Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It's a Free Philippines Quiz

On June 12th, a hundred and twenty years ago, the Philippines declared itself free from the Spanish and today, it is a democratic and republican state.  The Philippines is the land of the free!  We are also the place to get a lot of sun and smiles!

Let's see, how much do you know about the Philippines?  We've come up with some of the little known (yet interesting) facts about the country.  Check these 10 questions out and show us your stuff!


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Join the Mom and Me Giveaway

Win Lovely Mother's Day Themed Items

May is the month to celebrate mothers!  Win these awesome prizes to share with your mom or daughter!  It's so easy to join! Ends May 29th.

Time will Tail Clocks

Finally, due to popular demand, we have more purr-fectly designed products for animal lovers.  It's about time!  Featuring new designs by resident premier artist Robert Alejandro.  They're so adorable that you'll have to check out all the designs.  

With every tick tock tick tock, these clocks will make the minutes fly by!  All original papemelroti designs put together at our local factory.  Runs with standard AA batteries.

1200 each

 If you're not into cats, don't worry!  We will come out with dogs as well!  New designs are coming soon!

*Presently not available for shipping.  

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Flying Owl Workshops!

Come join the flying fun!

Want to let in this delightful creature into your home?  Jumpstart your child's creativity by letting them learn how to make their own toys!

Join the growing number of paper craft enthusiasts!  Learn how to make this wise owl so you can make your own flying owl collection.  

2018 Dates (Saturdays)

May 12
May 19
May 26

Time: 9 AM to 12 NN

Suitable for ages 6 and up

Only P220 to join (includes all materials and paint). 

To reserve your slot, BOOK NOW via Facebook or contact Lyn at 3751069 / 3742442 or 4126487. 

Venue: papemelroti Artisan's Workshop
2nd floor papemelroti Main Branch
Korben Place
91 A. Roces Avenue, Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines  see map 

These are conducted by our capable papemelroti craft team of workshop coordinators.


Join our Mothers are Blessings Workshop on May 30

It's Mothers' Day on May 13th!

Someone said that happiness is seeing his mother smile.  We think so too!  The first moment we opened our eyes, our mothers were there, loving us, amazed at our wrinkled, red skin and loud cries.  She is always there to love us and she reflects the love of God in our lives.  

Our moms are just so precious to us that it's not enough to spend just one day honoring her.  The whole month of May is the best time to spend quality time with our moms.  

We invite you to make it more special with a time shared creating something beautiful together.  Whether you like art (or art doesn't like you), we guarantee you will enjoy this bonding time with mom and that you will bring home a painting and a fond memory that will last you a lifetime!

If you or your mother is not available to come, don't let this stop you.  This workshop can be attended to make a surprise painting for your mother.  If your mom loves arts and crafts, then this can also be her time to relax and enjoy!  

What you will Learn

Learn a simplified way to compose a picture, make a face, and shade.  The day will end with you finishing your own original version of a highly textured mother and child painting.  All the skills you will learn will be useful in creating your own paintings and mixed media creations.

The Mothers' Day Workshop facilitator will be papemelroti owner and artist Patricia "Patsy" Alejandro Paterno.

Patsy has been in the arts and crafts business since she was in her teens. Trained as an interior designer, she has been behind most of papemelroti's product lines and the shop's development since it's inception.

When she isn't busy managing the family chain of gift shops, she can often be found painting at their home's pocket garden.

Workshop Details:

Date:  May 30, 2018, Wednesday
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
(bring your own sandwiches for lunch - something easy to handle)

Workshop Fee: ₱1500 (All materials are included)
Early bird discount:  ₱1000  (payment received on or before May 23)

Pair Discount - for 2nd participant (mother, daughter or friend registered at the same time) -  using the same tools and paints to make another mother and child painting - ₱800 

Reserve your slot today!  

Book Now via Facebook or Call Lyn at 374 2442  
You may also register and pay at any papemelroti branch  see branches

papemelroti Artisan's Workshop
2nd Floor, papemelroti Main Branch
Korben Place
91 A. Roces Avenue corner Scout Tobias St.
Quezon City, Metro Manila 

Come join the fun!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

5 Easy Ways to Be Inspired and Creative


Have you ever had staring matches with the wall and had lapses in memory, not knowing what we were doing, in the middle of doing it?  When in the middle of a hectic day, it's impossible to concentrate and whatever we do seems mundane and inconsequential?

When this happens, we can identify it as something akin to "writer's block".  And yet, not only writers experience this onslaught of nothingness.   The drought of original ideas and creativity is encountered by artists, composers, designers and everyday normal people like you and me. 

Why does this happen?  Sometimes when we are barraged with a confluence of information and stimulation from books, the internet and just the world around us, our minds get overwhelmed and consequently, just stop working.  Pressures from work and stress can sap all of our energy

Do not panic!  You won't be in a rut forever.  But there are certainly ways to deal with this conquerable dilemma.  Here are a variety of ways you might not have tried - in getting you out of that particular undesirable place.  Pick 1 or 2 to do when you need a little pick me up.

>>> 1
Just as it Looks

Claude Monet is one of the world's most prolific painters and is the founder of French impressionist style.  He looks at a scene with an ultra-observant eye!  He doesn't focus on what the objects are but instead focuses on their shapes and colors.  To see things differently and create something out of the ordinary, try this technique.  Look out your window or go outside carrying your art materials with you.  Try to put on paper what elements you see in nature.

>>> 2
Make a Story
One must sometimes redirect to be able to focus.  Constantly doing the same monotonous tasks are counter productive to innovation so you need to force your mind to think of something other than your project (for the moment).  Let's say you are given 3 totally random words.


