Sunday, December 27, 2009
It's easy to make your own memorabilia Christmas tree. I'm sure you have materials in your home you can use. What's fun is if you let the kids create their very own keepsakes! Basic materials needed are: scissors, colored paper, glue, string and of course the picture! This is the easiest one to make. Just cut out different shapes from colored paper (Christmas trees, stars, houses, even a simple square!) then decorate it. You can either glue the picture in front or make a hole and attach the picture to the back.
It would be nice to put some details at the back, like the date the picture was taken, and who made the frame and when. Another great thing to put is a blessing for the year so that your pictures will be like prayers of praise to God and a great gift for the birthday celebrant!
Of course there are a lot of scrapbooking materials you can use for this project. I like making a basic frame out of cardboard and covering it up with either cloth or paper, then decorating it with printed paper or cut outs. I've also use tongue depressors to make a frame, painted it and used rubber stamps to decorate it.
Above see one of my favorites- I pasted red cloth on cardstock, cut out an oval frame, then embroidered it and added cloth squares. Of course, what makes it my favorite is the little boy in the center! He's in a traditional filipino costume. This tree will start many a conversation and it's particularly nice to decorate the tree with pictures of grandparents and us parents when WE were young!
Here's a picture of my mom and my sister. If your pictures are too precious to cut up, it's best to duplicate it and cut up the duplicates!
If you're the type who hates trees that aren't color coordinated, you can also coordinate the colors of your frames like my sister Meldy did. She used red and black cardstock, put black and white pictures, added red shiny embellishments on her tree. Hers is a more formal version that fits her well put together house! I should have taken a picture of the tree but you can see a bit of it behind my Christmas family photo which I'll probably add to my tree next year!
Monday, December 21, 2009
I was looking through the files of my old website on Geocities and I came across this entry from February 13, 1999. I asked my 4-year old son, Josh, why he was so cute. His answer? "Because I'm Jesus' friend." He left to do something and recited softly to himself, "Yes, I'm Jesus' friend, yes, I'm Jesus' friend..." If only we are as sure of why we are so blessed. If only we knew that we are infinitely loved by our Father who is so full of compassion that He voluntarily left His beautiful home to become like us. Mother Teresa is one person who really knew the Father, I think. That's why she had no fear for herself, she did not need to protect herself, provide for her needs. She was so confident of God's love and provision that she was free to think of others. May the Lord gift us this Holy Season with this confidence which only He can give!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I decided to make another blog about the work we're doing with the QC Jail. Here's the link: Hebrews 13:3. Unfortunately when I made a profile , my profile here changed too! Will have to see what I can do about that! It seems pretty strange to have that on my left side for now, but oh well, I have so many other things to do today, I'll have to think about what to do about that later! I've been busy wrapping gifts too, and MAKING gifts, so haven't found the time to post anything recently. I'm making cute magnets to give away. :^) Will upload that as soon as it's finished, or even if it's not!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
How do we keep our heart? How do we protect it? I think by protecting our eyes and ears first! What do we focus on, what do we see, read, dwell on? Garbage in, garbage out, as the saying goes. The opposite shall be true as well. Good things in, good things out! That's why I like making ATCs and posters with the word of God. It's a way for me to dwell on the treasure that we have and most of the time, take forgranted!
For some dizzy eye candy visit Bizzy Becs. Congratulations Becs! Have a try to win amazing goodies at my cardmaking haven too!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
This is one of my favorite romantic stories...
John Blanchard stood up from the bench,
straightened his Army uniform,and studied the
crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station.
He looked for the girl whose heart he knew,
but whoseface he didn't.
His interest in her begun
thirteen months before in a Florida library.
Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued,
not with the words of the book,
but with the notes penciled in the margin.
The soft handwriting reflected a
thoughtful soul and insightful mind.
In the front of the book, he discovered the previous owner's name,
Miss Hollis Maynell.
With time and effort he located her address.
He lived in New York City and he wrote her a letter
introducing himself and inviting her to correspond.
The next day he was shipped overseas for service in W.W.II.
During the next year and one-month the two grew
to know each other through the mail.
Each letter was a seed falling on a fertile heart.
A romance was building.
Blanchard requested a photograph, but she refused.
She felt that if he really cared,
it wouldn't matter what she looked like.
