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Saturday, February 27, 2016

My mind tells -- Decision Making



What is decision making?  It can be defined depending entirely on the person making the decision based on the person's purpose, alternatives or options presented, circumstances where the person is in, advantages or disadvantages, means or ways how to do it, and the result or outcome it will cause the person to become or even to others. No one is spared from making decision in our life and it entails difficulty.  We are born and gifted with free will.  It’s with this gift that we are made to make decision about what life is stored for us. The daily struggles or problems we face like,  the goals we need to achieve and the “wants” and “likes” to have are never ending.  We are never satisfied because we always hunger for something.  We have inner desires built in us to satisfy our emotional, financial, physical, social, moral, and spiritual needs.   If we refuse to face our problems or fail to find solutions, what do you think will happen?  On the other hand, if we find solution, is it temporary or permanent,  advantageous or disadvantageous, fruitful or unproductive, effective or complicated, etc?  Remember, the end doesn’t justify the means or ways we use.   Meaning to say, we still have the moral obligation and responsibility to bring out a good, effective result and not inflict harm to others.  We need to adhere to the “Law of Karma” -- what you sow is what you reap; do not do to others what you don’t want to be done to you.

The most important question to ask ourselves is this – “What is life to us? When we have problems, we tend to be demoralized, as if, the whole world is upon our head to carry.  There are people who can not carry their heavy load  on their hearts and mind that they  commit suicide.  For them, life is not worthy to live by.  They lose hope because they can not cope with their struggles in life.  They feel left alone. Helpless to find solution or refuse to find solution?  Which one are we in this area? 

Knowing how to deal with anything is making use of our God-given abilities and talents.  From the moment babies are born, they are guided how to suck their mother’s breasts to satisfy their hunger, how to stand and walk, how to say a word, how to read and write, and all the how to’s.  At this stage and onwards, their abilities are enhanced and talents developed. But when we grow older, we tend to deviate from the normal way of living because our beliefs and personality change due to environmental factors and not only by our own family upbringing.  This is how our character is molded.  Regardless of this, how do we make a good, effective decision?    
     



In every decision making, spiritual guidance should be sought to have  peace of mind and heart especially, if one is dealing with what vocation to take.  God’s word is the most important source of guidance to help us in our daily decision making.  We need to reflect on what we need to do.  For example,  moral status is the choice we have to deal with, whether we like it or not.  The question our own parents usually ask, when we reach the late age 30’s of our adulthood life, is this -- “Do you have a plan of getting married or not?”  Sometimes, we feel intimidated by this question or we don’t know even how to answer this simple question.  Marriage is a vocation, likewise, being single is a vocation, also.   Being single with the desire to serve the Lord is a very good decision one is to take in his life.  That’s why we are very proud in the family that my beloved cousin, Eric, has done so much reflection regarding his decision to enter priesthood.  We love and support you, Eric.  God bless you (-.-)  



*THE CHOSEN ONE

My Lord, my God has called me -
“You are chosen and blessed
To take the journey with Me;
With full guidance and graces,
To uphold my law is the best.”

What my God has given me -
“I’m your God, My love is eternal
To give what is  best for you;
Nothing is impossible with Me,
To follow Me is perpetual.”

What my God has blessed me -
“Courage and perseverance
To know the Way, the Truth;
The truth that My name is “I am,”
To lead people to deliverance.”

What my God has guided me -
“Not by anyone else to decide
To do what your heart desires;
The stewardship of man needed,
To serve Me not for awhile.”

What my God has instructed me -
“Take your humble heart
To serve and not be served;
Be strong, My beloved servant,
 To keep My sheep unhurt.”

What my God has wanted me to be -
“A simple, righteous life  to have
To set good example to all;
Stand firm, My loyal servant,
 To my lost sheep for you to save.”

   


*This poem is lovingly dedicated to my beloved cousin who is currently staying in a seminary in San Jose, California.  We feel blessed and happy that a member of the family will become a priest.  Here are some of the activities he likes to do that I like to share. 


St. Patricks’s Ministry of Acolyte


The Fisher of Men at the Faith Festival 


The Basketball Player


The Caroler


The Bowler


The Dog Lover


The Seminarians



Special Meeting with Pope Francis

http://www.stpatricksseminary.org

http://www.divineoffice.org


Spiritual Mommy

Just as we have been praying for him, Sr. Mary Uchenna, his spiritual mommy,  prayed for him also while he went through the IPF Program.  

