Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Recycle an Old Bedsheet into a Skirt!

My husband knows me so well! His bed sheet zipper broke so, instead of throwing it away, he asked if I wanted it.

Of course I did!

My mind raced to think of what I could make with it. Since it's hefty amount of fabric, I didn't have to settle with just one project!

Since our space is quite limited, I couldn't keep a piece of cloth unattended for long.

I thought, with  the summer season being so hot, to make a wrap around skirt.  It took me half a day because I didn't have my sewing machine at the time.  So everything here is hand-sewn.

Sharing with you my half day project!   Enjoy!


Old bed sheet
Dressmaker's Chalk / Pencil
Needle and Thread
Buttons or Velcro


Make sure your fabric is not crumpled so you won't have a hard time cutting it.  Try to wrap it around yourself (or whoever is going to wear the skirt later) and see what length you want it to be.  Allow about 1/2 more than the desired width because the skirt will shrink once we put darts on it.

If you want to do it the easy way, do it like I did ...  Since the bed sheet I had was actually a futon cover, which had quite thin sheets, I didn't even separate the fabric sheets. I just cut across it (3/4 of the way) and then used the hemmed side as the skirt length.

If you don't see any way to use the hemmed sides, then just measure the length of the skirt according to your desired height and width and allow for a margin of 1 inch at the sides where it needs hemming.

You're actually cutting a giant rectangle.  Sample size would be 5 ft x 3.5 ft for a small sized lady.  You can also make it 7 ft if you want to have the skirt wrap generously around you.

I did this on the floor.  It really helps to cut on a large, flat surface... the floor is perfect!  Just clean it :)

The fabric should perfectly align.

Yay sewing time!

So now you have a huge rectangle with only the top part (for the waist area) without any hemming.  (No need since we will be covering that part with the wrap tie.)

And now for the darts!

I made my dart triangles 1 inch at the top and then dipping 2 inches down.  For the darts on the sides of your hips, make the darts 2 inches at the top and dipping down maybe 4 inches for a more shapely skirt.

Once it looks like this, you know you're on the right track.

(1/2 inch from the edge of the darts, I mean.)

So the next thing to do is make the band for the waist part of the skirt.

To do that, cut a band of fabric from the unused cloth cuttings.  Maybe 8 ft (to be sure) in length and around 5 inches in width.

Once the waistband is finished, turn it inside out and use a blind stitch to hem the edges.

Attach to the unhemmed portion of the skirt!  I just used a double stitch on the edge (shown above).

Optional:  If you did what I did and cut the length of the fabric too short, you'll need a few buttons to secure the skirt.  If you used my instructions here on the size of the large rectangle fabric, you won't need buttons - it will be long enough to wrap around to keep you modest.

You can also use velcro instead of buttons!  If by now you're pretty tired, you can just look for iron on velcro.

I hope you liked this project!  We have more DIY's at the shop site here!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Too Blessed to be Stressed

Every day, I make it a point to spend some time in the morning to count my blessings.

If you think about it, the gift of life alone ... another day ... is a tremendous blessing in itself.

Just yesterday, i read about a woman who was so very busy getting things ready for an important guest.

We can oftentimes be filled with stressful thoughts and worries and what if's.

That woman was Martha and Jesus set her right in reminding her what was important after all. It wasn't the preparations for the guest that was most important - it was the Guest!

Today, don't forget to pause and be grateful! God knocks every day on the door of our hearts. Let's put Him first and let's turn away stress and worry as they have no rightful place in our lives!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Just Wait

Today I read the story of Joseph and his brothers.  Are you familiar with what happened there?

There are lots of lessons to be learned.

The events found in Genesis 44 can be summarised as a young boy being thrown into a pit by his brothers due to envy.  Slave traders buy the boy and cart him off to Egypt.  There, the boy encounters a lot of pitfalls, letting him end up in prison.  (jump to HERE if you know the story)

While there, his knack for dream interpretation gets him an audience with the Pharoah who was having some puzzling, recurring dreams.

Joseph predicts correctly that the dreams mean a coming famine - and gets freed and promoted to be in charge of feeding everyone.

