Friday, January 30, 2015


I just saw the film "Big Eyes" last night (thanks for the recommendation, mom!) and I loved it. I love encountering stories about women who emerge from sad shadows of their fears to find their voice and live righteously. 

Cheers to art and mothers and all the big-eyed children in all of us!

Have a lovely weekend, loves. 

Always as wide-eyed as a little girl can be,

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Yesterday, two very lovely people in my life got married. My most favorite moment was when the priest gave the blessing just before presenting the newlyweds. God was surely smiling over Mr. NiƱo and Mrs. Maybell Sunico as they listened, hands together, with silent gratitude in their hearts.

Thank you for making me part of your dream come true day. It was as cheerful as yellow and as delightful asthe dance moves you shared at the reception. 
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Cheers to beautiful mornings of waking up next to each other, and facing the days together, forever more hand-in-hand.  #NMDreamComeTrue

Have an inspiring Sunday, everyone!

Love and prayers,

Thursday, January 22, 2015


My sister-in-law sent me this photo of her wearing her custom-made maternity dress at work. A front flap closes with a button, which makes breastfeeding easy breezy beautiful for any momma. Fabric c/o my grandmother from the US. Thank you lola!

I am eagerly awaiting and praying for little angel # 2! Thank you for the photo, Ate Shiela. smile emoticon


Monday, January 19, 2015


Last month, I shared with you this fabric that I bought from Spain. It tells a story all its own.  

Sharing with you now what I did with it. smile emoticon I made a storage bag for the luggage scale I gave my mom for Christmas. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015


I believe that our everyday life story reflects God's presence in our hearts. Let's make it a joy-filled life!  

Praying for the safe and meaningful apostolic visit of our Pope in the country. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Happy and Colorful Birthday Solana!

“She was like bendable light. She shone around every corner of my day.”

These words are from Jerry Spinelli’s book “Stargirl.” I posted this quote months ago along with a photo of a wedding gown I was working on. It was a tribute to the light that I believe naturally radiates from a bride who is about to walk down the aisle.

Apparently, these words also speak perfectly about a mother’s thoughts about her daughter.  Ms. Maite, a former officemate of mine and one of the cheeriest and loveliest persons I’ve had the pleasure to meet in this lifetime, remarked that the message is just like how she feels about Sage, her beautiful daughter.

Last October, Solana, as how we fondly call her, turned two years old. Mommy Maite asked me to make her dress for her rainbow-themed birthday party. Of course! What better way to celebrate the light that reflects from our little ray of sunshine than with the colors of the rainbow.  :)

She sent me this photo as guide for the dress she wants Solana to wear.

The sample design.

I have never worked with so many colors of fabric in one dress before. Needless to say, the studio was colorful during the two days that I worked on it. :)

Before any drafting begins, it is very important to study the design first. This, I believe, would save a valuable amount of time and energy during the patternmaking process. Studying the design entails mindfully looking at a pre-designed dress/clothing with x-ray goggles, mentally folding over hems and seams inside out to understand which pieces go together and how pieces go together (Cue in Jeopardy! theme music).

Slashing and "spreading" the pattern for a flared skirt.

Drafting the patterns for each color of the skirt!

Number 3 is color Blue.

Preparing pattern pieces for the top of the rainbow. :)

Forgive me for sounding geek-y but I always get very kilig inside (OA sometimes) when I finally figure out how to draw the patterns and sew the entire dress/garment after an intensive analysis. hehe

The finished rainbow dress. The shoulder straps are connected to the back by
buttons and can be crossed over the back.
I also added this rainbow dress I made out of the leftover fabric and mikado I have as gift to Solana.
We still have to add zipper to this straight dress though so she could fit in it. :)

I literally listened to Sarah Mclachlan's rendition of Rainbow Connection while working. I am a big music fan so I cannot not work without music. The songs I listen to while working almost always have something to do with the current state I am how I listened incessantly to Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" while working on my college thesis...oh well, that's another story. :p 

It is very important to be happy while working. I've always believed that happy work produces happy results. I think this photo of Solana wearing the dress and enjoying her colorful birthday furthermore validates this point:

When I went to visit the CID office and took Solana's measurements (it was just my second time to see her again after she was born), she was very quiet. Ms. Maite said that she's usually talkative (hehe). All the same, she looked as joyful an angel as the first time I saw her. I will never forget that face because it was the first time I saw a newborn baby smiling in her sleep! She must have been dreaming of rainbows. This is one of the low-quality photos I took of Solana back in 2012:

Baby Solana smiling at her grandma.

Every day since, she has been bringing smiles to her parents and to the people around her. Always a beautiful ray of sunshine, indeed. :)

Happiness in Hello Kitty's arms and with Mommy and Daddy.

Happy birthday, Sage! Your light and joy shine through every photo. I am grateful to have been part of the happiness you shared with others on your 2nd birthday.

Enjoy the rest of your vibrant childhood, and may you shine on! You are loved dearly. 

Heaps of love and hug,


*All birthday photos from Ms. Maite Alvarez-Ganabe.