Archives for September 2014

Learn How to Sketch!

Do you know how to draw or sketch? That may be one of my frustrations. My drawing and sketching skills are limited to big Circles and small circles. Oh wait! I know of several complicated drawings that I can make — I can make hearts, stars and weird looking men and women. Haha! Kidding aside, I am jealous of people like my friend Patricia of Fancy Girl Design Studio, who can make illustrations like this (btw, she recently introduced her “illustrations” services if you want to have her make drawings for your site or decorations, etc.)…

Image from *made by my friend Patricia

Image from *made by my friend Patricia

Darn! She’s so talented. You know what? Mommies, if you find that your sons or daughters love drawing, sketching and art, we recommend that you sign them up for this right away! We at Manila Workshops, together with Young Advocates, will be holding a Basic Sketching Workshop on October 11, 2014 at Mothercare Podium Branch, Mothercare Podium Branch, 3/L The Podium Mall, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. We thought about holding this since a lot of us really want to help our children, nephews or nieces and grandchildren to hone their skills while they are still young.

Basic Sketching workshop that would teach kids specifically the light and shadow techniques. With the knowledge of these techniques, anyone would be able to know how to capture real life objects and interpret it unto paper.

Basic Sketching Workshop


Workshop fees are very AFFORDABLE! Here are the rates:

• Early Bird Rate: PHP 900 (paid by October 3, 2014);
• Regular Rate: PHP 1,000 (starting October 4, 2014);
• Group Rate: PHP 800 per participant (group of 3 or more participants).
*Fees include all of the materials for the workshop, food and drinks! For the guardians and companions who wish to stay during the workshop, there will be additional PHP 100 fee for food and drinks.

To register, please fill out the form found at the Memory Crafters Website:

About Memory Crafters Workshop Series

Memory Crafters is Workshop Series of Manila Workshops (GPA Events Management Services). It is a set of fun and creative workshops offering arts and crafts workshops for both the young and the old. Whether an old-timer or a beginner in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, Memory Crafters believe that there is a creative side in each one of us. They carefully and lovingly pick the workshop courses that the group would offer to provide an opportunity for each individual to explore the wonderful world of creativity.

So far, the workshops that manila Workshops and memory Crafters have successfully ran are the Loom Band afternoon Party and the Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Stuffed Bear Workshop. All of these workshops aimed to develop the creative side of each attendee.

About the Teacher

Jennifer Villanueva is the founder of Young Advocates a non-profit environmental arts organization incorporated in the year 2000, and successfully conducted a series of art workshops and camp for kids five years and up. She is also a member of Bahaghari ng Malolos, and Lakan Sining, both an arts groups based in Bulacan. In the past she has worked as an Assistant Editor of Parents Magazine, under Belgosa Publishing and as a News Writer for RPN 9 News Watch & News Cap. She is currently working as a freelance publicist, copy writer and artist for corporate clients, while she takes care of her baby, Cassey Hunter.​

To learn more about this workshop, please contact:

Mompreneur Carmie Barretto of The Best Impressions

I love personalized things. It’s nearing Christmas and I need to buy personalized notecards once again. We (husband and I), normally send cards to soem of our family and friends. I just realized that I ran out of my own personal stock of cards that we give out during birthdays, Christmas, etc. This made me interested to feature our mompreneur guest of the day, Carmie Taboso – Baretto of The Best Impressions.

About Mompreneur Carmie

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Carmie is a mother of three kids. Her son Josh just graduated from College this year. Her daughter Kristen is 16 and Tristan, the youngest is in Grade 5 at Xavier School. Her husband runs a cargo company which brings in goods from Asia like Hong Kong, Singapore, China & Bangkok. She grew up in a family who has a passion for business. “I guess my siblings & I got the trait from my dad who is very hardworking. We have been in the electronics business since I was small. Until now, my parents are very much involved with it. They prefer to work rather than retire.”, says Carmie.

My interview with Mompreneur Carmie Barretto of The Best Impressions

Ginger: Hi Carmie! It’s so nice to have you as our guest momprenuer here at Can you please tell me about your brand? What is it and when did you start this business?

Carmie: The Best Impressions is an authorized retailer of self-inking, personalized stampers & desk embossers. I started this since February 2013.

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Ginger: So your business is already almost two years. Congratulations! Who is your target market for The Best Impressions?

Carmie: Our target market are mostly women who loves personalized items,. We target working mom who loves crafts & stationery materials. We also market to soon-to-be-wedded-couples who want something different for their invites. We also target mommies who love personalized items for their kids.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea?

Carmie: It was just a personal hobby.

Ginger: That’s so nice! We can see here that hobbies can turn into something profitable. So, what made you decide to turn your hobby into a business?

Carmie: I felt there is a demand because people nowadays love anything that’s personalized, and I thought, what more if they had their own stamper and embosser! The possibilities would be endless! Once you have tried using these, you’ll find it to be so addicting. One can never have enough of these things.

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Ginger: Yeah, I’m sure, they’re addicting and I’m sure you have a lot of clients already. But were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur?

Carmie: I realized I have less time for the kids, especially with my youngest, since I used to tutor him after school when I came home from work. I go to work 4 times a week, because I have to devote my Friday or Saturday to my personal business, too.

Ginger: I am impressed. You’re still a working mom and at the same time, you opted to start your own business. I hear a lot of moms with this same obstacle (time management). So Carmie, as a successful momprenuer, what traits do you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Carmie: One should have Passion. One needs to have that desire or interest to do something to be able to succeed. One should be Motivated. We all have ambitons in life, but without determination, you will never be able to reach our goals in life. Be Innovative. Be one step ahead. We should keep on looking for new ideas, new & fresh products which will interest buyers.

Ginger: Very well said. Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Carmie: In this day & age? Yes, I believe so, most especially if you grew up with business-minded parents and if you are surrounded by hard-working people in the family. My dad has raised us to believe that hard work pays off. No pain, no gain.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Carmie: No matter how busy our work is, let us not forget that at the end of the day, its Family First! Drop everything when you step in your comfort zone and just spend time with the kids.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?

Carmie: No matter how busy our work is, allot time to our loved ones. We can never bring back time, the children are growing up so fast, lets not devote everything to work. At the end of the day, our family is the most important part of our life.

Ginger: Thank you so much, Carmie for your words of wisdom! May you continue to inspire other mompreneurs.

The Best Impressions Contact information:
Email address :
Mobile Number : 09178888152
Facebook Page : Stamp Designs
Instagram Account: The Best Impressions