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. 🙂

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!

Irish Trolls Birthday

I don’t believe in luck. I believe in grace. God’s grace.

When bad things happen, it’s either a trial to make you stronger or a consequence of a mistake you made.

When good things happen, it’s God’s blessing and grace. And the good thing about grace, is that although we do not have control over it, or even deserve it, God gives it freely. So free and so abounding that it can overpower even the bad things and negatives. 😉

Nevertheless, we all know that the world, or the Irish, celebrates March 17 as St. Patrick’s Day. And you know what else is celebrated around this time of the year? My inaanak’s (god-child) birthday! 🙂

So last March 15, my god-daughter Irish Freyja celebrated her 5th birthday in school and I was blessed with the opportunity to sponsor part of her birthday, as my gift to her. 🙂

The theme was Trolls but since her name is Irish (taken after her father) and her birthday is around the Irish festival, Clovers had to be in the scene.

And so, here are the items her mom and I made:

1. Pop-up Invitation

We used scrapbook and glitter paper, and my Silhouette Cameo to cutout the grass and the clovers. We printed photos of Poppie and her mom cut them by hand (yeah, I haven’t fully learned how to do this print-then-cut thing in Cameo, sorry). Then we stuck them piece by piece on the pop-up resulting into these:

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2. Irish Claddagh Awards

Irish wanted to give something special to her friends at school so her mother came up with the Claddagh Awards. They got unique descriptions of each classmate from Irish herself and her teacher and created paper medals for each.

Here we used dark green cardstock and gold glitter paper, Silhouette Cameo and punchers, and some gold ribbons.

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3. Glow-stick Bracelets

Hug tiiiiime! You know how in the Trolls movie, they have bracelets that would glow from time to time so the trolls get to hug each other? Well, we couldn’t use glowing gems and flowers but we opted to use glow-sticks intead. And of course, still attach some flowers to them.

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Don’t you just think they are pretty? I think so too! And it’s not because we made them. Ahihihi. 🙂

And I love the photos too!

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That’s all for now. I’ve got some ‘transcribing’ to do. Haha!

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

#IWD Tokens

Today I delivered these flower topiaries to be given away to our empowering and inspiring women in Technology at work. I started making these Spiral Bouquets last year as token to our IWD speakers and I am glad my colleagues re-considered me for this year’s continuing IWD engagements!

 

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I was really nervous about how these will turn out. As you can see, I deviated from my typical color combinations and pastels. But thank God everything turned out fine and cute just the same.

I’ll be working on 2 more but will rest for a bit. It’s 3 am by the time I finished these 4. Can you believe it? Well, as they say… Time flies when you’re having fun!

 

And now I am super duper ultra mega sleepy! But I am happy. 🙂

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

Giant Paper Flower Workshop

I am trembling with excitement! As with my past first workshops, I am venturing again on another first — my first Giant Paper Flower workshop! Yey!

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I really have mixed feelings about this – lots of joy, a bit of worry, plenty of hope and full of excitement!

And I do pray that there will be a good number of participants joining.  So if you are in the area and you are interested to join, contact Pinky!

That’s all for tonight. My eyes are already trembling with sleepyness haha.

Please like and share this post. And join our workshop too!

 

To God be the glory!

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!