This is my most ambitious DIY project to date. I am so happy how it turned out. My mother-in-law and grandma-in-law loved their presents!
Photo Tile Coasters
This set is for Inay, my husband's lola or grandma. I originally planned to make one tile for each of her great-grandchild but thought what would she do with so many coasters (she has 16 GGKs), right? So I figured, one tile per family would just be perfect. :)
my babies :)
The project itself was pretty easy but a little time consuming. I had a hard time looking for materials. I discovered that 4x4 tiles are very hard to find here in Manila - the smallest and most common you'll see is an 8x8. I've visited hardware stores and home depots and found none. Someone suggested to just have it cut but the store wouldn't cut it for you - they don't have the tools, I guess. For the detailed list of materials and instructions, click here.
Aside from the tiles, I also had trouble looking for the final coating spray. I wanted to check out the arts supply store in SM North EDSA but I didn't have time to travel all the way there and get stuck in the horrible holiday traffic. I just read the labels of the different sprays and got the one which I figured probably does the same thing. :)
Aside from the tile coasters, I also made two more DIY Christmas presents:
Personalized "Ghost" Notebooks
I made a lot of these last year (Christmas 2010), I even had a smaller sized notebook, but was not able to take photos as I was rushing to finish them and send them out. I DIYed A LOT of presents last Christmas and I have learned my lesson. Hahaha.
with embossed frame and a letter cutout
Which reminds me, I need to make notecards for my own family to use. I often find myself getting rattled when I can't find a gift tag and there's no time to make one. I'll make different designs - one from the whole family, another from my two kids and another from my eldest (she has her own parties now, you know). :) Oh, plus the notebook my sister's been asking me to make and a set of notecards for a dear friend. :)
If you want your own photo coasters, "ghost" notebooks and/or notecards, you can order from me and I'll make them for you. :) Please visit my crafty online store - Bunch of Crafts - you'll find more beautifully handmade projects by yours truly! :)
A BUNCH OF STUFF!!! Hahaha. Who in the world has just one item in their Christmas wish list? I don't think that's possible!
Well, my list is kind of impossible. I just hope I get at least one item in my list this Christmas. Oh, make that two since it's also my 30th *freaking out* birthday!
iPhone 4S. Sadly, I am still using a 3G model. Take note: it's 3G, not 3GS. My phone is really slow and apps crash all the time. Come to think of it, there's nothing else I can really do with it but just text and call. Taking photos is a pain, that is if I'm lucky to even get the camera running. And Apple has dropped the 3G model from their updates so the future of my phone is quite bleak. I have been waiting for the release of the new model for months. I'm hoping to get my hands on one during our upcoming HK trip! *keeping fingers crossed*
Urban Decay has another Naked palette -- The NAKED2.
The palette comes with 12 neutral eyeshadow colors with five NEW shades - YAY! There are three shadows in matte and the rest have a shimmery/metallic finish. It also comes with double-ended eye brush and a travel-sized lipgloss.
Price: USD50.00 or Php2,160.00. Of course, this is not available here in the Philippines (Boo!). It is currently out of stock at Urban Decay's website (but more arriving soon) and it's going to be available at Sephora and other stores soon.
My thoughts: This is another must-have just like the original Naked palette. You can't go wrong with the color choices available in this palette. But since I already have the original palette plus another big palette filled with more than two dozen MAC neutral eyeshadows and a bunch of single neutral shadows, I'm not sure if I really need this I don't really need this. (Wow, I'm really kicking the makeup shopping addiction! *patting myself at the back* hahaha!) Sure, I would really love to have it but not if I have to shell out for colors that I probably already have. Hmmmm, but maybe I can get this for myself (not for my kit)... Hahaha! I'm having mixed feelings! Anyway, we'll see... It's not like I can get my hands on it in a snap. I would have to exert serious effort to track one down...
How about you guys, what do you think of the Naked2 palette?
Oh no. I totally forgot to post this (and another work which I will post next) before November ended. I am so out of my system right now. o_O
Anyway, this is the grooming work I did for Cosmo.ph's online hunk for the month of November which is a month-long weekly feature on Mark Alejandro (the hunk) - a really nice guy who can actually speak Tagalog and Bisaya (his mom is Cebuana) which totally shocked us when he started talking in Tagalog while we were shooting! It's weird yet amazing to see and hear a foreigner speaking our native language!