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Your mind is the greatest minds of the time.  It has the power to create, alter, and destroy. Positive thinking is an energy that feeds your heart, body,  and soul and  everything  good follows. 


                                                               

Friday, February 26, 2016

My hands can do this --- Crocheted Baby Bag Pack


Bags are very important to women to put one’s stuff in.  The kind of bag will vary depending on what style, color, and size each woman likes based on her needs only.  But when you have a baby,  you become more concerned about where to put baby’s things in one convenient big bag, especially when your family is on a short trip only.  That’s why I created this Crocheted Baby Bag Pack to make it easy to carry your baby’s basic needs.  It’s simply designed and combined with different techniques, like cross stitching and weaving.  In addition,  to make it look cuter, it is accessorized with small fancy buttons, so your baby can be attracted to look and hold them at the same time.            


Crocheted Baby Bag Pack 

Before her baby’s due date, I promised her that I will make a project for her baby on one condition -- that she and her baby will be my models for this project.  I’m very happy that this became a reality after long months of waiting.  She looks beautiful with her handsome baby boy, isn’t she?


*CROCHETED BABY BAG PACK
  
Materials:
(1)  Red Heart worsted, 7 oz (light blue #0381) 
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (baby brights ombre)
(7)  fancy buttons
(6)  shirt buttons
       crochet hook size – F5 / 3.75
       yarn needle
       compass
       thick scrap cardboard 9 ¾ (W) X 10 (L)
       scissor
       ice pick
       safety pins

Level of Difficulty – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)       chain                                                
(sc)       single crochet                                                
(dc)       double crochet
(sl st)    slip stitch
(sp)       space

Note: Always count the number of  stitches before doing the next row to avoid committing mistakes.

Instructions: 
Light Blue
1st Row – Make 71 (ch).  (Sc) on the 3rd (ch) from hook. (Sc) on succeeding 67 (ch).  (Sc) on last (ch).  Make (ch) and then turn around.
Result – 69 (sc)

2nd to   9th Rows -  (Sc) on first (sc).  (Sc) on succeeding 67 (sc).  (Sc) on last (sc).  Make (ch) and then turn around.
Result – 69 (sc)

10th Row -  (Sc) on first (sc).  (Sc) on succeeding 67 (sc).  (Sc) on last (sc).  Turn around.
Result – 69 (sc)

11th Row  - (Sl st) on first (sc).  3 (Ch) on same (sp).  (Dc) on succeeding 67 (sc).  (Dc) on last (sc).  Turn around.
Result – 69 (dc)

12th to   24th Rows – (Sl st) on first (dc).  3 (Ch) on same (sp).  (Dc) on succeeding 67 (dc).  (Dc) on last (dc).  Turn around.
Result – 69 (dc)

25th Row - (Sl st) on first (dc).  3 (Ch) on same (sp).  (Dc) on succeeding 67 (dc).  (Dc) on last (dc).  Make (ch) and then turn around.
Result – 69 (dc)

26th Row - (Sc) on first (dc).  (Sc) on succeeding 67 (dc).  (Sc) on last (dc).  Make (ch) and then turn around.
Result – 69 (sc)

27th  to 34th Rows - (Sc) on first (sc).  (Sc) on succeeding 67 (sc).  (Sc) on last (sc).  Make (ch) and then turn around.
Result – 69 (sc)
  
35th Row – (Sc) on first (sc).  (Sc) on succeeding 67 (sc).  (Sc) on last (sc).  Turn around.
Result – 69 (sc)

36th Row -  Repeat 11th Row.
Result – 69 (dc)

37th to 49th Rows – Repeat 12th to 24th Rows.
Result – 69 (dc)

50th Row – Repeat 25th Row.
Result – 69 (dc)

51st Row – Repeat 26th Row.
Result – 69 (sc)

52nd to 59th Rows – Repeat 27th to 34th Rows.
Result – 69 (sc)

60th Row – Repeat 35th Row.  Cut and tie it twice.
Result – 69 (sc)


Cross Stitching – Baby Brights Ombre
Both End Sides
1) Cut 90 inches of yarn.    Insert one yarn end to the eye of the yarn needle to make cross stitch.  Go through the ridges for easy insertion of the needle.  This will be your guide in making cross stitches straight. Insert the needle on the end of the 3rd Row and tie its end twice.   

