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Pink Saturday: Pink Beads + Thread

July 31, 2010

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Hello Pink ladies (and gentlemen?)Β  participating and friends and new visitors (if there are any :-))
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I tried something new (new for me, that is) and been waiting to share today. What is it?
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Ta Da!
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I‘m in the experimenting mode in my crochet journey now. Oh definitely learning and learning (though at my own slow pace, I notice πŸ™‚ ).
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It’s a first for me to try and crochet with beads! The first tries are aarrgggghhhhhhhhhh LOL Well, it’s the only way I can describe it.
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Oh, remember how I had difficulty with the pink slipper? This is worse! I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with the thread I’m using. When I checked the tag, it says it’s half polyester and half “whatchamacallit” heheheeehhehe Well, it is slippery, glittery, and so if the beads that keeps on “running” doesn’t unravel this glittery part of the thread,Β  the thread itselfΒ  keeps on tightening the preceeding stitches. Like I said – – arrgggghhhhhhh
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See I didn’t get to finish it at all. But I do like the result! πŸ™‚ I like that the beads are threaded in random and that the stitches are not uniformed (reminds me of squiggles πŸ™‚ )
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Originally, I wanted to work with silver wires. But I’m guessing as an “experiment”, it’ll be quite pricey. So I made do with what’s available – a “silvery” (I know it’s not a word πŸ™‚ ) thread, just so I can see if I like it.Β  I sure do!
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I think it’ll look nice as a jewelry piece, yes? Very much looking forward to actually creating one!
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Now, onto the PS challenge . . .
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Remember my previous PS post? I did tell you I was gonna share ladies who I have come to know through this event way way before . . . and who also happens to be participating for this week (after all it is a PS challenge, and so you can visit them too ok?)
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Meet . . .
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This is Caren’s blog (go on, click on the link and it’ll open in a new window πŸ™‚ ). Do you happen to know her already? Does fairy doors ring a bell? πŸ™‚
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Yup, you heard it, she creates these teeny weeny doors. You see, it is actually a magical door. Why so? Well, place it on a corner of your wall (or any part if you like) and it becomes an entryway for fairies into the real world!
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Speaking of glittery (since I notice that that word has come up in my pink sharing πŸ™‚ ), every magical door has it’s own fairy dust. You know, for a little child (and the little child in us) to sprinkle and dream of magic!
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Have you seen her studio? My, were there lots of fairy doors. I’m thinking, were there also lots of teeny weeny hands helping Caren create these doors? Ok, ok maybe she did it all by herself . . . then again, who does the sprinkling of magic to each of these doors anyway? HHHHHHhhhhhmmmmmmmmm (that sure is a lot of “doors” I’ve mentioned LOL)
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Happy Pink Saturday!

Thank you Miss Beverly for hosting this event.

You can visit others by dropping by How Sweet the Sound.

Learn more about the event, click on the “Pink Saturday” logo

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(Thanks to Miss Stephanie of Queen of Dreamz for telling me that the comment problem I had was in fact a Blogger glitch. (I wondered if it was on my part). Yes, I still can’t comment on some Blogger-hosted blogs))

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Pink Saturday: Pink Amazon Dolphins

July 24, 2010

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“Brazil Amazon Dolphins Slaughtered”
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Have you read this news about these pink dolphins on Yahoo lately?
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Horrible! Just horrible!
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In gist, these are what will make your heart ache:

– they are gentle and curious dolphins which makes them easy targets (makes me think that this is true in people too, don’t you think?)

– then they are killed for bait

– thus making them extinct
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Image Source and read the article HERE
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I know on my previous Pink Saturday posts, I share fun things. But after reading about this, I feel like I just have to share this story and then maybe when a lot of people will know, they will talk and post about it and if you are one of these “meanie” then maybe you’ll grow a conscience. Hah!
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Seriously though, this must have happened out ofΒ  a need but maybe, just maybe there are alternatives for providing such need.
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PS challenge: I’ll pass for now. But for the following PS posts (and a happier PS post at that πŸ™‚ ), I plan on showcasing first the people I have come to meet in this event. New ones, I will visit you too but I feel like since most of the ladies I have come to know for a while has been through this event, wouldn’t it be just fitting if I introduce them to you first (one at a time)? So those ladies I’ve been visiting, I hope you don’t mind if I “print screen” your blog and share the images here for future Pink Saturdays πŸ™‚ Thanks in advance!
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I hope you have a Happy and Enriching Pink Saturday!

Thank you Miss Beverly for this opportunity of sharing.

