Showing posts with label music arts & literature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music arts & literature. Show all posts

Happy Mail for February 2021 💗

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Ready to send out these hugs in a card! For the month of February, the 3 lucky winners we have randomly picked were:

  • Ms. Teresita
  • Ms. Milaluna and
  • Ms. LJ
Happy mail recipients randomly picked 💗

Congratulations and I hope you will find joy upon receiving these small gifts as much as I had fun making them. As you can see, I'm also learning calligraphy using brush pens so I don't have to print out my mailing addresses. It needs a lot of improvement but I'm loving it! 😁

February recipients will get coffee themed cards and matching shaker bookmarks 

An additional 3 recipients were also selected for special reasons: the first was a survivor of a recent brain surgery, the second was suffering from postpartum depression and the third one was for her friendliness and humility. I hope that this small gesture will at least lessen their pain.

I have also made these 2 cards (one was requested by a friend) to be sent out for a friend who is currently battling Hodgkin's lymphoma hoping that in a small way, we could show our concern and care.

Now I need to think about my next month's card design. I really like how the flower card on the left turned out and I find it therapeutic to watercolour so I might use this design. Let's hope and see as there's still a few days left before February ends.

Until my next update lovely readers! Thank you so much for the inspiration. 💜

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Weekend Crafting Projects

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Just a quick share of my crafting project this weekend: DIY home posters and other prints.

These are reminders and house-rules I established for the children.

The stairs poster was a necessary reminder because last Wednesday, Daisy slipped on the steps.

The stairs were made of timber but we normally don't wear shoes or slippers when going upstairs. Barefoot is fine. 

But that day, she was wearing her socks on from last night. She was almost downstairs when she slipped. Lucky she was holding onto the railings so the fall wasn't that bad. Still, she hit her bottom and back.

I told her to never wear socks again when climbing up or down and this poster will remind her and everyone else.

Made out of recycled cardboards and wooden-look vinyl

Screen time rules is for the children's use of gadgets although the adults in the house sometimes need a friendly reminder too. 😊 I established a program where the girls are also reminded to be helpful around the house at the same time give them the opportunity to earn money for things they want.


The girls each have a screen-time-rules-poster, a weekly screen time counter. How it works is that they earn 1 minute extra screen time when they do tasks at home. They can use these accumulated points from Friday nights and weekends or give them up in exchange for money. 

That is how they earn for things they want and they can keep the money in this cute wooden coin counter from Kmart. Instead of the coin denomination labels at the top, we covered them with their goals instead. They have up to 5 goals plus 1 slot for giving.

And that's it! Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.


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My Rekindled Love for Max Webber

Friday, February 5, 2021

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Have you ever felt an urge so strong that you have to appease it right there and then? That was the kind of urge I felt on the morning of Thursday, 4th of February. A love was rekindled that day and I felt so relieved, like a homecoming.

It started last week, when my friend shared a project she made with her little boys about mindfulness. On one of her Facebook posts was Susan Verde's book by the title, "I Am Peace, A Book of Mindfulness." It caught my eye. 

My friend said the book makes the idea of mindfulness tangible and understandable so I was all for it. For days, I was browsing online shops looking for the book. It wasn't a difficult find. Target has it for $10 but lately, I had been splurging too much on books. I was guilty of eating up the family splurge budget. 

That's when it hit me, in the past, when I was hungry for reading, I would go for a quick trip at the library. If I were lucky, there would be withdrawn books by the entrance, $1 for non-fiction and $0.20 for fiction books. I never left empty-handed when that's the case. The walk home was always light, despite the heavy stack of books I was carrying, my face beaming with joy.

It's been a while since I last went to the library. They have closed all branches since COVID hit in March last year so I kind of forgot about them.

A quick search online revealed they were back in operations - I was elated! However, when I checked my local branch, they didn't have a copy of "I Am Peace."

Max Webber library has it, so I begged my husband to take me there after work. I didn't really need to beg hehehe. He supports all of my reasonable whims. But if I haven't been to my local library for almost a year, I haven't been to Max Webber branch for ages.

I was worried that if we go in the afternoon, they won't let me borrow anyway. I used to own a library card with them when we first came in Australia back in 2012. They issued me one because I lived within the Blacktown council area. However, we have been living in Penrith council since then.

Hubby dismissed my worries and took me and Darla in the afternoon anyway. As soon as I got inside, my anxious feelings disappeared. It was haven! If the library could fit inside my arms, I would have hugged it close to my heart hehehe.

