The Year That Was: 2014, The Year for Great Things

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Happy Holidays, everyone!

2014 has been wonderful to me, and I hope it has been awesome for you too. I’ve been doing year-enders back in my old livejournal, and I love looking back on the year’s adventures and accomplishments. It inspires me to dream bigger for the upcoming year and also be grateful for all the blessings of the past year.

This year, I was able to tick off a lot of items from my grand bucket list, and I’ve shared some of them in this blog. Some of the highlights of my year:

* I started the year with a lot of trips, and tried my best to blog about each one.

* Best trip of the year: I went to California! WOOT! Was able to visit L.A, Sacramento and San Francisco. Thanks, Universe! 🙂

* I experimented with a lot of my (hoarded) art materials this year.

* Katha turned one this year! We decided on “Myths and Legends” as the theme for our anniversary issue. Read more about it here.

* This is the year for rekindling my love with lettering and calligraphy.
* Type Kita 2! So happy I got to watch some of my fave artists at work. Also, Type Kita 1
* Arts/Crafts challenges like this.
* Or the #30bravedays challenge.
* My first drawing with colored pencils.
* I made temporary tattoos!
* For 2015, I plan to make more “good things” posts.
* I went to this year’s Art Fair.
* Big Blog Exchange 2014. I remember being top three in Asia/Oceania and feeling giddy. I didn’t win, but it was also quite an experience, deciding to join and urging people to vote for me (which admittedly, I felt kind of torn about, but, follow your dreams, right?)
* The Inspire Everyday event at the Ayala Museum.
* Katha Magazine was one of the finalists in this year’s Globe Tatt awards! Thanks for nominating us and voting, friends! 🙂
* I got to make my own perfume! It was the best workshop I’ve attended this year. 🙂
* Teach yo’self sessions. I’ve been teaching myself through books and online videos, and I’m happy that I got myself a library membership at the Union Church Library, where I was able to borrow a lot of arts/crafts books, and some rare fiction books as well. 🙂
* I tried painting with gouache for the first time.

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I’m still thinking of what to name 2015, and listing down goals for the year. We already have some beach and travel plans and I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll push through. Recently some friends old and new and I have been meeting up for a Teach What You Know Kiligraphy date after work, filled with testing new calligraphy and lettering tools and just hoarding together haha. I love creating with a group and meeting new friends in the process, so this is totally up my alley. Can’t wait for our scheduled January TWYK Kiligraphy session! 🙂

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, lovelies!

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Art in the park 2014

For our 78th month together, my partner and I went to the annual Art in the park event at Salcedo. If I remember correctly, I’ve been going to this event for around four years already. I love parks and I love art and this event is pretty much the stuff of my dreams–lovely and affordable artworks done by lovely friends and sold in a lovely park. Awesome.

Before going to the park, we had a brunch date at home with her friends Cy and Almi. We swam for an hour or so afterwards.

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Then off we went!

Some of my faves:

(This transforms to a cabinet! Made by Jomike Tejido)

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I bought a lot of postcards from Ang INK’s booth:

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I met new and old friends and got a pink elephant made of cotton candy!

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It was made by the very talented Kuya Arnold. BEST!

We went to BGC afterwards, where I drew her while she slept lol:

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Watched The Sound of Music at BGC’s outdoor cinema after dinner:

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We got an awesome couple portrait made by THE Apol Sta.Maria. Here it is with my first portrait done by him at the Art in the Park event two years ago:

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Thanks, Apol!

Type Kita Exhibit

I was able to check out the Type Kita exhibit the other day with Kate at 10A Alabama. It was a type/letterer-fiend’s dream!

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My penmanship since I was young was always graded with a line of 7 in my report card since I don’t have the patience to sustain making evenly-spaces diagonal lines or perfect loops. This is probably why even if I try hand-lettering gazillions of times, I still make them look crappy haha. But the works in the exhibit are totally ace, and would amaze you with its variety:

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I spent all my monies buying from Geli, Ella and Abbey Sy’s booths har. But no regrets! They serve as inspirational/aspirational pieces.

I was able to attend the paper flower making sesh with Victoria Velasco, and here’s what I made:

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Then I got to watch Abbey and Patrick create on the spot calligraphy lettering/hand-drawn lettering.

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Abbey’s work, which I arbored:

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Patrick’s works:

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I got so inspired by the event that I made some hand-drawn ones at home using pages from old magazines:

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Trapik x typography hehe.

Congrats Popjunklove! Wonderful event! 🙂

A trip to Heima Brixton

I couldn’t stop thinking about Heima Brixton ever since I saw photos of the place in Instagram. After a lunch meeting with my Katha Magazine co-founders in the area (A quick pause hehe: Our latest issue is out now! It’s free! http://bit.ly/katha-issue04), Geli and I finally got the chance to visit Heima Brixton:

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I’m glad we got to visit the place–it was MAGIC.

It looked nice, it smelled nice, it sounded nice. I bet if I licked the furniture it would also taste nice.

It gave me a happy. 🙂

New succulents!

Was able to attend Femi and Karen’s “F@#; art, let’s garden!” show at Cubao X last week.

Everything was gorgeous. They combined dish gardens with references to artists and authors. Definitely my kind of combination!

Check these out:

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Mine! Got to take this lovely baby home. It was love at first sight especially since it had a bear!

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Bought another one since I like how it had furry leaves. I wanted to buy more but I had to consider the long commute home.

Upon research at home, I found out that my furry friend was a kalanchoe tomentosa which is a fancy name for a “panda plant”!

That means I have two bear-themed succulents, which makes me so giddy since my partner and I love panda bears ❤

Here's Geli and me with the two artists, Femi and Karen. Congrats to a great show, girls! 🙂

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Here are my babies at home:

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Artsycraftsy discovery: PixaRoll!

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My friends and I have been talking about this cool app called PixaRoll lately, the “photo kiosk” in your phone.

If you’re addicted to Instagram like me (I currently have more than 1000 photos within a year!), you probably reached a point where you wished you could print your fave IG photos instantly too. Think of PixaRoll as a photo genie, making your photo-printing wishes come true! You can also print not only Instagram photos, but also other photos you have stored in your phone–read more about it here.

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Have I also mentioned that there’s a huge possibility of cheaper prints when there are more likes in the PixaRoll PH facebook page? Let’s all work together and spread the word so we can make this happen! Think of all the artsycraftsy possibilities when you get your prints: scrapbook pages, visual diaries, travel journals, home decor, even makeshift cards and postcards! I can already envision creating a handmade album for the printed photos and giving it as a Christmas gift to the people I love. Instant tangible memories! I’m multi-tasking and selecting photos that I want printed as I type this entry. Haha 🙂

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Can’t wait to get my prints–stay tuned for more artsycraftsy ideas on how you can use the PixaRoll prints!

P.S. Don’t you just love the fun, colorful photos above? They’re all from PixaRoll’s FB site. Like the PixaRoll PH page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixaRoll.PH