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Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Travel --- Happy, Happy Me (Part 4)


I don’t want to think that my travel time is about to end already.  Every ticking sound of the clock is so important to me because the opportunity to be with my family is so limited that I wish I can extend my vacation a little bit longer.  God really knows what is best for us.  Actually, He let me stay for three weeks more.  He has a reason why He wants me to stay --  to finish the things I need to do.  He knows I still have another important thing to do. There’s no more alibi for me to postpone it, so I have to do it now, while I still have the chance.  There’s no other person who can do it, except ME.

I have learned a  lesson from my eldest brother’s untimely death almost two years ago. He had unfinished task left behind to his wife—the future of their 5 children especially, his youngest son. Though we can never tell when an accident will happen, but we need to be prepared in all aspects of our life by taking advantage of all the chances being given to us by God, that is, ---  TIME.


How many times in our life have we postponed doing something worthy or any goodness to anybody?  Do we always say, “I will do it, but later… (until we forget doing it already)” or “Yes, I will do it now…” 

On the spiritual side, how often do we say, “Thank you, Lord for all your blessings,” in spite of the trials or problems that come our way?

On the human side, how often do we say, “Thank you,” to our parents who have worked so hard to provide the things we need?  

How many times have we forgotten to kiss someone we love or care about before we go to our work or job?

How many times have we forgotten to say, “I’m sorry,” to someone whom we hurt whether emotionally or physically?

How many times have we forgotten to say, “Thank you for the nice meal,” to our mother or household helper for the hard work of preparing even a simple food on the table everyday?

How many times have we forgotten to say,  “I love you,” to our parents regardless of their shortcomings or faults?

How many times have we forgotten to appreciate things that were done for us and still hold grudges against the person?

How many times have we thought of ourselves only and not other’s concerns also?

How many times have we done something wrong and have kept on doing the same offense?

How many times have we not learned from our own mistakes or bad experiences?

How well have we managed our own relationship with our spouse and children?

How well have we managed our relationship with others?

How well have we managed our relationship with our parents?

How well have we managed the future of our children?

How well have we guided and protected our children?

How well have we taken care of our old parents?

How well have we taken care of our sick family members or others?

How well have we managed to set aside our ill feelings for the sake of family unity?

How well have we managed the wealth or blessings given to us?

How well have we managed to look at our own shortcomings or faults and be less judgmental to others?

How well have we shown respect and appreciation to our family members aside from others?

How well have we managed our time to spend with family members no matter how far you are or how busy you are?


Being with my children, grandchildren, my mother, brother, family members, and friends is indescribable. I really appreciate their precious time they spent for me. No matter how busy they are, my children always call to pick me up at my mother's house during weekends. If I don’t have any schedule during weekdays with my friends or family members, I make myself busy by doing my passion – crocheting. I recently posted my new project with my youngest granddaughter as my model—SWIMWEAR COVER UP. (-.-) Hey, I'm proud to say, this project previously became #9 in Top Children Projects posted as "Child's Swim Suit Cover Up," and  #2 in Top Seasonal Crochet Projects (an ebook about 16 Summer Crochet Patterns), all in What’s Hot (May 22, 2013) at All Free Crochet.  For updates, other projects like, CLOVER HONEY BEAR HOLDER posted as "Clover Honey Bear," was #5 in Top Home Decorating Projects (October 24, 2013), BASKET-STYLED ZOE POUCH posted as "Butterfly Garden Basket,was #1 in Top Children’s Project (April 12, 2014)and CHRISTMAS HANGING DECOR posted as "Starbuster Photo Frame," was #5 in Top Home Decorating Projects (2013) and #1 in Top Christmas Crochet Projects (October 11, 2013) as “Holiday Wall Décor,” all in What's Hot at All Free CrochetI also appreciate the support of my family and friends in the pursuit of my passion.  I'm also very thankful to all viewers who have appreciated my projects. (-.-)
 
 
Here are some precious moments I’m proud to share to all:
  


Shangrila (a)
With family members during my special day;


Sonya's Garden (a)


Sonya's Garden (b)
With my elder daughter, her family, and my son during my thanksgiving day;


Kamameshi
With my eldest daughter, son-in-law, and my mother during the farewell dinner for my son;

  
video


  Moving-Up Day 


With my elder daughter, son-in-law, and my granddaughter during her moving-up day;


Shangrila (b)


Shangrila (c)
With family members during my nephew’s birthday celebration;


Horseback Riding 
Baguio City


Camp John Hay Country Club (a)
Baguio City


Camp John Hay Country Club (b)
Baguio City


Thunderbird
La Union
With my elder brother and his children during Holy Week;



With my eldest daughter, son-in-law and my 2 grandsons;




And with my closest friends and their children.