2) Skip two (sc)  and insert the needle on the third (sc) of the 4th Row and pull.  Insert the needle on the first (sc) of the 4th Row and pull.  Insert the needle on the third (sc) of the 3rd Row.  This is the first cross stitch.  Insert the needle on the 3rd (sc) of the 4th Row and pull. Skip (sc) and insert the needle on the next (sc) of the 3rd Row and pull.  Insert the needle on the third (sc) of the 3rd Row and pull. Skip (sc) and insert the needle on the next (sc) of the 4th Row.  This is the second cross stitch. Just follow the same procedure of cross stitching until you reach the end. Cut and tie the yarn end twice. You will see how the front and back sides  look as shown below.   


Cross Stitch - Front Side 


Cross Stitch - Back Side

1) Repeat the instruction #1.
2) Skip two (sc) and insert the needle on the third (sc) of the 8th Row and pull.  Insert the needle on the first (sc) of the 8th Row and pull.  Insert the needle on the third (sc) of the 7th Row.  This is the first cross stitch.  Insert the needle on the 3rd (sc) of the 8th Row and pull. Skip (sc) and insert the needle on the next (sc) of the 7th Row and pull.  Insert the needle on the third (sc) of the 7th Row and pull. Skip (sc) and insert the needle on the next (sc) of the 8th Row.  This is the second cross stitch. Just follow the same procedure of cross stitching until you reach the end. Cut and tie the yarn end twice.
3) Work on the other end side.  Repeat steps 1 to 4.

Attaching Both Sides – Light Blue
1) Cut 100 inches of yarn.  Hide the excess yarns on each side before you start. Have the project with the inner side faces you. Attach both side ends using a yarn needle.  Starting with the RIGHT SIDE, bring together the side ends with the inside part facing you. From its edge, insert the yarn needle into the 3rd (sc) of the last row passing through the other 3rd (sc) of the same row.  Pull and tie the end twice and hide the excess yarn.  Insert again the needle into the same (sp) and pull tightly.  Be sure the ridges are aligned with each other as you insert the needle. You will start attaching both sides like you are sewing. Insert the needle into the next (sc) and pass the needle through another (sc) on the other side of the same row and then pull tightly.  From the You have to look on the front and inner sides to see if they are really aligned to each other. Do the same procedure till you reach the last (sc).       

2) Upon reaching the (dc) stitches,  insert the needle into the middle stitch of the 3rd (dc) passing through the middle of the 3rd (dc) of the other side and then pull tightly.  Insert the needle into the end of the (dc) and passing through another end of the (dc) on the other side and then pull tightly.  Be sure every row is aligned with each other as you insert the needle. You have to look on the front and inner sides to see if they are really aligned to each other.  Do the same procedure till you reach the last (dc). 

3) Upon reaching the (sc) stitches,  insert the needle into the 3rd (sc) from the edge, passing through the 3rd (sc) of the other side and then  pull tightly.  Do the same procedure till you reach the last (sc).  Go back sewing the (sp) not yet run by the yarn. Don’t cut the yarn yet.

4) Lay the project on the table and fold it into a triangle like the picture (a) shown below.  This will be only for a start to form the first corner end of the project.  There is no need to do this again when you work on the LEFT SIDE.   (Note: I placed a ruler and inserted the yarn needle to show where to begin sewing the side horizontally as in picture (b).  This will help you know the extend of sewing the side horizontally and make the bottom side edge flat.  Always look on the other side as you insert the needle to help you determine if your sewing is done straight or not. Insert the needle  in the middle passing through the (sc) where you can see  the straight ridge will form curved corners when it is already inverted. You can start sewing by going to the right.  Upon reaching the edge, go back sewing the (sp)s not yet run by the yarn going to the left.  Upon reaching the other edge, go back sewing the (sp)s not yet run by the yarn going to the middle.  Lastly, tie it twice, provide an excess yarn to hide it neatly, and then cut.  Invert the inner side of project and the corner side at the bottom will look like this  as shown in picture (c)


Attaching Both Sides (a)


Attaching Both Sides (b)


Attaching Both Sides (c)
5) Repeat the procedures from 1 to 4 to join the LEFT SIDE.  Use the excess yarn left. 

