My posts are coming very far between.
I think of you my blog friends.
I feel like I kept you hanging. Thank you for hanging around though.
It has been a crazy schedule and let me share to you how crazy it is, here.
My holidays are planned already, 24/27.
I need to refocus. I need to inventory my life.
I am sorry that I need to say farewell to this refuge and to you my blog friends.
I started blogging when I decided that I needed to move on from a very painful season of my life.
Thank you for coming to my life one by one. Thank you for lifting me up, for understanding, and yes, for loving me just as I am.
I have moved on but that is not to say that I no longer hurt each time there are triggers to remind me.
But thank God, He is always there to comfort me.
And now I am moving on, again.
Shall we take one last look of how the spoons were bent?
The benders have grown now. Look what happened to them after three years — so fast.
They continue to bloom wonderfully. Thank God.
Got to create memories together with them.
Blend into the colors of their lives.
So this is it. Farewell to bended spoon. No, it won’t evolve to bent spoon. I liked it that way, when some still appreciates despite the imperfection.
Farewell bended spoon.
Fare well my friends. Bloom.
Fare well. Fare well. Fare well.
Bloom. Bloom. Bloom.
The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. – Isaiah 35:1-2
This is the easiest DIY, ever!
The pallet was used for my daughter’s birthday Sweets Corner — just 10 DIY steps.
First, you need a pallet — of course!
Good if you can buy at bargain price.
Better if given to you free.
Best if someone sent you goodies — in a pallet crate!
Second, lean it on the wall — that easy!
Between 1st and 2nd, remove the parts you do not want — like boards and nails.
Use hammer please!
Third, add table and chairs.
Mine were vintage and junky!
Fourth, add on other props lying around the home.
A frame, 2-tier holder, and a vintage carousel horse are good for me.
Hammer not included! I used it for the nails where I hanged the frame.
Fifth, make pompoms and hang them.
You will love the pallet for making it so easy to tie the pompoms.
But you have to decide beforehand how many pompoms you need — because making them can be addicting!
Sixth, add flowers.
No need to buy vases when you have empty beverage bottles.
Notice the trimmings? Those are pompoms scraps.
No need to throw them yet. Just scatter them on the table — because you are the boss!
Seventh, add more flowers!
Horse charming got to offer some flowers to the Princess.
And look after her crown while still sleeping — shhh this is a surprise party that the Princess wanted us to prepare.
Eighth, don’t forget the sweets.
Because the pallet backdrop is for Sweets Corner!
Ninth, show off the pallet backdrop.
Be sure that it is in the back 🙂
Tenth, add the sweetest.
Count the fingers — except those that form the binocular to see you.
The sweetest Princess turned six!
Now back to the pallet. I do not see its life ending yet.
As is, I have some more things to hang and change them as frequent as I like without worrying on nail holes.
I could paint it. Distressed it. Remove the paint. Paint it again. Whatever.
How about you, what would you do with it? Aside from throw it 🙂
Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. – Proverbs 15:30
Hungry to see my blog friend’s daily poem.
Yes, Debbie used to post daily poem from her daily Bible readings.
It blessed me.
Some of her poems made it to the walls of our room, my office and friends inbox.
Captured over images of moments enjoyed with my family.
They are special to me.
It speaks to me.
Daily baths only cleanse me physically.
I need more than that.
I need God.
If I see no beauty, I see no God.
I got to see God.
When something is wrong, sometimes my heart doesn’t feel right.
I seek Him.
He who makes my heart right.
I heard words that crushed me, lingered long within.
I heard words that lifted me, temporary high.
I heard His Word, love assured.
Whatever your circumstance right now, I believe there is a Simple Poem, Simple Faith in Deb’s Blog that will speak to you.
That will speak to you.
He will speak to you.
He will speak.
If today we hear.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33:3
It’s good to be home.
To slow down.
To linger longer…
With the meals
My sweet daughter planted the mongo seeds and so some smiles sprouted.
My 10 year old boy is so elated with his medal. He has been thinking about it two weeks ago and now he did have it.
Last week he placed it in the corner of the tv so everyone can see it — on a weekend.
Then the morning after that, he hung it to Thor so he can see it – before he goes to sleep.
Now he moved it on the cross in the dining table so everyone can see it – every day!
Oh yes, the giant clam shell.
It’s not a real one and I’m glad it is not.
I would like to think that the real big ones are still in the depths of the seas.
Clam beds for the mermaids maybe — could they be real?
Oh yes, the giant clam shell.
I bought it for my hubby, for his future fishing cottage.
