MOMMY MAKER DAY

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The streets were still empty and the day was still way to early for me. No I was not joining some kind of Fun run but instead I was conducting a Doll making workshop. And drum beat please…it was at FULLY BOOKED, Fort. I have to say I was beyond excited! I couldn’t believe that I will be teaching doll making let alone in FULLY BOOKED.

Thanks to the lovely ladies and gents of Craft MNL who with Mommy Mundo made this day possible.

After swallowing all my stage fright I set the room up in a hurry to give myself time to grab coffee and a waffle from Star Bucks.

What made this class extra special was that it was a Mommy Maker day meaning it was a mommy and daughter class. Both the mom and daughter will get to make their own mommy and me dolls.

I had to redo my kits for this class to make sure that the dolls were manageable for the mommies to make while trying to help their daughters sew as well. Not using the 14 inches doll pattern I had to make a new pattern instead. A 10 inches and an 8 inches doll. Each mommy and me kit contained all the essentials which they can bring home in case they can only finish one doll in our 3 hour long session.

Kits for both mommy and me

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I made sure I was super organized for this class as it will be a big class and the daughters will require help so I had to make sure everyone had their supplies including the poly fiber on hand.

As the class started and the introductions began it was apparent that the kids where younger than expected and the moms were not exactly occasional sewers. But every one’s spirits were up and all were excited to learn. The result was a messy room filled with raisin bread crumbs, poly fiber on the floor, tangled yarn balls every where and happy faces.

All the little girls beamed with their new dolls in tow.  It was a morning I would never forget.

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Thank you to all the moms who spent their Sunday morning with me and being patient to learn a craft with their little ones. Thank you to Craft MNL and Mommy MUNDO.

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Labor of LOVE

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DOLLDALITA sending their love on love day

Labor of Love and that’s how February is turning to be. Labor of love indeed as I struggled to finish 8 dolls for the LRI art Center fair and the kits for the Doll workshop at Fully booked.

Since i closed shop last Dec 23. I haven’t sewn or made any doll heads and it really was a struggle to get back in the stride of things. More so as I was getting distracted with doing the new marketing collateral for Dolldalita, making the new doll heads, plotting out work load for the weeks to come, teaming up with a talent to be the head master (doll head maker), getting excited with creating two new themed doll series, working on the name for the new dolls and opening my new stash of  yummy yarns. Plus ordering a bit more!

Nonetheless I survived the week sleepless but dolled up. (sorry for the pun). Even found the time to share doll moments in instagram.

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Working on some dainty DOLLDALITA signage

As I had this idea when the year started I had to make them. Actually this week was a good practice for the upcoming events this March and April. I got to figured out how to make the book series and even name them. Also I am officially onesies addicted as the dolls looked too cute with their onesies!

Meet the DOLLDALITA BEDTIME STORIES BUDDIES.

First dolls off the sewing table were MAX from where the wild things are and Peter Pan. Both of which got sold while being made. Thanks to instagram! It made my heart skip a beat that people loved them as much as I did. And I sometimes pinch myself as I can’t believe how adorable the dolls turned out!

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MAX where the wild things are

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Peter Pan

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Madeline needs a hat

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My favorite ALICE

Watch out for more BEDTIME STORY BUDDIES as I will be making more of these adorable Dolldalitas.

What happened why am not yet sewing

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HELLO AM FINALLY DRUG FREE!

If your wondering why I am not in full swing. Full swing i mean balancing my day job, time with carlo, sewing and running my doll shop. The answer is that I only started having my vacation the past 2 weeks. Right after New years when the nanny came back from her extended holiday. She got stranded down south due to the typhoons. Upon the nanny’s arrival i was already suffering from bronchitis that only got worst as the work days began.

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This was me 5 pills in. I drank another 2 after this picture which I think was like the final straw my body could take

I was popping too many pills that on the day of the wedding,  I drank about 7 different meds (all prescribe of course), that right after the after party I was rushed to the hospital. Thankfully I was already in the car heading back to the city when the attack happened. An hour into the ride back home I was already hallucinating flashing lights, the seven nations song by white stripes was continously playing in the background in my head. Also had severe tremors, my skin was all red and warm plus my heart was racing.

Basically it was a case of Over dose. Try visualizing grey’s anatomy slash hangover with matching I was in my brides maid’s gown fully made up. Since i was alone the driver had no choice but to hold hands with me as I was given a hemlock to flush out the meds thru fast flowing IV. I couldn’t remember anything inbetween.

When i came around the doctor was talking to my husband, apparently they did a blood test and they found no other drug substance. I think they were checking if I was telling the truth they must thought I was trippin’ on something else. I could distinctly remember the doctor asking my husband if all my medicines were prescribe. Of course they were but by different doctors.

