Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Notebooks & Pads

Fresh!
Because your notepads should always be as fun and fashionable as the necklaces you wear, we bring you these few-of-a-kind handmade pads and notebooks.
All pages are unruled -- great for taking notes, writing letters or just plain doodling. Notebooks are hardbound whilst the small pads are pocket friendly -- literally! They are small enough to fit in your pocket.
All notebooks and notepads available at ANALOG SOUL, Trinoma.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Emo Cute.

An experimental emo voodoo pet kitten:

This pet features emo hair and necktie, partnered with a mysterious "grin". What do you think? :)

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Were-Rabbit Voodoo pet!

I've been watching Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit all week on HBO, and was inspired to conceptualize a voodoo pet based on the very adorable Were-Rabbit.
Comes in soft pink (other colors to follow) material with an oversized spunky polka dot bow tie (just like the original were-rabbit), and extra big buttons for that wide-eyed look.

Will be available in stores soon, as soon as my tags are finished :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

S&S Indiesigners Feature

Yay the August issue is finally out!

Had to scour several NBS stores (from Greenbelt to Rob Midtown) to get several copies (each family member in each part of the archipelago wanted a copy), only to find out that NBS Quezon Avenue was the 1st one to receive stocks. Pffft.

Super duper thanks to Margaux Salazar and Sherwin Pineda and of course the rest of the S&S crew (hello Abbie and Nicole!). You guys were so accomodating :)

Calling Em Mariano, you should seriously consider paying me for all the PR I've done for CRAFT PINOY (here I go again). Haha! But really, thank you because it all started with you and your workshops. You're an inspiration to all of us! :)

Thanks also to Ish who first informed me that the issue was already out. Grabe Ish is such a girl scout -- kidding!

I was really happy and excited about this feature. I hope you guys can go and grabe a copy and read all the wonderful articles on Filipino Indiesigners -- Punto Bags, Logic & Fusion Alley and of course EarthlyDelights! :)

Hooray to Filipino indiedesigners everywhere!

My name's on the cover! Whoopee!
*big smile*

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Welcome to Seussville!

Dr. Seuss was very much a part of my animated childhood. I had the complete Dr. Seuss hard cover classics, with plastic covers to match (I was very careful with my things). My favorite, of course, would be "The Cat in the Hat."

I stumbled upon Dr. Seuss' website when all of a sudden, I realized that had I missed Dr. Seuss all these years. I had just one vintage Cat in the Hat shirt (which I have already worn a dozen times, much to my delight), and realized that this dosage of Seuss-ness wasn't enough.

On the Dr. Seuss website at http://www.seussville.com, I played the Fox in Socks matching game to relive my childhood fondness for all things rhyming. Twas really a lot fun :)

I am seriously contemplating on making a Dr. Seuss collection for my pendants. Hmmm....
Speaking of pendants, here are Cristina M. Dagudag's customized pendants:
A "Dick Tracy" type design with silver smoke painted on a rectangular organic pendant
suspended from 27" silver ball chain
Black butterfly with a touch of purple background painted on a rectangular organic
pendant suspended from 30" gold plated chain

Monday, July 14, 2008

More one of a kind voodoo pets!

I can't get enough of my voodoo pets and voodoo babies. It is becoming quite a challenge for me to deliver them to stores and *sniff* sell them.

Here's the new batch of pets in more unforgettable designs:
I find the pig super adorable! As I only have 1 piece of him, this will probably be one of the last things I'll sell, along with the barrel of monkeys and the giraffes :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Monkeys have arrived!

The new voodoo pets & babies are here, cute as ever!

Monkeys come in various candy colors, also in limited edition metallic gold and silver

Channel Mr. Bean with these teddy-inspired bag charms

Cute froggies with their lips sewn shut. They surely won't make ribbits this time around

Now available in all partner stores!

