Sunday, July 15, 2018

Week in the life of a crafter mom from a developing country

Hey dollings...
Mouthful title, eh? Hahaha!

Before I go out to the garage and continue with my little doll room/house project, let me share with what I had been doing the past week.. 

Last weekend was filled with family stuff, with Saturday and Sunday celebrating birthdays of loved ones. And when I say celebrating, it means me in the kitchen the whole time 😅 and no time for sneaking out to work 😜

But Monday to Saturday was quite productive in my makeshift atelier, I must  say.. 


Just another Messy Monday 🎶
A few days before this mess happened, I've already completed my current custom doll's outfit so I started the week with her accessories. Initial plan was just a bag, a pair of espadrilles and some simple jewelry. Turned out I wanted to add a hat, but..  

I didn't like how this one turned out.. 

I like this but this pattern didn't suit the outfit.. 

Thus, hat's off the list. 
And I'm back to my original accessories list. Here's a glimpse of her.

Sneak peek-ish of my current WIP OOAK doll
I am still looking for the best jewelry to add. I aim to do that early next week.
I am planning to add a fashion illustration to go with the set, so with all those things to do, plus designing and making her box, as well as promotional pics, I take it I can only list her by next weekend.

So, Tuesday.. 
I continued installing eyelets and hand-braided straps for my latest tote bags.

Removing eyelet paints with acetone

Those bright sea blue Siargao totes, which you can find here
'Completed only a few tote bags to add to my inventory. 
Cleaning paint off the eyelets was a pain but I kind of just made do with it because of some stupid mistake. I thought I was buying a non-painted/coated eyelet because all photos in the listing of this online shop weren't coated at all. The photos even showed different metal plate colors - gold, silver, brass, etc. But the title did say multicolor and I should have been sensitive about it. My fault was that I focused too much on finding the smallest eyelet sizes and this is the only 3mm-diameter that I could buy locally. So I thought I hit the jackpot.
So yeah, all these is just part of this venture so we just go on and solve problems as we go, right?

Wednesday.. I started with the espadrilles, which wasn't much a success...

Espadrilles gone wrong. I know I should start slow so...

WIP slippers, indeed...
The day ended with this:

Shoe making is this messy when you've a newb 😝

Thursday... I realized I had been spending too much time learning so I thought I'd allocate the remaining days of the week making items that could bring bacon to the table, too.

I chose these khaki shorts to restock because they have been sold out for sooo long and a lot of people had been asking for them.

Everyone needs them, just because they're so comfy and classy 😜

Friday... I decided to update my city shorts pattern, and since I was in the pattern-making state of mind, I thought I might as well make my curvy made to move gal her own city shorts pattern. It's been on my mental list for weeks now.

New trusty patterns...

Love how this nth pattern looked on her ❤️
And so came Saturday, which was a mix of work and family duties.
I made several khaki shorts both for regular and curvy gals and I hope to list them this coming week.

Okies, that felt invigorating.
I did a whole lot of different things and it's a well-balanced mix of struggles, excitement, challenges, disappointments, little joys.

This is my ideal week of sorts, but of course, every week is different and what matters is that it is our choice/decision to live this way. Nobody else can tell us what to do, what makes us happy, or what is scary. It's this little voice inside that matters.

I mean, that's what life should be about, right?

How about you guys?
How was your week? I hope that no matter how you spent it, it was your own choice.

Love lots,

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Weekend mix of non-sewing

Like I said the last time in my post, I have decided and accepted that I will be bouncing from one project to another in the shortest time possible. And so, naturally, my weekend was a random mix of endeavors.

I finally started the miniature house I've been planning on working on for months now.  This is just one of the rooms, so I have a long way to go. I felt happy to have simply started it already. 

And then, doll repaints! 
You just don't know how much I have been wanting to repaint again. 

Finally, the derwent watercolor pencils I bought several months are at work! 



I'm looking at selling the redhead on Etsy by the weekend, complete with a character, an OOAK outfit and accessories. I intend to make more of these OOAK dolls in the near future. 

So, yeah.. That's it for my crafter life. Of course the personal life is just as exciting 😉 because whatelse are you doing all these endeavors for when your personal life is not worth coming home to? 

Have a great week ahead, doll-ings ❤️❤️❤️

Love lots, 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Listening closely to my fickle mind

"You're so fickle."

This is quite common phrase from some of my dear friends. I didn't mind it then because it's true. I change minds too often. One day I'm committed to something, the next I'm already cooking up something else. Sometimes I thought that I should have just worked in an idea factory. I could have earned well, while doing what I'm good at. But that's not the point today, or not exactly.

I have shared months before that my plans really are just, you know, planned for the fun of it. I really don't have the strength to execute them. They were already happening in my head so why do them again? I know, confusing, right? But what I mean is, if I had already set them in my mind, the excitement is invested in there already. That excitement belongs in that daydreaming, so I will never anymore feel that excitement once I execute the plan. Yes. 

So, instead of foolishly planning to use up all my fabrics first, before going back to focusing on OOAK dolls then to diorama making then oil painting, I decided to simply bounce between these things. I used to religiously plan to set aside a period of time for each endeavor, maybe because I cared too much about the quality or results of my efforts. Yup, ego.

I won't even commit to anything here because you will just say, nah, Shasha will say she's gonna do this, but then she will lose interest in a second and move on to something else anyways.. True, that could be true.. So yeah. 

The past few days were spent making school pants for my junior high boy (two! - need to add one more maybe next week, who knows, right? 😜) , and cleaning my workarea. Since the hot afternoon sun is now behind this house to my left, I'm back to good old window view, which is Yay super awesome. So yeah.. 

My thoughts are always this fragmented, and this is as authentic as it can get. I have now given up the idea of wanting to document everything in one post hoping to help someone, who honestly really can't digest everything in one go anyways. 

So point of the day - do whatever feels right because it's so much closer to the real you. Today, I felt like accomplishing some orders so I can ship them off later after muay thai session, and I can go back what excites me at that moment. 

Til next time, doll-ings ❤️❤️❤️