Bangle to love.

A sudden great mood just punched me and this is the result of my new bangle to love. I just really heart the way I create it. Well, super thanks to the music, it really helps me to boost my energy to create something special like this. This special bangle are on sale through my Facebook page; Hush Potato. For inquiries, just visit and blew me a message. ūüôā

WHEN WORN

New Pursuit.

MY OWN BEAUT RACK RIBBON HANGING IN MY CRAFT WALL

I have a new pursuit to hone and to be hooked with; and it’s making a Wood Crafts. When I was still in the Philippines, I do really wanted to make a wood crafts but sad to say I can’t find a good materials for making a wood thingy so I can’t pursue on creating some stuff.

And then voilà~! It is my lucky day when I went to shop for some groceries and I saw a wood materials section. Of  course, I am so animated looking for something I can use on making my first wood crafts. 

And here’s the materials that I bought; (a) plywood sheet¬†(b) round wood stick (c) hobby saw and (d) metal hang fittings¬†

I always envious seeing images of a wall rack ribbon and I know it was made of a professional maker that can buy at Interior Home Depot. And now I am gonna make my own wall rack ribbon “Yiheee..” though I don’t have much materials for wood crafting maybe I can still make a way to create my new pursuits.¬†



Since I dont’ have a wood drill I just ¬†used my screw driver to make a hole. ¬†I need to use a tape measure, ruler and pencil to create a guides.¬† Continue reading “New Pursuit.”

DIY: Recycling Moments

One day we bought a box of Aquarius which is like a water or an energy drink and a Coca-cola soft drink; a 2Liter in size that looks like a voluptuous woman.
And then suddenly “Recycled” just cross into my mind. I told to myself once the bottle are empty I’ll think something that I can possibly use for my stuff.
So the bottle are empty. I¬†thoroughly¬†washed it, pouring some detergent¬†inside¬†the bottle, re-capping to close, then I shaked it upside down so it will wash the whole body. Since it’s not easy to take away the detergent bubbles, I just leave the running water dripping to the mouth so the bubbles will go up and gone.
Here’s what I had in mind; I’d like to make a lamp on the top and a container with the bottom. But the result, I only just made the container. Since I don’t have enough materials for the lamp, I’ll skipped to it but once I have the materials like the bulb, I’ll sort it again.
I was in-love with her body by being transparent, the color will stays and leave it as transparent. Maybe because I wanted to see my stuff that I am gonna put on my recycled container.
Look what I did. This is the result, simple but useful. I situated my scissors, cutter, little roller, deco pen, and more on deco whip and sauce; and Tadah~! I had my own stuff container.¬†So here’s the images for the step.

Continue reading “DIY: Recycling Moments”

SIMPLE EPIPHANY

It is Wednesday, the day I received my package. I was lying on bed that day with my little princess watching Tangled movie. Yes, the Rapunzel new version where Mandy Moore was the main character. The hitch is, It was dubbed in Japanese so it’s not Mandy Moore anymore (since we are living in Japan we are force to¬†watch¬†it) but the glitch are fixed for having a subtitle and I say “Thank God.” Frankly, I am not good in speaking or having a great understanding in Japanese or the Nihonggo language. Maybe I am quite good-enough on sensing and knowing their throwing words when they’re talking to me but the problem is I don’t know how to give them retort. I know some but zenbu janai (not everything); I still need to harvest¬†effortfully so my crops won’t withered.¬†But to think, It is also a big advantage for me viewing Japanese with subtitle like catching two mouse in one day, so the cat wins “Meow!”.

