DIY Project: Personalizing Christmas Stockings from an P88-Store

My father always tells people that I was one child that never believed in Santa Claus. He also said that I used to watch wresting on TV and kept telling my brother that I was so sure they were all acting. But that didn’t mean I never enjoyed such fictional characters, Hulk Hogan included.

I remember looking forward to getting my candies from our Christmas stocking the next day when I hear my dad come home late at night because I knew he had sneaked them. Now married, my husband is a strong believer of the Santa Claus tradition. I don’t think I’m supposed to reveal this but he actually believed the good ole jolly man existed until he was ten years old! Isn’t he precious?

Anyway, that makes me totally on board with passing on the tradition to our little one, who’s turning three years old two days before Christmas! And right now he’s at the age of really appreciating presents, from unwrapping boxes to pulling out the item to saying “thank you.” It’s now his turn to get quite excited to wake up every morning. Everyone in the house takes turn in secretly putting simple gifts inside his stocking and you know it’s the grandparents’ turn when Santa is giving more than one item!

But since all my siblings (a Christmas miracle to have them all in one city!) are coming home for the holidays with their families, mom and I decided to put up more socks for the other little tots. I knew I was going to personalize them but I did not expect to get them at a really low price. Apparently, all stockings are out of stock by this time of the year in the big shops. So I ended up—and thankfully—at Daiso, a Japanese store of thingamabobs, where I scored not just 1 but 4 stockings for only PHP 176.00!

Buy 1 take 1 for only PHP 88.00.

Since the stockings are already in glittering shade, I decided to simply add the kids’ names and that would be it. The only things you need are:

  • twine
  • glue
  • hardbound book/heaving object
  • and the ability to finish it despite having a toddler who keeps interrupting

Simply stick the twine using a glue to the fabric, spelling out the names or any design you want to do. Before it Continue reading

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Wedding Inspiration: Greggy and Sunshine’s Boho Reggae Wedding

First of all, this is a total throwback.

By now, I must have made it clear how much I love weddings! And when friends ask me for tips on wedding planning, I always find myself having them watch a wedding video of a vibrant, do-it-yourself wedding that I know of.

It’s the wedding of my dear friend, Shine. I met her at work, where we were together in the same team, with another good friend who did my engagement shoot. It took me weeks before realizing that she was the Sunshine of a song I know from years back. The song, which was her namesake, was released by Bambu Spliff, where she played vocals alongside her husband, Gregory. If you’re a true blue Cebuano, you pretty much know this reggae band. Needless to say, music played an important role in Greggy and Shine’s love story.

Fast forward to 2012, the free-spirited sweethearts said their vows in a rustic, bohemian-reggae inspired wedding.

Upon learning of my engagement, Shine was quick to provide tips and share her own experience of the whole planning. She gave me the brilliant idea of having my own dress tailored at a lower price by buying my own fabric, as she did in her own wedding.

She was an avid DIY bride herself, doing her own make-up, making centerpieces through old wine bottles, and even creating her own floral arrangement! The bonbonnières were jars of jam with a whimsical tag, “Spread the Love. Thank you for JAMming with us!” See what they did there? One couldn’t really tell how much DIY or how budget-friendly the wedding was just by looking at it because it simply looked so fun and fascinating.

Official photos were taken by Erickson Herrera while the video was done by Tiano Evangelista, who’s bassist for Junior Kilat, also a prominent Cebu band. Both were good friends of the couple. It really was a celebration filled with loved ones, as Shine would recall.

And oh, the bride and groom sing an original composition in the video!

Now enjoy, get inspired as I did, and eat your heart out at how unforgettable the musical entertainment must have been on that magical night! ♥

Not Your Ordinary Bride: One Ceremony, Two Celebrations

Something beautiful happened around this time a year ago. I can’t believe it has been a year as the memory of Tara, one of my dearest friends, tying the knot with the love of her life, Jude, still feels so vivid to me.

I say it was beautiful for two reasons. First, being that theirs was an against-all-odds kind of love story that ended happily. And second because Tara was a total DIY bride whose wedding turned out just as she wanted it to be.

The couple opted for an unconventional wedding. It was a civil ceremony with two separate celebrations.

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The ceremony was followed by an intimate lunch at Music One, a karaoke bar in the city. It made so much sense since the bride’s family was an ensemble of good singers and musicians.

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Naturally, Yoyi’s Pastries and Desserts provided the cake and other sweet treats at the gathering.

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Tara’s mom, a DIY apostle herself, made the elegant, vintage-y bouquet, personalized ring boxes, and the guest book.

