Last year, I started being active with the Brew Your Best community. It is the online friendly community site of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Shop.

I joined the Sharing Happiness Workshop last September 2014 and it had been my first CBTL event. I learned how to do doodle and even tried to create one.

This year, the second event that I attended was “Catch Your Dreams” which happened last March 21, 10 am at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Ayala Triangle Garden. It was my first time to see the Ayala Triangle Garden!

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Photo from en.wikipedia.org

When I saw the park it made me smile in an instant because in between the tallest buildings and buzzing sound of Makati, there is a beautiful place that anyone can hang-out and appreciate the nature.

Makati is quite far from our home that’s why when I arrived at the place, I was a bit early. Miss Nella Lomotan, the lovely Associate Brand Manager greeted me when I approached her.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile waiting for the other attendees and the talk, the attentive and very friendly staffs served us muffin and coffee. They even gave us notepad and stickers!

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The guest speakers were Marielle Nadal- Reyes of Craft Manila, the duo: Jenina Arias and Patricia Peralta of Soulflower. Marielle talked about how she started Craft Manila through a paper.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe wrote down what she wanted and up until now she kept the ‘sketch’ to remind her. She formed a Facebook page after to meet or collaborate with people.

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The first space that she had where she had her office and held workshops was in Collective (Malunggay St, Makati). The first workshop happened on April 13, 2012 where two people participated. Since then, Craft MNL now holds 20-30 workshops per month. Marielle ended her talk reminding everyone that ‘dreaming’ and ‘doing’ is something that keeps us alive.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASoul flower is a hand-made craft brand that started since Jenina and Patricia were in high school. They are best friends who decided to put up the business on May 2010 at Market, Market BGC. Back then, Patricia was a full time employee but she quitted the office work and decided to focus with Soul flower.

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She advised that making your dreams takes a hard work.

After the talk, we had a free dream catcher work shop! Jenina taught us on how to make our own dream catcher.

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The materials are: DMC thread (2 colors), needle, rattan, scissors, feather, beads

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First step: Cover the rattan with your preferred DMC thread. (I didn’t cover mine because I like seeing the rattan.)

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Second step: Start doing your web with the use of needle and thread. You can add bead/s in between. (It was like doing a cross stich but instead of X, they are loop and hole.)

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Third step: In adding the feather, you get a yarn first then tie it in the rattan. Make sure that you tie the knot tightly. Cut the few strands of feather so that you can tie the thread. And voila! You have your own dream catcher!

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It was a fun experience making the dream catcher and it was great to hear stories from inspiring women who made their aspirations into reality! I can’t wait to join another unforgettable Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf event!

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