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!

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

Eclations Babies

Babies? Angels? Staff? I really don’t know how to label them. But they are the very kind people who help me our and even take over when needed, in small or big projects that we get for our brand, Eclations.

And they are increasing.

Mind you, they do not really get paid as I hardly ever get paid, but they help out for the love of me, for the love of the craft.

Even my daughter’s “ate” (as she is like a daughter to me and not a nanny) has gone into flower-making and has recently come up with a bouquet of her own.

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It’s nice seeing how they’ve turned into crafter when just months ago they couldn’t even cut a straight line. Haha.

And as I always joke them, at least now I have someone to transition eclations to, should there be a time that I would need to give up on this and focus on working. Hehe.

Weekend Flash

Tell me, where did the weekend go? Everything happened so fast, it’s still a blur to me. Just like that yellow and red superhero we all love, the weekend went by in a flash.

But it did happen. And we had fun.

So here’s our weekend with family and friends in a series of pictures.

1. Grands Day-out

Hubby went with my in-laws to visit our ninong Val yesterday. It was nice to really see him better now. Afterward, we met up with them for a stroll around Greenhills. 🙂

 

2. Maria Olivia’s Christening

Today we celebrated the Christening of Liv, the daughter of hubby’s best friend from college. It was a short but sweet reunion. Liv was so pretty and well-behaved. Even Dana loved her so much she wanted to take the baby home. Guess somebody wants to be an ate already. Ready na Daddy-mer?

 

3. A meeting with mommy Alen.

A quick meeting with one of my good friends from college, Alen. She’s actually one of my first friends in PLM. We were seatmates in some classes back then. And it’s nice to have remained friends with her until now. Though we seldom see each other in person, she’s always just a Viber away. She’s one of my go-to personsp on mommyhood and health and beauty topics… And now she’s a craftsy friend too! 😘

 

4. My Ex and Whys

And lastly, a movie date with the fambam!

 

Whew! What a hectic weekend that was. And now, I am sooo sleepy. But before I leave, here’s my mandatory selfie (you’re all used to by now), and an OOTD as an added bonus. Hahaha. Vanity at its highest level. Joke! Pagbigyan na, masaya lang talaga ako at nakapag-off shoulder ako ngayon! 😂

 

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” – Charles Kuralt

 

To God be the glory!

To the Hopeless Romantic and Simply Hopeless

Of course she wants flowers, even if they will dry and die over time.

Of course she wants chocolates, even if they will only make her fat.

Of course she wants to go to the movies, to snuggle with you in the dark.

Of course she wants to date you, even for just a little while.

You didn’t even have to ask.

You shouldn’t even ask.

Because she loves you, doesn’t she?

It’s the thought of you thinking of her that makes her heart flutter.
And to her, these little things are are not so little.
For her, these are the big things! A treasure of her lifetime!

So thank you, for giving her all these even though she said she didn’t want to, but simply because you wanted to.

So thank you, for doing all these for her and more.

So thank you, for letting her treasure you for life.

And thank you, for treasuring her for your lifetime.
And to those who chose to celebrate this day, may you celebrate it with a love that’s pure. And to those who couldn’t, or simply didn’t, may you find, if not already celebrate, the love of your lifetime. Tomorrow, the day after, until forever.

 

Yes, may forever nga eh. Hindi man dito sa lupa, kay Lord! 😉

 

In all seriousness. If you haven’t found love yet, don’t be in a hurry. God has something good planned for you. But you first gotta seek Him, the author of One Great Love, so He can in His perfect will and timing, give you your own true love. Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
And before I go, let me share this with you —

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A paper and felt bouquet I made. A first time for me. And I loved the simple yet pretty outcome.

To God be the glory!

 

And now, Glasses

I finally heard something I’ve been dreading for the past years — eye glasses.

At 33, I am really proud of my eyesight. I am confident that I’ve still got 20-20 vision despite my constant exposure with laptops and gadgets given my line of work. I never dreamed of wearing eyeglasses because they won’t look good on me. And it’s too complicated. High-maintenance. Hahaha.

But since December my left eye has been twitching, that even as I close my eyes to sleep at night, the spasm continues. I’m actually having them now……

And just last week, I observed that my eyes would start to hurt in the afternoon, making me feel nauseous, and on 3 occasions, actually vomit.

So I finally went to an ophthalmologist last Monday who confirmed my worry — I needed to wear eyeglasses. Though my vision is still okay, my prolonged exposure to a computer screen at work is causing me eye strain. As per my doctor, 4 hours should be the daily max exposure, but it couldn’t be helped because of my work, so the best I could do is give my eyes some rest from time to time, and some protection.

