Waiting for my Gocco

I apologize for the lack of pictures as I am too excited to sit patiently in my room while waiting for my baby to arrive.

Yes, baby. Yes, I’m a virgin. No it’s not Immaculate Conception, although to me it does feel like a miracle.

My Gocco is arriving today! (Hopefully, if the courier doesn’t screw up…)

I’ve been wanting a Gocco since a year ago! The reason why I haven’t bought one before is because prices for it are so expensive online that it just seems to outweigh my possible use for it. Why is it so expensive? Well… probably because the product has been out of the market 3-5 years ago. Yep, I feel hipstah.

Wait, wait, wait. What is this Gocco I speak of? Well, a Gocco is a self-contained printing machine that can print on fabric as well as on paper. It works just like a  cross between a stamp and a silkscreen! While the cost of using a silkscreen is far less then getting a a Gocco machine, using a Gocco is less messy and I don’t have to expose anything to the sun or cut my design out, I just burn it into the screen, ink it, set the paper, and print, and print, and print, and print.

Why am I getting a Gocco? Well, partly because I love new shiny craft things, partly because I’ve always dreamed of selling my own stationery or cards. The kind I see in the corner of the bookstore that are soooo pretty but are also sooooo expensive. So I wanted to make my own and sell them for a cheaper price~

PRICE BREAKDOWN:

Okay, so I bought my baby from Xilliana, from Sulit (She’s so nice!) She was able to get me a PG-11 model (Nicest model if you plan on selling your stuff, since it’s the model where it has a built in registration mechanism so you don’t have to use really complicated methods to get your prints lined up perfectly.

My kit comes with the PG-11 and its basic kit (card drying rack, carbon pen, 5 masters, 10 bulbs, VHS tape of the instruction -you read that right-, instruction manual and a few booklets that I have yet to know what they’re about, the kit also came with 7 basic inks: black white red brown yellow blue green, and the cmy paints). She also threw in a slightly used tube of fluorescent violet, some pads, and an ink blocker all for free, yay! I also bought 3 more inks.

Have I mentioned it only cost me PHP4080, including the shipping? Yes. Yes. That’s less than USD 100 including the shipping. *tears of joy*

Wooooooooooo are you as excited as I am now?

Cheerio~

School has been suspended for 2 days now because of the weather :c I hope everyone’s safe, we don’t want another Ondoy mishap. So since the weather’s been pretty gray lately I’ve decided to add some pastel cheer to my workspace by fixing my corkboard up! And adding a little bunting :)

The bunting is made simply by using post-its. I cut them into fourths and folded the sticky part on itself and there you have it! Cheap and extremely fast (and cute) bunting.

And since my school decided to move the periodic exams next week, that means I have enough time to slack off study! So I decided to use my time wisely.

And by wisely I mean crochet a teacup from my Japanese crochet book! I swear it’s the cutest thing ever, I can’t read Japanese so I can’t give the title, but it only cost me like 85 pesos in National Book Store and the stuff are soooo cute! Right now I’m using it as a cute little catch-all for my hairpins. Maybe I should start getting ready for a handmade arts and  crafts fair I’ll be going to this November. Hmmm.

Meanwhile, I pray for the safety of everyone! I hope the rain doesn’t get to you.

Stay safe!

-C

Mini Easel and Teepee

I love cute things. Especially normally big things that have been reduced to miniature size c: those are the cutest! I bought myself a little wooden easel from papemelroti awhile back, but my sister played with it and broke it :c but the other day I had the idea to why not just make one myself? So I made one. Out of chopsticks. Yes this is what I do instead of studying for my periodic exams.

I really need to get my priorities straight.


Also Finn on my “canvas” (aka little white post its)

And I also made a little teepee for my turtle c:

Procrastination Time~

I made a felt Finn today, even if I was supposed to be doing homework and studying for my future (I mean seriously if I fail that test I would have to beg money for the rest of my life)

So why would I make Finn at a time like this? Because everything’s so stressful right now that the only thing I want to do is curl up with tea and watch Adventure Time. Yes I am secretly a 6-year-old that drinks tea. Sometimes life is so stressful you just have to stop what you’re supposed to be doing and do what makes you happy. c:

Well, after this my friends started asking me to make their favorite characters for them. I think the secret to life is to know that we are all secretly 6-year-olds inside.

Mindmap #1: College.

