Handmade Baby Shoes

While surfing the web a few weeks ago, I came across this tutorial of handmade felt baby shoes. Since I was busy with other stuff that time, I added it to my list of bookmarked craft projects to do.

During Black Saturday, I finally got to try doing it. Wrapping the upper piece over the sole and pinning it was a bit tricky for me but somehow I finally got the hang of it after several tries. I actually made about three pairs for the yellow one because everytime I get to the end, the fit just seemed weird. I realized that your cut of the cloth should really be perfect so that you can wrap it around the sole nicely and get the perfect fit and shape.


Like Mommy, like Jordi

Hers vs. mine. Uhhmmm…Yellow is not my favorite color but I’ve got several pairs of shoes in this color. Weirdo.

Another pair in white with embellishments given as a gift by my college classmate Minrose

White and purple

I hope that these pieces are really among those stuff our Little Kulet would actually use since I also plan to include these in a “treasure box” which I want to give to her when she’s all grown up like on her 18th birthday or wedding day or something.


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Styling Makes Perfect

One of the things I love in crafting is getting to photograph the finished product. It’s like being with my two loves at the same time. This is also the moment when I get to bask in the glory of what I made especially if the process of making it has been quite tedious and challenging. While I enjoy the process–seeing my imagination slowly come to life–I also feel immense satisfaction at seeing the proof that I have truly created something.

When I photograph what I made, I love styling them because it further draws out my creativity and imagination. I also get to practice my photography skills especially at this time when I am in a some sort of a hiatus from my photojournalism life because of my pregnancy (7 months now!scared and excited at the same time).

I am no styling or photography expert but I just would like to share some tricks that has worked for me so far.

This is a print I made for my maternity shoot. I really wanted to write my daughter’s name in watercolor but my skills failed me so I ended up drawing and doing “cheat calligraphy” with a pen. In styling the detailed shots, I just made use of what I already have like these flowers (freshly picked from our garden) and this board for background.

Since the print has a botanical theme, I experimented with different plants to see what goes well.

In styling, use/explore themes that interests you. In my case, I am inlove with vintage and botanical themes right now so I applied it for this shoot.

Again, you really don’t need to look elsewhere for props and stuff. Just make use of what you have like this vintage magnifying lens that my husband got from his uncle.

A plain background, like white, makes small objects stand out. Including tools or objects that you use in making a certain product also helps the audience understand or get a glimpse of your process.

Use natural light as much as possible. Observe the lighting conditions at different times of the day in your house, office, studio or wherever you work and take most of your photos, and use this lighting to your advantage. It not only enhances the beauty of what you made, it’s also free :)

Styling a shoot doesn’t need to be tedious and expensive. Just make use of what you have, experiment with different placement of objects, take it as an exercise in creativity, and most of all, have fun!

Any styling or photography tips and tricks you want to share? I’d love to hear them.

Happy crafting…and styling! :)

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Sewing 101: Craft Apron & Tote Bag

I am not an expert at sewing. I must admit, I even hardly know the basics and can barely sew in a straight line. But this craft is something I consider very close to my heart because what I know now about it are not things I learned from books or from the Web but from hours of watching my mother sew pen cases and throwpillows and curtains and even my school uniform when I was a kid. Being her little helper, I used to sit under her sewing machine (which is what we are still using today), trimming the threads off the pen cases and throwpillows she has finished.

I don’t get to use my mother’s sewing machine that often though since it conks out on me most of the time and I have no idea about quick fixes and stuff. But two weekends ago, for some reason, it has been in tip top shape, allowing me to finish a crazy number (about 16!) of window shades for our home office.

And aside from the shades, I was also able to make a craft apron and a tote bag. I have never sewn anything this many in my entire life and my mother said that my sewing has greatly improved. Coming from an expert (and my mother at that who quite meticulous with most things), I am over the moon!

My mother’s decades old sewing machine

The craft apron I made inspired by the one made by Alessandra Lanot as published in the Candy DIY Book. Then I handpainted it instead of using rubber stamps for the print.

Modelling my craft apron :P

My new rubber stamped tote bag

My new rubber stamped tote bag

I still have several sewing projects in mind. Hopefully, I get to do them all soon before I give birth in June. Whew!

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Life Lately…

Happy Easter, crafty friends!

Life and work and this pregnancy took over my life lately so that explains the long hiatus from this blog. My crafting life also took a back seat again although once in a while, I got to sneak in a few projects.

