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Growing up Ive always been passionate about working with my hands, I remember sculpting swans using clay and folding paper like crazy that I would later weave together to make baskets. Ive always made notecards and handmade gifts for families and friends. I have tried making paper from blending newspaper and dried flowers. I have experimented with soap too. I was into making accessories made from swarovski crystals, pearls and stainless steel wires that I considered my first business venture. I took up B.S. Psychology in college and I only needed a semester's worth of units to earn my degree but the lure of making my own money and handling the business has proven to be more enticing much to my parents dismay. Right before I got married I left a thriving candle business back in the Philippines where I have been a supplier for a famous line of restaurants and hotels for weddings and birthday keepsakes.
I have relocated to Japan with my husband who works for the US Navy the end of 2006. The spring of 2007 I started working as a childcare provider but the stress took its toll and I gave in to my itch of doing something productive with my hands two years later and I opened my Etsy shop. Since I haven't really figured out what I would concentrate on selling I would peruse Alchemy request and thats how I made my first sales making kisses stickers, address labels, mini envelopes, cellphone charms and magnets for clients. When my friend got married she asked me to buy the wax seal stampers for her and I got hooked buying them and later on I started making them and listing them and even though I haven't really taken my shop seriously back then and I would always be on vacations, I get messages from all over the world asking me about my faux wax seals. It has been the bread and butter of my business but theres only so much sitting down and stamping thousands of seals that one can tolerate so I still ventured out doing other crafts. And being in Japan provided me with a lot of opportunities, I have fallen in love with their traditional washi paper that it was not easy parting with it but I eventually gave in and made magnets, washi wrapped pencils, notepads, pocket mirrors, clothespins,earrings, necklaces and rings out of it. Theres just so many possibilities. I have done countless craft shows in Japan for the last 7 years that we have been there and now that we are back in the USA, I would slowly start listing all the other crafts that I have been making.
I am truly grateful for everyone who have appreciated my work through the years. I feel like it is my sole purpose in life, to create something beautiful and to be able to share it with the world. Thank you for being a part of that journey.....
"We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely,wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be". ~ ANNE LAMOTT