Everything we do or don’t want to do is a matter of choice.  What is left of us to do even in a limited time is a still considered an opportunity even up to the last minute. We are capable of doing something possible that was previously impossible for us to do. Otherwise, feeling regretful is always very painful at the end.

To have time is possible, so is change. Time is creativity and productivity.  Time is sharing and loving. Time is consoling and supporting. Time is healing and forgiving. Time is for everyone. Let us make the best out of it.  

Related Personal Travels:

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
   Introduction - Happy, Happy Me                
      Part Two                                                 
  Part Three                                                              
  Part Five                                                     
  Part One – Japan (2014)                            
  Part Three – Japan (2016)                         
      Part Four –Japan (2016)     

Wonderful One-day Trips:
   Part Two




Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My hands can do this --- Swimwear Cover Up


This summer vacation - having lots of fun and play for kids to enjoy while under the sun, is the exciting time they always look forward to after their schooldays. Swimming is a nice way of enjoying the summer time. Kids, not only adults, like to wear their favorite bathing suit to beat the summer heat while in a beach or ordinary swimming pool.  This swimwear cover up is cute and simply designed to wear for your small child to cover her wet, cold body temporarily after taking a dip in the swimming pool, or while just taking a walk around the area with her bathing suit on.


 Swimwear Cover Up (a)


Swimwear Cover Up (b)

  
Swimwear Cover Up (c)


  *SWIMWEAR COVER UP
   

Materials:
(2) Caron Simply Soft , 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (lt country peach 9737)
(1) Caron Simply Soft , 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (baby brights ombre)
      crochet hook size – F5 /  3.75mm


Measurements:               Child                              Project

Age of Child –                2 years and 7 months
Height –                          36 inches                             
Shoulder –                      10 inches                          10 inches
Waist –                            20 inches                          23 inches
Hips –                             21 inches                           23 inches
Neck to Knee                 18 inches                           13.5 inches

Level of Difficulty - easy
Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)    chain                                                             
(sc)     single crochet
(dc)     double crochet
(hdc)   half-double crochet
(tr)      treble crochet
(sl st)  slip stitch     
(sp)     space
(dec)   decrease
(YO)   yarn over

Special Instructions:
(dec) – decrease -  (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook.)
(tr) – treble crochet – YO twice and insert in next (sc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops thrice.
(hdc) – half-double crochet – YO and insert hook in same (sc). Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook.


Note: Always count all the stitches before going to the next round.

Instructions: 
First Side – Light Country Peach
1st Rnd – Make 77 (ch). (Dc) on 8th (ch) from hook.  [2 (Ch) and skip 2 (ch). (Dc) on next (ch)]   22X.  Make 2 (ch) and skip last 2 (ch). (Dc) on beginning (ch).  Turn around.
Result – 25 (dc) and 24 (2 ch-sp)

2nd to 25th Rnd – Make 5 (ch).  *Skip  (2 ch-sp) and (dc) on next (dc).  [2 (Ch) and skip next  (2 ch-sp). (Dc) on next (dc)] 22X. Make 2 (ch) and skip 2 (ch). (Dc) on 3rd (ch) of beginning 5 (ch). Make 5 (ch). Turn around.*  Repeat from * to * 24X.
Result -  25 (dc) and 24 (2 ch-sp)

26th Rnd – Make 3 (ch). Skip (2 ch-sp) and (dc) on next (dc). [2 (Ch) and skip (2 ch-sp). (Dc) on next (dc)] 21X.  2 (Ch), skip (2 ch-sp), and (dec)-- (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip 2 (ch), and insert hook on 3rd (ch) of beginning 5 (ch).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook). Make (ch) and then turn around.
Result – 21 (dc), 22 (2 ch-sp), and 2 (dec)

