there was no sitting on the iron throne for me, alas

… because

1. I was too shy to have my photo taken while there were other people waiting for their turn,

2. I was also busy manning our booth, and

3. I was gripped by nostalgia when I saw our old university lobby that I didn’t grab the chance to sit on the throne before the event started.

I did, however, take photos:

*sigh* so near, yet so far

awesome people in awesome costumes

…MORE

saturday plans: sit on the iron throne

That’s right, this Saturday will see my behind resting on this here iron throne.

If ever it finds itself vacant and not hosting other guests of the Medieval Day, that is. The organizers of Medieval Day, crazy creative people that they are, have outdone themselves. They made this star of the Game of Thrones Tribute show and it’s looking mighty magnificent. Everyone who plans on going to the event has expressed excitement over this throne and possibly sitting on it for a second or two. And take photos, of course.

Because really, IT. IS. GLORIOUS. The best part? It’s a throne of toys!

Paling in comparison to the work of art above are some of the items I’ve made for the handmade fair. I made sure to focus on stamp printed fabric that most of the event-goers will hopefully appreciate. You know, geeky goodness and all that.

stark and targaryen sigil purses

darth vader purse

I also found about half a meter of khaki twill in my fabric cabinet and that led to some delicious stamp printing, too. They turned out so fantastic that I might just work exclusively with this fabric from now on. It’s not like I have pledged loyalty to canvas or anything, you know?

tardis purse and tote bag

mad hatter tote bag

For those who live in Cebu and want to catch Medieval Day, check out the poster below:

Iron throne photo credits: Happy Garaje

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something neon this way comes

One of the tenets of this thing I like to call Meream’s Mystical and Magical Guide to Life is that

ALL THINGS FALL INTO PLACE.

This is not, in any way, an excuse to be passive or not to exert any effort at all. In fact, another principle included in the aforementioned guide says something about working your b*tt off, wisely. Because when you do, and you do so wisely, the work itself becomes the reward and the bonus? The bonus is that things fall into place.

Yes, I know, it’s confusing. This explains why I’m the only one who subscribes to my Guide to Life. Heh.

One of the recent examples of things falling into place in my life is this current design collaboration. This is with a local company that is admirable in its principles and products. I will blog about them soon. For now, a sneak peek into what I am making for them:

It’s messy work but this is happiness. There is nothing forced and false about the process of carving a stamp and using it to make beautiful fabric. And every step of turning said printed fabric into a purse or a bag feels right. Even when some things go wrong (misprints and pin pricks, anyone?).

I have several dozens more of these purses to sew. The following week is shaping up to be one of the busiest as well because we have the Medieval Day to prepare for. No regrets. I can feel things falling into place.

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goal: help make weddings instagram-worthy

Well, I hope.

A former officemate contacted me a couple of weeks ago about making decor for her wedding. She wanted map-covered 3D letters and a bunting in turquoise and apple green. I said yes for two reasons:

1. I wanted an excuse to buy Mod Podge. They are not available locally, you see.

2. I happen to love wedding-related commissions.

It was my first time working with Mod Podge. This thing is so incredible, I may have asked the jar to marry me while working on the 3D letters. The boyfriend was quite taken with the old school vibe of the label, too.

As for the bunting, I turned to the ever-reliable freezer paper. I thought about painting the letters directly using paint and a paintrush but it was one of those moments when I was simply, unquestionably overestimating my skills.

            

I found the fabrics for the bunting while looking for materials for another project. I love it when that happens.

I should have displayed the finished bunting hanging from our red/white Volkswagen but can you feel the summer heat from the photo above? Yeeeeah, there was no way I was going to take ten steps to said car. This is the tropics. The sun bites here.