So for the next 2 weeks, I’ll be taking meds to keep my eyes hydrated and to relax my nerves. But I may have to use anti-fatigue glasses for as long as I am working. Boo-hoo.

The funny thing is, out of all the styles on the optical shop I went to, only 2 glasses complemented face. Or my nose. As expected. And I got the cheaper one of course. As expected again. 

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Geeky! Now I really look like I work for an IT company! Tee-hee-hee.

Thank God hubby is supportive as always!

So to the kids and all of you out there, take good care of your eyes.

Some tips I googled:

  1. Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
  2. Know your family’s eye health history.
  3. Eat right to protect your sight.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Wear protective eyewear.
  6. Quit smoking or never start.
  7. Be cool and wear your shades.
  8. Give your eyes a rest.
  9. Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly.
  10. Practice workplace eye safety.

Reference: https://nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/eyehealthtips

 

P.S. Funny how today’s daily prompt is about hearing yet here I am posting about glasses and eyes. Well, let it be! Hahaha. ^^v

#OOTD: Jumper Twinning

One of the perks of having a daughter? You can doll them up!

Taking it up a notch higher? Twinning!

I suppose I am going through a second childhood here, but I couldn’t resist owning a jumper since Dana had one.

And so finally today, I dressed up like her. And we had fun with this small photoshoot.

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Can you now see recognize our resemblance? Well it doesn’t really matter whether she looks like me or her dad. Though I’d love it if she takes after her good-looking dad. But let me just say, I love this little girl so much. I love my family!

 

To God be the glory!

33 and Changing

I’ll tell you a secret. I had this post in draft since yesterday but was waiting for the next daily prompt so I can link to it. But the prompt yesterday was yellow which doesn’t fit my post (Although I really do love the color yellow… It’s so energetic and happy. Like the sun!  Ahehe.) so I had to wait another day for a new prompt, but the replacement still does not fit. So I decided, I’ll just post this way anyway. Hahaha.

 

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, here’s another vain post. Brace yourselves! Hahaha.

Actually, I’ve never been the type to be vain. I don’t use makeup. I don’t know how to. I grew up knowing I was ‘darn ugly I’d be an old maid’. But I was okay with that. I’ve accepted it as a ‘fact’ since grade school. (Pikon kasi ako nung bata ako so I actually believed yung mga pang-aasar sa akin. You know how kids are, and how naive or gullible I can be. Haha.) I didn’t bother exerting effort to ‘pretty-fy’ myself. Afterall, it can be very costly and I didn’t have the money to spare. Haha.

But what do you know?! I actually got married! Guess looks aren’t all that matter in love and life ei?!

And as if I’ve hit the jackpot (joke; blessed lang po talaga ako. Mabait si Lord.), this hubby never fails to tell me that I am pretty, EVERYDAY (Minsan nga nakakasawa na marinig. Char!), that I am still the prettiest for him and even when I feel fat or ugly, he doesn’t mind, he even finds it cute when I’m being like that. And to top it all, he thinks my character is one of a kind, perfectly matchy-matchy with his, and that’s what makes me even more pretty in his sight. Ayiii… Paki-iwasan ng onti ang hair ko, baka kayo mapatid.

Seriously though, I have never really bothered dolling myself up on a regular basis. We have special occasions for that. Like weddings! Aha!

But I had a few realizations last year that made me revisit my view on this whole vanity thing, as part of my new year’s resolution:

1. Workshops

I conducted a felt flower workshop with a group of really pretty girls last November and I realized I looked too simple I’d pass for their yaya. Seriously! I didn’t think just going out to stuff like worshops meant you needed to look your best, but they did for me. And I didn’t for them. So I figured next time, I need to make sure I come to workshops presentable and confident! I need to be as pretty as the flowers I am teaching my participants to make. Maglagay na rin kaya ako ng flower sa ulo? Hehe.

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2. Hubby

Hubby… Is not the most pogi guy in the world (though for me he is… Sorry Dy, parang ilalaglag ata kita rito.) BUT!!! Hubby is really fashionable, EFFORTLESSLY fashionable!

I dunno how he does it, but he always manages to look good with anything he wears. Charisma or sex appeal perhaps? Mysterious… Hahaha.

He isn’t the one to follow fads, actually mas madalas nauuna pa sya. Often, he’d wear or sport something even before it became the ‘in thing’ – skinny pants, printed socks, bomber or jean jackets, you name it, he rocked it first.

