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My Wish List - My Craft Space

Today is first day of the "ber" month. When the ber month begins, it's the start of the Christmas count down. Early this morning, I heard Christmas' songs being played over the radio. It's the time of sharing and gift-giving. I can't help but to prepare gifts for my loved ones and friends. I like presents which I have a personal touch on them, gifts that are not just I personally created using my bare hands but have stamped from my heart. Earlier, when I set in motion to start a project, I noticed that my crafts' materials were some kind of chaos. I searched the web to look for a special container where in I can keep and store them, until I stumbled upon this perfect and stylish storage container furniture. I am pretty sure this will keep my sanity from all the clutter. Here, there's no need for me to pack and unpack all the materials I need everytime I am in a creative mode. I will just pull off the zippered Velcro pouch with me whenever I'm on the go and at the same time start to work with my nifty hands. With this space saver storage organizer, this will be of great help to enhance my work space, create my masterpiece and get my supplies organized.

Isn't that wonderful? Not just for the price of $1,495 but the furniture itself. :)

Clay Made - Bouquet of Flowers Necklace

By just mere looking around our environment, one can’t seems to just run out of ideas but to allow the gift of creativity to freely flow in us. During our house hold meeting in one of our sisters in the Couple for Christ Community, there was this bouquet of flowers in a bamboo-inspired vase placed on a table and I can’t resist to duplicate that object as an inspiration. So, in my never-ending effort to develop my thinking about the possibilities of clay, I performed a quick brainstorming to come up with this unique miniature creation.

Instead of a conventional way just being a plain decoration, it was fun and exciting to bring into play a new design and transformed it into a pendant. With my new eye-catching project, one can be sure to draw lots of attention on this bizarre not-your-ordinary-kind of necklace or choker.

Please feel free to drop me a line. Your comments are very much appreciated. Thank you. :)

My Personal Blog is a 2010 Top 40 Work At Home Blog Awardee

Looking back, I've created annonlinehomebasedmom, my personal blog in February 2010 keeping in mind to journal anything that inspires me to do, share my thoughts, exchange ideas and share my life with the reader without expecting anything in return.

Today, when I opened my email, I got a good news saying "congratulations" as my blog has received an award for being the 2010 Top 40 Work At Home Blogs. Well, I'm really so surprised and I feel elated. The magic phrase here is... I'm undeniably inspired! Inspired to write regularly and post great content that will also draw inspiration to all.

Here's the link for the complete list of winners.

My heartfelt thanks to Online MBA and Ms. Emma Lee and Mr. Dennis Anderson of Awarding the Web and credit goes back to you as well for the exerted effort.

I couldn't be happier to be spotted and voted my blog under this category in this world of blogosphere. Many many thanks :)

Baked Cheesy Eggplant

I wonder if it's an eggplant feast at the market today because of its abundance and cheap price sold at Php6 a kilo. Sometimes, I tend to hoard things to take advantage of its low cost. This time, I wanted to come up an eggplant recipe not just with a twist and a kick but nutritious menu surely kids will love and enjoy. With this healthy unusual treat, this will certainly be a big hit at home among our kids.


5 pcs. medium eggplant
1 onion, minced
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 medium size tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
1 tbsp. flour mixed in 1/4 c. water
1 c. evaporated milk

  1. Bring eggplants into a boil until tender. Remove from heat. Pat dry with paper towel. Cut into half lengthwise size. Arrange in baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet, saute garlic, onion, and tomato. Add in the evaporated milk, flour, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour the mixture into the eggplant baking dish.
  4. Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees Fahrenheit oven until the cheese turns golden brown.
Happy eating! :)

Wristwatch Makeover

I have just spruced up the appearance of this watch by applying a crafty clay touch from its old rusty and dull look to transform it into an exciting style.

But I am so sorry to tell that I forgot to have it (original watch) picture taken to reveal
the “before” and “after” development.

Hope you enjoy viewing my new creation. Your comments are very much appreciated. Thank you.

April Fool's Day Miniature Cake

This April Fool’s Day, I’m not into throwing hoax but it is a chance for me to get creative. Again, I loosened-up my nifty hands so I have delicately handcrafted a delightful mouth-watering and lip-smacking sponge cake topped with peach and covered with dark chocolate using cold porcelain medium. But, be careful not to get fooled by this cake because it’s not real. I should say, that it was a success that I was able to make it appear as life size and authentic.

This tiny cutie ref magnet cake measures approximately 1.5” in diameter and the slice of cake can be used as charm for cellphone to add chic to electronic gadget, also, perfect for bracelet charm, pendant and key chain.

I intend to give the miniature cake to my very dear friend, Mher Daet as she celebrates her birthday on the 4th of April.

Let me know your comment on how would you like my creation. Thank you for viewing.

Trinkets for Summer 2010

The heat of the sun is already scorching because summer is officially here and school year has formally ended. There is something about summer. It is not only graduation time, long vacation from school, lesser school-related expenses, but it is a perfect time of the year to take advantage of the water and fruits in season.

In time for Ella Roman’s graduation (my friend’s daughter) on March 26, I found delight to create a watch bracelet covered with apple-inspired cold porcelain/air dry clay to go together with dangling summer fruits as a summery gift to her.

As I indulge myself to a summer fruits feast, there’s nothing quite like the refreshing, healthy, quench thirsting sweet taste of juicy fruits on a hot summer day. Whether you like the slices of watermelon, kiwi, banana, strawberry, apple and orange, there are plenty of seasonal summer fruits to choose from to add flair to one’s bracelet charms being the apple as the lead role and halves of the summer fruits as the supporting casts.

With this cool and cute one of a kind bracelet to enjoy, it is a best fit to jazz-up one’s get-up to complement with summery outfit.

My First Attempt on Cold Porcelain

For me, there are lots of reasons to love crafts. I have not explored much of my jewelry's wire wrapping craft yet until I stumbled across this cold porcelain. Cold porcelain is non-toxic, biodegradable air dry clay medium which most of the ingredients can be found right in our own kitchen.

Despite its name, cold porcelain is not real porcelain. Since this medium dries-up easily to air exposure, it does not require firing or heating of any kind and product results will give a porcelain-like texture.

I love this newly found craft because of its versatility and the endless possibilities that I can create from cold porcelain. From a life size or miniature flowers, figurines, cake toppers or any kind of food decorations, to jewelry and many other stuff, I can say that this craft is very promising. One can only limit by one’s imagination.

Have a sneak peek of my first batch attempt. Not bad for a beginner like me.

Happy claying!

cellphone strap strawberry dipped in dark chocolate with white chocolate

cellphone strap hotdog sandwich
(size: 1.5cm x 2cm x 4cm)

cellphone strap hamburger
(size: 3cm dia. x 2.5cm thick)

ref magnet avocado cake topped with fresh cherries, vanilla rose, and with some dark chocolate shavings
(measures approximately 1" in diameter)

ref magnet strawberry/choco cake
(size: 3cm dia. x 2.5cm thick)