Halloween Ideas

Since I gave birth quite unexpectedly (a whole month early!), I didn’t get to finish some of the Halloween projects I had lined up – and didn’t even get to figure out how or where to hang some of the decors I already have.  I guess I’m a convert – from a self-proclaimed Halloween “hater”, I am now enthusiastically planning our Halloween decorations – for next year! Hahaha!  Here are some of my favorite DIY project pegs:

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(Sources after the break!)

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HAULS: Shopping in Katipunan

I’ve always loved Katipunan.  I went to high school and college there, and it started out with just McDonalds and Shoppersville (both of which I still love, hehe; the latter burned down recently, shucks, and I’m still heartbroken about it). Then all these restaurants and cafes popped up. And now, in addition to the eating establishments, there are a bunch of stores and cute little shops.  Then you add the U.P.-Ayala Town Center and boom – I want to find work in Katipunan!  Here are some of my hauls from last week:

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From Quirks Novelties & Curiosities.  I’ve been stalking them online for years, years I tell ya.  The white bucket, the Buckit from Monkey Business, was on sale, and the knuckle mug (the Knuckle Buster Mug by Thabto), which I’ve been pining for, was the last piece in store.  I’ve been meaning to get a popcorn bowl for Laz, who loves the stuff, and this popcorn bowl by Balvi is made of plastic (as opposed to the more pricey ceramic ones I saw in Crate & Barrel).

Those are passport holders for Laz and Baby Boy No. 3 (since I already have one for Alo from Cath Kidston; I’m trying to get special passport cases for each of my boys).  The Star Wars passport case is from Dynomighty – I’ve been wanting to get a Mighty Wallet for Laz, and figured he’d do better with a passport holder (I make Laz use a zip-up wallet with a belt loop instead).  The planes and trains case is from Monkey Business (on sale). The coin purse by BlueQ is going to go into my Grocery Bag.

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From Paper Stone.  This paper and stationery store is from Singapore, and I so love their illustrations.  They also have the best stickers, and I’m always picking up a cute pen there for Alo’s collection at home.  Everything in the photo except for the stickers is 50% off!  Gah, I love that store.  Notice how I seem to love stores that sell paper, stationery, books, handmade stuff, and novelty items?  (I even love Gift Gate, hello).  The file boxes are for the boys’ stuff – they’re joining the rest of my white file boxes for my filing system in the study.  I cut and punched holes for that desk calendar and put it in my Household Calendar– it’s going into the Family Command Center because I realized we needed a monthly calendar view for the kids’ schedule.

The spiral dinosaur notebook is for Alo, who likes to pretend to write and scribble beside me when I’m working.  And the journal and stickers are for me – I’ve been trying creative journaling, hehe.  I picked the dinosaur print because it reminds me of my sons.

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From Papemelroti and The Happy Project.  I always pass by The Happy Project kiosk whenever I’m in U.P. Town.  I like their stuff, their message, and what the company is about.  The pouch I got for them is to hold the canvas bag and eco-bag from Papemelroti – all for the Grocery Bag I’ve been assembling.  The little pouches from Papemelroti are for gifts I intend to give, and the magnetic “Lolo” bookmark is for my dad (I buy him a book every year for his birthday, usually detective fiction, which is a passion we share).

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From Fully Booked.  The DQ & Company bag tag and luggage tag are for the kids’ small and medium-sized diaper bags.   The 3-zip pouch, also from DQ & Company, is for my Grocery Bag.  The i-clips magnetic page markers and Sticky Subjects page markers are for my creative journal and filing system.  Aaaaand the book is Enid Blyton’s Famous Five.  I have never outgrown her books, hehe.

