Fight with Us

Over the past few days I have been posting about a case our family is battling — my nephew’s fight with hemophilia. Our family has been one in fighting this battle with him over the past 13 years. Unfortunately, we have reached a point where the situation is no longer manageable alone. And so, we are requesting for your support and prayers to avoid this situation from becoming more disastrous than it already is.

 

You can learn more about his case here: https://gogetfunding.com/please-help-edj-in-his-battle-against-hemophilia/

 

We thank you in advance for you support and prayers. You are not only helping us overcome this financial hurdle, but you are also helping our family give my nephew a better shot at life, an opportunity to enjoy more, and a hope for a future with lesser worries and fears.

 

Thank you and may God bless us all!

DIY Ribbon Topiary Tutorial

This week has been extremely challenging for us. My nephew is still confined in the hospital. And we continue to pray that the Factor VIII works on his blood soon. Medical and hospitalization expenses have been growing and we continue to do all we can to manage it. Donation campaigns and fund raising activities are on the works, one of which is my upcoming handmade sale, which I mentioned on my post earlier. I’ll be selling ribbon topiaries among others:

 

I also shared my ribbon topiary with my craft group and it is the first time I got more than 300 likes! Woo-hoo! Hahaha. And so to savor this positive thing amdist this challenging time, I am sharing this video tutorial to give back the encouragement I and my family have been getting lately. 🙂

 

 

Please like and share and subscribe to my channel for more video tutorials.

 

But above all else, please continue to pray with us — for the healing and recovery of Edj, and for God’s provision as well.

 

Luke 1:37 says, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”

 

And we believe just that. 🙂

A Continuous Battle

Last year, I posted about a campaign for my nephew who’s Fighting Hemophilia. We’ve managed to raise around 70% of the funds we needed back then, thank God and all who donated and helped our family. But anyone familiar with the disease knows that it can be a life-long battle, or a battle for life.

 

Last Saturday my nephew was eating chips when a portion of the chips cut his gums which started bleeding. After that and almost a week after, his gums are still bleeding and his cough has only aggravated his condition, causing him to now vomit blood as well. We have taken him in and out of the hospital over the past few days for checkups and today, we had to leave him confined in the hospital.

 

This afternoon our family had one of the scariest experiences ever — when he, after vomiting fresh blood, passed out and a “code blue” was almost called as we bumbled in panic, not knowing what to do. Thank God, my nephew eventually regained consciousness but he is still under close observation, and we continue to pray that his bleeding stops soon, and that he gains complete healing and recovery.

 

Our whole family is working together to support each other and Edj through this time. His parents, and my sister and I are chipping in for his medical and hospitalization expenses. Since he will be staying in the hospital for more days, we are expecting the bills to shoot up again, and we are doing what we can to keep things manageable.

 

And so for tonight and on the upcoming nights, I have started and will continue to create topiaries, softies and other things I can sell. I have started reaching out to local craft groups/pages who can help me on this as well.

 

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So please stay tuned and support us here. But most importantly, please pray for my nephew’s healing, and for my family’s strength.

 

God is good and faithful!

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

~ Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

DIY Shrink Art Keychain

Learn how to make your own keychain, charms, pendants, accessories using Shrink Film or Plastics. Follow this quick and easy video tutorial.

As they say, first impressions last. So when I saw Meeya and Xristine’s pretty lettering, I instantly fell in love and I would do (well, I did) what I could to get a piece of their art and incorporate them on my own. And if you knew me, you would know it wasn’t easy.

First, I am shy. I really fangirl over a lot of crafters and their works, but usually, viewing other people’s work is enough for me for inspiration. But on times when I fall in love, I just couldn’t resist the urge… I would eventually reach out to that person, compliment him/her, and in this case, request their kind permission if I can buy, or have a copy of their work. Somewhat-Stalker-level-Creepy, yes. But thankfully, none has thought that of me yet. Haha.

Second, I am a proud crafter. Haha. Whenever I see a cute or pretty art, an item, a product, I think to myself, “I can also do that”, then I’ll just come up with my own way or approach of recreating that stuff, add a personal touch (I don’t like copying unless inevitable, I don’t like stealing other people’s works), and produce something of my own. But there are times I need to simply surrender and admit that there are things I just cannot do. And calligraphy is one of them.

So thankfully, sis Meeya and Xristine were kind enough to share with me their works for a shrink art project. I am truly blessed!

And if you liked the calligraphy and watercolor art you see here, and would like to see more, please follow Meeya and Xristine on Instagram:

And of course, if you liked my tutorial or post, give me a thumbs up, a star, a like and a comment too!

But for now… Good night!

To God be the glory!

DIY Rose Topiary

I forgot to put my lipstick and English on! XD But my special cutie guest saved the day. Or night. 🙂

In this tutorial, I am sharing how I create my felt rose topiaries or bouquets, one of Eclations best sellers.

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Geeeze, can’t believe I’m exposing my secrets. Kidding! This is no secret, there are tons of tutorials like this one out there, but more contributions wouldn’t hurt, would they? 🙂

So I hope you like this DIY! Feel free to send me your feedback or leave your comments. Critic if you must. Subscribe if you will. 😉

Thank you so much!

And as a little backstory, it has been a really hectic, busy, and somewhat stressful work week. So I just had to turn to my craft tools and flowers to make me feel better… And re-charge! 😉 Thank God for His gift of arts and crafts. :”>

To God be the glory!

