Monday, June 30

What's in my Papercut Pouch?

Papercut Pouch

Over the weekend, I hand-sewed a paper pouch! I used a special type of paper which is kind of elastic. The pouch is water resistant and almost impossible to tear. It's one of my favorite materials to work with right now.

Papercut Pouch

I use it to store my daily craft essentials - or the things I never leave home without aside from my cellphone and wallet.

1. Pencil with built-in eraser - I prefer the mechanical type because the lead is thin which makes it easier for me to draw intricate designs.
2. X-acto craft knife - #11 is my favorite blade! The tip, though delicate, is super sharp and makes clean cuts.
3. Notebook - the one in the photo which was designed by Fran, is just one of the many notebooks I always bring. In anticipation of all the waiting I need to do every day when I'm out, I carry a notebook where I can keep my ideas, drafts, and plans.
4. Washi tape - for a lot of things ;)

How about you, what are your craft essentials?

Papercut Pouch

Papercut Pouch

On a side note, after my workshop last Sunday, my friends from LM, Carlo, Omps, and Miko dropped by the studio after their bike out. I was so happy seeing them and showing them around the studio. Now, I'm starting to miss the outdoors again!  

Hey Kessy Studio

Hey Kessy Studio

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PS You can hold your craft workshops and events at the studio. More details HERE.
PPS My next Papercutting Workshop is on August 9, 9am-12nn in QC. Register HERE.

Wednesday, June 25

New Brass Bangles

I'll be joining fairs in the coming months and as early as now, I'm already working on the collections to be launched.

I designed and made new brass bangles. They're different from the brasslettes I used to make in 2011. I also use a special type of paint to add color. I'll be making only a few sets of the plain brass type and another small batch of gold plated ones - which my mom, who's also into jewelry, would help me make. I'll post more details about the fairs soon. :)

Brass Jewelry by Mansy Abesamis

Brass Jewelry by Mansy Abesamis

Brass Jewelry by Mansy Abesamis

For inquiries on commissions, prices, and designs, email me at mansilliana@gmail.com.

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PS You can still join my Brass Jewelry Workshop this coming Saturday, June 28. We'll be making brass rings like those in the poster. You can register HERE.

Brass Jewelry Workshop

Tuesday, June 24

Last Weekend,

1. I discovered another practical use for washi tape - wall art! Yup, the washi tape sticks well even on concrete so you don't need to use a sealant if you want to decorate your walls with it. We love our studio's white walls but a little color wouldn't hurt! ;)

Washi Project

Washi Project

I used the excess washi tape strips to mark my keys. Now I don't have to worry which is which.:)

2. We had dinner at Ally's All-Day Breakfast. I didn't like the vigan longganisa-rice meal I ordered. The serving was too small and the longganisa was fatty. I loved Paul's tapa meal though, and the french fries was yummy!

Ally's All-Day Bfast

After dinner, we went to Antiteasis: Books & Brews. The tea place has an extensive list of tea - and they really brew tea leaves. We ordered chai served with milk and honey, and vanilla tea - we loved our drinks! People can also borrow the books in their mini library.

Antiteasis

Antiteasis

Antiteasis

Ally's All-Day Breakfast
50 Malingap St., Sikatuna Village 

Antiteasis: Books & Brews
Unit C, 154 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village

3. Alessa and I had Rubbercutting Workshops over the weekend. The first one was at Bungalow300, a lifestyle shop in the shop which I've grown to love. They carry furniture, home decors, artworks, jewelry, and a whole lot more lovely things.

Bungalow300

Bungalow300

The other workshop was at the Hey Kessy Studio in Katipunan, which by the way, you can rent for your craft workshops and events.

Hey Kessy Studio

Hey Kessy Studio

It's a jellyfish. :) I'll post about the stamp when it's done. You can get Speedball carving tools and Versacraft inkpads (good for paper, fabric, and wood) from Hey Kessy.

Jellyfish/Flower Pot

Bungalow300
No. 7 Buencamino St., Alabang

Hey Kessy Studio
Abada St., Katipunan

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PS I have Brass Jewelry and Clay Dish+Planter Workshops this weekend. If you want to join, you can register HERE.