Yes, I know, I haven’t updated at ALL D: It makes me sad too. Funny thing is, I’m on a crafting mood today, but my mom ran off with my camera. Thanks mom, now my blog is collecting dust instead of readers. ANYWHO. It’s almost the season for college entrance exams here, and I am both excited and terrified about taking them, and going to college. Here is a mindmap I made to illustrate my point. (done on my very awesome moleskine)

I also have more blog posts to come, with stuff about my Sg trip, Japanese crochet books, and making a loooooong purse. Wait for it!

Stay Argyle, until then. c:

Dying, but not dead.

Fourth year high school is hard. Why do I need to study electrodynamics in Physics when I’m not even planning to go into a Physics related course? Sigh. Well, it’s a challenge and I have to work really hard, but that’s not an excuse to let my blog accumulate dust, right? So yes, I do not post as often as I’d like to, but this blog isn’t dead nor dying (though I am because school and college and the ~future~ looms ahead).

 

That also means I have not run out of things to post. Time, maybe, but not things to talk about. You guys know how talkative I can get.

 

Hopefully, hopefully I get a post up by tomorrow.

Gray

Last Thursday I went to SM Megamall to buy new school shoes. Honestly when my dad asked me to pick what I wanted I didn’t really care because

  1. I’ll only be using it for a year
  2. People have better things to do than stare at each others school shoes, like cramming and running to the cafeteria before all the seats are taken at lunch.
  3. My shoes are still okay

I think it’s a waste to buy school shoes this year especially since the good brands are around 1k, but my dad says I should buy new ones since I’ve had my old black shoes for 2 years. And yeah the site of my old black shoes are pretty sad, to be honest. Maybe I shouldn’t run across the field with them on….

Anyway, I got the shoes, but I also saw flats that are priced 2 for only 400 pesos! I’ve always liked flats since they’re comfy enough to walk the streets in (especially when I secretly commute) without compromising your style (Sorry, but it’s really hard to pull of a skirt + sneakers)

I got 2 pairs, gray and turquoise/aqua.

gray and aqua ballet flats

But then I realized how plain flats are because the only other pair of ballet flats I own are those painted with food, and they don’t really look too plain for me. Sadly, these do.

So of course I modified it.

What I used:

-flats

-fabric tape (I found mine in Divi for like, 25 a roll?)

-scissors

-fabric glue

* You can opt to use just plain fabric and glue, but I used the fabric tape for convenience. I wanted to use the fabric stickers above (those rectangular pieces of cloth) but they didn’t have any fitting designs.

“Measure” the edge of your flats by overlapping your fabric tape until you go all the way around so you’ll know how much tape you need. Cut.

The rest of the steps are pretty self-explanatory:

Done! And just to keep me from taking nice pictures, the sky suddenly matched the color of my shoes.

Great.

Hopefully you guys aren’t as gray as the weather!

Mythbusting #1 Hydrogen Peroxide as a teeth whitener

Hi! Today I want you guys to know that I’m launching a new category in my blog called Mythbusting. If some of you don’t know, Mythbusters is a show shown here that tests well known myths to see if they’re real or not. It will be much like that show except I’ll mostly be dealing with beauty and household myths.

Are you ready?

Mythbusting #1 Hydrogen Peroxide as a teeth whitener:

Source here!

(But I found it on Pinterest)

“I am never buying white strips again!: dip q-tip in hydrogen peroxide (the key ingredient in whitestrips) and apply to surface of teeth for 30 sec before brushing teeth) once a day for a few days. My teeth looked noticeably whiter after doing this only 2x”

I followed the steps I saw on Pinterest (above) but when I read the source from ehow.com I found out that their procedures are actually different wherein in ehow they mix the hydrogen peroxide with other things ebfore applying it, whereas the one in Pinterest dips it in directly. Use this technique on your own judgement, okay?

So I tried the instructions on Pinterest but only on half my front teeth so I could have a controlled variable and have comparisons. I TOOK CARE NOT TO SWALLOW THE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. After brushing I checked the mirror and wooooooooow!!!! It really worked, and that was just the first try! Really, that fast? Awesome.

hydrogen peroxide as teeth whitener

That’s obviously not my mouth. I wish it were, though. Haha!

Although it really works, I only recommend you to do this very rarely and only in a span of a few days, doing it only once a day because it might harm your teeth.

