Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Painting with Thread

I've been crafting every day, both for work and play. When I do play, I like doing things freehand to let the creativity flow. No patterns, no plans. The results of each creative piece is a hundred times more rewarding when you create something literally from scratch, with no guides! These embroidered pieces are part of the collection that I'm doing for our new home. ;)
Though work gets busier and busier, crafts like embroidery help keep me focused, and I decide where to place the next stitch, how long it should be, and in what color. It's such a lola craft, but so relaxing!
Huck embroidery is something that I learned in high school, and I've only made one piece since then. It's super easy, and since I love making patterns, I realize that it's one of my favorite types of stitching.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The First Craft Camp

I still can't believe the weekend already happened. Craft Camp was too much fun! Mansy, Isa, Mikko and I spent the weekend in San Narciso, Zambales with 20+ participants making crafts all day, and laughing til our bellies hurt! I loved every single moment, no matter how hot or exhausting! :P All in all, we made about 15 different crafts in 2 days!
The group met up in Katipunan and upon registration, each participant was given a passport/ID which contained all the information needed for camp.
Isa, Mansy, Mikko and I prepping for the activities. That's our humble hut above.
Our hand-painted banner 
The participants were grouped into 4 tribes composed of 5 members each, and was led by 1 instructor. The first task was to make a banner which highlighted the tribe names: TaraTahiTawa, GupiTupiChaCha, CuttahCuttahWowWow and TintaPintaWea. In case you didn't notice, the tribe names are all craft-materials inspired!:P
And then we headed to the KampSite for the DIY Watercolor Palette craft.
We used pigment from dried flowers and crushed colored stones, mixed them with gum arabic and honey, and made travel palettes from sculpey in tincans (thanks to Tatin for the palette idea!)
We had a HeyKessy washi tape hanger on site for everyone to use!
And then in the afternoon, we had the Craft Challenge, where the groups were tasked to finish 8 crafts in 2 hours! The winner of the challenge was Mansy's Tribe GupiTupiChacha, and they took home a bag full of craft goodies and materials, and totes from DMC.

I brought my Gocco Printer and each group designed cards and made their own prints.
We also had a DIY Tea Station, where they filled up tea bags with dried and fresh herbs.
There was a Friendship Bracelet station by DMC using a super easy winding technique to help you make bracelets in minutes!Mikko set up a DIY wire rings station, while Isa prepared a DIY journals station.
Using wax and stamps, they made batik bandannas!
Fire in the sky at sunset

Next morning, right after breakfast, my cousin Ate Ria taught everyone how to braid hair. We started off with yarn to learn the rope and fishtail braid, and then paired up with other participants to learn the other types of braids.
Thanks to Goody for providing the campers with Ouchless elastics and hairpins!
 Waterfall, crown, and reverse french braid
Group instax!

I led everyone out to the beach and taught them how to make leather card cases. We punched, tooled, and sewed under the summer sun, and at lunch, no one wanted to get up to eat! :P
Left: burning patterns on the leather. Right: the finished piece.


In the afternoon, Rizza the Pompom Queen taught everyone how to make perfect pompoms and add them to necklaces.
We had halo-halo for merienda
and taro chips from Pipino! :) 
And when all the crafting for the weekend was done, Mikko brought out her tools and taught different nail art techniques.
And then the wild jumping happened!
Thanks to everyone who joined the first ever Craft Camp! I hope you all had fun! Thanks also to our guest teachers, Ate Ria, Rizza, and Noelle, to my assistant Bevs, and of course, Mansy, Mikko and Isa! :)
We're still super stoked about the camp, so we set a date for the next one!

Craft Camp 2
August 16-17
Batangas

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Tea Party

Happy Mother's Day to all Mums! :P
We had a pre-Mother's Day Tea party last week at TWG in Resorts World.
My cousins Ate Ria, Rizza, and Noelle arrived carrying bags loaded with fresh flower centerpieces and paper flowers for each setting. I calligraphied everyone's names for the placecards. (Craftiness runs in the family, hehe.)
The Saluds: Amelia Salud and Winter Salud, named after our Lola.

Some photo op chaos courtesy of my nephews and nieces: Kai, Amelia, Winter and Hoops
Amelia likes Tito PJ! Cos he has a flower in his ear. Haha :P
Happy Mother's Day to my Mom!! :) I love you!
Tea Party Time!!
It was a late lunch for me, so I had this wonderful vegetarian lasagna and some cold Morrocan mint tea.
The Moms and the kids.
And here's the plate of macarons that we were able to salvage from the boys and babies!

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms, especially to my mama-in-law who's in LA right now! :)

Friday, May 10, 2013

E&E's Crafty Wedding in Batanes

Over a week ago, PJ and I flew to Batanes for Euge & Em's wedding. It was a foggy morning, but we were blessed with perfect weather all throughout the weekend.
Monogram and doodles that I made for the couple
The day before the wedding, the whole group had dinner during sunset at the lighthouse. Afterwards, we headed back to Fundacion Pacita for a craft marathon to prepare as much as we could before the wedding day.
The couple's favorite quote served as wall art in Fundacion's dining hall. PJ hand-wrote the A3 sized posters using letraset markers, and we made borders around them using HeyKessy washi tape! (Thanks to the crew: Dar, Jean, Jaz, Ann and Meg for working on the washi!)

The wedding venue/dining hall on a regular day:And ta-dah! Here it is after we pimped it up with craftiness! :P
(We removed all the chairs in the dining hall and had them replaced with colorful chairs that matched the sunset theme of the wedding.)
The wedding cake was brought in all the way from Manila and had the doodled monogram in sunset hues. We picked fresh flowers from the garden and used them to decorate the table.

On the morning of the wedding day, I put my game/craft-face on and assembled 9 boutonnieres and 9 fan corsages. Flowers are so abundant in Batanes, and we had these picked off the roadside.
The woven fans are made locally in Batanes. Instead of wrist or pin corsages, I made these for the ladies on the entourage.
Em had their monogram embroidered on all the table napkins. In the center of the plate is a bottle of M&M's. Jean did the watercolor & calligraphy on all the bottle stickers! Team effort! ;)
Chef Edward of Pino prepared a delicious and gorgeous wedding lunch. On the left is salad with flowers (my special veg serving, because all other salads had chicharon, haha), and the cheese platter which was served after the meal. Yup, those are cranberries over cookie butter! Yum!
For the giveaways, I made a Souvenir Stamp Station, which Dar helped set up. 
Guests could choose their blank notecard sets and make their own prints using the stamps I made. Here are some of the cards I made:
Congrats and best wishes to the lovely couple: E&E! :)