Wednesday, February 23, 2011

For Sofia Senen's Strawberry Shortcake Party!!!

I was joking with my niece that we should just use "S" for the seals  coz those were her daughter's initials and Strawberry Shortcake's too, instead of flowers or butterflies but she liked the idea so we went ahead with that plan. The letter S by Stuart Houghton is the very first letter seal that I bought, I am collecting it one by one as it can be really pricey and finding all the letters can be a challenge, I haven't found a seller who carries the complete alphabet, most of them would just auction it off at ebay, maybe from real estate sales, I am not even sure if they are still making it today.

I was under some delusion that Strawberry Shortcake was pink while I was working on all of these stuff! I just realized now we should have made the seals red too! I already made pink envelopes and pink tags and mentioned it to my niece that I would be making a pink topiary when she asked me if I could make it red. Maybe I  really am not just a big fan of red stuff as pink is my favorite color! So I made some magnets too with red envelopes. I've used the Marvy Uchida envelope punch and made the same stickers for the seals.

Then we went off base to a store called Daiso, it is commonly called the 100 yen store, like the dollar stores back in the U.S. except not everything is a 100 yen and its not really a dollar coz of the weak dollar versus the yen but it is really fun going there, they have all sort of things you can look at.  Over the years we learned it the hard way that not everything they sell will always be there, so when I see something that I can really use for the business, I buy them all, like the epoxy stickers I've been using for the magnets, I bought all of it and now I am running out of stock and I cant find it anywhere else, I am trying to make a deal with a supplier in China, hoping I wont get scammed at all! So anyways, I walked into the store and what caught my eyes were candies, different strawberry candies! But they only have 6 packs of the strawberry shaped ones, its funny coz if you ask anybody at the store, they would tell you that there's no more, sold out, everything else they say would be in Japanese and sold out would be in english =) I was excited to go home and start working on the packaging!

I used Marvy Uchida 1.5 inches round punch and Marvy Uchida 2 inches Scalloped punch for the tags. It wasnt the original packaging that I worked on but I made the tags a little bit too big so I revised it.
And the last one is the topiary lollipop with the strawberry pot!

Thats what I've been working on the last couple of days, I am lost in Strawberry Shortcake la la land!!! Now we just have to sit back and cross our fingers that the package wont get lost, the pot wont get broken and the seals would make it on time all the way to the Republic of Ireland!

Hope everyone had a great 3 day weekend! 

Friday, February 18, 2011

USO Bazaar

I have just finished doing the USO Bazaar last weekend and it was surely a lot of fun!!! 

I've ordered the Twilight table cover to match the twilight stuff, I know I am crazy!!!!

Here I have the necklaces, bookmarks, magnets, magnet clips, keychains,photo cubes, photo stones, business card holders, tin boxes and cellphone charms

Its not just because pink is my favorite color but I really support the fight for Breast Cancer.  There was a girl who came over and asked about the bracelet with beads(the one on the left side), we talked casually and she told me her mom just passed away recently, I know I am such a cry baby but yes, both of us were teary eyed. I feel her pain and sadness. I can't imagine loosing someone especially my own mother. I pray that she will find comfort whenever she is wearing the bracelet and that she will eventually find peace and healing in her loss. I gave her a free magnet, I cant even remember which one, if it says faith,hope or love.

Yes I have a section for Barbie shoes!!! I just love it when kids are so happy seeing them, even though Mommy would say NO!!!! hehehe. Jeremy always jokes about me trying to be like Imelda Marcos, I really swear, I wont buy anymore shoes until the end of this year! and clothes too! But I wont stop buying craft supplies =)

I made the first 3 above. There was a family who always comes at the bazaars and their daughter really wanted the red one and her parents let her get it using her Valentine's money. That was my first sale that day =)  Then my fellow crafter Jen of Glamour Girls got the pink one for his son's teacher so I got home Saturday night and cranked up my Cricut Machine and made the red and blue below. I would be making a post about how to make these soon!


I love all of these! No two are alike! I call them Hearts Sentiments Magnets, its about love, friendship, inspirations and Bible quotes.  There was a dad who spent a long time sorting through them reading the messages one by one, looking at the small round magnets too,choosing the right ones for her daughters and wife back in the U.S.  I am thankful for people like him, very very thoughtful! I gave him 3 different packs of the clay stickers for his daughters. I should have taken a picture of the magnets he chose! The messages were so sweet! Im sure his wife would have such a big big smile when she gets them!

Hello Kitty magnets, Princess magnets, washi magnets, kanji magnets that Mai makes, even the adorable traditional boy and girl in a kimono magnet! And of course the stickers that kids cry for all the time =)

This is my scrap booking embellishment side. Ive noticed that crafty people dont really come to the small bazaars. I usually see them on the big bazaars sponsored by the Navy Exchange. 

All the mentos boxed candies with faux wax seals! So adorable!

Clay Stickers and some store bought stuff

Yokosuka Magnets. I am excited for spring, cant wait to see the cherry blossoms again and try and use Jeremy's Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera to take some breathtaking pictures.

cellphone charms and earrings

A lady came and bought 4, went home and came back again with her daughter and ended up buying another 4. She was telling me she would be happy if her husband would buy her such stuff and how he claims she is so picky. I was laughing so hard, i told her my husband complains about that too and I kept on telling him I am not hard to please at all, he can get a piece of paper and write there how much he loves me and I would be more than happy with that. I get that from people all the time, its so hard to buy me a gift coz I seem to have everything and I can almost make anything but Id be happy with cute small stuff, nothing fancy at all, or just anything pink!!!! Or a book, that never fails to brighten my day!

Hello Kitty, Kai-lan and Princess necklaces, I have to make some more but I need to wait until the weather gets warmer coz it requires lots and lots of coat of glaze and I need to do it outside and wear a mask coz the fumes were too much.

