Another Yarn Purchase – Mulberry Silk!

Today, I am about to make a yarn purchase.
I know, I said no yarn purchase for a year :) but somehow excuses always find a way to butt in and make me seemingly believe it is reasonable enough to spend some more to the items that make me a little bit more cheerful than I already am.

I love yarns. I really do. I think the amount of these stuffs in my room ultimately describe how much I love them.

I have no other reasons to justify myself why I have to do another purchase, in my case, I do not want to reason it with because I have another project or so. It is just that the yarns I am going to buy, I never had them and I am just as happy that my husband who seemingly spoils me with anything I want always says OK. Go! Top it with some friends who indulge me into just digging in and enjoy.

And I will :) Hopefully the yarns arrive by next month :)

Diadem Fingering Yarn from KnitPicks.com

The yarns would be coming from KnitPicks. I have been wanting mulberry silk, and this is like a dream come true.

The new crowning achievement of your yarn stash! Diadem is an ultra-luxe single ply fingering weight yarn with a very subtle differences in thickness – all while combining the plush softness of baby alpaca with the dazzling sheen of silk. Inspired by prized jewels and gemstones, these precious fibers are dyed in an eye-catching array of subtle semi-solid tonals, producing one-of-a-kind treasures that are rich with texture and depth. – KnitPicks.com

 

 

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An open letter to my husband

Tagaytay Dinner

A Pre-Birthday Dinner Amidst the Heavy Downpour Two Years Ago

It is true, that most love stories are expected to begin with how they met, and ends with and they live happily ever after (which are usually highlighted by a grand cheerful wedding (or melodramatic)). But I would not begin mine with that, no. What I want to highlight is our life together as a married couple and what I love and hate about it.

Prenup

A Prenuptial Photoshoot at the UP Diliman Grounds

The first few months of being married to you, I felt like I was the most beautiful and amazing lady. You showered me with much attention as I want, with all the flirtations and adoration a young wife would love. Then I got pregnant almost immediately as you have playfully planned to. Though I plan to be a mother much later than what happened, the prospect of finally bearing your child inside me, and the twinkling emotion of motherhood brought a different kind of ecstasy as we shifted our attention from you and me, to just him, the baby.

A lot of unexpected twists and turns happened thereafter, alongside a roller coaster of emotions brought in by the rampaging hormones, unexpected misfortunes, some lucky circumstances, shifted careers, changing locations and another pregnancy. It changed us, a lot.
 
The shift in romantic nuances is very apparent, as we spend more time with just taking care of our kids than taking care of us, but amidst the chaos that parenthood is bringing us, I see you and me, a stronger couple than ever.
House

Before the House is finished, With the four of us :) Just Before the Fourth Member of the Family was Born

I miss the nights we spend just watching endless TV series, one season after another. I miss our coffee out together, as we have brought dining out, inside our newly built home. You love to tease me that you will never take me out for dinner again, as you have always enjoyed each meal I prepare you, and that they are as much as crave-worthy as what other’s offer. Though I sometimes see that as a stingy excuse not to treat me out, it somehow touches my heart in a warm, subtle way, that makes me eager and want to try another dish you might want to have in your plate for the next night.  There are times that I want to mock you for working so late in the night or going home with such dreaded exhaustion that you barely notice that I am as tired as you are, and yes, I would mind giving you a massage because I need some too, as much as you need it, but no, I cannot just say no because whenever I look at you with such weariness, my heart goes all out that all I want to do is to offer you just a bit more comfort as I could give, even in exchange for numbing fingers and wrist. That in several times that I want to revel because I have been devoid of my own personal time, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude that you do not wish to have your own and rather want to spend every bit of your free time with us, with me, and with the kids. I sometimes push you to go out and see your friends, but I somehow feel happy that you insist on staying and play with us instead.
 
