It’s been a year since we held the first Blissmakerie, and I couldn’t be anything but thankful for its first year. Sure, we’ve only done three of them, but each one has been a blessing to put together, and an even better experience to attend, especially for our lovely participants. For last November’s gathering, the blog collaborated with a few meaningful brands, businesses and bloggers, who all have in one way or the other inspired women to pursue their passions, and even give back generously. Inspired by this, I also decided that the proceeds of the sales of the tickets for this event would also give back, specifically to the Make a Wish Foundation – Philippines. We were able to gather 17 paid participants, so we raised a grand total of Php25,500 in ticket sales for the MWF — how cool is that? Thank you to ALL the ladies who bought tickets. Just knowing you are helping make the wishes of these kids come true is so much more important to me than the event itself — really!
I’d also like to thank the beautiful collaborators who made this Blissmakerie possible. It was meant to be an understated, quiet, meaningful event, and upon hearing feedback from the participants, it certainly achieved that and more. And we have to many to thank for that!
Our venue, Earth Kitchen
Thanks to Melissa Yeung-Yap of the Earth Kitchen for hosting our gathering last November 22. We couldn’t have had a more perfect venue for this gathering, whose underlying theme was all about giving back.
Earth Kitchen is a partnership project of Hizon’s Catering and the Got Heart Foundation. A few years back, I remember visiting Got Heart’s shop — a refurbished container van — just outside White Plains (where my in-laws live). The shop sells local and all-natural food and nonfood products, including organic vegetables from the Got Heart Farms in Tarlac. Earth Kitchen was then established in partnership with Hizon’s as a healthy, local, and organic restaurant that showcases the products of its marginalised partner communities.
Thanks to the talents of Chefs David Hizon and JR Trani, we enjoyed Earth Kitchen’s wonderful dishes during the Blissmakerie. It was so nice to know that the food was made with Got Heart’s mission in mind! It’s good to know that whenever we eat at Earth Kitchen, we support local natural farmers and indigenous communities. What a meaningful way to dine!
Our stylist, Alessa de Rivera of Hey, Holiday
Hey Holiday is a blissful business with a mission to create meaningful days. Its founder, Alessa de Rivera, is also an event stylist, and it was her visual inspiration that brought our Blissmakerie venue to life! We met a few weeks before the event to discuss the look and feel, and she had this concept to create an eco-chic-meets-Scandinavian setting. I love both the rustic and the Scandi-inspired vibe, so I was immediately on board. Have a look at what she created, and you’ll wish you were there!
Our event partners
A Blissmakerie is a communal event and collaborative effort, which means that so many want to be a part of it by sharing their passions, skills and talents. Our beautiful event partners were a group of ladies from different walks of life, each with a story to tell that served to encourage our participants. One by one, they were:
Mia Sison and Nica Cosio of Craft Party PH: They were our “storyteller” partners for the event, whose task was simply to give a testimony of how collaboration can lead to something truly joyful and uplifting. We were so happy to learn how their craft gatherings — Craft Party PH — have given birth to a new community of moms who are into crafts. Honestly, it’s a fresh and much-needed community, given that so many craft communities here are for young, single, student-ladies, heehee! Thank you, Mia and Nica, for sharing your journey with us, and for facilitating our Memento Making, too — we love our clay plates!
Joana Gube of Hey Jow: Joana and I collaborated on a new Hey Jow collection called “Follow Your Heart,” for the benefit of the Joseph Feeding Mission. She had the beautiful pieces displayed during our event, and they were fabulous! Thank you, Jo, for this collab!
Lia’s Cakes in Season: My friends Angel and Caloy Carlos of Lia’s Cakes in Season sent over four delectable, Filipino inspired holiday cakes for our participants to enjoy for dessert: Sans Rival, Puto Bumbong Cake and their best-selling Avocado Cake. What a pretty display they were! And everyone got to take home their Christmas packages: cupcakes and avocado cake bars — sooooo good! Thanks, Angel and Caloy, for being so generous!
Fuji Film Lifestyle: It’s been such fun taking photos with the Fuji X-A2 for my blog, so I wanted our Blissmakerie attendees to have a taste themselves! Thank you, Pauline Mata of Fuji Film Philippines, for letting us try out these beauties!
Marvy Uchida, Valiant: Our Memento Making activity was sponsored by Valiant Paper’s Marvy Uchida craft pens. We wouldn’t have been able to make our beautiful clay plate mementos without these pens, of which everyone got to bring home three colors! Thank you, Marvy Uchida!
Shophouse Coffee: OK, this one, I’m biased about because it’s my husband’s new baby. I’ll tell you the story of Shophouse Coffee in another post, but for now I want to thank Ton for being our barista that afternoon! Apart from looking totally hot while making specialty coffee (*wink, wink, wife points*), he is a humble, generous soul for having sponsored the coffee supply for our event. Love you, babe!
Raffle sponsors: We’d also like to thank Rich Earth Jewelry, Camille King Photography, Hey Jow, and Sitting Pretty Craft Studio, for sponsoring some raffle prizes for our guests. The lucky ones got to take home some lovely custom jewelry, a photography mentoring session, and a lovely luxe magnet board.
Our Blissful Box sponsors
Our Blissful Boxes are more than just giveaways during the gathering. They tell stories about the brands who’ve given to them, brands that are chosen by the partner bloggers who mount the event. For this round, Rhiza Oyos of Chasing Dreams recommended Peachy Crafts, who made us each a Bliss Apple keyholder, and Little Black Box, a monthly accessory subscription box that gives back.
Love Ocampo of Living the Curious Life recommended FramegamePH for its personalized and customized framed prints, and Louie Garcia, an illustrator who hand-painted these beautiful notecard and envelope sets.
Our other sponsors — selected by me — were L’Indochine (for the wristlets), Heima (for the card sets), Benefit (for the cosmetics), and Novel Kreationz (for the to-do list pads, which were laid out and designed by Nica Cosio).
Thank you so much.
This edition of the Blissmakerie was produced during a difficult time for me personally. You all know I’ve been moving house since the start of September, and that my husband recently began the Shophouse Coffee business. I’ll tell the whole story one day (well, most of it, as best as I can!), but the fact is I wouldn’t have been able to mount this event without these amazing collaborators. And so my heart is full.
As this year quickly draws to a close, I’m truly brought to my knees at how good things can still work out despite failures, setbacks and stressors. I’ve had all in spades these past few months, and being able to launch the November Blissmakerie was in many ways a challenge. At the same time, it was an honor because it resulted in more thanks being given, more awareness given to meaningful businesses, and more love given to Make a Wish Philippines.
Thank you to the ladies who were a part of that special Saturday. May you all be blessed!
All photos by Sara Abrigo of Shutterpanda Photography. For more photos, please view the #Blissmakerie2015 hashtag. Thank you!