Tuesday, December 31

Papercuts for 2014

In 2014, LEAVE. Leave and go to places you've been wanting to visit. Leave everything behind that doesn't make you happy and a better person. Leave, try out new dishes and modes of transportation. Leave, make something new, and grow. :)

Papercutting

Craft Room

Tea

Plants

They say that home is wherever you feel you belong - so, thanks 2013 for all the new homes I've discovered through my family, new and old friends, art, and crafting. ♡

Monday, December 30

Wedding Essentials Feature

My papercuts are included in the latest issue of Wedding Essentials :)

Papercutting

Papercutting

Papercutting

Papercutting

First photo: Blue papercut envelope for my mom and dad.
First photo: You can read about The Quibs papercut here.
Second photo: Papercut place card
Third photo: Papercut party invite and papercut necklace

If you want to have a customized papercut, just email me at mansilliana@gmail.com :)

Tuesday, December 24

Almost Christmas

This year has been crazy busy but I don't want its last two weeks to be like that. Right now, I'm just at home, watching movies - thanks for the copies, Mikko - lying around, while my family and almost everyone else is already in the holidaze spirit - cramming buying gifts, trying to survive the Christmas traffic and crowded malls, cooking for big parties, or in the provinces meeting relatives.

I'm just really happy I have ample of time to enjoy not doing anything - except for cutting my bangs again for the first time in two years and having Miley's Party in the USA on loop the whole day! :p I can even reply to texts and occasionally, answer phone calls again! Haha :)

Happy Holidaze everyone! ♡

Flowers

Flowers

Thursday, December 19

December Surprise Exhibit

One of my wishes at the beginning of 2013 was to curate an exhibit, and thank god, I was able put up one before the year ended!

Paul and Jason's Birthday

Paul and Jason's Birthday

I had all the Hey Kessy postcards blown up, attached on sintra boards, and exhibited to surprise Paul on his birthday :)

Since December, as expected, would be crazy with workshops and fairs, I didn't think it was possible to finish all the preparations. My good friend Iona, co-owner of Cordillera Coffee, said I could have the exhibit at their shop even on such short notice. Surprisingly, it just took me a good 30 minutes to set up everything!

Jason and Paul's Birthday

Paul and Jason's Birthday

Paul and Jason's Birthday

We had dinner and drinks with LM friends the night after to celebrate his and Jason's birthday - both were born on December 12! 

Jason and Paul's Birthday
Photo credit Jason L.
Paul and Jason's Birthday
Photo credit Jason L.

We hung the washi birthday garlands I made for them, which you can see in this photo :p 

Jason and Paul's Birthday
Photo credit Jason L.

Btw, the exhibit runs until January 2014 and you can now buy the complete set of 2013 Hey Kessy postcards! :)

Cordillera Coffee
Unit 104 Llanar Bldg., Xavierville Avenue 

Wednesday, December 18

Grass Stamp

If you're making stamps for Christmas - as gifts or for personalizing your gift wrappers - don't throw away the excess slabs of erasers because you can still use them to make more pieces! Just like this simple stamp I made last weekend.

Handmade Stamps

I used different Hey Kessy ink pads to make several art prints and postcards: 

Handmade Stamps

Handmade Stamps

Handmade Stamps

Tuesday, December 17

PTV4 Interview

PTV4 interviewed me about Hey Kessy, owning a business and its challenges, and some other things regarding the local craft scene.

Hey Kessy Washi Tapes

Hey Kessy Washi Tapes



The episode was aired in November. I hope I didn't look and sound sabog as the questions were all impromptu :p

Friday, December 13

Crafting Marathon and Dried Berries

You know Christmas is near when you suddenly have two or three dinners with friends, families, blockmates, or officemates - you name it - all in just one night! And it's even getting crazier with all these bazaars and workshops (to all the participants of this weekend's Rubbercutting and Papercutting workshops, you'll be the first ones to see Hey Kessy's latest original washi design!).

By the way, I'm working on a very special project for next year. It makes me excited and at the same time, get up way earlier than what my body clock was used to! But all is good. I can't wait to share to you! :)

And this is my current addiction:

Hey Kessy and Berries

Whenever I see mall stalls selling dried berries and nuts, I make sure I get a bag or two. They're so good and healthy - perfect for snacking while you're on a crafting marathon or you can also add them to breakfast food like oats and yoghurt.

Hey Kessy and Berries

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PS  Hey Kessy's Christmas Washi Tapes and new designs are now up on the website. Place your orders now and start wrapping your gifts!

Hey Kessy Christmas Washi Tapes

Wednesday, December 11

Hand-carved Stamps

Hand-carved Stamps

The other day, I was thinking of framing some of my hand-carved stamps. There's another kind of beauty in them while they are still vivid with colors, just before you print them on paper or fabric.

Hand-carved Stamps

Hand-carved Stamps

Hand-carved Stamps

Now, I'm also trying to work with designs other than flora. I wanted this stamp to be a mandala but didn't get to stamp it neatly ;)

Hand-made Stamps

So, I just did this:

Hand-made Stamps

 Btw, our December 15 Rubbercut Crafternoon participants will get their own Speedball Lino Cutters. :) It's the carving tool I've been using ever since I started making stamps. The different nibs make it easy for me to come up with intricate designs.

