Creating New Bonsai

I have been making bonsai ever since 1997 when I purchased this book. Over the years, the bonsai just died when I lost interest. Then, I will restart again with new plants.bonsai-book

Last month, a young family who rented a room next door brought in a few bonsai. After much conversation over the fence, I learned that the wife who was the green thumb. She loves bonsai and also reared hybrid fruit trees to be sold online.

It was that push and maybe due to a huge workload of big size quilts that prompted me to create more bonsai.

These three cuttings, destined to be bonsai are from the existing ixora plant in the garden.bonsai-ixorabonsai-ixora-3bonsai-ixora-2

These henna plants have been growing in the same pot for at least five years. I may have issues on getting a good looking plant but at least it’s a bonsai.hennabonsaihenna-bonsai-2

Yesterday, I visited a nursery nearby. I was interested in the desert rose and purchased a small one. It would be remarkable if I can create those bulbous roots.desert-rose-2

I was tempted to purchase this beautiful green bonsai material but the price tag was too high for me. After a final glance, I happened to notice this beautiful two foot high Japanese red maple (well I think it is). Since it is half the price of the green plant, I picked it up. There is no photo of the original plant but with the cuttings you can imagine how big the plant was.maple-bonsaimaple-bonsai-2

This will be a long period kind of thing which is one of the main reason my earlier bonsai died. However, I have these cuttings which would make this an interesting process that does not need a year to pass.

Here is to a great success for my bonsai.

I have been blessed to be invited to share a booth for the upcoming Selangor Expo 2016. Among the products that I will be bringing are my baby quilt, my own published quilting book, telekung or prayergown, and songket gift products.


These make ideal gifts or souvenirs from Malaysian songkets. The products I’ll be bringing are bookmarks, covered notebook, and stuffed elephant.


My quilting book which was published last year, showcasing The Batik Boutique’s Malaysian batiks.


And finally, my telekung or prayer gown that has the quilted look that I love so much. It falls just above the knees and the lining is covering the chest area.


If you are interested to carry my products, please come and meet me there. WA me at 60162222004 for appointments or where to find me.

I have been fortunate to have several places to run my patchwork classes beside the Spotlight branches.

The venues include Shah Alam, Bandar Baru Bangi, and Seri Kembangan. Hopefully, I am able to reach out to a wider audience.

However, outside of Klang Valley the only hope is online classes. I will send the materials via registered mail. The classes will be conducted via email zarina.craft at gmail dot com (remove the spaces, replace at with @ and the word dot with .), FaceBook PM (Zarina Craft) or Whatsapps (+60 16 222 2004). There will be ample photos and short videos on the steps.

Below are posters for the upcoming classes in October and November 2016. Hope to see you all.

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Hoping that my fever and cough are clearing now after ten days being sick, here I’m promoting a world record breaking #MYCYBERSALE event from Sep 26 to 30, 2016.

Here in a nutshell what this event is all about taken from their website:

This is Malaysia’s Biggest Online Sale Event, an event that gathers Malaysia’s popular eTailers, selling at the same period. Expect significant discounts on products & services and free shipping from participating eTailers. It is organized by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and supported by Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi Dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK), CyberSecurity Malaysia and SME Corp. Malaysia, Ministry of Health and MATRADE.

I’m joining in the event in the effort to promote my brand and letting people know where they can get unique handmade items.


Terms & conditions: purchase need to be made from my online store (http://zarinacraft.avana.asia)  from now up to Sep 30 noon. The purchase need to be made between the hours 0000 (midnight) till 1200 (noon). This offer is only valid for purchases totalling more than RM 100.

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Following the suggestion from a fellow ACG instructor, I have made all the nine blocks over the previous Ramadhan. The techniques covered: squares, half and quarter square triangles, foundation piecing, Y-seams, curve piecing, Dresden Plate, English paper piecing, and applique.

Contact me at zarina.craft@gmail.com or Whatsapps +60162222004 for future classes.

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My ‘first’ student wanted the half square triangle block (middle top row). Told her on the many different layouts and she chose the most popular – pinwheels. This is a simple cushion cover  envelope style with no zippers. patchworkclass

I just love the paw prints – so adorable.patchworkclass3patchworkclass2

I am pleased to inform that I have added a new product in my portfolio.

A quilt (blanket) + pillow = quillow.

Basically it’s a quilt or for small sizes, a blanket that can be folded and stuffed into a pocket at the back. Once folded, it can be used as a pillow. I have made a short video on how to open and fold a quillow, which you can view it here.

For small sizes (up to 38 x 38 inches) I use a layer of designer cotton and minkee.

The quillows can be made into any sizes from baby up to king size.

It’s great for car rides because storing it away is so easy. No need to search for bags to store it in.

This adorably pink quillow is a baby size – approximately 30 x 38 inches.quillow_pink

This trio is ideal for toddlers, with the dimension 38 x 38 inches.quillow

I have received a new quilted‬ product order from The Batik Boutique. It is time tolearn‬ a new free motion quilt‬ ‪‎design‬. ‪I picked a design from Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project.


For the product, I have added two other quilting‬ designs‬:‪ stippling‬ and the classic‬ quilting affect in ‪Chanel’s‬ ‪‎handbag‬s.


And the completed product. It could be used as a ‪‎bedside‬ companion to keep your eye glasses ‬and hand phones. Personally, I would also keep a pencil & eraser because I love working with ‪Kakuro‬, a number puzzle before I go to sleep.


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