Monday, March 16

Oui, Je Parle Fançias

The papercut Oui, je parle françias took me 3 days and 3 blades to make. I loved coming up with the patterns, especially the flowy parts. It's made with a single sheet of bond paper, 70gsm.

French has taken the backseat in my life for too long! My love for the language was what got me into putting up my own craft shop almost 4 years ago, so here's my way of celebrating and putting it back on my priority list along with crafting! I'll have FrenchxCrafts Workshops this summer, different classes for kids and adults. If you want to learn the language, and craft while at it, this is for you. :) Schedule will be out this week.

Papercutting

Papercutting

In case you are wondering, oui, je parle françias means, "Yes, I speak French". :)

Friday, March 13

Hot Chocolate at Craft

One of the things I enjoy doing in laidback Katipunan is having hot chocolate at one of my favorite local cafes, Craft Coffee. It's also the only time tricycle noise is tolerable, and actually gives me a certain kind of comfort. Aside from their chocolate drink, you should also try their truffle cream pasta, hashbrown, and mango salad. :)

Craft Coffee Katipunan

Craft Coffee

Craft Coffee

Craft Coffee Revolution
#88 Abada St.,
Loyola Heights,
Quezon City

Tuesday, March 10

Paper Leaves and the Studio

Making these papercut leaves put me to a meditative state. The thinner they got, the better. I gave one to a dear friend who I haven't seen for a while but missed talking to so much. I was really happy I got to see her again. :)

Papercutting

Papercutting

Papercutting

In other news, I love staying in my new studio in the attic. Though, it can get really hot there, and for some reason, dusty. My sister Germee stays at the studio too, and we spend our mornings running around, stretching, and doing sit ups! It's more effective, at least for me, than going to the nearby gym.

I also found these photos from last year. My "old" studio  and the washi tape organizer I made were featured in Real Living Magazine's June issue.

Real Living Feature

Real Living Feature

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PS I have a Papercutting Workshop on March 22. 

Saturday, March 7

Fat Tea Fingers Society Gathering

The Fat Tea Fingers Society gathered again. My friends, Carlo and Carmela, and I wanted to celebrate tea drinking so we founded a club (of sort). The first gathering was two years ago at Carmela's place, and she even let us use her vintage teacups and saucers. We had chicken and tea for dinner.

This time, we met at the studio, and my sister Germee and another LM friend, Mica, who just arrived from her backpacking trip, joined us! It was an after-dinner gathering, so we had spicy chicken bites and Chocnut. Three types of tea were prepared - high-land tea, malunggay, and Merlot.

We talked about different types of tea, how to prepare them, traveling, Moroccan boys, Carmela's vintage teacups, more travel stories, Japan, Carmela's not-martial-arts self defense classes, kibbutzim in Morocco, and more topics I can't recall but definitely made us all laugh. :)

Tea Party

Fat Tea Fingers Society

Tea Party

Fat Tea Fingers Society

Fat Tea Fingers Society
As promised, I made them stoneware teaspoons.
Fat Tea Fingers Society
This looks so staged! But believe me it wasn't! Haha.
Fat Tea Fingers Society

Postcards
Thanks for the postcard, Mica!
Tea Party

Tea Party

I'm hoping it wouldn't take us years (not even months please) to plan another tea gathering for I can't wait to try other types of tea. :)

Thursday, March 5

Papercutting by the Sea

And before we know it, Manila's temperature is suddenly several degrees higher. Summer is here, and so are swimsuits, of different colors and patterns, photos which flood my online feed. I'm not complaining because they remind me of my short but fun beach trip to La Union with my friend Kenwyn.

I spent the early afternoon of our first day taking a nap at our hostel's common area facing the ocean, drawing mini swimsuits, and trying out the tanning lotion and sea salt hair spray I made the day before. There are several tables outside our room, and I was able to bring my portable cutting mat and clipboard so I managed to papercut.

Papercutting

Papercutting

Papercutting

Beach

Beach

Another papercutting-related project I recently made are these temporary tattoos! I scanned one of my favorite papercuts and printed the design on the DIY temporary sheets from Mad Tatter, and gave them out at a craft fair and at the shop last weekend. :)

DIY Temporary Tattoos

I can't take my mind off the idea of taking the midnight bus to the north to enjoy the beach breeze or the mountain weather. But for now, I'll settle listening to the Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack. It celebrates the moment before you actually go onto an adventure, the moment you actually realize you need one so bad, which is equally as special and meaningful as being in an adventure. :)
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