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15 Cute Crafts Proudly Made By Pinoys

One way you can celebrate Independence Day this weekend is to salute Filipino talent, creativity, and craftsmanship by supporting local artists and craft collectives.
  1. Cut The Scrap makes miniature jeepneys out of scrap wood. They look handsome as is, but feel free to unleash your inner artist and paint or doodle on them!

  1. Illustrator and graphic designer Luchi Tungol's food sticker packs are deliciously pretty.

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  1. Made with wood and leather scraps, these tiny luggage keychains from Alunsina Handbound Books make us want to pack our cases for a weekend getaway.

  1. Milk Collective artist Noni Devora's hand-painted pouches have the prettiest patterns and color palettes!

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  1. Discarded shirts are upcycled in Davao to create these colorful bracelets from Olivia & Diego, a social enterprise working with human trafficking survivors and stay-at-home moms.

  1. Artsyology's cute button pin sets feature various themes such as travel and pop culture.

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  1. These dainty little benches from PS Crafts With Soul are actually "storage chairs" that can hold your earrings and other tiny knick-knacks.

  1. Tish Hautea of Sqooid uses hand-carved stamps to create these darling drawstring bags.

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  1. Pop Junk Love's felt sunflowers instantly brighten up a space—and they won't ever wilt or die!

  1. These pint-sized pineapple magnets by Hearty Crafts are super kawaii.

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  1. Stock up on artist Ella Lama's illustrated notepads before the new school year starts!

  1. Cacti and succulents in dinosaur planters look both fierce and fun. Rawrsome idea, Jurassic Pot!

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  1. Cat ladies and bookworms alike will love these mini notebooks from illustrator Marcela Suller.

  1. Go old-school with Cooouch's handmade pins, which hark back to pop culture—especially Pinoy pop culture—in the '90s!

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  1. Toothy monsters, anyone? These cute creatures from Knitting Expedition are hand-knit by women the Ifugao region.

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Micah is a freelance writer who loves to travel, take naps, hoard postcards, and send snail mail. Now she designs her own postcards for her stationery shop, Eden Street. She loves Star Wars and Star Trek equally, and Eleven is her Doctor.
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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