Here are a few of those…

|LEFT| I found some scrap pieces of wood at my parents’ garage, assembled it and painted it with gold stripes to make this planter. |RIGHT| I breathed new life to an old picture frame by covering it with some washi tape. Then, instead of a photo, I placed the papercut  made. 

I made some hanging planters using thin pieces of string. I painted the pots in bright, happy colors and planted it with succulents. These now hang at the window in front of my desk.

Little felt clouds I handstitched for our Little Kulet’s crib mobile.

And here’s the finished cloud mobile.

Instead of using typical curtains, blinds or shades for the window in front of my desk, I made shades with pockets to serve as extra storage for knick knacks, small books and other little stuff. I figured it’s also a pretty way of displaying postcards and other interesting prints.

During walks with my husband and our dogs around the neighborhood, I pick wildflowers which I either press or dry.

Lately, I also enjoy styling product shoots using materials lying around the house.

Hopefully in the next few weeks, I get to blog more regularly and share with you more crafty projects and how-tos.

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Notebook Collection

Oftentimes, when I am feeling down and out of sync with the world, I usually head out to that part of a store where they sell cute notebooks, pens and papers. This often lifts my mood. These cutesy stuff just make me oh so happy.

So today, I thought of sharing with you the notebooks I have collected over the years. They are not expensive as I don’t want to feel any remorse when I want to use them. Prices range from Php 20 to just a little under Php 200.

I love florals! I am dying to own one of those Rifle Paper journals but they’re expensive especially if you add in the shipping. I wonder though if they’re available locally. Heima is selling some Rifle Paper stuff but none of those journals I like. So for now, I’ll make do with these equally pretty notebooks.

I love notebooks with cute, colorful and interesting prints

A planner with spaces for writing little notes

|Left| Fabric covered notebook |Right| I was fixated with this color (aqua/turquoise) for a while and it was mixed in with a pop of red so I am inlove.

|Left| I liked the simplicity of its cover and its quite large so its ideal for writing. |Right| This is a giveaway by a real estate company. It’s cover is embossed with flowers. It’s also ideal for writing because it’s quite thick and the spaces between the lines inside are huge.

Vintage inspired notebooks. The two on top, they have graphing paper-like pages so I liked it.

I found this one at a bookstore. It’s cover is made of plastic where you can insert whatever you like. So I customized the cover with washi tape, doily paper and a typewritten contact info.

Loving notebooks with plain covers too!

A Norwegian Wood notebook which Crystal, my bestfriend, got from Hong Kong, if I am not mistaken. Its inside pages are kraft paper with some Japanese texts in between some of the pages.

This is a notebook which Keith, my husband, designed for a donor-organization and which they gave out to partners during Christmas.

These are the notebooks I am using now. I have different notebooks for different purposes. |1| Notebook I use for news coverage. It’s small and sturdy so perfect for writing notes while on the go. |2| This is where I write notes on my pregnancy–what I eat, what I have been doing during the day, what I have been feeling. This will be useful during doctor’s visits and I think this will be cute to show to my little one when he’s/she’s all grown up. |3| Sketchbook and calligraphy practice pad. |4| Where I write my to-do lists. This is always on my desk at home. |5| This is the notebook that I have all the time in my bag. It contains notes, lists, budgets, etc. |6| A notebook for my crafting life where I list to-dos, wishlists, and possible projects.

I also found this cool blog, Notebook Stories, which contains interesting stories on people’s notebooks and/or their collections. There are also DIYs, vintage notebook restorations and so much more. Enjoy the read! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Christmas-inspired Kraft Envelopes For-A-Cause


If you’re not from the Philippines, perhaps you might have read, heard or seen in the news how our country was devastated by disasters (both natural and man-made) lately. Last September, an armed conflict erupted in Zamboanga City, between government troops and factions of the Moro National Liberation Front–a group seeking for Mindanao’s independence from the rest of the country. Then in October, Bohol, an island province in Central Visayas was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. And then last November 8, Super Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan) hit many parts of the Visayas.

So many people lost their lives, homes and livelihoods in these disasters and how they will be able to rise up from these odds still puzzles me, and I’m sure many Filipinos too. But as they say, we Filipinos are resilient (and we are!) and somehow we are able to find ways to survive, and times like these, our spirit of bayanihan (loose translation: sense of community; spirit of unity and cooperation) prevails.

My gradeschool bestfriend, Crystal whose father hails from the town of Loon–a small town in Bohol that has been greatly affected by the earthquake–thought of giving away a small sum of money for 67 families in her father’s village for Noche Buena (Christmas Eve Dinner). It was suppose to be her own little project but a friend of hers pitched in as his Christmas gift to her. And so she thought of inviting her other friends to join. Here’s an excerpt of her Facebook message to us:

My Tatay’s* family are all well and alive but they lost some neighbors. Their barangay is still without electricity and due to trauma (and houses still can’t be fixed properly because it’s hard to find people up to the task and aftershocks still strikes every now and then) they still live in tents.


