• 10:49am •
Erm... Well HELLO GUYS!!! 👋🏻😅
I can't believe I'm editor's pick. 😱 I'm still trying to process this information and @biscuitbuddies was not wrong about being scared WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO NOW MORE PEOPLE IS GONNA READ MY BORING POSTS???? (At least for this week hahahahahaha)
First let me thank the person who was in charge of choosing Editor's Pick!
THANK YOU SO MUCH 💕🙇🏻
You're too kind, Mr/Ms Editor. (Aw man I really wish I know who he/she is so I can say my thank you properly 😐)
I first know of it when my friend told me about it on whatsapp, AND HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE DAYRE HAHAHA apparently his girlfriend JUST got back to Dayre and this is the first thing she saw 😂 (HI WEI'S GF TELL ME WHO YOU ARE SO I CAN STALK YOU 😆 I'll keep it a secret from Wei 😉)
Then I got all these "congrats" comments on ytd's posts and I was like why?? HAHA. When it finally sink in the first thing I felt was "omg seriously why wow ok shit" and also quite scared for like 3min LOL
Okay but enough of this. Thanks everyone who followed me so far, I guess a self-introduction is in order! 😊
HI GAIS my name is Xinman
and I'm 20 going to 21 this year 😊 my surname is Oo which is pretty rare (Chinese 余) but I do secretly like the fact that nobody really has the same surname as I do hahaha.
I guess you can decipher my username now 😉
Doubleoxm is actually a nickname given by one of my small group of people I call friends in primary school (who didn't bullied me and was actually a friend) @airvanessia and it was such a good username HAHAHA YAY TO NO ADDING YEAR OF BIRTH TO ALL MY USERNAMES 😂
I moved out of my parent's home last year
And it wasn't a pleasant "go be independent" but a 离家出走 situation (running away from home).
The short story version was that my dad was very poisonous (in terms of words he say/planted in my head, not that you really will get poisoned by being around him hahahahaha) I was very unhappy at home. Very very unhappy and I really wanted to do smth about it.
I couldn't have started Handxmade if I didn't leave home, with my dad coming in my room (shared with tenants btw) and asking me why am I wasting my time. 😐
He wasn't encouraging or supportive. The least he could do was you know, not say anything but he was pushing me to work in those office job, SO THAT I CAN FIND JOBS FOR HIM. ILLEGALLY. Yeah, selfish.
I only feel guilty towards my mum. (I still cry sometimes thinking about her)
But anyway I wouldn't have the guts to move out if my partner, ET, wasn't there with me, supporting me every single step of the way. ☺
I did a #HIMMB tag a few weeks back about him! 😁
Specifically #howXMmetET 😂 go read if you're interested, gonna be long though haha
You'll also see my 20moments tag there if you click on it so again if you're interested.... ☺
Honestly whenever I do these tagged posts they always end up really long winded 😅 I guess I do share too much 😂 THIS POST IS PROBABLY GONNA BE REALLY LONG TOO HAHAHAHA. 😅
Oh yeah ET plays for Charlie Lim, a local singer songwriter. Go check it out if you haven't! NOT BEING BIAS BUT CHARLIE LIM IS REALLY GOOD especially if you're feeling emo 😉 hahaha
ANYWAY I DIGRESS (I do a lot of those be prepared).
So yes, now I'm renting a room with ET, and I was really lucky to have a friend who has a spare HDB (since they're staying in condo) so the rent is CHEAP!! Which I really appreciate cause I'm always out of money 😐
And yes, I have a pet bird. 🐥
It's not as fascinating as @neonchalk's pet chickens (OMG CHICKENS LEH HAHAHA) but Buibui is still cute hehehe.
He's eating and making a mess now (nothing new)
I always use the tag #buibuithebird whenever I post photos of him so that it'll be easier for myself to look back, you can check that out too! 😁
Hashtag is really a good way to keep track of everything!!
We got him when he was only one month old, and yes we had to feed him formula during certain timing like 6am, 12pm, 6pm! Until he could eat solid food by himself hehe. ☺
Look for Day 6 2016 under the hashtag for the story of Buibui from the beginning, and there's a lot of photos of him when he was still growing his feathers 😁
It's really like having a baby but trial version (lol), waking up early to feed a weak, cute little thing but only for 1 month HAHAHA. Now he's like in the teenager state alr rebellious and screaming 😑
I actually just put him in jail for biting 😒 and yes we have a jail for him for when he's being naughty.
We only put him in for 5 mins though, more than that it doesn't really work apparently? I guess they forget why they were put there #birdbrain
We try to train him, and since Buibui was hand fed by humans he's not scared of people and is tamed to a certain extent (😅)
If you put your finger in front of him and say "up" he will stand on it (unless he's already on your shoulder and doesn't want to be moved 😑)
Ahahaha I disturbed his daily routine for this video whoops
That's his "spot" btw. He'll stand there and look outside the window and chill most of the time during the day (if he wasn't biting me or destroying stuff)
We still can't train him to poop on a piece of tissue though 😭 but he does poop when he stand on our finger LOLOL I guess he thinks that he can poop and get treats when he stands on our finger, and not care about the tissue we put at the bottom 😅
We also recently trimmed his flight feathers so he can't fly around anymore. Don't worry it doesn't hurt it's like getting a haircut 😊 I wrote about it on Day 53 2016 under the same hashtag too 😁
He's a really good climber now thanks to that and he's exploring places he never would if he could fly, so I guess it's also a learning experience for him ☺
Honestly without Buibui flying around it really is much better 😅 I can actually work without him coming to the table and start destroying stuff every 15 min or so... 😐 he also became a lot tamer!
