Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I am a fan of mosaics and other photo art designs. In my quest for looking for a free software that would allow me to create mosaics, I discovered this fun website, www.bighugelabs.com.

The site offers the user to turn one's pictures into mosaics, pop-up posters, jigsaw puzzles, photobooth photo, mini album/photobooklet and lots more. And what's best, they are all for free! You can even download/save your finished creation and have it printed with your favorite photo printer anytime.

Here are some of the pics that I've made.

Try it. It's user-friendly and it's a great way to while away your time.

Jakie and the Beadstalk

Sometime in 1996, two friends, Cielpot and Ago, introduced me to the wonderful world of beading. I have always been interested in beading and in wearing beaded items but making them altogether was a totally exciting idea. They taught me how to string beads and make a simple flower bead. I never imagined that such simple craft would get me addicted to the hobby of accessory-making (not to mention that it's a way to earn extra money!)

From the simple stringing, I have now "levelled-up" to the more difficult beading styles like the use of wire, knotting, etc. I even join bazaars to sell my ware and I get orders from my officemates nowadays.

It's a good thing that my high school best friend, Yheng, introduced me to this fab mag, Bead Style Magazine. It features new yet easy- to- follow designs. I don't like the advertisements in the magazine though, since the craft stores are all located in the US and because they take up a lot of space in the magazine. But the featured designs are really great, and they provide beginners with Beading 101 lessons and tips. I never buy the new issues since they are priced at 400 pesos up but I buy back issues from Booksale. One just has to really look hard since these are not so easy to find.

Beading is great! I get to see my creation after a couple of hours; minutes, if it's a simple pair of earrings. For someone as impatient as me, this is really good since I get to see my finished product right away. And besides, I can be as bold or as subdued as I want to my products to be because I am not limited by any pattern, as compared with cross stitching or paper tole.

What's more satisfying is seeing other people appreciate the finished product. I like it too when people notice the tiniest details in the bead's texture, the color palette used in the accessory or even the handicraft.

And it's really really nice when I see people wearing what I have created. This, I think, is more valuable than the price that they pay for my work.

Jakie and the Beadstalk is my trade name for my beaded crafts.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Free tickets

Two weeks ago, I won two free tickets to any movie showing at Alabang Town Center, thanks to Fotoloco.

Fotoloco, offers its fun photo booth for rent during any occasion. Check out its website at http://www.fotoloco.com.ph for more info.

Every Monday and Friday, at 4 pm, Fotoloco has this Fotoloco Fun o'clock game. A scrambles picture is posted and fans get to guess whose photo that is. A few clues are given to help the guesser.

I won in the August 1 game. I correctly guessed Jake Gyllenhaal!

So yesterday, I got my tickets at the Tandang Sora Office of Fotoloco! Nice! Nice! Nice!