Bits of Bliss: Design Sponge fangirling

I’ve always been a super fan of design sponge for years. I had a time when I visited her blog daily and got lost there for hours and hours–I loved all the beautiful homes and got inspired by all the DIYs and interviews. I recently bought her fantastic book “In the Company of Women” and am savoring it slowly because I don’t want it to the end.

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I enjoy reading about what drives these extraordinary women, most of whom are my idols, and their journey as artists and entrepreneurs. I picked one of my favorites, Carrie Brownstein, and did a brush calligraphy piece based on what she said in her interview. Posted it on my instagram (@mabuhaydiy) account and after a few days, I got the surprise of my life. Grace Bonney herself reposted it in her instagram account! I’m still shaking and crying, I couldn’t believe my luck:

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Is this the real life is this just fantasyyyy

Thank you Universe, for consistently creating magical moments like this. 😻🙌

Journal peek! Last quarter

It’s almost the end of the year! I’m happy I got to journal the highlights of these past few months:

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I’m realizing my pages don’t have to be perfect and I’m teaching myself to journal under the keyword of abundance. I’m going to be using more stickers and washi and art materials and I’m going to be using more pages. I have this fear of supplies running out but one thing I have learned is how the universe manages to provide and deliver, in ways that surprises me (not just in art but in life in general) πŸ™‚

Exploring the Universe: Vegas 2016

From New York, we flew to Cali and drove to Vegas. Amazed at how bright Vegas is at night, and how similar the morning weather is to Manila (except less humid and more windy).

I’m not a huge drinker but I do enjoy seeing colorful things and structures heh. My fave activity from Vegas would have to be sampling the 16 international coca-cola flavors at the Coke store! For only 8 dollars you can do this, and it was a fun bonding activity for the family:

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I wrote notes in my journal about each one and my fave would have to be the Smart watermelon one from China and the Fanta Pineapple one from Greece.

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Also enjoyed the colorfulness of the M&M store–resisted the urge to splurge inside, probably because I just ate a huge dinner before going here:

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I got some tsum tsums, finally! These are mystery ones and I was hoping I could get the Cinderella one, but oh well. Look at that cute mermicorn tho:

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Um, I got some plush tsum tsums too:

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I enjoyed faux Paris and faux Venice and faux NY! I loved how you can travel to various places in a day haha:

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I also enjoyed the fishes made from flowers at the Bellagio! The real fishes in Caesar’s Palace freaked me out a bit so this was more awesome for me haha:

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Look at that beautiful ceiling!

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I also thoroughly enjoyed the dancing fountain show:

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Exploring the Universe: New York 2016

What I love most about NY is how easily I can go around the city via subway. I was intimidated and confused by the many different lines ar first but when I figured it out a bit, I was able to visit all the items in my NY bucket list!

Rode the ferry to Liberty island and Ellis island:

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Walked along the high line a la Abbi and Ilana from Broad City:

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I would have loved staying there for longer, I loved the plants and flowers and the view:

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Saw the Alice sculpture in Central Park after around 2 or 3 hours of walking haha:

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Really steep subway escalator:

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Ceiling mosaic from a subway station:

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Checked out the Guggenheim museum, and my fave would have to be the exhibit featuring artworks by children:

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Saw these black and white cookies first from seinfeld first, and bought some as my drawing snack while I did some urban sketching at Bryant park:

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At the MoMa, I serendipitously bumped into Victoria! We were looking at the same painting (seen below, the one behind us) and I noticed that the girl beside me looked familiar. When I asked her if she was Victoria, I was actually surprised that she was! Haha πŸ™‚

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I loved the MoMa but was really happy I caught the Degas exhibit, with all his monotype works:

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My fave from the Met, entirely made of glass:

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Was also able to finally meet my lj friend Keith! We met in lj ten years or more ago and we were able to finally meet in person! Thanks for everything, Keith πŸ™‚

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She took me to Koreatown where we had really yummy sweet and savoryΒ  waffles and this unforgettable jasmine matcha latte (still dreaming of it till now):

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Then we walked around Times square, saw a Strand stall, and went inside the Disney store where I went a bit crazy (tsum tsumssss):

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Offered to take photos of tourists and tourists offered to take photos of me, which I gladly accepted haha. The Grand Central station is as beautiful as they say it is. Wore my Ghostbusters shirt becauseeee New Yorkkk

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We rode the Roosevelt island tram (I want to live in Roosevelt island):

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Brooklyn 99 is love, so I snapped some photos of this police station in Brooklyn when we walked towards the Brooklyn bridge:

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Also visited the NY public library:

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And walked to St. Patrick’s cathedral and the Rockefeller center:

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We stayed near the NY Times building. Got myself mexican corn and hibiscus juice from the popup stalls near the area, and took this photo of the buildings nearby:

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Brooklyn bridge:

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While walking around, I was able to catch a glimpse of the Chrysler building from a side street:

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Just add water: A watercolor fair 2015

I was so excited when I found out that Dianne was organizing a watercolor event. πŸ™‚ 🙌 I have attended a pointed pen meet before and a brush calligraphy meet and even an art materials meet but never a watercolor meet or a formal event so this was really awesome. We got to see amazing artists do demos and we got to ask them questions and learned a lot from them. I also enjoyed the part where we exchanged artist trading cards–so happy I got to exchange cards with so many talented local watercolorists. πŸ™‚

Group photo! Also got to hang out for a quick artambay after with Manuel Jiongco, Paola and Megan—artists I admire. πŸ™‚

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Some of the artist trading cards I made, using metallic kuretake watercolor paint. πŸ™‚

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The beautiful cards I got in exchange:

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I also treated myself to a gold Escoda travel brush and Shin Han Pwc paint from Artwhale. I painted some quick florals this morning:

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P.s. Here’s a painting I did the other day, my first time to try negative painting. πŸ™‚

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My first pen meet!

