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A Blooming New Craft

by macy
Friday, January 24th, 2014
Posted in Get Inspired |

To welcome the New Year, some of my crafty friends and I got together with Mikko’s mom while she was in town for a crafternoon. Tita Tocy had flown in from Alaska for the holidays and brought some of her pressed flowers with her. These are flowers and leaves she had been collecting for years already.


Check out this delicately deboned leaf.


Before getting started, we discussed the different ways to press and preserve flowers before turning them into works of art. After the basics, we set out on our individual projects. We got to pick from the bags of flowers, ferns, and leaves and laid them out on some bond paper before gluing them onto pretty colored paper.


Ended up with this final arrangement, which you might have seen on our Instagram account a few weeks ago. We also got to bring home scrapbooks and more flowers and leaves to get our new hobby started.


with Mansy of Hey Kessy, Aki of The Girls Room, Tita Tocy, Mikko of I Try DIY (we didn’t get to take a pic before Alessa of Life After Breakfast left)

Mikko’s mom already flew back to Alaska, but you’re in luck because next month, I Try DIY is hosting  The Art of Pressed Flowers workshop! It’s a great new craft to learn, not to mention super relaxing.


A Long Time Ago, We Used To Be Friends

by macy
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Spotlight |

…but I haven’t thought of you lately at all. If you sang this in your head, you’re probably a fan of The Dandy Warhols or an old WB show called Veronica Mars.

Veronica seemed like your regular student at Neptune High. But she’s like Nancy Drew’s older, cooler sister. She works part-time for her sheriff-turned-private-eye-turned-sheriff (sorry, if that’s a bit of a spoiler for you) dad and accepts cases from her classmates on the side. I remember in an old issue of Candy, I said I wanted to be BFFs with Veronica. I’d be sleuthing with her and hanging out with her while she tries to figure out her next case.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I heard about the Kickstarter project that would launch the production of Veronica Mars the Movie. Marshmallows certainly mean business!


No news yet on its international release, but I’m crossing my fingers that they show it here on the same date too! In preparation of the movie, I’ve been doing a re-watch of the series. It aired around 10 years ago so I had already forgotten some of the plot lines and guest stars. Some of the “extras” on the show are actually still on TV and in the movies now!

New Girl‘s Schmidt was Deputy Leo first. And yup, they were a thing.


Michael Cera toured her in Hearst before she graduated from Neptune High.


Glee‘s Dianna Agron was one of her classmates in college.


Jessica Chastain was once preggers on the show before winning awards.


Other people to watch for if ever you do watch the series (either a second time or for the first time): Leighton Meester, Armie Hammer, Katie Leclerc, Aaron Paul, and the list goes on. Just make sure not to blink because some of them are onscreen for a split second.

Ahh! I’m down to my last episode and I’m torn between saving it till the movie comes out and just watching it right away.

What movies are you looking forward to this year?


Things I Learned From Watercolor

by macy
Monday, January 6th, 2014
Posted in Get Inspired |

Over the break, I busted out my brand new 18-color watercolor set and painted some random flowers. I enjoyed myself so much that an entire afternoon passed and I didn’t even notice! I’ve always been a frustrated artist. I can’t really draw people and these flowers are hardly true-to-life.


But here are a few things I picked up from my day with watercolor.

1. A little goes a long way. The paintbrush on the right has a reservoir that you fill with water so you don’t need to dip your brush to get it wet. For that entire piece, I used probably a fourth or less of the water! And look how many flowers I got to apint.

2. You have to be patient. Sometimes I want to just swirl my brush right away but waiting for the paint to dry before adding a new layer ends in a much more beautiful result.

3. Use your imagination. At first, I was Googling flowers and trying to figure out how I could paint them. But in the end, I just kept at it and tried to make my own version of flowers. Not even following the “correct” colors.

4. Don’t stop. I posted a snippet of what I was painting on Instagram and resisted the urge to stash the sketchbook and forget all about the painting. (It happens!) I’m happy to report that I’m on my second one after finishing thing one!

What about you? What have you girls been busy with this month?


The Best Things In Life Are Free

by macy
Saturday, December 28th, 2013
Posted in Candy, Get Inspired, Let's Talk |

Whenever the year comes to an end, I love going back through old Facebook posts or back then my LiveJournal archive to recall all the awesome things that happened to me throughout the year.

I find that as I grow older, “the best things” have become less and less materialistic (haha) and more about spending quality time and effort with the people I love.

This year, I’m grateful for…

? My niece Miranda, who I hope will grow up to be just as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.
? My growing Candy family—you’ll find out about another new addition next year! (;
? My friends, old and new, who have stuck with me through thick and thin. It’s really true what they say that friends are the family you choose.
? Being able to work on something that I truly love and enjoy doing apart from  Ah, can’t wait to share more when these projects finally come out.
? Our talented roster of Correspondents, who make me wish I were a teenager just a little bit longer. :P

Here’s hoping that 2014 will bring even more positive things into my life. What about you, what’s so special about your 2013? (: Spill!


Every year, I promise myself that I’ll get my holiday shopping done in September—October, the latest. Because, really, with proper planning, it totally can be accomplished in that amount of time! We have 365 days in a year, and yet we choose the very last month to do all that shopping. I mean, are we crazy or what?

So fast forward to the last weekend before Christmas eve and I still didn’t have anything to put under the tree. I hauled my very lazy wish-I-could-sleep-in self to the mall this morning and here are a few things I took note of in my less-than-two-hours trip to the mall.

Make a list and check it twice. I gave myself only till lunch time to get my shopping done, which meant I had to get in there and get out as fast as I could. Having a list not only makes your shopping efficient, it also saves you time and you don’t end up having to go back to the mall just because you forgot to buy a gift for one person.

Know where you’re going. Go to a mall that’s familiar to you. That way you don’t run around like a headless chicken trying to figure out where a store (that doesn’t have a branch there in the first place) is.

Take your time and don’t rush. Sometimes, in your excitement to get everything done, you end up with lackluster gifts and end up spending way more than you planned on simply because you think, “puede na yan.” And who wants to receive something that doesn’t really mean much, right? You’ll find that carefully perusing the items on a rack can lead to wonderful surprises (like a jacket that’s sooo your bestie and is on sale!).

Don’t get distracted. Your major enemy when shopping for other people’s gifts? Yourself. Focus! This isn’t about you right now so hold off on the purchases for yourself. Once you’re done with everyone else, then maybe you can try on those jeans. (;

Are you done with your shopping? Check out more tips on how to survive the holiday chaos here. Hope you get everything done before Christmas eve!


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by: angel, 2014-04-24

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