Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tulips for your wrist

This post is more than a week late, but I just wanted to share this awesome coincidence. I made a tulip cuff a couple of weeks ago for last week's Rockwell Urban Bazaar. When I got to the bazaar, I found a matching BBB tulip bangle! With the same color tulip too! Aliw!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Clay collar

Last week's studio time was very productive. Aside from the paisley pendants, new cuffs, and rose necklaces, I made clay collars reminiscent of Cleopatra's bold jewelry.

This is my take on the ancient Egyptian collar, made more wearable and updated. I made this for myself for a change. Hehehe.

Please don't inquire about the price yet, they're not yet available. :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Paisley passion

I love paisley prints. My craft studio is surrounded by paisley patterns: from the printed fabric on the laptop table, printed throw pillows on the couch, and the pillows in the living room upstairs.

I even have paisley-printed stationery, and of course paisley-printed clothing - skirts and tops, most of which are now too small for my pudgy self.

The other week, I finally had the time to convert this paisley addiction into jewelry.

I made paisley pendants, paisley-themed collars, and a paisley-themed cuff. The pendant above was sold at the Rockwell Bazaar.

I don't follow trends, I choose to create whatever it is that I feel like making. So it's quite a delightful surprise to find out that paisleys and folk prints are in this season. Perfect timing!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

All for the love of beads

I got stuck in Quiapo last night.

It was raining. Hard.

And I was wearing flipflops.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Discovering Polyvore

When designing new trinkets, inspiration/mood boards always help spark my imagination. While I never get around to the actual assemblage of one, I do have lots of tear sheets and knickknacks saved for this purpose.

But today's different.

Today I discovered this ingenious web program called Polyvore, which alows you to create mood boards or collage pages (they call 'em sets) out of different photos provided by the program. You can make fashion collages, interior design spreads, or whatever type of collage you want. Though it's not as fancy schmancy as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, I love the ready supply of dropouts it provides. It borrows photos from different online shops like and, so instead of having to copy-paste the photos of items that you want to include, there's already a catalog for you to choose from. And if the hundreds of pages of pictures aren't enough for you, you can even import your own photos.

Here are the first drafts I made. They're not mood boards, but they're still fun to look at.

If you're concerned about copyright issues, don't be. When you view the actual sets on polyvore, you can click on the item, and it will automatically bring you to the online store, and the page where you can purchase the item. How cool is that? It's like creating a treasury on Etsy, but this one's visually more appealing.

I am in love.


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