Monday, December 31, 2012

Make 2013 Your Most Creative Year Yet

I'm kicking off 2013 with a Crafts & Creativity workshop with PJ -- a one-day creative retreat where PJ talks about creativity management & marketing, visioneering, and 10 ways to succeed, while I handle the crafty activities such as watercolor, calligraphy, and stamping, coupled with lots of creativity exercises. I'm so excited for this class! It's the first time that PJ and I will be teaching together, and hopefully, the first of many more 'creative retreats' this coming year.
This morning, I made my last creative project of the year: stamped wall prints. Underpainted the canvas with neon acrylic paint (they sort of look like highlighters, haha), and then stamped over it with black ink. Above are four of the prints that will be exhibited in Pino Malingap this January.
I'm also super excited to announce the workshop schedule for the first quarter of 2013!
Yup, I've partnered with Fully Booked for next year's crafternoons!

February 3:

February 10:
Rubber Stamps

March 3:
Silver Clay Pendants & Charms

March 10:
Wooden Jewelry

All workshops fall on a Sunday, and will be held in Fully Booked BHS from 2-5pm.
Please check back on January 2 for the link to the sign-up form.


An artsy & crafty new year to all! ;)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday7: 2012 Highlights

I began teaching arts & crafts when I was only 17 years old. It started as a summer project for the neighborhood kids. It took over my life for about 8 years, which was when I decided to focus on my design work. Last year, I promised myself I'd go back to holding workshops. 
In May 2012, I partnered with DMC for a series of craft workshops, and after that, held a few more crafternoons in watercolor, jewelry-making, calligraphy, and stamping. What I love most about the crafternoons is that I now teach adults instead of just kids, and that I meet so many awesome people at the workshops. I promise to bring you more crafternoons in 2013!

TWO: CRAFT SOIREEWhat began as a 'weird' idea has sprung many new friendships. The Craft Soiree was something I came up with early last year, and to my surprise, so many eager crafters joined! We just had the 3rd craft soiree last Dec8, with over 20 crafters participating in the craft exchange.

THREE: NEW CRAFTY FRIENDS FOR LIFEWas it only this year that I met these people? It feels like I've known them longer. I have 2012 (and the power of e-mail) to thank for having them in my life now.
Love and shoutouts to Mansy, April, Jam and Anya! :)

FOUR: PINO, PIPINO AND BURGER PROJECTThank you to everyone who has supported our restaurants in the past years!

FIVE: BEST VEG MEAL OF THE YEAR: RESTAURANT ANDRETo this day, I still dream about the 7-course veg meal I had in Restaurant Andre in Singapore. Just a tip: they only serve vegetarian options by request. This restaurant is really worth saving up for!

SIX: BEST BEACH TRIP OF THE YEARAnd the award goes to...Mangenguey Island in Palawan! It's a no-brainer. When I asked PJ about his highlights of the year, our Mangenguey trip is right at the top. I would love to go back!

SEVEN: 2012 COLLABORATIONSThe Friendship Bracelet Book with Mikko & Macy  |  Punchdrunk Panda Camera Straps  |  Anthill Fabric Gallery x LAB x CarabaoCrafts  |  Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Planner with Viviamo  |  Cuentos y Recuerdos with Poveda Alumnae  |  Illustrations for

World Teachers' Day with DepEd  |  Watercolor Workshops & Designs with Rags2Riches  |  Cake Collabs with Gel of SwellSweets

Thank you to everyone who believed in me this year. Can't wait for more great things in 2013! :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Download: January 2013 Printable Calendar

Guuuuyssss!!!! The missing Mayan calendar is here! Hehe:P
Since the Mayan calendar is only until December 2012, I thought it would be funny to make this month's calendar in design inspired by Mayan patterns and heiroglyphics.
Aaaaand, I'm uploading it on the last work day of the year, so that all you office peeps can take advantage of company-issued supplies. Haha!

Download the January 2013 Printable Calendar here.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

All {Crafty} Piggies Should Go to The Market

Whenever I travel, the local market will always be my favorite destination. I blame it on the shopping gene I inherited, and maybe because Markets = Veggies + Crafts. ;P I love it because market shopping is so easy on the wallet, and the fact that you support the local craftsman makes it even better.

I've written about some market finds before, and here's more.
Take a peek into this month's loot and pasalubongs:
They do neon+wood too (my current favorite combo)!
Pompom Toys (P20 each), Chopping Boards, Bamboo Flutes and Sungka.
Can't get any more random than that!
{Baguio Market}
Jute String (single & twined) and Wooden Spools
{Ilaya street, Divisoria}
Dyed and Woven Jute String
Coconut & Wooden Beads from Batangas
Bead Necklace from Kalinga Apayao
{Baguio Market}
Rose Cactus
Handwoven Kitchen Towels from Benguet
{Minesview market, Baguio}
Woven Basket
{Kamuning Market}
Miniature Stone Pots
{Baguio Market}
Wooden Stamps (thanks to the Somera Sisters!)
Stamped Pattern
{by Me :P}
{Baguio Market}
Glass Bottles
{Tabora St., Divisoria}
Wooden Stamp & Pencil Cases (thanks to PJ!)
Patterned Canvas Fabric (cut up and strung into a banner)
{Juan Luna St., Divisoria}
Strawberry plant & fruits
Passion Fruit, Persimmon, and Oranges from Sagada
Pine cones
Giant Eggplants & A Pile of Ginger
Miniature Woven Baskets, Tampipis, and Wooden Pipes

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Handmade Holiday

Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones!

