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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mr. Pinto Beans' sticky notes --- Where's Rudolph? (Deer Hunting Season)

I know that it’s too late to write this article because the deer season has already ended almost 2 weeks ago.  With Christmas season coming, this article is still  in tuned with the enclosed title above.  Why?  Here’s my another short Christmas story --

People in all over the world celebrate this holiday season every year.  It has become a tradition and we always look forward to it.  Advance planning in each family household about how and where to have Christmas celebration, is always a big event.  Gifts for love ones are itemized on a long list. Foremost, shopping malls and online stores plan ahead their own marketing strategies to boost their sales by offering big sale deals to get people’s attention.  They create different kinds of needs and wants of consumers.   And one of their targets is children because they love to ask their parents – “Hey, Mom, I want to buy this …” “Hey Dad, I want to buy that…” And because we, as parents, don’t always bring with us our ear plugs in shopping malls, we tend to give in to our children’s pleas and cries.  With today’s new technology, different manufacturers create different kinds of toys – not only toys for children, but for adults, too.  Funny, isn’t ? (-.-)  Even if we are already adults, being childish is still in us.  That’s why companies manufacture many things for convenience and pleasure that can arouse the interests and childlike nature of people worldwide. Adults and children can now both enjoy playing different kinds of games that are installed in their computers, laptops, ipads, cell phones, etc.... Sometimes parents would even fight with their children, or sibling with another sibling, over playing these games, especially if there is only one ipad or laptop or computer to use.

Traditionally,  when it comes to manufacturing different kinds of toys, children and adults would always think of the story of one generous man who has been a great icon since Christmas was declared a holiday. He is the Father of Gift Giving, Father of Generosity, and most of all, Father of Toy Making. .He has his own manufacturing company named--  Santa Claus' Toys Company Unlimited.  He never stops making toys all throughout the many, many years. He likes to grant those children their wish lists. Because of so many wish lists to look at and so many toys to make, he is already forgetting someone special, too. Suddenly, a thought came up to his mind --  How can he be able to distribute all these many toys throughout the whole world?  The countdown has already begun – 10… 9… 8… 7…6...5...4...3... Then he stood up from his chair and asked – “Where is Rudoph?”  Everybody in the warehouse were surprised upon hearing his question and turned to each other. “Yeah, where is he?” his elves asked each other, too. Then he went out of the warehouse to look for Rudolph and called out its name loudly ... “Rudolph … Rudolph,  Where are you?”  Nobody answered.  Getting worried, he walked farther and yelled out again loudly … “Rudolphhhhh … Where are youuuu?”

Meanwhile, out in the woods, a big, sturdy guy was suddenly stunned. “Is somebody calling me?”  asked Rudolph.  

“I think I heard somebody calling me,” said Rudolph. 

Suddenly he heard footsteps --- “Who’s out there?” asked Rudolph.  He stood still, while sensing whose footsteps were those coming to his area.  He's ready to run as fast as he can, if there is a danger.

Then suddenly Rudolph exclaimed, “Oh, Santa!  I’m very sorry for not coming to you immediately, but I didn't recognize your voice,”  Rudolph exclaimed upon seeing Santa Claus walking out of the bushes.  “I have been here because of my family.  I have my son and wife with me now.  You can see them a little farther from here,”  Rudolph reasoned out. 

Santa Claus just gave Rudolph a tap on its head and smiled.  He went near to where the son and wife of Rudolph were and greatly felt very proud of Rudolph.  He said,  “There are only 2 days to go before Christmas.  There are still lots of toys to make, but we also need to make preparations for the delivery of all these toys worldwide.  I need you, Rudolph.”  “I’m always ready to do my job, Santa.  I have my little son now.  He will grow up like me. You can rely on him someday with all these deliveries.  Though he is still young, I’m already feeling proud of him right now,” answered Rudolph.  “Good job, Rudolph,” replied Santa.  Then he walked away feeling relieved and happy….    

    Merry Christmas 
A Happy New Year to all !!!

For more of animal storytelling, please view also:
                     Deer Hunting Season 2012
                     Note Just Petty Pets Only
                     Teddy and Wally 
                     The Birds  
                     The Frogs
                                The Garden Varmints

Sunday, December 6, 2015

My hands can do this --- DIY Table Mini Tissue Holder

I just saw this empty container on top of the counter.  My eldest daughter likes to buy wet tissues and I pondered, “Hmmm… This is a nice, durable container.  What can I do with this?”  Then I got an idea that I can transform this to something new and usable container.  A container that she can use and put it on top of her table -- storage can for her pens, pencils, clips, coins, etc.  It can also be turned into a table mini trash can or table mini tissue holder itself as the greenecraft project I’m featuring today.     

Original Wet Tissue Container

Whatever purpose you can think of,  this container can provide it.  It just needs a little imagination of how we can make it more attractive to reuse it.  Let’s think twice before throwing something into the trash can.   Not everything is a trash.   Let’s not just trash  the trash to lessen the trash in our environment.  

wet tissues plastic container
colored marker (water proof / permanent)
chisel knife
masking tape
big scissor
glue gun / glue sticks
ice cream sticks (colored)
q-tips / cotton balls

Level of Difficulty – easy


1)  Remove the plastic wrap.   Using a chisel knife, enlarge the hole and finish smoothly up to its edge only as shown in the picture below:

Hole Enlargement

2)  The use of masking tape is optional because it will depend on the kind of image you like to draw.  In this case, I try to determine the boundary for the upper and lower part of the image I like to draw by applying masking tape on the upper and lower indented edges as shown in the picture below: 


Attaching the Masking Tape

 3)  You can draw any image, write simple quotes, or any picture you like to copy.  If you don’t know how to draw, you can trace a picture on it by using a carbon paper.  Then use your preferred permanent colored markers to color it. 

In this case, I chose to draw my own picture that I imagined. Using a brown colored pen, I started marking the edge of the masking tape at the lower area of the first phase only.  Then I started drawing the picture using the colored markers.  After I finished the drawing on the first phase, I removed the masking tapes and started drawing on the second phase as shown in the picture below:  

Drawing Process
4)  Using a q-tip, dip it slightly in an acetone.  You can use it to erase the color or start the lightening up (shading) process of the colors.  It will give emphasis to the areas of the picture that need to pop up as shown in the picture below:

Shading Process of Colors

5)  Measure and cut the ice cream stick ends by 1 inch.  Measure and cut the remaining stick by ½ inch carefully with your big scissor.  Make several size of it until whole stick is consumed. Get another stick and do the same procedures. 

Using your glue gun with glue stick, attach vertically the first pre-cut 1-inch stick to the boundary side line of the container near the indented edge.  Then attach the first 1/2 – inch stick next to it horizontally.  Do the same procedures until you reach the other boundary line on the other side of the container.   

Whatever side you choose to show, they should have continuity of the theme of the picture.  You can also use other used coverings, like printed plastic cover, brown paper bag,  gift wrapper or cloth, if you don’t like to draw or don’t know how to draw.

Whether wet or dry tissues, it really needs something to keep it from getting dirty when set on the table.  For tissue roll, remove carefully the roll paper inside the tissue.  Pick the tissue from the innermost of the tissue roll and insert it into the hole.  Put the whole coreless tissue roll inside the container and closed the cap.  Now, it is ready to be used.   

So, from the original wet tissue container,  I transformed it into an attractive, reusable, mini table tissue holder as shown in this video:


DIY Table Mini Tissue Holder

Other related Greenecraft Projects: