Thank You, 2016!

It’s the 28th of December — just 3 days short of it being 2017. I could’ve sworn I’ve just written a recap of 2015 in my blog, but hey, this year flew by like it had a mind of its own and no one could’ve stopped it if they tried.

Papel de Pinay had a late start in terms of kick-starting this year. The first craft fair I joined
for 2016 was at Estancia on March 19th. That was also my arm-knitted scarves’ debut. scarvesThe following day, March 20th, I held a small papercutting workshop at Spectrum Lifestyle Store in Alabang. Spectrum was also where I had been a consignee since late last year. Unfortunately, the store ended its run in October. It was a good experience for me, though. It’s healthy to explore and take risks from time to time. spectrum display
Summer was the highlight of PdP’s year. April and May were all about exposure. LOL. Minimal exposure, yes, but who am I to be picky? In April, Maker’s Market collaborated with HGTV. An event filled with local and independent crafters was held at the Alabang Town Center on April 3rd. The place was packed mainly because the event was held in the atrium and a program with hosts was held late afternoon. The hosts took time to interview all makers — including myself 😉 — so the shoppers became more interested with the items for sale. I was told it was shown on HGTV, though I have yet to see it.

 

May came and I received a call from GMA-7 (a local TV network in the Philippines) inviting me to guest in an early morning show to showcase my items and teach the hosts some basic papercutting techniques. You could imagine my nerves then, especially that it was on live TV. Thankfully, I managed to calm my shaky hands and was able to move my lips when it was time to talk.

The craft fairs I joined in were spread throughout the year. Some of them were back-to-back events (I don’t encourage this if you want to have a life), and boy, was it tiring. Fulfilling, nonetheless. 🙂 It was also at a craft fair (my first 10a Alabama experience!) that I met Mai of Fake Alchemy through a common friend. This friend suggested that we do a collaboration of our works, thus, the birth of the handmade papercut glass pendants that we now both sell. Amazing how things come about, huh?

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The third quarter of the year brought about my first ever radio guesting and my last papercutting workshop for the year. The radio guesting was at RX 93.1’s Heard on Thursdays show. I got to talk to Hazel and Raffy about my craft and experiences with papercutting.

It was also the perfect time to promote my then upcoming workshop in September, which by far is my biggest workshop to-date. I’m hoping for more of these next year. 🙂

Looking back, it makes me wonder how all of these happened considering the other things on my plate which kept me busy, too: a full-time job (including the wasted hours spent in traffic), my personal life, and a litter of puppies my family had to take care of since August (note: not an easy job!). But I guess, more than time management, cheesy as it may sound, it’s the people around me who made everything happen. I’m thankful for every single one of them. ❤

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOLKS! Cheers to a more craft and love-filled 2017! 

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Maker’s Market at Estancia

A little over a month ago, Papel de Pinay joined yet another Maker’s Market — this time, for a two-day stint at the newly built Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons. For some of you who may not have heard of this event before, Maker’s Market is a seasonal event held by the fine people of Craft MNL. Crafters, makers, artists, and what-have-you’s gather in one event selling stuff from yarns, paints, cutters and sculpture materials, handmade soaps, paper quilled accessories and cards, handpainted paper mache forms, to handstitched leather goods and prints to name a few. It was my second time to join such an event, and being someone who have enjoyed her first Maker’s Market last year,  I decided to sell my handmade products for 2 days — the last weekend of June.

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It was a fun two days. While I enjoyed entertaining inquiries from buyers, and even passers-by, I also loved the feeling of being surrounded by other makers, such as BioArt.ph, Frou Frou Crafts, Sqooid, Craft Carrot, Sketchnotes, Dagatbeads, and like, 40 others (yes, FORTY). It was the biggest Maker’s Market to date, and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it. Looking forward to the next one! 🙂

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The first item to go!

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The cutest kid came up to my booth, and asked her dad to buy this for her. ❤

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Gogh-ing… Gogh-ing… Gone!

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Papel de Pinay at the Maker’s Market – August 2014

This post is embarrassingly late — 7 weeks late, to be exact. I did say I was going to post about the bazaar, so as late as it may be now, here it is (yay!).

Sometime in July this year (exactly a year after I participated in a papercutting workshop), I learned about the Maker’s Market for an upcoming bazaar. Craft MNL, a community of crafters I follow on Facebook and Instagram, were looking for independent local crafters who would like to sell their locally made products for Global Pinoy Bazaar, to be held on August 22 to 24, 2014. I have always dreamt of joining one, or just being able to sell my stuff commercially. Then I stumbled upon the event’s application form, and thought, “Hey, why not?”. Basically, I just had to submit an application on-line, tell them about my product/craft, and wait if I get accepted. Yabang Pinoy, the organizer of the bazaar, is pretty particular about selling only locally sourced products, so they had to screen each application. Luckily, I got accepted! After settling the fee and requirements, off I went with the planning.

The Planning. Thank God for friends with a bazaar background. I literally had a very detailed checklist handed to me by a friend weeks before the event, so that was very helpful. What gave me anxiety attacks were the artworks that I was going to sell. I only had two weekends to prepare and I just had a handful of ready-made paper cuts on hand, which meant I had to make pieces at about every single free time I had (I think I have mentioned in my previous posts that I have a full-time job). It wasn’t easy, but I’m glad I managed to make enough pieces.

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Photo courtesy of Craft MNL

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Photo courtesy of Craft MNL

The Big Day. I only signed up for one day. Unlike the other concessionaires who had been there for the ingress and whose booths have already been set up the day before, I only had an hour to set everything up. Of course I had to keep my cool and act like I was already Queen of Bazaar Set-Ups (LOL, I’m just kidding. I was like a lost puppy. Thank goodness I had with me my Dad and cousin to give a helping hand). An hour later, everything was good to go.

Would you believe a kid came up to me to ask how much the crayons are? Cute kid!

Would you believe a kid came up to me to ask how much the crayons are? Cute kid!

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The bazaar was from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The booth space was cramped so I had to sit (but most of the time, stand) a couple of feet from across the booth and just come up when there are interested buyers. I didn’t feel tired at all. Maybe because I was so excited and all geared up for that day. The sales weren’t that spectacular, but that wasn’t really my main concern when I signed up for the bazaar. I wanted to test the waters, get maybe a little recognition, and start from there. I thought of it as an investment. And invest, I did. I had no calling cards left even before the bazaar ended and got lots of inquiries afterwards. I even got contacted by a magazine editor to have my artwork featured (that’ll be on my next post ;))! Eventually, most of the leftover pieces from the bazaar have been sold online, too.

All in all, it was a fun event. I’m lucky to have friends and family who supported me with my very first bazaar. Hopefully, this won’t be the last! 🙂

With my cousin, Kendee, who helped me set up and man the booth. ;)

With my cousin, Kendee, who helped me set up and man the booth. 😉

Photo courtesy of Craft MNL.

Photo courtesy of Craft MNL.

With Mansy Abesamis (my mentor!) of Hey Kessy.

With Mansy Abesamis (my mentor!) of Hey Kessy.

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Photo courtesy of Craft MNL

Meet the Makers (Makers’ Market at the 10th Global Pinoy Bazaar 2014)

Hi everyone!

As I’ve posted in my facebook page, I will be joining the 10th Global Pinoy Bazaar running from August 22-24 at the World Trade Center. I will be joining on the 23rd, Saturday. Check their feature on me here.

I will be posting about my first ever bazaar experience soon! 🙂

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