Thursday, November 22, 2012

Craft room update

Hey crafty friends! How's everyone? While most of you are busily working on your inventory for holiday fairs, I've been busy not working. Haha. Still no crafting for this full-time mom.

I did get to spend a few hours in my craft room this week - I was trying to purge, de-clutter, and organize!

Check out my latest post over at to see what my little space looks like so far! What do you think?

What does your craft corner/table/bed (haha!) look like? I'd love to see your work space! Please leave links for me in the comments!

Friday, November 9, 2012

This Christmas, buy Pinoy!

Got plans for the weekend? There are a number of bazaars happening around the Metro, so time to check off names on that Christmas list!

Please make sure you visit the Global Pinoy Bazaar at the Rockwell Tent on Nov. 10 - 11! My friends from the Philippine Polymer Clay Guild will be there! I won't be selling anything (for the 2nd year in a row, huhu!), but the lovely P3 ladies have some amazing polymer clay art for you!

This Christmas, why not support local artists? It's a win-win: you get lovingly-made high quality products, and you get to support independent small businesses! Buy handmade, buy Filipino!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trash to Treasure DIY: How to make a masquerade mask

This mask is made from recycled materials. My goal was to use whatever craft supplies I had lying around the house, and not buy anything new except for the paper mask itself.

When this challenge was announced, there were only two things I wanted to achieve: 1. My piece should not look like crap; and 2. I had to finish it.

Given my special circumstances (I breastfeed, I'm a hands-on mom, and we have no nanny!) those two simple goals are pretty tough to achieve. It took me a week to finish my mask, even if it's pretty easy to make!

The materials:

  • Paper mache mask - store bought
  • Blue and violet metallic acrylic paints -old supplies
  • Black lacy fabric - found in my mom's fabric stash, cut from an old blouse
  • Polymer clay roses - old project
  • Filigree - old supplies
  • Feathers - recycled from a 5-year-old, crumbling venetian mask

The steps:
1. I painted the mask with blue metallic paint. For an ombre effect, I painted the ends violet, and blended towards the middle. Hard to see the ombre in the photos, my camera refused to pick up the violet tones.

2. I wrapped the mask with black lace fabric. When I was designing this project in my head, I knew I wanted it to look classy. I was planning to buy some lace. Imagine my delight when I asked to look at my mom's magic bag of fabric scraps and discovered this piece from her old blouse! Perfect!

3. I glued on the filigree and the flowers. The chicken feathers were a last minute addition - the mask looked bare without them.

There you have it! My simple DIY masquerade mask out of recycled materials. Perfect for Halloween, don't you think?

Another recycling project: masquerade mask

Hello my crafty friends! I've missed you!

I haven't created anything since the flowers I posted in May! I'm having too much fun being a mom. My little Ally is growing into such an adorable and funny little lady. I spend all my time with her, there really isn't time left for my beads and clay.

I'm stopping by real quick to share with you my entry to the Philippine Polymer Clay Guild's latest challenge. All members were required to make a mask using polymer clay and mixed media. This challenge aimed to stretch our creative muscles and think beyond polymer clay.

The challenge was mandatory, so I had to whip something up in the non-existent free time I had. Good thing we were allowed to use any material, so this was an easier project for me to do than an all-clay piece. Paper and fabric are relatively safe materials to handle while a very malikot toddler is playing a few feet away from you. I wouldn't be able to submit if I had to sculpt and bake.

I made this using materials I already had in my studio. The black lacy fabric is actually from my mom's old blouse. The polymer clay pieces are from a project I made two years ago. I added the chicken feathers last-minute, a nod to the Masskara Festival in Bacolod that also happened this month. The feathers are old and shabby because they're from an old Venetian-looking mask I bought in Divisoria five or six years ago.

I'll show you the how-to in my next post!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Baby blog revamp

I gave my mommy blog a makeover! Yay!  All graphics were created on photoshop by yours truly.  The background is actually for a project I'm working on. I wanted to try it out to see what it looked like live, and I loved it so much I decided to keep it.  The header image is Ally's tummy! Teehee!

This is the old header.  It's a photo from the surprise baby shower last year.
It would've been perfect for the baby blog because, obviously, I love cupcakes.  But the photo's square, so I couldn't really crop it properly to make a good header.  And it was so huge you had to scroll way down to start reading the posts.  I used a ready-made blogger garden theme that looked cute, but wasn't really my style. So I decided to make a theme with a cupcake feel to it instead. I just love pastels, stripes, and polka dots!
Head over to the mommy blog if you're curious about my "full-time job". The blog's not updated, but at least there's eye candy! Hah.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Treasuries to treasure

I'm thinking of posting Etsy treasuries here once in a while, to give you some yummy eye candy. Here's one I made - perfect for the upcoming wedding season. Click on the title to go to the treasury.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More flowers

These are the last of the flowers I made over the long weekend. Fluffy asters and a zinnia. I thought I'd try slicing the petal cane really thin.

