A Wedding Bouquet

I am so excited! I am helping my friends on their upcoming wedding and there are a lot of things I have been doing lately, and if it were up to me, I would share them with you right away. But I know I can’t and I shouldn’t. Although, the low EQ me can’t help it, so I have decided to share with you some of the things I’ve made, which I think will not violate our couple’s privacy.

So for tonight, I show you… A Wedding Bouquet!

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It’s not the bride’s actual wedding bouquet, but it was used in one of their wedding-related activities which I won’t tell what.. Haha. And now, this bouquet is headed to the wedding reception as one of our decorations. Talk about [the bouquet] multi-tasking! I used to think these felt flowers I make were of no use but I still make them anyway. :p But now, I take pride in knowing they can be functional too! Beautifying a person, and event, making a person or people happy just but looking at them… isn’t that considered functional? Yey!

And that is just the beginning. I have more stuff to show but I’ll park them for another post. So stay tuned. 🙂

So now more than ever, I feel that my tagline is true. I am indeed an IT professional by day (though sometimes it extends through the night). A crafter by night (though sometimes it extends through dawn or early break of dawn). And I am at all times, a mother.

If this isn’t slogging then I don’t know what is. I know a normal person would say just pick one, focus on it, and do not torture yourself. It’s either you work hard at your day job. Or quit it and diligently push through with your passion.

But we can do both, can’t we?

So despite the challenges, and lack of time (or lack of sleep), I have continued to work on several things simply because I love to. Crafting is a special part of me. And I will keep on doing it for as long as I, and there are others who are happy with it! 🙂

 

To God be the glory!

Recycled Materials Costume

Last month, my daughter’s Kindergarten celebrated Science Week. There were lots of activities I’m sure the kids and adults enjoyed. And to cap the week of exciting science games and activities, the children were asked to come in costumes made out of recycled materials. This got me excited, being the crafty mom that I am, but I was crunched for time given that I had to juggle things with work; unlike last year when I was on medical leave, which gave me more time to relax and also spend with and for my daughter.

 

But… a mother’s gotta do what a mother’s gotta do.

 

I initially wanted to make her a wedding dress, made of recycled sack and lots of sandwich bags and plastics, but we couldn’t find sacks or katya anywhere.

 

The next best thing? Newspaper or Magazines.

 

So we bought just that and in just 1 hour, while watching GoT with hubby (yes, I tend to multi-task most of the time),  and half of a fashion magazine, I ended up with this:

 

 

Pretty simple. No, a lot simpler than what I really had in mind. But I am glad she had fun wearing it just the same.

 

So imagine my surprise when she came home with this:

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Happiness!

Yup! A BEST IN COSTUME AWARD!

I dunno how it happened, so don’t ask me. I know it was probably not because of the beauty of the dress but with how my lovely little lady carried [wore] it. And that makes this mama even more really proud!

 

My only regret is that I couldn’t be there to see her win myself. Still, I was sooooo happy and proud I had to post photos and send pics of my daughter to family and friends that night.

 

Fast forward to today, as I look at my daughter as she sleeps, I thank God for allowing me to be a mother to this little girl. And I pray that someday, I can be there more for her, in every aspect of her life, the highs and the lows. And as I do my best doing whatever I gotta do to reach that someday, I pray to the Lord to continue and always be there for her, especially during those times when I physically can’t.

 

But this mama is not giving up. I know we will all reach our dreams someday. Well, never did I imagine we’d win an award in school for this but we did, didn’t we? So everything, with hardwork, prayers, love and dedication, is and will always be within reach.

 

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! 🙂