When I was in high school, I had a love and hate relationship with Home Economics class. While I liked the cooking and baking part of the curriculum, I absolutely despised home crafts. Though I found crochet and knitting enjoyable enough, I was totally hopeless when it came to sewing (especially with a machine!). Until today, I still have to ask my mom to fix buttons and mend holes for me. I almost flunked junior year Home Ec class due to my inability to sew.
It wasn’t until three years ago that I saw the beauty of home crafts and DIY. I was working from home, living alone with Freakie and I needed a hobby. I re-learned crochet and found myself obsessed with it. Time that wasn’t spent writing or designing was spent crocheting. Sometimes, I would even procrastinate and ignore deadlines because there was a pattern that I just had to finish!
After crochet, I picked up cross stitch. I was browsing Etsy for DIY ideas and came across a cat sugar skull pattern (which also inspired my thigh tattoo) and thought: HEY, WHY NOT? The next day, I found myself at Glorietta buying DMC thread for the patterns I had purchased on Etsy (I bought a bunch lol).
And then I went back to working in an office and no longer had time (or couldn’t make time) to crochet or cross stitch or make something with my hands (unless loomband bracelets count). My arts and crafts bin hasn’t been touched in nearly two years!
Home crafts and DIY culture will always be close to my heart. I love how relaxing and fulfilling it is to make something and I miss it terribly. Even though I earn my living as a creative, I haven’t really been creative outside my job.
Recently, I attended DMC’s Handcrafted Event and found myself inspired to pick up my crochet hooks and get going on that afghan I’ve been meaning to make since 2012. DMC advocates that anyone can do crafts; you just need to put your heart, mind, and soul into it! The event also introduced me to seven women who have incorporated crafting into their lives: Alessa Lanot, Candy Reyes-Alipio, Karla Quimsing, Len Cabili, Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Mikko Sumulong and Trey Ajusto. They shared with us their stories and all of us who were there that day left with something from each of them.
DMC will be holding a Handcrafted Fair starting tomorrow (January 30) until February 1. You can buy pieces lovingly made by independent makers, try your hand at making your own projects, or simply chat with fellow crafters at the fair. There will also be free workshops but slots are limited; however, craft partners will be there this weekend to teach you anytime!
I’ll be dropping by on Saturday so if you see me, say hi! :)