But I do feel bad about taking away his flight cause you know he's a bird and birds fly. So I think I'll let him grow his wings to the extent that he can fly around but not for long? 😊 I'll see how it goes. For now I like the dependent Buibui ☺
Buibui actually flew out before and was missing for a day! 😱
You can check out Day 348 2015 to read about what happened and how we found him hahaha. We were really lucky and this really shows how having a trimmed bird sometimes might be better 😅
A little bit about what I do for a living! (TBH the editor's pick description says it all hahahaha)
I created handxmade around March 2015, but only started wrapping my life around it around November 2015. So yes, it's still really new and nobody really knows me ahahahahahaha 😅
My intention is to create figurines that is significant to that one person, and capture the moment that is important to the customer. That is basically my goal!
Like this photo for example (which is my current banner on Dayre) is a couple at possibly East Coast Park hahahaha and probably was celebrating their anniversary. (Talk about imagination haha 😂)
And here's the reference photo for the project above!
Don't worry I got their permission to post the reference photo, I will NEVER post anything without prior confirmation 😌
I try to duplicate their clothes and expression in the reference photo, and the surroundings (like the bench) if requested 😊
I make almost everything with polymer clay, sometimes I paint on it with acrylic paint, and in the near future I would like to attempt miniature furnitures which I would then use cardboard paper! 😁 (there's really so many things I wanna do 😱)
But everything will be glazed with either matte or gloss glaze, to protect the paint (if I do use any) from coming off 😊
Another order where the customer was inspired from the previous work 😁
These is all made with polymer clay btw! No paint, not even the eyes. I recently changed my method of doing the face so from now on I'll try to make everything with clay when it comes to figurines 😊
I'm still trying to perfect this method as much as I can but yes I'll probably stick to it 😁
If your friends or family is getting married maybe this would be a good gift too? 😉 hahahahahaha #shamelessmarketing
These were not so recent but it was when I finally got the "template" I made for myself for figurines (yay to consistency✨)
The face was painted on with acrylic paint though and you can see how much I suck at painting hahahahahhaaha
My figurines are really tiny too, since I like miniatures and want to make everything as small as possible lol
This is my most recent order, and I haven't finish glazing it so it's all shiny and glossy. (For figurines I'll recommend matte glaze because human doesn't shine in real life unless you're Edward from Twilight)
And yep it's slightly less than 5cm tall when standing! 😊
I don't ONLY make figurines, even though I focus mainly on it. These are some of the things I made the past few months, and there are some characters too! 😁
Sadly I can't sell figurines with characters from Disney or Studio Ghibli because they're licensed! And also because you'll probably find official figurines that looks more similar to the cartoon than what I do hahaha. 😅
If you wanna see more, you can head to my website (handxmade.com) or follow me on Instagram (@handxmade), Facebook (handxmadeofficial) 😊
Recently I also started making videos on YouTube so if you want to support me without spending money you can subscribe and watch my videos! 😁
If you're interested in how I make the bench ☺
And here you can watch how I sculpt the figurines! 😁
I actually JUST posted this video on YouTube ytd hahaha and was planning to share it here on Dayre today. So glad that I can share it to so many people in the Dayre community :')
Btw ET's the one who created and played the background music for my videos, cause I was so sick of hearing the free music playing on videos and I wanted something different 😂 #gfofamisicianprivileges so go take a listen even if you don't care how I make my figures! 😆
For people who are curious about my charges and wants to support me (THANK YOU SO MUCH 😭)......
Complex element is for example flowers on head/patterns on clothes that I have to imitate/intricate hairstyle!
If it's plain clothing usually I'll just charge 3.5 hours haha 😁
I charge 3.5 hours but that is only an estimate and I actually need minimum 2 days to complete a figurine 😅 because of the waiting time for it to be baked and waiting for the glaze to dry etc...
For more information like a rough breakdown of how I make my figurines you can head to my FAQ section at http://handxmade.com/faq ☺
I am not taking in any custom orders for now. 😭
It's a shame too cause now more people know me and wants to order from me thanks to Dayre ㅠㅡㅠ
I am planning to take a break from taking custom orders because I promised the owners in Cat Safari that I will make some of their cats and donate to them so they can sell it BUT I HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO IT CAUSE I WAS BUSY WITH CUSTOM ORDERS 😭 hence a break for now... (I also have a few custom orders to clear before I can do that 😖)
I also want to make videos on YouTube (of me making the cats from cat safari and many more things) 😐
Oh yeah if you don't know what's Cat Safari you can go read about it on Day 18 2016! 😊
(Holy shit I already delayed it for more than 2 months 😭)
Sorry guys I gotta keep my promise...but I do appreciate all the love and support from everyone! And like I said, watching my YouTube videos, commenting and liking them (or even sharing it) will also be another form of support, at least for now! ☺
IN THE NEAR FUTURE YOU GUYS CAN ORDER FROM ME OK 😘
Now you might be thinking if I'm working full time making figurines why do I not have time for it right????
