Handy Ways for 2013

I want to share with you what I got in the mail today. Totally awesome household tricks that are pure genius and will make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that!” These are not mine, so I give all the credit to the ones who “invented” these and the one who put it together. If you are that person, you are awesome!

Here they are:

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Enjoy the new year!

A

De Do Do Do… De Da Da Da

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Just recently, my husband and I had a great privilege to watch STING Live in Manila at the Araneta Coliseum! This was our last major concert this year. Sting was AWESOME!!!!

Check out the Manila crowd!

The Manila crowd… OH YEAH!

He stood there with his guitar in his full rock star glory – tall, buffed, and awesome. And man, he can still hit the high notes. More than anything, his music has become a legend to us 40 somethings. Tell me, is there anyone out there who can NOT mouth Every Breath You Take? Or Roxanne? Even my teenage sons who were not even an “idea” back in the 80s have Police and Sting in their playlist.

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I must say, there’s something about these 80s artists… they just get better with age, don’t you think? I mean, they look better (in their 50s!) and sound better. I don’t know about you, but these seasoned old-timers can’t be beat. The young bands out there should stop and think to themselves, “how can we sound better and look hotter in 30 years…”

Photo/video by happyredpanda of YouTube.

Watch and learn, kids. Watch and learn.

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So that caps our concert list for the year. Who’s next? Calling U2!!!

Handmade Ornaments Stuffed With Love

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It’s looking a lot like Christmas in our house now. I love it when this time of year comes. The reds, greens, gold, the lights. They fall right into place like no other time. It instantly makes me think of the people we love and how we can remind them that they are special to us. The downside is, I cannot deny the pressure of thinking of what to give, scrambling for gifts, shopping, baking, wrapping, and the inevitable… an empty wallet. Alas! It’s enough to give one a nervous breakdown! But not me. Not this time. We’re going handmade, friends!

I found this lovely, lovely handmade monogrammed ornament tutorial by Dana of MADE. It’s just made of some felt, fluff and thread. So simple, so classic, so easy to make, and the colors are adorable! And who can resist the monogram?

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I started out with ours.ORN6 copy

Then I decided to make some for my siblings and their family. I would sew before sleeping at night, at my son’s soccer practice, while watching TV, while my son finishes his food at the table, in between school pick-ups, everywhere.

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I found myself thinking of the person for whom I was sewing the ornament. Would she like blue? I think his favorite color is yellow. No orange. But she always wears blue. He will want a star. A red star. But his wife will want the star…. etc, etc. Wait a minute. This is not funny. We have so many friends and family!

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Before I knew it, BOOM! I filled up a basket full of these. Hey! Doesn’t this remind you of something  yummy?

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I can’t believe I made so many, but I loved every moment of it. It felt (no pun intended) good to spend some time thinking of each person as I stitched their initial.ORN3

Now that I have completed this project, my family will gather together to pray for each one before we give them out. So this ornament is not only stuffed with fluff, but also stuffed with a lot of thought, love, and prayer. If you receive this from our family this Christmas, you will know your blessing. : )

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy!

A

P.S. Thank you Dana for such a wonderful gift idea and super easy tutorial!

Chinese Jackstone Revisited

CJ Title picI just realized I have amassed quite a basket full of fabric scraps after so many dresses and other stuff I’ve been sewing. The garbage dumper and the hoarder in me were battling over them. Good thing the make-something-out-of-it-ter in me acted fast. I gathered up the cute ones and decided to make… Chinese Jackstones!

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I got some scraps from my Pinafore Denim Dress and left overs from an old curtain turned pillow case. I also got some scraps from my Charlie Bag.

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But wait. How do you play that again?

I think the last time I played this game was when I was only 9 or 10. I searched online for some tutorials. I didn’t know it was a popular game around the world in the 70s and 80s, and there are so many versions. However, I couldn’t find one that showed how we used to play it. We played it so differently and with so much more flair in Bacolod City where I grew up.

Chinese Jackstones are not the same as the more common Jackstones (bouncy ball with 10 jacks). This version is made of 5 pillows filled with mung beans (or rice or sand). One of them serves as the BALL and it usually comes in a different color. There are several levels, each one increasing in difficulty. To win, you will need to work yourself up to the final level without making any mistake. If you touch the other jackstones, or if one slips off your hand, you lose your turn. When it’s your turn again, you have to start over. So it can be very tricky. I remember we used to spend many hours on the school corridors playing this game during recess.

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I went around asking some of my high school classmates and asked what they can remember of it. Some have a vague memory of some levels, but none can remember the whole thing. After all, it’s been 30 years! I decided to tap my muscle memory, so I just played and played until it all came back to me. Anyway, if it’s wrong, then it’s my own new version! : )

I want to share it with you and your daughter (my boys said it’s too hard). It would be impossible to describe every step, so for the first time in my blogging history, I will be sharing with you a video tutorial. YAY!

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Click on the pic above and it will take you to my YouTube video. Or you can click here.

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If you have any question about the game, leave me a note and I’d be glad to help you out. It’s a great game to play with your 10-year old daughter. Guaranteed no connections or WiFi required. Go sew up some little pillows and start playing!

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy!

A

The Boy In The Hoodie

For the longest time, my 14 year-old son had been bugging me to get him a plain white hoodie so he could print his own design on it. It took me almost a year to finally get one because no one sold any plain white hoodie anywhere in this side of the globe. At least, not the kind that would fall in under his requirements, which are PLAIN and WHITE.

Here’s his self-inspired self-portrait wearing his self-designed signature hoodie:Yeah. He said it used to be him, but not anymore (whew). I think it’s cool. Let’s just try not to over-analyze it and focus on this project, okay? : )  Continue reading

Just Dive In!

Hey! I’m back. I think. I’m facing a stretch of challenges right now and it has kept me from writing. I’ve been distracted a bit lately. I’m realizing that one does not need to do it all and that there is always a time for everything. I think they call it priorities and setting them straight. Mine’s a bit out of whack lately, so I took some time out to make some adjustments. Raising teenage boys plus a little one that requires special attention is enough to fill my day. Then there’s family, school, church, work, a career move… and the holidays! I need to count my A’s before my B’s. I’m just thankful that I have God to carry me through and my husband right beside me.

What does one do when faced with challenges? Gear up and dive in! There can be some strain at the start but as you go one stroke at a time, and keeping your focus on the goal, you can get back on track. And before you know it, you’ve done it!

I think that’s what I’ll do. : )

Moms Know Moms at Little Kids Grow!

Hey you Moms out there! Shannon at Little Kids Grow just put up an awesome interview series called Moms Know Moms “featuring wonderful moms who will share their experiences and offer real life advice just for you.” Some of the categories for the series include:

  • Finding Balance
  • Digital Mom Savvy
  • Family Traditions
  • Adoption
  • Transition/Change
  • Raising Boys
  • Raising Girls
  • Growing Families
  • And so much more!

And guess what? I was her first interviewee! Yaaaay!

Aww shucks, I’m blushing… : ) To read my portion of the series, just click on my photo above or this link.

Go on and check out what other women LIKE YOU have to say about taking on that role that is least celebrated, that job that you will never get paid for but you can’t quit from, that title that’s being called 1,000,000 times a day, that place you will not give up for anything in the world… being a MOM! It’s happening for the whole of October, so keep checking in at Little Kids Grow, and don’t forget to leave a nice comment! : )

Enjoy!

A