Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Ones Among My Children's Book Idols

This is why I missed last night's company Christmas party...

Award-winning children's book illustrator Hubert Fucio (Si Pagong at si Matsing, Hinlalaki) and multi-awarded children's book author and TV writer Augie Rivera (Alamat ng Ampalaya, Magnificent Benito and His Two Front Teeth, Xilef, Batibot, Art Angel) came by in my MA class to talk about their work and the children's book industry.
I brought my own copies of their books to have them signed.

The first Augie Rivera book I ever read was Xilef and I was blown away by how dyslexia was shown in a children's book.  The most recent books I read that were authored by him were Alamat ng Ampalaya and Lihim ni Lea, an incredibly brave account of incest.  I particularly enjoyed listening to his stories on working in children's TV shows like the original Batibot under the Rene Villanueva.

 Hubert Fucio brought the original illustrations of Si Pagong at Si Matsing and I was struck by his attention to detail.

Weee!  Sooo happy! :)


Monday, December 5, 2011

Weekend Tidbits II

The recent weekend saw us spending a lovely staycation in the Makati area.  Some of the weekend's highlights included gorging on our favorite Greek gyro and mashed feta dip and witnessing the light and music show at the Ayala Triangle Garden.

I hope your weekend went just as lovely.  Here's to wonderful week ahead! :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The One About My Craft Loot

Last week, I found some pocket of time to visit my favorite craft supply store downtown.  I was just about to go crazy with all the lovely supplies and the craft ideas that were starting to form in my mind when I told myself to practice some restraint and just buy the essentials.

Clockwise from left:  1. I just mentioned buying the essentials and now I'm starting with an impulse buy!  Haha!  I spotted this big paper crimper and I just couldn't resist!  No more folding paper just so it'll fit in my small crimper!  2.  Watching all those Martha Stewart shows have made me long for an X-Acto knife.  Glad to have found it finally!  3.  This has been another quest for me.  I have been searching through sewing suppliers for a rotary cutter that cuts through fabric in vain.  Now I can cut straight and non-straight lines with (almost) 100% precision!  4.  Now, I just realized I didn't find this in my downtown craft store.  I stumbled upon this set of Crayola Fabric Crayons when I went to Bulacan for work last week.  5.  Now back to my downtown craft store.  I got a set of fabric markers in basic colors.  If I had enough moolah, I would have bought all the shades!

I can't think of a way to insert this in this post but...

...I wanted to show how small my old paper crimper was so you can understand (and also so I can justify impulsively buying it!) how ecstatic I am now that I have a biggie!  You may remember that I used my baby crimper here.

I can't wait to start using them!  Till next time, lovelies!