2012 – Health Issues & Finding Strength

Hey everyone!! Or anyone who might be reading this bloggie~ eheh.. Hmm.. just wanna do a little review of last year~ honestly, i think no one cares, but i just wanna write it down somewhere so i can look back and see how far i’ve come~ people tend to see how far they are from their dreams, but often forgot to see how far they’ve come from the time they started out working towards their dreams~

What’s my dream? Aha.. i’ll talk about that in my next post~ truthfully, i’ve never literally dreamed about having my own shop. But i do have some goals in life~ Goals that i hope will keep me from tipping off the edge.. So far, they’ve been rather helpful.. especially since i was terribly down and suicidal last year.. 3 breakdowns.. that’s quite a number.. i don’t remember breaking down so many times the year before.. and no, by breakdown, i don’t mean just breakdown and cry thingy~ To me, breaking down, means stepping on the edge, feeling far too tempted to end everything, far too tired to continue living~ too tempting to jump off, too tempting to grab that shiny blade~ often, i’d punch the wall, the floor, anything hard, just to distract myself from the pain inside~ it helps a little..

but of course i don’t recommend punching walls/floor etc to anyone!! my doc asked me to punch pillows.. but personally, i’d rather punch floor/wall and hurt my knuckles, then punch pillow and risk hurting my wrists.. Yes, i’ve aaaaaaaaaalways wish to have my own punching bag~ Alas, i don’t think my ceiling can hold the weight of one.. Oo”~ if you’re living in Singapore, in the lower and middle income range, i’d suggest you talk to your psychiatrist/psychologist/counselor.. i know a lot of people assumed, if they have mental problems, they HAVE TO go to IMH.. well, FYI, it is NOT necessary. You can, like me, go polyclinic and request to get psychology/psychiatric help at SGH or TTSH etc.. I personally can’t bring myself to seek help at IMH, thanks to the social stigma people already stamped on the hospital.. -_- so, if you’re like me, afraid of the stigma, afraid to feel too much, try getting referral to other hospitals~

if you’re at the lower income, tell them where you stand.. i managed to get free counseling sessions for about 2 years i think.. stopped because i can’t continue talking to someone who “rejects” me when i shamelessly told her “i have no one and no where else to confide in with someone other than within this little room“.. oh well.. can’t expect much since i’m getting FREE counseling session.. she’s probably moody after just giving birth.. i stopped going for counseling, ’cause i know from then on, i can never bring myself to confide in counselors anymore~ but hey, everyone is different! i might just be a lil unlucky~ try getting counselor.. cause really, despite the not nice ending, i never regretted seeking help with Family Service Centre~ i learnt a lot during those 2 years~ a lot a lot a lot~ so much about myself and the people around me.. it’s mentally exhausting sometimes.. but it was enlightening and definitely worth the efforts~ i learnt to be stronger.. more emotionally¬†independent.. i learnt what i want.. what i need.. what i must learn to live without.. why i hate some things.. why some things upsets me.. why some things scare me.. and when you’ve learnt the reasons behind all the whys, you’ll then be able to work on a solution to solve the problems.. ūüėČ

Oh, i also heard you can use your medisave to help with the specialists if you’re getting psychiatric treatments.. just ask your specialist for the form.. am not using my medisave at the moment because when i tried to pay using it, the cashier went on a long tirade “aiya, subsidise a big only lah, a few dollars only, not worth it lah, no need lah ahr, i tear har, i tear ya, i tear this form ok, no need lah, a few dollars only…” i personally wonder how that lady got hired.. to work in a Psychological Medicine Clinic!!!¬†if i weren’t feeling too tired that day, i might just ask to see her supervisor.. -_- a few dollar ONLYONLY she said.. to a paying patient in the¬†Psychological Medicine Clinic asking for help with the medical bills.. wow~ but STILL!!! You know~ if you have a job that contributes to your medisave, you can try paying your specialist using it i guess.. after that biatch, i don’t feel like using mine.. afterall am no longer an employee that gets her cpf topped up every month.. so i’ll just use my own earnings from my stall.. maybe medisave money can use in future if there’s a real need… if it can be used…