When the day finally came for him to return from Europe,
they scheduled their first meeting -
7:00 at the Grand Central Station in New York.
"You'll recognize me," she wrote,
"by the red rose l'll be wearing on my lapel."
So at 7:00 he was in the station looking for a girl
whose heart he loved,
but whose face he'd never seen.
I'll let Mr. Blanchard tell you what happened:
A young woman was coming toward me,
her figure long and slim.
Her blonde hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears;
her eyes as blue as flowers.
Her lips and chin had a gentle firmness,
and in her pale green suit she was like springtime come alive.
I started toward her,
entirely forgetting to notice that she was not wearing a rose.
As I moved, a small, provocative smile curved her lips.
"Going my way, sailor?" she murmured.
Almost uncontrollably I made one step closer to her,
and then I saw Hollis Maypole.
She was standing directly, almost directly behind the girl.
A woman well past 40, she had graying hair
tucked under a worn hat.
She was more than plump,
her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes.
The girl in the green suit was walking quickly away.
I felt as though I was split in two,
so keen was my desire to follow her
and yet so deep was my longing
for the woman whose spirit had
truly companioned me and upheld my own.
And there she stood.
Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible.
Her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle.
I did not hesitate.
My fingers gripped the small worn blue leather copy
of the book that was to identify me to her.
This would not be love, but it would be something precious,
something perhaps even better than love,
a friendship for which I had been and must ever been grateful.
I squared my shoulders and saluted
and held out the book to the woman,
even though while I spoke I felt choked by the
bitterness of my disappointment.
"I'm Lieutenant John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Maynell.
I am so glad you could meet me.
May I take you to dinner?"
The woman's face broadened into a tolerant smile.
"I don't know what this is about, son," she answered,
"but the young lady in the green suit who just went by,
she begged me to wear this rose on my coat.
And she said if you were to ask me out to dinner,
I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you
in the big restaurant across the street.
She said it was some kind of test!"
It's not difficult to understand
and admire Miss Maynell's wisdom.
The true nature of a heart is seen in
its response to unattractiveness.
"Tell me whom you love," Houssaye wrote,
"and I will tell you who you are."
Monday, August 31, 2009
For those who don't know what ATCs are, they are mini works of art. The only rule is the size- it's 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". You can use any medium and material- cloth, paper, metal, plastic, watercolor, stamping, collage, drawing, etc. I like collage and watercolor. And I do so love to put scripture passages on it so I can "keep it in my heart", as Deuteronomy Chapter 6 urges us to do, or rather, commands!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The son of a friend of mine has been in prison for 6 months now. Blame it on a skewed justice system. He's just 23 years old and we've been visiting the prison, bringing bibles, chairs for their chapel, food for the meetings, and now we're collecting shirts and pants for the prisoners to wear when they have hearings.
It's so inspiring to talk to this young man because he proves Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes
all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. It's a terrible thing for him to have to stay in jail with all the other prisoners. We know all the horror stories. But after talking to him, I could see God's hand.
He admitted that if God hadn't allowed him to go to jail, his life may have gone on a downward spiral. But now, I see that he's grown in the Lord, his heart has expanded, and he's recognized his gifts. He is developing his drawing and painting, something he didn't use to do. He didn't use to read, now he's read 30 books. He didn't use to write, now he has a journal. When before he was concerned with acquiring the best cellphone, he now appreciates simple joys. He also cares about the other inmates. He makes really tasty sandwiches, cuts them up, and serves his fellow inmates. He esp. tries to show care to those without visitors, because these men sometimes get crazy!
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners,
He'll be turning 24 soon, and I'm collecting encouraging messages to bring to the jail on his birthday. Won't you say a prayer for him please?
Blog Candy Extravaganza- drop by Crissy's Art & Heart for an some goodies. Draw ends on the 18th of the month.
Monday, July 06, 2009
People who don't know God are like heirs who have no idea that their father is a King who only wants the best for them. They scrounge around for food to eat and a place to stay unaware that if they read the Bible, it will teach them how to live a full and meaningful life!
As Christians, have a responsibility to wake people up! We can't keep this wonderful news to ourselves! There's enough treasure for everybody!
God is doing something all around the world, and if we're willing to be used, He will use us! It's exciting because we don't know what God is doing, but it's something big, and it's something NEW! We have to listen, obey and be prepared. Are you ready for an adventure with God? I am ready for an adventure with My Father!
