so this is april

April started with a bazaar and shall end with one. The middle bit is currently drenched with rain, which is making me miss the place I grew up in. Homesickness is quite a lonely companion but thankfully, sewing is keeping me from inviting melancholia in and making full friends with it. I do have a bazaar to prepare for, as I mentioned three sentences ago. I find sadness to be an unwilling match for the sound of scissors snipping thread, the smell of interfacing fusing to fabric under high temperatures, and the comforting whirring the bobbin makes when winding.

Somewhat related to both bazaars and the rainy summer we’ve been having are the following new bags I made:

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I call these April Showers bags, because of course.

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The sling bag version is my favorite. The flap serves as the cloud. The interior is unzipped but this bag comes with dual closure. The flap has a magnetic lock while the inside is secured with Velcro.

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The world isn’t so dreary when rain comes in lovely patterns and colors. I have a tutorial for the April Showers tote bag HERE, by the way.

I shall post more info about my next bazaar in the coming days.

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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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