I’ve been telling him to be a fashion or ootd blogger since I think that’s not a common male thingie here and he might make good money *ka-ching*, but he doesn’t want to. He doesn’t believe he looks good or fashionable enough for that. 😛

Nevertheless, hubby never bothered pushing me to change my own sense of style. Afterall for him, ang ganda ganda ko na diba? Ahahaha. As long as I am comfy daw, walang need baguhin sa akin. 😉 It would even be a waste to ask him how I looked for the day, he’d say I’m pretty anyway. Sorry na… Cheesy na… Sabi sa inyo blessed ako eh… Buti na lang malabo mata ni hubby. Hahaha.

But seriously, if he is pioneering in the ‘fashion’ and ‘looking good’ scene, I think it’d be a shame not to follow in his footsteps, right? Tee-hee-hee. 😛

3. Work

Since I moved into a new team lately, a new friend and colleague was too cute I couldn’t resist her persistence to let me try some things out, like lipstick. She said we needed it for work. We need to either be aggressive or charming enough. She would say, “buti ka nga effortlessly maganda ka, hindi ka lang nag-aayos. Hindi mo nga kailangan mag-ayos, kailangan mo lang maglipstick kasi maputla ka.”

And that really flattered me. I never looked at it that way. I used to really think it would take sooo much effort to make me look good, I’d be too lazy or kuripot about it. Hehe.

But eventually I bought some lipsticks and we would viber lippie photos to each other. Thank God for girl friends!

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Aurora is love!

 

4. Age and Skin Care

I personally like using an ordinary bath (bar) soap for my face — cheap and dries my skin, thus, I avoid pimple breakouts.

I don’t like using Sunscreen — I tried it before but I didn’t like the hot sticky feeling it left on my face. I don’t even like using an umbrella on a hot day.

I don’t like having my hair treated. Again, costly.

I don’t like those creams and stuff you see in commercials to put on one’s face.

Basically, I don’t like a lot of things that cost me time, effort and money.

But after turning 33 last November, I began to realize that aging is inevitable. I used to ask my hubby, “eh pano yan dy, pag matanda na ako, edi kulubot na mukha ko, love mo pa rin ako?” And he’d answer, “edi matanda na rin ako nun! Wala naman masama run. Baka mauna pa nga akong tumanda’t pumangit sa’yo. Eh hindi ka naman tumatanda. At kahit pa, at least we’ll grow old together.”

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Too sweet, yes. But reality is reality.

Eventually I’ll be 40, 50, 60 and so forth. I will have wrinkles. My skin will sag. It can’t be helped but it can be slowed down, or minimized. We can age gracefully. And we have to start now.

So I’ve asked a couple of my pretty mommy friends (special shoutout to Belle of OneAwesomeMomma and Alen of AlenSnaps) about make-up tips and they were kind and supportive enough to tell me that I didn’t have to wear make up if I am not used to. Instead, I should focus on a daily Skin Care regimen – facial wash, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen and stuff. And if your skin or face looks and feels good enough, you won’t need makeup. You only need a bit of sunscreen, BB cream if you must, and lipstick for that needed pop of color.

Just like these…

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Again, thank God for girl friends, right!? 

 

 

And so after all these considerations and realizations, I’ve started improving the way I look and the way I dress. The compliments have really been flattering, though it gets awkward sometimes. Everyone, as in literally everyone, seems surprised yet happy with this change, I’d ask my hubby, “ganun ba ko talaga ka-dugyot dati?!” Perhaps.

 

I dunno how long I can keep this up. I am still lazy about this whole thing. Really not in my character, sorry. But I hope I can do this long enough to be an innate habit.

But yes people, nagsusuklay at naglilipstick na po ako ngayon! 😀

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Cupcake, anyone?

 

They say being beautiful has nothing to do with looks. It’s about how you are as a person and how you make others feel about themselves. True beauty is what lies on the inside.

And I still believe that too.

But they also say being beautiful is being the best version of yourself inside… And out. Ohah!?

I often ask hubby if I am being too vain lately. This is still new to me and it can get uncomfortable. But he’d often reassure me that I am not being vain, I am just being ‘normal’. And it’s about time I be normal. That he can’t believe it took 33 years before I finally did stuff lile this. Haha. Then he’d remind me that it will always be okay to do this kind of stuff, especially since I’m a girl, for as long as I do it for myself and I am happy with it.

But knowing me, I’d be too lazy to do this for myself.  I know I love doing it ‘coz I am doing it for them — I now think that hubby deserves to have me look my best when I am presented to his family and friends. I now think that Dana deserves to have me look my best when I meet her teachers and other mommies in school. I now think that my work colleauges, friends and workshop students deserve to have me look my best when I am working or hanging out with them.

And I believe, even God loves seeing me take care of myself for a change… Afterall, we need to be reflections of God’s beauty and wonderful creation.

We are God’s masterpiece. Look like one. Be one. Inside and out.

