Saturday, January 30, 2010

A heart-warming email

A couple of nights ago, I received a heart-warming email from one of the students from my Jan. 23 polymer clay workshop.  (Thank you Macy!)

It reminds me of why I love teaching.  As I wrote in another blog entry years ago, sharing that aha moment with the participant is priceless - that moment when their face lights up and you know they finally got it (ah, ganun pala yun!).

Jan. 29, 2010
From Macy Sagritalo

Oh, hello. I wrote something about the workshop experience and I thought of sharing it with you. :]



I could begin my narrating my newfound interests in crafts, my heightening love for CubaoX as a place and my fixation for things pretty and vintage but I spare thee, dear readers.

A few hours before the chosen hour, I kept asking myself “What did I get myself into again?” It had been a daily trend in my thoughts, I involve myself in so many things trying to discover what is meant for me or not. For example, chorale had been for me, the gym had not. So while walking around tying together errands, papers, the photo shoot, classes and the “class”, uncertainties loom over my thoughts.

But I have to go through with it.

(there are trivial things rather put out of sight)

I’ve always thought I’ve never been good with my hands. I always knew I was clumsy (hello bruises) and lacked dexterity, so I was tad anxious if clay would turn out as an unrecognizable mesh of matter in my hands. If that would be the case, it would mean a great deal of frustration from my teacher and a great deal of chagrin on my part, so it is not at all an ideal scenery.

I signed up for a Basic Polymer Clay class. The schedule at first seemed problematic for me, because it might clash with my prelim exam for Drama class. But thankfully our professor required us to submit a prelim paper an entire week earlier (thank you Providence) so I was able to go.

I went to the Beadlady Craft Café from UST and as with many other occasions, I had been eternally not on time (to which I now recall with much lament). When I arrived, flustered, they were beginning to make roses and this brought upon me a mild feeling of panic. How in the universe would I make roses with this unassuming bar? More so, have I missed that much that my, erm, classmates have magically transformed into proficient rose-making beings? Would my rose turn out to be a rose?

Apparently it did, much to my surprise, as with the other projects made. Things brings to me the idea that this class has hypnotizing powers because the projects I were able to make did not turn out horrible at all! Imperfect, yes (so much for sporadically obsessive-compulsive me) with the fingerprints and smudges and all but it was… alright. I am even amazed to a certain extent at what I was able to create, to think that this was my very first time.

The feeling afterwards was akin to a creative release. Clay, with all its potential! The possibilities were not daunting at all. It was, on the contrary, thrilling. This is coupled with the courage and confidence of knowing not only what to do but what not to do. Because when you come into this class you are not only taught how to shape clay – you can read that in books – but you are also taught all those insider’s secrets (like which paints can be used, what happens when you story clay in hard plastic, etc.) which can only emanate from experience. The road had been cleared out for you, mistakes were made so you could learn from them.

And oh, how we did learn. If you ask me if I would go through the class all over again I would answer a resounding yes. The memories still hang around in my reverie, actually. I remember, while in the middle of the class I literally found myself very much at ease and contented sitting in that white chair, with clay, tools and stamps laid before me in that big, bright table I share with my classmates who are in this journey with me and a teacher leading us through it. And rarely would a person feel that kind of contentment.

I also liked the whole ambiance of it all. The air conditioner humming loudly while we try to make something out of clay, the light walls, the occasional craft items lined around the room, the silence shattered by light-hearted talk with classmates and the lessons we are taking in. I also loved how the lessons were taught: relaxed, non-rigid, from the heart. And there were very few lulls in between because we would always have questions and she would always have something to share. And this simply must be mentioned, we loved the food! It was not an ill-prepared something just for the sake of saying oh we served food. It was one of those special occasions food with drinks and desserts to boot (oh black sambo) I appreciated that thoughtfulness as much as I appreciated the flavors (lol, thank you Amici).

When it comes to art of any kind, I am discerning of my influences. When I want to learn from someone it is in the light of complete trust. And I am happy, that this experience had been all worth it.

For the meantime, I put the projects in a small paper box and put it in my cabinet. When I open my dresser for whatever reason, I catch a glimpse of them and can’t help but feel a tiny glow of joy. Clay and its possibilities. This is just the beginning.


I would like to thank my batch mates Ms. Carlene, Ms. Vel and Ms. Fiel for the kindness, talks and timed silences, Ate Cute for her cheering disposition, and most especially, Ms. Angeli for her pure artistic sincerity and for not only teaching me about polymer clay, but through this also opened for me a new world of possibilities. Thank you!


That's all. Have a nice day!

Love always,

Monday, January 25, 2010

Please pray for Izzy

Please pray for our little Izzy. She injured her left hind leg last Saturday (she jumped from the couch to Marco's lap, but missed).


