Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lalalalala..what a day:)

Being so blessed to be featured in Home& Deco magazine October issue:)
New project
Making a pasport holder for my New Zealand trip:) 
Having my breakfast before Fuyoh Bazaar
She following me to Fuyoh Art Bazaar
Squeezing my self to join Fuyoh Art Bazaar. It was been so long since I join Fuyoh. Was sharing with Shasha and Emi and it could be a good exposure for Shasha too. Looking at the weather lately I am not sure if outdoor bazaar is a good idea. What an experience, especially for Shasha..but I had fun as usual.

Bff; Nana & Eita dropped by on Saturday day and Emi joining in, sharing the space on the first day. Arissa had so much fun running around, so it was not too bad:)

Budak perasan cantik; Arissa
My neighbour are rawwwkkkksss:) 
So bless to have someone came all the way to support. Thank you Yvonne Chan:)
Yin Sze Lim:) She's the funniest student I ever had:) Good to see her:)
Ohhhh bad weather please gooooo away:)
At the end of the day Worry Less, Dance more, Love often , Be happy

What a day:(

I hate this day, I do not remember the last time when I've applied for the new passport it was this hard. I am wasting one whole day waiting for my turn, waiting to pay the cost, and waiting for the passport.

This is the bad side of me…I can became such a grumpy old women just by have to wait and queue. But for the sake of going back to New Zealand, I just need to be patient.

In between waiting for my number at Imegresen me and Shasha was rushing to JPJ to apply for an International Driving Permit. I will spend my time in New Zealand driving from one town to another. 

Going to transit at Melbourne for 4 days before flying down to Auckland and drive down to Wellington. And all the accommodation in Melbourne has been arranged. Amanda my bffs working for TUNE HOTEL, so that's where me and Shasha will be located for 4 days. I wanted to visit a galleries, the market, Kilda beach, and join the walk for art tour, and someone mentioned the coffee are super great over there too:)

I had so much to do in my head:) Alison are so kind enough to offer me a stay on my first day in Auckland. She will fetch me from airport and I will stay one night at her home before drive down to Rotorua the next day and then > Taupo > Napier > Palmerston North > Welly. I can't wait to see her and Kiki the cat:)

Will stay in Wellington for few days at Dija's, hoping that I could manage to catch Steve Cicala, my lecturer back then:)

This is the moment that I will embrace, look back, plan, searching for inspiration, away from work, eventhough I know that my brain will never stop working. We will stay at various hotel & back packers. I also want to lay down on the grass looking at blue sky, doing my travel art journal, and the climax is to visit a place that alwaysssssss in my dream.

It's been 18 years and it make me cry to joy that it almost a reality that I can really make it this year to visit place I used to study 18 years ago, Wanganui here we come!

Can't wait:)


Get to know Dian, when she came to my workshop at KDU, and she came again to learn different binding technique at Fabric fanatics. Last month she contacted me if I could make a 40 books/journal for the programme she works on. And I say YES simply because I like her personally.

How funny you being connected with people by just follow your instinct and vibe. Instead of busy with stuff I am currently working on, I think this project could be something fun to work with. 

What is #TSBreakAway

Tourism Selangor is embarking on a new and exciting program and they invite anyone who would like to participate to be a part of their little history in the making. #TSBreakAway is gathering like-minded people, exploring, learning and exchanging ideas on a journey of new discoveries around Selangor. Be it bloggers, professionals and rookies, avid photographers and hobbyists, who have existing blogs or just starting out, this is an exciting event where anyone will meet and mingle with experts in their field of interests.
It’ll be a fun mentoring programme, conducted within a small group who share the same interests, in the hope of shaping a skilled and successful blogging community for 5 days from 26-30 October 2013 and will be in the running to win RM10,000!
My book going to be given away to all this participants:) I am hiring Shasha for this month, it was like having an employee and I will call her whenever I need her. She have been helping me out this month, following every single up and down. Can't never thank her enough:)

Me ad Syamil came to her house the day before my birthday and we bind till late midnight and Mr Hubby ask me to stay overnight there considering my safety, and these are what I found when I woke up on my birthday morning:)

Kek Orange penuh kasih sayang fresh from oven baked by Shasha:) Thank you love:)
Keep binding

Almost there
Hand silkscreen label
All books have an intro page that filled with quotation on travel:)
Binding detail - coptic stitch
Binding detail - kettle stitch
Binding detail - long stitch

Finish look:)

My husband brought me, Arissa & Syamil to Al Rawsha, for birthday dinner treat..
unfortunately my iPhone are kaput.
This is the only picture I've managed to capture:) Happy Birthday me…21 October.
I thank Allah for be able to stand on my own two feet, to be able to see all the beauty and life
could offer and doing what I passionate about. ALHAMDULILLAH:)

Workshop @ The One Academy

Writing this like trying to memorise what happening few months back. I have no space to think, I just do whatever that come, like a smooth journey. This workshop has been planned since few months ago. I have full attendance and it was really great looking at all student that hunger to learn this new skill.

We went quite early in the morning, was just afraid I might get lost, Sunway was just a corner of world that I am not intent of going unless necessary. Hahaha:)

I remember the name of the girl with the red hair, the last to arrive, Adele with very fluent Bahasa:) I am sorry if I can't remember each of your name, unless there are something that I couldn't forget. I remember face, simply because I am the visual person. Blame to the age factor:P

Thanks to The One Academy that has invited me to come. Some have to leave early because of the class..
so YES there are doing not bad at all:)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

NOV book binding workshop open for registration NOW!

This going to be my last workshop open for public this year.