Now Joseph's brothers needed food and went to Egypt, unknowingly asking Joseph for it.

Instead of revenge, Joseph forgives his brothers and they are all happily reconciled!


Now it's obvious that one of the lessons is not to wreak havoc upon the world by plotting revenge.  Joseph would've been a formidable enemy - his power could have been used to let his brothers starve to death!  But he didn't do it.  

I think it makes a man really great, to have mercy - just like God has mercy.

"To err is human, to forgive divine." - Alexander Pope

But another thing I've learned that in the circle of life, if you just wait, circumstances will change and you will be able to help those who have been unkind to you.

This might be something ridiculous for you - to extend a hand of friendship to those who may not be worthy of it.

"Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good."  Romans 12:21

"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44

So, when the time comes, God didn't provide you that chance so that you would have the last say - but instead, He wants you to show love that comes from Him to those who desperately need it.  (If they treated you badly, it's highly likely that they have issues.)

So, just wait.  Your circumstances will constantly be changing.  Today will be different in many ways from the days before so make the most of each day and pray to just wait and be the person God wants you to be.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Light to the Nations

All that you are is by Gods design. How you look walk talk eat smile are all part of the package for you. There's a reason why you are who you are.

All your resources talents gifts can be used In shining God's light in the world!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Shine Like Stars

Need to remember this!

"Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life." Philippians 2:14-16

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Let your Light Shine

This is one of my favorite bible verses.  It reminds me that every good thing I do reflect God's light.  The whole verse reads, "Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."  - Matthew 5:16

Whenever something good happens in our lives, like when we get to reach the train just in time before its doors close or when we have the money to buy something we thought we didn't have or when the rain stops just as you leave the building --- we say "thank God!"

The same thing happens when someone does something good for us!

Just the other day, a lady approached me with my train ticket when I didn't know I'd dropped it!  Wow that would've been really hard to lose!  I said, "Thank God!"  I don't know if she was a Christian or not but still she reflected God's goodness to me!

We can find God everywhere there is goodness!   Others can also find Him in us whenever we are kind, or smile, or help others in need...  There are a multitude of ways to reflect His love and mercy!

What are the ways you will let your light shine bright today?

p.s.  The graphic above is my calligraphy on top of a picture from the Sea of Galilee!   Absolutely LOVE that place!

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Way

We need never be lost! We know the way! Jesus thank You for showing us what life is all about :) LOVE!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Crafter Ever After Link Party


+ + + + + + + + AND....  WE HAVE WINNERS! + + + + + + + +

For the crafter, the winner is Celine Fonacier from Quezon City, Philippines!  Congratulations Celine!

For the Follower raffle, the winner is Kat!  Yayyyyy

Please check your messages if you are the lucky winner!  Reply back to me asap!


Hello everyone!

I want to give away a bunch of stuff just to celebrate this Easter season!  

Here are the prizes!  Tadaaaahhh!!!

These are perfect for the crafter in you!

2 sets of these go to some lucky people :)

Prize List

Brush Pen - perfect for calligraphy
Paper set - comes in a variety of designs perfect for origami or other crafts
Paper stationery set - beautiful traditional Japanese prints that are so nice to use as material for projects as well as origami
Scarf - I love the design on this fabric!  Tie around your straw hat when you go to the beach, or just wear as a bandanna
Elastic scarf - for the neck or hair or just for an accent to your outfit
Washi Tape - what is a Japanese giveaway without this?
Chalkboard - so cute and portable!  Nice for your desk or for the family announcements, as a signboard or display
Curtain - The design on this short curtain is so funky that you can just hang it on your wall to make it less boring :)

Likey?  Then... Joiny!

Sponsoring a link party featuring YOUR CRAFTS!  Just submit your link below.

Best one will get the prize!

The other set of prizes will go to one of my followers.  I'll raffle all of you off!  So fingers crossed!

This contest is open worldwide!

Ends May 8, 2017.

Here are some Facebook entries I received:

Carla Murillo made some paper roses

Claire Mercado-Obias made a necklace out of paper bag handles!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter Thoughts

Happy Easter!

