Monday, January 22, 2018

Don't Listen to Those Voices




"You cannot enter here!" they said to King David.  But David did take the stronghold... and he grew steadily more powerful, for God was with him." 2 Samuel 5


David was told he couldn't do it.  But he did.


Jesus was told He couldn't heal on the Sabbath and He did.


The Lord wants me to believe in order to receive.  He wants me to work on seeing the impossible happen because in His mercy, power and grace - ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.


My brother, who conducts arts and craft workshops,  starts by telling all the participants to deaden the voice of discouragement even before they pick up a pen.  


Before today starts, replace the voice of negativity and oppression with the voice of positivity and encouragement that comes from above!


When we do something against God, we are saying, "I can do it better than God!" which is an utter lie!  No one does it better than the Maker of heaven and earth!  So we must also be aware of those voices that cause us to be deceived into doing wrong.


Let's create something beautiful and good today - and be free from the voices that wish to hinder us!  Start creating!  We can do all things if only we believe!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

He's got this


If you're like me, you have a lot of unwritten goals for the new year.  I want to become good at speaking Nihonggo, want to have more time to develop my skills at design, want to be a good cook and learn more recipes, want an apartment that looks like it came out of an Ikea catalog and grow herbs in our balcony and so and so forth...


Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the things I want to do and looking at such a small space of time to do them.  Since getting married, I have had a much simpler lifestyle but somehow I still feel frenzied at the tasks I face each day.


Someone else I know was super duper busy every day.  He hardly had any sleep.  He would wake up well before dawn and have a talk with His Father.  Then he would need to go on a boat just so he wouldn't get crushed by the crowds!  He would have to see each person in line (the whole day) in order to heal them of all their ills (physically as well as spiritually).  His overall goal was to save the world... talk about a lot of things on your plate!


Still you never see Jesus getting fidgety or stressed out in the bible (of course there was that one time when He sweated blood - but that would make anyone get a nervous breakdown).   Jesus took things one day at a time and put first things first. He took the time to pray (sometimes the whole night through) and then He did His daily work.


My hope for this 2018 is that I be still and know that God is in control and that I don't have to stress out.  The battle is the Lords (2 Chronicles 20:15)  He's got this!




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Make your own Manger



Christmas is such a special time. It's when family and friends get together, exchange gifts and express their love!  It's just the best season in all the year!


Just because it's Christmas, it's time to prepare for it and make it all the more meaningful.  I'm sharing with you one of the things I've worked on to make our home decorations more unique!


When my husband came home yesterday, the first thing he saw was this manger scene and he said it was such a beautiful sight!


Here's the downloadable face you can trace if you don't want to draw freely on the cloth.  Just right click on it and save on your computer.  You can use tracing paper or use these alternative ways to trace the image.




 

How to Make your own Manger



Here's a closeup of the dolls.  You can make them more colorful for sure!









Just to let you know, I used mostly recyclable materials just lying around our home.  I only bought the lights and nothing more!  So this project doesn't cost much!




Let me know how you made your Christmas decor special in the comments below!




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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Along the Way




“Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19


There story goes where there were ten lepers.  In today's terms, these would be ten outcasts as people would never go near lepers in those days.  These ten people would have been suffering physically as well as emotionally.


But they asked God for healing and He told them to show themselves to the priests.  They did as they were told and started to head towards the direction of the priests.  But along the way, they were miraculously healed!


It occurred to me that life mostly happens along the way.  Students long for graduation, pregnant women long for the birth of their child, some hope for riches, others for beauty or fame...  But many forget that the magic happens along the way.


God rarely answers our prayers in a finger snap.  He allows us to wait.  The waiting is an essential part of life.  All of nature waits.


I heard of a man who was asked by God to move a boulder.  He started to push.  A day passed, a week passed and the months turned into years.  In anguish he asked the Lord why the boulder has not moved an inch.  God told him to look at his arms which had grown strong and muscular through time.  What God wanted was actually taking place. 


I get really frustrated at not being able to speak Nihonggo yet after more than a year here.  Arrggghhh.  Sometimes you just want to give up.  But there are so many things I miss out when I want things over and done with.  I am getting to know my teachers and classmates day by day and appreciating their uniqueness - and the different cultures from whence they came.  I would miss out on all the laughter and learning and songs and fun we have in class if I didn't need to come.


So take care not to miss the healing and the strengthening and the waiting in the journey.  Don't hurry into the future and don't despair when your dreams seem too far off.  Keep moving in the direction God wants you in and you will experience all you seek along the way.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Calendar is Done!

So excited to share my calendar design for 2018!





I've been working long hours to churn out next year's wall calendar for our shop Papemelroti.  It took a lot of overtime I must say since there was a lot of nice stuff to put in there.


The concept was travel and sketching, 2 things that (most) everyone likes doing!  




The idea of making drawings of buildings and cultural elements from different countries came from my (brilliant) husband ahem ahem.  I must say I wouldn't have thought this up just by myself.


I learned so much from making this project.  The calendar includes quotes from that country so for example, the saying "There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved" comes from France. (which is actually 2 things).  




Each month also includes a load of interesting trivia and of course my illustrations.  These were definitely fun to do!




It would be fun to go to each of these places and experience these same things!  How about seeing the building with a highway running through it?




At the back of the calendar there is a small pocket where you can keep something from your favorite memories like a bus ticket or movie passes...





I hope you find time to check out my calendar as well as Papemelroti designer Elyse Pilapil's wall calendar at all Papemelroti stores around Metro Manila!





Here's wishing you the best year of your life in 2018!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Recycrafting Plastic



Whenever I buy something plastic, I feel a tinge of guilt knowing that plastic is non-biodegradable (though some plastics are).

