Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Gifts for the Ladies

Gifts I gave last Christmas for the Ladies




Hope they liked it and will use it!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Felt Nativity

Christmas is not complete without the Nativity scene.
It is a reminder of the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

We have ceramic figurines before but I don't know where it is now, or I guess I had thrown it away.
So I have to have a new one and I decided I would make one instead of buying it.

I was looking for a nativity design that I could hang up in our mini Christmas tree. Hanging it will save me some space and will serve as a tree ornament as well.  

I found this in Flickr. I find it so simple, clean and cute.

I made my own pattern, and used felt as fabric. 
To complete my Nativity Scene characters, I designed  the Three Kings and  the Shepherd and the Sheep. 

I wanted to share to you a tutorial, but I did not take photos while I was doing these.
 It's hard for me to put the process into words, photos would have been easier. 

( I took one photo only during the assembly of the parts.)

But if you want a pattern, just simply leave a comment and I will send you one.

Have a Very Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

U P D A T E 

Please visit my other post for Free Download of The Felt Nativity Pattern.
Click this link:


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Precious Child Hats

- Stitching the Logo Patches into the Reversible Bucket Hats I made -

 - Reverse Side -

 - Colors Available -

- All 30 pcs. of them -

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Starry Starry Christmas Tree

We have little Christmas Tree we bought since we got married. So it's about  5 years and 2 months old. I used to decorate it with balls, bells, flowers, garland and lights. This year I wanted it to be different. I want to make it more starry :)

So I made some little stars from my felt scraps ( I don't throw my felt scraps -- I either used it for small projects or for stuffing).

Here's how I did it:

(You may want to glue it to the white felt, to make it easy to sew as it will stay in its place)

(You can use running stitch or blanket stitch)

(The sample of putting the cord is not the star, but of one of my felt ornament. I just want to provide a clearer example.)

And here's our Little Christmas Tree...

Happy Starry Holidays Everyone!!!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Boni, my first Lens Scrunchie

My photographer friend (who by the way takes great photos, visit her blog: http://www.artsybelleimages.com/) asked me to do a Lady Bug Lens Scrunchies. I told her I had been wanting to do one too. I wanted something to help my baby focus to the camera. She also wants it for her kids clients, as she find it difficult for getting little kids to look at the camera. Sometimes she becomes a clown just to catch their attention, hehehe.

I have been searching about how to do one and I found these tutorial blogs:

And I also found some inspiration in these sites (they are really good at these!):

So here's my own version and I will be trying this on our Family Portraits this holiday. I hope this would work, hehehe.

Meet BONI, the ibon (Tagalog term for Bird)....


And yes, my next Lens Scrunchies would be a Lady Bug for my friend.

Logo Design in a Patch

See the logo before:

My logo design turned to a Patch by 
Made for U, Ayala Center, Cebu

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Christmas Stockings

It's December , It's this time of the year again...Christmas time.

Oh how I love Christmas time!
- beautiful decors, bright lights, Christmas jingles, gift giving, yummy food, reunion and merry making -

What warms my heart every Christmas time is I see that everybody is so happy, kids and kids alike too, hehehe.  When we were still young, it was even more fun. Aside from the fact that what we all do during the holidays was just play, eat and open gifts, we do have some traditions that we do believe & practiced, even until we were almost in high school.  We believe in Santa Claus! And if we will be good boys and girls , we will receive the gift we are wishing for.

We hang our our normal socks in our balcony every Christmas eve. Then in the Christmas morning, we rushed to our socks and delighted to see our candy filled socks and underneath it is our gift from Santa Claus. What such joy that fills our hearts every Christmas morning.

How does Santa Clause knows what are we wishing for? Well, We write to him, hehehe. We tell him what we have been doing and what we want for Christmas.  

Sadly, it all ended (the hanging of the socks)  when we figured out it was not Santa Claus who was giving us gifts. It was our Papa, Mama and Aunties. How did we figure it out? We did not peek, hehehe. We just found one of our letters to Santa Claus, which they forgot to keep.

But it did not break our hearts and it did not stop us in believing that there is Santa Claus. It even made us realize that Santa Claus is within each of us. It is when we SHARE THE JOY to everyone we love during this season as we celebrate  the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

So when we had our first baby in the family, I made a special stocking for him to hang (not his socks, hehehe) and continue on with the tradition, and this time it will be us who will pretend to be Santa. 
I also made stockings for my friends's kids and the last I did was for my Zee, a very special Santa Stocking.