We have new life in Christ through His eternal sacrifice on the cross.  We are recipient of His divine mercy!  How can we not rejoice?!!

Since getting married, I cannot help but be grateful for the "new life" I also have, both, as a newly married person and also as someone living in another country.

God has been faithful in this bright and new "adventure of faith"!  It's only right that I shout out His bounteous blessings to the world! 

Despite all the challenges I knew I'd face, moving to Japan... learning the language, adjusting to married life, trying not to get lost on the train or run over while biking... I can hardly believe it but it's just a BREEZE!  I was expecting I'd be depressed, maybe confused and alienated, but I'm none of those things!

Before moving here, my husband and I were talking about which apartment would be best for us.  Since both of us love playing the guitar, we were apprehensive about the neighbors getting bothered by the noise.  My husband said it would be nice if we had a sound-proof apartment.  I said, "let's pray for one!"  He said, "They're expensive."  Well then I said to myself, "I'll still pray."

Well, my husband got an apartment but it wasn't sound-proof.  But then, after a few months, before I got my visa to settle here, someone knocked at the door.  The realtor said, "We are going to sound-proof your apartment!"

It was due to the airplanes that would habitually fly over us (which didn't bother us).  The US airbase nearby was going to pay for it.  Wow!  Isn't that awesome?  They also wanted to change our door which was the only old-looking thing in the apartment.

Then, I needed to learn the language quick!  I would spend hours in the supermarket just looking at labels wondering what things were.  So I looked online.  Either they were very expensive lessons or too far away or didn't happen during my free time.  I tried doing self-study but I was getting nowhere with it.

I prayed again asking the Lord for a FREE class (!!!)

Lo and behold, there was a volunteer class - on a day I could go - just 10 minutes by bike - and totally FREE!!!

As a bonus, the church started a Japanese class and it was virtually free (had to pay for the book) too!  So I have 2 classes nearby :))))))

When I was praying the other day, God reminded me that my lifestyle in Japan is one I've been dreaming of in years past.  It's a more active lifestyle as we don't have a car... so we have to walk or bike everywhere (yay, smaller thighs).

As I've gotten older, I've noticed that I've also been wanting to go somewhere cooler.  Manila's sweltering heat and traffic have made me pine for a simpler, more quiet lifestyle.  That is exactly what I have now.

Even my fear of cooking has subsided.  I now look forward to trying out new thing and no longer shudder at meat (!!!).  I love cooking for my husband.  He is so appreciative of all my efforts.

Just yesterday, God provided another blessing.

My husband works at 2 locations and we live in the middle.  The work he has at night is an hour away on a crowded train during rush hour so after some time, he was saying how much he wanted a class nearby.  I thought, well then, let's pray for that.  He said that would be next to impossible because all the companies who need his services are downtown.

Still I prayed... and then ....

He got an offer to work near our apartment!  Only a 15 minute walk away, so he can come home by dinner time!!!  Hurray!

The only problem was that he couldn't find another person to take over his remaining night work ... so we prayed again.

So yesterday, someone took the work of his hands.  Hooray!!!

God indeed meets us where we are.  When the disciples walked away from Jerusalem, (and in turn, walking away in disappointment of Jesus' death,) Jesus walked and talked with them.  He stayed with them.  He opened their eyes in the breaking of the bread.  He revealed Himself to them.

After which, the disciples headed back to Jerusalem.  They were no longer disenchanted, but knew Jesus was alive!  He is the living God!  He meets where we are and loves us so!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter is here!

Do you love Easter! I do! It's when all things dark and dreary are cast into this marvelous, unvanquishable light!

Jesus is risen! God, in His infinite love and goodness restored man's relationship with Him through Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on the cross.

Sin and death has no more power over us as Jesus has taken it all upon Himself so we don't have to! If we but allow the risen Lord to come into our hearts and lives, we will be a new creation!

Thank You Lord for what You have done for us! Undeserving though we are, You've loves us with an everlasting love and divine mercy so that whatever we have done in our lives, You will still welcome us -forgiving us with open arms.

Happy Easter everyone! May we have the fullness of life God desires to give us!


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