Category Archives: Weekends

Manila FAME in InstaGrams

If you are my friend on InstaGram, you probably noticed how I was flooding your feed with images last week of the Manila FAME expo. My apologies for that. I guess I couldn’t contain my excitement on how fabulous this year’s show was!!!  Hahaha!

But the posts I made were but a fraction of the wonderful things I saw. Here’s more!

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These were but some of the baskets that we saw at the OTOP (One Town, One Project) section of the show.

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More baskets! This was a collaboration with Heima. Love the colors! Pretty, and functional too!

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Aren’t these baby brogues by Maco Custodio too cute!!!

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One of my favorite accessories designers, Ken Samudio, fresh from his exhibit in London, showed off his new editorial pieces–hats inspired by corals in the ocean. So pretty, right? I wonder what he’ll come up with next!

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Baubles from Joyce Makitalo. I sooo want her dipstick necklace and am saving up for it for this year!

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Would you believe that this is both a bag and a sculpture?!? Only from the mind of super creative jewelry designer Micheline Syjuco. It’s definitely an art piece in itself!

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Another fresh concept from Kenneth Cobonpue.

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I must have ordered 3 new dresses from Filip+Inna!  Len Cabili is another one of my favorite designers!

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Through these shows, and the various pop-up events I’ve attended, I’ve met a number of young and extremely talented designers.  Here is the Bungalow 300 display.  The creative tandem behind it is Vernice Songco and Marga Espiritu.  I just love the way they put things together!  Bravo, ladies!!!

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Another artist to watch out for is Lilliana Manahan.  I just loooooove her quirky and colorful planters!!!  If I’m not mistaken, I think they took their inspiration from a buko shell!

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Mats, mats, glorious mats!  These beauties hail from Basey, Samar, one of the towns hardest hit by Yolanda last year.  While they are still recuperating from the tremendous loss, the mat weaving industry is starting to get back on its feet.  I hope events like these will help their businesses to start picking up again!

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Another beautiful exhibit on other Filipino weaves curated by Bungalow 300.  Everything here was so pretty, and just looking at it was so inspiring!

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T’nalak Weaving.  I heard a story that one of the famous weavers sees these designs in her dreams so each of the patterns produced is really unique!

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Last year, Schema was one of the hubby’s and my favorite booths.  We adored their pendant lamps and wanted to get some for our dining area.  This year they came out with these copper balls.  Oh no!  I want them too!!!  Hahaha!

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Vito Selma’s Lotus table is giving his Geo table a run for its money!  Hahaha!  Did you know you can turn the base over for a different look and effect?  Genius!

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While mommy was ogling the Lotus table, A set her sights on the Cara-Boo.  Don’t you just love it? :)

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I think this Raina chair was one of the most photographed pieces in the expo.  Definitely queen-worthy!

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Catalina’s booth is always visually striking!

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Loved these functional yet decorative storage baskets from Hacienda Crafts!

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Ok, so I totally want a distressed wooden dining table now.

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Wow!  Love the effect of all these lightings clustered together :)

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Beautiful throw pillows from Tadeco.  Loved their display too!

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Such chic lighting from AZCOR! :)  It would definitely go well with my distressed wood dining table!  Hahaha!

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A peacock chair from Obra.  I have no words… :)

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For my future beach-slash-rest house :)

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I wouldn’t mind lounging on these floor pillows as well.  So cool that they’re just made from jersey cloth!

So there you have it–my curated images of Manila FAME (trust me, there were too many nice ones to choose from!).  I hope they will encourage you to drop by and see the next show, which is scheduled for around October.

Not only is it a way to show your support to our local designers, and to the local traditions, but I’m sure it will be a feast for your (design) senses as well!

Road Trip : Pinto Art Gallery

While many people were off to their various destinations for this 3-day weekend, my familia ended up having a forced staycation due to pre-bought Wicked tickets.