I got my pattern from McCall's. Step by step instructions is also include in the file. You just have to sign up for their e-newsletter, to download all their free patterns. Visit McCall's site HERE.
Why not make one for your kid too. You still have time.

For Paper and Elements - Holiday Mini Kit Freebie
by: Simply Scraps by Laura Banasiak

Happy Holiday Sewing!!!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Acrylic Stand Sticky Notes Holder : a wedding favor

A cousin of mine will be tying the knot this coming April 2012. They will have a spring wedding in the US. It is very impossible for us to be there but she wants us to be a part of their special day. So she asked me to make her wedding favors, 100% from the Philippines  and 100% made by us. At least through the favors, our presence will still be felt, hehehe.

So this is what I made for her and her future hubby, and I am very glad they really like it. 

Inspired by this and this and this!

I made 85 pcs. of Acrylic Stand Sticky Notes Holder, which is refillable. It also comes with a pen holder. I added a native touch, by inserting a Sinamay (Abaca Fiber) inside the Acrylic --- a very challenging thing to do, hehehe. But, patiently, I finished all.

I also made boxes . (Sorry no tutorial for the box...maybe in the future)

Want to make the Acrylic Stand Sticky Notes Holder?

Here's what you need:

Acrylic Card Stand, Cross Grain Ribbon,  Board (for the Sticky Notes Cover), Fabric Flower (for Decor), Sinamay , Pencil and Sticky Notes. Sizes are not specified because I will leave it up to you. For adhesives, I used Hot Melt Glue, Elmer's Glue and Double Sided Tape.

How you will do it:

Cut out Sinamay according to your Acrylic stand size. I used the paper that comes with the stand as template.

The size of the ribbons for pen holders depends on the pen you are going to put. I used Hot Melt Glue for the ribbons and the fabric flower adhesion.

The cover is made of board and I pasted a Thank you message in front of it.  I used hot melt glue in putting the ribbon to the board. Double sided tapes were placed at the back ready for putting the board cover into the frame.

For the ribbon with the fabric flower, I used hot let glue to adhere it into the frame. After putting everything in the frame, you are done. 

So simple!!!

Happy Making!!!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Coloring Mandalas

I love to Color!!!

When I was pregnant, my baby don't want me to sleep, hehehe. I don't like to watch TV or read a book. It was also at this time that I don't find the Internet amusing. I have so many weird feelings when I was preggy, these were just few of those. So I just sat in the bed and do nothing. It was so stressful for me and the baby.

I have to do something to keep me busy until I can go to sleep. There was not much work in the office then, so I began to search (secretly, ssssh!!!) for creative things to do. Coloring was my choice. I was looking for pages which are more intricate ones, and challenging too. I found many but what caught my attention was the astonishing intricacy of the MANDALAS. 

What are Mandalas? 
I have to lead you to Wikipedia, hehehe.
This SITE  too gives you a simpler explanation of what Mandala is and free coloring pages, as well.

The pattern itself is beautiful and when you color it, it is even more.
It did not only keep me busy at night, it was also a way to calm my self, bringing out that creative part of me.
It was relaxing and fulfilling, too. 

I printed lots and lots, and these are some of the mandalas I colored using colored pencils

I got these free mandala coloring pages HERE. 
And to give you some inspirations, HERE's a very nice gallery.

Happy Mandala Coloring!!!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Cute Animals Notepad

Another project using my Cute Animal Doodles.

My best friend , Ingrid, gave me a notepad last December 2010. She was the one who designed it, print and have it beautifully bound.  I used it mostly for grocery list, doodles, or take down notes. Still have few pages left :), and will leave it blank for keep sake, hehehe.

She shared it in her store as a freebie, which you can customize. It comes also with a very clear instructions.
So visit her store now --- http://www.mscraps.com/shop/product.php?productid=837

I had done some notepads before (based on Ingrid's template), for Christmas gifts.

For my latest notepad project, I made my own template and I used my cute animal doodles. The size of the notepad is 9cm x 9cm.

You can try making your own notepad, just download my PSD file for the template, edit the text and print. If you don't want any text in it, you can download the JPEG version, to print directly. After printing (Paper Size is 8.5 X 13), cut and gather all the paper, then clip it. Put glue on top of the gathered papers, at least 3 layers. Drying one layer at a time. You can also use a Padding Compound.
Notepad with name.

Notepad with no name.

Happy Notepad Making!!!