Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kai-o-saurus' Crafty Dino Party

My roarin' little nephew Kai just turned 5!He celebrated with a crafty dinosaur-themed party planned by his Mimi (mommy) Noelle. His cousins, classmates and friends ate and played with him at Pipino last Sunday.The sole little girl at the party, cousin Winter, was there as a furry baby T-rex! So cute!
And here we are, the craft team: Rizza, me and Noelle, our craft leader for the day.
Allow me to give you a closer look at the wonderful details of this birthday party spread:
Dinosaur egg cake pops! I cut up a sheet of pattern paper into strips to make the nest.
Bottled water for the thirstyvore! Noelle printed out the labels and wrapped a strip of felt paper around the bottle. On the right is the dino stamp that I made. (I think it's the tiniest stamp I've ever carved!)
Pompoms and Dino garlands by Rizza
Pipino's vegan vanilla cupcakes with stamped & washi-ed wooden spoons by me
And then I styled this chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting using the dino toys Noelle got. Watercolored the mini "Kai" banner and strung it on two wooden sticks.
Noelle went all out with coffee filters and spray paint to make a cool #5!
Kids were entertained with dino bone excavation activities.
(ground coffee + dino skeleton toy + tub + paintbrushes) 
And there were dinosaur terrarium centerpieces and jars of "prehistoric" chocolate rocks!
Happy 5th birthday, Kai! :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

11 Things

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Andrea!

Here are the rules:
Share 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the awarder’s 11 questions.
Ask 11 questions of your own.
Nominate 11 bloggers.

11 (random) facts about me:
1. I HATE ANTS. (Let's just make that extra clear, and get it out of the way...)

2. Tell me something and I'll forget about it. WRITE it down and I'll remember it forever. I'll even remember where I kept the piece of paper you wrote it on, even after a decade!

3. Some people who I only met post-college still can't believe that I was part of the basketball team in grade school, high school and college.Left photo: Went with PJ to the basketball court yesterday after years of not touching a bball. I can't believe how girly I've become. Pink polish?!?! Haha. On the right: my basketball medals are hung next to my necklaces (I need to do something about that, haha).

4. I believe in the power of malunggay capsules.

5. I can play the piano and guitar.

6. I have this weird fixation on clouds. I am a proud (and geeky) member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. And YES, it's a real org.

7. Don't ask me about my favorite color--I don't have one. I always just end up answering "white" because it's "the combination of all colors". Haha, dork.

8. Ask me, though, about my current favorite type: It's Georgia, bold italic.

9. In high school, I had dreams of becoming a dermatologist, applied for a pre-med course in college, got in, and paid the reservation fee for the slot. In the summer before freshman year, I put up Art Adventures (my neighbourhood arts & crafts workshop for kids), and it made me realize that my heart would always be in the arts. Before registration / orsem, I wrote a letter of 'request for change of course' to the dean to move me to AB Communication, and THANK GOD it was approved.

10. Joketime is my favorite time of the day. :P

11. I collect wooden spoons and wooden rulers.

Andrea's Questions:
1. Most inspiring place in the metro?
My bed & bathroom. :P

2. Who is your favorite local artist and why?
Juan Luna - umm, genius. There's a story in every stroke.
Jose Rizal - I love Rizal's handwriting. And all that time in Dapitan pushed him to be a crafter! Haha! He doodled, painted, carved, etc. Below are some of Rizal's non-written works.
Fernando Amorsolo - skill + thought process. art + design. Siya yata ang sinaunang graphic designer ng Pilipinas.
Leonard Aguinaldo - incredible linocuts! I just recently discovered him on my recent trip to Baguio. Ang galiiiiing. Tribal arm party, woot!

3. Who is your favorite foreign artist and why?
Andy Warhol - I love his medium, his style. AND, I want to create art as freely as he did.

4. Dream craft skillBasket-weaving, indigenous textile weaving, and wood-working
Plus, not a craft skill, but I wish I could draw people.

5. Your craft goal this year:
To hold a crafternoon in another country! And to publish more how-to-DIY's.

6. Type of music you listen to while crafting
- SomaFM poptron playlist on iTunes. Download the playlist here.
- the mixtapes that I make

7. Favorite movie and book?
Movie: The Princess Bride & Labyrinth (mental note to make PJ watch these)
Book: I can't pick just one!!! Magtatampo ang library ko. Hehe.

