Category Archives: inspire

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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katha magazine is the one

I’ve had this blog for many years. Half the time, I complain about how living in The Philippines is not all sunshine and daisies for a crafty person. Take the lack of local publications on crafting, for example. You take what you can with any issue of Martha Stewart that reaches our shores, but really, these are never enough. Thank goodness for the creative geniuses behind Katha Magazine.

Katha Magazine is a local online publication that showcases many of the country’s creative sides.

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Last weekend, they released their latest issue, Local Colors. Yours truly was honored to be part of this issue. Here was my feature.

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I’m pretty sure I meant to to say “I craft for coffee and cat food money,” though. Haha!

This post is not about me or my feature, though. It’s about how Katha Magazine deserves to win the The One category of the Globe Tattawards. Because it is one thing to inspire people and completely another to inspire them TO MAKE.

You can vote for them HERE.  You can vote for Katha Magazine either via Facebook or Twitter.

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stampin’ and paintin’

A little over two weeks into my watercolor typography phase and I’ve just made the whole thing even more fun to do. I added stamps into the mix.

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Since I have many stamps that can be grouped under certain categories, this new endeavor is pretty easy to do. I have lots of sewing-related stamps in similar sizes so I started with those.

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The pictures below show my process.

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The IN proved tricky so I did it last.

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I used the same stamps to do my niece’s name. My niece, by the way, is the bomb. She is so, so heavy but it’s okay ‘coz she’s goshdarn cute.

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I’ve been playing with the composition and color combos. So far, I like the ever-reliable black and red.
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