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Stationery Shops in Bangkok

Lately, a lot of people have asked me about places to buy stationery and craft supplies in Bangkok so here is the list of stationery shop. They are sorted by BTS/MRT station. If you don’t have much time, just go to shop with *.

BTS Siam

*Lamune

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/8e6bBRAuBVz

Small shop located in Siamsquare soi 10. They have a lot of Midori products and sketchbook or supplies for fashion designer including high quality watercolor like Daniel Smith.

*Be Trend (Siam Paragon)

Location: at 3th floor Siam Paragon (near Kinokuniya book store) https://goo.gl/maps/PNMqWkKC3Ep

I like this place because it’s easy to go and quite large. I always find art supplies I’m looking for. They have a large notebook section. You can also find paints and art supplies here.

*Loft Siam Discovery

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ZZsermMchDQ2

2 Floors load of cute stationery and home decoration mostly from japan. And it’s only place that sell Hobonichi.

Siam Discovery (Top floor)

There is products from Thai artist and designer. Not so much stationery but it’s fun to check out creative products 🙂

 

BTS Chidlom

B2S Chidlom

Location: 7th floor of Central Chidlom https://goo.gl/maps/Gq3QSdq5AL12

A lot of notebooks and planners especially Midori! A lot of art supplies here too but it would be a bit different from Be Trend. You will find Liquitex, Abstract here.

 

BTS Phrom Phong

Another Story

Located: The EmQuartier.

I’ve never been there but I heard that that are a lot of cuties.

 

BTS Taksin

Pen Lover

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yEVsCeWVhTp

As shop name, this is a shop for per lovers! Mostly is from Japan. You can enjoy cake and coffee while shopping pens here.

 

Bonus!

Sumpeng market

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/X1d5XHp2GLJ2
This is the place that Thai crafter go to buy supplies like fabric, beads, yarn in wholesale. Some shops also sell cute stickers and papers in very very cheap price. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you specifically which shop you should go since I can’t located where is it too. Prepare one whole day and comfortable shoes for this place. It’s large and hot. Shops usually open at 9-10am and close at 4-5pm.

 

Chatuchak market

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/jYsHNKTxbQw

Similar to Sumpeng market but mostly sell handmade products including handmade papers or fabric from northern of Thailand.

 

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29 things I love in my 29

It’s like traditional for me to do on my birthday. It is good to pause for a moment, look back and select things I love in each year before moving forward. I usually write it in Thai but this year I want to share more in English.

  1. It’s last year of being 20s. I’ve seen things change and learn so many things about life. People come and go. Happy and sad. Nothing last forever… People can change. I changed a lot too.
  2. I designer embroidery project for Mamuang DIY. We have fun creating and working with like-mind person.
    29 things I love in my 29
  3. Hiking at Kao Sam Rod Yod. It was the first hiking after graduated. It’s also inspired me to work out more so I can hike more.
    29 things I love in my 29
  4. Spending a night in tent for first time after graduated. I had a bad experience with tent when I was young. I was scared but I did it anyway. It turned out to be a good experience. Maybe because of the good weather and my friend that make it easier for me.
    29 things I love in my 29
  5. Found my voice on painting. I painted a lot but never feel like myself as I am right now. It’s just flow, easy and fun when painting like that.
  6. Taking intuitive painting by Flora Bowley on Creativebug is huge life-changing for me. What she teach is not about how to paint but it’s about how to express myself.
  7. I keep record of happiness daily for 1 years. Apart from feeling happy when thinking about what makes me happy each day, this activity gave me more confident that I can do something everyday for one year.
    29 things I love in my 29
  8. Took Live with intention online class with Jess Lively. This class is about how to “Be” who I want to be.
  9. Learn about intuition and ego. I am more aware of myself and my thoughts
  10. Paint daily for 30 days
    29 things I love in my 29
  11. Better at speaking English
  12. Snorkeling at Koh Chang
  13. Learn how to swim. Thanks to all friends that teach me how to swim.
  14. Met my friends from primary school and being bridesmaid for her. I always feel comfortable with them even we have not met for years.
  15. A lot of parties this year. I rarely went to party when I was young but I went to party almost every month.
  16. A lot of trips too. Kao Sam Roi Yod, Petchaburi, Pracheenburi, Khon Kaen, Chiangmai, Koh Chang, Phuket, Ayutthaya and Hong Kong.
  17. Work out regularly.
  18. I love mango juice in Hong Kong so much!!!
  19. I went to cat cafe in Chiangmai and order boiled chicken for cat. They went crazy trying to get chicken from me. I got wounds from them but I am so happy.
  20. Customer sent me massage said “You are wonderful shop owner and person”
  21. Prawn in Ayutthaya. They are so good.
  22. Got comment on Instagram said “I feel uplifted just looking at your post. Thank you for sharing your authentic self with this community.”
  23. Make scarf from my painting and it turned out good.
    29 things I love in my 29
  24. Got book shelf. Make my life easier and organized.
  25. Finished one sketchbook
  26. I feel that there are many days in Bangkok that have good weather. It was cool in morning sometimes.
    29 things I love in my 29
  27. Rafting in Pracheenburi. First time in my life. It was fun.
  28. Learn about Residency artist programs. I was thinking about study fine art or art therapy abroad but I feel like it’s not for me now. Then I learn about this program that allow artist to stay and work on their project. Some places also have scholarship for this program too. It open my eyes and show me that there are many other ways.
  29. One important concept I learn this year is that I am responsible for my own feeling. Others are responsible for their feeling. When we are sad or happy by someone action, it’s about how we see ourselves. It’s not about others. It’s about me. I heard about this concept for long time but never understand. However, it’s not that easy to take action. I learn that if I maintain my mood to always be in joyful level, it will be harder for things to make me feel bad. I have to be aware of myself. Whenever thoughts show up, I have to said “ok. I see it. Thank you.” and then let that thoughts go. If I hold that thought, it will be bigger and bigger. The same thought will show up more. I am practicing this process and I feel more peaceful.
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September celebrations, October intentions