Saturday, July 04, 2009
What fun! Invited a friend over for making ATCs and we had a great time making ATCs. She said, "I want to be your friend for life!" What I'm thinking is we WILL be friends for life AND beyond! How wonderful that God made a way for us to have so many sisters and brothers in the faith!
Here's an ATC I made today. This is my prayer, that I will know the Lord's ways and follow His path. Even if "His ways are above our ways and His thoughts far above ours", we can trust Him to show us what we need to know. He too, is our friend for life and beyond!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Most people just want to be happy, to have a good family, good job, good children, and not be bothered by trials- whether at home or at work or in their church. We think that as long as we’re not hurting anybody, we’re in a good place. Unfortunately, the minute we make happiness our goal, like the proverbial butterfly we try to catch, it’s not going land on our shoulder. If we just want to live for ourselves, fulfill our dreams, plan our life to accomplish our goals, it’s not going to happen. Somewhere along the line, we’re going to ask, where did I go wrong? We’re going to say to God, "Why me? I’m here, minding my own business, taking care of my family, living life in a "good" way, not doing anybody any harm, why am I not happy? Why is my wife/my husband not happy? Why?"
When Dr. Karl Menninger, founder of the Menninger Clinic was asked, "What should you do if you feel a nervous breakdown coming on?" he replied: "Lock the door of your house, go across the street, and do something to help your neighbor."
God’s ways are not our ways. God’s economies are not our economies. God’s solutions are not our solutions. If we lack money, we should tithe and tithe generously. If we are not happy, we should go and make someone happy. If we need something, we should give something away. If we are constantly harassed and feel there isn’t enough time to do all we have to do, we should give more time for prayer. If we lack confidence, we should make somebody feel good about themselves.
There is a smart saying that goes anything that’s wrong with you can be fixed by a change in me. We can bring that into a broader perspective and say anything that’s wrong with the world can be fixed by a change in me. You might say we can’t do anything about terrorists or the recession. But that’s not how God thinks. He asks for our loaves and fishes, what we have right now, right here, and he multiplies that and blesses it until we have more than enough to change the world and our perspective. Right here and right now, that is what God is asking for.
There are many volunteer opportunities near where you live. We may think that there’s a lot of things wrong with the world, but when you see how people are helping people, these are the loaves and fishes that will save our countries. Helping others who need help is what will save us.
Here are some suggestions on how we can do something that is bigger than you and me!
Fund raise for a good cause. Do some house building with Habitat for Humanity or Gawad Kalinga. Clean up your house and donate your clothes, books, etc. to charitable institutions. Tutor some street kids. Clean up a dirty bit of beach, a playground or whatever needs cleaning or sprucing up. Visit the sick, the poor, the prisoners. Bring a reusable bag with you when shopping. Let's do what we can, where we are, with what we have!
Friday, May 29, 2009
The best part about our new house is the church is so close by, I have been able to walk to mass every morning and visit the Adoration Chapel afterwards. My prayer time has been truly enriched and I get to see my mom, who is a daily mass goer, every day. Another great thing is we live near my parents, and all my sisters and brother. My son has walked by himself to visit his cousins several times.
I feel surrounded by God's love and blessing everyday! But really, the greatest blessings are our family- the people we love, the people who love us, the people who are conduits of God's goodness and generosity to us! There is no value to traveling around the world, living in a beautiful house, if we do not have our family, our real family, and our brothers and sisters in Christ, to share it with!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Here's what I've been up to lately. I painted the cover with wall putty to add some texture, then painted it with acrylics- first yellow, then pink, then peach. When the paint was dry, I looked through my paper cut outs, and arranged various pictures on the cover.
It's funny about art- you never know what's going to come out. Sometimes you're inspired, and sometimes you're lazy. One thing I've learned is you don't stop when you're tired or lazy. Sometimes you don't particularly like what's forming but we need to get rid of the inner critic that says, "That's ugly! Throw it away!" I look at some of the animals God has created- even if they looked strange, God didn't destroy them!
Here's fangtooth and below is the angora rabbit. If I made them, I'd be tempted to hide the !mistake. But God didn't destroy these and other strange looking creatures. In Genesis, after creating anything, He said, "It is very good!" meaning He appreciated them all!
