New Designs and Post-Bazaar Experience

Choker necklace, Php150.00

 

 

Earrings, Php100.00

 

Earrings, Php100.00/pair

 

Resin-covered heart pendant, Php100.00

 

Filigree earrings, Php100.00/pair

 

Shell Link bracelet, Php300.00
Red coral choker, Php100.00

 

 

Red Moon, Php 250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post is long over due, but I have to post this. Think of the photos my good friend, Ate Jo, took of me and the event. They’ll go to waste if I don’t post them. Hehehehe. So anyway, last September 28th, I had the opportunity to be one of the participants at the Sunday Bazaar hosted by Tomo Cafe in Talamban.

It was a fun experience despite the slow activity in the area. It gave Drea Drazz handmade jewelry the exposure it deserves, considering that it’s a small store I opened on Facebook. It was also fun. I learned a lot from the experience and hopefully I’ll be able to do better the next time I’ll join a bazaar.

By the way, if you want to order, just visit my Facebook page or you can leave a comment down below. I have other designs on my Facebook pages so it’s better to check it out often. See you there!

Drea Drazz Goes to Tomo Cafe’s Sunday Bazaar

Hi Guy, so I’ve been invited to Tomo Cafe’s first ever Sunday Bazaar. It’s going to be this Sunday, September 28th, at their cafe, so if you want to check  out my new designs as well as other products, be sure to be there.
I’m excited to be participating in such even because I’ve never been in one before. It sounds intimidating as some of the local bloggers I follow will be there, but I’m sure I can do this.
I hope you’ll support me and other participants in the event.
See you there!!!

 

A Butterfly Necklace for a Darling Niece

Yesterday was Hallie’s birthday. She turned 3, by the way. And as a gift for a toddler who’s more kikay than I am, I thought I’d give her something that’ll suit her girly-girl personality: a wired necklace and a bottle of nail polish.

It took me an hour to make this choker-style butterfly necklace because I had to solder the jump rings so they wouldn’t fall off. Knowing that my niece can be pretty rambunctious at times, I had to make sure they stay on the neck. I used a 14-inch suede material for the necklace. On an adult, it fall just a slightly above the clavicle area. On a toddler like her, it falls just right.

I wanted to take a picture of her wearing it, but then she was running wild last night. So I guess these pictures will have to do.

 

 

 

Butterfly necklace. Available at Drea Drazz Handmade Jewelry.
The second gift I gave her was a bottle of toxic-free nail polish from Girlstuff Forever. Now I know she’s way young to do that, but I noticed that whenever her mom paints her nails, she would follow suit. Heck, she even asked me to apply eye shadow and lipstick on her one time.
Of course, considering that nail polish can be very toxic, I wanted to give her something that’s safe to wear. I couldn’t find Hopscotch Kids here in the city, which is a brand of water-based nail polish, so I opted for something else. Scotch was a better alternative but it was waaaay beyond my budget. Plus, their store is in another neighboring city. Thankfully I found Girlstuff Forever so I went to the mall to purchase one.
What I like about their products is they don’t use harsh chemicals, making their bottles of nail polish safe for girls of all ages. What I don’t like, however, is the smell. Also, they don’t have many colors to choose from. Hopefully, they’ll open a kiosk here this year (from what their customer rep. told me). Nevertheless, Hallie liked it. She had her nails done as soon as she unwrapped her present. See?

 

The colors looked gorgeous on her tiny hands. And she looked even more adorable when she put her hands up to blow them dry.
Anyway, that’s about it. You can find my butterfly necklace on my Facebook page. So if you want to order, just head over to Facebook.
Happy Birthday, Hallie!

 

My New Addiction and Reign-Inspired Accessories

I have a new addiction and it’s the TV series called Reign. I know the first season just ended and I’m way behind it. The show’s excitement has probably died down on your end but not for me. I’m in love with the show, and the romance between Mary and Francis. They’re a cute and adorable couple.

But that’s not the only reason I spent copious amounts on the computer and smartphone streaming the show and finishing the entire in less than two weeks. For one, the show had me in their soundtrack. So beautiful and romantic. Two, the dresses,or shall I say the costumes, are lovely. The story is based on the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, peppered with romance and drama, but my, oh my, they added a modern touch to their clothes. So gorgeous! And three, which happens to be the main reason I love it, is their accessories. They’re just amazing. Here are images I got from reignfashion.tumblr.com:

 

 

 

 

This images are not mine. They’re from reignfashion.tumblr.com.

See what I’m talking about? Although the drama’s period is set in the 16th century, their costumes aren’t boring to look at. I even find them lovely and interesting that I went ahead and made some earrings inspired by the show. Here they are:

 

 

For the first and third design (which are practically the same except for the wires used), it was inspired from one of the pairs of earrings Queen Mary wore. I tried to look for a clip of that scene but couldn’t find it. The 2nd, however, was something that came out of my mind. I like that it’s vintage-y, which is something they would probably wear in that era. I still have one coming, but I ran of tiny glass crystals so that will have to wait.

