Wednesday, November 30, 2016

OAT_MNL 2 TONE TRAVEL JOURNAL

Hello! Happy Wednesday. I'm happy to share a product that If not sent to me for free, I'd be glad to buy it for myself because I strongly believe that when a product is made with lots of love, it should be shared to family and friends. 

I used to be a bag person but when I got married I stopped buying bags. I don't know why. I just stopped. I became really picky and when I needed a bag, I just borrow from my sister or from my mom. Then I met the owner of Oat_mnl and became friends. When I first saw her, I immediately noticed and fell in love with her classic Shailene Shopper's Tote Bag and without missing a beat, I immediately placed an order for a Satchel bag. My love for bags is back. I found a local brand that makes high-quality products without breaking my bank account. Happiness overload. That's why when she send a personal message to my facebook account asking me to pick a color for a travel journal, I was over the moon. I was about to message her for the price because I'm planning to buy one for myself. I am currently using a lakwatchera notebook for my daily doodles and wanted to have a place to keep them together. The timing was so right. 

What made me fell in love with this journal was how classic and timeless it looks. The details of the leather were amazing. I can't stop myself from running my hands over it and just appreciating the beauty of it.

The quality of stitching around and inside the journal was amazing. 

I chose these color combinations not because I love it, but because it's more practical. I thought dirt will be less visible in this combination. When it finally arrived, I was surprised how good looking it is in person. I made the right choice.  

and when I inspect the inside pocket, I was astonished to find out that the inside was the same as the outside. Little details like that made me really happy. 

Inside

Back

My  lakwatchera notebook fits perfectly.

I am one happy doodler. Finally found the perfect place for my doodles. 


*Note: If you are living in the Philippines and want to order their products, You can visit their Instagram account for inquiries. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bowtology Lakwatchera Notebook


Hello! Happy Tuesday. I'm happy to share a product that I bought last week. I've been looking for awhile the planner that I can doodle my everyday life for 2017 although I already have the Websters Pages - Color Crush Collection - Personal Planner Binder - Lavender Stripe and Me and My Big Ideas - Create 365 Collection - Planner - Stay Golden I'm still looking for that certain  planner or notebook. Then 2 weeks ago, I met the owner of Bowtology. I was smitten by her lakwatchera notebook and immediately bought the extra notebook she brought and ordered a couple more to share with my artist friends. 

I ordered 6 notebooks and 7 plastic sleeves. I really love how the notebook was individually wrapped. I admit, I had a hard time resisting myself from unwrapping it with too much force. The wrapper was beautiful. 

I was asked what color I want but I trusted (never regret) her color instinct and just took what were already on hand. 

When you open the notebook it has a thin paper that separates the inside cover and the first page. 

Here you can lightly see my hands

The paper texture I've been looking for. 

Closer look. Love love those tiny particles. It gives the paper an organic look which I really love. 

Back of the first page with my doodle in front. As you can see, The doodles are visible but the paper is thick enough to not let the Crayola markers and Kuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Real Brush Marker bleed through a lot. I'm able to doodle front and back with no overlapping of images. Yes! Finally, I got what I've been wanting and it fits perfectly with my Oat_mnl 2 Tone Travel Journal cover
I also got this beautiful planner trinkets as a freebie. :) 

Monday, November 28, 2016

OAT_MNL CLARITY CRAFT BIN

Hello! Happy Monday. I'm happy to share a product that If not sent to me for free, I'll be glad to buy it for myself because I strongly believe that when a product is made with lots of love, it should be shared to family and friends.


As I've mentioned here, My earnings from my craft classes were spent in craft tools that will be used in my future classes. This month alone, I acquired 3 tools and my old craft bag was already bursting. I need a handy carry craft bag for my most used tools. There are imported brands but I want something locally made and can be purchased online. Well, upon searching, I found nothing that I like. I ended up voicing my frustration to a friend. I never thought she'll remember the idea and make it even better  and turn it into reality. I was surprised to receive their latest product, Clarity Craft Bin the other day. 

I love how the bin looks so basic and plain and yet the color makes it a head-turner. The color aqua literally glued my eyes to it. The plastic (surprised me) was thick and sturdy. Just what I'm looking for in this kind of design. 

As you can see, the bin is spacious enough but doesn't look bulky when you carry it. 

With my tools

My Crayola Super Tips Markers, 16 pcs 7x5  clear stamps, WRMK Trim & Score Board and a double-sided tape fits comfortably in the center while my We R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile - Eyelet and Snap Punch Tool and We R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile - Corner Chomper Tool on both sides of the bin. 

What I really love about this craft bin, the handle was wrapped around the bag and sewn to make it more secured. 

Of course, This craft bin can be a multi-purpose bag. When my sister saw this, she told me that it could also work as a diaper bag for my nephew or a bag organizer or a bin on her table for her knick knacks. The usage is endless and that's what I call value for my money!


*Note: If you are living in the Philippines and want to order their products, You can visit their Instagram account for inquiries. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

STACKING THE SHELVES #06

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

LINKY LOVE

Every Week, I'll be sharing some of my favorite links. I hope the roundup inspires you.

