Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Painting of the Day: Tinola ni Lola

My older brother loves to paint native scenes, vintage items or has something to do with everyday Filipino way of life.

This painting is titled "TINOLA NI LOLA", oil on canvas and measures 2ft x 3ft. "Tinola", is a soup based dish with chicken with ginger, papaya and other seasonings composed mainly of patis (fish sauce).

He said he was inspired to paint this because it reminds him of his younger years when my grandma used to cook tinola for us especially on a cold rainy day.

"Tinola ni Lola" (OIL ON CANVAS) 2ft x 3ft

See more paintings of my brother here.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Canon PhotoMarathon : On-the-Spot Photo Contest

Calling all students of all levels(Grade School,High School, College and Graduate Studies) who love photography, you still have a chance to join the biggest on-the-spot photo contest in the Philippines. This open to ALL STUDENTS with Canon Digital Cameras.

WHEN: October 26, 2013 Saturday
WHERE: UST (University of Santo Tomas) Espana, Metro Manila

Hurry and register now for the Canon Photomarathon University. REGISTRATION IS FREE AT WWW.CANON.COM.PH/PHOTOMARATHON2013

Jewellery Making Tips -How to Keep Your Beads Organised

Making beaded jewellery is a lot of fun, but one of the major challenges is keeping all of your little tiny beads organised. When you are a jewellery maker, you will have a lot of different little beads along with metal clasps, pieces of wire, decorative baubles, necklace chains and much more. These little items can quickly become disorganised and can turn into a big mess if you are not careful. This will make it much more difficult for you to complete your jewellery designs and find the materials that you are looking for.  You don’t want to spend more time looking for the right beads than you actually do working on your jewellery!

Also, having disorganised beads means that they are more likely to fall on the floor – which can result in your beautiful beads getting caught by the Hoover and wasted!

So how can you keep your beads more organised? The trick is to develop a system that works well for you and then stick to it. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Buy a Large Enough Storage Container

There are plastic containers out there that are designed for storing beads and have a lot of different little compartments within them. These are great, because you can store all of your beads and gemstones within them and organise them by size or colour.

Invest in Plenty of Small Plastic Baggies

Little clear plastic sandwich baggies are fantastic for helping to organise your beading work. You can use them to keep your smaller projects separate while you are waiting to sell them. The bags will protect the jewellery by keeping the dust off and also make sure that no small pieces are lost or damaged. You can keep them all together in one of your drawers or boxes, with a label on the box of course so that you know where they are.

Label Everything

Another item that will really help you when it comes to organisation is a labeller. This will allow you to label the different boxes of beads so that you can quickly see what they are without having to open them. This will help you when you are looking for a specific type of beads to complete a project, so that you will not have to look through all of the boxes to find them.

You could even use your labeller to label your plastic bags with your completed projects to sell in them, so that you can keep track of quantity and price.

Set Up a Designated Beading Area in Your Home

Sometimes the main obstacle that prevents jewellery artists from being more organised is because they don’t have a designated space in their home to work on their projects. Perhaps they start beading on the kitchen table, only to have to clean up in a hurry because dinner will soon be served. This usually involves hastily stuffing everything away rather than keeping it in a well organised and laid out fashion.

If at all possible, find a comfortable spot in your home where you can enjoy relaxing and working on your beading work. This will allow you to set up a permanent “home” for all of your supplies so that you won’t have to tuck them away when you are not working on them. It will be a lot easier to keep your supplies organised and together when you have your own designated bead making space.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Once you have set up a system for keeping your beads organised, it is important to make sure that you follow the system and put everything back where it belongs. It is no use having a well organised and labelled tray for your beads, if you simply throw all of them into the tray at the end of the day without any regard to colour or size. Get in the habit of putting your beads back in the right place at the end of the day, which will help you to stay on top of your organisation.

Getting your beads organised will take a lot of work at first, but as long as you can stay on top of it and keep putting them back where they belong your beads will stay organised. This will save you a lot of time and hassle, which will mean that you can spend more time working on your jewellery designs.