Tracking-my-life

September Celebration

  1. Enjoy Phuket trips without social media. Okay, it’s not entirely without social media. I count it anyway!
  2. Take Create Your Dream Career online course with Michelle WardI took live class while I was in Phuket but still need to retake again because it’s 3AM and I need to sleep.
  3. Retake Summer Sketch course by  Alisa Burke 
  4. Read “Remote” book. Very good and inspiring book.
  5. Finish Life in pocket for July

October Intention

  1. Write journal everyday
  2. Finish “Live Off Your Passion” e-course. Now I’m in module 3 from 10. I’m not even sure I could finish it because most activities need a lot of thinking and quiet time to think.
  3. Read “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” book
  4. Do more craft.

 

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Craftspace Weekend : Week 40

Craftspace Weekend : Week40

 

This week I didn’t make any craft or draw anything on my weekend but I have done a lot of tasks related to my blog. My intention for this month is to choose myself. I spent most time reading and working on Live off your passion ecourse by Scott Dinsmore. I’m now at module 2 from 10 modules and there are a lot of a-ha moment about myself. I learn WHY I love making craft especially notebook. I learn about my values and skills I do best.  It was a good and quiet weekend with myself.

So how was your weekend?

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Craftspace Weekend : Week 39

In case you’re new here, Craftspace Weekend is a blog series I share what I have made on my weekend or how is my creative space. Since I usually work on my creative project on my weekend so I call it “Craftspace Weekend”. I have started Craftspace Weekend since april but I have not updated on English blog much. You can check out the past Craftspace Weekend in Thai here.

This week I was frustrated by my key that made scratches all over stuff in my purse especially my glasses. So I decided to sew a key cover from fabric I have left. It took only 15 minutes to make which is a bit surprise me because I was trying to make once but never finished it. I think creating drawing habit teach me to let go of perfection help me focus more on getting it done.

Craftspace Weekend : Week 39

Craftspace Weekend : Week 39

I love and inspired by goal setting. I set a daily goal, weekly goal, yearly goal and whatever goal I could think of. However, I didn’t achieve every goal especially a big goal. Last couple years, I read books and blogs about goal settings. And I found that goal that I set should be a goal that truly important to me. Many times I set goal that I think it’s good because someone say so but it’s not what I actually care about.

Last week I watched Chris Guillebeau’s interview about his book “The Happiness of pursuit” story of quest and this interview inspire me to set a big goal again. This time will be a goal that I totally care about. As I always blog and reading about DIY and craft so I think my big goal should be somethings related to this. I kept that thought with me for a week to test if I still excited about it.

Then I saw Sabine’s post about her #365craftingtime challenge to create something every day for a year. I love this idea so much but I know from my experience creating habit of creating or drawing something everyday is very pressure for me especially when I spend 9 hours for my day job, 2 hours in traffic and also keeping habit of sketching a day. So I decide to make 100 DIY projects in a year. That means I don’t have to do one project in a day and I would focus more on 100 projects which I think it’s less pressure for me.

I will document them on my blog and my instagram with #100DIYprojects.

And yes, this key cover is counted as first DIY projects.

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10 books that have stayed with me

I was tagged by my boyfriend on Facebook to list 10 books that have stayed with me in some way and I would like to share the list here too. I thought I would not be able to list all 10 but turned out I could list then in very short time. Mostly is self management books and also English book.

  1. Show your work by Austion Kleon. If you hate the idea of self-promotion, you’re going to love this book.
  2. The artist’s way by Julia Cameron. I didn’t actually finish this book but I do love the Morning pages which is the habit of writing down every thing in your mind for 3 pages every morning. It help to clean your mind so you have more space in your head to be creative!
  3. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun. This is story about his own journey to build non-profit organisation.
  4. Little women by Louisa May Alcott. My favourite novel of all times. Also the book that encourage me to read English book.
  5. The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine. I always thought I problem to choose one interest. This book not only make me realize I’m not alone but also guide me to be myself.
  6. Choose Yourself by James Altucher. He remind me to take care of myself
  7. The 8 Traits Successful People Have In Common: 8 To Be Great by Richard St John.
  8. Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System by Leo Babauta is simple productivity system based on Getting Things Done of David Allen
  9. ความสุขของมะลิ by ต้องการ Thai book offers fun story of a cat named Mali.
  10. ถอดรหัสลับสมองเงินล้าน or Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker. A very good and popular financial book that will reset your financial mindset
  11. (BONUS) I choose e-course by Elise Blaha my favourite blogger. This is not a book but an goal setting e-course that offers an ebook. I love love love this ecouse so much. She changed the way I looks at goal setting. My favourite quote from her ebook is “Goals should be fun. They should be inspiring. Encouraging. Motivating.”.