Anyhoo, despite my initial wistfulness over not being able to spend the holiday out of town, I eventually just decided to make the most out of my family’s time in the city by exploring a new place that we’ve always been wanting to visit, but never get to.  For our first road trip of the year, we settled on trekking to Antipolo for a long overdue tour of Pinto Art Gallery.  Let me warn you in advance that this post will be quite picture heavy.  Hahaha!  As expected, the gallery grounds and the art were so beautiful (spoiler alert!), that I couldn’t resist clicking away on my iPhone. :)

Despite getting lost several times due to misguided directions from our GPS app, we finally reached Pinto after about an hour’s drive from Taguig.  It’s actually easier to just follow the map from their website.  Hahaha!  If we did so, it probably would’ve taken us only 30 minutes as traffic was quite light that day (another perk of staying in the city during a long holiday :)).

To get into the gallery, there is an entrance fee of Php150.  This entrance fee gives you access to all 5 galleries, as well as to the upper and lower gardens.

Here is what we saw at Pinto:

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Art sculptures and installations all over the place…

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A charming and rustic chapel with many antique pieces I would love to have in my own home!

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More sculptures and art in the garden…

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These were kinda freaky and had a “My Precious” kinda vibe to them, but it was also quite visually interesting especially the way there were displayed against the foliage.

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The architecture kind of reminded me of the structures you’d see in Texas or New Mexico (think: The Alamo).  I love the use of stark white, especially against the vibrant art work :).  According to Pinto’s website, the buildings were designed by Antonio Leano.

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We found this plaque right outside the entrance of Gallery 1.  Love the quote from Dr. Cuanang–the owner of Pinto–when he said, “This museum is dedicated to their art, to their dreams and to the times we live.”  Well said!  Did I mention that Pinto is purely a museum of contemporary Filipino art?  No masters here. Instead, as its name implies, it is an open venue for all kinds of modern art practice.  You’ll find a lot of new and up and comers here in the fields of painting, sculpture, and mixed media.

Personally, I think it is truly wonderful how places like these encourage more Filipino artists to create, by providing them a wonderful space to showcase their work.  I also think it makes art more accessible to everyone, less serious or for the “intellectual”, and definitely more fun!

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Here’s what we saw in Gallery 1…

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I found the pieces to be quite dark and dreary–not my style at all.  Hahaha!  I appreciated Gallery 2 more as it was filled with art from some of my favorite contemporary artists–Elmer Borlongan, Plet Bolipata, and Rodel Tapaya.

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The notorious Hari Sonik was on display in Gallery 2.  I find this character so intriguing, yet disturbing at the same time.  The H just finds him flat out freaky. Hahahaha!

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I was so drawn to this Borlongan painting.  Definitely not as “dark” as his others.

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There’s also a very cute cafe inside Pinto.  Too bad it was closed that day we were there.  I read somewhere that the cafe is operated by Bizu during the weekends. I’m not too sure if that is still true, though :).

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Going down the steps from the Pinto Cafe will lead you to Gallery 3.  Again, there were more interesting artworks to see…

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Can you believe these 2 different artworks were done by 1 artist? :)  Loving the reference to the jeepneys of old :).

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This was one of my favorite pieces…

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And now to the best part–Galleries 4 and 5.  These two spaces had the most interesting pieces, and the nicest displays–truly, a visual feast! :)

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A very timely “year of the horse” sculpture by Plet Bolipata.  I think there were 4 of her sculptures throughout the gallery!  I loooove her art!  Incidentally, Plet is Elmer Borlongan’s wife :).

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By Leeroy New, another artist that I admire very much :).

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Sweet ride :).  Even the little one thought so :).

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Before we get to Gallery 5, I would literally like to take a bathroom break.  Yes, I did take pictures of their bathrooms, but only because they were so pretty, and so clean!  Did I not tell you that there were just too many beautiful spaces in this place?!?  This bathroom is proof!  Hahahaha!  And that turquoise door…Haaaay! Soooo loving it! :)

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On to Gallery 5…

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I was particularly drawn to these paintings by Emanuel Garibay too.  Not like his usual paintings, these are very bright and colorful.  I like the subject matter as well, especially the ones with the women in it :).

