DIY Fringe Necklace

I had some free time last night and used it by doing something creative. I made a DIY fringe necklace using only four materials: old silver chain, scrap denim fabric, beads and black thread. I’m so happy it turned out really nice and even got some compliments from my workmates this morning! Yes, I made it last night and wore it to work today (excited much). Haha.


It’s not so photogenic but I’m telling you it’s gorgeous in the flesh. Haha. I wanna make more of this in the future. My only problem is I don’t get to have as much free time as I’d like these days. I also want to buy more materials in Quiapo or in Divisoria so the next time I make accessories, I won’t be limited to the scrap/recycled materials I have at home.

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DIY Project Update

One of my goals this year is to make and finish at least 10 DIY projects. So far, I’ve completed only three: a pearl-studded top, a denim shorts , and a bunch of hand-made and recycled accessories. 2011 will soon come to a close and I still have seven DIY projects to do. I hope I get to complete them to feel good about my DIY “skill.”

Time is my number one enemy when it comes to my DIY projects. Every day, I am inspired by the many online shops and DIY blogs I visit. I even save pictures of the things I wanna create in my PC so I won’t forget about them. I’ll show some of them in this blog in due time.

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DIY Project: Beaded Jewelry

Last Saturday was fun. I thought it would be boring but it turned out to be a very productive one for me. I unboxed my old and dusty bead collection to make some beaded jewelry. I couldn’t believe I actually made a handful of fashionable necklaces and earrings in one sitting. Well, make that one whole day of sitting! It was a good thing I didn’t have work at the restaurant, otherwise it would’ve been impossible for me to engage in such a laborious, time-consuming activity.

my labor of love

Would you believe I created almost everything thru recycling. I was lucky to have found several broken necklaces, bracelets and earrings which ignited my creativity even more. I also saw a lot of spare acryclic stones, faux pearls and lobster claw locks which I put to good use. Had I gotten hold of some glue and spray paint, I would’ve been able to create more jewelry pieces. Maybe next time. Haha.

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One Month of No Work

One month of no work in the fine dining restaurant where I work part-time, that is. As I understand, we’re having major renovations done in the different areas of the ancestral house. I think this has a lot to do with our boss’s plan to keep the business for many years to come. I see this as a good news for it could only mean one thing for all of us working there — a more stable employment.

Definitely, each repair in the restaurant has a reason. The improvements in the kitchen, for instance, are being undertaken so that we could elevate our food standards. We want to serve only the freshest and the yummiest Filipino and Spanish specialties to our growing clientele. I can’t wait to see the new look of the establishment which I have come to love through the years.

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Goal No.5: Complete 10 DIY Projects

I have this undesirable habit of starting things and not getting anything finished. In my native tongue, it’s called ‘ningas kugon.’ Incidentally, this is a common trait among Pinoys which often leads us to mediocrity and failures. This year is the perfect opportunity for change. Change has to come from within oneself and so, I have decided to remove this bad habit from my system by including it in my 2011 goals.

I believe that changes start in small steps. I’ll start with completing 10 DIY projects this year. It could be anything creative such as decorating our house, sewing the holes in my clothes, cleaning my closet and the likes. So long as I get artsy and feel a sense of fulfillment after working on the project, it will be counted.

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