Craft Market

2016 Craft Markets/Events:
28 February (Sunday), 10am - 2pm, Tititrangi Village Market

Friday, 5 February 2016

Journaling Prompt - week 6

This week's journaling prompt - Write 3 limiting beliefs you wish to let go.

We all have them, and most likely more than 3, that stubborn little negative self talk that keeps us from going forward. They lurk and sit comfortably at the back of our mind and pounce like a cat when opportunity strikes. I have my fair share of self doubt and self limiting beliefs that come up and lure me to not take that steps forward or to take risks, to do something crazy. Casting shadow upon me trying to dim my light. Pulling me into that "fear" abyss.

These limiting beliefs come from our pre-conditioning thoughts, the people and environment that we grew up and are around with. The family, friends, society at large that influenced us with our thought processes. These beliefs are not real unless we give energy and attention to them. But of course you already know that. They do keep showing up like a broken record unless we break the cycle.

What are your limiting beliefs regarding yourself? Not good enough? Not creative enough? Not a good parent? Write them down, take a deep breath and make an intention to let them go. Feel it being released on your exhale. Do this one by one. As many as you like.

Then create new positive beliefs about yourself. Feel the expensiveness of this new beliefs that make you feel good and confident.

Here's an example:

Limiting belief:
I am not a good cook (yes, that's mine)
(Inhale...) I release this limiting belief (exhale...)

New positive belief:
I am a great cook! I make delicious and healthy meals for myself and my family.

With this new belief and intention set, Pinterest is my best friend when finding good healthy recipes :)

This is a great letting go journaling exercise. I hope you'll find some time this weekend and list all your limiting beliefs and let them go, and create new positive beliefs about yourself. If the nagging negative thoughts come back, repeat this process. I have done this many times in my many years of journaling and it helped me break through the cycle. To become a master of any skill, the secret is practise, practise, practise. To break the cycle of unhealthy thoughts, the only way is to catch it, release it and replace with new healthy ones.

If you would like to share your journaling journey with me, leave a comment below or on my facebook page. For instagram, you can find me @mettaville and tag #mettajournaling.

Some new journals listed in my Etsy store this week.

Hand printed butterfly journal with coptic binding.

A soft blue grey toned floral journal.

A small pastel green with tiny white flowers journal.

Happy journaling! 

"Change your thoughts and you change your world"
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, 29 January 2016

Journaling Prompt - week 5

A fun journaling for this week. Collage Day! Gather some old magazines, newspapers, photos, postcards, note cards, tickets, washi tapes, colour pencils, water colours and whatever you can get your hands on, oh and a glue stick. We are going to have some old fashion "cut and paste" fun time.

A reminder - no rules! Let your creativity go wild and free!

Here are some tips on what you can do with collage, pick a theme (or not), for example:
* Things I love - find things that you love from magazines or newspapers, cut them out and paste them in your journal pages. It can be materials things like books, ice cream or a even a geeky gadget. Or experiences like a holiday at your favourite places, a relaxing spa and massage, or camping in the woods.

* Wild - this one is fun, You can cut and paste anything that associates with this theme, it can be wild animals like elephants and leopards, or prints with a wild theme like jungles with bold colours, or it can be tattoo images (if this is wild to you, it is for me as I've secretly wanting a tattoo for a long time!).

* Free style - cut and paste whatever you find fancy and attract your attention. Let your intuition guide you, I highly recommend this :)

You can do just a single page or a page spread, two pages side by side where you have more room to play with. You can go on filling more pages if you feel you just cannot stop with one page. Have fun!

Here's one I did recently. I really enjoyed the time spent making this. I did not plan anything when I did this, simply play with my own journaling prompt. After the pages were completed only then I realised it has a flow to it, see beauty - be inspired - dream - create.

I hope you'll find some time this weekend and play with this journaling prompt. If you would like to share your journaling page with me, do post a link in the comment below or on my facebook comments thread. For instagram, you can find me @mettaville and tag #mettajournaling. 

