Monday, December 8, 2014

DIY 10-minute Toddler Ribbon Headband

So it's raining here in Manila due to Typhoon Hagupit. Hubby didn't want me to come to work any more to avoid getting stranded outside. So we opted to work from home.

Now when my afternoon meeting was finally over, I went for a quick break. I looked at my craft materials and thought, "I really miss crafting! Is there something I can quickly make while I am on break?"

And as a matter of fact, there is! And I am sharing it with you.

Here's what you will need:

- A ribbon (in this case, 2" wide beige organza ribbon ~20" long)
- A garter or band (sized to my daughter's little head)
- Needle and Thread
- Fabric Brad or Button
- Scissor

And here are the Instructions:

1. Sew a running stitch through one side of the ribbon from one end to the other, pulling along from time to time until you make a full circle. Depending on the length of your ribbon, you can make one or more layers.

2. Sew the center to secure your layers then adhere the fabric brad/button/gem. Depending on your material, you can sew this as well or you may adhere using glue gun.
3. Sew one end of the garter/band on top of the other to form your headband.
4. Sew your ribbon accent on top of the part where the ends of your garter meet. (Alternatively, you can adhere this using glue gun).
And there you have it. Pretty easy ain't it? And pretty nice too! Depending on your sewing skills, you can make this project in less than 10 minutes.
And if you have time, you can make more.

Here's the finished product as worn by my little baby. Isn't she a cutie as well?
Well that's all for now. If you are able to make one yourself, do let me know. I would love to see your own headbands! :)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Street Sign Greetings


I know it has been such a long time since I last updated my blog but here I am returning with hopefully more tutorials which should be fun & easy to do.

To start with...

Imagine you're at a coffee shop to meet a friend for the first time, or someone you haven't seen for a while, or someone who is having their birthday and you actually forgot to prepare something! Well do not worry. Do not panic. You can still give something simple with the things readily within your reach, with minimal cost but big impact!

Just as how I received this cute and simple token from a new crafty friend which serves as our inspiration for today's tutorial.

I call it the Street Sign Greetings!

And here's what you'll need:
- wooden stirrers from the condiments section
- pens which you can borrow from the cashier or barista
- tape which I am pretty sure you can borrow from the staff of the coffee shop as well
- brownie, cake or donut from the counter
- hands! Your own two hands!

And here are the quick simple steps:
1. Using your hands, carefully cut the stirrers in about 2-3 inches each.

 2. Using tape, adhere the sticks together to look like an antenna or street sign.

3. Write down your messages on the front side.

And it's as simple as that. You now have your street sign message and you simply need to place it on your brownie, cake or donut.
Simple and not costly right? But I'm sure the smile on the face of your friend will be priceless!
What do you think? Feel free to place your comments below.

Special thanks to my friend Tina for inspiring me to do this! :)

Enjoy and drop by again for another quick and easy tutorial! :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

DIY Quilling Tool Tutorial

It's been a while since my last post, and I want to take this opportunity to give you a quick and easy tutorial.

For the past days, my team and I (yes, at work) have been in search of a quilling tool. Who would have thought it's not that easy getting one here. We've rounded around 5 bookstores and several craft stores but none were selling quilling tool kits or even just the tool.

But since we were really in the mood to try out some quilling, we actually opted to make one ourselves.

And, we figured it can also be used for paper swirl flowers (instead of the normal craft tweezers I use).

- 2 pcs of toothpicks
- Masking Tape OR an old ball pen case
- Scissors

There are actually two ways to do this, first with a ball pen case:

1. Take 1 toothpick and cut diagonally in half. Do this to the other toothpick.
2. Take an old ball pen and remove the caps, leaving only the base which kinda looks like a straw or long thin cylinder.
3. Align the tip of the toothpicks together while keeping the longer diagonal side of the opposite tips of each toothpick adjacent to each other and insert inside the ball pen. Actually, we had to make the diagonal cuts so the 2 pcs of toothpick would fit inside the ball pen case. If you have a wider opening for the case, then you may not need to cut the toothpicks anymore.

For the second way of doing this, you just need the 2 toothpicks and a masking tape or any kind of tape.