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COMPLETED: Alo’s Small Diaper Bag

Update: I’ve completed Alo’s small diaper bag, yay!  I explained in this post why we needed a small bag for mall or grocery runs, when yaya and I just have 1 kid with us.  I just needed to get and finish a few more things, and this was one of the mini projects I was able to tackle last week.  Now Diko’s small diaper bag is all set:

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I printed the photos in this post for yaya’s reference.  I described the items that go into the small bag in detail here, so below is just a quick rundown:

Halo ipad mini crossbody bag used as a diaper bag; 3-pack Chicco milk bottles; Precious Moments 3-layer food storage (used for formula); Klio (from SM Homeworld) medium-sized and small snack containers (with twist caps); Dr. Brown’s hard spout drinking tumbler; Halo non-zip phone pouch with a tiny plastic sando bag inside (because those flimsy thin plastic bags snag on zippers; we always carry them around not just for trash but for barf bags); Hygienix small hand gel; Giggles small wet wipes; DQ & Company (from Fully Booked) bag tag.

The pamunas we use at home are old cloth diapers.  I bought them in bulk when we had Laz and now we still use them as pamunas and sapin sa likod for both boys.

Also put the list of small bag contents in the DQ & Company koala bag tag that I love (it was so hard to find decent bag or luggage tags, by the way; I used to see them everywhere all the time but now that I was looking for one, I couldn’t seem to find any that were cute enough and big enough to fit a list.  It took me a while before I was able to go to a Fully Booked branch.  I had a robot bag tag from DQ & Company before, and was glad to find that their designs are still great for kids, well made, and sturdy).

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Yaya has since washed the milk bottles, etc. and reports that my Brother laminated labels are indeed waterproof.  Hurray, no need to spend Php 400 for those waterproof sticker sheets from Robee!!!

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HAULS: Hey Kessy goodies

I finally got to visit Hey Kessy in U.P. Town (my current favorite mall, hehe.  I want to live there!!!).  I fell hard for all the handmade stuff in Hey Kessy (especially Popol‘s Star Wars prints, hand embroidered pendants by  Thursday CraftLove, and whimsical hand painted potheads by Gawani Femi. Eeek).  And it was the prettiest little store, too.  (I love that wing of U.P. Town, with Renegade Folk, Pink Manila, Chocolate Kiss, and Rodic’s!).

There’s the infamous jute string I was yakking about in my previous post, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on Pierra Calasanz-Labrador’s The Heartbreak Diaries.  I’m going to teach myself how to read and appreciate poetry.  I started with my Ninong Rofel’s poetry book, and bought some in Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio last February (another shop I dearly love).  Starting to build up my own little collection of poetry books.  (All by Filipino poets, by the way.  I will try the foreigners in the future).

The Koi brush pens are cheaper than the Zig pens I got in Scribe!  Plus, I’ve been reading up on Mod Podge and want to try using it to seal the kids’ artwork that I want to preserve.  (The lady in Hey Kessy convinced me to buy those sponge applicators, too, though I read you can use regular brushes for Mod Podge).  Wish me luck!

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TOY ORGANIZATION: Jute String for Tags

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I just wanted to report – I did find my “plain brown baker’s twine” in U.P. Town!  Apparently, it’s called jute string, hahaha.  They have jute string in both Hey Kessy and Wonderbake in U.P. Town (I ended up buying my roll in Hey Kessy because new stocks for jute string were arriving in Wonderbake the day after I was there).  It’s Php 95 for 20 yards at Hey Kessy, though the sales girls told me it’s actually 50 yards!   Okay na!  If you’re the type who doesn’t want to bother trekking to Divisoria, then ta-da, they’re available in Hey Kessy for wanna-be crafting mommies like meeeeee.

I also got green brush pens to match the pink polka dot washi tape I also have to decorate my toy bin tags (check out my mini “crafty” haul here).   Now, I’m ready to make the tags!

Next up: completing the toy bins or baskets!  I’m looking at these baskets from C&C (check their Instagram and they have some products in Go Luntian and Ava too).  I ordered a wooden gadget organizer from C&C for my mail nook – I cannot wait!  I also checked out True Value and still found the brown plastic bins I saw before.  Still available!