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! 🙂
A couple of weeks ago, our family went for a vacation in Baguio, a tourist destination north of Manila. This is the go-to place for people who would like to take a break from their busy urban lives and enjoy cool weather and a laidback atmosphere. Now Baguio is a city, but it has this suburban feel to it where you wouldn’t have to keep track of time and everyone’s nice to everybody. I was just there earlier this year but I cannot possibly get tired of visiting this city with its beautiful parks and sites to see. There is just something about this place that makes me want to, as cliche as it may sound, stop and smell the flowers.
Taken at the Baguio Botanical Gardens
La Trinidad, a city just outside Baguio, is famous for its Strawberry Farm. Too bad strawberries were out of season when we visited, though they also have rows and rows of fresh lettuces to get lost in!
This was taken at The Good Shepherd Convent. The convent sells products made by the Good Shepherd nuns. They carry items such as fruit preserves, strawberry and ube jams, cashew and peanut brittle, and coco jam. According to the City of Pines website, the money generated from the sale of their products is used for the different charities sponsored by the Good Shepherd nuns and also for the maintenance and upkeep of the convent. Cool, huh?
They don’t call Baguio the City of Pines for nothing. 😉
This post may have been generally about my latest travel but of course I could not possibly forget to insert a papercut project, could I? This was a papercut I made a few months back, which my brother promised to photograph for me. I figured this would fit nicely in a blog post about spending quality time with your family.
This weekend has been extra busy for me as I’ve been finishing papercuts for colleagues and friends. On saturday alone, I was able to finish these 2 pieces:
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (The “Lord” cutout is in the banners but barely seen on this photo. Apologies for my poor photographing skills).
The house papercut is a gift for a family friend while the black one is commissioned. The client requested for this specific design from Lois Cordelia which she found online.
Making the black piece was a tough one. If you know me well enough, you’d know that my drawing skills are quite challenged. My solution was to trace the design on black paper then cut it. I added the text at the bottom which was requested by the client herself.
Personally speaking, I would prefer doing my own design. In spite of my drawing ability, or lack thereof, there’s freedom in sketching and cutting your own design and it’s much more gratifying to see the finished product. Admittedly, some of my papercuts are inspired by what I see online, but I always make sure that my personal touch is still present.
At the end of the day, though, be it a requested design or my own, I still enjoy cutting and producing art with endless possibilities from plain paper. And based on other papercutting or craft blogs in general, I find that I am not alone on this 🙂
Second papercut out of my Wild Child series. Took me less than an hour to make this one.
At first glance, this may look intricate, but it’s actually easy to make. I based my drawing on a clipart I saw online and just added some flower details. And of course, the “wild child” script. You will notice that I used a lot of curves and a few holes in this project. TIP: when cutting delicate lines, make sure you cut the insides (i.e. holes, loops in letters, etc.) first before cutting the outside parts. This will help prevent the paper from tearing.
Just a thought: this papercut may actually pass as a logo for Papel de Pinay, don’t you think? 🙂