In the meantime, I’m selling them over at my Facebook page, Drea Drazz Handmade Wire Jewelry. If you want to buy a pair, just channel your order through the page. I hope to see you there.

Anyway, that’s my recent addiction. And while my ‘gusto’ for the show hasn’t faded yet, I’m going to make more designs in between item orders.

By the way, if you’re a stickler for history, you might find the show a disappointment. Although the shows is about a Scottish queen of yesteryears, some points in the story aren’t really historically accurate. For example, Francis is not tall and hot, like how he was portrayed in the show, but rather short and sickly. But if you’re in for drama and romance, you might like the show like I do. I like period dramas, but I don’t dwell on accuracy that much. I’m more in for the emotional high and gorgeous costumes and accessories.

Happy Monday!

 

I like it dem blings

Back in high school (at a time when bubble beads and shambala bracelets were hot), I’d buy me some strings and beads to make my own bracelets. That’s because mom’s and dad’s income at that time were only enough to buy for our daily needs, and buying something to fulfill a girlish whim (i.e. the bracelets) were simply out of the question. So in order to keep up with a teen trend, I’d save my daily allowance, which was Php10.00 at that time, to buy beading supplies.

Although the designs were childish in nature, I was happy to wear to them at school and not feel left out by my trendier friends. Little did I know, it was the beginning of my love affair with accessories. I did stop, however, as I started college and onto becoming a researcher and ESL teacher. The passion was re-kindled when hubs and I moved to Palawan, an exotic Philippine island, and opened an online pearl accessory business. I wanted to cut down on the cost so I thought I buy my own supplies pearl necklaces, earrings, bracelets and many accessories on my own. It worked!

Unfortunately, we closed our business when we moved back to my hometown as we couldn’t find a reliable pearl supplier. Despite that, I couldn’t find myself to let go of my love for this craft. My heart still flutters when I think about it. In fact, I feel happy when I look at the gorgeous handcraft jewelry pieces and can’t help but dream that one day I’m going to make own too.

Well, with the support of my hubs, I saved some of income and bought supplies. Instead of making pearl accessories, I ventured to wire wrapping. I couldn’t be prouder of what I created. As matter of fact, my excitement was so contagious that hubs decided to try it himself. That’s what I love about him. I’ll show you a knock off he made from a piece he saw on Pinterest.

How was my wire wrapping skills? Well, to be honest, they still need  more practice, but the pieces I made are wearable. Check them out:

 

 

Notice that this doesn’t have a watermark. It’s because hubs didn’t design himself. It’s a knock off of a pendant he  saw on Pinterest. If you know who owns the design, let me know. I’d be happy to give he/she due credit for this creative work of art.

 

 

 

 

So what do you think? Will it pass fashion standards? Hehehe.. Well, I’m planning to sell my creations to fund my hobby. I’ll keep you posted on soft opening.

Have a fun weekend!

How to Make a Flower Crown with Things Found Around the House

Flower crowns. Ever since I saw them on Pinterest, I’ve made a mental note that I’m going to make one. They’re so pretty and colourful that I just want to make one. Anyway, Josh and I went to a Luau party at church last weekend. And because the event called for a Hawaiian-style apparel, it was a very good reason to create such.

The problem was I don’t have floral wires and floral tape as what most tutorials call for. Heck, I don’t even know where to buy them.

So I improvised!

So if you, ladies, want to make flower crown but don’t have the materials, don’t be disheartened. Just let your creativity flow and use stuff you can find in your house. Here’s my own take of how to make flower crowns with things already found in your own home.

What you’ll need:

1. A bunch of flowers
2. Masking tape
3. Some Wires
4. A ribbon or gift wrapper
5. Wire cutter or scissors

 

How-to Steps:
1. Cut each of the steps to separate the flowers.

2. Grab your wire and cut a piece long enough to form a circle. This will serve as the  base of the crown. I used a bunch of wire for wrapping cables and appliance cords — I honestly don’t know what they’re called.

 

Don’t worry if the shape isn’t entirely round because you’ll only need that as a guide once you starting putting the flowers.

4. Grab a stem of flower and tape the stem onto the wire. Do this until you have taped all the flower stems on to the wire. If you have more flowers, you can cover the entire length with it. If not, like mine, just cover the bare wire with tape to stiffen it.

 

 5. As you can see above, we’re actually done. However, it looks plain ugly when you can see the tape bare and all. What I did was I covered it using a spare gift wrapper fabric. I used tacky glue on the surface so they stick. You can also use hot glue if you want.

 

6. And we’re done!

 

Enjoy!

DIY: How to Make a Bean Bag

Remember what I said from my last post? When I said I’m going to make some changes in my blog? Well, this DIY post will be the first of them. I love arts and crafts and I enjoy making do-it-yourself projects so I thought I’d share my creations with you. I’m not an expert on anything, but I hope that you’ll learn something from them.