You can visit others by dropping by How Sweet the Sound.

Learn more about the event, click on the “Pink Saturday” logo

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(hhhmmmmmmmmm this was supposed to be scheduled to publish earlier and yet here I am doing it manually. I wonder why πŸ™‚ )
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Trying A New Look

July 21, 2010

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Not on me πŸ™‚
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If you have visited here before, you may notice some changes. If you’re new, well here’s the before: (in case you’re curious)
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I still like the old look. There’s something very serene about it. That was the reason why I used it in the first place πŸ™‚ (though sometimes I feel like it’s too serious at times πŸ™‚ )
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Why change? Well, after all that has happened lately and how grateful I have been with life I feel like I need some happy colors. I know, the one’s I’m using now are still very subtle but hey, it’s still colors!Β  LOL And I still want that calming effect reflected like in the old one so there were certainly some altering (I used picnik.com) on the original header/picture. Also, it’s the only picture I’ve taken that seems to work as a header and fit in this theme, so gotta work it, right? πŸ™‚
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Wanna see the before picture of my new header? I saved the original photo on another computer and got deleted so I’m showingΒ  you the cropped one (but still the original colors πŸ™‚ )
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These flowers were shot from Good Shepherd. It’s a place where you can buy strawberry jams, peanut brittle, ube jams . . . especially ube jams :-), and other yummy Baguio pasalubong.

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This is actually the third time I’ve changed here. The first one was a theme called “Thirteen” (green), I had no header and used an available theme in WordPress I like. The second one was “Vigilance“, (the sepia one from above) and this is the third. Same theme as the second one but different header and colors πŸ™‚
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I guess that’s the beauty of blogs. I wonder, how many times did your blog undergo changes? Still ongoing? πŸ™‚.
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A Double Meme: Thanks Lynn!

July 5, 2010

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It seems I have made the habit lately of posting Pink Saturdays a day late. Bad, bad, bad! Then again, what I will share today have bits of pinks and blues so it’ll be perfect for a PS post (yes, still have to include it cause I told Miss Beverly I’d join in) and a Blue Monday post too (how long has it been? πŸ™‚ )
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This arrived in the mail last week. And what a pretty, pretty wee beaded box! Look at all those tiny beads sewn together. A labor of love, I must say.
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Lynn made this. And I must tell you, she creates such beautiful . . . and I mean bbbeeeaauuutiffffffuuuulllllllll beadwork.
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I met her during One World One Heart event hosted by Miss Lisa Swifka last February. I think she is just one of the beautiful (inside and out) women I have met here in blogland.
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It always makes me feel blessed whenever I get to meet one – – both here and in the real world.Β  πŸ™‚
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Oh and the colors she picked were of the same colors of little LiLy (I’ll tell you more about the 3 little ones named Lily in a later post πŸ™‚ )
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(this little box smelled like candy too! LOL I will surely be ready for the next magical night Lynn!)
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Please do visit her. I think . . . I am sure you will just be impressed . . . both in her work (which I really think shows just how creative she is and the love and patience that goes with it πŸ™‚ ) as well as how beautiful she is as a person. Let’s have some link love:

Blog: Beading Heart Art (about life, her creations and inspiration)

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadingheartart
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And I love the story behind her life box and how it came to be (every piece and every stitch and every swirls have it’s own story to tell):

Part 1: Accidental Beading, Part 2: Still Healing, Part 3: Emerging, Part 4: Done
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Belated Happy Pink Saturday!

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Happy Blue Monday!

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For other pink and blue stuff, just click on the links below:

Pinks: How Sweet The Sound

Blues: Smiling Sally

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To learn more about the events, click on the images:

Pink Saturday  Logo. . . . .Blue Monday

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Pink Saturday: Back To Blogging

June 20, 2010

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I hope so! πŸ™‚ Hello everyone!
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Before I share my Pink Saturday post, I need to say Thank You first.
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I am so blessed to not only have met friends in the real world, but also here in blog world. Thank you for all the kind, encouraging, beautiful words you have sent me (through comments and emails) from my previous post. I appreciate each and everyone. I feel like I was being hugged by you!
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Although it’s only virtual, please do take a cookie of thank you from my heart to yours πŸ™‚
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My pink contribution (a day late cause I can’t upload pictures yesterday) for today is something that I made for my sister.
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You see, when we got home from the hospital, she had lots of home meds to take. For two weeks she had to take 6 meds (not including the doses per day).
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She wasn’t really enjoying it much. So maybe with the teeny weeny pink medicineΒ  pouch (her fave color) to hold her meds and a chart with colorful pens to mark her meds, she will enjoy it a wee bit. (Well, so far . . . so good :-). Oh and she’s down to 3 meds which will continue for a month)
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And for those who have asked or wondering:
Both Ma and my sis are doing well. They have had their follow up check ups after two weeks (since being discharged).Β  They still have meds to take for a month and they will have another check up done after that. Ma still experiences some “off” days. But we are still hoping and praying for a full recovery.
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Wishing You a Belated Happy Pink Saturday!