  • This might sound and taste weird but I love dipping chicken pops in chocolate 
  • I'm happy to own a 123 punch board. Now, I can make my own gift boxes and bows. But there are times, I want to level up my gift wrapping skills. I'm looking for something shabby and chic and beautiful. Something like this
  • What's your breakfast? Mine is 2 glass of water, a cup of tea, pandesal filled with my favorite peanut butter or Hazelnut spread, and an egg (sunny-side up) and sausage. 
  • This week, I discovered a new Instagram shop, Bowtology. She sells wonderful blank notebook that I really love to use for my daily doodles. 
  • This video made me cry a bit. Such a touching story. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Around Here

 
 
 
It's been a busy week for me here. I've been teaching craft classes for awhile now and I still feel nervous. Like doing it for the first time and meeting new people (although some of my students are already regular students of mine) always makes me happy. 

The 123 punch board demo was a success and I received positive and heart-warming feedback from the participants. We will do another round of demo in January. 

The same day, I also facilitate a birthday art class. We did 2 Christmas ornaments, a bookmark, and a Christmas Card. We all had fun. I realized (my first time to taught) that kids can be challenging to handle compare to adults (which happens to be my comfort zone) but they  are so smart these days that giving instructions to them are the same as giving instructions to an adult. They get things easily and do things more creatively.  So much to learn from them. If you're interested in kiddie entertainment for your parties, please  let us know by email.

Another batch of Malunggay pesto sauce that we all love because not only it cost us nothing (we have Malunggay tree on our terrace) it also so yummy and healthy. 

My nephew is eating solid food now and we are so happy because baby S is not a picky eater. He has his favorite (pear and potatoes) but those he didn't like he still eat it. When he likes a certain food all he does is smile (like) or smirk (don't like) while eating. 

I've been wanting to buy a full-size paper trimmer but I'm having trouble picking which brand. It took me awhile. seriously. Then, a friend attended one of my craft class and brought a WRMK Trim & Score Board. I like the idea of scoring and trimming using one tool without occupying much space in my table or craft bag but there are some issues that I'm going to share when I do a product review. 

Stazon has been on my to buy list for like forever and I'm happy to be able to get this in my favorite office supplies store at 30% less than the regular price from the well known local scrapbook store. 

I open again my ecwid shop (digital products) and currently all products are on sale.

Happy Weekend everyone. Cheers!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Pamplona Fried Rice with Garlic Sugpo and Marinated Cucumber Slices


Ingredients:
4 cups rice
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Chorizo Pamplona, sliced then minced

Instructions:
In a wok, heat oil and sauté onion, garlic and pamplona sausage until done. in the same pan, add rice and toss until warmed through. Season to taste. Serve with Marinated Cucumber Slices and Garlic Sugpo.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

October Read


Out to Lunch by Stacey Ballis|432 pages, It started Ok then as the story progress, I began to dislike Jenna. She constantly whines about her dead friend's husband to her friends or to any people available to listen to her never-ending rant. She also hears her dead friend's voice from her head from time to time. I can tolerate that, What I can't is, she engaged in a long conversation with that voice while having a conversation with a live character. That was insane. At 100 pages done, I had to stop and put the book down. 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins|336 pages, I wanted to like this book but I can't. It took me awhile to finish it because I keep on falling asleep. Passing out while reading is a bad sign. It only means that the story is uninteresting to me that made me fall asleep and also all the characters were unlikable from start to finished. Period. 

Letters to a Love Rat by Niamh Greene|325 pages, The format was interesting (reminds me of The girl on the train which I didn't like) 3 women all connected with the same guy. A good-for-nothing casanova. I like how these 3 women are different from each other and the only thing they have in common is the guy who happens to be a "love rat". It is a light read and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. 

Monday, November 07, 2016

STACKING THE SHELVES #05

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board

Hello! Happy Sunday. I'm happy to share my experience with my latest crafting tool from my favorite brand, We R Memory Keepers courtesy of my dearest friend Sunshine of craftersnscrappers. As always, The brand never ceases to amaze me on coming up with innovative craft tools that can make any crafter's life easy and fun. 

I already have (and loving it) the Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board that can make different projects but I was intimidated by the scoring guide for cards, invitations, envelopes, and gift boxes. My dream of making my own envelopes was put on hold until my friend updated her shop with the latest scrapbook releases. It was love at first sight. I immediately place an order for 123 punch board but got surprised by my friend when she gave me this in exchange for demo classes. Of course, without skipping a beat, I said yes to that and the payment that supposed to be for this, I used it for another We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board which I plan to use in my future banner classes

How amazing it is to be able to make your own gift boxes and bows using those yummy scrapbook papers

I'm seriously in love with the different envelope sizes. I'm planning to use these in my snail mail and sell the rest in my shop.

After making a dozen of bows (in different sizes) I discovered additional project* on top of the extra projects that you can find in the included project booklet. I search YouTube and found nothing. I guess they never thought or discover it yet. 

123 Punch Board is not all about Envelope, Bow, and Box. It actually has extra projects to my surprise. Like this, File folder card. Other projects are envelope liner, string tie box, and coin envelope. This is what I call "value for money"!

Note:
 * If you attend my 123 Punch Board demo, I'm going to share some of the things I discovered (you cannot find it in the booklet) from using this punch board. Full details of the class can be found here

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

LINKY LOVE

 

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