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Throughout the gallery, you will find arched windows or doorways that open to spectacular views such as this one.

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“Sit at your own risk.”  A living room made entirely out of paper!

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There were also these 2 rooms we found at the last gallery–one looked like a bedroom, the other a den-slash-living room.  It made me wonder if they were meant to be used for gallery guests, or were they simply a space to display artwork as well?  Both rooms were very pretty :).

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What else is pretty at Pinto?  The view, ofcourse :)

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There are several rooftops in Pinto that give one a gorgeous view of the city. Definitely picture-worthy! And it was with this particular view that we ended our tour of the wonderful Pinto Art Gallery.  Like I said, no regrets that we ended up spending our holiday in the city, as we were finally able to visit this gem of a place :)!

In Terrarium News…

So I recently “refreshed” our terrarium with new succulents.

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I decided to go for the non-thorny variety since I was kinda getting traumatized by all the pricking everytime I’d have to transplant new cacti.

To make the arrangement a bit more fun and interesting, I also added the little one’s baby dinosaurs.  We got them from a birthday party loot bag some time ago.  I love that they’ve found a new home :).

When she saw her dinosaurs inside the terrarium, the little girl whispered to me, “Mom, they’re kissing!”

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Gift Wrapping Idea # 1

Among all my recent creative pursuits, gift wrapping is the one that I’ve been enjoying the most :).  I’ve loved exploring with different kinds of paper, ribbon, embellishments and styles.  It is such an inspired process that allows me to experiment, to innovate, to personalize, and ofcourse, to prettify :).  And the results are almost always gratifying :).

My friends keep on telling me that I should start doing gift wrapping for a living, but I fear that doing so would put me under tremendous pressure, so much so that I may lose my love for it altogether.  Hahaha! :)

So instead, I’ve decided to share some of my ideas here on my blog :).  Hopefully you will find some inspiration from them, and may even be encouraged to do some gift wrapping of your own! :)

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For my first Gift Wrapping Idea, I’ve decided to share what I did for my dad’s present.

It’s really very simple.

I started out by choosing a navy blue wrapping paper with white design.  To add a bit of visual interest, I paired it with a thick, plaid grosgrain ribbon in yellow and black, to contrast the “daintiness” of the wrapper. I finished it off with a diy gift tag, that the little one and I collaborated on.  I did the calligraphy, while she stuck the pompoms and the sequins.  And boy did she have fun doing it! :)

The result is a cheerful and festive looking package!  I love that it has so much personality, and was so easy to put together!  :)

So I hope you liked my first gift wrapping idea entry.  Expect more to come!

Happy Sunday, folks! :)

Recycled Envelopes + Happy Weekend

Whenever I get to spend even just a couple of minutes creating something with my hands, it is a happy weekend indeed!  I am grateful that lately, the hubby has been indulging me with this, giving me my much needed relaxation from a hectic, busy week.  He takes over parental duties, while I lose myself in the wonderful world of crafting :).

A couple of weekends ago, I decided to make some recycled envelopes.  I got the idea from my salon, actually :).  They started making their tip envelopes out of magazine pages and I thought that was such a brilliant idea!

I’ve always been a staunch advocate of reusing, recycling or upcycling.  Especially that we can see how the effects on Mother Nature have been particularly harsh lately, it’s never too late to do our share for the environment :).  In this case, instead of throwing away the piles of magazines that I’ve accumulated at home, why not turn them into something useful such as envelopes? :)

Here is a simple how-to:

1. Gather all the materials you will be needing

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2. Get one of your used envelopes and open it up using a cutter.  You’ll be using this to trace a template onto your piece of cardboard.  You can totally eliminate this step and use the envelope itself as a template, but sometimes, because the paper is “soft”, you’ll notice the edges will start getting worn out the more you trace over it.  I prefer to use a stiff board as a template :).

