Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

Manila Workshops’ Loom Band Afternoon Party – August 2, 2014 @manilaworkshops @memorycrafters

Since May this year, I have really been crazy about looming. My 2-month journey with that have been really fun. I have graduated from using the non-branded loom to using Rainbow Loom, from using the non-branded bands to using the branded bands. One thing though I have to thank Loom Bands for, it made ties with my friends stronger. Every day on Viber will be a fun one, showing what you made, joking around about how what you made looks, what designs are new and upcoming. It just made each day fun and exciting (amidst all the work that we have to do).

A friend of mine actually posted on Facebook that when she was young, she would create bracelets out of rubber bands and paper clips. And if she was a good girl, her dad would buy her another box. You remember how those rubber bands looked like? They were the big ones that could actually hold rolled bond paper. TEEHEE. But now, NO! Rubber bands are cooler – more colorful and more expensive I might add. Yes, “sossy” is the term.

Since I’m in the business of “crafting” (daw), I would consider this a craft. Yes, I do. Manila Workshops (Memory Crafters Workshop Series), together with Mothercare Philippines and @iamloomprincess, are inviting everyone, beginners and advanced loomers to come and party with us. It will be a fun afternoon of learning and sharing. Learn new loom bracelet designs and share your knowledge with your peers as well! In this workshop, you will learn how to make around 3-5 loom bracelet designs.

Loom Band Afternoon Party


About Raissa Puno-Diaz (@iamloomprincess)

Raissa is the loomer behind @iamloomprincess (on Instagram). She was also the trainer during the last Loom Band Party for Memory Crafters held in May. This time around, she will be teaching a different set of loom bracelet designs for our audience.

 About Mothercare

Mothercare is a specialist retailer of products for mothers-to-be, babies and children up to the age of eight. They offer a wide range of maternity and children’s clothing, furniture, home furnishings, bedding, feeding, bathing, travel equipment and toys. Mothercare Philippines is also the distributor of the following brands: Belly Bandit, Oshi Mat, Skip Hop, Stokke, Flexibath, Comfi, OKBaby and Inglesina.

The Loom Band Afternoon Party will be held on August 2, 2014 (Saturday), from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Mothercare, The Podium Mall, Pasig City, Metro Manila.

Fees are as follows:

  • Early Bird Rate: PHP 1,100 (paid by July 18, 2014)
  • Regular Rate: PHP 1,300 (starting July 19, 2014)
  • Group Rate: PHP 3,000 (group of 3 participants)

*Fee would include your own loom band kit, rubber bands, food and drinks!

If you want to join us, please sign up here:

Early Learning Centre: Arts and Crafts Toy Kits

Last Saturday, I was around the Bonifacio High Street Area and I found myself going to the Active Fun Area. Why would I go there? First of all, I was looking for a venue for a playdate that I was planning to organize and two, I was looking for Loom Bands for my friends. Yes, I too, am crazy about that.

Going to these places is absolutely fantastic. Reminds you that life is fun and it’s okay to be a kid again. Actually, if given a choice, I would probably be a kid forever. The only downside of being a kid is not being able to earn money, hence not being able to buy the toys that I want. And you wouldn’t imagine how fantastic the toys are nowadays! Especially those of the arts and crafts. They’re not just the simple marker pens and paper. They’re soo much more than that!

If I were a kid nowadays, I’d have soo much fun. I swear.

My feet led me to Early Learning Centre wherein I found a couple of Arts and Crafts toys. Early Learning Centre is from the UK and they are known from creating fantastic toys that develop the vital skills of kids with the intent of still making them have tremendous fun.

They actually have one shelf there dedicated to all of the arts and crafts stuff that they have. And mind you they have kits. I really love these kits because they have everything that you need already to create the project that you want.

These are the kits that caught my eyes and they are all from the ELC Brand.

Sew Your Own Kokeshi Doll

Yes, because I really like these kinds of dolls. Typically, these kinds of kits costs PHP 599 but for this, since I think it’s an old stock, it’s already marked down to PHP 300. Not bad, ey?

Kokeshi Doll Kokeshi Doll Kokeshi Doll


Make Your Own Sports Set

So as not to be biased to the little boys. This kit can make medals, rosettes and flags for any sports activities that you have. Actually, I was thinking that this would be perfect for your team’s sports gimmick. And look, it has been marked down to PHP250!

Sports Set Sports Set


Make Your Own Jewelry

Because I’m just really fond of these sets. Marked down to PHP350!

Make Your Own Jewelry Make Your Own Jewelry

Animal Masks

Reminded me of our Memory Crafters Junior Box – The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Kokoru boxes. This is still being sold at the regular price of PHP 499.

Photo 6-21-14, 3 06 22 PM Animal Masks

And last but not the least…

Decorate Your Own Secret Keeper

Or diary (plain and simple). Haha. Being sold at the regular price of PHP699.

Photo 6-21-14, 3 06 48 PM Secret Keeper

So what do you think? Pretty neat, huh?


Vist Early Learning Centre at their following Branches:

  • Early Learning Centre, Level 3 Greenbelt 5
  • Early Learning Centre, Active Fun, Bonifacio High Street

Make Your Own Teddy Bear Workshop!

Is this the year that you have been telling yourself that you’d like to do something new? Or learn something new? Well, if it is, then this is the best opportunity for you to learn something new and unique! You can actually make your own Teddy Bear!

Manila Workshops Luna BEME DIY Bears for Haiyan

This workshop is actually entitled “Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Caridad Charity Bear Workshop”. It’s in partnership with Luna and BEME. In addition to learning something new, you will actually be giving something back to society as well. During the workshop, you will be creating 2 bears: one for yourself and one for a child in Tacloban. So, it’s not only good for you, it’s also good for your heart! <3

Caridad: Make, Take and Share Me! :)
Caridad: Make, Take and Share Me! 🙂


And DO NOT FRET, because you will be taking home the bear template which you can use when you get back home and create bears in your own chosen materials! Isn’t that great??

Caridad: "Make Me Yours!"
Caridad: “Make Me Yours!”



Luna is actually an advocacy shop. Most of the products of Luna will be for something in the country. It may be for a fund raising like this – for Typhoon Haiyan. But the main objective of Luna is to give something back to the country – for the betterment of us all.


BEME is an Arts and Crafts studio. I was actually there already before. I think early this year with my sister when we did some arts and crafts. It’s a really nice studio wherein you can create anything to your hearts content.

Going back to the workshop…

Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Caridad Charity Bear Workshop will be held on July 19, 2014 (Saturday) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at BE ME, Manila Polo Club, Makati City.

Workshop fees are as follows, and are inclusive of all of the materials and snacks:

  • Early Bird Rate (paid by July 4, 2014): PHP 1,300
  • Regular Rate (starts on July 5, 2014): PHP 1,600
  • Group Rate (group of 3 participants): PHP 3,600


  • Learning Circle Club and HP Employees get at 10% discount from the Early Bird Rate and Regular Rate.
  • If you want your company to be affiliated with Manila Workshops, please email me at

Also, you can sign up here if you want to join!

We’re hoping to see you there!!


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