We spent the day chilling and snorkeling in Balicasag Island,
which is an hour away by boat from Panglao.
The beach was lined with so many seashells and corals. Initially, I just wanted to collect shells to create a mandala, but when I picked up a coral that looked like the letter H, I thought...Challenge accepted. Haha :P So, I scaled the shore to search for letters to form the entire alphabet (and I have a burnt nape to prove it), realising in the end that the hardest letters to find are M and X.
Plucked from the millions of broken corals that dotted the sand, my coral-phabet. :P
A long makeshift swing facing the beach!
The people who live on this island are doin' it right.
I try to make painting an early morning Saturday ritual.
Currently been really into dirty typewriter fonts, so I decided to watercolour another alphabet using this oriental bamboo brush. In case you hadn't noticed, for lettering, I love using Dr. Ph Martin's concentrated water color ink. Three bottles of these will be included in the upcoming Watercolor Lettering workshops, including 5/0 liner brushes!
Summer is ending, but my long trips out of town are just about to begin. Thanks to visiting relatives and friends getting hitched, I have reason to escape and live on the beach for a bit.
A mermaid and with her friends: seahorse, starfish, and some seaweed.
Join this weekend's workshops!
You can view more stamps and other crafts that I make over at my Instagram page, @lifeafterbreakfastph (Yup, I updated my username already to match this blog). And speaking of Instragram, thanks to Regie of Imagemith for sending me this Instabook with my Instagram posts. I love how I have my photos in print! :)
With workshops almost every Saturday and Sunday, I have to remind myself to off-set my weekends. Never-ending to-do lists make that almost impossible. Plus, I love what I do! :P But not having any breaks makes the weeks so toxic, especially when you work from home. It's so tempting to work even on the days when I'm supposed to be resting!
I recently discovered a solution to my problem: Run away from the city whenever I can! :P
Early this week, I went to Batangas with PJ, Tita Ditas and her friends during my 'offset weekend' and though I admit I still brought some work with me, it was nice to take beach breaks in between. On the way back, we went to check out secret gardens and ourfuture secret garden.
We should plant fire trees everywhere. The single inversely-coloured petal of each flower makes it even more beautiful.
And what's a getaway without some crafting?
Made wooden stamp mount prototypes, and will be giving these out the Rubbercut Stamping workshops this weekend.
I love this machine that rotates the wood!
Wooden mount with a 2x2" base, ready for a new stamp ;)
Back in the city, I visited my cousin Noelle's place, and she led me to the garden where we used to play when we were kids. She showed me the treehouse that she is building for her son Kai. This was our dream when we were kids!! (But we did get a giant bahay kubo playhouse.) Kai is so lucky! And I already made plans to set some craft dates with Noelle once the treehouse is done.
My husband PJ loves taking care of plants, and I decided to get in on it, but this time, starting from scratch. I bought some flower seeds and soil-less potting mix (perfect for condos, not muddy/messy at all), and after 5 days, my seeds have sprouted!
I planted Portulacas, Pansies, Phlox, and Liliputs! Can't wait for them to bloom, so impatient-me made stamps of the future flowers. Haha :P Clockwise from left: Pansy stamp & seeds; Liliput stamp & seeds, and at the bottom is a Phlox roller-stamp (with a paintbrush handle inserted) and seeds.