Hi! My name is Michelle and I’m a wife and mom to a 3-year old boy named Bryce. And now that he is already a toddler, I hope to exercise his imagination through arts and crafts.
I am also a home-based graphic designer (NomadDesigner as I call myself) giving myself a chance to explore my own creativity through something I really love, a recent love actually — interior decorating and crafts. It’s not that I don’t love being a designer but you know how it is. Clients always make the rule. Lucky me if I would encounter a client who would give me total creative control over a project (happened to me only once).
So now, after 10 years of being a creative slave, I am now a free woman! My first major project is our house. Well, it’s not really ours because we’re just renting this or should I say, “borrowing” this from my in-laws while we’re still working on having our own. So what it is, is what we’re getting. I hate it to be honest mainly because of the lack of windows.
The Forever Challenge
That was our living room at the height of ugliness. I know we’ll be stuck here for the next 3 years or so and perpetually hating it wouldn’t help at all. So I created this blog to document my love/hate relationship with our house. There’s so much to do, so much to improve and repair as it is old and quite crumbling already, but that’s what makes it fun. Lots of DIY and design challenges. You can read my house updates here. Like I said, I’m ready and loaded to prettify it one piece at a time (I would prefer to say one corner at a time but due to budget issues, I can only manage one piece at a time. heh heh)
If you have a house you hate too, you’re always welcome to shoot me an email and we’ll give each other a virtual hug then start on a mission to love the space we have.
The Goal: Promote DIY in the Philippines and the Cheaper Alternatives
I have always loved window shopping for furniture and home accessories but most of the time, my reaction when I see the price tag would be, “Ang mahal naman nyan, kayang kaya kong gawin yan eh! (That’s so ridiculously expensive, I can actually make it myself!)” And most of the things you see in the malls can really be made by you, with the right resources and proper direction.
Living in the Philippines has a lot of advantages for DIYers. First, the materials, if you know where to look (like Divisoria), are unbelievably cheap. Second, there might not be a lot of cheap second-hand furniture here that we can refinish unlike in the States (because even Japan’s surplus is expensive here), but we have an abundance of karpintero (carpenters). For as low as P350/day, you can have someone do all the sawing, nailing and painting for you.
So, let’s start those creative juices flowing and save bucks!
Oh, by the way, I am such a lazy crafter because who has that much time in their hands?! Expect that most of my projects are the quick and easy versions. I’m also in the process of learning new things like the ins and outs of blogging, photography, interior decorating, crafting, etc. A year from now, I’m going back to my initial posts and hopefully, this is what would go through my mind: “Was it really me who wrote/photograph that? Such an amateur, even a 10-year old could do that.”
xoxo Let’s keep on learning, creating, enjoying life!