NOVEMBER WORKSHOP; open for registration NOW


9 Nov// Sat
SLOT 1 (10am ~ 1.30pm) - Kettle stitch
SLOT 2 (2.30pm ~ 6.00pm) - Coptic stitch


10 Now// Sun
SLOT 3 (10am ~ 1.30pm) - French stitch
SLOT 4 (2.30pm ~ 6.00pm) - Long stitch



No 9-1, Jalan Dataran Wangsa 1
Dataran Wangsa Melawati, 53300 Kuala Lumpur


Each slot price RM100 which includes material kits, light refreshment & certificate.
Tool will be available for loan.
Each slot are limited to 10-12 students only.

You could book your seat NOW by email your detail to
littlesyam@gmail.com or emikaz@emikaz.com :

Name on certificate: 
Date & Slot: 
Contact Number: 

(Slot consider booked only upon payment of non-refundable RM50 deposit to Maybank account Samsiah Binti Jendol /act no: 164052355030 or you could book from Emi Kaz too.

Kindly notify us via email of the payment proof once deposit has been banked in.


Coptic Stitch 

French Stitch

Long Stitch 

Kettle Stitch 

Student's work 


Photos from Previous Workshop

Workshop at Emi Kaz Butik & Kraf 

Workshop at Emi Kaz Butik & Kraf 

Workshop at LAPAN, Art Row, Publika 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Book, book & books

I am rushing things, and all need to be completed by November 26, date where I am going to fly to Melbourne & New Zealand. Been so looking forward for this trip and Shasha are going to be dragged along. It's been 18 years, December 1994, and I am not going to wait any longer.

Ticket has been bought, and I am planning to fly to Melbourne for the first 5 days before fly to Auckland, stay a night, rent a car and slowly drive down to Wellington. Wanna visit few cities and enjoy what I will see, embracing every single moment:) And I just can't wait.

I better start designing my travel journal now:)

Making 70 mini books within 3 days, to be given to invited guest for the event Art of Time in Pavillion. Shasha & Eita was helping me and I am so blessed because binding non stop just make me crazy.

It was like goreng pisang panas when the guest was so eagerly take the book, and it was all gone within 1 hour time. One project tick DONE and what a relief. Yeaaaay Alhamdulillah:)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Workshop at Fabric Fanatic 4&6 October:)

I had such a wonderful time and each workshop never fail to excite me, every time I met new student, or same student from previous workshop came to learn other binding technique. 

I am so blessed getting a continuos support, and I am so happy to reach total of 600 students from this workshop. I have 2 doctor this time around, Suha & B, Hani came all the way from Penang, and this couple Rajesh & Camy came from Melaka…Others are from Klang Valley, how wonderful it was to see people from various place and background joining this workshop. 

Student from Long Stitch Slot.
Kettle Stitch Slot
Coptic Slot
Aleena Shahruddin Leong, my binder no 600

French Stitch Slot 

May passion come above all:)  Find your own pace, follow your own journey, and be true to yourself.
Here are quotes to help you follow your passion and find meaningful work.

  1. The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, and gives you a sense of meaning, joy and passion.
  2. I have found that one thing that helps me to live peacefully and mindfully on this glorious planet is successful engagement in meaningful work, keeping my mind where my hands are.
  3. Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.
  4. Everything worthwhile in life is work.  But if it puts a smile on your face, it doesn’t feel like work.
  5. Continue to work hard at what you love no matter what the odds are.  Eventually, someone will praise and appreciate what you do.
  6. It’s not how much money you make that ultimately makes you happy.  It’s whether or not your work fulfills you.
  7. The best feeling in the world is getting paid to do what you love.
  8. Often people attempt to live their lives backwards.  They try to acquire more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
  9. The secret to success regardless of your passion is no secret.  Just work hard and add real value to people’s lives.
  10. When we focus on leading a passionate, meaningful life, we are also inadvertently creating a spectacular ripple effect of inspiration in the lives around us.  When one person follows a dream, tries something new, or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels their passionate energy; and before too long, they are making their own daring leaps while simultaneously inspiring others.
  11. Be the kind of person others admire, can count on, trust, and enjoy spending time with. After you have developed that reputation, people will start to ask you what you do, and you will be amazed at how many people will want to work with you on the things that matter to you.
  12. Never make up excuses, because excuses are lies confirming that you are not being true to your heart.  And don’t look for shortcuts in life either, because if you do you are only fooling yourself.  Simplify your life, work toward your goals, show respect and be true to yourself and others.  There is only one ‘you;’ reinvent the very best of ‘you’ every chance you get.
  13. There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living
  14. Purpose is the reason you journey.  Passion is the fire that lights your way.
  15. Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
  16. If you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
  17. Neglecting passion blocks creative flow.  When you’re passionate, you’re energized.  Likewise, when you lack passion, your energy is low and unproductive.  Energy is everything when it comes to being successful.
  18. When passion and skill work together, the end result is often a masterpiece.  
  19. There are people who live in a dream world, and there are people who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
  20. Define what success looks like for you then go after it.
  21. There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart.
  22. If you are passionate about it, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks.  That’s how dreams are achieved.
  23. Work for a cause, not for applause.  Live your life to express, not to impress.
  24. Live by choice, not by chance.  Make changes, not excuses.  Be motivated, not manipulated.  Work to excel, not compete.  Choose to listen to your inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else.
  25. Find what makes you come alive, whatever it is.  Become it and let it become you, and great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.
  26. If you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop.  You’re on to something big.  Because hard work isn’t hard when you concentrate on your passions.
  27. The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion, style, compassion, generosity, humor and kindness.
  28. It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance.  You’ll rarely be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work.  Sometimes you just have to go for it.
  29. Stop beating yourself up.  You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.
  30. Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting.  Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be.
  31. Nothing you have that much passion for is ever a waste of time, no matter how it turns out in the long-term.
  32. Life is short.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.