Happy Mothers Day!

Yeah I know. My greeting is a week late but it’s better late than never. Afterall, we do not begin or end being a mother on the second Sunday of May. So why not celebrate every Sunday or better yet, everyday?!

But enough with the excuses. I really wish all moms and moms-at-heart a happy mothers day! I hope  you had a blast celebrating the day with your family! Coz I sure did!

And one of the highlights of my day was my flower exchange with a craft mom friend. She gave me this really lovely and pretty spiral flower topiary. I really really really like it! And even now, I smile whenever I look at it. As in!

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And in return, I gave her a felt flower bouquet. I would like to think it is equally pretty, but even if it is not, I am blessed that my mommy friend still loved it!

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And here are felt rose topiaries I sold for other moms. Except for the one in the middle which I previously made for my cousin who’s getting married soon. Have I mentioned that this cousin of mine is the most gorgeous person I have met? Again, as in!

 

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Well then, that’s all for now. I will be off to mommy duties again.

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

My First Ever Craft Workshop

Well not really the first. I did have a few workshops before but they were with close friends and/or family. But this, this was my first ever workshop opened to the public!!!

I know you’ve seen a preview from this post, and of course, here is my follow-through! 😀

It was bright and shiny. The year was 2016. The 17th day of April. I arrived at the very lovely Crafters Marketplace in EDSA Shangri-La where the walls were painted white and doodles in black ink were drawn on the walls. It was very welcoming and a very art-and-craft conducive place. And the host, Alma, was really sweet and accommodating. She really made me feel at ease, comfortable, and helped with the workshop big time. Of course, if you know me, you would expect that I could get shy or tongue-tied from time to time and Alma was really nice to cover for me during those times. Well, I continue to pray and work on this trait of mine but until I have completely overcome this, do bear with me.

So onto the workshop, I had 3 participants: a crafty mom and her crafty daughter, and surprisingly, a crafty husband. Being around them feels like family. They were quick to learn, very creative and they engaged in the discussions very well. I was really blessed my first “public” workshop was with these wonderful people! 🙂

And as always, here are some photos:

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The work shop. Didn’t I say the walls were white with pretty drawings all around?
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Registration table with pretty flowers. I really love pink gerbera daisies whether real or not. I really hope I can make fabric flowers like these someday.
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What’s in the kit? These!!! Join the next workshop and you’ll get these (or something similar). :p
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Hmmm… very busy. What are you guys doing there? Share naman. 🙂
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Session ends! Us with our flowers! No, not the shirts, the paper flowers! See them?
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And what lovely feedback. Thank you all so so so much from the bottom of my heart. I promise to do even better next time. I hope to see you again gals, and guy. Hope you can continue to pretty-fy this world with paper flowers. 😉

 

 

I really had a lot of fun doing this workshop. And I really hope my “students” also enjoyed it. And I really pray that God will bless me with more workshops to come.

The only sad part of the day was I missed my sister-in-laws sendoff at the airport. She was leaving for Dubai. But we had a quick chat after and thank God she arrived in Dubai later that night (or following day, sorry I’m not good with time zones).

So if I were to have another workshop, or online tutorial perhaps, on what would you want it to be? Leave a comment!

To God be the Glory! 🙂

Sy – Eumague Wedding

 

 

Don’t we just love weddings? And agree with me here, we love it more because of the many DIYs we can make!

Well last October 10, 2015, I was blessed enough to make a lot of things for my cousin-in-laws wedding — even more DIYs than my own wedding! It was challenging, there were a lot of lessons learned, I have had my regrets (and I promise to make it up next time, perhaps on their renewal of vows, or in their first child’s Christening or birthday…) but nevertheless it was as fun and fulfilling as I expected it to be! So once again, a shout of thanks to Tita Jam and Tito Enzo for entrusting these things to me! It was such a pleasure as much as it was an honor to me! God bless you both!

And so without further ado, let me give you a rundown of our handmade things for this beautiful wedding:

  1. Monogram – almost every wedding has one. But we decided to keep it simple and use simple fonts rather than handmade calligraphy.

