Good News: Sack Art

Some opportunities come only once in a lifetime. But sometimes, they can happen twice. And in such instances, you can only marvel at how truly wonderful God is. 🙂

 

So today, let me share with you another project I did for a local tv station. I did a DIY segment on Paperclips last November and I was so happy I got called in again last month for another shoot… This time, on sacks/burlap! And the segment aired last Monday, April 3, 2017.

 

 

You would think that since this is my second time, it’d be easier but it was not. You could even say I had a lot more boo-boos on this shoot. Nevertheless, it was a fun experience and the people were amazing to work with! I thank God that everything turned out well and I pray that the viewers and the staff of the network were pleased with the outcome.

I had a lot of lessons learned and I hope to work on them and improve next time.

I pray for a “next time”.

But as my friend reminded me tonight, seek first God’s Kingdom and all these will be added unto you… Good things happen according to God’s will and perfect timing in our lives. He knows the best plan and course of action for us! 😉

 

To God be the glory!

Throwback: Dana Cosplays

Last October 2016, we had a cosplay event at work. Employees and their kids were asked to come in Anime costumes and have fun with the program and treats prepared by the generous people from the company.

Of course, I signed up my daughter to the event. I had a lot of ideas in mind for her costume, especially something Card Captor Sakura… but then I received a notice from the company that we did not make it to the cut. So there, my world crumbled down to pieces. Haha. Kidding. But needless to say, I stopped making all efforts at making her a costume since we wouldn’t be going to the event anyway.

HOWEVER!!! 3 DAYS before the event, my former manager informed me to ignore the decline notice since they reserved special slots for us, and so the event continues and so does the excitement. But my world crumbled the second time after realizing we were only 3 days from the event but I didn’t have anything prepared yet.

So in a rush, I had to come up with something. I wanted it to be unique. It doesn’t matter if only a few recognizes it. I decided, I wanted to make her Mikasa from the Anime Attack on Titan.

So with little budget and little time on hand, I DIY’ed her costume and here’s how she looked.

 

Pretty fun ei? I dunno about you but I really loved it. Sure it looked really handmade, but I guess my daughter can rock anything she wears! (Haha, yeah, ako na ang number 1 fan ng anak ko.) But really… isn’t she lovely? cute? charming? cool?

And to top it all, I was really happy that she liked her costume and she went to the event with me, “in character!”

So that’s it for now. Please let me know what you think!

 

To God be the glory!

The Owl and the Pussycat

Or should I say… the Owls and the Pussycat!

 

I have been working with my mom, on late nights, to mass produce wrist rests and softies for a “Sale for a Cause” I am planning to launch this August. Part of the proceeds will be donated to aid my nephew who continues to battle Hemophilia. But before we could even get started, I received an order to make an owl and a cat wrist rest for the client to gift her mom and sister. Yey!

I was really happy that she took her time to go through my fb page and look at my sample photos. Unfortunately, the fabric print she initially liked was no longer available; but good thing Cotton Depot in Glorietta 5 had a similar one.

So I went ahead and made the ordered softies. But while I was making them, the poem The Owl and the Pussycat kept coming to mind. Was it because I liked the poem that much? Was it because of the poem that I even loved making owls and cats? Nah. It was most likely just a cute coincidence. But perhaps it was also because of a funny short film by Nestle Ph that was aired here back in 2011.

You may watch the video here:

 

 

The short film has a lot of funny things and jokes in it but it does have a moral lesson to it: to never give up and do your best at all times!

 

And that is what I hope to do for the next couple of weeks. To do my best! In making more Owls, Cats and other softies that will create smiles in others’ faces – to ours, to yours, to the clients’, and to my nephew’s.

I know I started making owls since 2009 and the cat wrist rests I’ve forgotten. But doesn’t really matter whether it is the poem or shortfilm that inspired me to making more Owls and Pussycats. I just love them and I know I will continue making more. And I hope you will love them too!

 

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The sexy owl and the ma-ekek owl. The client originally ordered the ma-ekek owl but I just had to make the sexy owl. Then she didn’t know which to choose so she bought both of them!
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The Owls and the Pussycat
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I was supposed to make a tag, but I ended up making a card instead. Happy birthday bunso (youngest)!

 

Won’t you? Would you? Just let me know and comment below!

P.S. I was supposed to launch the sale first week of August but since I myself is undergoing physical therapy, we had to slow down production for a bit. But do not be dismayed because the softies are definitely on their way! The sale will be launched locally here in the Philippines but if you are interested to get them internationally, feel free to email me at eclations@yahoo.com for more details.

 

Stay tuned!

 

In everything, give thanks! 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.

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!

 

How To: Ribbon Headband

Has it been a week already? Missed me? Well, I missed you too! So here, let me share with you another throwback: DIY 10-minute Toddler Ribbon Headband

This is something I created back in 2014. It was raining here in Manila due to Typhoon Hagupit. Hubby didn’t want me to come to work any more to avoid getting stranded outside. So we opted to work from home.

Now when my afternoon meeting was finally over, I went for a quick break. I looked at my craft materials and thought, “I really miss crafting! Is there something I can quickly make while I am on break?”

And as a matter of fact, there is! And you can make one too!

Here’s what you will need:

A ribbon (in this case, 2″ wide beige organza ribbon ~20″ long)
– A garter or band (sized to my daughter’s little head)
– Needle and Thread
– Fabric Brad or Button
– Scissor

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Instructions:

1. Sew a running stitch through one side of the ribbon from one end to the other, pulling along from time to time until you make a full circle. Depending on the length of your ribbon, you can make one or more layers.

2. Sew the center to secure your layers then adhere the fabric brad/button/gem. Depending on your material, you can sew this as well or you may adhere using glue gun.

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3. Sew one end of the garter/band on top of the other to form your headband.
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4. Sew your ribbon accent on top of the part where the ends of your garter meet. (Alternatively, you can adhere this using glue gun).
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And there you have it. Pretty easy isn’t it? And pretty nice too! Depending on your sewing skills, you can make this project in less than 10 minutes.
And if you have time, you can make more.
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Well that’s all for now. If you are able to make one yourself, do let me know. I would love to see your own headbands! 🙂
To God be the Glory! 🙂