I'm down with the flu, so no more claying this week. Boo.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Today's flowers

I had fun making these two focals today.

Here they are with the couple of flowers I made yesterday. So far, I've made four. I can't wait to make more! I love the colors!


Right after I took the photos above, look who decides to "help" me. Hihi!  The blue and purple one was halfway to her mouth before I could stop her.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Work in progress

I'm having fun working on large floral focals right now. I made a bunch yesterday, but only these two turned out okay.

I would like to thank Janet Pitcher for inspiring me to make petal canes. I found her Petal Pusher tutorial in a back issue of Bead Unique last year.

Too bad you can't see the caning here because of my crappy photo. I don't have a decent camera right now.

It took me 30 minutes to make a 2-inch cane. And that's just the cane, the construction of the flower is a different story. What with my rusty hands and the really hot weather which made the clay gooey. But thank God for my electric pasta machine! I don't think I'd make any progress if I had to crank my small manual one.

It's going to be hard to let go of the blue and green flower. That's my favorite out of everything I made this week. But I'm gonna have to resist my hoarding tendencies this time.

New stuff

In between nursing and crawling after the little one, I was able to sneak in some clay time this week. So happy!

Those are handmade photo transfer polymer clay cabochons set in lovely vintage-inspired settings. They're now available at The Beadlady in Cubao Expo. There are new rings and lots of lovely little charms there too.

I hope to get a few more hours of clay time tomorrow, just enough to finish a few more pieces. Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Years ago, when I opened my little craft store, I moved most of my craft stuff out of the house and into the second floor studio of the store. When I got pregnant last year, and couldn't go to work at the studio anymore, I moved my stuff back home.

Well it's been a year of trying to reorganize and create a workspace here at home, and I am still not done. Can you believe it took me a year? I've been hoarding so much craft stuff and thingamobobs over the past 10 years, they've all been sitting in bins and boxes and odd containers. It was hard for my preggy self to make any real progress last year (no lifting of anything heavy, no getting exposed to possibly hazardous materials, etc.)

Finally, January of this year I had some decent storage made.

But it was only last month that I got to seriously sort through the chaos that was my giant craft stash.

It was a mind-numbing, heart-wrenching process. It was like going through a journal. In every old piece of jewelry I unearthed, in every tupperware of beads I opened, I saw a life that I once lived. Who would have thought cleaning up a craft room can be so melancholic?

Well, time for a clean slate. I'm almost done. There are still a handful of bins to sort through, and the books need arranging. But at least I can see the floor now. Ha!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A class with the Queen of Hearts

I've been in awe of Tejae Floyde's encased hearts ever since I saw them in Polymer Clay Daily many years ago.  I couldn't figure out how she made them, they were so intriguing! Well a few weeks ago, I was finally able to enroll in her online class.  This was my little reward for myself for finishing my article!

So far, I've only tried making an encased heart once. No time to clay yet. I'm not too happy with how it turned out - the textures aren't any good, and I botched up the paint job. I don't quite get yet how to achieve that painterly effect Tejae Floyde's hearts are well-known for.

Hopefully, I get it right the next time. The great thing about this class is you can view it at your own pace. I watch a few minutes of it at night while the baby snoozes, pause the video when it's time to nurse. When she doesn't go back to sleep, I watch the video whenever I have free time.

The downside is you only get to watch it 12 times - they put a limit as a safeguard for piracy I guess. So I hope I can nail the texturizing and coloring before my views run out!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time for change

So much change has been happening around me, it's hard to keep up. I am still adjusting to my "new normal" - so still no crafting beyond the tiny projects that take me 30-45 minutes to create.  But I do have something to show you!

I did a writing gig a few weeks ago, and needed to include a web address in the writer's profile.  Problem was, my old website (the one for the store) was in all sorts of dysfunction (still is). For weeks now, I've been wanting to update it.  But since I do not have time to wade through the clutter of outdated information in the old website - not to mention a now-forgotten HTML/CSS code - I decided to just go ahead and start from scratch.

Last night, while baby was asleep, I made a simple splash page.  I wanted it to look whimsical but simple, like cotton candy. What do you think?

This blog is next in line - it's begging for a redesign.  Question is, when will I find the time? Hopefully, within the next ten years. Haha.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Practice makes... cupcakes

Trying to make my cupcakes again. The last time I made cupcakes, I think I was in my second trimester!

These are far from perfect. I need lots of practice to get my mojo back. I hope the baby sleeps quietly again tomorrow night so I can play for a couple of hours!

Monday, January 30, 2012

How pinteresting!

I started pinning lovely online finds on Pinterest. It's addictive. I love how it's like a virtual mood board. Follow my pins there:

Is claying like riding a bike?

Trying to hop on the "bicycle" again after four long months. The gears are rusty now. It will take a lot of oiling before the ride is smooth again.

It took me two long hours to make 2 tudees and the bead above. Two friggin' hours for 3 puny pieces.

They say when you learn to ride, you never forget. I wish it's true with polymer clay. Because I'm not sure if I still know how. :(


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