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2. Invitation Suite – I did several mock ups for the invitations but we decided on this format. 3-fold invitation with back-to-back prints. Everything is written within the invitation folds except for the mini-page where the Gift Registry tag was attached. I also did the Missalette  cover although there was a minor miscommunication on the paper we will be using but hey, it turned out just fine! 🙂

3. Giveaways – we had 2 types. I made the wine bottle label for the giveaways for principal sponsors. Then I made the stickers and tag for the Kisses which were given to guests in general.

3. Flower Girl Gown – I love this! As in! I’ve always wanted those princess tutu types you find all over the net but I was afraid purchasing them internationally would cost us greatly so we decided to make our own. And I had several trials as well, before we arrived with the design we liked.

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4. The Flowers – the flowers! This is one area where I had the most regret. 🙁 It was because I lacked time and resources that I failed to make the flowers according to our agreement. I had to improvise and these are what I came up with. It was such a good thing that the bride was very understanding and loved the flowers just the same. But really, I promise to make it up next time!

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The Bride

 

5. The Candy Bar – also one of my favorites though it was a simple setup of candies and sweets in shades of pink and choco.  A special shoutout to my hubby for helping make this a reality for me!

6. The AVPs – and of course, the AVPs. I made their flashback AVP and Pre-nup AVP which was played during the reception. Too bad I can’t upload the videos here (yeah, I’m still on a Free plan).

It was really fun! I wish I could do this again! But better! I thank God for the talent and grace He has given me And I thank God for the especially kind and wonderful couple who partnered with me on this. Really, so so so much thanks guys!

So what do you think? Do let me know your feedback.

Flower Crafternoon

I can’t believe it! 3 nights to go and I would be having my first official workshop! Yeah, I’ve had workshops before but they were mostly with friends and family. But on Sunday, April 17, 2016, I will be having my first open-to-public workshop! The topic? DIY Paper Flowers!

So to alleviate my nervousness, I decided to try out my workshop with my mom and my mommy friend this afternoon. We learned a lot from each other, especially tips and tricks you won’t normally learn from just Googling… It was really fun! And of course, my little one just had to craft with us! Though she decided to stick with drawing. Isn’t her portrait cute?

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And if they can do it, so can you! So let me just leave this here for you:

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Do you know that a flower ball like this can cost up to P3500 online? Why buy when you can make one?

Say it best with flowers that will not wilt.

Say it best when you make one from the heart.

Turn creative and learn how to cut and fold at least 5 types of flowers. Get tips and tricks you don’t always get from the net. Network with other crafters and find new friends!

Join my Paper Flowers Workshop!
Sunday, April 17, 2016
1:30 to 5:00 pm
The Crafters Marketplace
Rustan’s Grocery, Shangri-La Mall
P1450 (inclusive of materials and snacks)

 

Slots are still available and if you are interested to join, message me!

Shall I see you there?

 

To God be the Glory!

 

Block Party Ph: Wanderlust 2016

I have always wanted to join the Block Party Ph at Ayala Alabang Village. And it finally happened last March 19, 2016! It was something I have planned a couple of months back. But then I had the miscarriage and was at a dilemma whether or not I could, or if I should, continue with it. But, I was just so happy I got a go signal from my doctor to participate. It was 10 days after I had a miscarriage, I had finally gotten out of bed rest, and my doctor recommended I do activities that relieve me of my stress and turmoil of emotions (ha!), but also with a stern reminder that I should not over-exert or tire myself.

Although I could not do the stuff I had planned on making for the event, I was really thankful my Mom was there to craft for me, to support me, to accompany me. My mommy sure can craft!

And so, let me share you our products and photos:

1. Felt Rose Topiary – something we love making in eclations. It can be a party or room decoration, a centerpiece, and now even has that owl clip embellishment which serves as a note/card/calendar/letter/whatever holder. 🙂 And oh, the mixed rose topiary was sold even before the bazaar so you won’t see it in succeeding pictures.

2. Owl Softies – Oh how I love owls! My mom kept asking me why I only make owls (and the wrist rests at #3) and not other animals, but I also do not know why, except that I just find owls so cute! Haha. Perhaps I should update my brand to Owlclations. These are in fact owls I have created for previous events. And thankfully, I’ve sold them all out that day to the lovely miss Champagne Morales.

I also plan to make more owls out of my stash of fabric at home so I can finally de-stash and de-clutter and just sell these products on future events. Please follow my FB page if you are interested to get one for yourself.