 

Well my daughter adore Rapunzel (like she said she is Rapunzel) and the theme song played completely at the end of the movie and suddenly my little princess was pretty mount, waving her hand in the air, blubbering those lines without having the right words, dancing flakey like a peanut butter, hovering her one feet, and turning around reflecting like a little ballerina. It was overwhelming watching and seeing her with an enthusiasm.
The door bell rings, I stood up. Guess what. Yes, I am pretty excited. Do you know the feeling that you ¬†are waiting for something that you really wanted but it’s not what you’ve expected; like seating on a couch, clicking the remote control, looking for a great to watch but in the end there’s nothing good you can watch. Meaning, my pretty excited turn into dumps. Well It is just a person who are selling some products.

 

An hour pass, bell rings again. Wishing it could be my package. Readying my bucks, Walking barefooted on a narrow path through our door and finally it’s Mister Mailman. The pretty excited just bloom again, eagerly wanting to open the package that I ordered.

 

And here it is, my new haul; Fimo soft & effect / Modena and La Doll Air dry clay / Padico Varnishing / Tamiya Mold Releaser, Fairy Mold, Miniature Parfait glass and Metal findings.

Then I had sudden epiphany which I am having a strength sayings “get-up-and-go”; “It is time to cleanse your space, dusting those dirt and orderly fixing your storage and container”. And then I lighted my signal GO so my working space turn into a disaster state. Putting all the things on the floor, starting to re-arranging them but seriously sometimes I don’t know where would I start. It’s like you’ll shrink back again from another scratch. So I wiped my desk, keep on polishing, carefully arranging my things and overly thinking where should I put those container that will suit on my little crafting table.

After 2 hours of cleaning, I am completely done. Much better right?! 
And ready to say “Welcome to my humble crafting space!”. As an Artist or Enthusiast, we wanted our working room or space to be as organized and cleanest as always. But we are artist, we are born to be wild.
Here’s the things that I always work with. Pliers, cutters, brushes, and clay of course.

(first image) Where I situated my hand made display and those three little milk bottled (Meiji) are one my entry in Recycled challenge. I also plonk my notes, sketch book, cuticles and some Clay books.
At the bottom, you will find my Mica powders, Acrylic paint, Vanishing, Glaze, Stamps, Molds that I usually use, Clays, Beads, Findings, Etc.
(second image) Meet my little oven that my mom bought and the white-trans container that my step dad gave to me.
  • At First Container; ¬†FABRIC AND RIBBONS.
  • Second; AIR DRY CLAY, OVEN BAKED CLAY & WHIP CREAM/SAUCE. 
  • At Third; MY CLAY CUTTERS.
  • On Fourth: MY HAND MADE MOLDS, METAL FINDINGS AND CABOCHONS.
  • Fifth; BOUGHT MOLD AND STAMPS.
  • and Lastly; WHERE I PUT SOME OF MY PAPER CRAFTS.

 (First image) Looking on my fave area (at the very top of my side table, the picture frame), where I glimpsed my inspirations (my little princess & my husband) and catching a positive energy that I can possibly lay on my hand made design.

 

Also, meet my first ever personal computer with Smile Precure desktop layout which my little princess ¬†favorite anime. Believe it or not, this is my first peculiar. After being a student for a long time I hadn’t had a very own computer. Don’t asked me why, maybe being too practical. Let’s say “My shoes are still fine why should I buy a new one”. But since I am now earning some money, I already decided to bought one, and now I can finally say it’s my own sweat and I deserve it.

 

I also making graphic design such as my logo, layouts and customized box templates with the use of Gimp software though I know how to used Adobe Photoshop, maybe my hand get to used in Gimp.

Amaco Clay Machine (first image) this tool helps every artist towards their crafts by using on kneading, blending colors and making flat sheets. My slab-working are become easier and faster especially If you are in a rush or having a multiple orders.

 

At the second¬†image, Yes. It is my cup of coffee like a cup of reiki. The one and only best friend I had who help me awakes when I needed to spend my whole night in making my crafts. I am not a coffee buff but no choice she’s my partner at night. How about yours?

 

So I guess this is enough with my space stories. See you on my next post.