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3. After you’ve cut the envelope template out, you may also want to make a template for the envelope liner.  Simply trace the rectangular body and top flap part of the envelope.  Measure 1/4 cm from the top edge and left edge and mark where they meet with a dot.  Then draw a diagonal line from the bottom left corner of the top flap to that dot, and repeat on the right side.  Draw a straight line connecting the dots from left to right, and cut out this portion from the cardboard.

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4. After you’ve cut out all your templates, start choosing the magazine pages you’d like to cut, and pair it with the pattern you’d like to use for the liner.  In this case, I chose a picture with bright and beautiful flowers on it, and paired it with a green and pink floral pattern origami paper.

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5. Starting with the envelope template, I traced it over the part of the page where the flowers were concentrated.  After cutting it out, I did the same with the envelope liner template.

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7. Before sticking the liner onto the envelope, I had to score it first.  By doing so, I created lines that I could align with the edges of the liner.  I used my metal ruler to help me make straight lines.

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8.  Stick the liner onto the envelope with the rubber cement.  For those of you who are not familiar with rubber cement, it is a wonderful adhesive that does not cause any wrinkling, and is less messy than regular glue.  Also, if you make a mistake with rubber cement, it is easy to peel the paper off again and redo. Unlike glue where the paper tends to rip, rubber cement is much friendlier especially for those of us who get pretty OC with our crafting :).

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After gluing the liner, you can also start assembling and gluing the envelope itself.

9. Finish off by putting a round sticker at the flap :).  Again, this step is optional, but I thought it gave the envelope a little bit of polish :).

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So there you have it, a tutorial on making envelopes out of magazine pages :). Easy peasy, right? :)  And super fun to make!  Trust me, once you get into the groove of it, you will notice the hours just pass you by! :)

Hope you have an amazing weekend!!! :)

The Weekend That Was : Balik Bukid 4

Just wanted to share images from our wonderful Balik Bukid experience!  We spent almost the entire day at the fair, and had a blast!

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Ofcourse no trip to Balik Bukid would be complete without feeding the guinea pigs…

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…or saying “hello” to the baby pot-bellied pig!

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We ate the most delicious food…

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This brick oven truffle mushroom and cheese pizza was TDF!  And doesn’t it look too pretty to eat too? :)

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This ginger ale from Stanford & Shaw Brewing Co. was soooooo cold and refreshing–perfect for a day in the bukid!

There was also some shopping for the ladies, with several of my favorite sellers representing! :)

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Here is Anna, manning the La Pomme booth.  Don’t you just love her Pepita Doll? It’s 100% handmade with love by her!  Ofcourse I could not resist buying one for myself!  Yes, you read that right–it’s for me!  Hahahaha!

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Soft Haven makes the most wonderful baby blankets and matching plush toys. They’re also regulars at the American Women’s Bazaar :).

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Mary Velmonte and her takas from Takatak Project were also at the fair!  She brought along her new products too!  Notice that bear made out of craft board? That’s meant to be a wall hanging!  Cool, right?

Balik Bukid was truly a wonderful way to spend the weekend!  And I was happy to see how many families thought so too!  Even my family who were first-timers at the fair agreed that it was such a fun way to bond :)!  And for once, the kids did not even look for nor ask for their gadgets!  Instead, they were running around, playing with animals, taking carabao rides, and trying out the zipline!

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This was the last Balik Bukid for this year, but you should definitely try and catch the next one!  I promise, you’ll have a blast!

Dine For A Cause : #YolandaActionWeekend #ReliefPH

If you’re thinking of dining out this weekend, why not try one of the establishments listed below.  These generous food purveyors have pledged a portion of their proceeds this weekend to relief efforts of The Philippine Red Cross.  It’s a simple way of showing your support for the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda, as well as your solidarity with the rest of the country, as together, we work to help rebuild afflicted areas in the Visayas region.

