My Mom and Crafting

My mom loves to craft. I often come home to paper or felt flowers and other handmade things, made out of my stash/supplies, only, I didn’t make them. She did. Haha. I can’t really say if I inherited it from her, or she from me. But I’d often joke that she got it from me. :p

Though actually, we have different styles and we have different behaviors when it comes to crafting and I guess that makes our team work.

I often act as the pioneer, the initiator, the innovator, the starter; then she follows, executes, mass produces, and surpasses. Yes, surpasses!

You see, I am a “spur-of-the-moment” type of crafter, depending on what my thoughts and mood dictate. While she is the “slowly but surely, quality over quantity” crafter. She is so meticulous with every detail that our ratio of finishing things is 2:10.

I am the vintage-y, what works in the market type. She is the playful, explorative type.

For example, take a look at the vases we made for the paper flowers she made:

 

 

Mine’s on the left: vintage, simple, too little details/minimalist since it was faster to make yet still works for the current market or trend.

My mom’s work is on the right: playful, colorful, decorative or detailed that took her time to punch out each flower or butterfly and carefully place them around the bottle evenly, and works best for the unique or playful minds that appreciate handmade and the intricacies that come with it.

Again, different, but works out just the same. 🙂

So with these very differences, we are able to cater to a vast range of clients with different preferences and personalities. We work together best!

 

This is perhaps why I removed “by Jacque” from Eclations.

 

Eclations is no longer about me or by me. It is about us, my mom and I; and you (our client, follower, family and friend) as well.

 

I love you mom!

 

To God be the glory!

Of Peonies, Felt and Supporting Pinoy Crafters

Don’t ask me why that is my title tonight. I just felt like it. Haha! Nah, just kidding!

Actually, I was really excited and happy when I received a request/order for paper flowers from a potential client a few weeks back. (Okay okay, it was from a couple of months ago). I just came from my felt flower workshop and I was in a state of asking myself  and wondering, “what’s next?”… so, potential clients are always welcome and very much a great encouragement to keep going! It was a request for 4 different-colored crepe or Japanese paper flowers, which I simply called peonies; and up for the challenge, I accepted the job.

 

A peg was given to me and I worked based on it though the outcome had, of course, my personal touch which deviated the end product a bit from the sample. Here’s a sample of my peonies.

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But for some reason, on the day of delivery, I decided to lookup the origin of the peg and lo and behold, it was from another Pinay crafter whom I had the pleasure of meeting a few years back. I felt rather torn about it so I decided to ask the client if I can “not send” her the end product because I do not want to intentionally, nor unintentionally, copy or make something from another Pinoy crafter that is readily available here in the country. Thankfully, she understood and accepted my apology.

 

I was not really expecting her to take it very well. I was ready for the worst. But I had been blessed with a very nice client that she instead asked me to do another batch of flowers, made of felt this time, and whose peg we were sure didn’t come from here. And of course, I still had my personal touch in them.

 

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I know having a craft business can be very tricky. With everything in the internet, with all the tutorials here and there, it is very hard to come up with something “original”. I for one, have had lots of ideas which I really thought I “invented” but a little search here and there will show that somehow or some way, someone somewhere has thought up a similar idea and made something that is not far from what I had in mind. Or I can sit down one day and make paper flowers out of my imagination and stock knowledge while you sit there in yout office during lunch break making paper flowers out of your own talent while another somewhere is teaching a paper flowers class with 6 or more people creating similar paper flowers; and I wouldn’t be surprised if and when we post them in fb and realize just how similar, if not the same, everybody’s work is. But that doesn’t stop us crafters from crafting, no? Because it is our passion. Our one true love, if I may exaggerate. You may hit bumps every now and then but it won’t stop you. You will and you will go ahead and make what your heart decided to make because until then, your creative itch will not make you sleep or rest or whatever. :p So as much as possible, we resort to just leaving our personal marks and touches that would make our handmade goodies “our own”.

 

Now having been “copied” before, and not wanting to be copied myself, though being an inspiration is great, I’ve long decided that I will not “deliberately” copy something that a fellow Pinoy crafter has made since I know how annoying and frustrating that can be, especially if it is for sale. But I do understand that there are some things that cannot be readily bought here, so that to me can be an exemption. But in some cases where an end product is seemingly like another’s, then I guess those are just “those that can’t be helped”, and as long as I know in my heart of hearts that I did not see that person’s work beforehad, I could stick to my crafter’s pride and say I did not copy anything. ^^v

I am not sure if you or others relate to what I am saying. I am not even sure if I am able to send my message across, blame it on langugage barrier hahaha. But I do hope you do not feel that I am just being petty. Do you?

 

Well, share me your thoughts! 🙂

 

Nevertheless, this project has made me really happy! So happy that I am making lots of these felt flowers again, in different color schemes. I promise I’ll take better pictures and post them here. Please keep tuned in just as patiently as you read this lengthy post.

 

If you reached up until here, I thank you!

 

To God be the glory!

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! 🙂

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!

 

Paper Flowers

They say flowers are therapeutic! I say so too!

 

So here’s a bunch of paper flowers just for you!

 

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I’m actually trying some stuff out in preparation for an upcoming project! Praying as early as now that everything will go well. Pray for me too?

 

More tutorials coming soon too! Stay tuned!

 

To God be the Glory! 🙂

How To Video: Kusudama

First of my throwback posts — my first how-to video: Kusudama Tutorial

I made this tutorial back in January 2014 when I was supposed to attend a Paper Flower Bouquet Workshop but couldn’t wait until then so I had to start making my own paper flowers. Fortunately, I did arrive at good results:

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And since I realized that this was pretty much easy to do, I just had to share it with you.

So please view (and like and share) my first ever video tutorial uploaded on youtube:

 

So what are you waiting for? Go on and start making your own paper flowers!
And when you do… please share them with me. You may comment below or share on my FB page: www.facebook.com/eclations
Until next time, I hope you can bear with me and stay tuned for more video tutorials. 🙂
To God be the glory!