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We got to take home the champagne glasses we used during the toast since they also served as the wedding giveaways for all the guests. Classy!

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Krafty + Kaeratana: Top 5 Christmas Favorites

‘Tis the season to be creative! And I say it earnestly.

From adorning your home with bright colors and beaming lights to being a little more innovate in wrapping presents, Christmas gives you enough excuses to bring out the Martha Stewart in you.

Personally, I’ve been enjoying the holiday euphoria and I’m one whose gift list is not yet accomplished—that includes what I want to get for myself.  Now if you’re like me who’s still thinking of getting someone something nifty or is not yet finished with ornamenting, here are some of my best finds from krafty + kaeratna’s Christmas store:

Heidi Swapp – minc reactive foil combo pack: light pink and mint370190-minc-light-pink-mint-reactive-foil-combo

Nutscene® Twine Heritage Range: the classic ‘greentwist’

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Apple Blossom – Craft Collection 5×5 Clear Stamps: Happy Santaapple-blossom_00003

Hero Arts – 4×6 Clear Stamps: Coffee Cup Tagscl986-800x800

Gorjuss by Santoro London – Collectable rubber stamp: no. 34 nightlight gorjuss-collectable-rubber-stamp_00034-800x800

Or you can drop by here! ♥

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Bride at Work: Behind the Wedding DIY Details

Whenever I complained about the stress of wedding planning to my married friends, they would always smile and tell me how I should just embrace the whole experience as it will be something I’ll definitely miss when it’s done.

Almost a month after the wedding, I’m still not longing for that overwhelming pressure of just getting things over with and at the same time making sure it would turn out perfectly. While that is still the case, I’m now certain that the thing I’ll probably miss the most is being hands-on with the wedding details.

Aside from the bridesmaid tokens I made, I also got to enjoy preparing other items for the big day. You’ll see that the key was to be thrifty and resourceful. Here, I sum them up!

Invitation

Making sure that I abuse the groom’s design skills, our invitation was designed by him and printed with the help of my sister’s team over at Kaeratana, which also provided the lovely envelopes!

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We had to re-print the RSVPs at the last minute, so I used a simple MS Word for it.

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I couldn’t decide on a single design that I ended up ordering every possible design that fit our color motif!

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A week before copies of the invitation was due to arrive from Manila, we had to meet an important wedding guest. So we used our home printer and I made an envelope from scratch just so we can aleady give him his invitation. His schedule was hectic, you see.

Centerpieces

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Bronze Charms and Bridesmaid Tokens

Behind every sane bride is a team of stressed out bridesmaids.

That’s according to me.

In the past months, I have questioned myself on why I have to submit to the meticulous process of DIYing most of the details of my wedding – from centerpieces to giveaways to invitations to so many other things. And the only answer I could come up with is because I just want to. It means adding more than just personal touch to the celebration, it’s really making the event my very own.

Thankfully for other tasks that need attention, I got my ever reliable squad to back me up. Some of my BMs are not in the country (or in the city), but they’re just as helpful.

So as a simple token for their assistance (and for even accepting the role and taking care of acquiring their own dresses!), I made sure to include these simple gifts to the DIY list.

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To be clear, these are not all bridesmaids. Include is the maid of honor and the other three are my female secondary sponsors, essential when having a Catholic church wedding

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Found these in my craft room. Zero spending and they’ve the perfect color!

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The boxes are handmade. You can find lots of box tutorials in Pinterest.

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Got these pretty charms from krafty.kaeratana.com.

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Sneak peek of the really simple tokens I hope my girls would love.

Special thanks to my Kaeratana team for all the DIY support. More posts on our DIY wedding projects soon! ♥

Straight from the Hearty Stationery

I once read this book authored by Nina Garcia, The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own, and there was one item on the list that had me nodding in agreement – apart from the LBD and the perfect white shirt. It wasn’t the motorcycle jacket nor the fishnets, it was the monogrammed stationery.

In this day and age, one could hardly receive a written note or letter, which can be kept in a memory box to fade and be appreciated twenty years later. But at least I’m assured that that’s something my man cannot say for himself. Thanks to my sister, I got my very own personalized card set as a Christmas present three years ago.

I just started my blog then and it really was a sweet surprise to see it printed on something! It made it feel official. Since then, I’ve been using it on DM’s birthdays and our anniversaries. It’s my subtle way of reminding him of how classy I could be and of my imaginary empire.

Fast forward to today, I have used up most of my cards and I have now changed my blog (name) when I acquired a personal domain. So, this post is actually a shout out to my sister, whom I’m hoping could read between the lines. ♥