A new shibori journal that is listed in my Etsy store this week. 

Also listed is a small blue flower journal.  

Happy Journaling!

"In a sense, our creativity is none of our business. It is a given, not something to be aspired to. It is not an invention of our ego. It is, instead, a natural function of our soul. We are intended to breathe and to live. We are intended to listen and create. We do not need special pens. We do not need special rooms or even special times. What we do need is the intention to allow creativity to create through us. When we open ourselves to something or someone greater than ourselves working through us, we paradoxically open ourselves to our own greatest selves." 
~ Julia Cameron

Friday, 22 January 2016

Journaling Prompt - week 4

This week's journaling prompt - List 10 things you wish to have or to accomplish this year. The goal of this action is to just put those wishes and thoughts onto paper, or they'll keep floating in your head and pop up every now and then and that can be distracting. You'll find that you feel much lighter once you've listed them down. What are the things that you wish to have or to do this year? This is by no means saying that you MUST have them or get them done (unless those are your must haves goal), they are just things that you WISH to have or to accomplish, that way it takes out the stress a little. It would be great if you do get what you wish and achieved what you want to do, but it is not mandatory. Treat this exercise like putting up your wishes on a wishing tree.

Some of my 10 things I wish to have and accomplish this year:
~ a new paper cutting machine
~ learn screen printing
~ daily practise of meditation and exercise
~ a meditation retreat for a week

What are yours? 

If you would like to share your journaling page with me, do post a link in the comment below or on my facebook comments thread. For instagram, you can find me @mettaville and tag #mettajournaling. 

Happy Journaling!

"Lists are how I parse and manage the world"
~ Adam Savage

Friday, 15 January 2016

Journaling Prompt - Week 3

This week's journaling prompt - Draw a self portrait. Bring out your journal and draw, sketch, doodle or even collage a version of you. Don't worry if you can't draw, no one is judging remember? A stick person with a magic wand or a light saber, a cutout photo of your head and draw your torso or simply doodle what comes, it doesn't even have to look like you, just a representation of you. Be fun be creative. When you find no words to fill your journal about how you feel, drawing is another way to express yourself. 

I have doodled my self portraits when I feel sad, angry, lost, happy, inspired etc. What do you think you look like when you feel a certain emotions? You may be surprised at what you'll come up with on the pages. Take a moment this weekend to sit and fill your journal pages and if you would like to share with me your work, do post a link in the comment below or on my facebook page comment thread. Find me on instagram @mettaville and tag #mettajournaling. 

Here's a recent self portrait of myself I did on 5th January.  

These are some new journals listed in my Etsy store.

A green gratitude journal

A shibori journal with a little elephant charm. 

Another shibori journal with unique pattern created. 

Happy journaling! 

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously."
~ Alan Rickman

Friday, 8 January 2016

January Journaling Prompt - week 2

If one of your goal is to start journaling this year, welcome aboard! I am also making an effort to get back into journaling regularly. Let’s do this together, shall we? When it comes to journaling I don’t really have any set of rules, whatever comes, be it writing, doodling (one of my fav), collage, writing down quotes I picked up, songs, lofty and tiny dreams, big and small ideas, anything gives, and I love it that way.  And I don’t really bother with spelling or grammar as well because umm… I know I’m not perfect in the language department. My journal is a mix of everything. If you choose to keep a journal, know that your journal is a safe place for you to express yourself and no one is judging you and hey, be sure not to judge yourself either. It’s a place of letting go (literally, you are letting go what's in your heart and mind and beyond that), of re-discovering yourself, a place of healing, soul searching and also a place of FUN! Journaling is my way of relaxing as well, a few minutes a day or a weekend just completely being with my muse.

If you simply don’t know how to start, well in 2016 I’ll give you (and myself) weekly journaling prompts to get us started. Sounds good?

