Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Think Thanks!

Read the news lately?  It's filled with doom and gloom.  Wars, poverty and natural calamities.  It's easy to get troubled, uncertain and anxious about where we are headed.

Though we do need to do what we can to heal a hurting world, we also need to guard our thoughts so we can be strong to face life's challenges.

One way is to "Think Thanks"!


If you were to have a chart today with one side having "Grateful Thoughts" and on the other side "Complaining Thoughts", what would have the most entries?

It's a fun and worthwhile practice to also journal (every day) and write down all our blessings!

Here are some things to "thank" about so we can be more mindful of our blessings every single day!

Think Thanks and Act!

Thinking grateful thoughts lead to doing grateful deeds.  Doing grateful deeds leads to being a blessing for others and ultimately blessing you.


A young boy was the apple of his father's eyes.  He was extremely blessed and had everything going his way.  But others were jealous of him so they turned things around and in a moment, all the favor and abundance turned into bondage and oppression.

This is the story of Joseph the Dreamer and his story speaks volumes about how having a grateful heart consistently acts in the right way.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his envious brothers and was exiled into Egypt.  Despite falling into hard times, Joseph stuck to being grateful.  He kept doing good even when he was being dealt a bad hand in life.

But if you know the end of the story, we could see that his righteous actions landed him into the most powerful position in the land (second to the Pharoah).

Here's what Joseph's grateful heart said to his brothers "You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people."  Read Joseph's story, Genesis 37



Think Thanks in the Midst of Trouble


A newly married couple was so excited to hear news of their coming child. They shared the news with friends and family and the baby boy that was arriving was eagerly awaited by all.  His name was Diego but the angels snatched his soul away before earth could hold it!

Deeply shocked and disheartened, the young couple wept and yet they said right then and there, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!"  Job 1:21

How did they have a thankful heart in the midst of trouble? Read the full story on Facebook

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PHOTO CREDIT: Templeton Foundation

Here's an instant lift from a great source of encouragement, Joel Osteen, author and pastor of Lakewood Church, Texas.  We watch his videos a lot at our Bible Study at our main office in Papemelroti.


Let's not forget to give thanks to the people whose guiding hand has helped shape us into who we are today!

We celebrate September 7th as Grandparents' Day and October 5 as Teachers' Day!

Favorite Things Contest


We've got 8 special things to giveaway this month of September!  They are so very useful and pretty too!  It's an easy contest to join specially for Instagrammers!

Take a look at all these goodies!  They are each individually handmade locally and are all lovely to behold.  One winner will get to win them all!

First prize is the ...

Large Dot Ponytail Holder
Cute accessory for jazzing up your hairdo. Sturdy elasticity. Comes in a variety of designs and colors.  You can see this at the bottom left of the picture above!

Next is the Large Floral Covered Scrapbook - Journal with a cheery color and recycled inside sheets to help reduce your carbon footprint!


Dream Eiffel Pendant
With such a dainty look about it.  Simple and elegant.  It's all you ever need to accent your timeless, vintage and chic look.

Wrap Around Journal

Beautiful handbound journal containing pages made from 100% recycled kraft paper. Accented with a metal sphere with an intricate bird design.  Size 6" x 4.5" x 5/8", 200g 

Cross Braid Necklace  Individually hand-crafted with care.

Double Tie Charm Cuff Bracelet

Bird in Flight Cellphone Charm
Just sling this around your cellphone (and other gadgets) to put a fancy twist!

Double Tie Charm Cuff Bracelet
This is just such an amazingly fun accessory to wear with all the different charms!  What does each symbol represent for you?

Glaze Checkered Stud Earrings
Sturdy and durable, these earrings put a dash of color to your day!


Here are the goodies for the winner!

Large Floral Covered Scrapbook - Journal
Cross Braid Necklace
Dream Eiffel Pendant
Glaze Checkered Stud Earrings
Wrap Around Journal
Double Tie Charm Cuff Bracelet
Large Paisley Dot Ponytail Holder
Bird in Flight Cellphone Charm


HOW TO JOIN:

1. Join Instagram
2. Visit any Papemelroti branch.  See branches
3. Take a picture of your favorite thing there.
3.  Post the picture on Instagram and DON'T FORGET to put the hashtag  #papemelrotigiveaway04
4. That's it!  We will raffle the names at the end of the contest so just wait for us to contact you if you win!!!  Yay!


Since the contest is about taking pictures at Papemelroti branches, the winner has to be located in the Philippines.

The contest ends on September 24, 2014 so start snapping away!

Jewelry from the Sea




My family and I recently went to Cebu.  After a great lunch at Golden Cowrie which included scallops, I asked for the shells.  I knew I could make something out of it!  And I can't bear to think of those beautiful shells being thrown in the trash!


These scallop shells are also called "Tahong" in the Philippines.

*Some little known facts about scallops are that they are animals as well as bivalves and they can also swim!