I approached the librarian and explained that there's a book I wanted to borrow however, I didn't have a library card. She was a very lovely lady who helped me get one quickly and without hassles. 

But I have to admit that while she was processing on the computer, my heart was racing fast and my brain was playing out all sorts of issues that could stop me from obtaining that library card. That would be so much heartache!

Fortunately, it only took a few minutes and a couple of questions before she handed me my card. It felt wonderful to see it in my hands, so shiny and new! I thanked her and rushed off to get the book, "I Am Peace." I realised that even after years, I still know my way around as if it was the home I grew up in.

The card was a symbol of my love for the library rekindled

Max Webber Library Non-Fiction Section

I found the book right away for I had the reference number in my head hehehe. That's how obsessed I was. To make the most of the trip, I searched for more books to borrow while Darla explored the children's area with her Dad. It was a wonderful afternoon and her delighted face as she browsed the children's book was cherry on top.

Darla beaming with joy at the library

We left the place with a silent promise in my heart that I will visit more frequently again. Libraries often hold a playgroup for children under school-age although I am not sure if they started doing this again after COVID. Still, short visits to return and choose new books are more than enough to excite me. Until our next return God willing.

Though I haven't opened the book that started all this adventure, I sure already have found peace... hehehe.

PS: Special thanks to my friend, Michelle, for being an instrument in the occurrence of this story.

PPS: The books I chose: 

I Am Peace is a short read with practical guide to mindfulness at the back. I am only a few pages into The Self-Esteem Trap and I can tell I will love this non-fiction book already.

A graphic novel for my young ladies. I'm not familiar with the popular titles anymore so the girls can choose next time we take them with us.

I didn't want to go overboard so I only chose 3. After all, I still need to re-read the book I have bought for myself last December. But I'm really very excited, I can't help sneaking into the other book. I'm so glad I have come back to Max Webber Library. Although I love St Marys Public Library too, Max Webber was a "first-love" kind of love. 😍😆 In my future posts, I will explain why hehehe.

Until then! Thank you for reading. 💗

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DIY Easel Card Plus Desk Calendar In One Tutorial

Friday, January 22, 2021

In an earlier post, I showed the final cards I made and posted to friends in time for the coming of the 2021 year.

I call them easel cards with calendar tabs. They are regular handmade cards you can send to friends, at the same time, they also serve as desk calendars. 

These are some of the cards I sent out to friends

I'll be sharing how to make these cards. It's really very easy, I don't normally create complex cards because I consider myself a beginner at cardmaking 😁

Materials:
  • Card base (white)
  • Card stock (blue and red)
  • Calendar tabs - I bought them from Scrap Dragon
  • Glitter cardstock (white) - 1.5cm height x 15cm length
  • Stamps of your choice for the images (I used O Christmas Tree and Cocoa Party Stamp both from Hello Bluebird)
  • Colouring materials (to colour your stamped images)
  • Ribbons (about half an inch thick)
  • White cardstock - for the sentiment inside
  • Gold cardstock - to outline the sentiment tab
  • Stamps of your choice for the sentiments
  • Chalkboard pens - you can buy them from Dollar Stores - I got mine for $2 only (for 3 pens)
  • Adhesives - double sided tape or glue
  • Foam adhesives
  • Blings, sequins, glitters etc.
The procedure is very simple... to assemble the front of the card, follow these steps:
  1. First, fold the front of your white card base about 4cm from the bottom. Set aside.
  2. Cut your blue or red cardstock the same size as the front of your card base.
  3. Decorate the blue or red cardstock with falling snow background using the chalkboard pens.
  4. Using adhesives, stick the glitter cardstock at the bottom of your blue or red cardstock. You can cut the glitter cardstock to your liking - as long as it looks like a snow covered ground.
  5. Then stick on the calendar tab to your desired position.
  6. Stamp some images and colour them.
  7. Stick on the images to the front of the coloured cardstock.
  8. Then decorate the background with glitters and blings (to add some sparkles!)
  9. Finally, you can stick on your coloured cardstock to your card base - just make sure that you don't put adhesive at the top part. Only at the bottom part where the fold is, otherwise the easel effect won't work.
Then, to create the sentiment inside the card follow these steps: 

The card turns into a desk calendar when the front flap is folded and wedged onto the sentiment tab 😊
  1. Glue the ribbon about 1.5cm from the bottom of the inside panel of the cardbase.
  2. Then using a white cardstock, punch out a small frame. I used the Timeless Label Punch from Stampin' Up!
  3. Stamp your sentiment onto the tab. Decorate it as you want. 😍
  4. For added embellishment, I used a gold cardstock to line my sentiment tab.
  5. Finally, using foam adhesives, place the sentiment tab on top of the ribbon. Just centre it.
Voila! A handmade card plus a desk calendar in one! Now you can give your friends and colleagues a card they can use all year round.

