Saturday, April 28, 2012

The BRGR Project Chalkboard Font

In case you haven't seen it yet, BRGR The Burger Project was given a makeover. Today, I present to you, the newly decorated chalkboards!
Super neat font! Can you guess who this handtype belongs to?
It's PJ's!!! Hehe, I'm not the only chalkboard artist in this house, you see!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fill up our Goodie Bags & Join the Bracelet Workshop!

I'm so excited for this! The Craft Soirée really is happening! From a crazy daydream, it's all starting to come together. Right now, we're on the hunt for businesses, brands, and fellow crafters who are interested in promoting their products, all of which will go to the Crafters' Goodie Bags. 

The first part of the Craft Soirée is a closed-door event for 16 pre-selected crafters, and after lunch, we're opening the event so you can join us in a Bracelet-Making Crafternoon with DMC! Remember the first Nail Art Crafternoon I posted before? It's just like that: a relaxed hangout with fellow crafters, but this time, we're making bracelets!! :)
The Bracelet-Making Crafternoon is open to crafters of any level (from beginner to advanced). Awards will be given to the best works. You'll also get to meet the sixteen crafters who are participating in the Craft Exchange!

This is a Crafternoon, meaning it is an opportunity to create crafts together; it is not a workshop, and there will be no instructions given. The event is FREE; all you have to do is sign up! Limited slots are available, so if you'd like to join, email your full name, mobile number, and your crafting story (what crafts you make, and why you like to do crafts) to / Subject: Bracelets Crafternoon.

It's time for crafters to come out of their crafty shells! :P

I'll be posting the schedule of other Craft Soirée/Crafternoon workshops soon!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

{Tuesday} Download: May 2012 Printable Calendar

...because it's still Tuesday in some parts of the world.

Many readers are requesting that I post the entire year of desktop calendars already. As much as I would love to, I have a slight problem with this: I haven't designed the rest of the year yet!!! Please understand that this is another (pa-uso) therapeutic thing for me at the end of each month... the time when I design the calendar is my time to reflect on what happened in the past month, and a time for me to say "Wow, the month went by so fast!" or "What?! It's <insert Month> already?!?!" Hahaha. Besides, it's nice to take it one month (day) at a time. Although I admire those who MUST plan months ahead, I urge you to savor each box on the calendar. Be thankful for you have lived to color and design another date. Haha okay, enough, this is just me being stupid and making up excuses. :P

Back in high school, I used to make my own monthly (or weekly, or per "session") calendars because I have what you can call Calendar ADHD. Yes, folks, this is a real condition. I go crazy on those little boxes and would rather color them than do my I.W. (a Poveda thang.) And by the time my calendar sheet is all weathered and feathered, it's just about time to make a brand new one! I didn't have Illustrator or Photoshop then, so I would just draw the lines with a ruler and a pen. I have worked on many planners in the past few years as a graphic designer, but the truth is, I can't stand writing on one thing for 12 whole months. I would love to have the 12-month Moleskine weekly planner set, but they're just too friggin' expensive. So after two long, senseless paragraphs, here we are, back again in square one: I would rather make my own monthly calendars and I share them with you. :)

Download the May 2012 Printable Calendar here.

Enjoy the flou month of May!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Today is Another Dream-Come-True.

I've been doing crafts since I was a kid, and when I met Martha Stewart (I mean, when I was introduced to her magazines and entire craft empire), I knew then that my life had purpose. (Ha-ha, drama.) I have always dreamed of becoming one of her craft minions, because I thought that would be the only way to get published in that magazine.

On many late nights cutting and glue-ing our little save-the-dates and box dolls during wedding planning, I would half-joke to PJ that all I really cared about was to be featured in a Martha Stewart magazine. I wanted to have a goal, even if it was a pretend goal, just to push myself to stand my crafty decisions and to not get lost in the paper mess I had gotten myself (us) into. You see, you do D-I-Y for intimate weddings, maybe for 150 guests like those cute weddings we all see featured by wedding bloggers in the US. But, that time, we were attempting a D-I-Y wedding for 500 guests, including a 54-person bridal party. Crazy, I know. But these crafty things (obviously) matter so much to me, and PJ supported me on that, and our wedding turned out to be our craftiest collaboration to date.