Thank you Miss Beverly for hosting this event.

For other pink stuff, drop by How Sweet the Sound.

To learn more about the event, click on the “Pink Saturday” logo

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And To All The Fathers . . .

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Image Sources:

“Thank You” cookies: weheartit.com
“Happy Father’s Day”: Free Web Images & Clipart
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After All That Has Happened . . . I Am Still Thankful

May 24, 2010

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A lot has happened these past two weeks. I felt like I was both physically and emotionally drained.
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Last week my Ma underwent surgery. And then the next day, when we woke up in Ma’s room, my sister was already covered with rashes and swelling. The symptoms were consistent of an allergic reaction (but thankfully the breathing was ok), and so she was rushed to the ER and that same day she was admitted in the same hospital.
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That was how my family’s days were spent. My Pa with Ma in another room/building and me with my sister.
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I wanted to be strong and we were doing ok with Ma but being in the ER with my sister and knowing that my Ma is worrying and stressing back in her room, and still haven’t recovered from her operation – – – I broke down for a moment.
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I was filled with worries and I felt so helpless. I didn’t want to add to what my Pa was already feeling. But it just can’t be helped. I’m still human.
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Pa consoled me that all these are part of life and that these are just trials we have to go through and that we should not lose faith. I knew that. I knew that all along. It’s just hard to see them both ill at the same time. Very heavy deep inside.
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What am I thankful then?
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As the days passed, everything seemed to calm down. Ma calmed down (which she needs) and my sister’s condition slowly became much better. Some new conditions surfaced but the doctors were very positive about it.
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I feel like the little deer being held and feel safe again – assured that everything will be ok.
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I am thankful to God. Before Ma’s operation . . . to my sister’s unexpected hospital admission. . . up until coming home, He has been with us all along. Always.
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
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Yes, I had a time of feeling so weak and helpless but I knew at the back of my mind He was there. I just had to express what I felt and let it all out. He was the one we turn to for everything. For in Him everything is possible. And in Him everything will fall into place.
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Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” – Romans 5: 3-5
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It was hard at the very moment but the faith and hope were there.
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He blessed the doctors, the nurses, other healthcare providers, the medicines for my Ma and sister’s recovery.
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I am thankful that Pa(even his arthritis cooperated) and me are well so we can care for the family. Though we spent our days separate from each other, still it was good so that we both can attend to their needs.
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We all have our special someone. That person , aside from our family, who we know will also be with us in any situation. I am thankful to you. You have anticipated my need and without question, you traveled right there and then to be with me . . . to be with us. I felt that you care and love my family as if they were your own and we saw and felt that. My family appreciates you being there and I know they love you too.
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I am thankful for my Aunt who have been there and helped arranged everything in the hospital so that my Ma and sister would be attended by the doctors she knew best and that they have rooms that will be available and be comfortable with – even my sister’s. Her concern and always calling and making sure that anything hospital-related, she will make sure everything will go well.
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I am thankful to my Aunts and Uncles, cousins and their families. I know that we were on their prayers. And we needed that the most.
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I am thankful to friends who have prayed and showed concern.
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I am also thankful to blog friends. Yes, I haven’t told you about what our family will be going through until now. But now that we are home and we have regained some strength, your blogs and the things you post that is full of happy thoughts and inspiration helps brighten one’s day. . . helps brighten my day.
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All these goes back to God. Because of Him, he has blessed these people who surrounds us to be with us in times of need.
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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” – 2 Cor 1:3-7
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Mothers

May 10, 2010

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(Update: Just to clarify – I’m not expecting, not just yet anyway πŸ™‚ I didn’t think when writing this post that it came out that way LOL.)

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A day late, but still . . .
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They say,Β  a daughter will never fully understand what it’s like until she gets to experience it herself. Well, I know it won’t be easy all the time but it is nice to look forward to something really beautiful πŸ™‚
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And to all the Moms out there ( and I do believe motherhood/mothering takes many forms and situations), you are to be admired!
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