Category Archives: DIY Projects

Nanay’s Garden (lessons I learned from my mother’s garden)

garden-gate-966108_640For many years, I’ve never fully understood my mother and her passion for gardening. She never seems to tire out in re-arranging those pots of flowers and not to mention the constant uprooting and re-planting of those poor (poor) plants. Sometimes, I imagine if only her plants can talk, they might have already complained. But on the contrary, her plants will always be in bloom.

My Nanay is one of those few people gifted with a green thumb. To her, gardening is not only a good exercise but it is her way to provide fresh flowers for the family, or an aesthetic view for any house visitors. And if she happens to like you that much, she’ll definitely tour you around her precious garden. A truly enlightening experience, as she’ll always have a story to tell about each plant. Where she got it, how she got it – you wouldn’t believe the extremes my mother would do just to get a certain variety of plant. And numerous other stories… about her beloved plants.

I now know that God may have more in mind for my mother’s gardening gift. And despite our distance, I’m constantly on the updates of which variety is in bloom, how she was able to nurse back an ailing seedling or how she was able to “grow” a certain bulb or seed I’ve sent her (which of course, I truly have no clue!).

And in the past few days, I’ve made some reflections on how my mother influenced me. In ways she may not even be consciously aware of and how God shows Himself and His ways in her humble garden.

The garden reflects the miracles God is doing in our lives. How weeds – like sins has to be rooted out. Spacing is necessary for productive garden, and the various factors needed for growth and the effect of the season change.flower-442592_640

The regular “watering” is vital, spiritual growth is impossible without the Bible. And of course, the “tilling” of the soil is prayer – daily conversations with our Father, without which, it will drift us away from Him.

I’m sure my Nanay would agree that one of the pleasures of gardening is to be able to share the beauty and freshness of the garden with others. To be able to bring an armful of blooming flowers to a sick friend or neighbor that will warm the heart of the giver as the receiver.

As an adult I have experienced an abundance of blessings through our Lord and Savior. One of the pleasures and duties of the Christian life is to share Christ, the author of such blessings, with others so that they, too, are able to be blessed.

Thank you Nanay….for your love and for sharing the “growing seasons”.

 

Buzzzy Bee

I have been super busy for the past few weeks – I’ve been macramé-ing (is that even a word?) non stop! Also, I’ve done quite a bit of Christmas decor and gift ideas DIYs.

Here are some photos of my completed projects….and I promise to put up a tutorial soon!

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De-structured beauty

Can you guess what I use to make this beauty?

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I love accessories, and if you know me well enough you’ll notice how I love bracelets of all sort and make – from metal, leather, cloth, plastic, beads, crystals…you name it! I just love, love, love them!

But sometimes, they don’t come cheap…while most of my expensive ones are from my darling mother – I promise you, she has quite a collection. And whenever, I’m back home, one of my favorite activities is to rummage through her dresser together with my girls we’ll spend hours trying everything on.

Despite of my obvious love affair with bracelets, I seldom invest on my own ;). At most, I con my brother in buying me some lovely stone bracelets (which he does by the way) or I DIY it myself!

So tonight, as I was going through my junk drawer I found this “ugh-ly” pair of earrings that for the life of me – don’t understand why I bought it in the first place.

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See? You have to admit it looks kind of gaudy, right? Maybe a bit too much for the office? But the flower design looks pretty – with a bit of Chanel inspired look to it. And I simply don’t have the heart to “donate” it to friends (yeah, I can be a bit of a hoarder sometimes!).

If you’re curious how I transformed this from ugh-ly to glam….I’ve included short easy tutorial to follow…just in case you want to replicate it with your own ‘to-throw-away’ accessories.

Let’s get started! Here’s all you need.

* old accessories
* pliers
* plastic container (to keep the tiny pieces once you start de-structuring your accessory)

For this project I only use one earring from the pair. Start de-structuring your earring with the pliers. This part was actually a bit tricky, because you need to pry the jump rings very carefully since you will use it later.

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Once you have the entire earring de-structured. Make sure you keep all those tiny pieces in a container….like this.

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Isn’t that neat?

Now to the exciting part, you can start connecting your pieces, connect them with the jump rings you’ve pried-off. As you go along, check your bracelet length…for me I like it to hug my wrist, but it’s really up to you if you want to make it a bit lose.

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Once you have the bracelet at its ideal length, set that aside for a while and work on the earring fish-hook. This may require some bending, remember that inverted “S” lock. I’m sure you’ve seen those types in some of your jewelry. Try to replicate that using your pliers bend the earring fish hook to that shape, like so….

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Once you’re satisfied with the “S” lock shape…mine is not perfect, I promise you- but serves the purpose ;). Attach it to your bracelet, and make sure to add another jump ring on the other end where you can hook your bracelet’s lock.

Finally….tadaaaa!

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I think it goes well with this floral tee, right? That’s it for now…:)

My New DIY obsession: Macramé bracelets!

I did my first knot a week ago! And it proved to be another addictive DIY activity – I’m totally hooked!

It’s very simple to make and depending on the cord and embellishment you use, you can design it to suit your style.

I’ve been wanting to do a tutorial and finally decided on this cute pink macramé bracelet.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
– scotch tape
– ruler
– an embellishment of your choice
– knotting cord
– button (as the clasp)
– round head needle

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Instructions:
1. Cut 2 pieces of the knotting cord. The first piece should be about 20″, find the center and tape it to the cutting board. Cut another piece, about 60″ and place it underneath the taped 20″ cord. Making sure that everything is centered.

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2. Start with the cord from the left, take the left cord over the two vertical cords in the middle – making a small “q” shape. Next take the right cord over the three cords, horizontally and bring the loose end underneath and up through the loop of the “q”. Then, pull both cords out and tight. And that’s your first knot! Yipeee!

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3. For the second knot start from the right, take the right cord over the two vertical cords in the middle making a small “p” shape. Next take the left cord over the three cords, horizontally and bring the loose end underneath and up through the loop of the “p”. Then, pull both cords out and tight.

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4. Continue making your square knots until about 3″ long. Next, slide your embellishment and continue making 3″ long square knots .

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5. When you’re done, slide the button (which will act as your lock). Then, thread the two vertical cord in the middle and stitch it at the back to secure your button.

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6. To make it extra secure, add a dab of E-6000 to seal off the stitch and make another single knot over it. Trim off any excess cord. Now wear your macramé bracelet and show it off to friends!

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