Which makes sense, but I also am
Jocelyn from @aiclay is my boss and she makes miniature food sculptures!! 😍 now if you want to learn more about polymer clay and want to try it, @aiclay is the best place to go to because she gives WORKSHOPS!!! 😁
What I do is basically helping her out in preparing for workshops, being there for her workshops if there's too many participants for her to handle alone (so you might see me there if you sign up and it's full! 😉), helping her to come up with ideas for workshop and basically anything she needs my help with! 💪🏻
I signed up to be her assistant because:
1. I really love what she do (her miniature food kit, Pocket Kitchen omg 😍) and want to learn from her. Being in this scene IN SINGAPORE is no easy feat and I really admire her for being "up there".
2. Earning some extra income. Since handxmade is still puny, I don't get a lot of orders. Working for her means I'll be doing what I enjoy (making miniatures and the preps for workshops) AND earning some money to survive! 😁
Two bird with one stone I must say 👍🏻
Not to mention Jocelyn is reasonable and understanding (😭), easily one of the best boss I've come across. HOW TO FIND A LAOBAN THAT YOU CAN TALK TO NORMALLY AND NOT FEEL STRESS?? #lucky
Little ball of fur (or feathers) sleeping on me now while I tipity type on Dayre. Gotta get up and grab lunch soon and start my day!
(It's already 3pm hahahaha yeah I'm intense like that 🙃)
I hope my self introduction didn't bore you out and well I do have my hashtag posts to entertain you if you wanna read more!
I apologise for my long-winded post though I tend to do that 😂 and also my low command of English! Lack of vocab and grammar mistakes all over 😱
ET corrects me whenever he can, and I'm taking more effort to spot my mistakes but it still happens more often than I realise lol.
One more trivia before I go: We named our pet bird Buibui, which means fatfat in dialect (hahaha 😂), just because Buibui is very fluffy and hence looks fatter than most love birds! 😆
I wonder what we'll name our kids in the future. (If we'll ever have kids LUL)
• 10:24pm •
Hello guys I'm back after working for a bit, and I realised something.....
WE ALSO HAVE A CRAYFISH HAHAHAHA I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT IT??? 😂
I'm such a terrible owner lol but hey can't blame me when I only see Cray once a day- when I feed him 😅 (and I'm the one who feeds him when Cray's initially ET's pet 😂 not that I'm complaining though, he's the one who cleans the tank which is such a chore omg)
We put him in the living room cause Buibui started showering with the water in Cray's tank LOLOL. 😆
And it's ridiculous cause we put clean water for him to shower, which he refused to use BUT SHOWER IN CRAY'S TANK INSTEAD #birdbrain
Maybe it's the water sound from the filter that makes him wanna shower in there though. But seriously salty water for a bath anyone?? 😂
Cray grew up so quickly since ET got him. He got Cray a few months before he met me? And he was only about 2cm then!
He molted about 6 times and whenever he molts he becomes bigger lol NOW HE'S ABOUT 10CM THE TANK CAN BARELY HOLD HIM LOL.
Crayfish molts when they're happy so I guess Cray's pretty happy about the tank that's already becoming too small for him lol.
Anyway sometimes he also jump out of the tank which is stupid cause they die if they don't have water after awhile 😑 Cray also #birdbrain
I'm over the moon now because so many people on Dayre actually wants to order from me 😭
This means a lot to me and I'm really, truly am thankful for everyone's support and kind words :')
Because of this, I'm gonna give everyone on Dayre a 10% discount!
Discount code: DAYREWOOHOO
There's a few conditions though!
1. It is limited to the FIRST 10 people who SUBMITTED THE CUSTOM ORDER FORM (which you can find on handxmade.com/orderforms)
So to everyone I spoke to and told you about your queue number, it is NOT VALID anymore! Once you submit the order form, I'll tell you which queue number you are via email! 😊
(There's only TWO PERSON who submitted the form so go for it now before the spot is taken!)
2. I am only opening my custom orders on mid-May
3. So I'll only accept orders that has no deadline since I take a week to finish an order. Hence I cannot guarantee that I will finish yours on time if you have a deadline (because of other commitments I can only work on my orders 3 days per week)
4. I'll only accept orders for FIGURINES. (No animals) add on request is fine, like the concrete bench for example 😁
5. I'll liaise with you regarding the price and you can decide whether you still want it or not 😊
6. Payment is only required when I open my custom orders, and no orders are confirmed until payment is made!
Once again thank you guys so much for your support and do fill up the form (will probably only take 3 min?) ASAP to get the spot! ☺💕
Oh and if you've got any question for me, do write it down as a comment and I'll answer them tomorrow ☺
Monday, 14 Mar 2016
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