The story of Muhaimina Faiz, an arts and crafts genius
Craftsmanship is embedded in our rich culture. The prevalence of technology in this era has made our doing things faster and simpler than ever before, thus reducing the need for handmade crafts. However, making something on your own can help reduce stress and enhance one’s creativity and skills.
This is where crafts come into play. Crafting helps us to increase our creativity and stimulate our muscles. The interviewee, Muhaimina Faiz, is one such enthusiast who spent countless hours of her childhood making crafts. What stemmed from a hobby turned into a full-time DIY blog by the name ‘The Craftaholic Witch’. She also runs an online business called ‘Shinduk Fashion and Accessories’.
It was during her undergrad summer vacation in 2012, that she chose to make a career out of it. A simple idea changed her perspective; she learned that she could share her work virtually with the world and actually make a living out of it. Since then, she has been working non-stop to pursue it as a career. It has been like a dream come true for Muhaimina. "I’ve spent countless hours of my childhood making things, and I don’t remember a day when I didn’t enjoy crafting," she added. That summer vacation gave her the perfect opportunity and time to master her skills.
One day, Muhaimina Googled craft ideas and a website called ‘Instructables’ popped up. She began practicing crafts, taking ideas from that website and decided to upload her own projects as well. After a couple of attempts, her fourth content got featured on the website. Muhaimina received immense positive response for her work, and this pushed her to go forward.
They say practice makes perfect -- Muhaimina’s journey is truly proof of that. Elaborating on her achievements, she says: “Although I was just a novice back in 2012, that really inspired me to keep on creating DIY content. So far, I have more than 100 featured projects on the website, have won over 60 contests worldwide and I even got interviewed as one of their featured authors in 2019.”
Crafting runs in her family, says Muhaimina, and that is where she got her inspiration from. She learnt embroidery and cross-stitching from her mother and grandmother. From making her own dolls, dolls' clothes to houses and miniature scenarios -- Muhaimina has always cherished her childhood moments through crafting.
“Never did I imagine I'd settle down as a DIY blogger and a craft artist,” she said. Working full-time with it brings her joy. Also, a wife and a mother, she has to juggle household chores, parenting, office and business hours, and her crafts altogether. To this, Muhaimina says: “It’s undoubtedly a blessing to have my son around all the time, and to be able to build my dream career.”