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!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Crafter Ever After Link Party

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+ + + + + + + + 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!


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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!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Joyful in Hope



I chanced upon a Pins of Light online retreat today and got to thinking a lot about suffering, loss and disappointment.  I don't always have these things in mind but as I was doing the retreat, news of my dad's back pain reached me and worried me (being based far from home).


When everything is going great, it's easy to be joyful in hope.  But when things take a turn for the worse, the normal response is to ask, "Why?"  


These days it's easy to get disheartened.  Gas attacks on innocent civilians including children in Syria, extra judicial killings in the Philippines, a big earthquake that they say will happen here in Japan soon.... are just some of the reasons.


But as Christians, we aren't called to be on Good Friday mode all the time.  We are called to walk in the light of Christ and that light is HOPE!  We are an Easter people and we walk in the knowledge that Jesus rose on the 3rd day.


Despite the gloom of today, we can look to a bright tomorrow.


Look at Elijah.  In my humble opinion, Elijah had everything going for him.  He called down fire from heaven and God sent fire.  He asked for rain to stop the 3 year famine and God sent rain.  He would converse with God just like you would with a friend.  He had God on his side!  Imagine that.  (1 Kings 18)


But when queen Jezebel sentenced Elijah to die, he fled around a hundred miles in fear.  He prayed for God to take his life.  Of course God did no such thing.  But the point is, anyone can get discouraged, fearful, despondent and all those heavy emotions.  Even Elijah.


By the way I was so blessed to visit Elijah's cave on Mt. Carmel in Israel and one could not imagine how someone could take refuge there, let alone live there for years.  The Carmelites stayed there too and founded the order in the 12th century.


Sometimes we do go into our caves and brood.  The good thing is that we know what happens when a cave, a tomb is emptied of its power - the sting of death is no more!  All because He left the cave on Easter Sunday!


Death and sin and this world's darkness are only temporary in the framework of eternity.  They are tools in God's hands to show His glory.


I think of my Dad today and I pray for him in the hope that all his pain is not in vain.  I pray for persecuted Christians all around the world.  I pray for the perpetrators of terrorism, that one day, God's love will reach them.  I pray for people to know of His inexplicable, divine mercy.


So today and these days are days of joyful hope.  Each affliction must be met with patience and we must be faithful in prayer as we await the Lord's coming - in our hearts as well as at the last day.


Blessed Holy Week to one and all!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Deeper Faith

Do we long for deeper faith? It's something we probably never really thought of having a longing for.

A deeper faith is something we should desire. With faith, nothing is impossible! Through our faith, we overcome and we have victory in our lives!

Deeper faith for me today is holding on to God's Word that says "by His stripes, we are healed."

I've been coughing and wheezing and snorting and sneezing for several days now and I have not been able to cook for my husband much.

I believe that God wants me to believe without seeing and to already thank Him for my recovery before I actually see it!

To God be the glory! Thank You Lord for my full recovery!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Things We Can Do for Lent

Today I believe God's love nudged me in a strong way.


As I approached Lent, I recalled previous seasons feeling like I flunked it. I would make a lot of resolutions and then I wouldn't be able to do everything I wanted to.


But God in His faithfulness isn't holding a score card. He is truly wonderful and His mercy is without limit.


I went to mass and as I received communion, feeling so unworthy of God's goodness, the Eucharistic minister (unwittingly) gave me 2 Hosts! It has never happened before and the church was packed to overflowing so I'm sure it wasn't for lack of communicants.


I believe God was telling me something. He wanted me to feel welcome and to be reminded that it's not my good deeds that will win me the crown of salvation but only my faith and His grace!


So I am greatly encouraged to begin Lent quite ambitiously. But then one shouldn't boast or else we lose all spiritual benefit!


Suffice to say that I'm going to share some tools so your Lenten journey will be blessed. I will also share with you some inspiration points from my journal.


Let's read up on what the Pope said.  He's a man with so much wisdom and heart!  His simple reflection on Luke 16's parable of the rich man and Lazarus holds precious truths.


Sign up for an online retreat from Dynamic Catholic with do something creative and memorable this Lent!


Sign up for an everyday Lenten reflection from Flocknote.  


Join Creighton university's 2017 online retreat and experience God's grace in our daily lives.









And now for the most awaited portion of my post (oh really now?)... you're getting a sneak peek into my journal.



These are from notes I took during our community's conference.  I'm part of Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon community (The Joy of the Lord) here in the Philippines.  The community has been around since 1975 and I've actually been a member for the most part of my life.  It's truly a place where we see God's face in the love we have for one another.





So... I won't be talking about everything on here, but just 1 or 2 points.



If you're a Christian, then automatically you are also a missionary.  Whether you stay at home and feed 11 cats or find yourself in an airplane more than on land, you are still a missionary.  You're called to bring Christ to the world. 



So even if you can share your faith only on the computer, then do that - because every person needs to know they are SO VERY LOVED by God!  (That's what's meant by participating in social media).








This year, we want to obey God's call to "enlarge our tent".  We want to be channels of faith to the world, not just our own little worlds!


I love the quote from Schindler's List - indeed when we love people, we are able to save them and ourselves too!






Put out into the Deep!  Duc in Altum!  These words have been speaking to me forever!




Sorry my fingers must be tired already.  These pages seem a lot messier than the previous ones, but they still remind me of what's essential - unity!




Some of us get really riled up about politics.  We get to say silly things and ruin relationships.  Let's stand up for what is right but still be loving and respectful of others' opinions.




It's a war out there!  There are forces tugging at us every day!  Let's be grounded in God's Word.  When posting on social media, we should be able to say it face to face.  That's a good guideline.






Holiness seems to be such an unreachable goal.  We were inspired to take that first step and climb the mountains of life to reach holiness!  It's what God wants!  He is an all or nothing God.



So we can!  We can be saints!  Isn't this a perfect thought for the Lenten season?  Let's keep climbing and reaching for the Lord.  He is stretching out His hand to us in love and pulling us up!  He will fight our battles for us, we only have to be still!


Wishing all of you a blessed Ash Wednesday and Lenten season!


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