2016 Craft Swap

On a whim, I was invited.

On a whim, I said yes.

On a whim, I joined a Craft Swap.

And the experience has been overwhelming.

This happened last August-October 2016. I, together with 21 other crafters, participated in a Craft Swap just in time for Christmas.

We were asked to create two items each: (1) an item made of at least 5 popsicle sticks and 5 buttons, and (2) a Christmas ornament.

And here’s what Eclations made:

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1. Love Christmas Wreath – made of green paper twine twisted into a circle to form the wreath, decorated with red rose and leaves and several buttons and gems.

2.Hang-It Popsie Decor – made of several popsicle sticks tied together to form a mini-blinds; decorated with a sentiment cut usting Silhouette Cameo 2, several buttons and gems.

I was really happy to receive positive feedback on these. But I was happier and more overwhelmed with the creativity of the other crafters who joined.

Here are photos of what the other crafters made:

Unfortunately I am unable to put links here at this time, marami kasi, but you can search the crafters’ names in Facebook and you can reach out to them if you find their works interesting. Some of them have their own fb pages and online business as well. 🙂

Dana especially loved the Christmas ornaments and hang them on our Christmas tree! It is such a joy and blessing to know you are surrounded by wonderful people who share your passion!

I really wish I had more time to create more and better items. I wanted to create something extra to give away but I didn’t make it to shipping cutoff.  I will just do better next time. 😉

Yes, I’ll definitely join again this year!

To God be the glory!

Workshop 2: Felt Flowers

It’s February tomorrow and you know what that means… The scent of chocolates and flowers is in the air.

It’s the love month as the world calls it.

And for me, I also believe that love is a wonderful, sacred feeling. God intended for us to love one another, the way He loves us. As 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.” So tonight I pray that… may we love each other wholly and purely in the love of Christ! May we get to share wonderful, joyful moments with our loved ones in the fashion that God wants us to, not only on the so-called hearts’ day, but tonight, tomorrow and every day that follows! 🙂

Do not wait for Feb 14 or an occasion to buy your wife or mother flowers, chocolates or anything she loves. Do not wait for another day to tell her you love her. Do it now. Do it tomorrow. Do it for every day that follows.

And the same goes for him as well. 😉

 

And while we have been talking about flowers, why not make something yourself. Flowers that will never wilt. Though it can get dirty, so a little dustin’ and washin’ from time will have to do. Haha.

 

Just like what my lovely lady friends made with me last November during our private felt flower workshop session:

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Each of us created our own version of flowers. Then we realized that somehow, all of these flowers would look good together. And so the photo op with the pretty, colorful bouquet begins…

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Then we capped the night with a very tasty dinner at Eduardo’s Peri-Peri! It was my first time trying out their chicken and it tasted really great!

 

That was one fun workshop and I’d love to do it again and again. And again.

 

So if ever you and your friends want to have your own felt flower workshop with me, feel free to message me at www.facebook.com/eclations or eclations@yahoo.com

I’ll be waiting! 😉

 

 

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! 😉

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! 🙂

 

 

 

Bubbles!

I think, I like bubbles as much as my daughter does! Well who doesn’t right? They are so fun to watch as they float, aimlessly, randomly through the air. We especially like catching the big ones as if we’d actually get to hold them. Then they pop. So we just have to blow new ones again.

And since I like bubbles so much, I was happy I chanced upon a video editing app which allowed me to create a quick video clip for my father-in-law’s birthday:

Too bad I can’t upload videos yet. So I’m embedding photos instead. Screenshots c/o Kuvi video editing app. Ü

Do you like bubbles too? I hope you do. Coz if you don’t, then you better get out there and play with some yourself. I’m pretty sure you’d find them really pretty. 🙂

 

 

To God be the glory!

Paperclip Bookmarks

I have a confession to make. I am soooo lazy! Hahaha. I was so tempted not to post anything last night. After a hard day’s work, I just wanted to sleep. But it would have been so sad if my momentum stops just because of that. So here I am, the next day, on my way to work, and drafting this post. Can you believe I am actually ditching an hour of sleep for this?! Yeah. Neither can I. I usually sleep while in transit to work but today is not one of those days. Yeeeey!

Anyway, today I just want to share a supplementary project to my previous TV stunt (which you can read about here). I hoarded so much paperclips for thst project, I didn’t know what to do with them after. So I decided to walk the talk…

Ta-dah!!!

I made 60+ pieces of paper clip bookmarks and sponsored a local Calligraphy workshop by a dear craft mentor and friend of mine, Meeya of Papelito, a local brand specializing in notepads and other paper products. Checkout their fb page or instagram (@lettersofmeeya, @papelito2011) for more details on their exciting goodies and workshop. 

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Who knows, you might be one of attendees that get a giveaway from me! Ahihihi.

That’s it for today. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead! Happy New Year!

 

To God be the glory!

Christmas Cookies

We were already crossing over to the new year when we realized we still haven’t decided on what to give our colleagues as Christmas gifts.

So in a whim, I bought stuff for my female friends with thoughts of adding something personalized. However, until now I still haven’t had the time to do that yet. So I’ll probably give them next week as a New Year’s gift. Sheeesh I am always delayed with a lot of stuff. I think I need to make this my new year’s resolution. Hehe.

Good thing for hubby though, deciding was too easy. We simply bought cookies!

We repacked them, added stickers and butterflies and so ta-dah!

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Too bad I failed to take any more decent pictures. But that’s okay. I am happy that his female colleagues especially liked (and preserved) the butterflies! *Fist pumps*

 

I’ll post about my own gifts next week. Stay tuned! 😉

 

To God be the glory! 

Paperclip Art

Some opportunities only come once in a lifetime. If you fail to grab them, they may be gone forever. So when one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities came, I had to grab it. Despite short notice. Despite schedule conflicts. Despite the challenges and risks.

Seriously.

It all happened so fast. I almost did not make it. But I know, God worked things out in my favor. Ü

So last November 2016, I was blessed to participate and demonstrate paperclip projects for the DIY segment of the  local tv show Good News kasama si Vicky Morales. Ü

Ta-dah!

 

It was such a fun experience. At first I was ecstatic. I thought it would be easy. I have been making paperclip bookmarks for the longest time. But then I was asked to prepare 4-5 projects using paperclips. I scrambled for sources. I googled and googled but I realized there aren’t a lot of paperclip projects out there. I envisioned. I improvised. I felt proud. Then I felt so sad I actually cried. My PTO/leave for the shoot was not approved due to short notice. I thought it was all over. But then the production staff were kind enough to adjust their schedules for me. We shot the segment in the evening. I grew tired. Sleepy. But my heart was full.

Then the following Monday, it finally aired. I was ecstatic once again.

And thankful.

The Lord has been really great, gracious and kind to me.

My hubby, family and friends were very supportive too!

And GMA NewsTV has been very kind and accommodating.

I know things like this don’t happen often. It may not even happen again. So I really cherish it.

But you know what? It already did! (At least part of my video that is.) I just found out from a friend that the show replayed my ‘star paperclip bangles’ DIY last December.

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Ayiii!!! I am so kilig! 😍

P.S. Special thanks and credits to GMA News tv youtube and fb page for the video and photos included on this post.

To God be the glory!