Mai's Origami bookmarks and Magnets

I made 50 pieces notepads and it looks like its not that much at all! Ive sold more than half so all my hard work paid off! I got some crazy ideas that I cant wait to work on, I would be changing the designs and would make magnetic ones and pair it up with a washi covered pencil too that you can also attach to the fridge next to the notepad for easy access! Im just waiting for the shipment of magnets and I promise no more crafts until next week when Jeremy goes back to work =)

My business cards.

Setting up for a bazaar is not easy at all. Its not even about the money, its connecting with people who appreciates the work that you have been doing. It warms my heart when people tells me how cute my stuff is, even if they dont buy anything at all. I really enjoy making crafts, creating something beautiful, expressing yourself, experimenting with all the colors. I always joke around that I need to start selling my stuff coz my husband would go crazy if I dont, that way I can sustain buying more materials.  Im just really lucky that I have a great husband who doesnt mind the mess of the house when Im working on ten projects all at once and who lets me just do what makes me really happy. Some of my friends would bug me about how low my pricing is and some even told me I should not be selling it directly, I should always have a middle man coz if I am the one dealing with them, I always end up giving things for free or pricing it without any profits at all. Even when I got my candle making business, I dont mind giving 100pcs candles away. I dont know, I guess I grew up in a family where generosity is such a big thing. And no matter what I always feel so blessed, Im always thankful for my talents and for everything that I have in my life, i just feel that I am just sharing what I have and it will always come back to me in different ways.

I hope you are at a point in your life that you are happy with your choices and if you are still struggling, just hang in there! Sooner or later you would find yourself....
Just keep on reaching for your dreams and don't stop believing!

Have a great weekend everyone. Jeremy would be home tomorrow after being gone for a month so we got some catching up to do!  

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day Giveaway Winner!!!!

Hello everyone! Thanks for reading my blog and for joining the giveaway, I got 214 pageviews for this entry and only 16 valid comments, Im sorry for those who made lovely comments but was not able to leave their name, I really appreciate all of you taking the time out of your busy schedule to check out my stuff. I've used to choose the lucky winner and it is Ann of Ink and a Hard Hat. Congratulations Ann!!! I hope you would like all the stuff you would get and since you are a bookworm like myself, I would go through my books and send you some =) I would also add some Twilight Magnets and a lovely ribbon bookmark!!!

Until the next giveaway everyone!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day Giveaway!!!!

My parents did a great job instilling in all of us the value of sharing your blessings and I always believe that  once your life had been touched with kindness you would never be the same person again, you would continue to pass it forward. I am just starting this blog but I want to inspire people one craft at a time and since my life is so richly blessed I want to do a giveaway not just for my blog but for my dear friend Denise too! I am sorry shipping would only be open to United States, Philippines and Japanese residents. You can leave your email address at the comment part below, you dont even have to own a blog to join or if you are my friend on Facebook just leave your name. Entries will be accepted until  February 14, 2011 at 12 midnight Pacific Time. You can go to Denise Katipunera's site too and leave your email address there so you can increase your chances of winning the fabulous stuff below worth $36 and dont forget to post and repost to your Facebook, Friendster,Myspace and Twitter site and please ask your friends to do the same! Goodluck!
A pair of freshwater rice pearl earrings

A matching bracelet with a magnetic lock

Washi Paper Covered Notepad

5 pieces magnet individually wrapped in a small envelope

16 pieces Faux Wax Seal with the I LOVE YOU design

Washi Paper Covered Notepads and Magnets

I made around 50 pieces notepads and made magnets out of the scrap paper that was left of it. I was not planning on making a new post but for the first time in a long time, I went to bed at 9pm only to be woken up by the annoying fire alarm around 10:30, everybody in the building grudgingly went down using the fire exit which is not that fun coz we live at the 7th floor and it was freezing outside. Luckily though we only have to wait for like 5 to ten minutes and we all went back up but after 5 minutes the fire alarm went off again. I opted to go out in the balcony and looked down, the fire truck was already gone, I was thinking they just might be testing something. Most of my neighbors were out too, checking if everybody would go back down again, most of us decided to stay at the balcony and waited for the fire truck which came after 5 minutes and turned the system off again and everybody went up, it was a faulty sprinkler that set the fire alarm off according to my neighbor. I got inside the house and I was debating if I should work on more crafts for the bazaar this weekend or try to go back to sleep since I have to teach an English class to a bunch of Japanese kids. I usually do it every Friday until my friend gets back from her maternity leave but Friday would be a Japanese Holiday which turned out really great coz the set up for the USO Bazaar would be at 3pm and I dont get back on base until 530pm.  So here it is 1:30am and I am wide awake, grabbed my camera and uploaded the pics that Ive been taking the last couple of days.

I dont know why the Air Force Base has more crafty stuff than the Navy base but on our recent trip to Yokota I got the Martha Stewart Score Board and Envelope Tool, I kept on looking for it at Joann's but it was always out of stock and I didnt realize that Amazon was carrying it. I love buying from Amazon coz they ship super fast, within a week its here, with Joann's minimum waiting time is 6 to 7 weeks but they offer so much craft tools and I cant resist even though shipping takes forever, plus they always have a good SALE!!!

Using the scoreboard is so great, it was heaven sent! Cutting the card for the cover was so easy, even the scoring and folding, it didnt take me that long to whip up a batch. Ive used Avery glue stick to attach the washi paper to the card and went on cutting ribbons and added my personal touch, the charm that says "made with love". Ive printed labels using Avery 5160 then individually wrapped it. I wanted to make some more designs but I guess I would save those for the next Navy Exchange Bazaar in April.

So here it goes, all made with love!

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