jan 25 in hospital2012 had been a very very exhausting year.. thanks to my neighbor smoking his cig at our shared doorstep daily,¬†asthma¬†decides to make a comeback (after 12yrs break) in January~ and with a vengence.. i still recalled how scared-for-my-life i was when i was on my way to the hospital.. for some reason, i chose to take the train rather than the cab.. by the time i reached the counter to register, i could barely breath~ but of course.. i had to wait for my turn.. good thing there wasn’t too many people at ER since it’s the 3rd day of lunar new year.. i couldn’t stand on my own and had to be wheeled around.. i had to overnight there (good thing they gave me a bed) and breath the.. i can’t recalled what was it called.. basically breath the med every few hour.. i was SOOO bored i took a pix of myself~ Lolz!! ūüėĄ looking back at this pix.. i miss my long hair!! T_T

Not long after that episode (March).. i’m not sure what exactly happened but i almost passed out in the train. On my way to visit my usual psychiatrist, i slowly started to break into cold sweat.. then my ears start to ring, and felt like it’s being crushed on the inside.. had to pull off my earphones.. and i started to worry when i found out for the first time what people mean when they say they see spots in their vision~ @_@ it’s like my vision.. seem to fade in and out.. i was scared as hell.. managed to find an empty seat.. took a moment to gather my bearings.. and continue to my appointment.. i don’t know why, but i forced myself to head up to my doc rather than go straight to the ER or general clinic for help.. i was a little tempted but when i was on my way, none of the nurses around me seem to care i seem breathless.. even the nurses in the lift don’t give a damn i was sweating and heaving~ people in the train also didn’t care.. i felt so crappy, i chose my psychologist instead.. then i went home.. and.. just my luck.. people at home didn’t feel like caring at all that day.. went to polyclinic the next day to get a generic blood test done.. broke down for the first time that year on returning home that day.. Reason i survived? I don’t wanna hurt my friend.. she believes in me.. and she’s had enough bad news already.. i don’t want to be another bad news.. she’s a wonderful friend. i don’t want her to hurt.. her sensitive nature, gave me strength~

i later found out from the blood tests that i have¬†hyperthyroidism¬†and¬†slight anemia.. well, that most certainly explains why i keep sweating buckets of water just from walking.. and why i keep getting docs saying my heart rate’s too fast.. if Sinli hadn’t encouraged me to take a blood test, i wonder how bad my condition might get.. Thank you, Sinli!! already by then, my thyroid count was slightly over 3 times the maximum safe amount.. yes.. 3 times.. i was shocked as hell.. because of that, i had to take camazole and iron tabs on top of my fluoxetine… hnnnn…..

when you’re used to walking fast.. having to walk like an old woman.. not having strength in your legs to climb small steps at the stairs.. sweating and heart beating like i just ran a marathon even when i covered a few meters.. all this.. can be quite depressing to say the least.. i haaaateeeee moving slowly!!! yes, i can never live at countryside.. maybe a little too used to busy city life..

hyperthyroidism weight lossso, i diligently took my meds!! eat my prozac so i don’t get too depressed.. eat the carbimazole so my heart can stop beating like crazy.. eat the iron tabs (yummy choc scented) to recover my appetite and feel less light headed.. if there’s one thing to be thankful for.. i actually lost 7kg due to hyperthyroidism!! lolz!!

but it was short lived of course.. i gained back (almost to) my usual weight now that my thyroid’s almost back to normal.. i find my arms.. errr.. seemingly a bit muscular.. sometimes i wonder.. i do sit-ups, squats, and weights since i can’t run.. did i end up gaining some weight in muscles? O_O” maybe i shouldn’t lift too much weights.. fats + bigger muscles = nightmare for my shoulders.. and since they’re ramping up the rent at Vivo again this year.. i might end up postponing treatments for this shoulders for a while more.. also, i dropped a loooooooooooot of hair.. so much, i was considering going to some trichologist for treatment, but decides to save money and asked the doctors at National Skin Clinic first.. turns out hyperthyroidism plus asthma attacks had caused the hair falls.. it’s starting to fall less, almost normal now that my thyroid and asthma seems more stable..

