Ever since summer, my freelancing schedule has been crazy, and I’ve been struggling to keep up. Add to that the fact that I’ve decided to start a handful of personal projects that I’ve been putting off. It’s a miracle whenever I get to do something relaxing these days, so when the opportunity comes, I grab it!
One of those opportunities was Hey Kessy‘s Craft Gathering that I was able to enjoy last Sunday.
If you don’t know Hey Kessy, they are a company that sells washi tapes and, I believe, had been instrumental in reintroducing the handmade movement in this generation. They don’t just sell washi tapes but they also have workshops that encourage and teach craft enthusiasts how to use washi tapes to create all sorts of things.
I finally met a few people I’ve been following online for a while now (Tippy of Googly Gooeys and Alexis of Ink Scribbler), met completely new people who were just the friendliest bunch of women, and saw some familiar faces too.
Mansy invited some of her friends to celebrate the opening of her beautiful store and studio, for a fun afternoon of making. I totally forgot to take a picture of the front part where the store is, but just imagine a room full of washi tapes. I know some people who would go crazy in that place!
My dream is to one day put up my own store and studio, just like Mansy did, so it was such an inspiring experience to be there and see Mansy’s dreams come true.
After short introductions from everyone, Mansy shared her story of starting Hey Kessy and putting up the store, and in just a span of 3 years. Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to do the same soon!
After that, Mansy proceeded to tell us all about the afternoon’s craft activity – painting clay plates! I’ve never done this before so I was really excited.
On the left, by the way, is a little gift from Anina Rubio.
And inside was this vibrant orange bracelet and a beautifully handwritten note.
Aside from the plates, we were also given smaller pieces of clay in different shapes to paint on, and other materials such as acrylic paint and brushes.
We also got a few freebies from Teatox PH and A Vanilla Story. I’m admittedly quite curious about the tea because I’ve gained a bit of weight (and by a bit, I mean a lot) and want to lose it. It might take a while to get used to including this is my eating routine, but hopefully, I see results and will be encouraged to drink the tea regularly.
Anyway, on to the plates. I chose to paint the biggest plate first and because I’ve been working on a few flower paintings lately, it was natural for me to continue the trend on my plate.
I was so slow! It might have been because I was so used to working with watercolor and acrylics are just not the same.
But I did finish this, and I think it looked pretty good. I wish I had a thinner brush for the details though.
As a surprise, Mansy announced that we’ll be exchanging our small plates with someone else in the room, but by the time that happened, I was still finishing my big plate. To make up for it, I asked Dana (who I’m also working with on a project) what she wanted to so I can customize her plate for her.
LOL! I almost choked when she said “bike” because as you can see, I don’t know how to paint vehicles properly. But I think the smile on her face means she likes it, so yay!
And here are all three of the plates, finished and varnished.
Thanks Mansy for inviting me to your wonderful craft party and for the great time working on new materials. Congratulations on opening your shop and wishing you more successes to come!
If you want to visit the Hey Kessy shop, they’re located at 71-B Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.