I have always felt these two opposing forces inside me battling between exhaustion and gratification but whenever you hold me, even if it’s just a mere second before you try and chase after our young boy, I feel immensely happy. I never thought I could love you this much and have the capacity to multiply this love to our children. I say this, even though I sometimes hate being neglected, still I feel so lucky that you are this amazing (though stingy) person.
All of Us

First New Year with the Four of Us :)

Today, though I no longer feel that very beautiful newly wedded wife that I was during the first few months of our marriage, I feel like I am the most wonderful wife and mother, (which is a more fulfilling emotion). And I have to thank you for making me feel that way. 
 
February 4, 2014
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Dreams do come true

You see, for the past days i have been thinking about the things that I was only dreaming about while growing up.

Well right now, two of my dreams have unfolded before my eyes:

One is getting a new house. Literally dream-like. I still find it really really surreal that in a few days we would be moving in here:

New house!

New house!

And the other is designing clothes and creating them.

I have a recent design (the color is still undecided) but the stitches for this new design would be chains and trebles and hairpin lace:

A different take on trebles, chains and hairpin lace

A different take on trebles, chains and hairpin lace

The trick on achieving your dreams is never giving up. My motto is actually Try and Try Until you Succeed. No matter how many times you fall, no matter that no one believes in you. If you believe in yourself, it will be enough. Though it does not hurt that you have atleast someone to support you to achieve them.

In my case, I have my husband, my family and my small circle of friends.

See, I have this gorgeous friend who believes that my works are amazing. And indeed they are, if she wears them :D hehee

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Musings on attempts for fashion illustration

Last month was my birth month. Though we did not celebrate it because of the continuous rainfall in the Philippines, my husband agreed to take me on a “me and just me” date last August 26, amidst the call for a #millionpeoplesmarch against pork barrel issue. That “me and just me” date was stupenduous to describe it at the very least. I had several things I wanted that was given to me without second thoughts. It has never been my thing to ask for the things I want. I usually work hard to be able to get what I want and it is rather comforting to have a partner who recognizes my wants and provides them.

So one of those wants was my (not-so-secret) yearning to be able to do a bit of fashion design. It is a (not-so-secret) dream I had since I was young, when my concept of that is to become a sewer. I had several attempts in the past and I had also worn a number of my own creations. I can only force them on me for a number of reasons: (1) They take a bit too much effort to finish a piece of clothing (2) I do not reckon that a number of people share my own fashion sense and if ever someone wants the same piece, it would be too much effort to recreate another one and I would be too clingy to my work to even let it go.

The purchases includes:

WANT WANT WANT! Fabric + Tailoring Guide Book + SketchPad

WANT WANT WANT! Fabric + Tailoring Guide Book + SketchPad

(1) A book on “Combined Tailoring and Dressmaking Guide Book”. This book was too ambitious for me because I can never cut a straight line (as well draw a straight one too :D ). So with all the instructions on how to properly create a pattern and the measurements to take to create one, I took the big leap of faith that I would probably muster enough patience (after pregnancy, mind you) to actually study this by heart and finally acquire the skill of becoming a decent pattern maker.

(2) Loads of 1 and a half yard of fabric (Just one and a half yard is enough to make a dress for small little me).

(3) The Pantone, Fashion Sketchpad. THE SKETCHPAD. THE ULTIMATE SKETCHPAD for me to answer my ambitious need to actually create a dress design.

You see this sketchpad has pre-drawn “croquis”. (It rhymes with “hokey). Which is the figure of a slender human that would later on be dressed by fab designs. It is this figure that I can never ever draw myself because I had always been more of a cartoonist than a “croqui-ist”. So my human figures always looked like anime with big boobs or a straight chubby figure.

Since then I had been actively sketching designs and this had been my de-stresser for the past weeks:

The mesh sando would form from irregular or free-form crochet with the cropped pants built with continuous crochet motifs. The Doily skirt, which I have been yearning to create for quite sometime would be made from different doilies joined together by black thread.

The mesh sando would form from irregular or free-form crochet with the cropped pants built with continuous crochet motifs. The Doily skirt, which I have been yearning to create for quite sometime would be made from different doilies joined together by black thread.