By God’s miracles, grace and favor… Siempre!

 

 

To the awesome and beautiful God be the glory! 🙂

NoFilter-Filter

A friend earlier told me I am photogenic. Well in today’s world of beauty filters, who isn’t? 😋

And I am not offended with that. I’m quite flattered actually. And I’m okay with using Beauty Filters. Not because I am conscious of how I look, but exactly because I don’t care about how I look. Haha. Seriously, it’s an automatic setting on my camera phone which I don’t bother removing or adjusting. For someone who works in an IT industry, I don’t like fiddling with such things. And for someone who calls herself a crafter, I am not really good with photography. So I just snap photos. From anywhere. Anyhow. Haha.

But yeah, admittedly, I do look good through the lenses today’s camera phone and I know a lot of people are fond of their own phones and selfies as well. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a default feature, right? It may have been a big deal to many, but not to me.

Eitherway — since we’re already on the topic…

Here’s my ‘I woke up like this’ with nofilter-filter look:

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And here’s my ‘ready for work’ with nofilter-filter look:

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So when they say I look good in photos lately, I’d say, “Thanks! Sa filter lang yan!”

And as they say, it doesn’t matter as long as you know you’re not doing anything wrong to anybody and as long as you are comfortable with yourself and the things that you do. It is another story if you do things only because you are after what people think, and worse is when you do things like use filters because you are not comfortable with yourself. So if you are fond of hashtagging your photos with filters or nofilters to prove a point, or to compare yourself with others, or worse, to mock others, better check yourself. Afterall, your photos on social media do not really matter to people who really know you and value you for your true worth. 😉

Just how my ever supportive and loving hubby would always tell me, wala naman masyado pinagkaiba mi! Maganda ka pa rin.

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Ang haba ng hair ko diba?! 

Though I have been going through changes around this whole health and beauty thing lately (more on this on my next post), I see to it that I am and stay happy with myself.

At the end of the day, we are God’s creation We are His children created on His likeness. We are meant to be beautiful. And what matters most to Him is what’s on the inside. God looks at the heart.

 

So before we become too concsious with selfie filters or no filters. Let us be consious that our character is above-all, filtered and free from the bad. 😉

FB-Free for a Simpler Life?

NOT!!! Hahaha.

Actually, I am sure by now some of you have noticed my personal Facebook account has been deactivated. Well, I won’t be surprised if most of you don’t. Haha. ^^v

If you wanna ask me why, then I’ll tell you it’s simply because I am experimenting.

These past days I have been contemplating how gadgets and social media has become an integral part of our lives. That instead of us using them to our advantage, we seem to have become their slaves.

You wake up in the morning, you check your FB for likes, comments or private messages.

You’re at work, in school, over lunch, or having dinner but for every pause you get — from typing, from writing, from taking a bite, your hand seems to automatically find its way to your phone and browse through your social media account.

You prep to sleep, put off the lights, close your eyes when a sudden buzz or ping from your phone wakes you up to check, to respond.

It has become an automatic routine, a muscle reflex. Sometimes, you don’t even think about it anymore. Your hand and body just act on their own. And it is not healthy anymore. Not for your body. Not for your sanity. Not for your relationships.

So I’d like to experiment if I can still live a relatively simple yet happy life without gadgets or social media, or okay, fine, Facebook at least. Thus the deactivation. Some of my friends were able to do it. I wonder if I can too!

And honestly, I know that the candid answer is “no”, not unless a life-and-death situation depended on it; coz I’ve been itching to log into my account since yesterday… But I am trying to hold on for as long as I can.

I’d like to see how long I can keep this up and I am trying to see if life will indeed be simpler even just by a small percentage.

And after 1 day, I’d say yes. Things have been simpler and more productive for me yesterdat. No negative vibes encountered due to negative posts from friends. No anticipation or disappointment on likes or comments. No urge to fight that friend who thinks his opinion on FB is the absolute truth, and so on. And I have had more time to chat with friends and look at the world through my eyes and not my News Feed. 🙂

Yeah! Good job for Day 1!!!

But don’t be surprised if by tonight I’m already back on FB. The low EQ in me is actually bugging me to log into FB and share this post there now. Hahaha.

Onting tiis pa… At least maka-3 days man lang tayo. 😛

And before I leave, here’s a photo of me today. I really wanted the camera to capture the color of my lips but it still is darker in person. I’m wearing Mama ultra matte lipstick from Colourpop. Ü

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If you liked this and you’re in the Philippines, you can buy from Belle’s Oniomania.

That’s it! Hope you have a simple yet blessed and happy day today! But if you wanna go extravagant, by all means! 😉