You can also buy the lino cutters and ink pads from Hey Kessy. :)

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PS Workshop schedule:

Papercutting Workshop, December 14, 1pm-3pm.
Rubbercut Crafternoon, December 15, 4pm-6pm.
You can register here :)

Sunday, December 8

Craft Fair Booth Tips

Hello fellow crafters and makers!

It's the season of Christmas fairs and I'm sure there are already numerous organizers who have been emailing you. My 10a Alabama friends could attest to how I'm very particular with the way I decorate my craft booth and arrange my products at these events. Paul advised me to have a mock set up every time we join. I take photos of the table set up the night before and use them as my guide on the day itself - cuts my preparation time to half ;)

Here are other things that you should consider when assembling your craft booth:

Hey Kessy Washi Tapes

1. Make sure that you have your brand's signage. It's easier for people to remember your brand name and logo. It also reflects that you take your business seriously even thought it's basically a one-man enterprise. ;)

I sell handmade stoneware plates, papercuts, stamps, and jewelry at fairs and I usually share a booth with Hey Kessy but I don't have my own sintra board yet. People get confused sometimes. Hehe. I'm working on it already!

Hey Kessy Washi Tapes

2. Your business cards should be placed in a prominent spot. It should contain your brand name, your name, contact details, and links to your website and social media accounts.

Hey Kessy Booth

Hey Kessy Booth

3. Level your products using different display racks.
You don't need to buy or have expensive display racks made. Before I had the multi-level brown standee, I used empty shoe boxes, bottles, cake stands, etc. I'm sure, you can find things at home that can use. Just improvise and be creative!


Hey Kessy Washi Tapes

Hey Kessy Washi Tapes

Keep in mind to group your products according to type so people would not see your table as one big mess. It also helps them get to know your business, what you are selling, and who you are as a crafter or maker better. If people are confused with what you are selling, chances are, they would walk away without buying anything.

4. Your packaging materials should have your business name. You can have stickers with your logos made or you can always carve your own logo stamp. This affirms your branding.

Hey Kessy Washi Tapes

5. Be considerate to your booth neighbors.
Don't go beyond the area assigned to you! Make sure that your table, chairs, display racks, decors, and storage boxes are just within the perimeters of your booth.

Seatizen's Festival

Make time to go around and get to know the other booth sellers as well. Who knows, they could be your future business partners and people to collaborate with :)

6. Be on time.
Go to the venue an hour earlier than the opening. It's better to have ample time to decorate your booth and arrange your products. You wouldn't want to be entertaining early comers while having to rummage for your products in your storage boxes! It's such a hassle and you wouldn't be able to talk and get to know them better. :)

Seatizen's Festival

That's it for now! I'll write another post if I think of more tips :)

EDITED:

7. Don't forget to bring spare change. Most of the time, buyers don't have the exact amount. You need to have coins and small bills or else, they'd be disappointed and not buy. No, no. They will most likely not go out of their way to have their bills changed then go back to your booth.

8. And a calculator! Especially for people like me who don't really fancy dealing with numbers  I'm just lucky that my booth partner, Mikko, is a Math whiz! ;)

Thursday, December 5

Recent Projects


November had me feeling sleepy, tired, and frail. I was sick for practically the whole month, couldn't eat even though I was hungry and didn't have the energy to finish the things I needed to.

Thank god it's all over now. My appetite for food and crafting is back - I can finish two cups of rice, craft until midnight, and wake up the following morning as early as seven to think of more craft projects. :)

Anyhoo, here are some of the recent projects I did for Hey Kessy:

1. Hey Kessy has teamed up with another Filipino artist to come up with an original washi design. Hope you like this video I've made about the artist and the design.



Can you guess who the artist is?

2. I designed this Christmas ball made of glass using Hey Kessy washi tapes. It makes my room more festive and homey. I was thinking it would also make a cute hanging planter. 

Washied Christmas Balls

Washied Christmas Balls

We'll be selling Christmas Glass Ball and Washi Jewelry craft kits this coming Saturday, December 7, at Zonta's Christmas Carnivale Bazaar. Hope to see you there!

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PS I'll be having several craft workshops in the weeks to come :) If you want to join, you can register here.

Monday, December 2

Central Park

Central Park NYC

If I had it my way, I would have stayed at Central Park for hours to end every day during my short stay in New York. The colors red, yellow, brown, and orange were everywhere! I spent my first afternoon in the city sitting on a bench in the East side of the park, just observing people and collecting leaves :)

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

I scribbled my route for the day in a notebook I hand-bound. Their subway system was super efficient I was able to go to almost all of the places I wanted to visit.

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

I ordered my lunch from Whole Foods. Everything you'd find there is organic. Their seafood and seaweed salad was really good :)

Central Park NYC

On my way back to the Wold Youth Alliance headquarters, I stopped by Grand Central station. It was as grand as I had imagined it to be! Thanks to those random strangers who willingly took my photos!

Central Park NYC

Central Park NYC

More NYC photos in the coming days ;)
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