The gift of handmade

Month: August 2010

recycling sweaters

I had this extra-stretched sweatshirt in my closet that I completely forgot I had. Half of it, at least. The other half I used up sometime last year to make a stuffed yeti. Yes. Anyway, here it is: I cut it into strips and then […]

omelette du fromage

I know I promised this yesterday, but our connection was being weird, and I couldn’t blog. 🙁 But I shall post it now, and you can all make your eggs and eat them and be happy. Spanish Omelette (4 servings) 4 medium-sized potatoes – peeled […]

DIY laminated bookmarks

Buying a laminating machine is on my list of Just Wants. This list includes hair curlers,  flat irons, and a pink Kitchen Aid. In other words, things I cannot afford. You can substitute by buying cheap curlers, spending your afternoon trying to blow-dry your hair stick-straight, and buying a 200-peso pink spatula that won’t make you as happy.

Here’s our substitute for a laminating machine:

Things you’ll need:

1. a folder

2. some laminating paper

3. something to laminate (I made bookmarks)

4. an iron

5. a pair of scissors

Figure out which way to position your bookmarks.

Put your bookmark in between the sheets of laminating paper.

Cut around the bookmark.

Place the bookmark inside the folder.

Put your iron on a medium setting, and iron slowly and evenly for about 30 seconds, or until all the air bubbles in the laminate disappear.

Remove your bookmark from the folder.

Cut neatly around your laminated bookmark.

Ta-da! Your bookmark is now safe from spills and crumbs.

Happy reading!

Love and love,


breakfast club

We were commissioned to do giveaways for a party. What made this party unique was that it was held at breakfast time. What’s cooler is that it’s one of twelve parties held every year by a group of women who take turns to host a […]

craft party fun

We had our first craft party last Saturday, and it was so much fun for everyone! We had initially scheduled three crafts for three hours, but everyone was so focused and excited, designs became intricate, and the workshop lasted over six hours! Here’s Ina conducting […]

things on heads

I’ve been on a hat-crocheting spree lately,  and I found these adorable things on Etsy!


This hat is made from a vintage silk tie and vintage button:

Isn’t this turban just so glamorous? I think I might need one:

And this band is so pretty! I simply must make one.

We put some new hats in the shop!

I worked very hard on these, to get them to the perfect degree of slouchiness.



ze news

Many thanks to all those who read the feature on us in last Saturday’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer! For those of you that missed it, here’s a link: Click heeeere! xoxo. Elle

pink parties

Last Saturday, we helped organize and decorate a debut party. It was a pink/music themed party! The guests were told to come in black and white, but the venue was decorated entirely in pink, and the debutante wore a pink dress. I made giant paper […]


Hello everyone! I have something very exciting to share. Pink Teacup is going to be featured in tomorrow’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in the 2bU section! How rad is that?? So so exciting.

Remember this item that was in our shop?

We’re sharing a pretty DIY that’s kind of similar to what we did here, so be sure to check it out!


A tribute

One thing I have treasured over the years have been quilts that were lovingly made by my mom – more popularly known as Mama Jeng to us and Tita Jenny to others. My mom is a superb seamstress. When my sisters and I were younger, […]