Just like in any province their barangay** is close-knit, Tay saw for himself when he visited just days after the quake how everyone’s working together and helping in whatever little way they can, so this Christmas as a personal project I have decided to give noche buena money to each of the 67 families in the barangay. I was supposed to do this on my own however one of my best friends based in New York has already sent money to add to what I have as his Christmas gift to me. (Another friend also added to my donation for the re-building of the churches). I’m expecting no gifts this year so this is not in lieu of what you’re supposed to give to me. Last year for most of you Ate Alma, our helper who lost family members when Typhoon Pablo*** struck their place, was recipient of your generosity and so I thought that maybe this year you would like to join me once again in spreading kindness and cheer to people who need it the most.

I want to be a part of Tal’s project but I am cash-strapped lately but I’ve got lots of time in my hands so I volunteered instead to make the envelopes where she can put the money in. Another friend of hers who’s into calligraphy volunteered to make the notes that would go in with the money. Crystal’s father will be going to Loon this week to personally distribute the cash gift.

TCL_envelope_08Hand-drawn Christmas lights.

TCL_envelope_07Dove – a symbol of peace.

TCL_envelope_06Fiesta-inspired. Hand-stamped buntings.

TCL_envelope_05Mini Christmas trees using scrap paper.

TCL_envelope_04Watercolored and Washi-ed! :)

TCL_envelope_03Scrap paper cutouts and washi tape

TCL_envelope_02Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Hand-drawn and watercolored :)

We all have been blessed this year and I’m sure we all have something to share no matter how big or small. Wherever you might be right now, please say a little prayer for these people who were affected by these disasters as well as all the others out there who needs help. This will definitely go a long way.

Also, if you want to donate to relief efforts in the Philippines, CBS, Huffington Post, CNN and Time provided a list of organizations you can give to. You might also want to volunteer in your local charities over your holiday break to spread some Christmas cheer.

Let’s always be grateful and share. Merry Christmas everyone!

* Tatay – Filipino term for “father”
**Barangay – a village
*** Typhoon Pablo (International Name: Bopha), also a Category 5 typhoon hit 3 provinces (Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and parts of Agusan del Sur) in Southern Mindanao last year

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Craftlove: Handmade Bouquet

I’m pretty proud of myself this week! I finally finished this bouquet which I started weeks and weeks ago and I’m quite happy how it turned out!


I handcrafted all these flowers from “fossilized” (for lack of a better term huh?!) cacao (where chocolates come from!) leaves which I processed last year, and durian paper which I got from KATAKUS.  I used dried grass flowers as “fillers” which I collected during walks around the neighborhood with Keith and our 8 adorable dogs.


A rustic or fall wedding, and nostalgic brides who’d want to relive the memories of their big day were all in my head when I was making this bouquet but I think this will be just as perfect for your engagement shoot, home, or as a gift to a friend or someone special in your life.



I accept custom orders for this item. Philippine residents can send me an email over at //thursdaycraftlove@gmail.com// for orders and shipping rates. For everyone else, kindly head over to my Etsy Shop to order. Thank you so much! 

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Snapshots of Home

Finally, after 8 long, arduous months of construction, our house is finally done! For those 8 months, my life has been nothing but cement and steel and layouts and measurements. Me and my husband, Keith personally supervised the construction (with a lot of help from my engineer cousin). We are here almost everyday–approving designs and layouts, ordering supplies, interacting with the workers, doing some construction jobs ourselves like sanding and painting shelves, and trying to understand engineering marvels and construction lingo. We learned SO much, that to a point I started to think I can now change careers–be an architect, start a construction business or something (hehe!).

We moved in last August but it’s taking us until now to fix and organize our stuff, especially work stuff since we work mostly from home. But for now, I am just happy and content that I can finally see some floor space and somehow manage to find things without tumbling over stuff (and without taking hours just to find them).

The whole process has been fun and exciting but mostly, it has been difficult for us. We encountered lots of challenges during those months but looking back at it, it made me realize that those problems only made this house more special to me and Keith. Family and friends helped us out during those tough times–both in getting through those personal challenges and with the construction itself. In a way, this house is a testament of love between me and Keith, our family, and our friends.