This week’s journaling prompts is “Your Word of the Year 2016”. Choose a word that you wish to live by and that can carry you through the year. I have been doing this practise since 2007 and I can tell you it has changed my life. It is all about living with intention. What is your intention for this year? I do this yearly with some of my closest friends and I have seen changes in their lives too, here are some of their words for 2016 – “connect”, “flourish”, “calm” just to name a few. Write your word of the year down and expand on that, why do you choose that word, how do you want your life to be this year? How this word can help you accomplish what you wish to achieve? If you don’t know how, doesn’t matter, just start writing and the words will come. If you still find it hard, play around on the pages, as with everything, it takes practise to warm up that journaling muscle. 

My word of the year 2016 is “Prosper”. I have been working very hard on my business for a few years now and it has its ups and downs, so this year my intention is to work smarter and hopefully my little business will be able to grow and prosper and give me a reliable source of income.  

So this weekend, pick up a new journal, it can be a simple exercise book from the book store or you can pick something from my Etsy shop, that would be kinda nice too ;) Find a quiet place, make yourself a cup of tea, burn an incense or light a candle and lets start journaling!      

I compeleted this journal yesterday and is now in my Etsy shop. A shibori journal with a ceramic button. A new journal for the new year. 

Happy journaling! 

"Words have power? That sounds like you’re into some Harry Potter juju." – Chloe Neill 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

2016 - I am present

Happy New Year! 

It has been a while since I last blogged, One of the things I love about new year is that I get to begin again. So here I am.  

My word of the year for 2016 is Prosper. 

This will be my third year running my Etsy store full time. It has not been easy and it has yet come to the place where I wish it to be - profitable. But I am determined to work creatively to making it my source of income. Hence the word I picked for this year is Prosper. May this word carry me forward and upward in my business and may I prosper in my venture. 

The last 2 days of 2015 saw me making myself a journal for the new year. I have always used rejected journals to write in, the ones that never reach to public because I think they're not up to standard. It got me thinking that hey, I learned bookbinding to make myself beautiful journals to write in and I love writing in beautiful books, so I decided that I would make myself a book that I truly love to write in.  

Here it is. A shibori tie dye journal with a printed word Aroha. Aroha in Moari language is quite similar to the word Metta, which means love and kindness. I am learning to love myself and not just giving myself the rejects. 

Hand printed Aroha on a tiny scrap fabric that is sewn onto the fabric plus a tiny wooden heart button.  

The endpaper is a lovely card stock that of wild forest creatures. Magical. 

My first entry. 

I am hoping to write and draw more frequently this year. Looking forward to another amazing and magical year. 

May you too achieve what you set out to accomplish. My best wishes to you for a wonderful 2016! Onward! 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Hello October

The month before the busy time next month. I'll update on the markets that I will be appearing in November and December on the event page.

Here are some books that I reacently made and listed in Etsy store.
I really love how this journal turn out. Floral and lace is sweet and dainty. Listed here.

This new shibori travel journal that was quite the challenge for a first timer like me to create, but again I am quite pleased with how the pattern appeared. It's listed here.

IMG_20150922_01162 A shibori guestbook filled with 110gsm white cartridge acid free paper. Cover is of shibori dyed fabric with drift wood stitched on. Also listed in my Etsy shop here.

I made some upcycled notebooks as well. I only make them when I have enough recycled materials like fabric scrabs, cereal and biscuit boxes, envelopes and paper. You can find this cute pocket notebook here.

Another upcycled jotter book is also listed in Etsy here.


In the garden...
Tulips in full bloom and oh so beautiful!

My favourite Flighty's Favourite pot marigold bright orange flower makes me happy.

The bees are very busy right now.

Been sowing seeds this weekend. Some of the seeds I sowed few weeks ago did not germinate, perhaps it was too cold in the garage where I kept them. Hope this time they will grow.

The peas which I started from seeds are planted out. Dwarf beans, only half germinated, I am sowing more of them.

As for Kiki, she has moved from sleeping in her igloo to the basket. I have some pure wool that a friend gave me and I wanted to make a bed for Kiki, placed them in the basket to get the size, left it there and went on doing my work, later I found Kiki already enjoying it :)

Have a good week!