Brass Jewelry Workshop

Friday, June 20

Snailmail Swap

Hello!

It's been months since the last time I hosted a snailmail swap so I've decided to host another one. The theme is Goodbye Summer.


Like what has been mentioned here, there are post offices - here and abroad - which have been losing customers and are therefore, laying off employees. Is it because only a few of us remember the joy of sending things via post nowadays? Or it may also be that the post service isn't that reliable anymore. Hmm. It's like the chicken-egg argument actually. Anyhoo, the important thing is we give them a chance to prove that their service is still as important (so we hope they take it seriously). :p

If you want to join the swap, fill out the form below:



Things to keep in mind:

1/ Partners will be assigned next Saturday, June 28. You'll get your partner's name, shipping address (of course!), and blog link/Instagram account so you can get to know them and their interests.
2/ Our theme is GOODBYE SUMMER! Interpret it by filling your parcel anything you think is related to the theme. But of course, things DIY-ed or handmade are preferred!
3/ Parcels should be sent by July 7.
4/ Email me if you have sent yours. If I don't receive any confirmation from you by July 7, prepared to be bugged by me or your partner ;)
5/ Okay, okay, I understand not everyone lives near a post office. You can opt to use our good ol' postal service or any courier as long as you send it.
6/ Only those with active blogs or Instagram accounts can join. This is so there's a smaller chance of bailing out on our partners.

Please join only if you are serious about following the guidelines. :)

You can read about the past mail swaps we've had here and here.

Thursday, June 19

All About Plants

For those who have been asking, I buy plants in QC Circle - where most of the plant shops from the Manila Seedling Bank have transferred - or at the Centris Sunday Market. Both groups of plant sellers have different cacti types, herbs, fruit-bearing trees, and gardening necessities like pots, potting soil, gloves, fertilizer, etc. Sometimes, they also have green events just like the Bonsai fair early this month.

Here are some photos of the plants Paul and I bought weeks ago. I didn't know it was his first time to buy plants until we got home. I couldn't believe it! I thought it was funny too. :)

Urban Gardening

Urban Gardening

He bought lavender and citronella to shoo away mosquitoes. But the plants were way too high maintenance - that or we just didn't know how to garden - thus, didn't survive summer.

Urban Gardening

Urban Gardening

It was also a friend's birthday that night. As a gift, we gave her an indoor plant. The wooden gift tag I used was from Hey Kessy. It was so easy to write on using markers and paint.

Small Space Gardening

We bought two afro plants. They've grown so quickly and easily! They're not high maintenance. My friend Femi told advised me to trim them and plant the trimmings. They'll be more "fluffy" when the vines are aren't too long.

Urban Gardening

I also got an air plant with flower. It's a survivor! :p I used my glass planter to hang it outside, in our pocket garden.

Urban Gardening

The view of the studio from the garden. :) Oh by the way, we are renting it so if you have workshops or events for 3 hours or so, you may want to hold it here. For more details, go HERE. :)

Urban Gardening


Happy Friday, everyone! :)

Wednesday, June 18

Superhero Illustrations by Paul

Paul always encourages me to make more art and improve my craft by practicing. He pushes me to try whenever I say that something like drawing or anything related to graphic design is way too challenging. He's also very generous in giving me tips on branding, design, and illustration. 

So now, it's my turn to be supportive and cheer him on especially when he has time to work on his personal projects like these:




Superhero Illustrations

Superhero Illustrations

Superhero Illustrations

Superhero Illustrations

Superhero Illustrations

I'm sooo happy for him. It's one of the things that he loves doing the most.

You can see more of his cool illustrations HERE. :)

Tuesday, June 17

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Thanks to everyone who went to the Bring Your Own Benta Fair and especially the artists, crafters, and makers who joined as sellers. :) It was our first time to host an event like this at the studio, and we were surprised by the turn out! There were also art enthusiasts who just chanced upon the fair while strolling along Abada. I hope there'll be more art events like this in Katipunan.

If you're from the area and want to collaborate on an event like this, email me at mansilliana@gmail.com. :)

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair
Photo by Erika Avancena
Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

Bring Your Own Benta Fair

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PS I'll have craft workshops this month and next! You can see the schedule HERE.
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