Craft Fairs and Bazaars (2015)

Ever since our first craft fair, we have been setting up our booths in different bazaars all over Metro Manila. Here is a list of what made us occupied outside of our home-base in 2015.

Maker’s Market

Homegrown by The Polaris Project

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Carousel Caravan

Overhaul Bazaar

Gitana: Art + Music

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Saturday X Future Market at Escolta

Komiket

Katipunan Weekend Market

BGC Midnight Mercato

Block Party

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Type Kita

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DMC Philippines’ Handcrafted: Paper Pliers First Craft Fair! (Experience)

First craft fair = SUCCESS!

How did we define our success? We made it alive!

I know that craft fairs are supposed to be fun and exciting, where crafters, craft enthusiasts, handmade-product fans and craft-material hoarders (like me) get giddy and wide-eyed at the amazing handcrafted pieces and craft supplies. But being an exhibitor, being part of the event itself is a WHOLE LOT different.

Yes, I did get giddy seeing supplies, handmade pieces, and my craft idols (yes, I’m a total craft worshiper). But I also felt scared and unsure at first. Is the booth set-up presentable? Do we look okay? Am I saying the right things? Do I sound rude? Should I say hello to my idols? Should I speak this way or that way? Are we insane to agree attending this event? And so on and so forth.

The good thing about fear is that it introduces you to non-existent zones, stretching you from what you are to become what you will be. The bad thing is, it intimidates you so much, you just want to lock yourself in a cabin and eat the key so no one will find you.

We took advantage of fear. We played with it by thinking – these are three days full of lessons (just like in a classroom), three days that strengthens our bond (as a couple), and three days to test the waters on this venture. If it works, YEHEY for us! If it doesn’t work, lesson learned; let’s do something to improve it.

Fortunately, no one ate us during the fair – so we made it alive! PHEW!

Thank you so much for the heartwarming and sweet comments that we received during the three-day event. We may not remember all your names and faces (though I can still remember all the pieces that I made on-the-spot), but we’ll never forget the giddiness we saw when you received the pieces. Nothing compares to the feeling of being appreciated to what IΒ can do – especially that what IΒ doΒ started as a hobby and stress reliever.

It’s been more than a week since the craft fair, and the experience is still so fresh to us. We’re still in awe. It humbles us, truly!

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My husband, Carlo, and our booth
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Me and our booth

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One of the pieces I handcrafted on-the-spot!
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Soul Flower’s booth – Chic handmade accessories

You may check more of Soul Flower’s pieces here – http://www.soulflower.co/. They also offer leather cuff making workshops at Craft MNL – http://craftmnl.com/home/project/crafting-leather-cuffs/. I was one of their participants in their first workshop, and I tell you, HAMMERING is FUN! Will write a separate blog post on that. πŸ™‚

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Joy Ann of The Quillist – She has colorful designs and pieces, ranging from gift tags to home decors. Check out her works here: instagram.com/quillist_joy
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Knitting Expedition’s booth – These monsters are handcrafted by “women who tend to the rice terraces in the Ifugao region”. Each is given a name and a personality card. More of them here – https://www.facebook.com/knittingexpedition
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Attended knitting workshop facilitated by Candy Reyes of Knitting Expedition
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With Rea of Marie Kit PH

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Marie Kit PH offers dainty and personalized pieces (bracelets, charms, crocheted ribbons, crocheted cord holders) all handcrafted by Rea and her mom. Check them out here – http://instagram.com/mariekitph.

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With Trey, the Gantsilyo Guru

Yes, THE Gantsilyo Guru. I’ve been following her blog since last year, but nothing beats taking a picture with her. YAY!

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With Mansy of Hey Kessy

SUPER STOKED taking a picture with her. Her blog and social media feed has been my every day inspiration since I started crafting last year – so when I asked her to take a picture with me, I was screaming inside. I’ve seen her a couple of times but was too shy to come by and take a picture with her. Thanks to my cousin-in-law.

I’ve also attended one of her workshops: Rubbercut stamp making, a collaboration with Alessa Lanot of Life After Breakfast.

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With Ebony, the owner of the hands of HandsLovePaper
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Beautiful paper cut works of HandsLovePaper

Ebony is another awesome crafter! It was my first time to catch her beautifully designed and intricate paper cut pieces in a craft fair. Seeing them in front of me was so inspiring! More of her works here: http://instagram.com/handslovepapers, https://www.facebook.com/handslovepapers

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Handing Karla some wire pieces as a gift
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WIth Karla, the awesome creative person behind Damgo

Damgo (a Visayan word for Dream) offers beautiful dreamcatchers, all handcrafted from scratch. Her dreamcatchers’ rings are made of twisted, hardened twigs. Sometimes these rings are painted by her daughter, Isla. All of the beads are from Cebu (Karla’s hometown). Her story behind Damgo is so beautiful, you’ll know that each piece is done with so much love and passion. I’m not a believer of dreamcatchers, because it seems trendy nowadays. But when Karla told us that she only makes dreamcatchers (no accessorized version) because she wants to keep the Native American tradition alive – I became a believer.

I attended her workshop, and it was my first time to make dreamcatchers. I made sure that each knot is sealed with a prayer of pushing nightmares away.

More of her creations here: https://www.facebook.com/damgocebu

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Making dreamcatchers
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With Marielle of Craft MNL, and Karla of Damgo
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With Alex, one of the organizers of DMC Handcrafted Arts and Crafts Fair
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With our photographer, Jayk

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Thank you DMC Philippines for giving us this wonderful opportunity!

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*Credits to Jayka S. Herrera for the photos
**I was not paid to write this post. I’m just SUPER STOKED. WAAAH!

DMC Philippines’ Handcrafted: Paper Pliers First Craft Fair!

We’ll be having our first craft fair on January 30, 31 and February 1. Yes, that’s for three days. Three days full of arts and crafts! The best part is, it’s hosted by DMC Philippines!

The best-est part is, we’re listed with the craft celebs that I’ve been following since I started this crafting streak! Reading their blogs and checking their social media feed inspired me to try different crafting techniques and motivated me to start this business.

So, when I found out that they will also be part of the event – imagine how high I jumped!

Here are just some of them:

AlessaLanot Handcrafted

Hey Kessy Handcrafted

SoulFlower Handcrafted

CraftMNL Handcrafted

Handcrafted Craft Carrot

Handcrafted Trey

Free workshops will be held too!

DMC Handcrafted workshops

To join their workshops, like DMC Philippines’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DMCPhilippines) AND follow Instagram account (http://instagram.com/dmcphilippines). Share any of their post on their Facebook page (about the Handcrafted event) with hashtag β€ͺ#β€Ždmchandcrafted‬

Then e-mail your name, contact number and preferred workshop at dmc@focusglobalinc.com.

Slot confirmation will be emailed on January 28. (That’s tomorrow!)

Handcrafter DMC

Here’s the location of the event: https://goo.gl/maps/RRvJh

Century City Mall Makati

See you there!

DMC colors

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