Until today, I still somehow can’t believe that we finally have our own space. This is one LIFE PROJECT (yes, this is that project I’ve mentioned months back) that I never thought would be possible but God made it happen and I am really thankful everyday for it.

So much work still needs to be done–tiling, more storage, among others–but for now, we rest and enjoy our home sweet home :)

Here’s a sneak peek at some parts of the house and some of the DIY projects that Keith and I did:

file000021Our stairs is one of the places in the house where our dogs love to hang out.

www.thursdaycraftlove.comOur dog, Sushi, with the cement planters I made

www.thursdaycraftove.com That’s Sophie, our first dog

www.thursdaycraftove.comAnd Shinji, the youngest of Sophie’s babies

We were aiming for the vintage-modern-industrial look and as much as possible, we tried to make use of eco-friendly materials.

www.thursdaycraftove.comWood from the louvre windows at the house of Keith’s grandparents serve as base for this lighting fixture

| Kitchen Light | Thanks to Pinterest, I was inspired to have baking tins and old wood for our kitchen lights

www.thursdaycraftove.com| Kitchen Counter Light | I painted a dome reflector in mint to add color in the kitchen

www.thursdaycraftove.com| Dining Table Lights | Keith made these from scraps of wood that my mother got from a factory exporting kiln dried wood

file000183| Dining Table Lights | And it’s all lit up at night by LED lights

|Front Door Light | My husband also made this one from scraps of wood and also made the design for the door

| Stairs | A simple lighting fixture made by Keith…

www.thursdaycraftove.com| Stairs | …That lights up the stairway at night

| Light | One of the things I love most about our home is the light that streams through at different times of day. This photo was taken at around 7 am.

| Bathroom | This small but cozy space is one of my favorite places in the house

I restored an old softdrinks case which we found at the basement of Keith’s grandparents’ house. It now serves as a repository for keys, coins, bills and other knickknacks.

I really dreamed of having a kitchen sink with windows and plants in front of it so here it is.

www.thursdaycraftove.comThe kitchen at night

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Destressing at Life After Breakfast’s Watercolor Crafternoon

Our (new) house is one heck of a mess right now since we just moved in last week. Boxes and bags and what-nots are all over the place occupying whatever precious floor space available. So to get away from it all (and I have really been dying to join similar workshops since and meet fellow crafters), I joined Life After Breakfast’s 1st Watercolor Crafternoon in Davao City last Sunday.

Alessa of Life After Breakfast taught us the basics of watercolor (how to hold the brush, different techniques and washes, etc) and then to apply what we learned, she handed us postcards of birds which we had to copy (draw and color). I picked a postcard with a red and black bird (and I forgot its name) and since there’s drawing involved in this exercise, as expected, I sucked bigtime.

We were suppose to have another exercise (watercolor on wood) but since we ran out of time, Alessa just gave the wood slabs to us as assignment and submit what we did through Instagram  (super cool!).

It was fun meeting people who share the same passion as I do. Oftentimes, I really feel so alone since only a few people from my circle can really understand my need to craft and do something with my hands (and yes, hoard supplies too!) Although we really didn’t have enough time to talk to each other, it was a chance for us to meet and learn together and hopefully, we’d be meeting again in the next crafternoon :)

the kit for the crafternoon:  Sakura Koi Watercolor Set, brushes, pencil and pretty stickers and calling card from Alessa

I think this was the part where Alessa was teaching us about the wrist flick technique

Alessa and my classmates at work

That’s me (standing 2nd from right) with Alessa and my classmates. And yes, I really intended to hide my work (haha!) Thanks to Mansy for this photo :)

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Maxi’s Happy Birthday Cake

Last July 15 (late post again, sorry), we celebrated Maxi’s nth birthday. Maxi is our Dalmatian whom we adopted from a friend who also adopted her from his friend or relative. And since we really don’t know the date, and even the year of her birth, we designated every July 15 as her birthday.

31880_402024419400_4742462_nMaxi, the birthday girl

So for Maxi’s birthday this year, I made her a cake–or at least the icing. I decorated some store-bought chiffon cake with icing (recipe here) and topped it with bougainvillea. Yes, you read it right–bougainvillea–as in the flower. Web search says its edible so even if our birthday girl devoured it, it’s safe (*wink*). I also made a papercut topper to greet Ate a happy birthday :)

papercutalmost done!

cardthe rasta cake in pastel (my husband’s words)

Too bad we weren’t able to take a video of Ate Max (as we fondly call her) getting all excited with her cake but below is a photo that pretty much sums up Maxi’s eagerness to get a taste of her birthday cake.

card-2happy birthday max!

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