DIY: Your Own Little Studio


#hushpotatotips

 

Artists are born to be creative, imaginative and full of passion.
Even those things broken and unused, artist can make an art with it like recycling accessories
or things might use.

 

Here’s my tips for today:
Worried about having a great background when capturing your photos. Here’s what i always do.
You can use cardboard but mostly I just use shoe box and covered it with beautiful background plus your high-lighted desk lamp
or much better if it’s photography lamp.

 

And Ta-dah~! I have my little studio. :))

Tips using Clay Extruder

Since I have new extruder I will make some tips using my makins extruder. So say hi to Mr. Extruder, that’s the way I called him. He helped me a lot in many design even-though my hand are kinda hurt using it. I would say it’s not bad if you spend some money to buy a good quality tools coz you will find it worthy.
Materials I used:
Fimo Clay
Makins Extruder
Clay Roller or Pasta Machine
Circle Cutter
Cutter knife

 

Here’s what I’m gonna share using Mr. Extruder for easy using it.
*First we need a pasta machine or clay roller so we can condition our clay very well.
*After conditioning your clay, use your circle cutter and put them together (like the photo below);
(Yes i know it will eat a lot of time, but don’t worry this will help you to chose your own colors and for easy putting your clay on the extruder)
*Oh my don’t forget to roll your clay when you are done putting them all so your clay will stick together and make them long.
*Then check it if they will already fit on your extruder.
*Put your clay and choose your prefer disc design.
*And we’re all ready to rock! ūüôā
*by the way, if your hand are also hurting while using extruder you can use;
CLOTH GLOVES
CLOTH TOWEL and roll it to your extruder or;
RUBBER BAND (more rubber band that will fit your hand when holding Mr. Extruder body)
FABRIC TAPE
-but the most comfy to use; look for a FOAM it will less the pain since Mr. Extruder are made out of steel. (put and roll it to Mr. Extruder body and the rotator as well if you want)
I’M READY TO PUT THEM TOGETHER
HERE’S MY READY MAKE USING THE SQUARE DISC I JUST PUT THEM TOGETHER SO IT WILL LIKELY BIG.

 

These are the result of my handmade cane using Mr. Extruder.
I made a ring and a necklace (sorry i forgot to take a pic of my hand made necklace)
Don’t fear to experiment on your own extruder.
Make it ROCK! ūüėÄ

Tips on how to soften your hard or crumb clays


Tips for today: 

I was experimenting earlier, making and practicing Mokume Gane then i have some hard clays that’s not easy to condition or knead. And then ideas just bumps into my head, but just wondering if this might really work to make my clay soft and easy to knead. I don’t wanna use liquid softener for clays because¬†sometimes my hand and clays are getting sticky and messy.

So i try it and it really works. What did I do?
I just cut some hard clays then i blower it (hot) yes i used my hair blower to make my clay soft in about seconds or minutes i guess, all you need is to check or touch the clay if it’s already softening. And yeah it really works for me.¬†

Try it and don’t be afraid. ūüôā
Good day! ūüôā

Jingle Ornament Challenge

(I know this post are so-so..sooo.. late! Haha! But please pardon me; hopefully this post 
will inspire each people who loves handmade ornaments especially Christmas.)

This is my humble¬†handmade entry for Jingle Ornaments challenge at Art Nouveau Philippines. I used styro-ball and a plastic christmas ball to make my jingle ornament. My thoughts and imaginations wanted to explode cos I don’t have great ideas on making my ornament though I have my materials I just really don’t know what would be the finale designs.¬†

So I just get my thingy on my working desks, and start creating the ornaments, then my first ornament turns into a shades of yellow with the green grass effects on the top with some red flowers; Second turns into a simple crusty ornament with red ribbon; the Third one becomes a See-through reddish galaxy with golden wire; Fourth one turns into a sweetie-licious ornament filled of chocolate icing, biscuits and ice cream; and the last one turns into Vines of love.

And I guess that’s the spirit of Christmas that your handmade turns into a wonderful and merry one.