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3. Cat and Bunny Wrist Rests – a product I started making for a colleague 2 Christmases ago. I have continued making them since I wanted to make something not only “cute” but functional as well. These actually come with what I call “pun tags” but I failed to take photos of the tags themselves. I will probably just make a separate post on that one. hihih.

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4. Flower Topiaries – Yeah I know, you’ve seen these in #1. But take a look at this photo and notice the paper flower versions. Simpler but not less lovely, right?

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4. Flower Magnets – yeah yeah, I know. Flowers again. and I suppose you noticed that these are same flowers that make up my topiary. But what can I do? These flowers are so cute I just love making them and I find may uses for them. In fact, I have attached 3 of these roses to one of my new shirts (perhaps I’ll make a post on this as well).

And if you are interested in making this flower, I do have a tutorial here. But I also plan on making another video tutorial specific to these refrigerator magnets so do wait for that. 😉

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And except for the tags I failed to capture in photos, that was pretty much it. My condition prior to the event hampered me from delivering more, but I am happy I got to experience this fun bazaar. A shoutout to my lovely assistants who stayed with me throughout the day.

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And also another shoutout to my bestfriend! I just have to say, this girl is God-sent. Every time she went to my area, I sold something! Guess her charm really draws people in. I should have her stay with me the whole day next time. :p

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And of course, my daughter and husband also had lots of fun with the food and other activities in the area. Watching my daughter get creative and enjoy playing out doors was priceless!

 

So much thanks go out to the organizers and sponsors who made this happen!

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To know more about what the Block Party events are all about, read here. (Note: Official Wanderlust photos taken from their FB page.)

And if you want to stay tuned for future Block Party gatherings, like and follow The Block Party on Facebook.

It was a blast! A fun and wonderful experience! We sure hope to see you there next time! 😉

 

To God be the Glory!

 

Jimeno – Soliman Wedding

Last February 20, 2016, two of my close friends tied the knot. And my family was blessed to be a part of their really beautiful wedding.

For starters, I had the honor and pleasure of creating their Wedding Invitation Suite, from the Save the Date bookmarks, Storybook Invitation, and Paper Fans.

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I really had fun doing this. There were a lot of “firsts” for me here. And the bride, Rhaine, was such a creative darling. She had a lot of ideas and I really enjoyed exchanging thoughts with her. The couple was very patient and understanding, accommodating and cooperative. I was in fact, offering to give part of my services to them for free (since I love them both) but they were really nice and professional to not allow me to. They really wanted to encourage me to pursue this creative hobby and turn it into a business (but yeah, all in God’s time). I’d say, if all clients were like them, working on a handmade and craft business would be a breeze. :p

And then of course, our Dana was one of their flower girls. Did I mention that the groom is my daughter’s godfather? Hihihi.

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Yup, that’s our little darling right there. A little snob, isn’t she? Nah. That’s how she normally is when she gets shy in front of the camera.

So that’s pretty much it for tonight. I hope you had a great day today. I’ll share more of my projects soon.

But before I end this post, let me share you the couple’s SDE, which I did NOT make, but I really loved!

 

To God be the Glory!

 

 

How To: Corrugated Bookmarks

 

And since I think you are probably getting tired of my flashbacks from way way way back, here is the last of my 2013 throwbacks. Trivia: In my old blog, I actually used the term Perforated instead of Corrugated. My bad. Sorry. I was such a newbie back then. Though I still am a newbie on craft terms now. Haha. Hope you enjoy this anyway. 😉

 

Original Post Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013

So I went to this really pretty place called Sophie’s Mom and it got me so inspired I decided to create some bookmarks.

But to make not just an ordinary bookmark, I decided to use corrugated paper which I accentuated with buttons, felt and fabric tape.

I plan to enter this into the week’s CASology: NEON challenge but I am not sure if it is neon enough on the photos. But the green and yellow are in fact neon ‘in person’ so I’ll give it a try anyway. 🙂

Here are several bookmarks I created, hope it inspires you to create your own! 🙂

 

Did you notice that this one looks like a mouse or some tiny creature?
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Simple steps to follow:
1. Cut out strips of corrugated paper, around 2 x 5 inches should be okay but you may adjust according to preference.
2. Decorate the corners or edges using decorative punchers.
3. Accentuate the bookmark with buttons, washi/fabric tape and other embellishments.
4. Punch a hole on top and tie your ribbon.
Pretty simple right? You can make your own versions too! Oh and I do hope you let me see them!
Enjoy! 🙂
To God be the Glory!

