• Arts & Crafts

    Review: Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit

    Look what I got to play with recently! It’s been a while since I carved any stamps because I’ve been busy with illustration work. I’ve been itching to dig my tools into erasers and rubber and this came at a perfect time! [pinit]   It’s a Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit which comes with everything you need to start carving your own custom rubber stamps. Fun! I’m not a fan of pre-made creativity and apart from the time I was ten and bought some kiddie stamps from a neighbour’s garage sale, I’m not the type who would buy ready-made stamps. Some old stamps I got from a garage sale…

  • Odds and Ends

    DIY Tattooed Banana (WHUT?!)

      Here’s a fun and silly little DIY you can do this weekend with a banana, a needle or a pin, and a few precious minutes of your time which you will never get back!   Did you know that if you poke holes into a banana, the holes will turn brown almost immediately? “Saging lang ang may puso” is a line from a campy Tagalog movie that went viral a few years ago. Don’t ask. Let’s leave it at that.     Using a needle or a pin, poke tiny little holes into the banana skin.   The holes will turn brown and then black the longer you wait.…

  • Arts & Crafts

    How to carve eraser stamps

    When I first started carving eraser stamps early this year (2012), I knew only ONE other person locally (Lorra of Stars For Dreams), who was also doing the same thing. In the last few months though, crafting, and stamp carving especially, has been the trendy thing to do among twenty- and thirty-somethings in Manila (along with calligraphy and washi tape!). The DIY/handmade/crafting movement has been going strong for the last few years internationally, thanks to Etsy, and Manila has started to catch on. Crafting is not just for kids and little old lolas anymore! Some of my rubber and eraser stamps. I’ve sporadically been posting my eraser stamps on Instagram…

  • Arts & Crafts

    My DIY chevron Chuck Taylors

    What do you do with an old pair of white Converse Chuck Taylors? You decorate it with a black fabric marker, that’s what!     This certain style of Chucks has a reversible tongue — you can choose to wear it with the tongue underside displayed if you wish. I decorated the pink tongue with polka dots.     I drew a chevron template to use as a pattern for the shoe. Chevron patterns are very trendy right now, and while I’m usually not one to follow trends, this is one trend I like. Also, it’s easy to draw. LOL.   My cats seem to approve. Sushi   Tiger  …

  • Arts & Crafts

    DIY Washi-taped Keyboard

      Just recently, I was without Internet for two weeks. For a country where a lot of BPO companies conduct business, we sure do have sucky, local customer service *coughPLDTcough*. For most, two weeks without Internet is like a death sentence, but for me it was like rehab. I had Internet on my phone (however slow *coughGLOBEcough*) so it wasn’t that bad. Also, being (partially) disconnected from the online world gave me a chance to start on things I had previously been putting off. Like washi-taping my keyboard.   I got the idea from Minifanfan who seems to have started the trend. I’ve been meaning to washi my keyboard ever…

  • Arts & Crafts

    Rubber/eraser stamp carving, part 2

    I live on the Internet. Screenshot of my old online digs, courtesy of the Internet Wayback Machine. I’ve been online and making websites since 1998, in various places on the web. I am grateful to have been an impressionable teenager then, quick to embrace new technology and media at the time the Internet went mainstream. I blogged my life online, along with a regular circle of local blogger friends and we all kept updated on each others’ lives via Livejournal. Some of them I’ve known for about ten years now– some I’ve met in real life, or bumped into randomly in school/at work, and there are others I haven’t met…

  • Arts & Crafts

    Rubber/eraser stamp carving, part 1

    A relatively new hobby I’ve taken up recently is rubber stamp carving. It started when I stumbled upon some handmade rubber stamps being sold on Etsy some years ago. At the time, I was running my own Etsy shop (which I’ve since “retired” since work got in the way) and was looking to speed up the process and reduce the cost of packaging my products by having a custom rubber stamp logo made for my shop. The price of these custom stamps turned me off, though– they were about $25 USD for a small stamp. Yes, I know it’s a custom piece and it’s handmade but it was, for me,…

  • Illustration

    My Sketchbook Project

    Some time last year, I ordered a blank sketchbook from The Sketchbook Project. The premise is that anyone can order a sketchbook, fill it out, and send it back by a certain date so that it can be part of a big, traveling sketchbook exhibition all over the world. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, I never got to sending out mine. I never even got past filling out anything beyond the second page of my book. I’m not surprised– I have so many personal projects left unattended and this was just another one of them. However, I did bust out the sketchbook recently to test out some new acrylic paints I…

  • Arts & Crafts

    DIY Muji colored pencil tube

    What happens when you have a plain cardboard canister and an afternoon of procrastinating?   I have a lot of personal projects brewing in my head all the time but I usually have no time motivation to act on them… except when I’m procrastinating on more important tasks at hand. Last year, I bought mini colored pencils from Muji, a Japanese lifestyle brand with beautiful, minimalist, and “unbranded” household/stationery/travel/furniture/clothing products. The colored pencils came in an unmarked brown Kraft tube– perfect for personalizing, I thought, as with everything else Muji sells. It took me a few months before I thought of what to do with it, and when I did,…