Eating my prozac daily also meant i feel less down.. when meant my mood can be quite good.. and so when Fa is happy.. someone at home gets upset and annoyed that i am happy. Funny hey? but that’s my life~ perhaps he’s used to me being depressed or quiet.. and not to mentioned all the stress at work.. i broke down the night he asked, “have you eaten your medicine?”. Why? Why was i shot that question when i was laughing while watching a comedy?! I mean.. feel free to shoot me THAT QUESTION if i’m laughing while watching some¬†psychopath¬†show.. but what is wrong with me being happy and laughing while watching a COMEDY?! i shot him back saying, i’m laughing BECAUSE I ATE MY MEDICINE!!!! I SHALL EAT LESS SINCE I SEEM TO BE PISSING YOU OFF BY BEING HAPPY!!!

That night, i punched the wall and hurt my knuckles.. and once again wonder how did those actors on tv portray guys punching till their knuckles bleed and act like it’s no biggie~ i only bruised my knuckles and it’s enough to hinder my finger movement for over a week!! it’s freaking annoying!! i wasn’t even halfway through 2012..

The final time i felt suicidal in 2012 was some time between Nov-Dec.. what’s interesting about it is that.. i have NO records of what happened.. the only clue i had was a status i managed to post on fb and this super cute animation my friend shared~ Super cute song that, i’m so glad i didn’t attempt any of the Dumb Ways To Die~ Lolz!!

This vid reminds me of The Book of Bunny Suicides~ funny, cute.. and dunno why, makes me not suicidal~ lolz!!

i didn’t talk to anyone about that breakdown at all apparently.. not sure who or what caused the break down.. i only remember feeling alone, like i had no one to talk to.. i think i clamped myself up totally then.. though i still remember the pain from punching the floor.. why? Cause i struggled like crazy over 3 weeks DURING BUSY X’MAS SEASON trying to use the pliers to make the necklace’s chains and cords… maybe because of the pressure from the earlier part of the year.. and not having much support.. i was tired as hell catching up with restocking my goods for the Christmas season.. imagine my horror when i later found out there was another social flea market going on at the main aisle at Vivo~ sales was terrrible last christmas.. and our management decided to double our rent in November and more than tripled our rent for December~ Wheeee~ ..|.,

But hey! one must learn to find strength and learn to appreciate one’s own efforts.. When you have depression, you’ll tend to keep thinking about how much you’ve suffered.. how much hell you’ve been through.. and depression tend to worsen when you’re down with so many sickness.. having to take so many blood tests.. having to rush closing windows and blasting fans when neighbor smokes.. having no strength to move.. seeing hair keep dropping dropping dropping.. not being able to eat prozac daily cause someone at home feels that i shouldn’t be too happy.. i have to find other ways to be strong!

we all have different ways of finding strength.. and there’s physical strength and mental strength. anger and frustration helped me¬†gain physical strength to combat hyperthyroidism.. i hate being weak physically. i hate not being able to walk fast and climb stairs.. so i forced myself to do some cardio workouts.. i know to not over exert, cause failure will only make me feel worse or give up. so i don’t aim so high~ i started out by doing dance aerobics!! ūüėĄ i know i can’t jog or brisk walk with asthma.. so i need to start as light as possible. what better way than to have fun and exercise at the same time? ūüėÄ so i did a few dance aerobics¬†and funny chair exercise (suitable for old folks) on my own at home~ it’s funny, easy, light and best of all – i had fun laughing at myself~ it cheers me up! ūüėČ as i gained more energy (after a week), i do more leg exercises to gain back strength in my thighs (damn hyperthyroidism).

Notice most of the links is exercise vids by Paul Eugene? eheh.. don’t mind me.. look for your own videos.. i like to follow him last time cause he’s funny~ ^^” i love lifting¬†weights most!! (more here) but of course, due to my wrists and shoulders, i don’t carry too heavy a weight~ bought a pair of plastic waterbottle dumbbells from Daiso~ =D if it’s just water inside, it’s light, good for a start.. over time, i add reject glass tiles into the bottles to increase the weight~ lolz!! ūüėĄ but if you have sore tendons like me, PLEASE take care to not get too immersed and overdo it.. i more than once overdid it and strained my shoulders.. took over a week for the pain to go away. not fun.. @_@