I was able to join the 3rd pen meet Manila last Saturday at Project Pie, and it was one of the funnest events I’ve attended. I didn’t know what to expect, since it was my first but I loved the energy and super enjoyed the time I spent with everyone–mostly friends from instagram and the local arts/crafts scene πŸ™‚

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I’m planning on joining the next one! Thanks, Sienne of inkcatcher for organizing this fun event! πŸ™‚

I went to BGC after for the art mart and bought the following:

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(see my instagram: @aphazia for details on who made what) πŸ™‚

Calligraphy exchange Manila 2014

I added the year because I’m looking forward to the next one next year! πŸ™‚

Felt lucky and blessed to be part of this star-studded event. Thanks to the awesome and talented organizers, I met a lot of my fave local calligraphers and letterers.
I wasn’t able to take decent photos because I was too busy testing pens and blabbing away haha.

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I pressured June into making a fansign hehe sorry June, but thanks so much! (Because owning a fansign from her is in my bucket list). Here she is (seated) with (l-r) Shawie, Mich, Anina, Ella and Lorra.

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I was shameless and asked for fansigns from Abbey Sy, Anina Rubio, The Fozzy Book, Patrick Cabral, John De Veyra, Geli Balcruz, Paola Esteron, Ella Lama, John Ed, Jelvin Base, and June Digan! Thanks so much!

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Challenging myself: Fly yoga!

Trying this has always been on my bucket list. Yesterday, I was finally able to try Flying Fitness at Beyond Yoga, Rockwell. Thanks to Almi who alerted me about the groupon deal for this! πŸ™‚ She was also the one who took more pics, the first pic was taken by our instructor πŸ™‚

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I can’t believe I was able to do the above poses since I haven’t been as dedicated to my daily yoga practice as before because of laziness and my current slight asthma attack. But here’s to surprising yourself, yes?

Also, it was way harder than I thought. There were some inverse situps where you had to do it while you’re hanging upside down, suspended in air, which was very challenging, and some other yoga poses that had to be done upside down. I was disoriented and a bit nervous since I was afraid my legs would unhook themselves accidentally and I’d break my neck lol so I think I overthunk some poses haha.

My body’s sore right now but it’s worth it! Fun and exciting. πŸ™‚

Inspiration Blog hop!

I love reading and making lists and I especially love artsycraftsy wip posts. I felt so inspired after going through several tagged blogs. πŸ™‚
Thanks to Ria for tagging me!

What are you working on?
A lot! I have a list of personal projects that I plan on tackling after work or over the weekend. But my attention span is super short and I’m a scanner, so I’m bound to start something then stop halfway when something shinier appears. It’s in my nature, so I have accepted this about myself. On the upside, I do tend to accomplish a lot when the art/craft bug attacks in the middle of the night, haha. I always update my instagram with recent projects, but here are the extra memorable ones:

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Experimenting with masking fluid. I suck at calligraphy but thought this might change my mind. This is a line from Conchitina Cruz’s poem “What is it about tenderness”.

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Books are piling up on my TBR pile and I can’t be more excited. I have this dream of having a reading nook and I’m planning to swankify a small area near the window for this. Maybe I’ll rearrange furniture or add some fluffy pillows.

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I hope the above drawing looks like Aubrey Plaza. It’s my first time to draw a portrait using colored pencils and I’m not sure if I like it. I felt a lot of anxiety that I’d ruin her beautiful face so maybe I’ll just draw imaginary ladies next time. I’m not sure if I have the guts to finish this eep.

How does your work differ from others?
I find it easier to make stuff filled with things I love, so in my works you’d probably see ladies, cats, ladies with cats, fangirling, an unhealthy amount of color, book/film/movie/tv show-inspired stuff. Cats!

Why do you create what you do?
They give me a happy. -Buffy
I feel more relaxed and zen when I create. I’m not fond of making drafts using pencil mostly because I like surprising myself hehe.

How does your creating process work?
I find nuggets of inspiration from my fave things, and then I try to coax/wrangle something out of them. Sometimes the results please me, sometimes they’re epic failures–but at least I got to learn from them. It’s all good. πŸ™‚

Tagging everyone! Special mentions: Allie, Dy, Fran, Sab, Geli! πŸ™‚

Artsycraftsy exploration: From where I’ve been

I have a lot of stories to tell you, concerning the highlights of the past few months–but sometimes time slips by so fast. I’m in the process of organizing my photos and memories, and here’s a sneak peek. Having a virtual memory trigger is one of the reasons why I love having my blog, especially since my memory seems to fail me more each day. Right now it is around 3 am in the morning, and our internet is so slow during the peak hours so I have decided to stay up late and post as many posts as I can manage, if the connection would allow me. It’s for my future self anyway, and a few years from now, losing a few hours of sleep for something you love won’t really hurt anyway.

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