Please comment below and tell me how it works for you!

-C.

Sadie the Whale and the Boyfriend Project

I haven’t posted zilch this past week because I had to do my internship portfolio. I wanted to make it creative but I didn’t want to do another scrapbook again. *shudder* I opted to use watercolor paints instead. It’s easier since I only need a brush, my paints and water, unlike if I scrapbooked I would waste too much time looking at my stuff. That or because I’m too lazy.

Here’s a sample:

The silver board was supposed to be white foam board but Office Warehouse is soooo incomplete. I wanted to make it look like a polaroid frame.

I think I was able to mention before how I was going to go to Singapore this June! Well I have to leave J for like a week and I’m going to miss him, so I figured I’d make little gifts for him that I’ll hide around the school somehow so that he wouldn’t miss me so much. Yes, cheesy I know.

I figured I’d make him at least one gift per day, so that makes it 5 gifts (since I’ll be missing a whole school week)

I made him a whale printed pillow last year so I thought why not continue the trend? So I made him this little amigurumi whale! It’s actually my first amigurumi where the body isn’t deformed or looks asymmetric, so hooray!

Here Sadie is sailing the sea of dreams~~~

I named the whale Sadie because I just finished reading Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan and one of the protagonist’s name is Sadie. Can you tell I like naming the animals I make?

I found the pattern for free here from Planet June! I love how everything is detailed and how I now know how to make an invisible decrease and a magic ring. Seriously I can’t believe I’ve been crocheting without them!

Look at that tiny hat that screams ADVENTUUUURE TIIIIIIIME!! (Okay I happen to really like that show)

I hope J will like Sadie! Even though I just realized Sadie is a little stuffed toy. Maybe I can make her into a keychain? And pssssst to the people who know me in real life, don’t tell J!

I already have a few DIY tutorials for you guys that are in tandem with the boyfriend project, so stay tuned!

Stay Argyle!

-C and Sadie

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Crème Brulée

Hi there! I haven’t been posting these past few days because I have a deadline to meet for this event which is really cool because it’ll be my first time abroad!

I’ve also been busy reviewing for college exams and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Yes, all ten seasons. Pretty addicting. I also bought Serpent’s Shadow because Percy Jackson made me a Rick Riordan fan.

Oh! And me and my awesome friend (We’ll call her M) taught my boyfriend how to ride a bike! (How old is he? He’s 15 but uhh let’s pretend he’s 7 so he doesn’t get embarrassed about not knowing how to ride a bike.)

This bike’s frame is actually made of bamboo! Cool! (But it’s not for beginners but it was all we had…)

He also almost fell head first into some concrete which was really scary, but he was able to use his hand instead. Then when we checked and his wound looked like a creepy smiley face. With a beard thingy.

Weird, creepy smiley face with a beard

And we saw a dead crab whom we named Roadkill Crab. Poor crabby :c

Last week my mom bought me some polymer clay from Divisoria for likereally cheap! Yay cheap art supplies!  So I tried doing this polymer clay braided bracelet.

It was all very easy until I tried baking it. So obviously I didn’t want to use the oven because I don’t want my cupcakes to smell like plastic and because it’s such a waste and all. I tried using the oven toaster which actually works for some people but I had three problems:

1. Our oven toaster only has two options: 350 watts or 700 watts. No temperature control but that’s okay because I can use the oven thermometer but then

2. The clay mom bought was unbranded (of course, it’s Divisoria.) and no one really knew what temperature it was supposed to be baked in. I googled and I saw the optimal temperature for all polymer clays so I figured as long as it was in that range it’ll be okay. But it wasn’t because

3. I forgot that the oven toaster timer was on and I went to get something and when I came back I was like a hundred degrees Celsius higher than the maximum temperature of the range. So when it came out the top part looked all melty but the under side was okay (but the rice I put it on top of so that it wouldn’t get deformed made some little dents. Irony.)

it’s not so bad when you put the bad half at the bottom but if you looked really closely you could totally see it.

That was when I had the idea of wearing it on my head on top of a top bun.

Turns into…

Incredibly blurry pictures credits to my 10 year old brother. Hmmm.

In retrospect maybe it was actually a good idea, leaving the oven on (okay maybe that was a safety hazard but the browning makes it look like a creme brulee, which I totally love. Yum.)

Stay Argyle!

– C.