While I list these books, I realised there are a lot of books that I would like to read and I would share you later.

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Draw Everyday : August 2014

Draw everyday

As I mentioned one of my intention last month is to draw everyday. As you can see from picture above that I miss only 9 days but I could say that I draw more than the past whole year. I also continue keeping this habit for this month. There are a lot of lesson learnt that I want to improve. I think creative habit like this is very important because it’s not only built my drawing skill but it’s also unlock my creativity and help me overcome my fears. I will share you lesson I learnt from keeping this habit later, please stay tune.

However, this post I will share you all drawing I did last month.

DrawEveryday-August-01

DrawEveryday-August-02

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DrawEveryday-August-05-2

DrawEveryday-August-06

DrawEveryday-August-07

DrawEveryday-August-08

DrawEveryday-August-09

DrawEveryday-August-10

DrawEveryday-August-14

DrawEveryday-August-15

DrawEveryday-August-16

DrawEveryday-August-18

DrawEveryday-August-23

DrawEveryday-August-25

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

 

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Craftspace Weekend : Week 37

In case you’re new here, Craftspace Weekend is a blog series I share what I have made on my weekend or how is my creative space. Since I usually work on my creative project on my weekend so I call it “Craftspace Weekend”. I have started Craftspace Weekend since april but I have not updated on English blog much.You can check out the past Craftspace Weekend in Thai here.

This weekend I went to Phuket with a rule to do nothing but relaxing since I was so overwhelm and need to clear my mind. Traveling to somewhere else always is the best way to clear my mind. Today I will show you some of photos from this trip. I’ll share more about this trip later. Stay tune!

Craftspace Weekend : week 37

Craftspace Weekend : week 37

Craftspace Weekend : week 37

 

My favorite photo is photo of a monkey eating ice cream that took from me!

Craftspace Weekend : week 37

 

 

 

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August celebration, September intention

August celebration

  1. I draw a lot! I learned that you have to make time to create habit of something.
  2. Got a new desk from Ikea. It’s a bit over budget but I still be able to handle it. Thanks to 6 jars system.
  3. Added couple of new products for my Society6 shop
  4. Updated my portfolio but have not finished
  5. Write postcard to my friend (at least one person)
  6. Created facebook page for Catisfy
  7. Make another Fauxdori
  8. Booked hotels for trips to Phuket
  9. Workout every week
  10. Finished reading and working on Effective Escape

September intention

  1. Enjoy Phuket trip without social media
  2. Take Create Your Dream Career online course with Michelle Ward
  3. Retake Summer Sketch course by  Alisa Burke
  4. Read “Remote” book
  5. Finish Life in pocket for July

I reduce my goals from 10 to 5 since I learned from last month that 10 intention a month can be overwhelmed. Most of my intentions are big project that need time and focus to finish them too.

 

 

 

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Craftspace Weekend : Week 36

In case you’re new here, Craftspace Weekend is a blog series I share what I have made on my weekend or how is my creative space. Since I usually work on my creative project on my weekend so I call it “Craftspace Weekend”. I have started Craftspace Weekend since april but I have not updated on English blog much.You can check out the past Craftspace Weekend in Thai here.

I took day off on Friday to go to Nakhon Pathom and sign paper for my brother. I didn’t want to go at first but then I realised that instead of doing a business and go back home, I should visit popular place and explore this city a little bit so it’s one day trip with my mom not business trip.

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

We went to Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in Thailand. We found my mom’s favourite flower. I don’t know how it called in English, I think it’s called Gardenia. However, we called Dok Put (ดอกพุด) in Thai.

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

 

 

 

While taking photos, I found this cat.

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

On Saturday, I feel excited with Acrylic color I just bought so I cut plastic bag and use it as a canvas. Here is my first abstract art I did. I show it to my boyfriend and his said “What’s that? You did a mess again?” I feel so bad with his word but I learnt that although my work is not beautiful at all, I still enjoy painting and making art. Most important I still love my work.

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

 

On Sunday, I was thinking about what to do with my work. I did some research and found a lot of tutorial on how to fuse plastic. I followed instruction and here is what I got! I think I will use it as a notebook cover so I sewed and cut it to A5. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough paper it make notebook but I will do it for sure. I may use it as travel journal for Phuket trip next week or art journal this month.

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

I also test fabric colour to paint this bag. I was not sure what to draw so I just painted something as it’s art journal.

Craftspace Weekend : week 36

 

I feel relax and peaceful so much when I paint. I think now I know why people said that art is therapy.