How To: Pic Message via MS Word

As you would expect, this is another throwback. But for now, other than this paragraph, I will repost everything as is. Hihihi. So here goes:

Original Post Date: October 13, 2013

So I was preparing some tokens for Pastors Day and I found this verse that would be lovely for our lady pastor at church: http://www.creationswap.com/artwork/11/8/31/14573/11831_14573_5.jpg, by Megan Watson of thefreshfridge.com.

I really wanted to use the same format for our head Pastor but I couldn’t find a similar artwork or picture message so I decided I would create one.

It was my first time creating a picture message like this, and though I kinda “patterned” it against the former, I am quite happy with the results! 🙂

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I am surprised that it is pretty easy to make. I’m sure you can create your own as well.

Simple instructions:
1. Open Microsoft WORD and set the Page Background to your desired texture or color.
2. Input the desired text, for starters, use just one font and color.
3. Randomly choose which words to alter font and color, add in clip arts as desired.
4. Then use a snipping tool to capture the screen and save it in file photo format.

If you are well versed in using photo-editing softwares like Photoshop, I’m sure this will be even easier for you.

To God be the glory! Happy Sunday!

How To Video: Clover Headband

As promised, I begin today anew with my throwback posts. First stop, is a post I meant to share last March 16, 2016 in time for my inaanak’s birthday since she’s the very inspiration for this tutorial.

But as they say, it’s never too late. Or it’s better late than never so here it is. 🙂

I created this last March 2014. For what happens in March? It’s my dear Irish Freyja’s birthday! 🙂

And because her parents love clover so much, not to mention Irish is named, Irish, I decided to create a Clover Flower headband for her. (If that statement didn’t make any sense, lookup St. Patrick’s Day. ^^v)

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And since this pretty easy to make, I created 2 more for my nieces, in pink, coz they like pink! 🙂


And I am very sure, you can make one too. So I am sharing another tutorial video for you.

 

But I have to say, sorry for the shaky video… I don’t have a good cam yet and I actually shot this video with my webcam strapped to my collar.

And when you do create one, please share them with me.
You may comment here or share your work on my FB page: www.facebook.com/Eclations

Until next time! 😉

 

To God be the Glory!

Coping. Recovering. Thankful.

Yes, I know. It’s been more than a month since I last posted something. And I’ve definitely broken my “once-a-week-post” promise. But you know what else is broken?

My heart.

Because exactly a month ago, my would-be-baby-#2 suddenly said goodbye. He was 11 weeks (in my tummy).

I really do not want to go into more details only that since then I have been on a period of rest and recovery. And I would like to say that I am better now.

It isn’t easy but it would have been worse if not for a lot of people and things so I just want to take this time to thank all of you.

  • Thank you to my loving and ever-supportive husband who has been there with me, there for me, cried with me, laughed with me, and is moving on with me.
  • Thank you to my darling little girl who made me stronger (since I had to be, otherwise I would have seen her cry and hurt as we are. :p)
  • Thank you to my family and friends who made me feel it’s okay not to be okay and who patiently waited until I get even just a little bit better.
  • Thank you to my work (yes, my work) which made me toughen up and accept that life goes on.
  • Thank you to eclations, for keeping me inspired. I was able to use part of this time to de-stress, to think of nothing at times and just let my hands and heart work with whatever creative thing that comes to mind. (Well, I did mostly paper flowers.) I was able to enjoy myself in a Craft Bazaar. And even now I am at times keeping myself busy with an upcoming Craft Workshop. Life is beautiful.
  • And most of all, I thank God for the strength, wisdom, comfort and love He has been continuously pouring over me, my home, and my family. I know that tough times in this world are inevitable but knowing that there is a God, my God, who is loving and might to save, just takes the fears, and tears away. I know there were a lot of revelations after that unfortunate event in my life, and I pray that may we continue to be strong and willing to be molded according to His will and for His glory.

So for tonight, I leave you with one of my favorite verses.

 

Thank You

And here’s praying and hoping for a more cheerful, positive note next time. And oh, expect more throwbacks!