Friday, September 22, 2017

Flower Decor Craft




One of the things my husband gave me for my birthday were some Chrysanthemums.  I've been wanting to have some plants for the longest time but somehow I couldn't make up my mind what kind to get.




After a day though, one of the stems broke off.    Yes, I did research how to care for them but still, this flower had its own plans.




As they say, "Waste not, want not" so even a tiny flower shouldn't be put to waste!





I got some kitchen cleaning sheets and sandwiched the flower stems inside 2 sheets.  I was careful to lay it flat on the sheet so it would dry nicely with as little air passing through the sheets as possible.






I could just imagine these in a bookmark or picture frame or something.





There they go tucked away in a book for later use.


That same book had a few flowers I've been drying.  So let's take a peek how we will use them...





So, getting some packaging material from a gift we got last Christmas, I layout all the flowers inside the little "window".

Do you like it?




Let's see, maybe we can do it another way!







How about this?  I encased my artwork with the dried flowers to add a bit of interest.


Which style do you like best?


I sure hope you enjoyed today's craft!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Prism





So today i was telling my husband about a play i was in many years ago. 

I played the character Pink and sang and acted and wore a tutu. The other characters were Green, (the hero) Violet (the villain) Yellow (the victim) and so on. 

There was trouble in colorland and whenever she could, Pink would wipe someone's tears or encourage the faint-hearted. 

The play's director told us that every character you play, would stay with you for the rest of your life. I'm glad that Pink was such a lovable character to play. I cannot deny that i do have an affinity for the color pink, that is after white. 

But what is the point of all this reminiscing? It's the prism I guess. I looked out of our balcony and saw this. 


Life gives you a character to play all your life. But the play is not yet written until the very end. You won't know what happens in the end just like a whodunit mystery. 

Every so often we think that we know all our lines and how it will all end. And then... voila... A plot twist!

So as i look at the rainbow, i remember pestering God with all my what if's. And all He says is "Put out into the deep." 

Well a year later, I can see that the deep is where I was meant to be. All His promises have come true and there is more to come! God is full of surprises and He has a rainbow for each and every one of us.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Love like the Sun





Happy first wedding anniversary to us!


I guess getting married is somewhat of a big risk in life.  Thank God that He picked the one for me!  I didn't trust myself to pick a husband!


After a very very short year (it just went SOOO VERY FAST that the anniversary creeped up on me), I can say that my husband was even more wonderful than I thought he was!  I asked him not to change ever.  And he didn't!  Still, I can't say he hasn't been more kind, more selfless, more loving than before.  Every day with him is more beautiful!


That's why I wrote him this song.


Sorry I just had a guitar in hand, some scribbled words and chords, and not a lot of time to do a polished recording.


The song will give you a feel of how our marriage is!  It's just like the sun!



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!



WHAT YOU NEED:

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



HOW TO MAKE THE SKIRT:





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!


[HERE!]

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!

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