Today, I'm going to make the world a greener, more natural place (even in a minuscule way).  I'm going to recycle a plastic tissue holder.  It's large.  It's durable.  It's going to be more useful!

Your creation can be something other than this particular piece.  Shampoo bottles when cut can be turned into pencil holders and pencil cases with this technique!  Comment below if you want to see that!

This is definitely not a earth-shaking project but I think it's one of the most easiest way to recycle things and make them pretty!


Materials
white glue
water
brush
paper with designs (magazines or computer print outs)
varnish / sealant




The process

Decoupage takes only a few steps.  

1. Choose your design.  We suggest looking at magazines and posters that you're not using anymore and cutting these up to form the design.  

2. Measure the surface.  Cut and layout the paper to fit the surface you wish to cover.  Some people choose to paint the surface first so the colors below don't seep through.  You can opt to do that as well.

3. Get a brush and some glue.  Use a 1=1 mixture.  For example, 1 tablespoon of glue = 1 tablespoon of water.  Mix well.

4. Cover the surface with the glue mixture and then the fun part comes - stick on the paper neatly.  Take care to smooth out any bubbles that normally form during the process.

5. You can cut curved edges so they overlap and keep adhering to the shape of whatever form you are covering.

6. Dry.

7. Varnish or spray with a sealant to protect the surface.




Tadah!!!  Ready to use again!




Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Silent War

A war has been waging without people really noticing.


In the late 60's, people started rebelling against the norm.  The birth control pill was invented ... soon after the sexual revolution started.  Prayer was banned in schools.  Drugs and promiscuity abounded.  People wanted to be "free".  Free from laws and restrictions and authority.


They waged a war.  It was a war on virtue, holiness and God's law.  Basically a war against God.


Decades later, we see a world torn by strife.  Countries waging wars within themselves still fighting about the same issues.  More than 60 million babies have been aborted in the name of women's rights.


But if we look at God's laws, it seems silly to want to run away from them.  Let's see how the Bible describes God's law...




Psalm 19 says a lot about how wonderful God's law is.


If you're a parent, you know how difficult it is to discipline a child.  But you also know that you need to set some rules for your child's good. 


"Don't play in the middle of the road" is a good example.  Now if the child was obedient, he would be much safer than the child who wishes to be "free" from rules and restrictions.


God's law is pretty much the same thing.  We should be running after them and studying them, so that we can be better off!  Don't you think?





If a parent had a magic wand to instantly make his child obedient... consequently removing his freedom to choose, would he use it?  He might. But what kind of child would he have?  He'd ultimately have a robot.


If the Creator of the whole universe loved us enough to give us the choice to follow Him or not - isn't the best, most wisest thing to do be to follow His law to the letter?  Simply because He knows best.  Father does know best.  


We need to stop playing in the middle of the road!  We need to stop playing with fire in our lives. We need to stop thinking we know best!  Let's not experiment with our souls.  He has seen it all. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the last!  Let's follow His laws!  Let's not live for ourselves.  Life is short.  Let's live the best way ever - God's way!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Circle of Fire



"I will be for her an encircling wall of fire," says the Lord.  Zechariah 2:9


The Lord allows us to live in the midst of uncertainty.   Many countries are under the threat of terrorism.  Some are in the middle of an ongoing war of drugs.  Some can have a nuclear missile dropped on them at any minute.

The Lord doesn't take away the threats in our daily lives.  It can be fear, bitterness, loneliness, sickness or poverty that plagues us.  

But His promises of protection are no small thing.  

"He will guard us, a shepherd guarding his flock"  Jeremiah 31:10

He will be for us an encircling wall of fire!

We cannot really measure God's power.  We can only see that nothing that plagues nor threatens us compares to it.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Flower Decor Craft




One of the things my husband gave me for my birthday were some Chrysanthemums.  I've been wanting to have some plants for the longest time but somehow I couldn't make up my mind what kind to get.




After a day though, one of the stems broke off.    Yes, I did research how to care for them but still, this flower had its own plans.




As they say, "Waste not, want not" so even a tiny flower shouldn't be put to waste!





I got some kitchen cleaning sheets and sandwiched the flower stems inside 2 sheets.  I was careful to lay it flat on the sheet so it would dry nicely with as little air passing through the sheets as possible.






I could just imagine these in a bookmark or picture frame or something.





There they go tucked away in a book for later use.


That same book had a few flowers I've been drying.  So let's take a peek how we will use them...





So, getting some packaging material from a gift we got last Christmas, I layout all the flowers inside the little "window".

Do you like it?




Let's see, maybe we can do it another way!







How about this?  I encased my artwork with the dried flowers to add a bit of interest.


Which style do you like best?


I sure hope you enjoyed today's craft!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Prism





So today i was telling my husband about a play i was in many years ago. 

I played the character Pink and sang and acted and wore a tutu. The other characters were Green, (the hero) Violet (the villain) Yellow (the victim) and so on. 

There was trouble in colorland and whenever she could, Pink would wipe someone's tears or encourage the faint-hearted. 

The play's director told us that every character you play, would stay with you for the rest of your life. I'm glad that Pink was such a lovable character to play. I cannot deny that i do have an affinity for the color pink, that is after white. 

But what is the point of all this reminiscing? It's the prism I guess. I looked out of our balcony and saw this. 


Life gives you a character to play all your life. But the play is not yet written until the very end. You won't know what happens in the end just like a whodunit mystery. 

Every so often we think that we know all our lines and how it will all end. And then... voila... A plot twist!

So as i look at the rainbow, i remember pestering God with all my what if's. And all He says is "Put out into the deep." 

Well a year later, I can see that the deep is where I was meant to be. All His promises have come true and there is more to come! God is full of surprises and He has a rainbow for each and every one of us.

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