DRESSING ROOM - Archeology Section, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell
DRESSING ROOM - The Ramp, Glorietta 3 & 4
THE READING ROOM - Shop 39, Cubao Expo

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sense&Style feature August 2008

I was pretty excited about the shoot / feature today. And just my luck because I have recovered from my short brush with "dengue" last week (more about that later).

I arrived at Fashion Art at 12:45 noon, and Margaux was already waiting. I was happy about this shoot because a) I am always comfortable shooting in Fashion Art,  b) I've met Margaux previously at the Rockwell Summerlicious bazaar and c) Margaux is a fellow Scholastican. How cool is that?!

Anyway, we talked on and on about fashion, our favorite designers and other stuff (some stuff I couldn't remember). Anyone who's had a [non]decent conversation with me will realize that sometimes I ramble on and on. Tee-hee sorry!

I am happy with how the pics turned out and I hope I get a [hi-res] copy of them for posting here. I just realized once again how shy my real personality is, especially when Sherwin asked for candid wacky pics and it took me a long time to warm up to the camera. Eep!

My heartfelt thanks to Fashion Assistant Margaux Salazar for the feature and Sherwin Pineda for the photos. Of course, with special thanks to Happy Andrada for allowing us to shoot at Fashion Art :)

Please grab a copy of Sense&Style's August issue and check out the Indie-signers section :)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Being in a hamster wheel

After years of being employed in a corporate setting, I've decided to break off from the norm and try out having my own business. 

I've been making stuff, selling online and consigning in stores for a year now, and I am happy with the outcome. This is a repost from my old i.Ph blog. It was first posted March of 2005 when I was a Recruiter at ContactPoint, at the time when I felt like I was in a hamster wheel -- forever running and running without having a clear vision of where I was headed.
 
7 Keys That Helped Me Leave the "Rat Race" for Cyberspace by Marty Foley  

On Friday, Aug. 28th, 1998, I finally achieved what I had dreamed about and worked toward for some time.
No, cashing that week's paycheck wasn't what I had been keenly anticipating... Leaving a job I hated in order to work for myself full-time in cyberspace was the dream goal I had finally achieved!

The goal of leaving the "rat race" and calling the shots in one's own profitable business - online or off - is common to many people. At times it even reaches the point of desperation. Some waste thousands of dollars in an elusive attempt to reach it.

If running your own successful online business is a goal you'd also like to reach, I empathize with your situation. I'll share some tips in this article that helped me "leave the rat race" for my own online business, which may also help you.

Even if you've already achieved self-employment, maybe some tips I share can help increase the profitability of your existing business, online or off.

Keys To Leaving The Rat Race

1) Being a doer, not just a dreamer.

One of my favorite sayings is: "When all is said than done, more is said than done." It's easy to dream and talk about our goals, but we won't get anywhere until we take decisive action.

Before I built a successful online business, I did more dreaming and telling others about my goal than I took action toward reaching it. Finally combining my dreams with action, however, was the only thing that worked.
Caution: Don't confuse taking decisive action with making rash decisions. Temper your willingness to act with sound reasoning and knowledgeable decisions, based on sufficient research. 

2) Effective time management.

Time certainly means money in the business world. The ability to manage your time effectively is an asset that can repay you many times over, in both your business and personal life. Getting maximum productivity from your time is even more crucial if you're working a full-time job at the same time you're building your own business.

Back when I worked for an employer, workdays usually dragged by. Now I find that working for myself, time just breezes by and I often wonder where the time went! At one point, I was making money in my own business while holding down my full-time regular job, but not enough to live on. Moreover, I needed more time than I had available in my spare hours to pursue things I felt would increase profits.

I then decided to cut back on the hours at my regular job, which my employer agreed to because he didn't want me to quit. This allowed time to expand my business faster and made the transition to going full-time in it easier. If you can't or don't want to quit your job "cold turkey," consider a similar strategy.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Presenting: Voodoo Pets & Voodoo Babies

New babies (literally!) from the EarthlyDelights kitchen. Weird but cute, for those who prefer pets with an attitude :)

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The original voodoo pets...

