Life dump: October

So what do you do when you’ve had a heartbreaking month? (Like, hypothetically low grades and not being able to participate on a particular craft fair. Hypothetically.) I compile a list of good things that have happened this month to at least cheer up a hypothetically sad me c:

Meet “Obo” our (surprisingly!!) working DC motor. This was a requirement for school and thankfully my friend E really spent time on making it and she was being really OC and yay it worked! Also, the robot design is really cute, don’t you think?

Surprise cheesy greeting cards are the best.

And of course getting a free shopping spree c/o J c: And he was the one who insisted we go shop! Cutie. These are just a few things we bought. I think the chocolate shop shaped tin can was really adorable, not to mention I love these kinds of drawing styles. We also found giant pretty tape! It’s as thick as a packaging tape roll! Also birthday toilet paper. I should bust this out everytime someone’s celebrating. It’s so coooool. Allof these we bought in Landmark Trinoma c:

I also made this chubby panda (pattern here.) Three words: squish, squish, squish.

I also finally got around to doing a friend’s palanca stationery using my gocco! I… kind of want to keep these for myself because doilies + neon = looooove. at first I thought it was a craft fail because of all the carbon bits that stuck to the screen, but I guess it went better than expected.

While we were hanging out at the techprep room we spotted a few pages of an old, worn dictionary. Of course I had to get it, I love ephemera.

Oh and I think the best part of it was this:

Hihi, hello brother. This is why you should wake up earlier.

Maybe October wasn’t so bad after all. :)

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My first time having a GF.

GF as in Gocco Fail.

There are times when DIYs go wrong,  I know. This isn’t the first time, but it makes me sad :c I spent hours and I mean HOURS trying to fix it. First I tried the photocopy method for exposing screens, and the paper got stuck to the screen because of apparently too much carbon. So I ruined a screen and wasted 2 bulbs. That’s bad enough already, but during my second attempt I tried using gold paint and it just spurted all over the screen, apparently my tube of gold paint is too thin. It’s horrible. I tried putting silver paint on top but only some areas get printed with silver. I don’t know if it’s because of the gold paint drying or as I read in a website, the gold is too thick (Which I don’t think is the case here.) It’s disheartening, really. I’ll take pictures tomorrow and try fixing it. I read that trying to clean the gold areas with the gocco cleaner will make the cleaner act like a thinner, so I hope that works :c If not then I just wasted 2 screens and 4 bulbs, and I only have supplies for 2 projects left.

IT’S HERE. (Plus a new Adventure Time keychain)

AFTER 10 HOURS OF AGONY. (Look how patient I am~) It’s here! My Gocco is here! Wooooo~!

My precioooouusssssssss.

Bird’s eye view:

(I think I really need to find time to set-up a nice photo area for my pictures.)

The above picture was taken before I even checked the contents. Hihi, I’m excited. Too excited, I think. I need to think of a really good design for my stationery! Weeeee~

Now I just need to find a place where I can store this….

Oh oh oh! I forgot to share this with you guys, but since classes have been suspended for a week, I’ve had too much time, so since I promised some of my friends Adventure Time keychains I decided to stop slacking off and finish them already.

Lookin’ good Marceline.

Finished keychain! I’m very pleased on how she turned out, actually. My drawing skill has decided to be obedient today so I only had to do the above drawing once. Hooray for productivity! Now if only I were as excited for schoolwork as I am for crafting….

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?