Brief back ground, I have a bad back which we are doing therapy for and my Ortho. gives me meds to manage the pain. Then my bronchitis meds was given by a pulmo. The allergy meds by my brother in law. I was already taking the pain meds. double in dose for a week before I took the antibiotics. Then on the day of the wedding my husband that day gave me Solmux. Yes, looking back now it was insane.

It took me a couple of days to recover, I was literally asleep for more than a day.  So after my very own version of hangover/greys anatomy my real vacation with the family begun. You have to remember during the holiday season I was sewing until Dec 23rd.

Vacation started in Tagaytay we tagged along with my sister who invited the little boy to sleep over with them.

Looking fresher and drug free

Looking fresher and drug free

Then there’s the recent HongKong Trip with the entire family which was for the kids bday. This time due to work Husband was not able to come along.

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Couldn’t resist not going to this exhibit.

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Sensory overload day at DISNEYLAND

Oh and did I mention the kid’s (my son and my sister’s daughter are only 5 days apart) turned 3. We had a small – family only instant party in my sisters house.

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Yes this is an instant party. Creep paper and white cartolina for background. Sister took care of all the food. That’s just hotdogs sandwiches.

Wow and it’s still only January no wonder my wallet seems to be thinning out and my energy falling close to zero again.

Doll 101

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Had the very first doll workshop for 2013 last Jan 26th, Saturday at Craft MNL. It was organized by the lovely ladies of Craft MNL. The response to the workshop was a surprise as 8 ladies came to learn how to make a waldorf inspired doll. It always amaze me that they would give up their morning or afternoon to sit with me and sew.

Still visually tired from the recent out of country trip with my family I forge thru my ever energetic persona.

I didn’t have to worry long about energy as the students in the morning class were full with extra boost. Esp. the sister who bought taught at ISM (international school of Manila) who were always chatting away with everyone in class including me. I caught myself chatting away rather than teaching, so i would always check my watch and keep the pace going. Like what I always say in the beginning of each class.

” Get to know the person beside you as we will be sewing for hours and you’ll end up bonding with each other” and that is indeed what happened.

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The chatty spirited sisters

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She works in IT. And IT-Crafter “how cool is that”

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She’s a banker! she was the quiet but had perfect sticthes

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Dolls taking shape. Only need the eyes

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It was meant to be for her husband as a boy doll which turned into looking like her. How cute

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The rocker doll and raggidy anne

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I love red heads!

One of my students who is a special education teacher got tired of almost 4 hours of sewing and  opted to make a mo-hawk hair. This later turned into a rocker doll. Nikki, craft MNL, gave one of her scrap fabric and it ended being the vest and bandana for this hard rocker. The doll is so cute  that I now have ideas of making a rock series dolls.

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The ROCKER DOLL

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Everyone went home happy even after 4 and 1/2 hours of sewing

Being so relaxed in Craft MNL workshop I was taken by surprised that  a journalist from TV5 will be there to cover the events (there was also a book binding workshop facilitated by Nikki Abs on the second floor) and  Daphne (a tv personality and local celebrity) dropped by the shop to snap some photos for her blog. I got horrified for the image of my sando, no make up, tied up hair that got posted in inquirer (a local newspaper) during my first workshop flashed in my mind. But since class was already in full swing I decided to just flash the biggest tired – sleepy smile I had and hope for the best.

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Star Struck

The afternoon ladies were also an energetic bunch, esp. when one of them was a childhood playmate. Atty. Vanessa was my cousin’s best friend and since we always slept over during weekends in their house Vanessa became an instant friend . She brought her friend along who was 5weeks pregnant. It was great to be in their company who were as equally chatty.

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Atty. Vanessa and her expecting friend

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Done for the day! hooray!

Another fun day with the ladies, this surely bets sewing alone in my sewing closet. I am looking forward to the doll making workshop with Mommy Mundo and Craft MNL at Fully booked on Feb. 17 (more details to come thru Craft MNL and Mommy Mundo). I am now getting nervous with all my lined up activities (which all seem to be falling into today) and I haven’t literally started on anything! Not even sourcing materials. All I’ve done so far is spring cleaning not only the workshop but the entire house. And thanks to the earnings from the doll workshop I got to buy myself a red hot comfy chair and a ball pool for the little boy to swim in while mom sews.

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Happy Baby with his pool of balls..Now maybe mom can sew without someone wanting more attention

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My red hot chair completes my still unused workspace.