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...and their newborn voodoo babies!

LIMITED ISSUES ONLY!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Markati Palazzo Grand Launch


The Markati Palazzo grand launch at The Podium with the fab Thad and talented Mr. Em. Fashion show at 7pm and cocktails immediately afterwards :)


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Sweet Life

Anothing thing to be grateful for...

Last Saturday, April 19, Em Mariano (my mentor) called unexpectedly while I was nursing a god-awful migraine at the Rockwell Summerlicious bazaar. He invited me to guest with him at "The Sweet Life with Lucy" show on Monday (today).

As this was my first ever guesting (read: I am shy), I was ready to back out and crawl into my comfortable shell. But what the hell, I just said YES and I knew that being with Em should be comfy enough for me.
And so on Sunday, I searched for the perfect outfit. I purchased a dressy top amd paired it with my denim skinnies and ballet flats. I was getting the jitters and was excited at the same time ---- what a terrifying mix of feelings!

Woke up early on Monday, bathed and got dressed. Even woke up Tish so she could do my make up. I arrived in GMA 7 Studio B in record time. Thankfully, my make up was perfect (they did little touch ups tho), but my hair was frizzy and a mess! Not to worry, I had perfectly clear skin and a spanking outfit...that would have to do.

The interview was swift and we really didn't have time to get nervous on air. The taping finished around 2pm, then Lucy and Wilma promptly posed for pictures. We then had lunch in Ponciana's, Timog.
Whew. What a fun day. Thank you EM for inviting me, I had so much fun! :)

Some pics:

And the necklaces that Lucy bought for Juliana (she likes skulls):

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Be Grateful

All the changes in my career choices and business deals all contributed to me being cranky, irritable and "bored" (that's just me saying, "please pay attention to ME!").

Anyway, I've made sure that all my stockists have enough of my necklaces and bags. So now I'm planning the execution of the lomo bags which I hope to release by May (please, please, please!) There have been so many kinks with my sewer and the fabric and all, but I have high hopes that everything will turn out ok. I hope (and I know) that Lai and I designed a wonderful bag that will sell LOTS (millions, perhaps) and will finally put me on the map --- everyone will know who I am and what I do. And I will be happy.


I was watching "Secrets", a DVD presentation that my loving Mark gave me last Christmas. And well, in order to be truly happy, I have to realize and be thankful for things that I have and that have happened to me. So here is a list that I came up with so far:

I AM THANKFUL FOR:
  • a wonderful and loving family who gives me everthing (tangible and non tangible) that I want and need, and who supports me in realizing my dreams of becoming a successful entrpreneur (I may be slow, but I'm getting there)
  • Mark who loves me so much and who does almost everything (within reason) to make me happy
  • Jenelyn whom I constantly boss around but still follows whatever I tell / ask her to do
  • P-nut who keeps me company late at night and cracks me up sometimes
  • for the people / customers / friends / family friends who admire and buy my stuff
  • for the stockists (Reading Room, MLNW, Dressing Room, F*Art) who continue to carry my stuff at their stores
  • for entrepreneur friends / business contacts who hang out with me and keep me up to date ---- Ish, Radha, Thad, etc etc
  • for Rex who patiently paints my stuff even when I'm sooo kulit
That's the list for now. Will add more when they occur to me :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cookie

We say goodbye to a dear old friend --- Cookie, our 12 year old Retriever mix. Cookie passed away March 18, 2008, after almost a month of suffering. For years now, after she turned 12, we have been noticing that she was eating less and losing weight. When asked about other options (hospitalization, special diets, etc), our vet Wilma said that because of her old age, Cookie will start to deteriorate and / or die soon. We never thought that she would leave us so soon.

