i always come back to you

There are things that give you that sense of balance even after you have neglected them to run around the world, climb every obstacle you can find, and pretend to be someone else. For some, these things may include dark chocolate, coffee with friends, sorting the laundry, or playing with their kids.

For me, it’s sewing (oh wow, how surprising!). After days or weeks of working until my brain is fried or doing absolutely nothing until the feeling of inadequacy wears me down, sewing makes my brain clear and fresh again. In an endless cycle of sweeping the floor, washing the dishes, writing 250-word articles, showering, sleeping, eating, etc. etc. etc., I can easily lose myself. But sewing gives me myself back.

afternoon tea

And when you add rainy afternoon and tea to the equation… well, let’s just say some part of our chaotic world is experiencing a rare moment  of perfection.

How about you? What things give you that sense of balance?

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we are social anomalies

Last night was the Visayas leg of the Philippine Blog Awards. It has been a very long time since I got dolled up for an evening socials, so we went.

Two hours before the event, I still had no idea what to wear. The invite stated “Come as you are” but the people who I knew were going were getting a tad too frazzled about what to wear. It’s contagious, apparently.

Two hours before the event, inspiration hit. Nothing creative, really. It was just a matter of cutting 10 inches from the hem of an old thrifted button-down dress to give it a more modern look.

Add black accessories and yellow wedges, I was ready for the awards show.

black shirt dress

Shirt dress - eBay :: Belt - SM :: Necklace - eBay :: Bracelet - Some vendor in Baguio :: Wedges - eBay :: Earrings - eBay

Congrats to the winners! The food was yummy, by the way.

I think that dress cost me only P10. Excuse me while I pat myself on the back for being such a good bargain-hunter.

we like masks, evidently

Ours is not a grown-up apartment but I will not have it any other way. We don’t have framed family portraits and store-bought floral prints on our walls. We don’t  have a couch for  entertaining. Our bathroom has  my cross-stitched project that says KEEP CALM & CARRY ON because I think it’s funny and well, inspirational for bathroom adventures.

Here and there you will find handmade pieces and things my boyfriend and I deem worthy of collecting. Several old cameras. Teapots. Small jars from travels past. Hats of many styles. Action toy figures. Paintings. Whimsical images  in black frames.

And masks.

The new addition is this beauty that my boyfriend made. Yes, he can be crafty, too. It’s wonderful, scary, and weird. Definitely our taste.

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He will be adding new posters beside the mask in the coming weeks. Yes, the posters will be of scary and morbid content. Artfully done, of course.

whew! what a week!

I spent Sunday to Wednesday cooking. I learned more about cooking in those 4 days than I did since I was old enough to know how to sautee.

It was pressure cooking (not the cooking method but the stress involved) and it left me just a tad too frazzled to blog. But it’s Friday now and I feel like posting something.

I’ll start with this tag that Krissy threw my way. Here are the rules:

1. Open your first photo folder.
2. Scroll down to the 10th photo.
3. Post that photo and story on your blog.
4. Tag five {or more} friends to do the same.

My first photo folder is called “fashiony stuff.” I know, pretty creative. And the tenth photo is this:

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This is a thrifted blazer I got several years ago. It was only P150 (around $3). I know it’s crumpled here but it’s divine. I was still rocking my former weight when I bought this. It fit me perfectly then. Thankfully, at around the time my body started acting funny and I started losing weight, the oversized boyfriend blazer trend was all over the place.

Isn’t the laced yoke lovely? It is one of my fervent dreams to sew a blazer with a yoke just as beautiful.

And now I tag the following people to do this picture tag:

1. Tonet & Carlo – Father and son bloggers who fly planes. Their blog is my new addiction.

2. Sam – She is the boyfriend’s former classmate and she writes beautifully. I tag her because I know she’d have a great photo to show.

3. MsVeve – She is a fashion blogger who has tattoos I envy. Seriously, I want her tattoos. Her clothes, too, of course.

4. Iris – Because I want to ogle at what is possibly a result of her love affair with her new camera. Let’s hope the first folder contains her new photos.

5. J.Me – It’s fun to take a peek into this lovely lady’s life. Cannot wait to see what photo she posts.

all-around clutch

At some point in a woman’s  life, she will realize that the cosmetics industry truly has a purpose and that the combination of lace and ribbon will not always give you prom dress circa 1999 images.

Uh, okay. Maybe that’s just me.

At some point in this “working from home” adventure, I realized that the time for big bags is over. Gone are the days of lugging around a shoulder bag big enough to fit my 5-foot and 80 plus-lb self. What I needed was a small bag for only the essentials (wallet, lip balm, tissue, face powder, notepad, ballpen, mobile phone, keys, mascara, hand sanitizer) when I need to go to the mall or check out thrifting spots.

I had this Mudd bag lying around and I used it for several weeks. Yes, I know it’s for kids and yes I felt less of a woman when I carried it around.

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If you take note of the height and weight I mentioned above, you would understand when I say that I have been  trying to avoid wearing or using things that make me look younger than I really am. They say that there is a time limit to looking underage but I have yet to reach it.

So I made myself a grown-up everyday bag.

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scraplink saturday

When I first started working, I met a group of people who found their element when there were plates of food in front of them. Payday always meant dinner at a local resto or cafe that offers food that has never graced our palate. The person who never missed any of the culinary adventures was Line. And she has a food blog!

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Line facts:

1. She eats and eats but never gains weight. I am jealous.

2. She loves purple.

3. She hates photos of her. Which means that she will hate me for this scraplink.  But I am hoping that the purple background will make her forgive me.

4. She has food for everyone. During meetings, we always turned to her for snacks. I’m sure the team leaders still do that.

5. She did not lose her patience when Leylan and I suggested the silliest names for her blog.

foot-teeth relations

There have been many search engine queries on “what side of the zipper foot to use” that have led right to my blog.

Today, I thought about giving those lovely people an answer.

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The side to use depends on where the zipper teeth will be. As shown in the photos below:

zipper foot 1

If the teeth are on the left side, attach the left side of the foot to the machine.

zipper foot 2

If the teeth are on the right side, the right side of the zipper foot should be attached to the machine.