 

P is for Planning

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After 2012 and all the love i got from everyone who bought the dolls I have decided to only make Waldorf Inspired dolls this year. Yup it’s all dolls dolls dolls. After much thought I am now  using my day job skills into my craft business. Doing my business plan, my production plan and blocking out my sell off months.

Hopefully my next post will be on sourcing and production updates.

I do hope everyone would give my dolls as much love as they did last year. I promise this year they will be awesome as I have listed the collections I will be making. Aside from the basic dolls I will have collections made inspired from books. And the following are Alice in wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Where the wild things are, to name a few.

I’ll also have Mermaids, star baby (dolls for infants), and a boy doll! Sounds exciting? Not to mention my Husband will be helping me re-brand the dolls and packaging. Am so excited! Even more after I plotted out my production plan. At least I won’t be too stressed while sewing.

Catch the grand launching of the new image of Imhandmade and the 1st collections to come out of the sewing room. I will be posting them soon enough ( I hope)

Love lots Mommy Sewer.

Custom Made Dollies

Am Glad there are mom’s out there who are want to share handmade toys to their little ones. And to date I’ve met several that has kept my nights, wee hours in between night and day, and weekends busy. Not complaining it’s a happy problem.

I just get so nervous thou when I finish a project and ship the doll. I get nervous they won’t like it.  Not to mention its their Christmas gift for their little princess. I do hope the child goes yehey! instead of “ha? where’s the real gift?”

Here’s what I’ve been making so far.

A yellow dollie for a yellow lady. A specific request of yellow on yellow.

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A red purple delight doll with purple booties. Yep Dusted off my crochet skills.

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Dusted off my crochet skills

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A red hair cutie for a little girl who specifically asked for red yarn.

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a bob cut brown hair for a niece of a “Happy” mom who looks like this doll.

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A red hair doll for a little girl who deserves a second dollie for patiently waiting for it to be finished.

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A re-take. as the mom wanted Long Brown pig tails instead.

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Cheers to mom’s who teach their kids handmade! Now back to more sewing!

Doll workshop part 2

 

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Remember last time I taught doll making in Bungalow 300 a little furniture store i so love. About 2 weekends ago I was at Craft MNL Head quarters for my second and last round of doll making workshop. I had fewer students than the previous class so I had enough time really seat down and chat with them. Best of all have a cup of coffee while teaching.

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Here are my students and their lovely works 🙂

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A world religion teacher from Beacon international School. It was a delight chatting with her.

This mom makes doll. She made this lovely green dress doll. And she just followed the pattern online.

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This student wanted an anime doll

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She’s a law student who was wanted a funky hair doll. And she was quiet but finished fast.

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my afternoon class ladies both wanted red hair. Thank heavens I had more than 2 spools in the basket. Cheers red hair dollies

Look at my students all hard at work making their dolls. Thank you to all of you who spend their Sunday with me.

HOME SWEET ALABAMA!

Sewing instead of Selling

What a weekend! My Craft shop officially started in 10A Alabama and after a year this place has felt like my craft home. I am blessed to be surrounded by other talented people who inspires me.

My Little Craft Shop also turned one. SO i was handing out 100pesos discount to fellow alabamers since I turned 1! It’s wonderful to see how my little craft shop has grown.

Bantings over barangay dolly!

Look I now have a proper sign board

And boy has it grown from Animal Rag dolls –

ANIMAL RAG DOLLS

to Ballerina

PINK OVER LOAD BALLERINA

and little Japanese in Yukata outfits. Yes, I finally came around to cutting that fabric from Toyko.

YUKATA LOVE

Even the dolls from Halloween got some love and all went home to new families.

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The response to the Waldorf Inspired dolls were also great. I only had one doll left after. I was amazed thou how people liked the small black hair dolls while i loved loved the Red hair fatties. Maybe it has something to do with perception esp. since am fat. 🙂

WALDORF INSPIRED DOLLS

 

MY LOVE! the red hair fatties.

Also being recognized in the handmade community also made me smile. There were some people who actually went up to me and ask if I was the mommy behind I am handmade by mom. 🙂 Wow!

What I loved most of all was that I was (in the words of my fellow crafter) in the company of dreamers!

 

SOMETHING DOLLIE ‘TIS WAY COMES

This will be my 1st installment of my waldorf inspired doll series for this Holiday season. Don’t they just look adorab

I used Fiber fill and cotton rayon knit because those materials can be locally sourced and its lighter. Plus wool is hard to come by in my country. I followed the basic rule around it where you use materials that is natural.

Dolls are made with Cotton Knit and fiber fill. Hair is made from cotton or worsten weight yrans. All hand sewn with cotton thread. Clothes are made from mix cotton, twill and canvas cloth. All made in my smoke free home.

Now back to sewing some more!