I never did consider Cookie as my "favorite" pet, since my Chihuahua P-nut was already a handful. Not to mention that Cookie was never OUR dog, as she was originally our cousin's.

This is Cookie's last picture, as after dinner, I persuaded my Mom to say her last good byes to a beloved pet. She was still wagging as we patted & stroked her hair.Cookie was, on the night of March 17 (my Dad's birthday), breathing heavily and excreting more blood whenever she defecated. It was time to let her go.

My Mom, with tears rolling down her cheeks, prompted Cookie to let go in peace, since seeing her fighting the battle of old age, made her suffer too. We took a few photos, and we bid our pet our last farewell and retired for the night.

Cookie's story is a very touching one, which I shall narrate maybe in my future entries. Nevertheless, when I discovered her dead and at peace at 1am on March 18, lying at the foot of our staircase, I was sad. Very sad that I even cried myself to sleep. No one should ever experience losing a pet, regardless of what specie and what condition the pet is in. There is no greater sadness than losing someone or something that has been in your life for the past decades.

I hope that Cookie is happy with Net-Net in dog heaven. And maybe, when I'm old and weary, I shall meet all my pets again, including Caramel my hamster.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Welcome to my world

Hi there!

This will be my new blog from now on :)

Thanks to Peter and Jen whom I recently bumped into last Feb at Isa's party (check out http://earthlydelights.multiply.com for the pics), I realized how "out of touch" I was in the blogging world. After all, it was through blogging that we all met (Jolo, Marco, Peter, Mikey, etc.) My how time flies by. We've all been friends for 3 years now and altho most of us went our different ways, Jolo, Marco and I still meet and talk occasionally.

Anyway, I've been sick and under house arrest for the past 3 days because my tummy has not been feeling well (Dad says from all the rich, creamy food I've been eating), and so out of boredom (haha!), I've decided to take on blogging again---even if it means just writing down my daily thoughts, rants and whatnots. My life isn't that exciting after all (or is it? hahahaha!)

So.....plans for the new year.

Well...I got featured in 88DB lifestyle --- my first full length feature. Meaning, I'm not sharing it with any other store or designer. Basically I'm not singit anymore. And that's good right? My heartfelt thanks for Romina Tobias for the wonderful article :) You can read the article here: Chained Paintings. Well done Romina! :)

My hand painted necklaces are doing quite well; Morbie Dolls and I will be announcing a Summer sale of 15 - 20% for all our stuff so watch out for that. Morbie Dolls creator and designer Ish is my idol ---she designs and makes everything from scratch. What an amazing feat! I am more of a lax designer (if there is such a thing). If it hits me, then I make designs and stuff. If it doesn't, then I'm stuck in a rut. I guess the bottom line is, I always have to be happy to be able to make new exciting stuff. That means lots of eating.....much to Mark's dismay.

Check out my personalized Morbie created by Ish:

PRESENTING GRUMPLESTILTSKIN

This is how I always look when I'm grumpy (ask Mark!) or when I don't get my way. Haha! Ish did a good job here.
Plans plans plans.

Well, I'm going on vacation on April til May. We're thinking about Bangkok (mainly for shopping), after that I'll definitely be going to Mindanao for a real vacation. But before I leave, I'll be releasing my summer line of hand painted necklaces plus other senseless stuff as well.

Mark on the other hand, has been busy (in every sense of the word) with his T-shirt printing, bike gear & accessories, CIS business and so I have learned to be patient, be friends with his friends/customers, to be interested in bike stuff, and most important of all ---- to use the tracker system of Globe.

It's really pretty easy, and with Globe's GPS, I'll know where Mark is (general area only) at any time of the day. Kala nya makakatakas sya. :p

Oh and before I forget, Happy Chinese New Year! And for all you mouse lovers out there (I loved my hamster!), I've got a special treat in store that'll be released by April :)

So that's it for now. And don't forget to drop by my online shop at EarthlyDelights. You might see something you like, and I might even earn a buck or two :)