Friday, February 27, 2009

Entomology

New stuff I'm currently working on.

Entomology

Summer's here

Waiting for Mr. Postman

My mail is taking forever to get here. I am waiting for these extra-yummy cupcakes, from SweetTushies of etsy. There's already a spot waiting for them in my kitchen!

I ordered two, and I'm getting another one for free! She's so generous! Can't wait to get my kitchen smelling like butter cream, hot fudge brownie, and cotton candy. Mmmmmmmm.

One other package is also lost in the mail system. This other one I need terribly. They're filled with new supplies, waiting to be turned into jewelry. I hope they get here real soon.

Friday Flickr Favorites: Craft rooms/studios

There are so many inspiring photos on flickr, it's a shame not to share them. Allow me to join the bandwagon and start posting my favorite flickr photos every Friday.

This week's theme is white craft rooms/studios.

Friday Flickr Favorites: Craft rooms/studios

Credits after the jump.

1. Shelf, painted and holding paints, 2. growing wall, 3. on my desk, 4. WIP: Craft Room Update, 5. things, 6. Our new chairs at the studio, 7. ~Twinkling lights~, 8. trading spaces

Thursday, February 26, 2009

More curiosities

My craft studio will forever be a work in progress. Here are more pics from my work room.

The wall
I had the dining room wall painted in green and white stripes.

Marco whined that the stripes made the dining room look like a playroom, but these chic vintage posters totally changed his mind. He says it now looks like a cool cafe. Hah! These are really tiny by the way, most are just 4 inches tall.


Kitchen
An uncle gave me these vintage coke bottles. They now sit on top of the fridge.




Beads in bottles
More bottles: bead storage.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When life gets in the way

Nothing destroys creative momentum like a sudden bout of illness. Not only does it interrupt one's daily craft time, but it bores a huge hole in your pocket too. Boo.

Good thing I have blog posts already lined up! Each post is scheduled to go live while I am away. Stay tuned.

~Blogged from my phone. I love how I can access blogger while lying down.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sundays should always be ice cream day


I had ice cream for breakfast today.

Made my own brownie ala mode, but instead of a brownie, I used store-bought cake, and some vanilla ice cream. Yum.



Red ribbon chocolate cake and a small scoop of Selecta vanilla ice cream.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

This is so engrossing (more polymer clay embroidery)

180 stitches. 4 hours. Kept stitching till my hands and eyes hurt. Polymer clay embroidery is getting addicting. The possibilities are endless.



Unlike needlepoint on fabric, embroidering polymer clay is a lot tougher. The clay fights back! You have to pull the thread harder than you normally would on fabric. You have to use a firm clay piece and very strong thread, or else it won't handle the stress from the stitching and pulling.



Read the previous post about this here.

Take me to the beach

We interrupt regular programming to make room for a bit of whining.

Summer's here. The heat is becoming oppressive. Sticky, prickly heat. My apartment is one huge oven in the summer months - it gets sun at all hours of the day so the walls are as hot as a flat iron.

I long for the beach...

Sipalay, November 2007



Take me to the beach.

the secret beach, November 2007

Friday, February 20, 2009

Something new: Polymer Clay Embroidery


So I went crazy and decided to torture my poor fingers: I embroidered polymer clay.



I used to do cross-stitch projects as a child, but I quickly outgrew the craft. Having to count all those squares were too much for me.

My interest in needlepoint was rekindled last year when I saw fiber artist Apol Lejano-Massebieau's whimsical, almost free-form embroidery on paper and plushies. I was inspired to revisit my cross-stitching days, so I bought colorful DMC thread and needles. Not wanting to simply copy her work, I decided to put my own twist on it. I thought, why not embroider on polymer clay?



I started needlepoint on clay September last year, starting with simple back-stitching on the edges of these flat clouds, to give them a pretty "silver lining".
I can't find the finished product photos, tsk. Will update this post when I unearth them.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Little curiosities

A craft room/studio should inspire you to create. So I decided to surround myself with little curiosities that help spark the imagination.

inside the tiny lantern

The tiny red lantern at sunset.

shadows

Shadows on my wall.

lanterns

Surrounded by color...

prints

...and prints.