When the Martha Stewart Weddings Philippines editors picked up on our wedding stuff, and asked me if they could feature our wedding in their magazine, I totally squealed with kilig! Today, I finally got a copy of this season's issue where we are featured in not one, but three full pages!

Thanks to Liz Yap for the feature, and to Em Somera for writing the article.
Thanks to Ryan Fernandez (who I finally got to meet yesterday at Pipino) for including our Visayas Adventure in this Honeymoon feature! 
Do grab a copy of this season's Martha Stewart Weddings Philippines to see more beautiful weddings and honeymoon ideas! :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

ANTHILL Fabric Gallery

If you know me, then you know about my unexplained anger towards ants. But this weekend, I finally met an ANT that I, LOVE. After half a day of airport madness, I finally reached Cebu, and upon hotel check-in, I was taken to the ANTHILL Fabric Gallery for a (delayed) afternoon meeting with Queen Ant, Tita Annie Lim. Thanks to Anya, her daughter and Princess Ant, for connecting us all via e-mail!

ANTHILL stands for Alternative Nest and Trading/ Training Hub for Ingenious/ Indigenous Little Livelihood Seekers. Here is an excerpt from Anya's e-mail to me:

"ANTHILL Fabric Gallery is the first creative social enterprise and a lifestyle store in Metro Cebu celebrating a communal spirit among Filipino artisans, bringing into one nest ingenuity, fashion, culture, advocacy and art. It highlights the beauty of intricately woven indigenous fabrics from the Philippine hill tribes with a passion to restore and promote the richness of Philippine culture and living traditions through our local crafts and weaving industry. In this hub, fabrics are more than just ingredients to fashion; it is a way of life, it is where culture meets style."
I got to the shop and immediately felt all this gigil (that need to squish something)... but not ants, though. My aversion for ants was momentarily forgotten because of my overflowing love for handwoven indigenous fabric. It's not a big secret, but I am an indigenous fabric collector, and I make it a point to purchase local handwoven fabric whenever I travel around the different provinces in the Philippines.
The front part of the shop features lots of special and limited cut fabrics from all over Asia.

We began with a quick tour of the gallery. I have never been surrounded by such a diverse selection of indigenous handwoven fabric...I was in heaven! I wanted them all for myself!! I was daydreaming with Tita Annie about decorating our condo with these fabrics, and incidentally, she's also building her new home next month, and of course, will be utilizing a lot of these fabrics.
Home and office accessories, gift products, and rolls of t'nalak and banig. I bought some fabric to experiment with for an evening gown.
More fabric and fashion accessories. Clay pendants and Daragyuhan Gintawan bracelets. 
Textile that I will hoard when we start furnishing our new place.
Ikat and stripes.
Traditional & modern clothing using indigenous fabric. On the right is a pair of Kantarines Bloomers.
These Isabel Rag Dolls are made by one of ANTHILL's partner urban community, Home of Mary Enterprise. The group is comprise of hard working mothers in Tisa, Labangon, Cebu. Each Isabel Rag Doll is unique, and comes with another set of clothes so little girls can play dress up with them.  They are made completely from remnant or scrap colorful fabrics patched up to give life. 
Luggage tags, Checkbook wallets and seed/nut beads.
ANTHILL also consigns items that share the company's vision. VESTI is a line of bags that make use of Philippine weave, and above is a wallet made from upcycled old airplane tires.
They like to explore the creativity of the tribe members, and above is a painting on canvas, using soil and plant extracts, with a personal note from the artist.
This one absolutely wow-ed me. I was told that it was newly delivered, and a young girl from the tribe made it. I want to meet that kid. She has MAD skills. How can you do this with only a pattern in your head? I will attempt to make one myself, but I don't know...everytime I stare at this, I am left with no words. This friendship bracelet bag is 1million levels up.
Before it was time to say goodbye, Tita Annie gave me a tour of her button bathroom. She used the sample buttons that were given to her to decorate her restroom walls.