Design focus: Ruffled Collar. The dress would be done in alternating motif and dc mesh :) with a drawstring to form the waist

Design focus: Ruffled Collar. The dress would be done in alternating motif and dc mesh :) with a drawstring to form the waist

The mesh sando would form from irregular or free-form crochet with the cropped pants built with continuous crochet motifs. The Doily skirt, which I have been yearning to create for quite sometime would be made from different doilies joined together by black thread.

The mesh sando would form from irregular or free-form crochet with the cropped pants built with continuous crochet motifs. The Doily skirt, which I have been yearning to create for quite sometime would be made from different doilies joined together by black thread.

An idea to create an illusion of creating homogeneous design from brown to light beige of diamond stitches for shorts with continuous motif double functioning as belt

An idea to create an illusion of creating homogeneous design from brown to light beige of diamond stitches for shorts with continuous motif double functioning as belt

Hexagonal Motifs + Bruge's lace. An attempt to create a colorful dress with a number of color switching created continuously. I have attempts to create the bodice of the dress but tooks too much effort so the dress has been set aside.

Hexagonal Motifs + Bruge’s lace. An attempt to create a colorful dress with a number of color switching created continuously. I have attempts to create the bodice of the dress but it takes too much effort so the dress has been set aside.

And the first design I was able to procure is finally taking shape now:

Using continuous crochet motifs for the sleeves and upper portion and (ununiformed) mesh  for skirt

Using continuous crochet motifs for the sleeves and upper portion and (ununiformed) mesh for skirt

:)
The trickiest part for creating a design is the execution. But the design always gives you something to look forward to. Like a goal. It gives me direction on what to do next and keeps me focused on what I want to do. :)

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Ginantsilyo = Gorgeous

You can say that again when you see these:

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

White Beach Crocheted Shorts by Ginantsilyo

Unfortunately, this design is no longer available :) You can contact me if you want to order a custom design for your own beach getaway :)

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On claiming someone else’s work as your own

I have no intention to actually write this down, but i would like to be able to recollect this memory as something that is good enough to start a conversation among friends :)

A week ago, one of my friends mentioned this on a chat with me. Asking if I knew a certain facebook account, she sent me a link and I looked at it.

I immediately said no, before actually reacting to the content of the page. I noticed two of my works posted there :) And yes, with my half-body shot (:D During my maiden days!!! WAY WAY BACK!) and shrug it off at first but the thought that someone actually claimed my work keeps nagging at the back of my mind. I consulted some friends about this and most of them wants me to talk to the administrator of the page but I said, let it be, since it would not really mean so much to me, lest she actually claim that she made those. If she is just using them as reference for something she can custom-made for other people then I might ask how much would it cost her to make me one, as I am having difficulty recreating these myself.

Mine! Mine! Mine!

Mine! Mine! Mine!

Original source of images can be found here and here.

But lo and behold :) another friend sent a private message to the page administrator asking if the blouse from the image was actually made by her and she replied yes! :) I cannot help but laugh when my friend related to me how she reacted :D and that is what i want to share as a good conversation starter:

Private message

Private message

Private message part 2

Private message part 2

Private message part 3

Private message part 3

:D If i have it my way, i would have asked her to ask the price and make an order :D but i guess, being my friend, she cannot help but be a bit harsh and rude at the same time :)

so my suggestion to people who will claim someone else’s work as your own. Be careful. :) Social media is a powerful tool nowadays.

I do not wish anyone to claim my work as theirs. I, too have a hard time buying crocheted articles or even handicrafts as anyone among my circle would always claim that i made them. So it would do me less harm if i say “No, i just bought it, or found on the net” straight forward than someone being able to claim it otherwise.

I also find it difficult to post any other works online on my own page or my website because they also think that I make those things, so i always put in the tagline that it’s a work of a friend or something like that, because it is a shame for an artist’s pride to be shamed about your work and also be praised for a work that was not yours.

Yes, I do pride myself as a wannabe artist, that is why i uphold an artist pride. Lesson to other people, if you have pride, please be wary on claiming other people’s work as your own.. Specially if you are a wannabe/self-proclaimed artist as I am, because your pride is the only thing you have.

