Graduation DVD Case


As I was browsing my photo gallery I came across this project I made one year ago.

As a kindergarten teacher, I was struggling to find a memorable yet cost effective gift for our students and their parents as well.

I stumbled upon some suggestions and ideas on Pinterest and crafting. Facebook groups and was able to come up with this.




Among the cards that crafters can possibly make, the saddest may be sympathy cards. As for me, I try to resist myself from making one, but as some of my closest friends and the people around me experience loss in their life, I’ve come to understand that the cards or crafts people make contribute to the emotional recovery of the berieved family.

The thought and prayers that crafters have while making these crafts is very much felt in the craft that they create. I`ve come to understand that sometimes even though we what we create may be to bland or plain, the thought behind it is more important. What I learned from this experience is that as a crafter, if would always better to acknowledge every event because in life, whether we like it of not unfortunate events will surely come our way.



Its not really the Japanese culture to send birthday cards and Christmas cards, however,  they send lots of New year greeting post cards to their family, friends and co-workers. These post cards are called `Nengajo` (年賀状).


In these post cards, they Japanese express their new year`s wishes to their relatives, friends and colleagues. There are really no restrictions in writing nengajo however, based on my experience, the Japanese still prefers cute designs with minimalist details.

In sending nengajo, timing is very important. The nengajo must arrive at it`s destination by January 1,  so the post cards must be sent on or before December 25 in order to arrive on time.

So if you plan on sending your Japanese friends some Nengajo, it is recommended to prepare earlier.  If your in Japan, you can opt to buy from the Post office, local book stores or even in convenience store. However, if you wish to send a unique and personalized card you can  opt to make your own card. No matter what kind of Nengajo you send, it still the thought that counts.





We just survived a very long and stressful month! So many events to host and prepare. We were understaffed and we`​re just plain busy. We truly are grateful of all the people who volunteered and helped us though all of these. Money can`t even repay the time and effort that they have spent just to help us with all the preparations and all other things that need to be tended to.

Our events would not have been successful without those people who supported and helped us all the way!  Again, our deepest thanks to all of you!

Tidying up a small part of my work area

Finally had a day off after weeks of stressful events my workplace has been hosting.  Decided to spend the day catching up some sleep and tidying up my crafts area.



Look how messy and misplaced the papers and embellishments are……


Embellishments are all over the place

I really have to tame these embellishments that are just on the table.

So I decided to group them together according to design and color and put them in a clear zip locks


I grouped all that I used as layering, I also sorted our some of my die cuts and the cards I use as accent.

Then, I need to put back the paper to it’s proper area in order to clear the space and find new arrangement for my embellishments and other materials.

After some time of sorting and grouping of similar items together…..



Now, everything has it’s proper place and it’s now easier to look for the items I need to use.



The table is also cleared, giving me more space for my next project! Although, the change is not so drastic, it still gives of a better atmosphere for more project creations!


Crafter’s Mindset


All my friends know that I love crafts and I crafting. Though it`s time consuming, I still enjoy every process I need  to do to create a handmade piece. Some of my crafts I post and sell on social media. Sometimes I have bulk orders, sometimes nothing at all. Some items I sold, some items just sit on my craft area. My friends usually ask me how much do I make doing this things? frankly, not much but the answer is not the amount of income that I make, but how I make people feel.

I do crafts because I really enjoy doing it. It relaxes me because it is through crafts that I am able to just focus more on my art and on myself. I basically do crafts as gifts more than for income. Just looking at people’s positive reaction makes me feel fulfilled and all the effort and time spent is worth it. Others may not really understand how crafters work and think. But I guess, it’s all about the motivation that makes all the difference. Although we wish we could make more money out of it, but it’s not really that important, just my opinion at least for that matter.Maybe because I value people and relationships more than business. Just Like what Nike says, just do it!



A New Found Journey

Minions craft

I now have an official blog. But, aside from my deep interest with crafts, I actually don’t have a clue what else can I do with it. As I look and read around fellow crafter`s blogs I felt more inspired and encouraged. I get this feeling that blogs exist to encourage others of the same interests through sharing of knowledge and skills while others inspire people to take the challenge of discovering new ventures.

As for my first blog entry, I would like to share this simple craft that we made together with my students. It`s the first time that I used craft  during our class and that it`s when I discovered that kids really do enjoy doing things with their hand. Since then, my mode of teaching has changed and now I usually integrate lessons with crafts. Now, my students and I have much more to talk about, we learn together and share stories together. We have great time together and we often get surprised how time flies so fast, the next thing we know, the period is now over!

Crafting is not just a hobby but a way of communicating. It opens doors of self –expression and discovery, it is also a way of uplifting one`s self-esteem when one make`s a beautiful and interesting piece. So much more to talk about crafting, but with all the excitement and possibilities, I might as well pause here. Looking forward on this new found journey.