I already brought her to the vet yesterday. No fracture, thank God! But after taking pain meds, she is still limping. The vet says if she doesn't get better, she may need surgery. Huhu.


What will surgery be like for a tiny dog?  Huhu, kawawa talaga.


Please help us pray that she doesn't need surgery.

Try our new dessert: Black Sambo now available at the cafe

Drop by The Beadlady Craft Cafe and try our Black Sambo!

Our version is extra creamy! 

Served in little cups at P40 each.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Extensive Polymer Clay Workshop

Start:     Feb 6, '10 12:00p
End:     Feb 13, '10
Location:     The Beadlady Craft Cafe, Cubao Expo
Learn the best techniques in polymer clay art. Join our extensive workshop.

Materials and tools included. Snacks will be served.

2 sessions, 4 hours each session.

Part 1: Feb. 6 2pm to 6pm
Part 2: Feb. 13 2pm to 6pm

P3,600 per head. Only 4 slots available.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Beadlady photos by Marlon Antonio

This set is from the ever talented power couple (hehe!) behind Rockybeads - Rocky and Marlon Antonio.

It's so refreshing to see the store through someone else's eyes.

The photos are simply magical, love them all!

Thank you so much Mr. and Mrs. A!

Photography by Marlon Antonio. Please do not use photos without permission.

Clayzee now back in stock!

New Clayzee stocks have been delivered to the store!  All colors available, except white (coming end of the month). 

P100 per bar (regular colors).

P120 per bar (pearlescent and glow in the dark colors).

We accept online orders!

We are on the Jan/Feb issue of Real Living magazine! :) yay!

Monday, January 18, 2010

White Premo clay back in stock!

We have white Premo clay back in stock!  Available Jan. 20, Wednesday. 

You can reserve now if you want.  (Text 09173833717)

Only 12 bars available.  P125 each.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I dream of summer days

Polymer clay clouds
(Reposted from

After the Christmas holidays, my mind automatically fast forwards to the lazy, sunny days of summer. It's still a couple of months away, but I couldn't help making these cheerful polymer clay clouds.

I've recently been to the beach. Last weekend, Marco and I attended our friends' brother's wedding in Laiya, Batangas. Actually, Marco was the designated wedding singer. haha. It was a dreamy beach-side event complete with white tents and lanterns. At the reception, we sat on banig mats and ate on dulang-like tables (low tables) as Marco serenaded us with his acoustic numbers. At midnight, the groom's family lit up fire balloons (is that what they're called?) and we watched them float to the sky as we sat on the beach. I feel so honored to be part of such a heartwarming event.

I still have a bit of sunshine in my system, so I just had to make these this week.

These clouds are simpler versions of the ones I made in '08, which featured a "silver lining" - dainty embroidery lining the fluffy edges of each cloud. I'll try to unearth photos of those old ones and post them here.

Sigh. I can't stop dreaming of the beach.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hearts a-flurry!

#1. Pink heart with white wings
#2. Blue heart with white/gold wings
#3. White/gold heart with blue wings

Polymer clay hearts for your valentine. Each one is carefully handcrafted by me. The feathers in the wings are molded and attached one by one!

They remind me of the Snitch in Quidditch. Teehee. :p

P250 each (pendant only)
P300 (with chain)

Available for online purchase*. Flat rate shipping is P100. Click on thumbnails for color descriptions

*Send gcash to 09173833717.

Also available at The Beadlady in Cubao Expo.

All one of a kind, so if you see something you like, grab them now.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Attention polymer clay beaders

Hello fellow polymer clay addicts!

I have been getting tons of inquiry regarding custom orders, but as some of you know, I don't accept MTO's right now, as I am neck-deep in projects.

I am posting this because I am trying to refer customers to multiply sellers willing to take on orders. 

If you guys want me to refer some clients to you, please email the following info to

multiply id:
full name:
location: (general lang, example Quezon City, or Bacolod City)
your specialty: (ex: miniature food, caricature cake toppers)

thanks a bunch!

Friday, January 8, 2010

New workshop sked!

Start:     Jan 23, '10 2:00p
Location:     The Beadlady Craft Cafe
What: Introduction to Polymer Clay Art, a beginner's workshop (Valentine Edition)
When: January 23, 2010 (Saturday)
Fee: P1,600
Time: 2pm to 6pm

Make Valentine-themed projects, to keep for yourself or to give as gifts. Learn the basics of polymer clay art, and start your own handmade adventure this year.

*All materials and polymer clay included. Gourmet sandwiches and refreshments will be served.

*Enjoy working in our fully-equipped craft studio!

Only 4 slots available. An intimate affair.

For reservations, email