I’d also like to share and introduce the other ornaments entries of my co-artist in Art Nouveau Ph with their very lovely handmade ornaments with their own description.

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“I really want to make the ornaments with a styro-ball but unfortunately all stocks at NBS were sold out, so I made a few out of a flat round wood cabs I have in my stash.¬†

Merry Christmas! “

Handmade Jingle Ornaments by
Mai of MAVI CRAFTS and DESIGNS






“I decided to make something that is not a round shape for them to stand out once it’s situate on a Christmas tree. I just use some scrap clays and varnish it with an antiquing technique. I also made a¬†wish-list¬†Ornament and a Mr & Mrs. Santa Clause.. Merry Christmas everyone! “


Handmade Jingle Ornaments by

Cherry of CRAFTY CB








” I used crumpled tin foil to make it light weight… All made of polymer clay… My favorite is the Christmas scene… I enjoyed making the very small details…”

Handmade Jingle Ornaments by 

Faith of JUSTCLAYINGAROUND 



” I wanted to make something that will make my kids love it. And wah lah! They loved it. And wanted me to do more.


The idea came from my youngest who loves to eat cakes and likes watching Word Wold at Disney Junior. And the green one is my own idea. The color symbolizes self-respect and well being. It also means learning, growth and harmony which I think reflects my personality ūüôā


Seeing these ornaments hanging in the living room makes me smile knowing that despite of our situation, with my own hands, I can make our Christmas as joyful as ever.¬†Feliz Navidad mi amigas! “



Handmade Jingle Ornaments by KLEYMEYT





“A delightful handmade ornaments for everyone.¬†

Handmade Jingle Ornaments by

Leah of LOUISE CLAYATION









” I made a Yummy Christmas-themed cupcakes made of polymer and liquid clay ūüôā (They’re not edile though!)

They can be hung on your Christmas tree (I’ll add strings) or just as display figures. “

Handmade Jingle Ornaments by
Celyn of KLEYLAND TISYERT 

I’m Full.

(*this is a late post like one of my pending blog.) 
Another flow¬†that¬†I received. It is my passion, that’s all I can say.¬†
Since my mom back from the Philippines, I am so thrilled to gather my “pasalubong” (a present usually given from someone who go on travel; or a souvenir).¬†
She bought me an Hello Kitty iPhone case that made out of rhinestones. Here in Japan, decorating iPhone or any mobile cases are one of the famous hobby in every Japanese artists. They proffer courses for decorating using rhinestones, etc. As far as I know, they also have School for Arts that is all about Decorating. But the possibility it will cost you a lot of money; but the good side about taking courses or classes, you can possibly one of their partner like instance they have deco shop and they will offer you a business such you will become their designer and they are the seller (your handmade at their shop), of course the profits will be depends on the contract you will gonna have. 
But if there’s nothing proffer going on. Still it’s a big advantage in every Artist. Why?¬†
Just think the country or word “Japan”; for me, living here is not so easy especially If you are not a Japanese or simply they called it “Gaijin” (or other race). The cost of living are too much high; I would rather say everything you buy are in peak. For them, 1000yen are cheap but as for me I guess not. Have you heard the 100yen shop or the Daiso or now it is called Seiri; that everything price are only in 100yen but you will find some price that range to 200 to 400, well it depends on the type of the item you gonna bought. It is darling for me, It’s like a lure of fantasy. You can also buy crafts or stuff that you can used in Decorating. And now what’s my point? Every artist here are like a gold. Having courses or not, you are in a¬†piquant¬†on the eye of every artist and yes the buyers. And another why? For them, HANDMADE are most “takai”(expensive) to sell. Maybe it’s like your own sweat and blood, by not using a super machine without the help of other people or worker but only your hand, your own idea, your design and tools that might help you. Imagine that you created a clock of deco suite, they or you can sell it in a 10,000yen or more than that. If we convert it into a dollar, you make a profit of $128 US dollar. Well not all artist are successful, and I’m one of it but I’m eagerly to become one. Not famous, but making money for living.¬†
Meet my Hello kitty case. When I first saw it, I said “Woah! it’s kawaii~” and then I touched it, Oh my I’m afraid to used it; maybe because I don’t wanna ruin the decoration, since it’s rhinestones sometimes they peel off easily. I salute the one who made this, she had a lot of patience doing this little by little.¬†
Before my mom go home in the Philippines, I gave her some bucks to pay for my orders that I had. And what is it? It’s an oven baked clay again, look at the image below. I bought or ordered it to my friend and she’s like my eldest sister named Peach. She’s the owner of NENDO Polyclay, she sell it through online. Many Clay Artist in the Philippines are using Nendo brand. Since it’s my first time to use her clay, I am so excited like a kiddo. I just adore the colors of her clay. I wonder what design I am gonna make for this. I recommend to visit her Facebook and inquire about her clay.¬†

