Funny how the DesignHerStory Pop-Up Bazaar came about. Arriane and I met up a few Sundays ago for the Local Edition shoot, and she was mentioning about the “creative lifestyle bloggers” of our generation - how we never came up with a community or event that would celebrate us bloggers. Let’s just say we felt that if the fashion blogger community’s been booming over the past years, we figured that our community of creatives should, too - and that’s where this event was born.

Two weeks later, we got to coordinate with art and lifestyle bloggers and decided on giving a talk on Creativity and Productivity as well. I admit, the standards were raised when more than 70 people signed up for our 15 slot talk!

Anyway, I wasn’t able to take lots of photos because I had to deal with selling but here are some of the highlights last September 14th at the DesignHerStory Bazaar.

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photo by Local Edition

The event was at Local Edition, which was perfect because the vibe of the cafe is very neighborly and intimate. Plus points for the A+ coffee as well.

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It is also coincidental that I did the chalkboard installation for Purveyr last week. Seeing it mounted is the best feeling ever.

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photo by Arriane

My take on the talk geared towards creativity with the concept of "Always Be Creating" (ABC = Abbey Sy, yup, lol). It still amazes me how people are inspired with what I do. I really don’t consider myself worthy but I’m very, very honored to be sharing my experiences to others. 

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Thank you to our attendees and we hope you learned a thing or two!

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The bazaar started right after our talk. Suddenly, so many people!

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My booth - I sold a lot of old trinkets, notebooks and pre-loved clothes (I’m so glad most of them got sold!). I also sold my #madebyabc merch. 

And of course, being the art geek I am, I went around and shopped too ~

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I super love Jamie's booth! Her talent is amazing.

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And I am still fangirling over the fact that Reese & I are now friends. Her work has always inspired me way back when I was still starting out!

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The highlight of this event was definitely seeing some of my favorite people! It was nice seeing you Mikka, Jessie and Mansy! And also, hello to my readers - it was so nice to meet you all despite my awkwardness in real life, haha!

Group photo with all the bloggers: Camie, Jamie, Jeline, Arriane, Reese & Maine.

Thank you to the DesignHerStory team for organizing this event! More soon please - I definitely had an A+ Sunday!

Workshop Roundup

Apart from Share the Love, I got to teach a few private workshops for some clients and my friends over the past months. It was pretty challenging because I had to deal with different people’s proficiencies and how they quickly adapt to my teachings. But then again, it’s always fun bringing out the inner creativity of people. :)

1. I can’t believe I taught lettering at a bridal shower. That was pretty fun, though!

2. I also gave a private workshop to Mia (who writes at Pepper) and her friends. It was nice that I got to monitor them because they were only three).

3. And the second run for Le Bunny Bleu was my favorite - all my students were really good! Except there was one who creepily “learned lettering and ran”, lol. 

4. I also spent a lunch break teaching my officemates lettering! I have the coolest boss & officemates ever, lol. We even booked a conference room for it!

I’m taking a sabbatical this October to make way for personal growth and projects, so there won’t be any upcoming workshops at the moment. The Love, Type team and I are working on our part two though, it’s probably going to be end of November. I’ll keep you posted! :)

D’oh-nuts, you say? YES.
Got to work on a fun lettering project for Pepper’s Homer Donut food hack (it is possible!!!). Get the recipe here.
Have a fun Sunday everyone! And if you’re heading to BGC, drop by the Art Mart (my booth is near Fully Booked) and say hi! :)

D’oh-nuts, you say? YES.

Got to work on a fun lettering project for Pepper’s Homer Donut food hack (it is possible!!!). Get the recipe here.

Have a fun Sunday everyone! And if you’re heading to BGC, drop by the Art Mart (my booth is near Fully Booked) and say hi! :)

Sharing a photodiary of our workshop (which was two weeks ago, wow) with photos ℅ our resident Love, Type photographer BerKawaii Philippines representative for the day (and my fellow Capricorn girl / super good friend) Kaila and Share Movement Managing Director (and our collaborator) Jam. :)

To be honest, I had a hard time plotting this project out (I’m just extremely relieved we are a team working on this) in my schedule because it entailed a lot of meetings, planning sessions and basically all stressful things in one. 

Initially this was planned to be last June (before I left for my trip) but due to time constraints, we decided to push it back to September - which I think was much better because we had more time to prepare and do concrete actions to take this workshop to the next level. 

Our first workshop was okay. I mean it wasn’t super successful (I blame the venue for this, mostly, and being very unprepared) but I personally didn’t think it was good enough (you know my standards). So we really set the bar high on this one - and to our surprise, 80+ people signed up!

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Extra effort this time around as we got to do kits and name tags for our students!

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We raffled off goodies too. Thanks to Marvin of Chief Clothing for these shirts!

Cutest addition to our goodie bags were these Keybies from The Keybie Cafe.

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Our lootbags were filled with lots of freebies thanks to Hodge Podge, Sunday Paper, Keybie Cafe & Abbey Sy (well, me, lol). 

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We started off with Jam talking about how Share Movement started, and how collaborating with others has helped them raise funds for Joseph Feeding Mission.

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Then, it was teaching time!

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Den & I have been friends since who knows when (actually, the day we were born) so this was pretty easy for us. We taught the students the basics of hand lettering - from types of type, layouting, and other tips and tricks for beginners.

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Snacks were served thanks to Heston the Happy Monster’s yummy pies.

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Our batch this time around was pretty talented. Most of them didn’t have to call us and were silently working on their pieces.

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(Praise my photogenic arm party-filled right hand, lol)

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Teacher duties!

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After two hours or so of mentoring, the students did their DIY activity and had a photo op on our wall - which we really spent doing just for photo ops (because!).

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Class photo! :) 

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The representatives for When in Manila who covered the event - thank you guys for coming!

Many thanks also to Ber & Kaila for helping out! I appreciate it. Support group forever <3

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Thank you also to AJ of Sunday Paper for dropping by! It was really nice meeting you and we can’t thank you enough for your willingness to collaborate with us.

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Share the Love team. Claps for us for pulling this off! 

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We were able to donate to Joseph Feeding Mission from the proceeds of our workshop, and we were more than willing to share our blessings for the benefit of others.

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This is me on a rare occurrence - signing autographs, lol! Thank you Nicole for the support. I appreciate it. :)

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Many thanks also to the TROMS volunteers who willingly extended their hand to help us out that day! We are more than grateful.

I have to say, our second run was so much better and we were so overwhelmed with the feedback (thank you, students!). Thank you very much to our sponsors, media partners and collaborators who were more than willing to help us organize this event for a cause. Here’s to more future workshops soon! :)

Here are snippets of what I’ll be selling this Sunday at the BGC Art Mart!

Apart from prints, stickers and a few novelty items, I’m also fulfilling my lifelong dream of producing notebooks! Two designs will be released this weekend at the Art Mart. I also collaborated with Shutter Panda recently and we’re selling limited edition 2015 calendars.

Soooo there are lots of new things you’ll be seeing - do swing by and say hi! My booth will be near Fully Booked High Street. See you! :)

Hello! 

I’ll be one of the speakers for the UST BLOGCON this year. The conference will be on October 11, Saturday, at the Beato Angelico AVR. I’m super excited to talk about my experiences and trade secrets to being the blogger I am today. It’s gonna be fun! :)

Slots are limited only, so better sign up here as early as possible! Also check their Facebook page for updates and other announcements.

Hope to SY you there! (Sorry I was super carried away with their witty play with my surname lol)

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