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A Scribble Workshop with Ink Scribbler

Ever since I was little, I’ve always been drawn to calligraphy.

I first learned about it from my cousin in the US who had his own set of calligraphy pens–a Schaeffer with 3 nibs and attachable ink.  He used it to create such beautiful handwriting in his journal.  Or sometimes he’d use it to write letters to his mom, or to our grandparents.  The envelopes would sometimes be addressed in calligraphy as well.  I remember being so entranced by the writing, by seeing how it could be transformed into one that flowed and curled and flourished…*sigh* quite romantic, if you think about it :).  I knew I just had to get my own set of calligraphy pens, and learn this craft.

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That summer, I ended up buying exactly the same set as my cousin’s :).  Haha! I remember how excited I was to open the box, and to put my new pen to use :).  I recall studying the little booklet it came with intently, trying to remember the way to hold my pen, angle the nib, and the steps on how to do the various letters of the alphabet.  And the first time I put my pen to paper and saw the flowy colored ink strokes –it was like magic!  Am I sounding just a bit geeky right now? Hahaha!  I kid you not, calligraphy really does this to me–it makes me feel warm and fuzzy and all kinds of excited!  Hahaha!

I was so excited that I used to practice really often until I got pretty good at it.  I’m not talking expert levels here, but good enough that my calligraphy almost looked like the one in the Schaeffer instruction book already!  Hahaha!  Again, my disclaimer is that it was actually a very simple font–without the flourishes–so it was easy naman to master :).  And I’ve always had pretty nice handwriting so that also made it easier for me :).  But anyway,  I got pretty good at doing calligraphy that even at a young age, my parents would already ask me to do the calligraphy for their party invitations! :)  I would also get requests from relatives to write names on gift tags, in books, to make signages, etc. etc.  If only I had seen the commercial value of my skill then.  Hahaha! ;p

From my Schaeffer set I graduated to a Speedball.  At that time, I thought I was pretty hardcore already.  Haha!  Not only did the set come with so many different types of nibs, but the ink was bottled–as in you had to dip your nib into it.  Quite different from the the Schaeffer nibs I was used to wherein you had to attach the ink to the nib.  These Speedballs had such an “old school” vibe to it.  Hahaha!   All it needed was a plume attached to the end of the pen! :)  Everytime I used it, I always felt like such an expert :)  Even the booklet it came with had ten times the amount of fonts than the Schaeffer book.  And these were not just your simple Chancery fonts.  These were the really complicated ones–like the type you’d see on diplomas or really old certificates :).

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It’s too bad that I never really pursued calligraphy as I got older.  Life and other interests somehow got in the way.  But I never lost the skill as I would still get requests once in a while to hand write on invitations (I did my own calligraphy for my wedding :)).  I  guess I just didn’t practice as much as I needed to.  Calligraphy  is the type of craft that really needs a lot of disciplined practice.  I guess it has something to do with training your hand, and familiarizing it with the various strokes and flourishes :).

It is so nice to see calligraphy making a comeback nowadays, and in a big way too! In fact, for such an old craft, it seems to be having its revival amongst the younger set, which is a pleasant surprise for me, given the tech-y age that we are in :).

Last week, I actually attended a Scribble Workshop, hosted by Ms. Ink Scribbler herself, Alexis Ventura.  Formerly a brand manager at L’Oreal, she quit her job to do calligraphy full time!  *Sigh*.  Don’t I wish.  Hahaha!

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The workshop was held in a photography studio on the 5th floor of the Vasquez Madrigal Building on Annapolis Street.  Since I got to the venue early (I was the first), I got to chat with Alexis a bit, ask her some questions, and look at her collection of nibs, before the other participants started trickling in :).

