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3 Years of Crafts for a Cause at SM Kultura Filipino

Kultura Filipino

This May 2013, Kultura Filipino celebrates three years of having Crafts for a Cause with new products and new partners.

Crafts for a Cause was able to bring together different products coming from livelihood programs of the non-profit organization partners. Through the training and help of various foundations, the products made by the marginalized and underprivileged members of the society have found their way to the hands of buyers who purchase these.

Photos of the products featured in Crafts for a Cause:

Crafts for a Cause: Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran bags using doy packs

Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran ng Baseco

Crafts for a Cause: Candles in bamboo containers from Life Project for Youth

Life Project for Youth

Crafts for a Cause: Filipino jeepneys from Circle of Friends

Crafts for a Cause: Ships with reused soda cans

Circle of Friends Foundation

Crafts for a Cause: Zonta ladies with their bag products

Zonta ladies and their bag products

Crafts for a Cause: BerdeSaco bags

Berdesaco Bags

Crafts for a Cause, bags made from newspapers

Bags made from newspapers

Crafts for a Cause

Bags from products using doy packs

Crafts for a Cause at Kultura stores. This bag is made up of soda cans pop top lids.

Bags with soda can pop top lids

Crafts for a Cause began with 16 pioneering foundations with products from as far as the Cordillera region to the south in Basilan. For its third year, Kamay Crafts Foundation, the Paper for Now Foundation and the Circle of Friends Foundation are Crafts for a Cause’s newest partners.

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Crafts for Kids

Doing crafts is one interesting way to spend time with children. As a homeschooling mother, the kids and I look forward to these activities where they get to experiment and work with paints, glue, scissors and different art materials.

Why, we even made our own Christmas decor last Christmas. We made paper stockings, personalized gift tags, and photos on the tree.

Below is one craft we made last year:

Disney Princesses Wind Chimes

When using paints, it is important to have the children wear something to protect their clothes, like a big old shirt or an apron.

Cover the work area with paper so that the paint will not flow on the table and make a mess.

Go get those art materials now and spend quality time with your children 🙂

Posted by Treasure Jar on Feb 4th 2009 | Filed in Arts and Crafts,Bonding Time,For Little Hands,Through the Lens,Visual Delights | Comments (3)

Frugal Christmas: Do More with Less

How do we Do More with Less? Here are a few ways:

The holidays are almost gone and with it came wonderful memories that, as a mom, I hope will be cherished in the years to come.

Several years ago, I have started FRUGAL CHRISTMAS and our family has been practicing this ever since.

Here are a few of the Frugal Christmas practices I have done since I started though a lot of it, I have not blogged about:

Family photo Christmas tree ornaments which started as a project back when we were still homeschooling. These ornaments still adorn the tree and we have added more updated photos.

Handmade tree decorations. Children and adults as well should try this to foster bonding time, personalize their trees and unleash their creative energies. These hand-made Christmas stockings still hang from our tree this year. This year I added a 3D Christmas tree made of gold tinsel to the Christmas wreath I decorated hanging on our front door. The excess tinsel was used to wrap gifts.

3D Christmas star

Japanese paper as gift wrapper. You can choose any color you like depending on the theme of your gifts. This year, I used yellow Japanese paper with gift tags made by one of the children.

homebaked cookies
• Baked goods wrapped in yellow Japanese paper with personalized gift tags. Since we bake at home, it has been our practice to give baked goodies to friends. (see photo above)
Personalized gift tags. You can either print these yourself or make from scratch. We always opt for the latter.
• If you love going to bookstores and bookstores that sell bargain books, then you can spend a little time scouring bargain books to give to book-loving people.
Hand-made gold ribbons hang on our tree every other year. These have seen a lot of Christmases and hang alternately every year with the red ribbons. This year, we are having the red ribbons.

red ribbons
Hand-made notepads. The last two years had us made notepads to give to the children’s friends. These were made during times when they have “nothing to do”. They also assembled these while watching their favorite videos on their gadgets.
• For this year’s Christmas, everything we served for the Noche Buena were home-cooked or home-prepped:

noche buena
o Baked ham
o Chicken pasta and chicken fajitas (blog post coming up soon)
o Slow-cooked chicken
o Cheesecake
o Cheese platter

blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry cheesecake by the eldest child finally sliced and tasted, a day after Christmas! This is easy to make and you spend less than if you buy commercially baked ones.

For our family reunion Christmas lunch, we brought slow-cooked ribs and the eldest child made brownies. Easy-peasy prep, right?

Photo below is the Electrolux microwave being used to melt chocolates for the brownies.

I know the list is getting longer so I will stop. Finally, yes!

