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.

will go medieval on yo’ S

And by S, I am talking about SUMMER.

The creative people behind Folk Fiction and Happy Garaje are organizing a Medieval Day and it’s looking like it’s going to be one for the history books.

 

I was just lamenting that there are not that many handmade fairs (or bazaars, for that matter) happening in the city. But a day after the last bazaar we joined, we got a message from the organizers of Medieval Day and the rest, as they say, is history.

Inspired by the Game of Thrones Tribute exhibit that will also be happening at the event, I carved the following stamps. Turned them into fabric using textile ink. Their last stop will be pouches, of course. 

Stay tuned for updates!