Friday, March 22, 2013
This is the before and after photo of "MY" fruit basket.I spray painted it Sunshine Yellow.This is actually my mother's fruit basket.I think we had it for more than a decade already but we don't use it more often.We usually put our fruits in the refrigerator lest we want the house
pets pests (mice) to eat it first. HAHAHA
The fruit basket was just at the top of the cupboard and I thought it's just so beautiful to be abandoned like that. I asked Mama if I could have it since I was also planning to buy my own fruit basket. Was I happy that she gave this to me without hesitation.
It doesn't look good anymore when I salvaged it. The wood stains are peeling that the color now looks pale and boring. And what better color to choose than Sunshine Yellow! I did a lot of sanding on this project which I must admit is very tiring and painful to my delicate hands. Chaaar!
I thought that spray painting is so easy as applying nail polish.But no,I think it's more complicated than applying paint by hand.The impatient in me turned the other side of the petal when I thought the paint was already dry. When I checked hours later,some of the newspapers I used to cover the floor were stuck in the petal.I didn't know how to correct that and I didn't want to go through the tedious step of sanding it again. So here's my Juan Tamad take; I did an indiscriminate spray painting on the damaged area. HAHAHA
I love this project. It gave the basket its second life and it made the dining table more lively. Talking about the dining table,I think I know now what my next project will be. But no more spray paint next time. Haha!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
I was going through my pile of papers when I saw the bunch of letters and cards I received from way back. It included the postcards I received in 2012 from friends who responded to this post I seriously forgot about these cards because the moment I got hold of these it was already months after Christmas.I remember receiving the last bunch of cards from my friend mid of March already. Ha! And now I felt the need to post this as I need to thank these people who "supported" me with my Christmas 2011 wish. I got this cute card and handwritten letter from Hi-C and Sam. Funny how,five years after, Hi-C's penmanship could evoke happy memories of our French course.Mind you,she was the best (girl classmate) in French,both oral and written,in our class. She was our source of notes and answers to assignments.While she'd diligently take down notes,most of us would just kill time and wait for her to finish.After that,we'd all go to our suki 'Ate,pa-Xerox.5 copies.' HAHA I think it's relevant to point out that Hi-C acknowledged on her letter that there was nothing much to write about since "we pretty much update our lives on Twitter and FB." I appreciated her time and effort in writing me a letter in a yellow paper which I have a feeling she got from her leftovers in college. Ha! And Sam's handwriting is cute,too. Something about kids who have just started learning how to write.I can honestly feel the sense of achievement! I got this postcard from Bambi & Kylie. To be honest, I didn't expect a postcard from them since I didn't get a feedback from them when I posted this Christmas wish. Was I surprised when they came home from Singapore for a short vacation and handed me this postcard of the famous merlion. At the back were four photos of me,three of which were taken during my birthday in 2010.By far,that was one eventful birthday I'd like to remember with so much positivity. And I'd like to thank Bambi and Kylie,among our other friends who were also with me that day,because if they weren't with me that day I don't think I'd still be around today. True story. On the lighter note,Kylie apologized that they weren't able to send the postcard through mail. Bambi on the other side, wrote his greetings in cursive but not without inserting that trademark Bambi humor---always including that fat word as adjective to describe my heart but in truth pertaining to my physique. Bugoya bataa! Haha These postcards are from Jason Paul aka Dong Paolo. I got hold of these in the middle of March. It would have been easier for me to give up and not expect from Jason but he was consistent with his promise to send me postcards. Almost every week, he'd tweet me and tell me,among other things,that he was on his way to the post office and the rain poured,he woke up late,he had cases to digest,prepare for the exams,the couple who occupies the room next to his are so noisy he had to go to the library to study. Haha. And then, their final exams came earlier and he had no more excuse to say so he had to send it or else. Haha. I like Jason because he is one of the few people I know who would speak of his hometown with so much passion and enthusiasm. Back in college,some of our classmates would bully him and say "Asa ng Cabadbaran?Naa na sa mapa?" And of course si Jason, bisan nagngitngit na ang pananaw sa kalagot, kabalo gihapon motubag ug depensa sa iyang beloved Narabdabac. <---Seriously, I had to spell it the normal way first before I spelled it backwards. HAHAHA And I'm still wondering why they keep on spelling it backwards. Well,I sometimes spell/call Cebu UBEC. But we never did it with Surigao though. HAHAHA +++++++++++++++++++++&&&&&&&&&&++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++&&&&&&&&&&+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ And that my friends is that one thing I wanted to receive on Christmas 2011----postcard/letter,handwritten and preferably in cursive and sent through mail. Thank you,my dear friends! xoxo
Friday, February 22, 2013
This is my first attempt at rubber-cutting/rubber-stamping. I'd like to believe I did well. Love thy own. :p And where did I get the idea? From Alessa of www.lifeafterbreakfast.com I think I stumbled upon LifeAfterBreakfast during the first quarter of 2012. I'm not sure whether I was looking for yet another diy inspiration or vegetarian recipes. All I know is that, "she had me at hello." I spent many sleepless nights reading all her blog posts from present to its archives. She really impressed me and many times, I wished I had her life. Ha! I religiously follow her blog from then on and as of late, I see that Alessa's (first name basis.hehe) fascinated with rubber-stamping. I have no idea this would make a big shot to crafters and those who are fond of diy. I remember seeing my classmates carving into their rubber erasers when I was in grade school and high school. They would etch their names or initials on it so it'd be easier to find should it be misplaced. I've seen my neighbors with their initials etched on their slippers,too. I knew it was the same principle with rubber stamps but I really didn't care. Yes, I tried etching in erasers and pencils too but it was too much hard work for me.And fastforward to our present time, it's all the rage now. So here I am with my first attempt. I'm not a fan of the heart shape but this was the first that came to mind. I wanted a heart inside the heart shape. My rusty cutter made a sharp cut so the small heart looks a little imperfect. I was grinning like a kid in a candy store when I did the stamping. The heart shape rubbercut looks nice in paper. And it does look like Roxy's brand logo's distant cousin. ;p I used a cheap stamp pad and stamp pad ink because I was thinking that I might not like the outcome of this diy and that I would just waste my money on the materials. At this moment I'm already thinking of other shapes and objects to trace and cut in my rubber erasers. DIY is love.