We should follow our Father and learn to appreciate our own creations and not be too hard on ourselves!
Donalda celebrates a lot of stuff, with this great blog candy. Be sure to join before April 3rd.
Jennifer celebrates her first blogoversary with this super Easter Blog Candy! This yummy candy will be drawn on Easter Sunday 12th April at 7pm GMT.
Stacey celebrates her Blogoversary with this lovely candy! Till 26th of March at 6pm.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Here's my faith journal entry for February 18- the reading for the day was about Noah and how when he got off the boat and got on dry ground, he immediately offered a holocaust to the Lord. Can you imagine how grateful he must have been? What amazed me about his story of Noah was that out of all the people of the earth, God saved him because he was righteous. And I thought, oh no, if something like this happened today, would I be saved?
In 2Corinthians 5:21, it says "For our sake, He made Him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ." God made a way!
He also made Noah a promise that He wouldn't destroy the earth like that again!
Here's my crayon etching of Noah and the rainbow. To download a powerpoint about Noah for kids, you can go to www.4shared.com and search for noah.
Blog Candy Update: Look at all these goodies Susie from the UK is giving away!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
I've been quite busy today. I finished 2 journals. First, I made several signatures. I then chose from my stash of vintage leather jackets which ones I would make into the covers. I cut the leather to size. One black jacket had a snap accent which I used for a closure. I embellished the red journal with a resin medallion. Sewing the signatures to the leather, wasn't as easy as I thought! You need to think about the process and I didn't, so I got into a lot of dead ends!
Blog candy update: Melissa is giving away some nice stuff on her blog. Taylor is offering some yummy colored chalk. Be sure to visit. Kim of Vancouver is putting some clear stamps up for grabs in celebration of her 100,000 hits.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I'm giving a workshop this Saturday on "Creative Faith Journalling". I started doing this a few years ago and it's helped me "see God" during my prayer time. He's my collaborator, my partner, my companion. Adding collage, drawings, etc. to my journalling, has enriched my time with the Lord, -I've been wanting to share about it. It's like my father and I have a scrapbook of our times together, and I can enjoy the journey again as I read my entries and look at the pictures. "Like father, like daughter"- like my Father, I enjoy creating, and I can say, "It is very good!"
BLOG CANDY UPDATE- Hand Stamped by Lacey is giving out lots of paper and flowers, stamps and buttons to celebrate 50,000 hits. Wow! Jacqui of Cat's Whiskers is giving away a stamping video, ribbons, stamps, etc. Happy Birthday! Bev's birthday candy includes a kit, crochet flowers, a punch, etc. Visit All the Things I Love to see it. Some wonderful punches and lots of other goodies are up for grabs at Papercrafts by Rach up till the 22nd of February.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I've been scrapbooking ever since I was young but I'm the type who puts the 'scrap' into the scrapbooking because I use magazine illustrations, and cut out letters, frames, words instead of buying materials! I also use vintage fabric and glue it on paper with half and half white glue and water. That makes the material easy to cut and I use this a lot for flowers and flourishes and swirls. Here's a collage picture of my dad, my son and my niece.
Of course I wouldn't be averse to using all the lovely blog candy available on the web! Here are some I'd love to win: Scrap-Creations, Imagine, Create and Inspire, and a work of HeART at Monica Zuniga's blog, and a primitive bunny at The Creator's Touch. Umm, blog candy is getting addicting!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Here are 4 ATCs I made for a swap at Swap-Bot. The theme was that the base had to be a map and I used bits and pieces of a map of Europe. I antiqued it with different acrylic colors and glued on dried flowers, stickers and bits and pieces of flourishes from my "magic book". (More on that later!)
Here in the Philippines, imported art materials like card stock, stickers,rubber stamps, distress inks., etc are so expensive. I don't use a lot of it and usually make do with things I cut out or make myself. So when I recently found "blog candy" on the web where all you have to do to join a raffle for lovely craft materials (stamps, cardstock, inks, etc.) is make a comment and put a link, I was ecstatic. Here are my recent finds while I've been blog hopping:
Hege-Annie's Hobby Blog (she's from Norway!) and Creating from the Heart by Melissa who is giving away a treasure trove of valentine stuff.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
For the holidays, my family went to the beach. Apart from the usual things you do on the beach like swimming, sailing, kayaking, walking in the sand and taking pictures- we had another family art activity. We made 5 1/2" square cards using paint, wall putty (instead of gesso), paper, glue, scissors, pens, etc. My sister and my mom used sand on their work! It turned out interesting to say the least!
