Sew Easy’s “I Made It!” first Fashion Show 2014!

Last Saturday, March 22, 2014, Arielle and Kayla joined other kids of Sew Easy For Kids Manila in its very first fashion show entitled “I Made It!”.  It was the studio’s culminating event for the year where all the students, ages 8 to 15, proudly walked down the runway wearing their very own Lounge Wear and Casuals pieces which they sewed themselves!  The event was a collaboration of supportive moms, friends, and sponsors (Brother International Philippines, California Advanced Nails and Skin Care (CANS), McDonald’s, Claire’s, Mean Green, Alabang Town Center) who made it all possible!  Ooops!  Let me correct that.   It was really the Lord who made it possible because all the pieces to put up a show just seamlessly (ehem!) fell into place in such a short period of time. And it was also the love and passion of the kids and parents to bring back the craft and life skill of sewing which made the work behind the show easier.  

Before I share some of the FUN! photos of what happened before, during, and after the fashion show, you may read more about the event here and here.

And now for the photos..

The runway!

Thank you, McDonald's, for our lunch!

Thank you, McDonald’s,
for our lunch!

Havin' their nails done by CANS :)

Havin’ their nails done by CANS 🙂

Time to glam up the hair!

Time to glam up the hair!

Arielle wanted a braided hairstyle :)

Arielle wanted a braided hairstyle 🙂

Just one of the scenes backstage:
Everyone helping out each other
with their makeup 🙂


Kayla's Night Shirt

Kayla’s Night Shirt

Kayla's Square-Neck Blouse, Denim Skirt, and Shoulder-Tie Bag  (Yup! She did all those!)

Kayla’s Square-Neck Blouse,
Denim Skirt, and
Shoulder-Tie Bag
(Yup! She made all those!)

Kayla's Pants

Kayla’s Pants

Kayla's Flowy Skirt  and Backpack

Kayla’s Flowy Skirt
and Backpack


Arielle's Denim Shorts

Arielle’s Denim Shorts

Arielle's Capri Pants and Backpack

Arielle’s Capri Pants and

Arielle's V-Neck Blouse and Shoulder-Tie Bag

Arielle’s V-Neck Blouse and
Shoulder-Tie Bag

Arielle's Flowy Skirt

Arielle’s Flowy Skirt


The woman behind Sew Easy, Teacher Anne
del Rosario!

Everyone just clowning around after the show! :)

Everyone just clowning around after the show! 🙂


I am just so proud of these young girls and so thankful to Teacher Anne for making sewing SO FUN and SO  SEW EASY! 🙂

If you want to give sewing a try and discover for yourself a new craft or hobby (Believe me, it’s quite addicting!), then check out Sew Easy studio along Aguirre Avenue in BF Paranaque for their summer camp!  That will be a total of 15 hours of pure sewing fun! 🙂





We’ve submitted our grades for 3rd and 4th quarters and so, we’re officially done with schoolyear 2013-2014!  Yup, school’s over and that’s because I said so!  That’s one big advantage of homeschooling.  We can decide when to start and stop doing the paperwork (but NOT the learning, of course!) and consciously pinpoint what areas in our life need our time, attention, and priority.  

Well, our current status is…WE NEED A BREAK.  We need to stop.  We need to relax more and take care of our total well-being.  If the body gives in, then the mind and spirit will soon follow.  It’s been a really tough schoolyear for us,  especially when January 2014 started.  We survive our packed regimen every week, with trips to Manila every Friday (or Thursday) and back to Batangas on Saturday evenings or Sunday.  While in Manila, every Friday, we hop from music classes in the south to the driving range in Pasig, to math tutorial, to our new place where we’ll be moving in soon (I didn’t expect setting up a new home to be sooo demanding and draining of your time and energy, especially when you live so far away from it!  I hope to be able to blog about this in the future), to the grocery and the many little errands in between that leave us exhausted at the end of the day. Saturdays is when the girls go to their sewing class and where other activities get squeezed in.  Don’t forget to add two major stress factors, namely, traffic and looking for a parking space!  

I would have ended our schoolyear by end-March or early April just like how we’ve done it in the past.  I, however, noticed that we all were dragging ourselves out of bed and struggling to do “what we had to do” each day.  We were all moving on a turtle pace and my giving of deadlines to Arielle and Kayla was just not working.  TOTALLY NOT WORKING!  I was becoming cranky.  The girls were not receptive to what I tell them.  We were all looking and feeling spaced out.  I was getting sick often and so absent-minded despite having reminders on my phone and planner.  Now, that is totally NOT me, being Ms. Organized.  So, that’s when I decided to just STOP being enslaved by strict schedules and requirements.  We HAD to.

The girls are currently still working on their books but on a more relaxed pace and giving priority to Math, Science, Reading and Filipino (just to finish reading Ibong Adarna and Noli Me Tangere, in English, and know the entire story!).  Summer is just around the corner and soon, we have to work out a new set of logistics and schedules.  They have a high school homeschool camp next week and fashion show coming up, too (Yes! The kids from Sew Easy will be modeling their own creations! A first!).  

With the change that we had to do in our homeschooling and various summer activities to look forward to,  I am just so thankful that we have the option to make decisions where we freely take charge of the kind of lifestyle we would want to have and enjoy. 

How about you?  How are you doing at this time of the year?