DIY Paper Rosette

I love paper rosettes! They’re quick and easy to make yet would make pretty awesome decors. So when a friend asked my help to prepare for a bridal shower, rushed, I thought of paper rosettes as my go-to decor right away.

And they did not disappoint! They turned out pretty well considering it only took us around 4 hours to make – my mom did the most part. She cut and folded the paper strips, roughly 3 hours, since I had a really busy work week, while I only used an hour of my Saturday to assemble them and add some accents.

Ta-dah!!!

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I didn’t have a particular theme or motif in mind for this one. I just wanted to use the existing paper I already have. And I am really happy they turned out nice. And blended well with my artificial bouquet project too!

 

And the bride-to-be and her friends were happy with the outcome as well. 🙂

 

 

So if you want to try making your own paper rosettes, they’re pretty easy. You can watch my video tutorial here:

I also created the sash and the banner but I’m still thinking if I’d make another tutorial on them. 😛

 

For now, please let me know what you think of this tutorial. Do you think I should make more DIY videos? 🙂 I really want to give more time on improving my blog content and create more youtube videos but I need someone to take me in as an apprentice. Anyone? I promise I’ll be a good pupil. *Bats eyelashes* Hahaha.

 

Meanwhile, please don’t forget to subscribe and follow me here, and eclations on FB/Twitter/IG/YouTube! And of course, leave a comment!

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

Pretty Easy Bridal Bouquet

Artificial flowers do not have roots but they too are pretty. Some fake flowers in fact, look real. Artificial flower bouquets have also become a trend among modern brides though they are more fondly called as “handmade flowers” (as majority are hand-crafted) than artificial or fake.

I for one, have created several bouquets already, though so far I’ve only played around with felt cloth/fabric and paper. I’ve tried making fabric flowers before but I found that they are quite tedious to make since they are often too soft or the edges run amd burning edges is not really my thing. :p

But a friend came to me this morning, requesting help — they needed a bouquet by Friday. I am busy with work lately and I know I won’t have the time to make them by hand and I am really really really glad she agreed to using artificial flowers instead. I honestly have been wanting to try this out and I am sooo glad I finally had an opportunity!

This project took me only 20 minutes to make.

 

Materials:

– Assorted artificial flowers bought from the mall

– Floral Wire

– Scrap Felt Cloth

– 1-inch Ribbon

 

Steps:

1. Arange the pieces of flowers according to your taste or choice of design.

2. Tie or bundle the flowers using a floral wire to ensure the pieces do not fall off.

3. Wrap the bundled stems of the bouquet with felt fabric.

4. Accentuate the handle with a ribbon.

 

Pretty easy right?

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Care to share your own bouquet projects? I’d love to see more for inspiration!

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

Summer Harmony

I don’t know much about color harmony but I love how these flowers blended together. You may say they are more of an autumn motif but to me, they shout Summer!!! And that’s coz over here, summer has finally started!

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My GERD has made me terribly sick this past week and I have been recommended by my doctor to take a rest after my endoscopy — No outdoor activities or exaggerated movements. No stress or work. Relax. Breathe. Sleep.

But since I cannot really stand doing nothing, I decided to make sime flowers and yes, work from time to time. ^^v

 

Mother’s Day is coming. These flowers would be lovely to give, right?

If I were to sell them, how much do you suppose I could/should sell each?

That’s all for now. Do lemme know your thoughts! 😉

via Daily Prompt: Harmony

Good News: Sack Art

Some opportunities come only once in a lifetime. But sometimes, they can happen twice. And in such instances, you can only marvel at how truly wonderful God is. 🙂

 

So today, let me share with you another project I did for a local tv station. I did a DIY segment on Paperclips last November and I was so happy I got called in again last month for another shoot… This time, on sacks/burlap! And the segment aired last Monday, April 3, 2017.

 

 

You would think that since this is my second time, it’d be easier but it was not. You could even say I had a lot more boo-boos on this shoot. Nevertheless, it was a fun experience and the people were amazing to work with! I thank God that everything turned out well and I pray that the viewers and the staff of the network were pleased with the outcome.

I had a lot of lessons learned and I hope to work on them and improve next time.

I pray for a “next time”.

But as my friend reminded me tonight, seek first God’s Kingdom and all these will be added unto you… Good things happen according to God’s will and perfect timing in our lives. He knows the best plan and course of action for us! 😉

 

To God be the glory!

Sunflower Mask

Now here’s a craft project with minimal effort. It was impromptu. And took only around 20 minutes of our lunch time.

Sunflower Mask!!!

Around 2 weeks ago, my friend at work, Tina, asked for ideas how to make a sunflower costume for her daughter’s school presentation. She said an average sunflower headband, which doesn’t even cover the whole face, costs Php 600 (USD 12). And I told her it was too costly when all she needs are brown and yellow crepe or felt paper, board, scissors and double-sided tape. I was telling her it was easy to do and started giving her quicm instructions until she decided to buy the materials from a bookstore nearby so I could teach her over lunch.

So lunch time came and we came down to business. No templates. We just went ahead and cutout a circle from the center of a paper plate (insteas of a board) to serve as our mask base. Then we cut out petals from the felt and crepe papers. And cutout strips from the brown crepe papers.

Then assembled them together, in layers using double-sided tape.

And ta-dah!!! Here’s our finished product!

 

Pretty, don’t you think?

Special thanks to May for trying it out! 🙂

Simple projects like this give me bliss!

 

To God be the glory!