What do all these things mean for “Do More with Less” when it feels like there is so much to do with all the crafts that involve conceptualizing, cutting and pasting and with the baking and cooking tasks?


All these tasks, we do not do year after year. For the tree decorations, since we have plenty of these (and hand-made too!) we alternate what we put up on the tree. Buying Christmas tree decorations every year is not something we do since we already have at home. Baking goodies for family and friends is what we love to do and for the last three years, the children are tasked to do these, making me have more time to do other chores. The personalized gift tags are easy to make because we have been doing this for several years already.

We “Do More with Less” by planning ahead, making lists and following up on schedule to avoid the hustle and bustle of the season.  The gift packs for the village guards and Noche Buena packages for the families of Manang Salve (who helps clean the backyard) and Joey (our occasional DIY guy) have been distributed a day or two before Christmas Eve. Christmas and New Year’s Eves are not main worries because we already have the things that needed on-hand and so we don’t have to join the rush to purchase what was not bought and getting stressed caught up on long supermarket queues and traffic jams.

We “Do More with Less” investing in reliable appliances like Electrolux that make chores easier so we don’t see housework as burdens. Our Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner is something the kids use by themselves. This is the youngest child’s task: cleaning the area where the puppy stays.

cleaning the floor

We “Do More with Less” by giving more importance to tasks that foster spending time with our loved ones.

Aside from not spending too much money, the family also tends to give importance in having more time bonding because we are all working together to make wonderful Christmas memories that we will look back with fondess, joy and love.

Do More with Less” everyday, it is good for the mind, body and spirit.

Summer Kitchen Adventure for Teens and Kids at The Maya Kitchen

This April and May, let your children explore the joys of cooking and baking as The Maya Kitchen offers classes for kids 6-12 years old and teens 13 years old and up.

Junior Master Chef Grand Champion Kyle Imao teaches Kids Kitchen Adventure with its first batch on April 8, 10, 11, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-2pm.

Recipes correspond to school subjects. For math and science: rainbow layer cake, apple pie and strawberries dipped in popping chocolate.  For history: Filipino fried chicken, Filipino style barbecue and Ginataang Halo-halo. Other recipes include Burritos, Kani sandwiches and Chocolate Eclairs.

The class fee of Php6,000 includes apron and toque, handouts, ingredients, and snacks. Each student will receive a certificate. The second batch is on May 6-9, Tuesday-Friday 9am-12noon.

Young and talented instructor Sabrina Daez is in charge of Teens Culinary Series on April 22-25(Tues-Fri) 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Recipes include: ‘Italian Feast’-Beef and Spinach Cannelloni, Chicken and Mushroom Risotto, Cream Puffs, Chocolate Truffles; ‘Along The Coast Of Britain’-Mustard-Grain Pretzel, Fish and Chips, Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Berry-Mango Trifle; ‘The American Superbowl’-Cheese-Stuffed Burgers, Cajun Mojos, Hot Fudge Sauce, Caramel Sauce, Brownie S’mores.

The class fee of Php7,000 includes apron and toque, handouts, ingredients, snacks and lunch. Each student will receive a certificate. The second batch is on May 20-23, 9am-2pm.

Single session classes are also available: Food Arts & Crafts, May 2, Friday, 9am-2pm; Dough-Re-Mi,May 16, Friday, 9am-2pm; and Cake Factory, May 30, Friday, 9am-2pm.  Class fee is P1,000 per student.

For more information on other courses offerings, log on to  or  or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday toSaturday at 8F  Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63947 835 2290.


Posted by Treasure Jar on Apr 10th 2014 | Filed in For Little Hands,FYI | Comments (0)

Practical Gifts

Did you give practical gifts last Christmas?

You know, things that can be used by the recipient? Or would these just gather dust and be discarded after a year?

I think we did. One of the gifts we gave away to the teachers were handmade notepads which they can use just in case they needed to write down notes and thoughts. The notepads were not big and could easily fit in a small bag.

These were the papers we used for the notepads. For more info on how these notepads were made, click here.

For the person who loves arts and crafts, arts and crafts materials are the best to give. For the one who loves to cook, a cookbook or a kitchen gadget.

These were just some ideas and I’m sure there are so much more practical gift ideas out there.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Dec 26th 2013 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk | Comments (0)

Papier Tole

I used to do a lot of crafts back when blogging and other online activities were accessible and affordable.

Imagine my surprise when I found these two papier tole crafts I did when the need to clean up the closet came up. Whoop!

Of course the next thing to do would be to look for my tools. Sadly, I can’t remember where I placed these and I am just not in the mood to look for these in the rubble of junk in our library.

Am thinking if a Martor USA utility knife will be ok to use with the cutting of the patterns should I decide to take up doing 3D paper crafts again.


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