We shouldn't be afraid to try something different or new. You'll never know where it leads. Like when I started my creative faith journal and it led to a workshop. Or when my sister asked if I wanted to make a piece for an exhibit on a Chapter of the Gospel of John. I had never worked on a big canvas before but I said, "Yes!"- I learned a lot from making that collage, I also learned what not to do! Now our family is embarking on a new family project- a book! We'll see how that comes out. I guess that's how we grow- setting out in our little boat across uncharted waters.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Here's a collage I did for my niece's Christmas present. I cut her picture out, glued it on a painted background, coated it with gesso and painted over it. I then used my stash of painted paper to make a frame.
I remember my niece when she was this age- so lovable, and so loved. She called me her valentine! Such a funny little girl- when my husband-to-be came visiting, she would say, "Auntie Patsy, you can go to sleep. I will entertain him." Or she would sit between us while we talked.
I can't believe she is 18 years old already! Still very precious and still very funny! I enjoyed making this frame for her. Here, she is wearing a "filipiniana", our national costume in the Philippines. My sister made it for her, and she looked really cute in it. Time spent in making things for others is always time well spent.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The greatest gift is a portion of thyself." Wish I had more time and more discipline to make my gifts to family last Christmas.
Speaking of gifts, through the course of my blog-hopping with the One World, One Heart Gypsy Caravan (my prize for this is a few posts down), I chanced upon blog candy on these sites:
Crafty Makes, Marlene's, and Siggi Shop. Who can resist craft supplies, paper, brads, flowers, etc? You can join their raffle which ends on Jan.31 and maybe, just maybe, get a nice gift for yourself!
Monday, January 26, 2009
This is a mixed media collage I did for an art auction to benefit patients suffering from kidney disease.
This has been years in the making- sometimes you don't like what you're doing and you leave it. That's what happened to this canvas. I sewed on some dark green cloth for hair and I didn't like the face. So I left it languishing and dusty on a shelf.
But this year I came back to it, covered up the face, pasted different colored paper around to frame it, and attached my favorite flourishes on the hair or the bandeau.
With art, you're not supposed to give up! God doesn't give up on us! Even if all we can see is the ugliness of sin, God sees what we can become! Truly nothing is impossible with God!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I like using scraps, materials you would usually throw away. I try to find substitutes for expensive craft supplies. I make do with what I have. That's what my mother trained us to do ever since we were young- Reuse, Reduce, Recycle! is something we grew up with. Felt scraps would transform into "food" for our play kitchen, toilet paper rolls would become dolls with paper mache, bottles would turn into banks.
The downside is I seldom throw things away- I keep pistachio nut shells, corks, plastic bottles, candy wrappers,etc! All in the hopes that one day I'll use them for something fantastic!
One thing I've been doing lately is painting book pages. Some books I never want to read again and I can't think of anybody to give it to. So I tear the pages and paint the pages. Solid colors, stripes, checks, etc. So much fun! Then I cut them up to use for collages. I'm not expecting this to last forever as I usually use this for my journals and gifts to friends.
Here's something I did during one of my morning meditations. I used pages of a 2007 daily devotional.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Miracles come to those who wait! I had such fun making this collage! This was one of my first pieces and I didn't know much about making interesting backgrounds with lots of layers and textures- I just put together all the pieces and not thinking much about what was going to come out. But it all came together and I liked it! Isn't that the important thing? In the Bible, God says, "It is very good!" after He creates the water and earth, the animals, etc. When we create, we're like our Father, we're imitating Him. "Like Father, like daughter!" I think God found such satisfaction when He came up with the interesting animals, the beautiful flowers, the glorious sunset, etc, that He wanted us to share in His great gift of creativity. I am just filled with gratitude when I think of this wonderful gift He gave us in His generosity!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Here's a page from my journal. For years my diaries were all words, words, words. I never went back to it. They were all just dumped in cardboard boxes. A couple of years ago I decided to make them more user-friendly--- bible verses and quotes from books I wanted to remember would be illustrated, embellished, emphasized. My prayer time is much more fruitful. Now, I regularly look through my notebook and am refreshed, fed and inspired anew.