 

 

 

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Ginantsilyo – a brand in the making

I have long wanted to create my own brand. A brand that offers unique and elegant designs as well as delicate and high-quality craftmanship.

Before I opened my facebook page at http://facebook.com/ginantsilyo, my plan was to start with a line of bags I personally designed but the plan was sidetracked with so many things that pushed me to just have the site up.

Now that my first bag has found a client, I am very keen to reawaken my dream. I started searching for customized labels but deemed them too much for my need then I rediscovered my clay-molding skills.

The first reverse-mold was a bit ragged. It’s not easy molding the letters, the clay breaks when folded and does not really follow the form i want it to do. But I gave it a try and created my first mold and cast as well

I liked how the label in my bag looks. The endeavor looks promising enough that I took the courage to create another much better push mold, creating the first one gave me enough experience on how the letters should fold and curve. This is my second push mold:

Now this looked smoother and more polished. No more jagged sides and broken fonts. :) I cured another mold for it and created my first cast:

This looks more promising than the first one. So I baked my first cast. My only worry is that since the whole thing seemed like it was glued on a base layer. I noticed that most of my bags has an “engraved” label. That would mean I have to make a stamp instead of a mold. But creating a reversed “image” of my logo seemed not easy, until I gave in and tried to make one:

And yes! I loved the way I was able to render this last image. Because the spacing of the fonts are right and I was able to bend and mold the letters without showing the breaks in between.

I had to mix in colors because I do not have the right shade that is needed. I mixed in gold powder so that the clay would have shimmer.. I tried my first stamp :) Eeek!!! I can repeat the designs!!!

And finally! My final output! :) I had to put the holes so I can sew the label into the bag.

I took my unfinished bag out and placed the label to see the effect :) I loved it :) I think all the effort I put through was worth it. Triple worth it :)

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Heartwarming post

It warms my heart every time my friends love my work.

A friend tagged me in her photos and I was really taken by the striking scenery of waves and sand that I fail to find a reason why I was tagged.

Then I realized that she was wearing the crocheted shorts she ordered me a few months back :)

This actually made my day :) Hence I got inspired to create a new tagline for my facebook page.

Thank you Maya. :)

Here is my new tagline for my site:

Ginantsilyo: where being fabulous starts with a stitch

Ginantsilyo: where being fabulous starts with a stitch

 

 

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A gift of ginantsilyo

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine, Gina, presented me her latest project. A crocheted woolen skirt of deep purple and black. She had intend to sell the skirt and asked me for marketing help. But when I saw the skirt, I immediately wanted it. Not for me, but for my sister, who has been asking me for something crocheted.

Ginantsilyo ni Gina

The skirt has relatively simple stitches but the execution was clean and pretty. I am not really good at making decent even stitches but I always try and I know that it is very difficult to do. I have to make repeats of rows just to maintain the evenness and this is what she was able to procure.

Read more about the dress at her blog entry, here.

To make the story short, I purchased the skirt from her after some negotiations about the size and the (ahem) price. I received the skirt a week after in a wonderful packaging:

Beautiful packaging

Beautiful packaging

 

The gift finally reached my sister who was very happy receiving and even wowed at the box, which I added some crocheted flowers on top as accent:

My sister finally receiving her gift of ginantsilyo

My sister finally receiving her gift of ginantsilyo

And the best thing about this is I was able to market the skirt to another client. :) Gina will be busy crocheting in the coming months :)

Fancy giving your love ones, a gift of ginantsilyo?

Introducing Gina’s first Ginantsilyo. Available for sale. Fitted Skirt – Acrylic – wool blend
Php 1,200 for size small – medium [waist 24- 27].

Add Php 200 for every size increase
(Large: Php 1,400 waist is 27-32)
(XLarge: Php 1,600 waist is 32-36)
(XXLarge: Php 1,800 waist is 36-40)

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Ginantsilyo on instagram

I am now lurking on Instagram!!!!!

Hooray for joining the bandwagon. :) If you want to get updated on my wazzup immediately, you can follow me @ginantsilyo :)
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