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.



Labor of LOVE


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.


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!


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!


MAX where the wild things are


Peter Pan


Madeline needs a hat


My favorite ALICE

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


The dolls now finally have a name.

Special thanks to Alexandra Paredes for the image. It came from a stamp she designed which she allowed me to use as my branding. To my husband who gave his Saturday to design everything else. He understood my concept and found perfect peg for me. To my friends Nikki Abs and Mary Velmonte who after a chat in Facebook helped me with the name play.

I love it. Soon the website will be out.

So lovin’ the new image for the dolls yet?


HELLO 2013


Before the 2013 kicks into gear allow me to take this time to sit back with an over priced room service coffee and do my business plan for 2013. Yep, Business plan the later part of 2012 made me really think about imhandmade as a business and to start treating it like one. This way I don’t wear my self down while pushing it forward.

As the last days of 2012 rolled into a close. I had some opportunities to get excited with the business and find inspirations even without looking. Inspiration is key  your business is handmade.

Without boring you allow me to share with you my breakdown for Imhandmade for 2013. More or less.

1. The business is only secondary to time with Carlo. I already have a day job that takes me away from him. So I need to find a way to balance my time. Can there be more hours in a day??

The little one at work with mom

The little one at work with mom

2. Taking ques from a newly renovated home of my tita for her Apo. I need to create the workroom/sewing room into a space that Carlo can play in or beside me. So that even if I am sewing away in the weekend it still feels like we are together…. Renovation time 🙂

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3. Don’t procrastinate over things too long…just keep on creating. Taking ques from my dear friend who is behind TAKATAK PROJECT. Her Spring 2013 collection will be ready for selling soon. She worked on them during the holidays. She also did all her branding and collateral already. And yes you can always change things, that’s the beauty of Handmade.P1060988 P1060989 P1060985

4. Take inspiration where you can find it.

P1060903 P1070005 5. Play more with printed fabrics.

P1070038 P10700376. I should not get intimidated and just go out there and do it. I also need to value my work more.

This dolls below are the Adorable collection in Rustan’s. The dolls are beautifully crafted but are also extremely expensive. More like a show piece and not a toy. I need to re-think the over all packaging and look of my dolls and take it to the next level.


Excited yet! AS for me I am. Hopefully my next post will be pictures or the new dolls taking shape.

Must get sewing soon!


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.




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


Dusted off my crochet skills


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


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




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


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


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

Doll workshop part 2



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.



Here are my students and their lovely works 🙂


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.



This student wanted an anime doll


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


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.


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 –


to Ballerina


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


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


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. 🙂



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!



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!

Talk About a Crafty Christmas..c/o CRAFT MNL

If i used to idol the women of Craft MNL now they are like rock stars! Imagine they were able to put together an awesome line up of crafting activities around the Metro! Here’s the link of their line up of classes below.

And here’s my bit..


  • Bungalow 300 {No. 7 Buencamino Street, Alabang, Muntinlupa City} Living creative is all about how you design your life.  Bungalow 300 is the perfect space on this side of the Skyway to do just that (design your life and living space, we mean).  Watch out for more regular craft workshops here!
  1. Doll-making (Cute Waldorf-inspired dolls!) {November 18, 2 PM – 5 PM}  Are those kiddie gifts hard to come by? Make a handmade gift for your favorite inaanak! Jaclyn Colmenares-Zapatos of I am Handmade by Mom teaches how to make Waldorf-inspired dolls for your little one’s creative play!  All materials will be provided. Fee is PHP 850.00 inclusive of materials. Up to 10 participants for this session!  Sign up for a slot here!