Weekend Hits: Art in the Park

First stop for my Go Biking Project was at an annual gathering of artists, craftsmen, art galleries, and aficionados none other than Art in the Park. First time to visit here last year and I was left in awe. Good thing Jordan and I both got ourselves bikes beforehand and some friends from Talahib Peoplesmusic invited us for a ride. Since they are also inclined in arts and crafts, I suggested to drop by the event that one fine Sunday afternoon. We rode from Paco, Manila to Salcedo Park, Makati.

art latagan


storage gone cute


I was busy snapping and rubbing elbows with acquaintances, I forgot to take note of the artists. Next time, yes!



Some of the locally renowned galleries who were present in the event were: Neo-Angono Artists CollectiveBlanc GalleryResurrection Furniture and Found Objects GallerySecret FreshVinyl on Vinyl, FEU and TUP Fine Arts, and many more.

I learned how to ride a bicycle when I was in grade school. I’m a self-taught and I had too many bruises and scratches before I finally made it. Though I took a break from it and I had to start all over again. This time on the open road. Considering limited bike lanes and some arrogant motorists in the metro, you can imagine how shaky I am. I’m trying to overcome being submissive on the road. My instinct, of course, tells me safety first but there are times you have think quick before situations get worse.

Back to this ride, I was not confident with my jap bike so I asked Jec to lend me her spare one. Therefore, I rode her mini velo with coaster brake and it’s new to me so we had to get along for a time. Though it didn’t let me down. I was too anxious I was checking the brake all the time. After Art in the Park, we headed for Mall of Asia for dinner then went back to Paco via Roxas Boulevard (there’s a bike lane along the bay, wee). I believed my mental awareness moved to the next level haha. It was a thrilling ride. I was with experienced bikers, they were good in maneuvering. I got inspired and decided to get myself at mini velo, too. You will see it on my next posts. My new buddy.


(Weekend Hits is a compilation of my biking adventures. I ride a bike on weekends and take snaps of fascinating things from my city (and hopefully other destinations, too). Follow my adventures here or on Instragram.)



Nifty Links: 3 Lovely Things I’m Into

If there’s a good thing about killing (so much) of my time surfing the internet, that would be browsing DIY tutorials and stuff. It’s way better than just lurking on social networking sites, no? I learn and get inspired from awesome craft blogs I stumble upon. If only you could see the list of my bookmarks, they are way numerous! So why don’t I share them with you? Yes, you! Whether you dig crafts or not.

It’s basically about featured blog posts or tutorials I chanced upon on the interwebz! It might be helpful for you, too. I’m still thinking of a certain day for posting this kind of stuff.

Here are some of ’em:

1. Custom monograms by weddingchicks.com

WARNING! It’s very addictive!

Floral Monograms

There are so many cool varieties to choose from– vintage, silhouette, nautical, and so on. They also offer custom invits, RSVP, and save the date printables all for FREE!  So if you are getting married soon or know some couples, this site will help you create whimsy wedding party ideas.

Though I’m not getting married anytime soon, I still made some for me and for this blog–instant logo! Customize the design you opted by indicating names or dates. There are pretty colors to choose from as well. Then ready to print!

Also planning to have these printed and posted on my wall. Very nifty, isn’t it? Check out their custom phone wallpapers, too.

2. 7 DIY Business Cards Ideas from papernstitch

Bazaar season is just around the corner and one of the necessary stuff on your station is your business card. Make it simple yet creative just like the DIY tips here. That’s what I want for the next craft fair that Monsterella will be joining. I should start making some soon! Hehe. Check out “How To Make Origami Business Card Holder by How About Orange“, too.

3. DIY Hand Carved Stamp Tutorial by Minna May

Alright. I’m dying to have stamps ever since and to make one made me thrilled. Stamps are useful for business cards, snailmails, or gift wrapping, and so much more. I couldn’t attend some workshops here in MNL so I googled DIY tutorials and to my delight, I stumbled upon this pleasant blog. All the materials are in my to-buy-list now. A MUST!

That’s a wrap! Which one caught your eyes? Tell me if you find them nifty, too! Let’s make some of it. Yes?


My blogroll’s feature awesome craft bloggers/enthusiasts. It’s just on the right sidebar. 🙂



Daruma Doll

Image from this site.

Daruma doll (a.k.a. Dharma doll) means so much to me since I had it on my skin. It is known for goal setting in Zen Buddhism. The eyes of Daruma are often blank when sold. The recipient of the doll fills in one eye upon setting the goal, then the other upon fulfilling it. In this way, every time they see the one-eyed Daruma, they recall the goal and do their best to accomplish it. I’m not really good at goal setting but this may help in such a clever way.

work in progress

Materials used:

  • Felt fabrics in red, white, black and yellow.
  • needle and threads (same as the mentioned colors above)
  • polyfiber fill


I made it as a replica of my tat although the details on the eyes were not alike. This took me more or less than an hour in one sitting. Oh, I’d like to take this chance to give credits to the one who made this design. He/she’s brilliant!

I haven’t made my own plush for quite a time due to overflowing orders we have in Monsterella. This made me more inspired and delighted in a way. I’m planning to create more in different styles as well as without eyes. Still thinking of ways on how to make them detachable. I could giveaway some soon perhaps. Comment in this post if you want one. 🙂

There are times when ideas were just overflowing and you should take advantage of it. So glad this is my first entry under diy/crafts. I will post my upcoming craft projects soon.

My daruma hime

Check out other daruma tats I love:

Daruma hime is also the logo plush of Monsterella Plush Art.

Whoa! Daruma overload! How do you like it?

Daruma lover,

Joycee x