Cork board, cork board on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?


The last couple of months found me redesigning my workspace: I had the downstairs work area, dining room, and kitchen repainted, I reorganized my stations (not yet close to being finished), and did a few DIY tweaks here and there.

Here is one of those DIY projects, an upcycled ornate mirror frame turned into a bulletin board.



The lovely frame used to be a mirror, which my old assistant broke. It was gathering dust in the storage room for months, as I didn't have the time and the money to buy glass to replace the broken pieces.

I finally took it out of its hiding place, and decided to display it bare (just the frame) in my studio. For weeks it hung on the wall, looking lonely and unloved.

I was desperately in need of an inspiration board, and had some cork lying around from a previous project. Originally, I would have attached the cork to some plywood of sorts, but I didn't have the tools.

Then I saw the bare frame, which still had some screws and washers at the back. A cutter, a marker, and a few slices later, my new ornate bulletin board was born.


I want to spray paint it white or fire engine red, to go with the tiffany blue wall. But the antique-ish finish is just too lovely to mess with. I guess I'll leave it like that.

What is happening to the world of publishing?!

Another favorite magazine announced that it's folding!

Just like Domino, Craft magazine is saying goodbye due to lack of advertising interest. What a sad sad year for publishing.


I adored Craft - it wasn't your ordinary how-to magazine. It was filled with inspiring stories about indie designers, cool DIY ideas that were not the usual cookie-cutter projects, and very useful and practical info for struggling artists (ehem, hehe). Most importantly, there was a sense of community in its pages - reading it made you feel like you were part of something big. I can't believe they're folding.

There's a silver lining to this sad story though: they're keeping their online presence, yay!

I wish I could say the same thing for my beloved Domino. Sob.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A sad day for interior design


One of my favorite magazines is saying goodbye. Sob.

From their website:
It is with very heavy hearts that we say farewell. Over the last 4 years, in 28 issues, we have done our best to create a great magazine. We started with a real idea—that style is for everyone—and tried to carry it out with stories that provide inspiration and empower you to act on it. From your tremendous response, we know that we were onto something. In this tough economy, however, we simply weren't able to get the advertising support we needed.

That's the sad thing about publishing - no matter how large the reader base, if there are no advertisers, the publication is not going to be able to stay afloat. In this case, Domino had a huge following! But what with the downfall of the real estate industry, what company's gonna want to place ads in a home magazine?

So the next time you pick up a magazine and complain about how many ads there are, think again.

Cute stuff from newbies

Part of the reason why I love teaching workshops is the sense of fulfillment one gets after seeing the output of the participants.

My I Heart Clay students made these, and a whole lot more.


Watch out world, lots more polymer clay stuff are coming your way this year!


The workshop was all about roses, hearts, lockets, and fondant cakes, plus some extra projects. There are lots of other photos, I will update this post when I get my camera back.

If you want to start crafting with polymer clay, come join my future classes. Schedules will be posted here, so please subscribe to the RSS feeds, or follow this blog.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

DIY: Tiny 2D Cupcakes


All the information below is protected by the Creative Commons license.

How to make tiny cupcakes out of polymer clay
Part of the polymer clay series, a Handmade Pilipinas post

Want to try polymer clay? Here's a simple tutorial I prepared, perfect for beginners. Turn these into scrapbook embellishments, or tiny post earrings, or whatnot. Don't forget to send me a link to your finished projects when you're done! If you are interested in learning more advance projects, join my workshops!



Materials:
  • A pinch of clay for the cupcake base
  • A pinch of clay for the frosting
  • Wee little dots of clay for the sprinkles
Tools:
  • X-acto knife or any other craft knife
See the instructions after the jump.

Before starting, make sure your hands and work area is clean. Don't forget to knead/condition the clay!










Want to try more polymer clay projects? Join my workshops!
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Monday, February 2, 2009

Another treasury

Snagged another treasury on etsy, this time it's a lime green love story. Click click click to view, it's expiring in a few hours!




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