Former ANC Presenter Attends Woman’s ‘Craft Show’
November 15, 2021 | 00h00
Eliza Romualdez Valtos and I have been friends since she was an ANC presenter in the 90s. She is now the wife and mother of two grown boys, not to mention a certified burdadera and calladista. I asked Eliza if I could share with our readers the projects she started during the pandemic, and she gladly accepted.
It was because of the pandemic that Eliza tried to deal with doing a lot of arts and crafts. Forced to stay at home, she was finally able to act on ideas that were initially in her âideasâ folder. Because she had a lot of craft materials and fabrics at home, she started to create. She started making beaded flower crowns and turned old recycled socks into sock dolls with positive messages embroidered on them.
She made hand-made rosaries and bag charms which she calls her âexpress prayersâ beads, and recycled the yellow and white pages of the phone book, turning them into envelopes decorated with flora and fauna prints. assorted fauna. (The technique she used is known as “decoupage,” which is the art of decorating an object by pasting colored paper cutouts on it in combination with special paint effects.)
She even beaded an old airline toiletry bag with her husband’s initials and turned it into a cigar case.
When the first lockdown eased, her instincts to major in archeology were put to good use when she ended up sorting through a forgotten attic containing ternos (the national attire of the Philippines) from the turn of the last century until the 1990s. .
Passionate about hand embroidery, she found herself in paradise and discovered the almost forgotten art of callado, a traditional style of embroidery where threads are removed from certain areas of the fabric. She was able to find a calladist over 80 years old, who gave her restoration courses by SMS. Thanks to an exchange of SMS and photos that served as learning sessions, Eliza was able to restore the ternos.
She then started making face masks. At first, they were gifts she gave for frontline friends. Later however, when she went shopping, she noticed how dull the surgical masks others used were. So she was inspired to launch her ‘moving garden’ face masks, in the hopes that they would bring smiles to people’s faces and lift their spirits.
Eliza’s masks are hand-carved and 90 percent hand-sewn to create the sturdy shape for which her masks are known. She can make three to five masks a day, depending on the complexity of the embroidery. Its embroidered masks range from P1200 to P1800 each, while non-embroidered printed fabric face masks are P450 each. When the demanding job requires her to rest her fingers, she puts on the masks and fills orders for her recycled yellow and white pages cards and envelopes.
Because she constantly posts her DIY adventures on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, it’s no surprise that family and friends have started to wonder how they can get their hands on her designs. She opened @mommylovesyou_crafts, which is a one-woman operation where she creates her designs in addition to taking orders and scheduling them for delivery. Lately, however, she has asked her dear friend Cez Jarlyn Young to help her with the controls. This way, she has more time to create new designs and pursue new ideas.
When she’s not busy using her hands to restore tarnish or create beautiful face masks, you’ll find Eliza hiking and traveling, because that’s what keeps her sane. But when she’s home, you can bet she’ll be engrossed in her wonderful arts and crafts, the passion of which was sharpened when she volunteered to lend her such creative help at her children’s school events. .