It’s only P1,200.00 ($27 – 26” x 18”) compared to on line price of $148 at smaller size of 22” x 13”.
For now, I’ll accommodate it.
But I suspect that he knew all along that I want it too.
Well, to give and to receive. Or shall we say sharing?
Oh, there’s our fishing cottage!
The the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3
There is a growing appreciation for handmade goodies, crafters and artists all throughout the world. I, for one, am a fan because I know there is much love woven on each piece.
Last June 15, I was able to check the Future Market in First United Building — thanks to the local organizer 98B COLLABoratory! Thanks for the fun-filled day! I was glad to interact with crafters and artists — couldn’t do that in malls with mass produced items. And so I am day dreaming to be part of Future Market — not only as buyer but as seller as well!
It was cool checking the cool stuff created by the cool crafters and artists. Yes, too much coolness – and warmth too with the pre-loved and vintage items!
Here are the few that I captured with my phone…
What immediately came to mind was ‘gates to hell’ — Dan Brown’s reference to Manila in his novel Inferno. And I laughed for so many reasons, including thoughts about Dan Brown 🙂
The artist is a retiree from the corporate world — and so I bought two for my two girlfriends.
Button magnets by cool ladies — and so I bought ten for my crafty daughter.
Still from the cool ladies — we have live spider though at home.
Handy cloth bags — I bought one not only to contain my purchases for the day; not only because I know it’s not easy to sit all day waiting for a customer but because…
it’s a happy picture 🙂
Art in the map — I bought the one with ‘imagine’ on the hat because I like the old map, the ink, and the word!
Cool robotins from UVLA but I didn’t bring one home with me — my boys only say cooooool for Ironman and Transformers.
This tray is what I took from UVLA — aside from the bits of rust I gave in for ‘Raindrops on roses…’ and other simple things.
There were collector’s items such as old magazines, old coins…
vintage radio and I’m not sure what…
Vintage books — I bought Jose Rizal (His Exile) copyright 1958 for Php20.00 (half dollar). And bought too Huling Hudhud with interesting photos and poems written in Filipino.
And there were pre-loved books and these two at Php49.00 and Php99.00 were good reasons enough to bring home. And to share some nuggets (not the mc nuggets because Michael Pollan won’t like it):
“It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” – from Food Rules.
“The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.” – from The Quotable Walker.
Framed black and white photos of everything Manila. I was tempted to buy the photo of City Hall’s clock because I passed by it every day of my college years going to Intramuros but instead decided to take the shot myself — getting personal.
Hey Kessy (seller of washi tapes) was there but unfortunately the ‘tape measure’ print I’m looking for is not available — it should be my little surprise for my fashionista daughter who tries her hand on sewing machine.
And so I bought this spiked cloth bag for my daughter. How each cone was formed, stitched, and attached to the bag is awesome — I know it is awesome because my daughter shrieked when she saw it!
Cool spiked bags in different colors by Clint of W.O.R.M.S. – Wearing One Really Makes Sense.
Artwheel has sculptures and accessories made of wires. The yoga man came home with me — he can do sun salutation and other poses because he is wired to do so 🙂
Wrecked shorts — no need to bring one home. My daughter has wrecked more than enough. I think it’s about time that she sells too 🙂
The best part of the day was when I joined this group by Project Manila and made something of my own to be part of…
this labyrinth. It was good. Walking around here. Connecting to oneself. Even for a few moments.
You are perfect! Believe me, perfect does not necessarily equate to flawless 🙂
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. – Proverbs 31:13
Sure you were present when the kiddos were born
Sure you changed their diapers without complaining
Sure you assembled lego altogether
Sure you cooked the best kare kare for them
Sure you brought them to pet stores
Sure you taught the boys how to handle worms
Sure you solved the kiddos techie problems
Sure you applied kiddos with sunblock
Sure you carried them on your shoulders
Sure you can drive 12 hours straight for a road trip
Sure you showed them what redeemed is
But still you are not the best Father!
Sure you know that we love you lots, right?
And the best Father loves you right, lots!
Happy Father’s Day with love love love love…!
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; – Psalm 103:13
And so the camera was stolen
And the aquarium fishes died
And the mugs were broken
And my right arm is in pain
But I won’t zoom out those things.
Today is holiday in here – our 115th Independence Day
I’m free from office work and be with the kiddos
I’m free to prepare their meals
I’m free to savor the moments at home
And I will zoom out these things.
Now I am looking at the big picture
I am just glad for all that I have
That I can live in this moment
Here right now
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. – Psalm 47:1