These are the cards I made for my daughters Demi and Daisy. They have these on their desks and every time they need an encouragement, they can always open the card and read the messages Dad and Mom wrote them. 😍

For Daisy.

For Demi

Happy crafting!

PS: Here's also a video of the tutorial.



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Easel Cards With Calendar Tabs for 2021

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Ever since I have been exposed to the joy of cardmaking, I could not count anymore the number of cards I have sent out.

That's the beauty of this hobby. The reason why I really strive to continue despite not having enough time is because the happiness is just incomparable. 

Knowing that you were able to make someone's day a bit brighter or just make them feel special are but simple things that could also make me happy. I know how it feels to be taken for granted (so much so that I've learnt how to shrug off the pain) and it's not a good feeling I tell you. With one simple card, at least someone feels cared for.

Here are some of the cards I made for the holiday season. Right now, I just wanted to share the final outcome. Maybe, some other time, I will post a tutorial for those who love cardmaking too. :)







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Sunday Sound Trip: Welcome to the Family

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Last night out of nowhere, this song suddenly crossed my mind which was funny because I haven't heard this song in many many years. We used to sing this song in Primary School so it has been almost 30 years... that made me feel really old hehe.

Maybe I remembered this song because it reminds me of childhood, those innocent days when you believed that everyone are kind and caring. It speaks of a family deeper than blood relations - 

May we learn to love each other
More with each new day, 

May words of love be on our lips 
In ev’ry thing we say. 
May the Spirit melt our hearts, 
And teach us how to pray, 
That we might be a true family. 

Beautiful isn't it? Unfortunately, as I grew older I found out that this is not the case with reality. There are people who wish and speak ill things about other people - and it's not very nice being at the receiving end of this bitterness. I should know. Char! Hahaha.

Anyway, let's just wish them more blessings because that is what we're supposed to do :)




Welcome to the family... :)

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Sunday Sound Trip: Rainbow

Sunday, May 20, 2018

This Sunday's sound tripping is of Demi's version of Rainbow by Sia. This was recorded the same night that Daisy sang A Million Dreams with the same half hearted deportment because mommy was invading "me" time hehe. 

These are the songs that I only learned about from my girls. I love Sia, but even before I found out this was her song, I already loved it. Rainbow was used in one of the episodes from My Little Pony wherein they made a pony version of Sia herself. My girls knew the details better hehe.

Anyway, without further ado, please welcome, Demi Jenn! 😍




I know you

You're a special one
Some see crazy, where I see love
You fall so low
But soar so high
Big dreamer, shoot for open sky

So much life in those open eyes
So much depth, you look for
When your wounds open
You will cry
You cry out now, and you'll question why

I can see a rainbow
In your tears as they're fallin' down
I can see your soul grow, uoo
Through the pain as they hit the ground
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as the sun comes out
As the sun comes out



I am here

And I see your pain
Through the storms
Through the clouds, the rain
I'm telling you
You cannot escape
You can do it
Just feel, baby



I can see a rainbow
In your tears as they're fallin' down
I can see your soul grow, uoo
Through the pain as they hit the ground
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as the sun comes out

As the sun comes out

Here comes the sun smiling down
Here comes the sun smiling down
Here comes the sun smiling down
Smiling down 

I can see a rainbow
In your tears as they're fallin' down
I can see your soul grow, uoo
Through the pain as they hit the ground
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as the sun comes out

As the sun comes out

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Sunday Sound Trip: Ever The Same by Rob Thomas

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Before I post my chosen song for Sunday sound trip, let me just share something beautiful that occurred today.

It's a wonderful Sunday morning showered with love by dear friends Lea and Misty. So sorry I forgot to take photos of us while we shared stories over a quick brekky.

Thanks very much for the lovely surprises. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit. :)



The baby clothes and bibs were very pretty! I'm so excited to use them.

I'm also glad you gave me these Le Mist goodies! The granolas would be really good for snacking and the candle would be great aroma around the house. You gave me a bigger one too. Thank you so much! You both have made my day! 😍

And now, for the Sunday sound trip, one of my favourite mellow sounds from several years back, Ever The Same by Rob Thomas. Happy Sunday!