27th Rnd -  (Sl st) on (dec) and make 2 (ch) on same (sp). Skip (2 ch-sp) and (dec) -- (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip  (2 ch-sp), and insert hook on next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook). [2 (Ch) and skip (2 ch-sp). (Dc) on next (dc)] 17X.  2 (Ch), skip (2 ch-sp) and (dec) - (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip (2 ch-sp), and insert hook on next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  YO, skip (2 ch-sp) and insert hook on top of (dec). Pull up loop and draw through all 4 loops on hook). Make (ch) and then turn around.
Result – 17 (dc), 18 (2 ch-sp), and 2 (dec)

28th Rnd – (Sl st) on (dec) and make 2 (ch) on same (sp). Skip (2 ch-sp) and (dec) -- (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip  (2 ch-sp), and insert hook on next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook). [2 (Ch) and skip (2 ch-sp). (Dc) on next (dc)] 13X.  2 (Ch), skip (2 ch-sp) and (dec) -- (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip (2 ch-sp), and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO, skip (2 ch-sp) and insert hook on top of (dec). Pull up loop and draw through all 4 loops on hook). Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 13 (dc), 14 (2 ch-sp), and 2 (dec)

29th Rnd -  (Sl st) on (dec) and make 2 (ch) on same (sp). Skip (2 ch-sp) and (dec) -- (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip (2 ch-sp), and insert hook on next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook). [2 (Ch) and skip (2 ch-sp). (Dc) on next (dc)] 9X.  2 (Ch), skip (2 ch-sp), and  (dec) - (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip (2 ch-sp), and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  YO, skip (2 ch-sp) and insert hook on top of (dec). Pull up loop and draw through all 4 loops on hook). Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 9 (dc),  10 (2 ch-sp). and 2 (dec)

30th Rnd – (Sl st) on (dec) and make 2 (ch) on same (sp). Skip (2 ch-sp) and (dec) -- (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip (2 ch-sp), and insert hook on next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook). [2 (Ch) and skip (2 ch-sp). (Dc) on next (dc)] 5X.  2 (Ch), skip (2 ch-sp), and  (dec) - (YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO once, skip (2 ch-sp), and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  YO, skip (2 ch-sp) and insert hook on top of (dec). Pull up loop and draw through all 4 loops on hook). Extend an extra yarn, cut, and tie it twice.  
Result – 5 (dc), 6 (2 ch-sp), and 2 (dec)  

Back Side – Light Country Peach
1st Rnd – Make 77 (ch). (Dc) on 8th (ch) from hook.  [2 (Ch) and skip 2 (ch). (Dc) on next (ch)]   22X.  Make 2 (ch) and skip last 2 (ch). (Dc) on  beginning (ch).  Turn around.
Result – 25 (dc) and 24 (2 ch-sp)

2nd to 25th Rnd – Make 5 (ch).  *Skip (2 ch-sp) and (dc) on next (dc).  [2 (Ch) and skip next (2 ch-sp). (Dc) on next (dc)] 22X. Make 2 (ch) and skip 2 (ch). (Dc) on 3rd (ch) of beginning 5 (ch).  Make 5 (ch).  Turn around.*  Repeat from * to * 24X. Don’t cut the yarn yet.
Result -  25 (dc) and 24 (2 ch-sp)

Connecting Both Sides
First Side – Light Country Peach
At the 25th Rnd of the BACK SIDE and using the same yarn color, 2 (ch), insert the hook into the end of 25th Rnd of the FRONT SIDE, pull a loop and (sl st). Make 2 (ch), insert the hook into the end of 24th Rnd of the BACK and (sl st). Make 2 (ch), insert the hook into the end of 24th Rnd of the FRONT SIDE, and (sl st).  It’s like a zigzag.  Do the same procedure for the  succeeding rounds until you reach the last round.
Last Rnd - Make 2 (ch), insert the hook on the 3rd (ch) of beginning 5 (ch) of BACK SIDE, and (sl st). Make 2 (ch), insert the hook on the 3rd (ch) of beginning 5 (ch) of FRONT SIDE, and (sl st). Extend an extra yarn, cut, and tie it twice.

