Friday, December 30, 2011

It's a Girl Stir Sticks for Dawana





Friday, October 7, 2011

Fuchsia Damask Stir Sticks Samples for Michelle and John

Michelle asked me five days ago if she can see samples of the stir sticks with the damask design in fuchsia. I was busy rushing 200 pieces of the faux wax seals going to Hong Kong so I wasnt able to work on it right away. I am doing Harry Potter themed stir sticks for a party this Saturday so I quickly made samples. I tried taking pics with and without the flash.











Final two samples.

Finer print

Bigger Print

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mad Hatter Inspired French Macaron Toppers

I have a client from Australia for the faux wax seals, Kristy told me that she have read my blog and she learned that I am crafty and asked me if I can make some toppers for her macarons, I went ahead and showed her samples and we decided on the following design. It actually turned out really great!





Canon 60D, Photography Classes and some updates!

Its been a while since I last posted something crafty in here but I was working on so much stuff that I would have projects to post everyday if only I would have the time. I am starting to think that I cant handle everything all at once and that I have more than my share of what I can chew. I am enrolled to take photography lessons at NYIP, my unit one is supposed to be for 16 weeks, I should have submitted the assignments but I haven't even able to open the books, unit two and three already came and the more that I got overwhelmed. Im busy with local craft shows, orders for parties and weddings, both local and online, babysitting after school hours, 3 wonderful kids who loves to help me with my crafts so thats a bonus and on top of that, trying to be a good wife! Jeremy was nice enough to get me a new camera, Canon 60D, yey for that! Although I have so much to learn since I am used to my NIkon D40x.

 We invested on a bunch of adobe programs, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Premiere Elements 9, and Lightroom 3. I have successfully installed but no time to double click it and actually learn it! Now I got an email from adobe that CS5 would be offered to us for only $300 until the 19th of this month. I was supposed to enroll and take the class too but the cost of the program deterred me from doing so. Now I am so tempted to give in, Jeremy already said to go ahead and get it since it would help us both. He has a Canon 5d, he was supposed to get me a 7d but it was not yet available on base and they have a 60d in stock, we weighed the options, and since it uses SD cards and it is lighter and  I love how you can flip the LCD monitor out, so we did not wait for 7d anymore.

Jeremy told me to walk out in the balcony to capture the sunrise and its my first time using the Canon 60D. Its a nice view of Yokosuka that we dont get tired looking at, although I wish we live so much closer to the water..

That night it was a full moon and it was almost red when we stepped out but I love this shot when the clouds cast a shadow over the moon.

 We went to a Japanese park last weekend to try and take pics for my homework but I didn't find any satisfactory at all to submit. Jeremy was able to take really breathtaking ones of some guys on their bikes suspended in mid air, I still have to lean so much, especially shooting using the manual mode.


I love this kid! so focused!







Here's one lucky shot I got of the guy on his bike. 


By the time I am done posting this, I have already placed the order for the Adobe Photoshop CS5 and ordered more stuff for my crafts! I have 10 days left till the NEX bazaar, time to get back to work!

Hope everyone is having a great time, cant wait for Fall to come around!



Sunday, July 31, 2011

Washi Paper Covered Pencils with Case


My dear friend Mai moved back to the US, we all got evacuated last March but they were not allowed to go back anymore coz their orders were almost up. I was in California and she was in Texas, we were able to talk for a couple of times while we were there and a couple of weeks ago when she was on vacation back in the Philippines, she called me up and I was frantically looking for the wireless phone, but no luck there! Good thing she left her contact number so I was able to call her back and we talked for more than an hour. Right now, she might be back in the US, looking for a house? Waiting for a military housing? Waiting for the shipment of their household goods? I miss her dearly, she was my constant companion all the time! We never get tired driving around, walking everywhere, looking for new thrift stores,exploring the next vintage find we can haul back home, shopping for craft materials and constantly looking for the next item that would inspire our creative juices. I never had a sister, I always longed for one all my life but I can say that I have been blessed to have found great friends like her. We got the military house here in Japan last January of 2007 and I saw her at the elevator, she was so nice and we found out we live on the same floor across each other, she told me to knock on her door if I need anything and I gladly took that offer and never stopped bugging her 24/7.  She was gutsy enough to drive off base and really encouraged me to do the same. Today, our other neighbor and friend Weng wanted to go to the thrift store and we were talking about Mai and how we missed her and how glad we were, that before she left she have taught us the directions on how to find the thrift stores. Mai is the one out of boredom started learning how to make the washi eggs, until I really bugged her to start selling it. I have been collecting washi paper all these time but never really did anything about it until I found all the notepads and the cute mechanical pencils. 

Two weeks ago I was on the elevator and saw somebody and I asked her if she's new and I offered her a ride to the post office, she already called a cab so she just waited for me there and I offered to drive her back home but opted to drive her off base and show her some stores. Her name is Jing. So from then on we have been driving everywhere, eating out all the time and if Weng is off, we are out the whole day.  When she learned that I am making stuff and that I am drowning on sorting out all the stuff that I have shipped back and forth coz of the evacuation, she offered to help me wrap all the pencils! I was hesitant at first but she insisted that she is fine with it and that she is really not doing anything, so I gave in! Oh boy, she wrapped hundreds of pencils!!! She made it so fast! She is so amazing!!! I cant make just one post about all the pencils, it is really a lot that I cant finish sharpening all of them, I am seriously getting blisters on my fingers. So for now I would just post the ones I have successfully finished, I was lucky enough to find some clear case. I've been searching for some time now! I think I am starting to believe that when you ask God/ the universe/ Buddha/Allah, it doesnt matter whoever you believed in, no matter what your faith is, it will magically be there for you! I was really ecstatic about that find, I wish it is easy to sharpen all the pencils so I can take pics of all of it at once. I dont even want to sell it! It's all so pretty! so here it goes....
























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