Colds, Lippies and Glittered Paper

I’m back! I know, I know, I have been missing in action again. I got exposed to a lot of things that kept me busy and for this week alone, I think I came down with flu.

Yes, I think.

I mean… How hard is it to diagnose a sickness now?

You see, last Sunday, I started feeling post-nasal drip and an onset of colds that had me really feverish by Monday. I thought it was just my allergic rhinitis acting up again. You know… Due to exposure to extreme weather changes — sunny then rainy then sunny days + extremely cold nights… But I decided to take a sick leave from work and have it checked anyway. Afterall, I wouldn’t want to infect my daughter or colleagues…

But the thing is, the doctor informed me that my case was not allergic rhinitis, though it was too early to tell whether it was viral or bacterial. If it were viral, it would go away on its own in 3-4 days. Otherwise, I need to start taking antibiotics. So I was recommended lots of water and rest, which I had in hopes of getting better.

By Wednesday I got back to work only to hear the same things from our clinic doctor. It was too early to diagnose, that I should just wear a mask to avoid spreading the virus or germs, if any.

Imagine, I came to work wearing my new Colourpop Perky lipstick from Belle’s Oniomania, which I really loved, but had to cover up instead. Hahaha.

Here’s me that day:

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Don’t you just love Perky?!? I do!!!

By Thursday, I was feeling better and so I put on Happy Skin’s Aurora lipstick, which I hoarded because it was always out of stock, and came to work like I would on a normal, not sick, day. (Yeah, I know you’ve been reading about lipsticks from me and are probably getting the shock of your life now, but… I’ll post about that some other time. Haha.)

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Aurora is love!
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We had a brownbag session. And I even hung out with friends.

But by the afternoon, I was feeling so sick, it was worse than ever! Kidding… Just worse than Monday. =P

And up until today my body is unwell but recovering, and I thank God that I have my family to make me feel better.

But you know what else I’m thankful for?

This!

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This came in the mail yesterday. Ü A glitter board I purchased locally but is almost, if not as good as the imported ones. *Fist pump!*

Needless to say, I had to try them. Afterall, they say crafting is therapeautic. To me it’s a remedy.

So after a full day’s work, I headed to my Cameo and came up with something like this:

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Aren’t they just pretty?!

I figured glittered papers are not the best for flowers but I still loved the shining, shimmering, splendid look they create! And I love how they shimmer but do not scatter tiny glitters anywhere!!! I have been avoiding glitters on my craft projects since my daughter came into this world. I was always worried they’d somehow find their way into her eyes and that would have been a biiiig problem. But now, I can craft away to my heart’s content. Or at least until supplies last.

Then I’ll just order again. Money-willing. Hahaha.

 

So that’s it for this long post. I will have to rest then prep for activities of the day.

 

I continue to pray for the Lord’s healing over me and my daughter. And that this flu or cold or cough or whatever virus dissipates into the air and affect no new person! Ahihihi.

And if you too are unwell today, let me leave this with you:

He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been.

1 Peter 2:24

 

To the awesome God of talents, beauty and healing be the glory! 🙂

 

 

 

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Together.

Julia Roberts once said, “I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together.”

And I believe in this too. As a matter of fact, our purple wedding is a testimony to that. Two hearts, although separated by land and seas, managed to one day meet, fall in love, and then the rest is history.

And you know what? That is how God loves us too! He is here, there and everywhere. Always at the company of His children. He is together with us, though we do not see Him physically. He is always with us, through thick and thin, for better or for worse; to help us get through the thin, and to help make our worse, better.

So if God, or even our couple, can love like that; the rest of us can too. So start now, and be the answer to the very timely question, “Where is the love?”

But before you go off showing that love somewhere, together, download the second batch of my journaling cards first!

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Again, if you liked these cards, please follow my blog, follow me on facebook. And share this post, spread the love.

 

To God be the glory!

My Mom and Crafting

My mom loves to craft. I often come home to paper or felt flowers and other handmade things, made out of my stash/supplies, only, I didn’t make them. She did. Haha. I can’t really say if I inherited it from her, or she from me. But I’d often joke that she got it from me. :p

Though actually, we have different styles and we have different behaviors when it comes to crafting and I guess that makes our team work.

I often act as the pioneer, the initiator, the innovator, the starter; then she follows, executes, mass produces, and surpasses. Yes, surpasses!

You see, I am a “spur-of-the-moment” type of crafter, depending on what my thoughts and mood dictate. While she is the “slowly but surely, quality over quantity” crafter. She is so meticulous with every detail that our ratio of finishing things is 2:10.

I am the vintage-y, what works in the market type. She is the playful, explorative type.

For example, take a look at the vases we made for the paper flowers she made:

 

 

Mine’s on the left: vintage, simple, too little details/minimalist since it was faster to make yet still works for the current market or trend.

My mom’s work is on the right: playful, colorful, decorative or detailed that took her time to punch out each flower or butterfly and carefully place them around the bottle evenly, and works best for the unique or playful minds that appreciate handmade and the intricacies that come with it.

Again, different, but works out just the same. 🙂

So with these very differences, we are able to cater to a vast range of clients with different preferences and personalities. We work together best!

 

This is perhaps why I removed “by Jacque” from Eclations.

 

Eclations is no longer about me or by me. It is about us, my mom and I; and you (our client, follower, family and friend) as well.

 

I love you mom!

 

To God be the glory!

Paper Flowers

They say flowers are therapeutic! I say so too!

 

So here’s a bunch of paper flowers just for you!

 

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I’m actually trying some stuff out in preparation for an upcoming project! Praying as early as now that everything will go well. Pray for me too?

 

More tutorials coming soon too! Stay tuned!

 

To God be the Glory! 🙂

Gift Wrapping from Scraps

I have always been a fan of handmade. I do handmade. But I have always been worried about the resources you waste or the trees you kill with all the materials discarded after a handmade project.

So yep, I have become a hoarder. I believe that as long as that piece of paper is at least 3/4 inch wide, it can be reused. So I hoard papers up to the smallest cut you would normally throw away. And we have been recycling stuff from projects into new projects.

And one of the most common venues where we could use all these scraps is through gift-wrapping.

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So when hubby got this gift we asked my mom to wrap of us, he was really surprised to see it so dainty. But I wasn’t. Coz I was expecting it to turn out nicely, not only because my mom is creative and meticulous on these things, but because I was sure she’d just get something out of my scraps. (Here she used pink papers from a child’s 3rd birthday guestbook to wrap the gifts, a beige board from a friend’s wedding invitation for the tag, and pink paper from my daughter’s bookmark project for that little butterfly.)

At least in a way, I do believe we help keep this world prettier and cleaner… by continuing to make pretty handmade things out of fewer mess. 😉

So how do you say goodbye to your own craft materials? Do you hoard stuff and recycle them too?

I hope you do 😉

 

To God be the glory! 🙂