Mental strength is harder to gain.. some manage to gain them through meditation and yoga.. i can’t do either.. my mind CANNOT shut up.. i blame Tim.. and since i always have this monster in my head, i might as well make full use of him, hey? Afterall, if it weren’t for depression, i probably wouldn’t have came up with Tim, wouldn’t have created my own identity, wouldn’t be where i am today~ and so, i always make sure i have a sketchbook and pen/pencil nearby~ or at least my phone with a sketch app and notepad inside.. i doodle any thoughts and ideas i get.. write when i don’t have the energy to doodle.. and store them in my phone or upload over at my fb page.. over time, i look back.. look at what i’ve come up with.. so far, i think i’m progressing~ lolz!! i’m moving at a snail pace, but at least, i’m still moving~

Frozenfa Reporting i learn to appreciate how far i’ve come.. instead of getting irritation at people taking pix of my posters without asking for permission, i learn to appreciate the fact that my designs are funny enough that people will (rudely) photograph (without asking for permission).. i guess with the advancement of technology, plus increase in stress due to SUPER COMPETITIVE¬†way of life in Singapore, plus Courtesy Lion working ONLY once a year, i guess it’s natural that social etiquette here keeps dropping and dropping.. When a big group of people come and stopped and laughed and joked with each other while looking at the posters but not getting a thing, i thought “Hey, at least my designs can make a whole group people stop.. AND have fun~!” From there, i learn to appreciate people who just came to check out the designs i have.. people who’re on their way, and then suddenly turn back to look or paused to look at my designs.. “my designs.. can make people stop on their tracks!” ūüėĄ and then, i’d feel even more thankful to those who actually bought a little something~ Some may buy just 1 mini badge.. some bought like a bunch of keychains or badges for colleagues.. then there are some more generous ones who’d buy a bunch of posters for their colleagues.. my heart swelled each time people buy in bulk.. some chose the glass tile necklace for their daughter/girlfriend/friends.. alas, as all my things are printed in small quantities locally.. and/or made by myself, alone.. so i can’t afford to give people much discounts.. =( i don’t have the capital (and space at home) to print in bulk.. nor do i have the money or confidence to pay and teach people to make for me.. ^^”

i look back at what i’ve achieved last year.. hmm.. i think i’ll put that all into another blog.. things that i’ve achieved.. my portfolio etc.. i think i rattle on long enough here.. O_O”

New Online Store – Necklaces, Rings, Earrings and More!! =D

Hi Everyone!! Yesh~ after many Many MANY delays… Fa FINALLY listed something on Etsy.com!!! ^^” Just how delayed was i? Well, i’ve initially planned to upload things at Etsy last year.. but things kept going wrong, had to deal with sickness here and there.. infections + hospital stay.. depressions backlashing.. preparing for end of year Christmas stall (this one not a complain), childhood asthma making a comeback blah blah~ So yea, Frozenfa Store is FINALLY “LIVE” on Etsy.com, now!! Thank you so much for the wonderful and user-friendly platform, Etsy!! Here are the items i’ve listed so far:

Summer Days Are Golden – Square Glass Tile Necklace

Summer Days Are Golden - Square Glass Tile Necklace

Artwork: Summer Days Are Golden © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$15.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/102495308/summer-days-are-golden-square-glass-tile

Small rounded edge square glass tile necklace featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures 2.5cm. Brass bail loop opening measures about 0.3cm x 0.4cm.

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Vintage Blue Butterfly v.2 – Square Glass Tile Necklace

Vintage Blue Butterfly v.2 - Square Glass Tile Necklace

Artwork © ArtCult
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$15.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/103330920/vintage-blue-butterfly-v2-square-glass

Small rounded edge square glass tile necklace featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures 2.5cm. Brass bail loop opening measures about 0.3cm x 0.4cm.

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I’m Just Me – Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

I'm Just Me - Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Artwork: I’m Just Me~ ¬© Latifa Binte Aziz (Frozenfa)
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
From Twisted Inner Monsters Series
Status: Available for sale at USD$17.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/102702451/im-just-me-slim-rectangle-glass-tile

Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 3.7cm by 1.8cm. Silver-plated plated bail loop opening measures about 0.5cm x 0.7cm.

