DIY

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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handmade and the city

My dear Philippines has many wonderful crafters. I have interviewed some of them for the blog. We also have our fair share of handmade supporters. While we may not be very progressive as far as independent shopping is concerned, many people here do appreciate uniquely designed and lovingly handmade merchandise. Fantastic for a handmade seller like me, of course. And even more fantastic? We are seeing many e-commerce platforms that cater to handmade crop up.

One of these is PHINDIES. Theirs is a unique platform, giving buyers a chance to buy handmade items at a discounted price but only for a period of seven days.

This week, I am one of the featured sellers over at PHINDIES. I am selling my rectangular corner tab pouches at a discounted price of P120 each.

Choosing “lokal” is always a good idea. Choosing 100% handmade? Even better.

 

Check out the pouches HERE. And while you’re there, get to know the other amazing handmade sellers that have been featured on PHINDIES as well.

 

Thanks for your support!

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mess central

The previous post includes a photo of my craft room/office.

The Little Sis of My Sister’s Pantry left this comment: Thank you for showing your REAL crafting area – i.e. one that looks like you actually work in it instead of one that you just finished redoing for Pinterest. So many craft areas that I see, I’d be afraid to cut anything for fear of getting little pieces on the perfect table.

I laughed out loud. And laughed some more. Because she spoke true. And the sisters are hilarious.

Which leads me to the question that had been gnawing on my mind for many years now. A question about what I’m doing wrong (or not doing, for that matter) because my house never looks like the ones shown on other blogs, Pinterest, or magazines. I am aware that these photos show 80% styling and I guess I can try harder in that department. But in my world, functional trumps stylish. Whether by accident or through sheer laziness, our flat will never be picture-perfect. It can only be lived-in. And I guess I’m okay with that.

I’m also okay with showing you more of my craft room/office.

When you enter my craft room and look to the right, you see this:

  • This is the top of a shoe cabinet that I use to store supplies. Most of my dollhouse items are inside this cabinet.
  • Items with double asterisks are basically trash. I simply still hold on to them because I have convinced myself that I can still use them for a project.
  • Not labeled are the two piano pouches in front of the boxes. They will be included in a future giveaway. Soon, I hope.
  • The necklaces to the lower left will be posted for sale on the revamped online shop.
  • That other yellow bowl has random stuff: paper clips, feathers, a box of matches, a small ceramic saucer.
And right beside the cabinet above is the sewing table: