Jun 13

Cebu souvenirs

I’ve been meaning to blog this after my trip to Bohol and Cebu last April, but I guess I’ve just been too busy with work. Take a look at this shot I took of a souvenir shop in Cebu:

Cebu souvenirs bead bracelets key chains

I can’t remember exactly where the we saw these souvenirs (it’s been more than a month since the trip), it was in an old fort in Mactan. I would have gotten a bead bracelet (I’m quite fond of wearing those), but it was a tad bit expensive for me. Tourist prices don’t really come in cheap, and I probably could get something similar in Divisoria or some tiangge in Greenhills. I did get my dad a Bohol souvenir key chain though (it’s quite similar to the ones on the picture, but instead of Cebuano icons and text, it was a shell keychain with a “Bohol” engraving).

You can get these key chains and bracelets from souvenir shops scattered in Bohol and Cebu (especially within the peripheries of tourist spots). They’re not very extravagant gifts, but if you just want to bring home something that will remind you of your trip, I think these will do.

Apr 25

Making “golden” scroll sticks

You only need three things to do this: gold brass spray paint, wooden rounded sticks, and old newspapers.

Gold-sprayed wooden rounded sticks

Rounded sticks usually come in its natural color. You can get them already golden, but of course, it’ll be more expensive (besides, I don’t know where to get those! hehe). If you’re going to need to make a lot of gold scroll sticks—like you’re going to use them for scroll invitations or scroll calendar give-aways—it’s best that you get the plain wooden ones and just paint them yourself. The little difference that a peso makes can lower the cost of production significantly. So again, yeah. You can get natural rounded sticks in Divisoria as well (at Julie T. Go Native Store at 793 Illaya Street in Binondo, Manila, to be more specific). But if you’re going to make only a few, you might be better off getting the more expensive, already-golden wooden rods.

The process is simple, and a bit self-explanatory. Spread out old newspapers outdoors (in your garden perhaps) on a bench, lay out the sticks with the edges hanging a bit, then spray on the paint. Let them dry for a bit and then spray on the other edge. You don’t necessarily have to coat the entire stick with paint unless the invitation or calendar design you’ll make needs the golden sticks to show.

Simple? Try it then! 🙂

Apr 19

Fossilized flowers from Quirino

I run a small novelty invitations and souvenirs business with my sister, and we’re always on the lookout for cool new ideas. We stumbled upon Madella’s Fossilized Flowers in an exhibit at the Gateway Mall.

Quirino fossilized flowers

I totally forgot what these fossilized flowers came from. And before you ask, no these weren’t made of paper, but of real dried leaves. The leaves are dried and then wrapped around a Styrofoam ball stuck on thin branch. The price for each of these flowers ranges from P3 ($0.06) to P10 ($0.20).

Some people use these flowers as decor, but I find them too dull to decorate our home (no need to water them, but still). These fossilized flowers make great wedding souvenirs though—tie them up with some fancy ribbon with a tag, and you’ll have something pretty to give your guests. They cost pretty cheap, but how would they know? 😉