I had my dad drill a hole on the scallop shell.  Then I looked through some old jewelry, took them apart,and created something new out of it.  I used copper wire to attach the tassel hanging to the shell. 




Next I looked through some book paper in search of some words to put on the metal cabochon.  I really like looking for "found poetry"!

Here's the finished piece!




Shell Craft by Patricia Paterno

Important Note:  We discourage everyone from taking shells from the beach as these aren't exactly "trash".  They are still home to the crabs and microscopic animals that roam along the seashore.  You don't want to take someone's home do you?

Not convinced?  Read Care2's article


See more crafts at

Friday, August 22, 2014

Artistory: Robert Alejandro's Adventures in Burma



Hop aboard the magical pen of Robert, Papemelroti's brilliant artist!  Watch as he captures, not with a camera but with ink and paint, the beautiful scenery around him.


Incredibly beautiful monastery in #inlelake #myanmar


I love Bagan, Burma! #bagan #burma

Robert doesn't like bringing a camera with him.  He prefers to take things slow and bring the memory of the experience come back to life with colors on a piece of paper.

Biking, drawing and painting in #bagan #myanmar

Local fishermen are known for practicing a distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. #myanmar #inlelake #moleskine #watercolor

People, pigeons and a dog in Yangon; Myanmar.


Botanic Chic on Kinokuniya


Botanic Chic is now available at Japanese reknown bookshop chain Kinokuniya.

The bookweb describes it as:

When artist Robert Alviola Alejandro looks at a simple leaf he sees an entire fashion scene: Women dance in 1920s flapper dresses, couples in chic overcoats walk arm in arm, bearded men head out in bowler hats, and elegantly turned out gals take their pooches for a walk. There are cowgirls and mods, ladies in waiting and ladies who lunch, urban fashionistas and fans of the avant-garde. The leaf, of course, becomes a seamless part of each garment. Fashion designers have long been inspired by the natural world so it comes as no surprise that the greenery that surrounds Alejandro in his native Phillipine Islands have led to such creative sartorial illustrations.


You can also get the book at Amazon online.

  • This beautifully designed book showcases the unique fashion illustrations of Robert Alejandro, an artist based in Manila who begins each drawing with a single leaf
  • Original, humorous fashion illustrations
  • Great gift book for anyone interested in fashion, design, art, illustration or nature
  • Part of the revival of the unique art of fashion illustration

When artist Robert Alviola Alejandro looks at a simple leaf he sees an entire fashion scene: Women dance in 1920s flapper dresses, couples in chic overcoats walk arm in arm, bearded men head out in bowler hats, and elegantly turned out gals take their pooches for a walk. There are cowgirls and mods, ladies in waiting and ladies who lunch, urban fashionistas and fans of the avant-garde. The leaf, of course, becomes a seamless part of each garment. Fashion designers have long been inspired by the natural world so it comes as no surprise that the greenery that surrounds Alejandro in his native Phillipine Islands have led to such creative sartorial illustrations. Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Botanic-Chic-Fashion-Illustrations-Alejandro/dp/0985136820

If you're in France you can get it at FNAC Express
If you're in Germany, get it at Beck

*The book, published in the United States is not available in the Philippines.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fabric Flowers for a Good Cause

Visitors at Papemelroti shops will notice a new sign at the counters that look like this:


The fabric flowers are added on to a matching box which will add to the delight your gift will bring.


After using the fabric flower as a gift add-on, you can use it as a hair tie, bag ornament, wrist cuff or curtain tie.


These fabric flowers are also great to decorate your books, bottles and as a craft component!


So how can purchasing a fabric flower help someone?


Papemelroti artists Robert Alejandro and Meldy Alejandro-Fider conducted a workshop to teach moms from informal settler areas how to make these flowers.


The Novaliches Christian Community call them their "scholar moms" because their are supporting one of their children with school needs.


Every fabric flower you purchase helps these moms provide for their family's basic needs so add a flower every time you purchase a gift!



Friday, August 15, 2014

The Juan Project 2014

Sharing with you some pictures from the Juan Project.

A group of friends (including our very own artist Robert) travel to the remotest areas of the Philippines every year to provide school supplies to children in need.


Robert Alejandro: Thank you again to all who helped!  More than a THOUSAND school bags + school supplies were given to school children from the islands of Culion, Palawan!!!!! thank you Angel Aquino (instagram account) for the pics!!!






To support the next Juan Project contact Robert through his website www.raadesign.com

Mga Rebolusyonaryong Dekalogo

Just out!   Robert Alejandro's cover illustration - 


National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Year: 2014

You'll see three main revolutionary characters depicted on the cover.  Think they were painted on paper?  You're wrong!  They were painted on a wooden cutting board!

Cover design for a collection of decalogues written by Apolinarion Mabini, Gregoria De Jesus, Andres Bonifacio, and Emilio Jacinto. Decalogues are like the ten commandments to the Katipunan, words to guide each member in their fight for democracy and to be a good Filipino.


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