I woke up this morning with a crafty idea:
I made an x / cross-stitch rubber stamp and made a stitched snowflake pattern!Love how it turned out, and I'm excited to stitch-stamp more designs ;)

Last December 9, I held a Handmade Holiday Crafternoon for 30 other crafters (thank you all again for coming, even if it was the Pacquiao-Marquez fight that day!). We all squeezed into Pipino Malingap, but it was a fun afternoon of making Christmas presents.Thanks to HeyKessy for providing us with twine and washi tape!

I vowed that this year, all my gifts would be handmade. I made stamps for everyone in the family! PJ helped stamp and wrap the presents. He loves washi so much and said "Washi is God's gift to men." Literal, for men, because he claims it's so easy to wrap gifts with them. Now I can count on my husband to wrap the gifts, hehe! Here's our pile of gifts for the family.Can't wait to see little Jared's reaction when he sees that gangnam stamp (because all those little boys do these days is dance!)

And here's a cheesey snowflaked photo for you! haha! :PMay you all have a blessed Christmas!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday7: Boracay

ONE:By plane, the island is less than an hour away from Manila, which is faster than the commute to anywhere within the city with this mad holiday traffic.

TWO:I like walking on combed sand.

THREE:Christmas on the beach: We passed by a little snowman with seaweed for a hat and arms.

FOUR:Overpriced as hell, but coconut shakes are one of the most wonderful things in the world.

FIVE:Frrrrrrrozen margarita at MaƱana.

SIX:Sand typography.

SEVEN:Best veg meal in the island: Kasbah
(veggies & couscous, hummus & pita)

Happy Sunday!

Friday, December 21, 2012

The End of an Era

Everyone held their breath until December 21, 2012. But the world, life, and time, have all gone on, and we are still here. The plans, thoughts, and dreams that have been on hold because of the uncertainty of this day are now seeing the light of reality. They say 2013 is the year of Change. But if you think about it, isn't every day and every minute a moment of change? Nothing is ever really exactly the same. But what the heck. If anything, I guess declaring 2013's theme will give us, at the very least, the guts to shed the unnecessary.

If today really is the end of an era, what are you taking with you, and what are you leaving behind?

My graphic design teacher taught me one important rule when it comes to designing a logo or layout: if it doesn't serve a purpose, eliminate it. The same principle can be applied to our lives when we find ourselves thinking twice about tossing away the things (material or intangible) that just take up space.

Earlier this year, I wrote down my list of 52 Creative Goals. I've crossed out about a third of the things on the list. Some items on the list have come true in unexpected ways. Many are still works-in-progress, and there are a lot of things that I haven't even started on. For the next year, I'm trimming the list down to FIVE, taking on the bigger dreams, and leaving behind those that don't make much sense.

In 2013, I will:

(1) Travel around the country + Asia for more crafts and crafternoons.
(2) Launch the Anthill x LifeAfterBreakfast collections, 
the craft collaboration with Mansy, and the craft fundraising project.
(3) Focus on the restaurants.
(4) Build the condo, house, and retreat house.
(5) Write the book.

The lists go on and on and on, as each thing is a step towards something greater. I'm so excited for the Crafts & Creativity Workshop on January 5, where I'll get to make more lists and plan my creative year with the class. We are all works-in-progress, and it will be great to have some timeout for the creative soul just as we take on the new year.

I'm bracing myself for the changes, but I promise to enjoy everything that comes my way. One thing that will remain the same, though, is my desire to craft and create pretty things, all of which I will continue to share with you here.
Thank you for reading about my life after breakfast, and happy holidays to you and your loved ones! :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Suelas Celebracion x Patty Laurel

Suelas has recently launched these dainty formal flats are perfect for weddings, debuts, and other special occasions. They teamed up with bride Patty Laurel, who designed these three lovely styles. I'm so proud of my best bud who has everything going for her now! Galing! :)
Suelas Celebracion was launched in the pretty Pink Me Up nail salon in Lee Gardens Condominium along Shaw Boulevard. I was told that the dainty interiors were designed by Heima.
As you may all know, Patty just recently got married, and since theirs was a garden wedding, she dressed up her entire entourage in comfy Suelas flats!

Seems like everything came in threes that day, for each Suelas Celebracion style!:P
Ornate three-tiered cake by Coco Cakes, and three flavors of milk tea by My Serendipitea.
with Patty and Nicole

Suelas Celebracion is now available online. Choose from three lovely styles:Fleur

Stay comfy without sacrificing style during all the weddings this holiday season,

PS. I designed the Celebracion logo! :P