Tuesday, March 1, 2016

OTWOL's The Bouquet That Never Wilts

Leah holding #thebouquetthatneverwilts

I am just so happy, humbled and grateful to create something beautiful for one of my favorite local shows, On The Wings of Love. Huge thanks to the show's production designer and one of my idols, Digo Ricio, for this amazing opportunity. I'll never forget the day when I received a call from him regarding this project. I was actually assigned to do other wedding props, which are also exciting and challenging, but the Universe heard my plea and so I was assigned to do the bouquets and name plates instead. *Yey!*

And since I only have 2 hands and less than 2 weeks to complete the bride and the whole entourage' bouquets, I asked help from my most awesome and ever supportive team that is my family - my mother, siblings, aunt and cousin. I taught them how and they learned and worked fast that suddenly, our living room was  turned into a makeshift workshop. And for this I am beyond grateful. It's feels amazing to know that my family supports me and my craft and that they enjoyed doing it too.

It was my first time to do a paper flower bouquet with papercuts and at first I thought I can't do it. I don't know how I am going to assemble the pieces, especially the small-sized and delicate papercuts. It was almost 3 a.m., I'm about to panic and feel like giving up, when an idea/inspiration magically appeared. Thank you, God! :) I obliged and happily collaborated with the idea/inspiration and so I was able to do a sound execution.

It's as if inspiration is telling me to stay calm and continue  working, because she is always just around watching and will  magically appear as the need be, but first, she has to see me initiating the work.

Here are some photos of the bouquets I made.

(Front view)

(Top view)

The hashtag or the name, The Bouquet That Never Wilts was first used by Mr. Digo Ricio, the show's production designer, when he posted a photo of it in his Instagram account in the morning of February 26, 2016.

Set of 12 and set of 18 bouquets

Flower girls carrying their paper flowers

Paper flowers + handcut foliage for flower girls

Paper flower balls for the secondary sponsors

Handlettered and hand-cut nameplate for #Jadine's dressing rooms during their concert

Handlettered and hand-cut nameplate for #Jadine's dressing rooms during their concert

Photo with #JaDine 

Ms. Nadine Lustre liked it too and she even asked for it personally and so I gave it to her. I'm a huge fan of the show and JaDine, of course, so it's really a pleasure to have done it. :)

I hope and pray that I'll have more projects like this in the future. I love what I do and it warms my heart to know that my joy in making my craft rubs off on others.

'Til my next craft adventure!

Photo of myself holding #thebouquetthatneverwilts before I deliver it on set.

- Leeanne ;)

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Happy Trio

Hello friends! Hello 2016! :)

I already have said countless times that I love working with paper as an art medium, and I'm not sure if I have included its cousin, white glue, to my favorite craft materials aside from craft knives/scissors. So there, I've said it. I am a huge fan of this trio ever since I decided to finally embrace my artsy-craftsy-happy-self.

••Paper, craft knife/scissors & white glue••

Let me tell you how I see my happy trio;

A delicate thing to work with, a sharp tool to manipulate it and something kind of liquid to bind or connect it all together to form something new and amazing.

Working and playing with this trio brings me to my happy place of creating. It helps me give birth to something beautiful that stems from my heart and soul. It gives me a sense of being playfully in control. It gives me a sense of freedom. It lets me be my most authentic self. It lets me be me.

I observed it to be true that when you finally embrace who you are and finally decide to do what you're designed to do, doors to many positive things will come your way. These are bonuses for being able to do what you love  (which is already the reward in itself if you really think about it).

Crafting with this trio continuously leads me to meet and connect with awesome people, make new friends and be presented with great  opportunities/experiences.

Speaking of great opportunities, I'd been given the chance to fulfil a childhood dream of being a teacher, an arts and crafts teacher to be exact, at YTC (Your Tutorial Center) Antipolo. It was really amazing to meet people who share the same passion in enriching people's lives through teaching. The people behind YTC Antipolo are exactly like that.

Aside from the academic tutorials that they are offering, we'll be conducting workshops on papercrafts such as origami, popup cards, paper flowers, etc., I'm really excited about our projects!
We recently participated in Assumption Antipolo school fair last Jan. 8 to 9, 2016 to promote our incoming workshops happening this Feb. 7, 2016. We conducted free origami tutorials during the fair. It was a great experience! I love the light and happy energy of the young ladies who participated in our workshops.

Our booth display during Assumption Antipolo Fair.

Young ladies and I during our mini origami tutorial.
Young Assumptionistas showing the lucky stars they made during our mini origami tutorial.

And for all of these, I am beyond grateful. Armed with these blessings, I am positive that I can make my 2016 and the coming years fruitful & productive. 

I commit myself to my craft wholeheartedly, and I am to remain faithful as long as I live. May my craft and I be of benefit to many people.

See you again next time! 

- Leeanne ;)

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