Second Side – Light Country Peach
Get another end of the yarn and tie it on the end of 25th Rnd of the FRONT SIDE twice. (Sl st) and make 2 (ch) on same (sp). Insert the hook into the 3rd (ch) of beginning 5 (ch) of 25th Rnd of the BACK SIDE and (sl st).  Make 2 (ch), insert the hook into the end of 24th Rnd of FRONT SIDE, and (sl st). Make 2 (ch), insert the hook into the end of 24th Rnd of the BACK SIDE, and (sl st). Do the same procedure as the FIRST SIDE until you reach the last round.

Last Rnd - Make 2 (ch), insert the hook on the 3rd (ch) of beginning 5 (ch) of FRONT SIDE, and (sl st). Make 2 (ch), insert the hook on the 3rd (ch) of beginning 5 (ch) of BACK SIDE. Extend an extra yarn, cut, and tie it twice.


Edging
Upper Side - Baby Brights Ombre
1st Rnd – Facing the FRONT SIDE, tie the other end of the yarn on top of (dec) right side twice. (Sl st) on same (sp) and hide the excess yarn as you crochet. 3 (Sc) on (2 ch-sp). [Skip (dc). 3 (Sc) on next (2 ch-sp)] 5X. [Skip (dec) and 2 (sc) on next (2 ch-sp)] 4X.  2 (Sc) on first (dec).  2 (Sc) on next (2 ch-sp) (zigzag part). [Skip (dc) and 2 (sc) on next (2 ch-sp)] 24X.  2 (Sc) on next (2 ch-sp) (zigzag).  2 (Sc) on first (dec). [Skip (dec) and 2 (sc) on next (2 ch-sp)] 4X. Skip (dec). (Sl st) on beginning (sc).
Result –  90 (sc)

2nd Rnd  (Dc), 4 (tr), and (dc) on next (sc). (Sl st) on next (sc). These stitches become   petal design counted as one . [Skip next (sc). (Dc), 4 (tr), and (dc) on next (sc). (Sl st) on next (sc)] 5X.  Don’t cut the yarn yet.  Let it hang or you may want to proceed to the making of a tie and tassel below.
Result – 6 petals

Bottom Side - Baby Brights Ombre
1st Rnd - Tie another end of the yarn twice on the last stitch made in the 1st Rnd (Front Side) right side. Hide the excess yarns as you crochet. (Sl st) and 3 (sc) on (2 ch-sp). Skip (dc). [3 (Sc) on next (2 ch-sp) and skip (dc)] 49X. (Sl st) on the beginning (sc).
Result -  150 (sc)

2nd Rnd – (Hdc), 3 (dc), and (hdc) on next (sc). (Sl st) on next (sc). These stitches become   petal design counted as one . [Skip next (sc). (Hdc), 3 (dc), and (hdc) on next (sc). (Sl st) on next (sc)] 49X. (Sl st) on the beginning (hdc). Extend an extra yarn, cut, and tie it twice. Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 50 petals

Making of a Tie (2) – Baby Brights Ombre
Pick up the yarn where you left in the 2nd Rnd (Edging-Upper Side). Make 80 (ch). Extend an extra yarn and cut, but don’t tighten it.  Tie another end of the yarn at the end of the first half flower twice and hide the excess yarn as you crochet.  (Sl st) and make 80 (ch).  Extend an extra yarn and cut, but don’t tighten it.
Making of a Tassel (2) – Baby Brights Ombre
Wrap the yarn around your 4 fingers 5X and then cut.  Hold the center and carefully remove the yarns from your fingers. Insert them into the loop end of the chain and fold to center them. Tighten it very well and tie it thrice.  Tie it again thrice around the strands below the chain. Cut the ends evenly.  



Swimwear Cover Up (d)
  

Swimwear Cover Up (e)


Swimwear Cover Up (f)


Swimwear Cover Up (g)


*This project was featured also in my crochet designer’s profile as “Child’s Swim Suit Cover Up” on All Free Crochet  and posted #4  in Top Children Projects.   This same project has been included in an ebook entitled “16 Summer Crochet Patternssince last April 30, 2013 and  listed as #2 in Top Seasonal Crochet Projects of What’s Hot dated May 22, 2013.  It's also listed as #1 among my Top Crochet Projects.  Please note this ranking is not permanent.  Thank you very much to all viewers.


Related Crochet Projects:
   Swimsuit Cover Up - age 5