And finally, I also get my Six (6) donuts from my co-artists at CFSPH or also called Clay Friends Society Philippines. Each donut are made from different clay artist. Remember the donuts I made for my first ever swap; and now here’s the donuts I received for the swapping activity that we had.

They are so cute. I want to make something in this donuts that will result on more than display thingy.

At the top (left); made by THE JOYFUL CRAFTER; CRAFTY CB; and INSPIRED and GUIDED
At the bottom; made by LEAH LAZARTE SAVERES ; SUGAR N’ SPICE ; and lastly made by ANGEL CLAY.
And I also get this strawberry cupcake that I request to my sexy friend Cherry also known as Crafty CB. 
Thank you so much! I super love it! I’ll keep this for real.¬†

Happy Birthday my little Princess…

Another year for my Little Princess Phoebe Gaile. She’s already 3 years old now. Oh my she’s getting bigger If only I can stop my princess from growing up I’ll maybe do. But I love everything about her; her sweetness, her kindness, a little naughty, and a¬†brightly¬†girl. ¬†I may not be a perfect mother but I am trying to be a best mother I can be. I will guide her and love her for the rest of my life, and it’s my job that ¬†there’s no retirement. I will never be tired to be your mom even sometimes I feel weak.¬†
Happy Birthday my little princess. You will always be my little girl. I love you so much. 
Thanks to Mamu (her grandmom) for this birthday gift, she really enjoy and love it coz it’s her favorite.
   

Tips: Having Background


#hushpotatotips 
Artists are born to be creative, imaginative and full of passion.
 Even those things broken and unused, artist can make an art with it like recycling accessories
or things might use.
Here’s my tips for today:¬†
Worried about having a great background when capturing your photos. Here’s what i always do.¬†
You can use cardboard but mostly I just use shoe box and covered it with beautiful background plus your high-lighted desk lamp
or much better if it’s photography lamp.
And Ta-dah~! I have my little studio. :))

Late-Post: It’s your RED-Day!

It’s Revolving. I called her It’s your RED-Day! simply means it’s her birth day.¬†
I made this new yummylicious iPhone case for my special friend in the Philippines named Joy 
(And yeah it’s my birthday gift for her, a super duper late gift haha!)¬†
and crossing my fingers wishing she will love and like my hand-made gift. 
And finally she received it. 
Joy posted pic on her facebook wall says;¬†Here it is… Thank you! I love it…”
Yey! I’m glad she love it. Yabyuh beh..¬†‚ô•

Here we come Hondori~!

We plan to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary at Hondori, Hiroshima. Just me, my hubby and my little princess. It’s our very first time to get out without Mamu and others.

First time to get out. First time to spend the day with just the three of us. First time to get out without the car, just riding a train. First time to go to Hondori, where places are full of shopping malls and restaurants. First time to ride a street car.
Oh~well, Let me introduce the Hondori Street in Hiroshima.