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If You Have No Patience, I HAVE NO TIME – Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

If You Have No Patience, I HAVE NO TIME - Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Artwork: If You Have No Patience, I HAVE NO TIME! © Latifa Binte Aziz (Frozenfa)
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
From Emo Panda – Grim-chan Series
Status: Available for sale at USD$17.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/102702596/if-you-have-no-patience-i-have-no-time

Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 3.7cm by 1.8cm. Silver-plated bail loop opening measures about 0.5cm x 0.7cm.

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Vintage Extract from Zen Garden v.2 – Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Vintage Extract from Zen Garden v.2 - Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Artwork: Zen Garden © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$17.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/102728256/vintage-extract-from-zen-garden-v2-slim

Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 3.7cm by 1.8cm. Brass bail loop opening measures about 0.5cm x 0.7cm.

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Extract from “Coffee Break” v.2 – Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Extract from "Coffee Break" v.2 - Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Artwork: Coffee Break © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$17.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/102702155/extract-from-coffee-break-v2-slim

Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 3.7cm by 1.8cm. Silver-plated bail loop opening measures about 0.5cm x 0.7cm.

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You Can’t See Me… – Square Glass Tile Necklace

You Can't See Me... - Square Glass Tile Necklace

Artwork: You Can’t See Me…? You Won’t See Me! ¬© Latifa binte Aziz (Frozenfa)
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
From SilentCries Series
Status: Available for sale at USD$17.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/102702127/you-cant-see-me-square-glass-tile

Medium Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace with high quality printout glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures 2.2cm by 3.1cm. Brass bail loop opening measures about 0.5cm x 0.7cm.

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Summer Days Are Golden – Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Summer Days Are Golden - Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Artwork: Summer Days Are Golden © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$17.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/103107914/summer-days-are-golden-rectangle-glass

Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace with high quality printout glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 2.2cm by 3.1cm. Brass bail loop opening measures about 0.5cm x 0.7cm.

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Little Cat from “Cherry Blossom” – Glass Earrings

Little Cat from "Cherry Blossom" - Glass Earrings

Artwork: Cherry Blossom © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$20.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/103388834/little-cat-from-cherry-blossom-glass

Small oval glass tile earrings featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 1.3cm by 1.8cm. Stainless steel earring hooks connects to the glass using a rhodium connector.

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Little Bird from “Whale Song” – Glass Earrings

Little Bird from "Whale Song" - Glass Earrings

Artwork: Whale Song © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$20.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/103391856/little-bird-from-whale-song-glass

Small oval glass tile earrings featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 1.3cm by 1.8cm. Stainless steel earring hooks connects to the glass using a rhodium connector.

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Glass Earrings – Extract from “Neptune’s Angel”

Glass Earrings - Extract from "Neptune's Angel"

Artwork: Neptune’s Angel ¬© Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$20.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/103467153/glass-earrings-extract-from-neptunes

Small oval glass tile earrings featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 1.3cm by 1.8cm. Stainless steel earring hooks connects to the glass using a rhodium connector.

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Glass Earrings – Cute little girl & bird from “…her name is Tree”

Glass Earrings - Cute little girl & bird from "...her name is Tree"

Artwork: ….her name is Tree ¬© Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Available for sale at USD$20.90 (Excluding registered mail shipping)
Click here for more details: 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/103661048/glass-earrings-cute-little-girl-bird

Small oval glass tile earrings featuring mineral-glittered high quality printout that has been glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 1.3cm by 1.8cm. Stainless steel earring hooks connects to the glass using a rhodium connector.

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And here are some items which recently sold.. Will work on making new ones and re-list them by mid August.. Thank you so much to our customers for supporting us!! =D

Make A Wish - Square Glass Tile Necklace

Make A Wish – Square Glass Tile Necklace
Artwork: Make A Wish © Latifa binte Aziz (Frozenfa)
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Sold & Shipped to Singapore (Listing to be renewed by August)

Small rounded edge square glass tile necklace with high quality printout glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures 2.5cm. Silver bail loop opening measures about 0.3cm x 0.4cm.

Vintage Extract from Zen Garden v.1 - Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Vintage Extract from Zen Garden v.1 – Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace
Artwork: Zen Garden © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Sold & Shipped to Singapore (Listing to be renewed by August)

Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace with high quality printout glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 3.7cm by 1.8cm. Brass bail loop opening measures about 0.5cm x 0.7cm.

