Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Best of 2014

A little roundup of the awesome year that was.

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76 workshops in 2014!!!

Aside from Manila, I held workshops in Cebu, Davao, and Tagaytay,

We had Coldstone Ice Cream and FatFingers Macarons at some of the workshops!

Also did a few tandem workshops with my husband PJ.
We'll be having more workshops together this Feb!

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Became brand ambassador for Canon Pixma!

This year was speckled with crafts, workshops, and videos using the Pixma :)

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My cousins and I opened Hillside Organic Cafe & Juice Bar!

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The Candy DIY Book with these crafty crazies: Mansy, Macy & Mikko!

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An R2R Bag was named after me!:P

Was happy to be part of the design council for the R2R Ampersand collection!

Also designed a duffle bag for Punchdrunk Panda!

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The first out-of-the-blog event that Patty, Kelly and I organized:

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Traveled to Tokyo, Lake Sebu, Siargao, and Hong Kong.

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Was a speaker at Design Talks at ManilaFAME last October.

Also exhibited my stamps at HallOne!

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My favorite people Muffin and Don got married!

Did a few fun things for their wedding :)

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Sold out workshops at Makeshift Society in San Francisco, CA and Brooklyn, New York!

Taught watercolor + calligraphy & hand-carved rubber stamps.

Workshop photos by my super talented cuz Ralph Hilario.

I also connected with other amazing crafters this year:

Ros of Polkaros in Japan
Geneva of in Hong Kong
Maryanne Moodie in New York

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Wish you all an amazing 2015 ahead! :)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

My wish for you on Christmas Eve :)

PJ and I are celebrating our first White Christmas!
We were greeted by snow when we got to Boston last week.
(I promise to post more about our adventures in other cities later on!:P)

Loving these REAL Christmas trees!

I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Inky Kisses for Punchdrunk Panda

People often ask me where I get inspiration from. I'm always afraid to disappoint the interviewer because I never really (have to) dig deep to give them an answer. The truth is, I'm inspired by whatever materials are in front of me. I just like playing with new tools! This 'source of inspiration' can get quite expensive, though, because I loooove going to art stores to check out new art supplies.

 This painting above was created using Dr. Ph Martin's radiant concentrated watercolor ink. I made it when I purchased an entire set of twelve earlier this year. One of the things I love about these inks are that you just squeeze a tiny bit onto a palette, and they're ready to use -- no need to mix / dilute!

It caught PunchdrunkPanda's eye, and owner & designer Gail Go asked me to turn it into a pattern for their new line of Duffle bags, which are perfect to use as an overnighter or gym bag! I was originally going to name the pattern "Sweaty Kisses" :P

Photo from @PunchdrunkPanda

Inky Kisses by Alessandra Lanot 

There are 4 designs to choose from in this collection!

Holiday Mixer & Market at Makeshift Society Brooklyn

Come and shop unique Handmade gifts at the 

Holiday Mixer & Market
at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn
Dec18, Thursday, 6-9:30pm

I'll be popping-up with a stamping station where you can DIY your own gifts-to-give,
and I'll also be selling some hand-carved stamp sets!:)

You can also get these handwoven Sugarcane dresses at my table.
Perfect for the special little girls in your life!

See you!! :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The 2015 Giving Journal

In case you've been living under a rock, the Coffee Bean & Tea Lea's 2015 Giving Journal is now available! This is one of my favourite yearly projects because it really pushes me to think creatively. This is my fourth year working on the journal, together with my friends from Viviamo! Darlyn Ty and Em Somera. All photos in the journal (and these photos as well) were shot by Ralph Hilario.

The Giving Journal

Every year, in the months leading up to Christmas, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® releases its coveted Giving Journal around a holiday campaign benefiting the Real Life Foundation, and every year, the company makes it a goal to create something better than the last, constantly evolving the journal to share the company’s passion for GIVING, SHARING, and COMMUNITY. 

For 2015, the theme of the Giving Journal is to provide the inspiration to create OVERFLOWS in one’s life.  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® desires for all of us to thrive and live in abundance when it comes to developing personal fulfillment & growth, strong relationships, and a joyful spirituality.  To give to others, one must first have something to give, and the Giving Journal empowers us to become the best versions of ourselves.

The essence of OVERFLOW is captured in a poem highlighted in the Journal:

Watercolored these cups using real coffee!

My favourite spread: a bicycle made out of tea leaves!

Promo period is until January 11, 2015. 
Planners may be collected until 60 days after the promo has ended.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Watercolor+Calligraphy at Makeshift Society SF

There is something quite liberating about drawing with a calligraphy pen. Your mind wanders off to places while your hand draws out each stroke. Slight imperfections are okay. There are no rules on when to apply pressure on the strokes, and when to release. Simple doodles are taken to a whole new level :P

On December 9, I'll be teaching Watercolor Calligraphy at a workshop in Makeshift Society SF, fusing two of my favourite techniques! We'll be mixing our own colors, playing with washes, inking over them, and experimenting with masking fluid.


Makeshift Society SF
235 Gough Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Friday, November 14, 2014

For the Little Girls in Your Life: The Sugarcane Shop

Get something for the special little girls in your life from Sugarcane's brand new online shop

Inspired by travels with her globe-trotting toddler Amelia, designer and mom Ria Faust breathes life into Philippine handwoven textiles with these adorable dresses, vests, and turbans for little girls.

Visit the Sugarcane Shop
and follow them around the world through @SugarcaneSF on Instagram.

P.S. A few weeks ago, I carved these stamps for Sugarcane's packaging!