you like what you see, do go to her website, http://www.gsews.com/ to order!! It's currently under revamp though, SO YOU CAN GO TO HER INSTAGRAM https://instagram.com/gsews/ and wait for updates while you ogle at her gorgeous HANDMADE BAGS, HANDMADE. Gosh.

More photos of the bag at other angles. The backstrap is leaned towards the right D: SIGHHHHHHHHH. 

Oh well. It really was a great experience though and I'm really grateful that she allowed me to make this. ^^