Wednesday, August 27

Roadtrip with Tippy: Casa San Miguel

Two hours after the bus from Baguio reached Manila, I met up with Tippy for another roadtrip. We were headed to Casa San Miguel, Zambales.

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Although the gallery as well as the restaurants were closed, and our options were pretty much limited to eating at the compound's smaller cafe and walking around the vast garden, I enjoyed our quiet art and craft time. Tippy gave me tips on how to use watercolor and most importantly, reminded me to love my own handwriting, and to appreciate and develop it. I can't wait for her Basic Watercolor + Ink Workshop at the studio.

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip


Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Here's one of the FrenchxCrafts notes I made that day:

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

The patterns and colors of the casa would be a treat to any highly visual person:

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

I wasn't sure if this area wasn't open to the public but I saw one of the artists I admire sitting on a sofa, writing or painting. He seemed so taken with whatever it was he was working on. I figured it was a sacred time for him so I quietly walked away - but yes, I did want to have a photo with him. Hope I didn't disturb him!

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Come summer time, children who want to learn how to play the violin stay. The casa also runs art residency programs.

Looking forward to our next roadtrip. Where do you think should Tippy and I go next? :)

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PS Read about our Antipolo roadtrip HERE.

Tuesday, August 26

DIY Dish Garden

Rainy days always bring me back to Sagada and my 1-month pottery residency there in 2013. How I wish I have extra space at the studio to have a kick wheel and kiln.

Clay Planter + Garden Dish Workshop

I recently made a clay dish planter for the succulents I bought when I went to QC Circle.  The clay I used would take about 24hours to airdry, but if you bake it in a regular oven toaster, it would only take 15 minutes to be ready.

Clay Planter + Garden Dish Workshop

I used washi tape to decorate it, but you can also use acrylic paint, watercolor, or even ink pads and stamps.

Clay Planter + Garden Dish Workshop

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PS We have upcoming events and workshops at the studio. You can see the schedule HERE.

Monday, August 25

Baguio Day Trip

Following Hey Kessy' shop hours, Mondays and Tuesdays are now my weekends. Before, I'd still work on Mondays and Tuesdays because everyone else was moving, in a rush going to school or work, and I felt like I had to do the same thing. It was tiring! A 7-day work schedule isn't healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically so thank god I've been able to finally adjust. 

Paul and I decided to have a short trip to Baguio. We left Manila a little past 2 one Monday morning. I loved how we quietly enjoyed breakfast - hot chocolate, lemongrass tea, pizza, sausages, and bread - at a 24hr Italian restaurant along Session Road.
Baguio

Baguio

Since it was a Monday, almost all the galleries and museums were closed - no PNKY Cafe, Bencab Museum, nor Oh My Gulay. But we did discover new places to eat like the Ketchup Food Community, a compound of homegrown restaurants. It's inspiring how small food business are given this kind of opportunity to grow.

Baguio

Baguio

I convinced Paul to bring his sleeping bag so we can a picnic at Burnham Park and I can sleep there, too. Yup! I did enjoy my afternoon nap at a bench in the park. People thought I was homeless but who cares! :p 

Baguio

Baguio
My new favorite pants from Tomato. They're so comfy - perfect for bus rides and out of town trips. I hand embroidered the pink heart using Monaco thread.
Baguio

Baguio

Baguio

I made flower faces and painted a little. After two hours, we walked to Cafe by the Ruins, and had molo soup and deep fried pork. I wouldn't want to try those again. I did enjoy the ongoing art exhibit of water colored faces at the restaurant though.

Flowers

Flower Face

After buying ube at the market, we went to the Hillside Station to have dinner at the restaurant. Their pasta bolognese was good. While waiting for our bus ride back home, we watched Guardians of the Galaxy for a second time - super love the movie! The bus reached Manila at around 4am. By 7am, I was already on the road again, this time, with my friend Tippy.

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PS The next Bring Your Own Benta Fair is on October 25, and the theme is: Flowers and Plants. You may sell artworks, prints, tote bags, books, songs, poems, stickers, temporary tattoos, herbs, succulents, tea, food, or anything that has something to do with the theme. You can sign up HERE.

Friday, August 15

Papercut Place Cards

I didn't think I'd finish this set of place cards.

Papercut Place Cards

Papercut Place Cards

Papercut Place Cards

Now the dilemma is if I'm going to write the names of the participants of the Craft Gathering on Sunday or let them do it since most of them are really good typographers and calligraphers. It took me hours to make but I know if it would only take me seconds to ruin them with my handwriting! Haha!

Papercut Place Cards

Anyhoo, I'll decide on that later after Fozzy's calligraphy workshop at the studio. I'm sure I'll get inspired. :)

Happy weekend, everyone!

Garden

Sunday, August 10

Brass Jewelry Available at the Hey Kessy Shop

You can now purchase my brass rings and bangles at the Hey Kessy Shop at 71B E. Abada St., Loyola Heights, QC. The shop will also carry works of other local artists and crafters. :)

Btw, here are my favorite designs from the latest Hey Kessy washi tape collection. They are also available at the shop.

Hey Kessy Washi Tape

Hey Kessy Shop

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Wednesday, August 6

Thimblecap's DIY or DIE Shirt, Anthill' Pop Up Shop, and Epic Cafe's Banana Walnut Ice Cream

I got a special package from a fellow craftpreneur, Meream. She is based in Cebu and owns the online shop Thimblecap, where she sells the shirts, pouches, and bags she designs and sews. Her blog contains sewing tutorials by the way! ;)

DIY or DIE Shirt

DIY or DIE Shirt

I never get to take a photo of myself wearing the DIY or DIE shirt because it is almost always at the laundry! The fabric is super comfy - not to mention how cute the design is - so I'm guessing one of my sisters also loves wearing it!! Haha!

She also collaborated with Anthill to come up with these pouches designed using her hand-carved stamps. I took this photo when I visited Anthill's Pop Up Shop in Kapitolyo last week. I love the patterns of their different hand-woven fabrics.

Anthill Fabric Gallery

Anthill Fabric Gallery

Anthill Fabric Gallery

I also met up with Mikko in Kapitolyo that same day. We had lunch at Ninak, a Vietnamese restaurant along East Capitol Drive. Their laksa is a must-try! We then walked to Epic Cafe to have dessert. This is where she and Trey sometimes hold workshops. But the most important thing I have to say about this cafe is this: THEIR HOMEMADE ICE CREAM BANANA WALNUT IS SO GOOD! I SWEAR!

Epic Coffee

Epic Coffee

It's the best banana ice cream! I couldn't believe it was possible for an ice cream to be that good! Please try their ice cream - and no, this is not a sponsored post. I just really like it. :)

Epic Coffee

Ninak Restaurant
Unit 101 Seven East Capitol Bldg., East Capitol Drive cor. Sta. Rosa St., Kapitolyo, Pasig

Epic Cafe
#102 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig

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