What I admire about ANTHILL is their direct relationships with the communities that they work with. Around the store there are photos of them on their trips up to the mountains / tribes. After an idea-filled afternoon with Queen Ant, Tita Annie (guided by Anya's e-mail of topics we had to cover), I'm even more excited to start working on collaborations with them! Hopefully, they'll also allow me to join them on one of their visits to the communities. That would definitely be a dream come true for me.

What a great way to spend my Earth Day weekend! :)

ANTHILL Fabric Gallery
Pedro Calomarde St. cor Acacia St. Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, 6000 Cebu City, Philippines
Open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 730pm
Tel. no. +63 32 5054175

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday7: Pies, Muffins and The Universe's Message

ONEEvery time I go to the Banawe Beancurd Center, I pray that they still have some Pumpkin Pie left. This pie is so delicious that you'll keep munching and will have finished it before you can decide whether it's classified under savory or sweet. My next challenge: to make a vegan version of this!

TWOOn Friday, I got bumped off my early flight to Cebu. And when a morning starts of horrible as that, any minor mishap on top of it can easily make you cry. Well, I didn't exactly cry, but this did hurt like hell: somewhere in between dropping and picking up my luggages, I tore the top part of my nail. Arouch. I tried to salvage it (to avoid exposing the "raw" skin under it) with some tape from the PAL ticket counter. Special shout out to Elaine for booking a flight for me last minute.

THREEWhen you feel down, you frown, shoulders automatically droop, and you lower your head. This was literally at my feet when my eyes met the floor. Here was the universe telling me to be patient. And from then on, I trusted in God's plan for me for that day.

FOURThis was the cheapest and earliest available flight, so it was practically screaming, "Book me!". I checked in my phone and laptop chargers, but good thing the plane had a USB drive so I was able to charge my phone! Neato.

FIVEI'd like to believe that this is also a sign that I am doing something good and worthwhile. I brought a copy of Preview's April 2012 issue on this trip not knowing that this blog is featured in the magazine! Yay! :) 

SIXWhat do you do to battle 38-degree weather in Manila? As much as I can, I work in the resto, which thankfully has very cool airconditioning. And I indulge in my favorite coconut muffin with coconut ice cream. If your work is mobile, or if you have nothing to do in the afternoons, feel free to join me at Pipino!

SEVENSince it's Earth Day today, please read this article on how going veg can help reduce your carbon footprint as much as (or even more than) planting trees can.

Today marks the 2nd year since we first introduced Pipino as a 6-item line in Pino's menu. We started off with the veg curry, eggplant tofu miso, veg tempura, chocolate cake and some fruit shakes.  To celebrate Earth Day, we're giving away our newest yummy and fluffy Banana Chia Muffins to every single guest who dines at Pipino today (April 22). Call (02) 4411773 to reserve a table at Pipino!

Happy Earth Day Sunday! :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy 29th Birthday, Patty!

Like I told Patty this morning, going out and party-ing is so two-thousand!! You know, circa days. (Haha I'm just saying that cos I think the last time I uploaded "funpics" was in multiply pa.) In the twenty-tens, craft clubs and handmade parties are IT! If there is one thing that I promote in this blog, it's that being a lola in your twenties can be cool! Hey, even if we're lolas, we can stay up all night, too. It's just that istead of tugs-tugs-tugs, we cut, stitch, and glue! Aba!!! Don't laugh at us old ladies!!! We make the world (and birthday parties) a prettier place.

