Archive for December, 2010

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For the Ladies

23 December 2010

I bought gifts for a bunch of people, but there are some which I found were too plain. I got them cheap so I figured that I could make up for it by embellishing them a bit. These three tops are for my cousin, boyfriend’s sister and their cousin.

At first I laid the clothes out and sprinkled beads and sequins on them to visualize what I wanted to do. The tank top from Pink Soda was nice, but it needed a little sparkle:

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Pin-Up

22 December 2010

For the past few days I’ve been embellishing some of the clothes I’m going to give as presents. These are plain tops that I bought for really cheap prices, so I wanted to add some sparkle to them. But that’s for the next blog post (when I actually finish sewing on the sparkles). While looking for beads and things to embellish the tops with, I came across this sequin flower brooch and fabric leaves. They looked fine together, but needed something more, so I dug up these chains which are supposed to be for necklace locks. A little looping on the wire over here, and a little hot glue over there is all you need. ­čśë

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Recycled Rainbow Connection

18 December 2010

While I was painting the paper I used for my lantern, I got the idea that I could use something similar as gift wrappers. I had a few tubes of usable paint left over and a couple more sheets of blueprint, I figured I should do just that. I only had yellow, red, blue and green left over, which were incidentally appropriate Christmas-y colors. I also had two sheets of blueprint left.

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Lantern-making

17 December 2010

For one of my classes, in preparation for the annual UP Lantern Parade, we were required to design and create prototype lanterns to be carried by each student of the college. I was assigned to make one that (supposedly) represents the Home Economics Education Department (HEED). After wracking my brain on a design, making a few failed attempts, searching the internets for inspiration (or, if I was lucky, a straightforward DIY), I found this lovely chandelier thing made out of toilet paper rolls (which I totally cannot find right now. Sorry!). That became the jump-off point to make my prototype which I call a “Beacon”.


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Crafting in CBTL

15 December 2010

Yesterday I attended a party dressed up as Sunshine Corazon in her “Telephone” scene. I had most of the costume down, but she had a bunch of colorful bangles, and I just HAD to have some of those.

Incidentally, a few days back I chanced upon this craft blog post which was perfect for the purpose. I found some black rubbery bracelets and rings at a bazaar (the whole bunch for just 10 pesos!) which I wrapped with yarn to give it some color.

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Greeting Card Mod: Wedding Style

11 December 2010

Today, friends of my boyfriend and I are getting married. Since they’re going to move to China just one week after, it wasn’t wise to give them the usual homemaking presents. We got them gift cards instead so they could buy stuff they need for their trip. Of course I wouldn’t put it in just any envelope, would I? It needs packaging! Thus, the greeting card mod part 2 was born.

It started out as a really, really, really old greeting card I rummaged up from my stationery drawer. It only had “Good Luck” on the cover and “with best wishes” written inside. I had some spare envelopes lying around and I placed a tumbling kitty sticker in one corner.

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90’s Retro Chic

9 December 2010

One of my classes this semester is Decorative Arts and Soft Furnishings, which is a sort of arts and crafts kind of class. Last time we made textile designs with huge sheets of canvas and fabric paint. This time, as we were on the topic of dyeing methods, we made tie dye shirts!

*Insert flashbacks of childhood here*

One of my ultimate favorite shirts when I was a kid was an oversized T-shirt tie dyed with neon colors. I didn’t let go of it until it was torn and tattered. In third grade my brother and I made our own crappy tie dye as the sports fest uniform of his class. Those were the tacky and psychedelic times of tie dye. Now there are really awesome examples of the same dyeing method that don’t look as dated. That was what I was aiming for.

I started with a basic white cotton t-shirt which I cut up a bit from the sleeves and collar just so it won’t be so basic.┬áSome (a lot of) rubber bands, two dye colors later, here it is!

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Quasi-China

8 December 2010

Another semester rolled in, and for one class I’m in a group assigned to do a presentation about Chinese furniture. We’ve got the usual powerpoint down, but there’s always the need to make things more interesting. One of the things we usually do in group reports is have a game (with prizes, of course). It’s a fun way of asking questions about the presentation to check if the class learned anything. We’re using these paper fortune cookies with the questions inside.

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Next, which is ┬átotally unnecessary but quite cute to have, I made a garland of “Chinese lanterns” to hang across the top of the projector screen. The process is quite simple, really:

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