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For my birthday, my sweetheart gave me an iPad Mini — my intended glorified e-reader. But then I discovered Paper by 53, a drawing app, and now I can’t stop drawing on my iPad. I even got a stylus. Here are two drawings I sketched earlier.

To prepare for 2013, I shifted the furniture around in my studio so that I have more natural light to work with, and more room. I went through old photos in my boxes, and unearthed a few that now hang to remind me of the people I love. That&#8217;s what drives inspiration, yes?

To prepare for 2013, I shifted the furniture around in my studio so that I have more natural light to work with, and more room. I went through old photos in my boxes, and unearthed a few that now hang to remind me of the people I love. That’s what drives inspiration, yes?

Love in many languages. This year’s Christmas decor is really a coming together of the many things I have been sewing all year. Suddenly, dolls made to practice sewing on faces and Lav Cats that were merely wonderful expressions of my new love for felines have become gifts and were sold to happy customers. Soft toys like birds and hearts made their way to our tree. This particular photo collage shows hearts, birds and a doll with “Love” in different languages.

My family has grown to embrace different cultures — Filipino (our own), Dutch, Kiwi, Hawaiian, German and Japanese (our dear Uncle Chic and Auntie Kuni, our “parents” in Tokyo) — and as these hearts and birds dangle from the branches of our tree, I am grateful to God for bringing us together. Although we are not altogether in one place for Christmas, my prayer is that we all stay close and choose to love one another always — wherever in the world we live. Merry Christmas to you!

Merry Christmas foyer. Here’s how I fixed our foyer. The twig wreath was made by my sister, and I strung a Believe heart made of burlap. The Christmas tree-shaped advent calendar is from Spotlight, but I covered the little box drawers with scraps of fabric. My little plushie creations and finger puppets from my sister complete the whole look.

Meet my childhood creation, Mister B (for Bayawak). I drew him when I was 14, to entertain my younger sisters. Now I&#8217;ve turned him into a plushie. He is quite a hit with the little kiddies &#8212; must be the top hat and the tie.

Meet my childhood creation, Mister B (for Bayawak). I drew him when I was 14, to entertain my younger sisters. Now I’ve turned him into a plushie. He is quite a hit with the little kiddies — must be the top hat and the tie.

From paper to fabric. Here’s my rendition of a personalized bag for my dear friend Candice. I sketched her something a week ago, then translated it onto cotton twill in an oatmeal color. I used a combination of fabric paint, fabric, sewing, and hand stamping to achieve the overall look. I incorporated her love for fashion with a quote that hangs above her work desk. I made her skirt three-dimensional (when it lifts it has a flirty surprise!). What do you think?

I made this for a dear but often forgetful friend, who once even wore her keys around her neck so she could make sure to get into her flat at the end of the day!
This &#8220;Thoughtful&#8221; pouch has a keyring, space for 1 credit/debit card inside, and room to put in cash, lists, and sanity-keeping items. I hand-stamped the letters using a vintage rubber stamp set from France, and archival ink in red and black.

I made this for a dear but often forgetful friend, who once even wore her keys around her neck so she could make sure to get into her flat at the end of the day!

This “Thoughtful” pouch has a keyring, space for 1 credit/debit card inside, and room to put in cash, lists, and sanity-keeping items. I hand-stamped the letters using a vintage rubber stamp set from France, and archival ink in red and black.

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