HondŇćri¬†(śú¨ťÄö?)¬†is a commercial area in¬†Naka-ku,¬†Hiroshima,¬†Japan, which centers on the HondŇćri street which today is a shopping arcade. HondŇćri, which means “Main Street”, runs from HatchŇćbori to the¬†Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.¬†The entire shopping area along HondŇćri was destroyed by the 1945¬†atomic bombing, due to the blast and fire. Shimomura Jewelers, located in a¬†reinforced concrete¬†building with an iconic clock tower, was severely damaged but like a number of concrete buildings in Hiroshima, it partially survived. The blast caused its side walls to severely tilt over.¬†The Teikoku Bank building also survived the blast, although its roof collapsed, a wall was destroyed, and it received other structural damages. By May 1950, the Teikoku Bank building had been restored and the¬†Takaki Bakery¬†(Andersen Bakery) opened in the building in 1967.

In the 1950s, HondŇćri was reconstructed and now it is a modern shopping arcade, which connects the Peace Memorial Park, across RijŇć-dŇćri, to¬†PARCO¬†(shopping center/department store) and HatchŇćbori.¬†Hiroshima’s¬†Hiroden¬†(street cars) stop at the¬†HondŇćri Tram Stop. The¬†Astram Line¬†also serves Hondori, with the¬†HondŇćri Station¬†as a terminal station.Okonomi-mura, located near the east end of HondŇćri, was the top¬†food theme park¬†destination for families in Japan according to an April 2004 poll.

OUR TRAIN TICKETS (FROM MIHARA TO HIROSHIMA)

It was super exciting! When we already arrived at Hiroshima Train Station, we are kinda worried because we doesn’t even know where the heck is the street car to take us at Hondori Street. Since we are not good in speaking and reading ‘Japanese’, but thank god to the Tourist Guide, he spoke a plenty ¬†of english that’s why we are finally ride the right street car.

Finally, we arrived at Hondori Street. When we are about to crossed the pedestrian lane, someone just caught my attention, the Bride is having a pictorial in pedestrian line. So I take a peek and shot her through my iPhone cam.

LOOK AT THE BRIDE, RUNNING BEAUTIFULLY IN PEDESTRIAN LINE.

And now we can say, ‘Hello, Hondori Street!, make us fun.’

Here’s the Hondori Street at the very first sight.
I so love this place, such a great place to shop and have some fun,
but just make sure you have money to spent.

AFTER SHOPPING, WE WENT TO THE PLACE WHERE THE ATOMIC BOMB WAS HAPPENED.

THE HIROSHIMA CASTLE COUPLE OF HUNDRED METERS FROM HYPOCENTER.
ME AND LITTLE PHOBE AT PEACE MEMORIAL PARK.
MAKE A RING ON THIS PATH IS A SIGN Of PEACE FOR EVERY CHILDREN
WHO DIED IN ATOMIC BOMB.
HUBBY (BABOY) AND MY LITTLE PHOEBE RINGING THE PEACE BELL.
AFTER TOURING THE HIROSHIMA PARK, WE RIDE A RIVERS BOAT.
PHOEBE REALLY ENJOY IT!

THEN SPENDING THE NIGHT WITH STARBUCKS COFFEE AND JUST HAVING A TAKE OUT MEAL IN MC DONALDS TO EAT WHILE WE’RE SPENDING A RIDE ON THE TRAIN GOING HOME. ¬†IT’S A SUPER BLASTS OF FUN! WAIT FOR OUR COME BACK, HONDORI.

SUPER THUMBS UP!

Freebies: Kawaii Animals

Here’s a bunch of Animals I made. Another Freebies to love.
 
Of course, my likey here is the cutee piggy but all of them are really cute.
Print and cut out. You can use it as label or bookmark. Have fun!
 
 
(click here >> Download or click image for full preview)


(Mari-chan modeling my kawaii animals)