Vintage Blue Butterfly - Square Glass Tile Necklace

Vintage Blue Butterfly – Square Glass Tile Necklace
Artwork © ArtCult
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Sold & Shipped to Singapore (Listing to be renewed by August)

Small rounded edge square glass tile necklace with high quality printout glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures 2.5cm. Brass bail loop opening measures about 0.3cm x 0.4cm.

Smile Daisy - Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Vintage Blue Butterfly – Square Glass Tile Necklace
Artwork © ArtCult
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Sold & Shipped to Australia (Listing to be renewed by August)

Small rounded edge square glass tile necklace with high quality printout glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures 2.5cm. Brass bail loop opening measures about 0.3cm x 0.4cm.

Extract from 'Coffee Break' v.1 - Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace

Extract from “Coffee Break” v.1 – Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace
Artwork: Coffee Break © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Sold & Shipped to Netherlands (Listing to be renewed by August)

Slim Rectangle Glass Tile Necklace with high quality printout glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures approximately 3.7cm by 1.8cm. Silver-plated bail loop opening measures about 0.5cm x 0.7cm.

Baby Elephant - Square Glass Tile Necklace

Baby Elephant – Square Glass Tile Necklace
Artwork: Baby Elephant © Karin Taylor
Handmade by: Latifa (Frozenfa)
Status: Sold & Shipped to Australia (Listing to be renewed by August)

Small rounded edge square glass tile necklace with high quality printout glazed behind to protect the artwork. Glass tile measures 2.5cm. Silver-plated bail loop opening measures about 0.3cm x 0.4cm.

Frozenfa & SilentCries Stores at Zazzle – Updated!

Hey there, just a short one to let anyone who might be reading know that i did a lil changes here and there over at my 2 stores at Zazzle.com – Frozenfa and SilentCries. Namely, just a new banner design for each store and an addition of a banner that’ll link the stores to each other:

While I was at it, i also changed some of the color scheme i used for the Frozenfa store to shades of blues and yellows.. =) Zazzle is currently having a Limited Time Offer of Free Shipping On Orders Above $50!!

Enter code:
FREESHIPFORU
at checkout in the “Zazzle Coupons/Gift Certificates” box.¬†The free shipping offer is for standard shipping to U.S. addresses only. Shipping charges will apply to oversized orders and orders being shipped on an expedited basis or outside the U.S. Offer is valid through June 30, 2012 at 11:59pm PT.

You can combine orders from ALL the different stores over at Zazzle!! Here are some of my recommendations:

Customizable Couple's iPhone 4 Case (His) Customizable Couple's iPhone 4 Case (Hers)

Baby’s Organic Creeper By Karin Taylor (left) and Tote Bag by Dreamz Boudoir – Udonchow (right)

The Littlest Elephant Zazzle Shirts The Orchid Belle Bags

Necklace by LisaMarieArt (left) and Mug by Tiny Treasures – Mui Ling Teh (right)

Tuxedo Cat & Big Teddy Bear | Cat Art Pendant Cranes of hope mugs

Teapot by Ujean’s Whimsical World (left) and Badge/Buttton by BubbleDoll Teapots (right)

Cute Bakery Cupcake & Swirls(Brown) Kitchen TeaPot China Rose Teapot Pin Badge

And while i’m at it.. I really wanna share¬†Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s store with you!!! Love LovE LOVE her works!!!

"The Sick Rose" iPad Case The Last Leaves BINDER fairy angel fantasy

"Owlyn in the Nest" Coaster  "Alice and Snow White" Flex Magnet

"Scavengers" Mousepad  "Poppy Magic" Plate

"Little Autumn Leaves" Notebook "Poisonous Beauties I: Belladonna" Plaque

"Senseless Prophecy" Puzzle  "Amongst the Koi" Macbook Pro Sleeve

"Penitent Magdalene" Gift Box Premium Jewelry Box "Strangely Lonely" Macbook Rickshaw Sleeve Ipad Sleeve

"Lute and Lyre" Speaker Mending a Broken Heart NECKLACE valentine fairy

So pretty, my eyes bleed~ ūüėĄ

Karin Taylor – Beyond the Stick Figure (Books & e-Books)

“Karin‚Äôs interaction with artists and art lovers over the years has increased her awareness of how common it is for people to lack confidence in their creative ability.