1. Place the 2 toothpicks together, ensuring the pointed tip are aligned.
2. Wrap a masking tape around the toothpicks tightly. Cut excess tape.

And there you have it. You now have your own quilling tool. You can insert the quilling paper or strips of paper in between the tips of the toothpick and start turning the tool as you would a normal quilling tool.

You can also decorate the pen with washi or fabric tape as seen above.
A sample I was able to make...

As stated earlier, we found that it is actually also a good tool for twirling papers into a spiral flower in place of craft tweezers.

What do you think? :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

How To: Create a Clover Flower Headband

So it's the first day of March 2014 and you know what happens in March? It's my dear Irish Freyja's birthday! :)

And because her parents love clover so much, not to mention Irish is named, Irish, I decided to create a Clover Flower headband for her. (If that statement didn't make any sense, lookup St. Patrick's Day. ^^v)

And since this pretty easy to make, I created 2 more for my nieces, in pink, coz they like pink! :)

And I am very sure, you can make one too. So I am sharing another tutorial video for you.

But I have to say, sorry for the shaky video... I don't have a good cam yet and I actually shot this video with my webcam strapped to my collar.

And when you do create one, please share them with me.
You may comment here or share your work on my FB page:

Until next time! ;)

Friday, January 31, 2014

My First How To Video: Kusudama Paper Flower Tutorial

I am joining a Paper Flower Bouquet Workshop on February 8 but the ADHD in me couldn't wait so I just had to try it out on my own, way way way before the workshop. ;))

And I am glad I did because I did arrive at good results:

And since I realized that this was pretty much easy to do, I just had to share it with you.
At first I decided to create a video tutorial (my first ever) since it was really hard to explain the steps in words, so it was best seen either on photos or video. However, after recording, I found that the audio was quite poor and my instructions couldn't be heard properly. So I had to caption the instructions instead.
Please view (and like, and share) my first ever video tutorial uploaded on youtube:
So what are you waiting for? Go on and start making your own paper flowers!
And when you do... please share them with me. You may comment below or share on my FB page:
Until next time, I hope you can bear with me and stay tuned for more video tutorials. :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bible Verse: Psalm 37:23-24

So I was preparing some tokens for Pastors Day and I found this verse that would be lovely for our lady pastor at church:, by Megan Watson of

I really wanted to use the same format for our head Pastor but I couldn't find a similar artwork or picture message so I decided I would create one.

It was my first time creating a picture message like this, and though I kinda "patterned" it against the former, I am quite happy with the results! :)


I am surprised that it is pretty easy to make. I'm sure you can create your own as well.

Simple instructions:
1. Open Microsoft WORD and set the Page Background to your desired texture or color.
2. Input the desired text, for starters, use just one font and color.
3. Randomly choose which words to alter font and color, add in clip arts as desired.
4. Then use a snipping tool to capture the screen and save it in file photo format.

If you are well versed in using photo-editing softwares like Photoshop, I'm sure this will be even easier for you.

To God be the glory! Happy Sunday!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Butterfly Stationery Set

Here's part 1 of the items I recently gave away through Mail Swap/Craft Exchange I made with a friend... Garden, or should I say, Butterfly Stationery Set.

Materials Used:
- EK Success 2.25 Scalloped Circle Large Punch
- Martha Stewart Butterfly Puncher
- Martha Stewart Lattice Edge Punch
- White, Pink and Blue cardstock
- Pink and Blue perforated board
- Glue Stick+Gun
- White Envelope
- Fabric Tape

1. Punch out scalloped circles from colored perforated boards and butterflies from the white cardstock. Adhere the butterflies to the center of the circles. This will be your seal.

2. Cut out 5 x 8 sheets of colored cardstock and fold at the center.
3. Take one side of the card and punch out the lattice pattern but leave both ends uncut to create a window effect. Adhere another butterfly at the lower right corner.

4. Adhere the fabric tape onto the inside of the card, right below the "lattice window".
5. You now have your set. You can add in other accessories like in this case, a bookmark.

You can actually create your own version of notecards or stationeries with different patterns and designs. This is just one of them.
Feel free to create your own and share them with me too! :)