8. Favorite childhood activity related to arts/crafts?
Private art class with my neighbor/teacher. She taught me how to write my name in calligraphy when I was 5!

9. Who are your craft idols?
Still Martha Stewart and her tv & magazine minions. I admire the branding and the whole empire, not necessarily the crafts they produce.

10. Favorite craft store locally
Silahis, Deovir Arts, Divisoria (specifically Tabora, Ilaya & Juan Luna streets), and my art supplier's shop in Recto ;)

11. Describe your “craft area” at home, and share a photo if you like. 
My craft room is my Lolo's old library, which I turned into my office back when graphic design took 100% of my life. Now, it's THE Craft Room. It's still so messy, so for now, I'll just share these photos that I have on the wall. These are my favorite photos of NYC (cheaply printed using my inkjet printer ---need to do something about that, too! haha) from when I studied there post-college.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Doodle Diary: Beach Week, Day 6

Ati-atihan 2013
Kalibo, Aklan

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Doodle Diary: Beach Week, Day 4

Semi-synchronized cartwheels on the beach.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Doodle Diary: Beach Week, Day 3 (by PJ!)

Lovely pink clouds say hello! And here's a guest post by my hoooosband PJ ;)

Doodle Diary: Beach Week, Day 2

Pancakes and Pizza
In the afternoon, our friends arrived. I turned Elaine and Mio into a mermaid & mer-boy! (Photo on the right is by Paul Dizon.)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Date with Myself in Hong Kong

Flew to HK for a couple of days last week. Been back thrice in 5 months, but I can't seem to get enough of it. I'm super lucky to have a husband who supports these 'solo trips' of mine. ;)

And thanks to the Hilarios in Hong Kong for adopting me during my stay. In return, I taught them some crafts!:P That's Tita Ian, Nikki, and Ynna doing some rubbercutting. And on the right, is the beautiful view from their 60th floor apartment in Tung Chung.
After resting a bit, I took the train to Central and enjoyed a candle-lit vegan dinner with myself in Life Cafe. I always make a stop to this place for the delicious Life Burger with tofu bacon. Downed a fresh mixed berry shake for some extra vitC (always remember to load up on this when you travel!).
On the second day, I went to HK's first Stationery Show. (This is the main reason why I was there.) I spent the whole day walking around the hall, inspecting every single thing, and talking and meeting with suppliers. I found what I wanted, and I'm excited for the next few months!
On the way home, I visited the Cath Kidston store in Causeway Bay. Everything was so pretty! And on sale! Picked up a few gifts for some friends.
Food break.

And then on my last day, I headed to the Art Stores in Mongkok. One thing I love about traveling alone is that I can take all the time I want 'inspecting' all the art supplies. These stores are so well-stocked, I was squealing (in my head) the whole time! Most of the store owners/store attendants speak English and can answer your queries about the materials.After many hours shopping and lugging around 20 pounds worth of art stuff (ouch), I was ready to head home. So. Much. Craft. Loot. Can't decide which one is my happiest find! Sneaker-shopping will have to wait 'til the next trip. ;)


Life Cafe
10 Shelley Street, Hong Kong

Cath Kidston
Ground Floor, Empire Court, Nos.2&4 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay

Arts & Crafts Stores
Get off Mongkok MTR Station (Exit B2)
Go up the footbridge, and follow the signs that lead to Bute Street.
The arts & crafts stores are on Sai Yee corner Bute streets.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Crafts & Creativity with PJ & Alessa

Last Saturday was one of the most amazing (and tiring!) days of our life as husband and wife. In celebration of our 2nd wedding anniversary (well, one of the celebrations, haha), PJ and I decided to hold a Crafts and Creativity class, a start-of-the-year one-day retreat for creatives and crafters!
We invaded Studio SnR in Ortigas for an entire day, switching from the left and right sides of the brain as PJ discussed creativity and motivational modules, and I took over the crafts part with watercolor, calligraphy and rubber-stamping.
We had a total of 22 participants for the workshop, and thank each one of them for being so game and willing to share and learn.
Beautiful stamped prints made by the participants during the "Timelines of Success" module. I wanted to take them all home and display them on my wall. Hehe :P
Calligraphy exercises and 2013 statements.
All my February crafternoons are already full, so I decided to open a new class! I'll be having another calligraphy crafternoon, this time, paired with PJ's motivational and creativity talks! :)