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Book Review: Bridge to Terabithia

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Synopsis:

'We need a place,' Leslie called to him, '...just for us.'



It was Leslie who invented Terabithia, a secret kingdom on an island across the creek. Here Jess is strong and unafraid. So when something terrible happens, Jess finds he is able to cope better than he could ever have imagined.

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Sunday Sound Trip: A Million Dreams

Sunday, May 6, 2018

I first heard this song from my daughter, Daisy. It is a very nice uplifting song with great lyrics suitable for blooming minds and hearts of today's young generation. One night, I disturbed the girls on one of their "me time" so I could record her singing this. This my daughter Daisy's rendition of the song. It was almost perfect, despite the fact that she was singing half-heartedly. That, plus she forgot to sing the very last line and the cheeky "happy?" at the end hehehe...
Please welcome, Daisy Jenn! :)



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Sunday Sound Trip: In My Dreams

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Some people may say I'm an old soul because of my preference in music. But then again, a lot of people, mostly those my age and older, would say that the music of the past were better and everlasting.

I am not really sure about this because in my opinion, we like the music of the past because of the memories we associate with it. Maybe someday, the younger generation would tell their children the same thing because the music they hear now is associated with good childhood memories.

However, the flavour of this week, a song older than me, is not in any way associated with my childhood. I did hear it a lot as a young girl but I was too young to have had any recall whatsoever of the happenings around me back then.

This song I would classify as classic to my taste. It's mellow, original, unique... the musical arrangement to me is very remarkable especially the bass. So smooth!

Anyway, for old souls like me, I hope you enjoy this song!
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Sunday Sound Trip: If You're Not The One

Sunday, April 15, 2018


If you're not the one then why does my soul feel glad today?
If you're not the one then why does my hand fit yours this way?
If you are not mine then why does your heart return my call?
If you are not mine would I have the strength to stand at all?

I never know what the future brings
But I know you're here with me now
We'll make it through
And I hope you are the one I share my life with


I don't want to run away but I can't take it, I don't understand
If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am?
Is there any way that I could stay in your arms?

If I don't need you then why am I crying on my bed?
If I don't need you then why does your name resound in my head?
If you're not for me then why does this distance maim my life?
If you're not for me then why do I dream of you as my wife?

I don't know why you're so far away
But I know that this much is true
We'll make it through
And I hope you are the one I share my life with
And I wish that you could be the one I die with
And I'm praying you're the one I build my home with
I hope I love you all my life

I don't want to run away but I can't take it, I don't understand
If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am?
Is there any way that I could stay in your arms?

'Cause I miss you, body and soul so strong that it takes my breath away
And I breathe you into my heart and pray for the strength to stand today
'Cause I love you, whether it's wrong or right
And though I can't be with you tonight
You know my heart is by your side

I don't want to run away but I can't take it, I don't understand
If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am?
Is there any way that I could stay in your arms?
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Sunday Sound Trip: Burn For You

Sunday, April 1, 2018

No words... Just feeling a bit sentimental lately...


Got myself into some trouble tonight
Guess I'm just feelin' blue
It's been so long
Since I've seen your face
This distance between me and you
That voice you showed me is not the one that I know
I must be strung out on what I do
Don't hang up again...
Theres nothing else I know how to do 

But I burn for you
What am I gonna do
Burn for you

I guess it feels like you're always alone
And I feel that way too
It's so hard to explain to you
Please understand what I do

I burn for you
What am I gonna do 
I burn for you
Burn for you

Took my trouble to a bar tonight
For another point of view
But there's nothing new
I'm missing you

I burn for you
What am I gonna do 
Burn for you
Burn for you

I burn for you
What am I gonna do 
I burn for you

Burn for you
What am I gonna do 
I burn for you
Burn for you

Burn...for...you...
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Sunday Sound Trip: See You Again

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Lately, KZ Tandingan has been making a name internationally from when she performed Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" in Singer 2018 and owned it. It didn't even look like she was competing but rather performing in her very own concert. Her voice, her moves, and when she rapped, oh my gosh it was swag! While I was watching her peform, I was possessed by her stage presence. Just like the rest of the audience I guess, who were fun to watch as well because their reactions were just indescribable hahaha. To watch and see the "halimaw on stage" performance, click here.

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My Prayer to the Sky

Thursday, March 22, 2018



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