George Torres is a freelance writer and part time jewellery designer. He sells his designs online as well as on the weekend at his local Sunday market.

Wedding / Pre- Nup / Engagement B/W Templates

Lately, I was aiming to make another digital scrapbooking kit but I don't really have the luxury of time to make a full kit with lots of papers and elements. The other week, I decided to make just a simple or mini kit with a Black and White theme since I have not done any ever since I started making digi kits for Artscow.

I started making just a couple of papers and just 2 flowers and immediately made templates out of this mini kit. I was surprised that it was beautiful and I was able to make a photobook, mousepad,calendars of different sizes and few cosmetic bags out of my mini kit and they all have a Wedding / Pre- Nup / Engagement theme on it.
I'm trying make more soon because October till Early December will be the peak season for ordering pf personalized items since these items will require 1 month or so for processing and delivery.

Here are some templates that I made. I'll link them as soon as it approved by Artscow for orders.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Arts & Crafts Playpen Workshop

Hey all craft Cebuanos, bring your kids this weekend on a day filled with workshop that will surely enjoyed by your kids. Life After Breakfast blog and ANTHILL Fabric Gallery will be having a workshop in Ayala Center Cebu's Active Zone for kids.

Workshop fee is P1,00 and that will include craft kits and a doll already.
Activities will include: Fabric stamping, stationery stamping, friendship bracelet making where  DMC threads will be used as well.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Photos of the Day: Wildflowers

Found these old photos that I took before and I can't help myself but to feel dreamy everytime I see these photos.It greatly reminds me of summer time in the country side walking or riding my bike in the crack of the morning. It's dreamy and I find peace in these photos.

These are the wildflowers that are growing along the side of the streets and I got attracted at them. Got my DSLR cam with my 50mm lens and got some decent shots.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Blogging as a Hobby

I pretty much enjoy all sorts of hobbies where I can show off my creativity. In my elementary days, we learned to do tatting in our home economics subject. Tatting shuttle with a tatting thread is used to make series of knots and loops that will look like a dainty doily once it is finished. I have to say that it's not very easy to learn because there are techniques to be followed in order not to have a dead knot. It can be stitched on handkerchief edges, etc.

My hobbies expanded to crocheting, topiary/wreath making, basket decorations, embroidery, cross-stitching, jewelry making, digital photography, digital scrapbooking and blogging through the years. I started blogging in 2005 and up to now it has become my way to express myself and share some piece of my life and anything that fancies me.

Blogging is a good form of hobby for anyone can write anything on their so called online diary. It can be about your life, experiences, rants, hobbies, food, travel or anything that a blogger wishes to share online.

If we take a look at the infographic below, blogging in 2011 has clearly expanded as 156 million blogs were existent already. It only shows that blogs whether it is personal or business one have been online hoping to be read by online users.

I can personally recommend blogging as a hobby for in the end it can also be your tool to earn extra moolah. But first, you need to have an interest in writing or creating articles for your readers to read. If you have no passion to write, you'll just end up just publishing 1 or 2 posts because you already lack interest on it. You don't really need to be a great or seasoned writer though but as long as you enjoy blogging, then that is all that matters. If you're interested, you can check our various blogging tutorials for beginners.

Keep blogging everyone!

Gift Ideas: Personalized Cosmetic Bags

Christmas is just around the corner once again and I'm sure that you are already thinking of what gifts to give to your friends and relatives.

One of my fave gifts to give to my aunts, friends and even to my nieces are these personalized cosmetic bags that I am ordering at It's not only used to put cosmetics or makeup for they are really versatile. My niece uses it to put her crayons, pencils and pens that she carries at her school. I put her name and her photos on the bag so that no one can steal (haha) her bag and it's very obvious that is her pencil bag.

I usually order in various sizes from S to XXXL where it can load gadgets, chargers and other stuff. Perfect for everyday use and for travel. This year I'm aiming to order once again for they are on SALE>

Personalized cosmetic bags 3 for $9.99  fro (S,M,L) while 3 for $15.099 for (XL, XXL, XXXL) with free international shipping
Expiry Date: 10 / 20 / 2013