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the legend of the pineapple (in papercut)

On any given day, I will have at least a dozen crafty thoughts. They range from new patterns/designs of crafts I am familiar with (e.g. sewing) to ideas best executed using skills I barely have (e.g. papercutting).

I get only about half of these ideas accomplished, though. Success rate is high when inspiration hits me while caffeinated. Take this papercut retelling of The Legend of the Pineapple.

I have been trying to come up with crafty ways to retell Philippine legends. I wanted something less straightforward than drawing or painting, though. One coffee afternoon session brought about the paper cut idea.

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Check out the legend below. I added commentary here and there, because of course. Haha!

 There was once a woman who lived in a farm with her daughter, Pina*.

One day, the woman got sick and asked her daughter to make her some porridge. After the initial protests, Pina agreed. But because she was quite the lazy-*ss (or because she needed her eyes checked), she kept asking where the cooking utensils were.

In exasperation, the woman wished that her daughter had a thousand eyes. The heavens responded with lightnings and thunders of foreboding.

After a while, the woman noticed the silence from the kitchen. She looked for her daughter everywhere until she saw a strange fruit in their yard. It had a thousand eyes. 

THE END.

Moral lesson: Get your eyes checked. Also, don’t go wishing for things on a stormy day.

*Our word for pineapple is piña.

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zazzle and the story of the product tags

When we included apparel in the Thimblecap line, the need for new product tags arose. The ones we use on purses are on the small side; they looked a bit off hanging from the shirts and printed tote bags.

Thank goodness for Zazzle. Zazzle has products that are perfect for handmade sellers looking to improve their approach to packaging. Their sticker labels come in different sizes. They offer post-its, too, for thoughtful sellers who like to write notes to their lovey customers. I was quite taken with their postage stamps but I don’t really have use for them.

The tags I had made are actually business cards. The size, thickness, and the fact that they can be printed on both sides make the cards perfect for use as hang tags too.

The front contains my shop name and relevant websites. The back contains my thimble logo and a blank space for writing the price. The background is this fun pattern I made using my stamps.

Punched a tiny hole by the upper short side, tied with string, and attached to my products using safety pin.

Beautiful!

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Get to know Zazzle products HERE.

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rubber stamp storage

Do you know how long I’ve been looking for the perfect storage for my handmade rubber stamps? TOO. LONG.

The length of the search might have been due to the parameters I set for the ideal containers. They were as follows:

  • Portable – because I like to stamp in different areas of the house
  • Made of sturdy material – because rubber is heavy
  • Must have transparent cover
  • Affordable – because I have hundreds of stamps and could need a good number of containers
  • Stackable
  • Only about two inches deep

So judging from the qualities above, the following were out of the question:

  • Plastic drawers. The small ones are portable but they can be rather pricey. The big ones are not only expensive, they take up a lot of space too.
  • Microwavable containers because they’re not made of thick material.
  • Plastic folio or folders sold in school supply stores because they are pricey as well.
  • Cardboard boxes because they don’t have transparent cover
  • Gift boxes because they come pre-designed and are expensive too.

Really, though, I just wanted something that cost PhP50 each. I am cheap, okay?

Sometimes, stinginess will get you what you want.  A few days ago, the boyfriend and I were at Robinson’s Place when we chanced upon their SALE section and spotted acrylic cosmetic cases. They cost only PhP49 each. I gasped, grabbed 10, and we lived happily ever after.

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These boxes have all the qualities I needed for rubber stamp storage. They’re portable, made of sturdy material, have clear covers (with beautiful silver trim too!), and are less than two inches deep.

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And yes, they’re stackable. Here is Snow checking out the nicely stacked boxes:

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