make – accessories

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.

cebu city craft guide: cebu hardware corporation

You know how I love things that are not what they seem? This fascination also encompasses establishments, apparently. Because my favorite craft supply store in the city is Cebu Hardware Corporation. And no, they’re not a hardware.

Cebu Hardware Corporation is where you go if you find yourself in need of jewelry-making supplies.

This store has been in my radar for about a dozen years. Which means that I was already a customer of the shop before they thought to utilize computers. I was still in college and going to this shop was always a special trip. Largely because I had to have company with me or I’d lose my way. And also because shopping at the store then was a more complicated process.

Obviously, computers own us all.

But back to the store.

LOCATION: 224 Manalili Street, Cebu / Contact Number: (032) 253 1422


HOW TO GET THERE: Manalili is a major street in downtown Cebu. There are many public utility jeepneys that pass along this street and the many streets near it. The major landmarks that you have to watch out for are Sen Hiap Hing (this is a very old building that practically everyone in the city can point to you) and the Bank of the Philippine Islands. Cebu Hardware is across BPI.

NOTES: Upon entering the store, get a priority number. This should be on the left counter, near the middle. While you wait for your turn, you may notice a strange smell. That is most likely resin, which the store also offers. If there is a particular jewelry finding you need, it helps to bring a photo with you. What I do is save a photo in my mobile phone and show it to the nice saleslady. They might not have the same exact thing but they’ll offer you similar items available in their store. 

Also, their items are typically packed in 10s or 20s. Buying in packs of hundreds will save you money, though. The store also offers products that may or may not be used for making jewelry. They have floral wires, airbrush machines, some bag hardware, drill bits, and other crafting tools.

Check out the rest of the Cebu City Craft Guide HERE.

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fabric button bracelet

Put me in a room with cute fabric and jewelry findings and I’ll find a way to make… er… jewelry. The thing with me and making jewelry is that I can’t seem to do it properly using beads and other traditional materials. Perhaps I get overwhelmed with the seemingly endless design possibilities. Not to mention the many aesthetics that you can go for. Depending on the colors, bead type, or assembly you employ, your DIY jewelry can be quirky, cute, classic, or mod.

But when it comes to fabric, your finished jewelry will turn out, 90% of the time, in the kawaii shabby chic range. A great advantage for someone who tends to overthink jewelry-making (as evidenced by the first paragraph of this post).

My first successful fabric jewelry were these bow bracelets.

The second successful batch were these button ones:

I found my bezel trays in a local craft store, Cebu Hardware. Will talk about the store later.

Please help me greet the love of my cat hair-covered life, my forever crush and favorite artist, Uzi, a happy birthday.

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and then there was mat board

One of the creative geniuses I look up to in the miniature dollhouse world is Kris of 1 Inch Minis. Go ahead, take a look at her blog. I will wait.

Ridiculously talented, right? And oh, what an inspiration when it comes to miniature mat board dollhouse furniture and accessories.

I have been following her blog for a long time but it wasn’t until last month that I was able to buy mat board in my city. This wasn’t for lack of effort, I tell you. I asked several framing stores if they can sell me mat board but was always shooed out with pity. A couple of weeks ago, though, in one of our random trips to National Bookstore, I found myself at the arts & crafts section. I bent to look at some paintbrushes and right beside them were pre-packed mat boards.

The heavens opened and angels started singing.

Naturally, I got several packs. Came home and attempted to make miniature dollhouse furniture.

This is a simple coffee table. I’m not as patient as Kris so I pretty much just winged the process. This was my first attempt and I figured I’d just see how it goes.