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My intention for joining the workshop was really to learn the basics of calligraphy, especially the free-hand style–my biggest frustration.  Because I’d been used to doing a very “structured” font, and am very OC about my loops and curls, free-hand has always been a struggle for me.

Here were our “tools” for the day…

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We started off with some rules, some basics, and practice sheets…

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…then at the end of the workshop, we were asked to write out our own favorite quotes!

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I still have a lot of practicing to do, but I’m pretty happy with the results! :)

To be honest, I didn’t realize how difficult it was to do calligraphy with an actual, proper nib–writing with my Schaeffer one is a piece of cake compared to this!  And my past experience didn’t prepare me at all for this workshop–I practically had to “unlearn” everything I taught myself before!

It was challenging, but a LOT of fun, though :).  And despite the hand and finger cramping, I felt so relaxed and “lost in my own world” that afternoon.  Definitely, this was a weekend afternoon that was well spent :).  I only felt the teensiest bit guilty not spending it with the H and the little one :).  Hahaha!

For those of you who want to learn or are interested in calligraphy, I highly recommend this beginner’s workshop :).  Not only was it a lot of fun and personally fulfilling for me, but it was nice to meet other calligraphy enthusiasts as well :).  Alexis is also very engaging, friendly, and patient in teaching her “students”.

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To know more about the Scribble Workshop, follow Alexis on Instagram at @inkscribbler, like her on FB at facebook.com/inkscribbler, or go to her website, http://www.inkscribbler.com, for schedules and details :).

The Best One Yet!

Ever since my first ManilaFAME experience, I’ve been hooked!  Imagine an event showcasing two floors of the best locally made furniture, home accessories, bags, jewelry and fashion–gosh, this is what heaven looks like for a girl like me! Hahaha!  So I’ve made it a point to troop down to SMX for every show since, for a little dose of happy and inspiration :).

And even after 3 expos, the giddiness I feel every time I visit has not died down one single bit.  In fact, after the recent show held last Oct 17-20–their best one yet–I’m still on a high and totally inspired by everything I saw!

As expected, the furniture and home furnishings were truly extraordinary!  No wonder our local artisans are considered to be design trendsetters, and have truly sparked global interest in and demand for our products :).

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While I think there were less participants this time around compared to last March, the booths and the products were definitely nothing short of spectacular! Here were some of my personal favorites… :)

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Ito Kish

Don’t you just love the wall treatment?  And those Busilak Jars are LOVE :).

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Kenneth Cobonpue

I have nothing else to say but his booth was impressive as always :).  This shot was my paparazzi moment.  Hahaha!  Was hoping to meet him but this interview took a while :(.

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Balay ni Atong

Those lamps made from pieces of inabel cloth and wire were TDF!!! I also fell in love with a woven blanket, but it was a bit out of my budget :(.

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Catalina

Those colorful stools/side tables made me drool!!!  I want one badly!!!

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Schema by Kalikasan Crafts

The pendant lamps are a project for our dining room next year!  Excited!

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Vito Selma

*Sigh* His Geo coffee table has been on my wish list for like forever!!!

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Masaeco

I always love their booth display, and this time was no exception :)

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Tadeco

Aren’t those light installations gorge? :)

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Industria

They won the Katha Award for Best Booth Design :).

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Triboa Bay

Another favorite of mine.  Their pieces are so well designed, yet very functional!  Their trestle table is another one on my wish list!

This time around, there was also a special showcase called The Red Box, featuring the work of the rising stars of local design.  These designers are part of a developmental program “aimed at harnessing Filipino creativity with the use of sustainable raw materials to produce design-forward products for the world.”

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Loved these tables and the lighting by Leah Sanchez.  Incidentally, aside from being an architect by profession, Leah is also one half of the duo behind Resurrection and Found Objects Gallery :).

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It was so nice to see the work of my favorite ladies from Bungalow 3oo on display during the show!  Bravo!

Even the Manila Wear section, now on its second year, had such a strong showing from its participant artists.  I noticed a lot of fashion designers combining regional craftsmanship with their own unique aesthetic and style, setting the stage for next year’s trends and must-haves :).

