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Holiday Decor Shopping Tips

It's the most wonderful time of the year to be creative! I always look forward to decorating our home for Christmas. Our tree goes up on the first week of November but I usually start conceptualizing our tree when the -BER months set in. Most malls would already have...

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DIY Crystal Eggs

Spoiler alert: this project is AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!! Easter is just around the corner and each year, we try to come up with different eggsperiments! Check out our minion eggs from last year. We just used plastic eggs from Toy Kingdom, decorated with googly eyes...

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FYI Network at Sky Alive

Sky Cable recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with an event called Sky Alive, the first-ever experiential cable fair in the Philippines. Sky Cable subscribers were entitled to two free tickets and extras were available for purchase at Php200 each. It was a...

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Bangkok Street Food and Shopping

I looooooove Bangkok! Yes, like Manila, traffic is horrendous but their train system is so efficient and easy to navigate. Plus, they are able to utilize the boats on the mighty Chao Phraya river as an alternate means of transporting people. We usually prefer staying...

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Blissmakerie November 2015

What exactly is a BLISSMAKERIE? The Blissmakerie is a gathering of women who wish to inspire others to “make things blissful.” It is a community event that brings together creatives, bloggers, small business owners, working women, even moms, and celebrates the unique...

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Common Room

Common Room is a quaint little shop in Katipunan, the brainchild of the Agsalud sisters of Popjunklove fame. It boasts of a well curated selection of local handmade brands, makers of products with so much heart and soul. They opened their doors last August but I was...

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FYI Bite Sized Inspiration

It's my birthday!!! And we shall celebrate it with one of the biggest things that ever happened in my crafting career (if there is such a thing) and my quest to become Martha Stewart when I grow up. I'd like to share this news with all of you: I was chosen to do a...

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Botanical Watercolor Workshop

I love watercolor. Watercolor does not love me. I don't mind. Hobbies are essential to one's sanity, diba? I am soooooooo into watercoloring right now. I may not have much talent for it, but I do enjoy it a lot and it relaxes me. I took the watercoloring basics...

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DIY Rustic Ornament

This year, I've decided to include a lot of natural elements in my Christmas tree. Natural fibers, wood, etc. Unfortunately, most of the ornaments locally available didn't really go well with the specific look that I was going for. I had a lot of these cheap plastic...

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Manila Fame October 2015

Manila Fame is the mother of all trade shows for the Philippine export industry. Foreign buyers flock to Manila to source high quality, design forward, Philippine-made products. It's a bi-annual event that happens every April and October. You can register online in...

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Blissful Blogging Workshop

I've been blogging on and off for quite some time now, without much success. Mainly because i was just "winging it", I'll just write whatever then bahala na. I decided to redesign my website just to jumpstart things again, but I realized that I was so obsessed about...

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Fall Inspired Vignette

I've always been fascinated by the changing of seasons. I love how a year can be divided into  four periods that are distinct from one another.  With each one associated with very specific holidays, feelings, and even produce. Sucks that "very hot" and "very wet" are...

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Makers Market

The Maker's Market is a series of bazaars organized by the uber creative folks at Craft MNL. It features all things homegrown, handmade and crafty, three things that get me really excited. Had the chance to join this market last year as a merchant but last weekend, I...

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The Rise of the Coloristas

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. They are on best-seller lists around the world and coloring materials are flying off the shelves in most stores. A lot of people are hooked and it looks like this fad is not going anywhere anytime soon. I started out...

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DIY Birthday Sparty

My sidekick is a (not so) little girl and is not a fan of noisy parties and rowdy games. So we decided to celebrate her 7th birthday with a spa-themed birthday party and a purple color scheme as per her request. Her invitations were sent out via email, made by yours...

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Solar Daybreak Feature

Last Valentine's day was definitely on for the books. Not for reasons many would associate with V-day, but because my passion project cum business was featured on Solar Daybreak. Woke up super super super SUPER early to get everything ready for the shoot. Here's and...

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DVD Art Case Tutorial

To celebrate Earth Day, here's another project that can definitely turn trash into treasure. We recently bought a media player at home, which was a good strategy to combat "DVD clutter". A very good way to get rid of clutter is to minimize it at the source. Anyway, I...

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Happy Hearts Day

Spending the day at home with my little one. It's a crafty valentines day for me and my sweetheart! Happy hearts day everyone! 62559_488683161193849_1501007777_n

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Upcycling Jars

My name is Mariel and I am an upcycle-holic. There's always a feeling of success when turning almost trash into treasure. And I intend to infect everyone with this madness. Cue evil laughter: Mwahahaha! Anyway, this will be the first of many upcycling adventures and...

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ANC Shoptalk Interview

What a way to start the year! I was invited by Shoptalk on ANC to talk about my small business, Sitting Pretty Crafts Studio. Exciting! (and nerve wracking) It was a live interview done on a Thursday night in Studio 6 at the ABS-CBN compound. It was a relatively short...

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Hello World!

photoAfter many unsuccessful attempts at blogging, starting (and keeping) a blog became one of my major life goals. In the past, I would often overthink my posts. Spell checked, grammar checked, font, alignment. I would read my posts over and over, not be satisfied...

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