In your mind, picture a penny dropping on the pavement.  The sound reverberates throughout the galaxy.  The penny landed precisely on a cleverly concealed crack on the sidewalk, hidden through the ages to open a doorway to the center of the earth.  Who put the opening there and where is it going?

See where fanciful thoughts can take you?  This exercise is meant for you to think out of the box and open up new possibilities.  You can use this Random Word Generator online to start your story.

>>> 3
Draw what isn't there
Using the Torrance Tests for Creative Thinking, you can fill in your mind's gaps by using your imagination to complete a drawing.

See the example below.  Look at the squiggly lines on the first row.  In 2 minutes, try to draw something interesting using those as a start.

Download the free sheet below for a creativity boost!  {Just right click on the image and save}

>>> 4
Creativity Group Game: Pass it Around
Drama classes have a game wherein they pass an invisible object around.  They use their imagination to guess what object it is.

This isn't that game but it also uses your imagination.  This is when you have an actual object like for example, a golf ball and pass it around.  But when you pass it around, you need to say something it can be used for.  It doesn't have to be totally practical, remember this is an exercise in creativity so it doesn't have to be wholly true.  A golf ball can be a diamond on someone's ring, or a bunny nose, or a magnifying glass as long as you act it out.

>>> 5
Mozart is one of the most famous classical composers of all time.  His father recognised his potential for greatness at an early age and set out to give him as much exposure and learning as possible.  He took Mozart to visit various cities in Europe - lending his music an air of universality.

Though travel may be too much of a luxury for you, this doesn't mean discounting this tip altogether.  Travel is going where you have never been.  Whether it is to another block, another town or another country is all up to you.  Nowadays you can just Google Earth yourself to someplace special with a press of a button.

Note: Did you notice what the brain was made up of at the top of this post?

We hope that you will find a wellspring of inspiration every time you try these tips and exercises.  May you create something beautiful everyday!

Let us know how you get inspired by commenting below!

We want you to be more creative and enjoy the process!
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Spend Mothers Day the International Way

We usually treat our mothers to special dinners, a bouquet of flowers, gifts and similar treats on Mother's day. We've found that despite every culture upholding and honoring mothers everywhere, there are diverse, sometimes odd, ways that people celebrate this tradition.

Early in the morning on Mothers' Day in Yugoslavia, children will creep into their parent's room and tie up their mother! The mom can only be untied once she gives gifts to the children.

Mothers in Japan are called "haha" (no joke) as that's how they say "mother in Nihonggo. This is an exception to the findings that most languages in the world have words for mother starting with the letter "M". The Japanese children draw their mothers on Mother's day and these are entered into annual exhibits sent for viewing around the world.

In India, mothers are not allowed to cook for the family on Mother's day. This is the day they can relax and put their feet up as the children will do all the kitchen work on that day. They are also known to be very vocal about their gratitude to their mothers on that day.

The Swedish honor their mothers on the last Sunday of May. The children become entrepreneurs and raise money for their mothers by selling plastic flowers. The money they earn goes to fund a well-earned vacation for mothers with young children!

In South Africa, aside from giving gifts and flowers, people also profusely thank their mothers for all they have done.

Children in Mexico need to prepare for this day earlier as they usually come to their mothers on the eve of Mother's day and present her with cards and gifts they have made themselves.

In Australia, a carnation is worn on Mother's Day. A colored carnation signifies your mother is still living and a white one signals that your mother has passed away. Mothers and grandmothers alike are usually treated to breakfast in bed on this day.

Mothers' Day in the United Kingdom used to be called Mothering Day and was (and is) commemorated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It was thus called because everyone was called upon to visit their "mother" Church at least once a year. This day became an important tradition where far-flung families could come together and eat cake.

In New Zealand, families go on picnics to celebrate Mother's Day.

No matter how you plan to spend the day, your mother will definitely appreciate all the time and effort you will put into it. She is definitely someone who is irreplaceable in your life so everything you do for her is well-deserved!

We wish all mothers everywhere a Happy Mothers Day on May 13th!

"When you look at your mother, you're looking at the purest love you'll ever know." - Anonymous

Remind your mom how great she is everyday with the papemelroti World's Greatest Mother Badge!  Shop for more Mother's Day items

Thursday, April 26, 2018

New Workshop Schedule

Please take note of our new workshop schedule effective May 1, 2018.

Monday-Friday: 11 AM-8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM-8 PM

P.S. We can open earlier if you book in advance, just send us a message!
   See you soon!

Why is it called the "Beauty for Ashes Workshop"?

Why was our Papemelroti workshop entitled "Beauty for Ashes"?

We used a lot of scraps.  Most people throw away their old clothes, and scrap paper.  A lot of the materials we used were from "ukay ukay" clothes.  Some are old, worn out, full of holes.  We re-used a lot of buttons and beads, and made use of old and broken jewelry.  

Sometimes in our life, we think we are of no value, worthless, unloved.

It may not be all the time, but sometimes we feel unappreciated, unwanted.

Here in the work we did today, we see that these unwanted scraps can become beautiful in the hands of someone who appreciates them.

Let us learn from this, that like these scraps, we are always beautiful in God's hands.

We are never unloved, unwanted by Him.

And even now, He is creating something beautiful in our life.

“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” - Isaiah 61:3

The Beauty for Ashes Workshop was conducted by Patricia Alejandro Paterno, last April 25, 2018 at the Papemelroti Artisan's Workshop.

Want to be informed of upcoming workshops?

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Upcoming iShine Art Camps


iShine Art Camps in Makati and Alabang are about to start! 

Slots are still available!
For inquiries  www.ishine.ph

Also catch Robert Alejandro at SM Baguio on April 28, Saturday!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

FREE! Papemelroti workshop in Davao

Papemelroti is coming to Davao!

Sign up for your free workshop on April 21!  Reserve a slot at iShine schedules 


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