It truly makes me happy to see the Philippine aesthetic finally having its time in the spotlight :).  I’ve always been a fan of native arts and crafts, and it is quite wonderful that many designers have started incorporating not just local materials into their products, but traditional elements into their designs as well. Coupled with a modern twist or interpretation, the results are exquisite artisanal items that are really something to be proud of! :)

Here is a small sampling of my favorite brands at Manila Wear…

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Vesti

These bags are not just so “now”, but I love the use of the traditional fabric!  It was so nice to meet the designer and owner of the brand, who truly impressed me with her style and go-getter attitude :).

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Such beautifully crafted accessories from last year and this year’s Katha Award winner, Ann Ong.  I’m not sure if I could wear the grasshopper on wood neckpiece, but I was definitely wowed by the intricacy of the design :).

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It was so wonderful to bump into Dennis Lustico!  I am a longtime fan of his dress designs, and it is so nice to see how he has branched out into accessories–specifically, bags!  Aren’t they bee-yoo-ti-full? :)  I super loved that yellow “bayong” he is standing next to with the acrylic handles, as well as the blue beaded clutch at the bottom of the picture.  Ang ganda!!!!

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I also finally got to meet accessory designer, Ken Samudio, and had a fan-girl moment!  Hahaha!  To say I love his stuff is an understatement.  More about it in my next blog post! :)

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Another uber wonderful and cool accessory designer is Adante Leyesa.  Not only does he have talent by the bucket-loads, but he’s super humble too!  I just love his statement neckpieces and clutch bags!  They are definitely showstoppers!!!

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I think my most favorite accessory designer of all time has to be Joyce Makitalo, though.  Actually, between my mom and I, we have 5 of her gorgeous necklaces!!!  I can’t wait to see her new collection which is coming out very soon!  I am so sure it will be amazing!

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These barong dresses by Amarie first caught my eye at the MaARTe bazaar.  I would love to own one of these someday too :).

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Filip + Inna’s booth, and the various pieces they had on display totally took my breath away!  Not only did I love the colors, but the embroidery designs were so exquisite!  Hard to believe these are traditional designs from the tribes in Lake Sebu–they look so modern and contemporary!  Again, more on this in another blog post :).

To be honest, I could go on and on about the amazing things I saw during ManilaFAME, but it would be even better if you guys had a chance to see the expo for yourself (watch out for it in March 2014!!!)!  These pictures are but a fraction of all there is to see!  As it was, I actually didn’t have much time to go through the entire show :(, so I had to breeze past other sections such as the OTOP (One Town, One Project), which features products from various regions all over the Philippines.

Don’t you agree, though, that Filipinos are soooo talented and creative? :) Coming to a show like this will truly make you feel proud of our culture and heritage!  I’m sure it won’t be long before the world starts appreciating it as well :).

Starting Traditions

As I’m writing this post, I smile to myself thinking that my family spent this year’s August holiday pretty much the same way we did last year–a trip to Hong Kong, and a trip to Fun Farm with our close friends.

True to form, it even rained in Fun Farm just like it did a year ago!

Hahaha!

Is this the start of some new traditions for Familia C?

Anyway, sharing with you some pictures from our fun but slightly wet day.

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A and the Carabao

This time around, I got to ride on ChocNut the Carabao, and we went on a tour of the farm.

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As usual, A got to feed the rabbits and the guinea pigs…

A and the Guinea Pig

…with a little help from her friends :).

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She went fishing too (no luck, as usual :)).

A Goes Fishing

Horseback riding with Dada is always a treat :).

A Rides a Horse

And when it rains, the covered sandbox is always a welcome refuge :).

A and the Slide

If you haven’t made your way to the Fun Farm, you should definitely go!  It is a wonderful place for families to spend a lazy weekend :).

And who knows, you may even start your own tradition! :)