I plan to do this regularly, like once a week. However, I hope that work and other chores will not get in the way from my crafting something. So anyway, let’s begin, shall we?

Since we’ve moved back to Cebu City from Palawan, Josh and I are living in a granny flat right next to my parent’s house. Yes, technically, we live with my family. And since Josh is still studying (but he’ll graduate this October. So, yey!), and we’re saving for a new flat which we’ll move in after the down payment has been fully paid, we’ll have to live here for a while.

Our room is so small that we don’t have enough space for chairs to sit on. So, one Sunday while at our ward clerk’s office, we happen to see a bag of shredded paper. Josh sat on it and found it to be comfortable. That’s when the light bulb flicked on. We decided to make a bean bag out of it so we can have something to sit on in our room. Of course, we waited for several months before fresh batches of bags of shredded paper  were delivered before we can make a bean bag. Well, that time has finally come and we did it. We made the bean bag.

Ta-da!

Here’s how we did it:
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1. Make a pattern for the shape of the bean bag. Ours is round in shape because we’re practically amateurs when it comes to sewing. We used Crafty Gemini’s child-sized bean bag pattern for the reason that it was easier than the others we found on the internet. Maybe when we amp our skills to the next level, we’ll make a burger-shaped bean bag. But I digress.

2. We traced the pattern on to a fabric. You can choose any fabric you like. We got ours from my mom’s collection. By the way, the pattern is just half the size of its shape so you’ll need to fold the cloth half its length and then fold side ways before tracing the pattern. Make 12 pieces of them because you’ll need six for the inner bag (for the filling) and six for the outer covering.

3. Once they are all cut, sew them up, starting with the inner bag. Sew each fabric together but leave a small opening in the last cloth because that’s where you’ll put the fillings in.

4. It’s time to fill it up. This part is the tricky one because we had to manually scoop the paper into interior bag using a plastic container. So if you’re smart enough, don’t do it unless you have all the time in the world and if you have help to do it. We were wiser with the second bean bag.

We put a hole on the container we used and filled the bag that way.
5. In closing the inner bag, you can either sew it permanently or sew buttons on the opening so you can re-open and re-fill the bag. Josh sewed our bag shut with his own hands. I don’t know why but he did it anyway.

6. Sew the outer bag together. Similar to #3, leave an opening in the last two fabric. This is where you will sew in the buttons or a cloth magic tape. We used the latter as it’s the only one we can find in mom’s sewing kit. Sew each magic tape’s piece on each end of the cloth for closure.

7. Place the filled interior bag into the bag, and viola! You’re done. We finished the first bean bag in a couple of hours but the second one was a breeze.

 

1st bean bag
2nd bean bag

 

Out of four large bags of shredded paper, we were able to make two bean bags. The other one is smaller because we’re giving it to Clara, a cute friend, who happens to be ten or something. It’s our two-month-late birthday gift for her. ^_^

And that’s how you make a bean bag. Hope you’ll enjoy it. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below.

Got to go.

Happy Sabbath, Everyone!!!

 
*Photos were taken using my Android phone. 

Wristwatch Revamp (sort of a tutorial?)

I love watches! In fact, I have a lot of them. As of this year, I have six watches I regularly use. That doesn’t include the one my grandma gave me that’s no longer wear and a sports watch a friend gave me.

I never leave without wearing one. I don’t know why, but if I don’t wear one I feel naked. Even if I have my smartphone to tell me the time, I still can’t go out without wearing one. Unless I’m in a real hurry and I forget to grab a watch, I really must wear one. Otherwise, I’ll feel really naked-dream uncomfortable.

Now there’s this watch that I really, really love. Wherever I go, I always pick it out of the five from my watch box (yes, if you have a jewelry box, I have a watch box). So anyway, about three months or so ago, its loops got torn. Since then, I’ve been wearing this watch with the band sticking out — which is really ruins my catwalk.

I’ve been meaning to replace the band with a new strap, but I’ve been surfing the internet and I’ve stumbled upon a blog of a DIY Art Deco watch that gave me an idea. And because it’s been a long time since I last did an arts and crafts project, I decided to give at go.

However, there was one problem. Most of the materials used in the tutorial are nowhere to be found the city’s major malls, so I had to make do with what I have. Fortunately, I have some leftover stuff from my handmade jewelry business from last year so I just improvised.

Here’s what I did:

 

1. Remove the original band.
2. Insert ribbon into the chain’s hole.
3. With a pair of pliers, connect the chain to the spring bar.
4. Insert a grosgrain ribbon on the other spring bar.
5. Sew the grosgrain ribbon in place.
6. Loop a short chain and connect lobster claw.
7.  A Flower I made using mother of pearls and crystals.
8. Glue gun the flower on the grosgrain ribbon and viola!

So, there. It wasn’t that hard. I started when Josh took his afternoon nap. When he woke up, I was already trying out my “new” watch. Awesome, right? It took me less than 30 minutes to make it.

Now, I can’t wait to wear it tomorrow at church.
Got to go! Have a nice weekend!