Tuesday, July 31

Walk and Train

I'm back from a long weekend in Singapore. It was pretty amazing going around indie coffee, craft and book shops in the city! Thanks to their efficient metro system, I was able to visit almost all the places I wanted to and the ones recommended by Jam.

When I was there last April, I just got to hang out at The Little Drom Store since I only had less than 24 hours and it was near my hostel. Actually, it wasn't so bad because I had the most delicious cake ever at their cake shop.

Thursday, July 26

Oh Craft!

They say, "don't cry over spilled milk" - or should I say ALMOND MILK? Haha.

Enough about the unfortunate incident last week where a box of almond milk soaked my camera which had been at the service center for two months! Alright, enough.

Anyway, I missed my 625AM flight to Singapore this morning. I didn't really feel bad about it until Cebu Pacific told me that I'd have to buy another ticket for tomorrow. Ohmygod. That's time, money, and effort waking up early (635AM - okay not early enough but still, that's early ;p) down the drain. When I got home from the airport, I decided to release my disappointment and guilt by doing some crafts!

So, I grabbed my carving tools and a spare rubber block, and started to sketch shapes and flowers. I had been wanting to try this. Good thing the rubber was smooth so the details weren't ruined.

This also reminds me of my friend, Dang, and this little teacup.

Handmade Forest Postcards of June

These forest postcards were made after a trip to the great Himalayan region- Nepal and India. People from these countries consciously make an effort to celebrate nature every day by putting colorful petals and leaves on their heads, making dye from crushed flowers and rocks, and using grasses as firecrackers for New Year's Eve.

I used Hey Kessy Washi Tapes for this project :)

Tuesday, July 24

Just Got Back!

That was a weekend full of blessings! I tasted the best coffee ever, met very positive and passionate people, ate the freshest vegetables, laughed out loud with loved ones and new friends, planted coffee seedlings, created necklaces, and bathed in the cold rain :)

I keep on replaying in my mind the beautiful things that happened last weekend! The organizers and volunteers were all encouraging and supportive. They're the kind of people I want to surround myself with.

Thank you, CoffeeAid, our new-found family :)

Friday, July 20

Going Out

I will be out of town the entire weekend.

My sister, Frances, Pol, and I are going somewhere where everyone looks forward to waking up early in the morning to share the view of a mountain range, freshly brewed coffee, and beautiful stories. It's a place where the sun is bright and friendly :)

The good thing is that we'll be bringing all these arts and crafts materials! This will be a craft adventure I'm very excited to share to you when I get back.

PS Hey Kessy online shop is open! You can still email your orders, questions, comments, etc. We'll be able to reply until 6PM today! The rest of the emails will be read by Monday

Tuesday, July 17

Weekend at the 10a Alabama Fair

This is the fair that kept me busy on craft projects for weeks. It was Dana's birthday party the night before but I am glad I was able to resist staying up late :)

PS Read my post on Hey Kessy's blog  here.

Wednesday, July 11

IamMeg.Ph Feature

Wyatt Ong, the online editor of IamMeg.ph, went to the art fair last weekend at 10a Alabama. In this article, she talks about her unique finds - handmade accessories and trinkets - made by 10a Alabamers. I am so happy when I found out that my stoneware platitos are on her list!

Thank you, Wyatt! :)

PS You can read the whole story and view the other photos here.

Tuesday, July 10

Brass Rings for June

I finally found my bearing after the 10a Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair last weekend. Although the sun was unforgiving, the event was fun and very successful! I even met someone who'd like to have my brass jewelry consigned at their store in Makati :)

Time to make more more more!!

PS If you have questions regarding the pieces, don't hesitate to email me at mansilliana@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 5


After the second firing, I was surprised how lovely the patterns turned out. I also like their small dark spots which give them a more rustic, bespoke feel.

hey're cute for appetizers, biscuits, cakes, cupcakes, etc. You can also use them as ring plates.

Pale Orange

P395, 4.75 inches

SOLD: Powder Blue, 4.75 inches


P350, 4 inches

I will be selling these stoneware plates at the 10a Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend. From this batch, there are several pieces I'm keeping for myself and can't wait to use! :)

Sunday, July 1


1. Snailmail from Allie

2. Snailmail from Drea

3. My craft package from Amazon!

I have been receiving postcards quite regularly from friends :) 

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