Give Gadgets a Break and Get Crafty

DMC Handcrafted Event 2015

My kids play gadgets and as much as I would want for them to just play in the great outdoors, socialize, read or maybe play a banjo, they are kids born to this world where tech is the air they breathe.

So I succumb, cringe and allow them some limited gadget time during weekends.  During their off gadget hours,  they spend their first 30 minutes complaining and wondering what in the world should they do?

As a parent,  I exhale, roll out my eyes and then give them a litany of things they can do instead.  As such, I am always on the look out for activities that would interest them.

When DMC, the manufacturer of those fine threads we used in high school HE, invited me to a "Handcrafted" afternoon,  I was delighted.   For me it's like a trip down memory lane when I made those cross-stitches and crocheted a small pouch while chatting away my high school besties. I was also curious to find out how I can add embroidery to the list of activities my daughter can engage in.

My "Handcrafted" DMC afternoon, opened me to the wonderful world of crafting.   7 amazing crafters shared their stories of how they have incorporated crafting into their lives.  Funky, Trey Ajusto of Ganstilyo Guru, hit a cord when she shared that she used to hide from her friends when she crochets.  Crocheting, embroidery and knitting have been associated for the old and the boring and she doesn't want that stereotype placed on her.  But as she grew older and wiser, she has embraced her passion for crocheting and proudly showed it to the world.

Gantsilyo GuruAs a mom,  we can help dispel this misconception about crafting with our kids.  For all you know,  our kids can find a good friend in crafting.

Take for instance Carla Quimsing, who after giving birth, lost her drive for her one true passion, writing.  As a writer myself,  I can imagine how disconcerting that can be.  She found her way back to writing by creating dream catchers.  While crafting dream catchers she discovered herself and her writing back.  Today she not only writes again,  she makes beautiful dream catchers, together with her young daughter and sells them in her online store Damgo.

In our work, we find ourselves. - TheGoMom

In our work, we find ourselves. - TheGoMom

Marielle Nadal-Reyes founder of CraftMNL loves crafting so much she has put up a crafting studio.  At CraftMNL, crafters meet and do workshops together.  CraftMNL also organizes small craft fairs for crafters to sell their handcrafted items.

Some of CraftMNL workshops.

Some of CraftMNL workshops.

Lenora Cabili,  has taken Filipino crafting global through her own fashion line, Filip+Inna.  In Filip+Inna she designs clothes inspired by traditional Filipino patterns from indigenous tribes.  Her brand gained recognitions as featured in Elle magazine and worn by Tory Burch and Amanda Hearts.

Love the detail and ethnicity of this Filip+Inna blouse.

Love the detail and ethnicity of this Filip+Inna blouse.

These 4 crafters, along with 3 equally notable and passionate crafters, have created unique and beautiful things.  They have discovered part of themselves and shared it with others.  It would be great if we and our daughter can discover it too.   In this world of fast paced gadgets, compounded with everyday stress, it would be good to sit down, savor time and get crafty.

This January 30 (Friday already!), DMC is holding a 3-day weekend craft fair, "DMC Handcrafted."   It would be on January 30 to February 1 at the Century City Mall Event Center.

DMC Handcrafted Event 2015

It is a good venue to introduce ourselves and our kids to different crafting options, from embroidery, knitting, dream catchers, string art, knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching among others.  Partner crafters will be at the fair to hold free workshops for those who want to learn a new skill.  It will also showcase and sell handmade pieces to inspire us to try our hand at it.

For complete schedule of free workshops and to get more crafting ideas, visit DMC's facebook fan page.  Slots are limited so please do sign up fast.

DMC, may actually mean Dollfus-Mieg and Company,  but its core is Daring our Minds to Create!

I'll be taking my daughter along on Friday since they don't have classes.  Excited for some mother-daughter bonding time.  Hope to see you there!

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Disclosure:  Thanks to DMC for inviting me to a delightful "Handcrafted" afternoon and for sponsoring this post.

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