We threw a (semi)surprise birthday dinner for Patty's 29th at Beso Cucina Vinoteka at BGC. She thought that it would just be a small dinner with me, Muffin and Kat. But since Kat and I couldn't make it to her baking party yesterday, we decided to surprise Patty on her actual birthday and invited around 16 of her closest friends. Pat was also out of town, so we made it an all-girls dinner!
Beso serves Spanish food so we thought of adding some Spanish-themed decors to the table. I made these banderitas and piñata-typography!Here's how I made it: cut out letters using old boxes and form 3D boxes. I finally put my gold crepe paper stock to use and cut them in strips & fringed them. Wrapped the 3D paper box letters from the bottom up.
Lolas make paper cut-out banderitas.
My craft partner in crime for the night, Kat, the youngest lola, who made these giant paper flowers for the table centerpiece and crimped them by rolling the paper on a pencil.
Lolas bring their own accessories to spruce up tables in a restaurant.
Lolas like me make flower pompoms in the car (on the way to fort!) to add to Kat's centerpiece.
Lola Gel of SwellSweets made this super cute doily/lace inspired cake that goes perfectly with our crafty Spanish theme for the night. Angel is also a true lola because she texted that she was going home early even before the party had started. Yan naman! Haha :P
 We stuffed 29 lola candles on the top tier of the cake.
Lolas bake their own cakes and eat it, too!
The bestest friends I hope to have until we are real lolas:
Noelle, birthday girl Patty, Muffin and Gin.
Happy birthday, kapateeeeed!!! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Recipe: Lemon Chia Muffins

Today, I introduce you to an amazing super food, CHIA SEEDS. Health buffs and vegans may already familiar to this, but to those who don't know, I'll try to make this as easy to understand as possible.

Chia are tiny little seeds that are super rich in fiber and omega 3 essential fatty acids, and are a good source of complete protein and calcium. If you leave the seeds in a glass of water for about 15-30 minutes, it will turn gel-like due to its soluble fibre. And since chia seeds can absorb more than 12x its weight in water, this gel, when formed in the stomach, creates a barrier between carbs & digestive enzymes, slowing down carbs-to-sugar conversion, giving you steadier and more balanced energy levels, and leaving you full longer. The protein in chia seeds are digested and absorbed very easily by the body, and results to faster transportation of protein cells and faster tissue growth and regeneration.

These are only a few of its benefits of chia seeds, and are so many ways you can incorporate them into your diet. Here's a recipe for Lemon Chia Muffins that I recently made for Pipino.

1. In a bowl, mix 1 cup almond milk and 1 tsp vinegar. Soak 1 Tbsp chia seeds, and place in refrigerator overnight for best results.

2. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven at 190 degrees C.

3. Add 3/4 cup sugar (I used coco sugar), 1/4 cup oil, 2 tbsp lemo juice, and 1 Tbsp vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

4. Sift in 1 1/4 cups flour, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt.

5. Line muffin pan and spoon batter into the cups. Bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy! :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday 7: Little Creatures

ONELittle paper elephants for BJ & Dianne's anniversary dinner

TWOCute graffiti along EDSA/Balintawak

THREETaking Back Sunday's first lunch in Manila at Pino :)

FOURMioFightsCancer at the Kiddopreneur bazaar. Re-launched StARTwithMio artworks as collectible notebooks (3 for P250) and magnetic bottle opener buttons (P100 each). All proceeds go to the last 4 months of Mio's chemo! Lezzzz do this.

FIVEHow can something cute be so wrong? Painted chicks. If you are a parent and have a child begging for one of these chicks, please PLEASE don't give in. Explain to your child that these chicks are babies and they belong to their mommies/daddies. I asked the sellers how many chicks they brought to the bazaar, and the kids shouted, "300!" OMG. 300 poor little chicks were spray painted (poor chicks! even their beaks were colored...and really, how do you tell a chick "Close your eyes! Paint's coming!") and will eventually die under the care of their owners. I dare you to show me one of these chicks when they've grown into chickens! Orange chickens...literal!

SIXLittle Kai, the vegetarian warrior is MAD. For all those little chicks!
Haha, not really. But I'm sure he would be if he found out about them! We visited Noey and Kai at their house one random afternoon.

SEVENI like people who cook, but I LOOOOVE friends who cook for me. Thank you to Dar (and Tring!) for this specially prepared vegan plate at JP & Tring's pizza party bash. I had vegan deardarla-ish pizza rolls! :) awwwwes.

I hope you had a great week! :)