In her 98 page book Beyond the Stick Figure, Karin shares her creative journey in order to demonstrate how someone who was not recognised as gifted, became an artist. The book is complimented by images of her paintings and early drawings. Karin provides fresh hope by demystifying the creative process and shedding light on how to fuel inspiration and nourish the artist within.

Drawing from her experience as a visual artist Karin takes on the role of mentor explaining how creative self-expression is something everyone can enjoy. This is a refreshing resource full of insight, practical help, reassurance, and lots of hints and tips to get people started on a fulfilling creative path.

The book covers topics such as inspiration, imagination, daydreams and mini retreats, passion, encouragement,¬†environment, research, observation, procrastination, intuition, decision making and goal setting, insecurity, criticism, practise, goal setting, frustration, patience and mistakes, genres and mediums, stories behind art and drawing tips.”

Yesh people!! Karin’s very own book, now out and available at Blurb.com!! =D Click here for a 27 page preview of the wonderfully illustrated book~ I’ve met many people, salesperson, nurses,¬†craftswomen, school kids,¬†who’d tell me that they can’t draw for nuts.. that the most they can pull off is the simple stickmen.. But after guiding a few of them, it’s very encouraging to see their happy faces when they’re please with what they can produce! =D So i’m absolutely thrilled when i realised Karin’s producing a book for those of us who feels keen but worries at the same time.. Personally, i believe that drawings just need to start somewhere..

Read about how not all artists starts with a BANG~ Like how we often read artist biography about them starting at the age of 4 and such.. what, you think at 4, ALL of them are capable of producing awesome inspiring artworks? Naaa.. there are a few prodigies.. but most of them, built up their skills through time~

Learn what are some of the important elements that can actually help in digging out those creative juices that you’ve frozen in pursuit of paper qualifications, career, or homemaking~ No no, don’t get me wrong.. Am not asking you guys out there to drop everything and go become an artist or designer.. but rather give yourself a chance, and try drawing again as a¬†pastime maybe? =D you might be more talented than you give yourself credit for you know?

Book Reviews and Comments:

“Totally loved it, it was easy to read and understand my fave bit is the daydreaming and mini retreats also liked the way the book intros you and then you take up the dialogue. also liked the constuctive steps you give and the very nature of your advice has a sharing quality about it.”¬†– Jef (rain-dogs)

“There is so much wisdom in your book, congratulations on your creation!” – Peter Styles

“I’m very impressed. it is a nice mix of personal information with constructive information, not just on the emotional aspects of creating but also the practical things you can do improve.” – Les King (uncleblack)

“It is very inspirational and should be a great help to everyone.” – Jill Taylor

‚ÄúOutstanding! I just skimmed it, to get the feel of it. It‚Äôs like a coffee table photo/self help inspirational/art tutorial book all in one. Very cool indeed.‚ÄĚ – Mobii

Mobii has also blogged about this wonderful book in his lovely lovely review here.

See Karins art portfolio here at RedBubble.com
Contact Karin via email karinlouisetaylor@gmail.com

Join Karin’s Facebook Fan Page Here!!

About Karin: 

Karin is a visual artist and writer, with a background in providing support to artists. She has empathy for anyone struggling with self-expression, doubt, depression, fear and anxiety, having suffered from these conditions herself.

Her passions include drawing and…

Karin is happiest in a daydream, by a rock pool beside the sea, sitting on a park bench watching passersby, or spotting whales and dolphins.

She meditates and exercises daily to help achieve balance and maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle.

Karin lives a quiet life in a seaside village on the east coast of Australia with her husband Scott, their two children Sarah and Ben, her faithful dog Nudge and beloved cat, Basil.

If You Have No Patience, I HAVE NO TIME! stickers~

Ah, just realised another sale.. Thank you to the mystery buyer who purchased “If You Have No Patience, I HAVE NO TIME!” stickers from my RedBubble store!!! =D

Grim-chan was quite the seller during last Christmas sales, the other partnering best selling design being “Kiss My Cute Ass!!!” Thank You to all Grim-chan lovers!!!! X)