Category Archives: Home and Design
Whenever Jeff and I are shooting abroad, I always clear an hour to pop by the nearest Typo shop. I go nuts for their little knick-knacks and stamps and paper. Basically, it’s a bunch of ridiculously cute things you don’t really need but want anyway.
There’s been a little stall in Trinoma that’s been under construction for what feels like a year now with Typo written over it. I’ve gotten used to seeing the tarpaulin cover every time I pass by, but today, they finally opened! Typo is officially now in Manila.
There are lots of charming little notebooks and chalkboards that I didn’t get around to taking pictures of. Should be worth a visit. Enjoy!
Update: Below is a panoramic shot of the shop by Jenki Fernando.
Typo | Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall, near Cotton On
I came across Craftsmith when The Delightful Miss Joyce posted photos of their shop on her Instagram account, way before they opened. I followed them on Instagram then, and have been falling in love with Mia and Kitty’s work since. (Incidentally, Mia is also the woman behind Mobu Days. The pillow we got from Urban Abode was designed by her.)
Craftsmith opened very recently, and I was able to drop by this afternoon. I tried to keep it together but I may have gushed a bit. I was just so ridiculously happy to be there in that space, I felt like hugging myself. I get a little high from being around great design.
More than anything, I think it’s the love and passion that goes into it, the thoughtful design and curation of all the lovely handmade things in their little shop, and this is something that always gets me. I will always love a good story, and this place is overflowing with it.
CRAFTSMITH | Unit 2J Crown Tower, 107 HV Dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City | @craftsmithliving | firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a sucker for things wooden and handmade. That’s why our house is filled with all sorts of wooden toys even though my two year old son’s favorite toys are cups, bottle caps, and paper straws. That’s why I have an Etsy habit that I can’t quite shake. There’s a romance to things made well by hand. I feel like there’s a wealth of stories in them.
I learned about Urban Abode from a client, and I’ve been following them on Instagram since (@urbanabode), but haven’t had the time to go there ’till three days ago.
The shopping part of the visit was so distracting, I didn’t get to take more photos. Funny that. Jeff and I got two wooden crates for the office, and a lovely throw pillow designed by Mobu Days. The shop also has burlap throw pillows if you’re into that sort of thing. I like the idea and the look of it, but burlap just doesn’t seem very comfortable as a pillow case, so I passed on that one. Still gorgeous though. I’ll probably pop back in when they have new stock and take more photos then. Be sure to go upstairs and check out their furniture.
Urban Abode | CW Home Depot Ortigas, #1 Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, Unit 08-B , 1604 Pasig | +632.586.0026
I came across Smiling Tree Toys on Etsy while looking for wooden toys, and I was just bowled over and charmed. The shop is run by Justin and Kathleen, and their lovely daughter, Amana. You can read more about them here.
Corwin loves wooden and felt toys, so I’m encouraging that now. And I’ve always loved handmade things not just because of the love and and care that go into making them, but because of the stories and lives we get to be a part of, even in the littlest ways. I love small family businesses. (We have one ourselves!) Their wooden toys are organic and handcrafted, and there are no words for how much that sentence makes me incredibly happy.
I got a wooden toy car for Corwin, and a Christmas tree ornament. I saw the owl and I could not resist. These are actually gifts from his grandma (that I picked out, hee), and I’ll love telling him about these when he’s older. If I raise an unsentimental child (which is highly unlikely — have you met me?), and he doesn’t want to keep the car when he’s older, I’ll happily keep it on display in our living room. The ornament will stay on our Christmas tree every year from here on out. I wish I found them sooner and got one for his first Christmas.
I’ve been doing a lot of crafting lately. It’s funny if you know me. I’ve always loved pretty paper and nothing cheers me up like a trip to a school and office supplies store, and I love, love, love handmade things, but I’ve always sucked at crafts so I just didn’t bother.
What got me started was preparing for Corwin’s first birthday party and my obsession with washi tapes.
As you can see, I have a bit of a problem there. Must stop buying washi tapes.
Anyway, I realized I might not be as awful at this as I thought I was. So I decided to make Christmas tree ornaments. I want to make things for Corwin. I remember when a friend showed me their tree at home and told me proudly that his father made the ornaments by hand. Now those were lovely. The things I’ve made are not fantastic, but they could be worse. I made them with my own hands, and that’s what matters. I want to have these ornaments around when he’s older, and have him know that I made them for him when he was a baby.
I also found some keys at the crafts store and strung them with lace. They make for lovely tree ornaments, too.
I didn’t get to make as many ornaments as I would’ve liked before we set up the tree. It’s been difficult finding the time. But I’m happy I got to make a few, and I figure I can add more over the years. When that was all done, I still felt the need to make things, so I made a mobile of hexagon felt cutouts. He loved it.
I gave Corwin two extra hexagon cutouts to play with, and he spent a good 20 minutes talking to himself and pretend playing with them. I was so happy watching him, I wanted to cry. So I promised myself I would make him toys next. I relearned how to blanket stitch on YouTube while uploading albums for work. Multi-tasking goodness.
Still need to learn how to properly blanket stitch sharp edges.
He’s been playing with what I’ve made so far. He’s known “blue” and “star” for some time now, as those are his favorites, but I figure I could teach him more colors and shapes better with these toys. Thankfully, there’s no mad rush. He’s just a year old.
I’m working on learning as much as I can about making felt toys in my spare time. There’s pure wool felt available on Etsy that I’m dying to get my hands on. Can’t wait to make him more.
(All photos reposted from my Instagram.)
The past three weeks have been rough. I got a really bad flu that lasted well over a week, and at the tail end of it, I caught a bacterial infection which did me in a few days later, for another week. I’ve still been working, but most of my spare time has been spent in bed, sleeping and recuperating. Corwin is growing leaps and bounds by the day, and it sucks feeling like I’m missing out, especially when he’s turning a year old. But he’s such a sweetheart, and just being around him, even if I’m stuck in bed, does me a world of good. I’m bouncing back, and running again starting next week. I never want to get sick again.
He’s turning one on Thursday. We’re going to celebrate it very simply, just the three of us, with Ninay, his beloved nanny (who was my sister’s nanny when she was a baby, and is like family to us). This weekend, we’re having a very small lunch with relatives, about 35 of them. I’ve mentioned we’re not really party-hosting people, so this is definitely out of our comfort zone. But we’re having fun with it. Since there’s less people, there’s also less stress on our end. We’re trying our best to make this lunch as “handmade” as possible.
The theme is Rocket Town. Or really, just rockets. The original plan was to incorporate it everywhere, but maybe we won’t go overboard with it. I got Jeff to draw these rockets for the party. (He drew the cassette tape I use on the blog header, by the way.) I’m thrilled that Corwin will see his father’s drawings in pictures of his first birthday party. I think it’s a nice touch.
I made cupcake toppers with lollipop sticks and washi tape. Cute little blue flags. I don’t know how they’ll look on top of the cupcakes. We’ll see this weekend, I guess. I got a nicely designed invitation on Etsy with a rocket on it, and stamped the envelopes. I’ll share photos of the party next week!
Remember when I fell in love with some owl prints on Etsy that are now hanging on my son’s wall? Lee Arthaus now has ROBOTS. Argh. I want these two.
Came across this today (via Polaroids and Thoughts): Moleskine Postal Notebooks! I’m trying not to squee with glee. I’m such a sucker for pretty paper products. (Photos grabbed from the Moleskine store.)
I write better on a laptop than longhand, but for a couple or so Dear Corwin letters, I think that’d be nice. And suddenly, I want pen pals again. Someone write me something beautiful.