Making of the Handles (2) – Light Blue and Baby Brights Ombre 
a) Light Blue
1st Row -  Provide 2 inches excess yarn before starting. This will be used to attach it to the project. Don’t hide it.  Make 112 (ch).  (Sc) on 3rd (ch) from hook.  (Sc) on next 108 (ch).  (Sc) on last (ch).  Provide excess yarn, cut, and then tie it once.  Hide this together with the other yarn on the next row below.
Result – 110 (sc)
 
b) Baby Brights Ombre
2nd Row – Insert the yarn into the 1st (sc) and tie it once. Hide the excess yarns   as you begin crocheting. (Sl st) on same (sp).  (Ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  (Sc) on next 108 (sc).  (Sc) on last (sc).  (Ch) and then turn around.
Result – 110 (sc)

3rd Row – (Sc) on 1st (sc). (Sc) on next (sc). 4 (Ch), skip 2 (ch), and (sc) on next (ch).  This will be the first hole where to attach the first shirt button. (Sc) on next 3 (ch).  4 (Ch), skip 2 (ch), and (sc) on next (ch).  This will be the second hole where to attach the second shirt button. (Sc) on next 98 (sc). (Sc) on last (sc). (Ch) and then turn around. 
Result – 106 (sc) and 2 (4-ch sp)

4th Row – (Sc) on 1st (sc).  (Sc) on next 101 (sc).  2 (Sc) on (4-ch sp).  (Sc) on next 4 (sc).  2 (Sc) on next (4-ch sp).  (Sc) on last 2 (sc).  Provide excess yarn, cut, and then tie it once.
Result – 110 (sc)
  
a)  Light Blue
5th Row – Insert the yarn into the 1st (sc) and tie it once. Hide the excess yarns  as you begin crocheting. (Sl st) on the same (sp).  (Ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  (Sc) on next 108 (sc).  (Sc) on last (sc).  Provide excess yarn of the same measurement as the first excess yarn of the 1st Row. Cut  and then tie it twice.  Leave the excess yarns to be used for attaching it to the project later.  Set aside and make another handle.
Result – 110 (sc)


Making of a Tie – Light Blue and Baby Brights Ombre
1) Set the compass to 4.5 measurement and make a round shape pattern. Cut it and put a mark on its center.  Using a ruler, draw 8 straight lines with equal spacing by passing through its center and extending to the circumference of the circle.  Using an ice pick, poke a hole on its center and make a short slit along each straight line.  This is a loom to weave the tie and looks like this as shown in picture (d).



Making of a Tie (d)

2) Cut 70 inches of baby brights ombre and light blue yarns 4X each.  Make adjustment to the size of the hole to insert all the yarns, if necessary. Don’t make it too big. Using your crochet hook, bring all together all the yarn ends into the hole and tie a knot at the bottom leaving 4 inches excess yarns hanging. There will be a North and South sides in this weaving loom.  Start inserting the baby brights ombre yarns with 2 yarns on the North side and 2 yarns on the South side.  Turn the loom clockwise.  Start inserting the light blue yarns with 2 yarns on the North side and 2 yarns on the South side.  Starting point for weaving the tie will look like this as shown in picture (e) and the bottom side as shown in picture (f).


Making of a Tie (e)




Making of a Tie (f)

3) Baby Brights Ombre - Hold the loom and transfer clockwise the first yarn of the North and right sides to where the light blue yarn is inserted near the baby brights ombre yarn in the South side.  This will serve as a guide to know that this will be the last yarn to complete the turn. Transfer clockwise the second yarn of the North / left side to where its first yarn left.  Transfer clockwise the first yarn of South / left side to the North side where its second yarn left. Transfer clockwise the second yarn of South / right side to where the first yarn of South and left sides left.  Transfer clockwise the first yarn of North / right side that is inserted on top of the light blue yarn to where the second yarn of South / right side left.  This completes the first clockwise turn of baby brights ombre yarns. Turn the loom clockwise.

4) Light Blue – Hold the loom and transfer clockwise the first yarn of the North / right side to where the baby brights ombre yarn is inserted near the light blue yarn in the South side. This will serve as a guide to know that this will be the last yarn to complete the turn. Transfer clockwise the second yarn of the North / left side to where its first yarn left.  Transfer clockwise the first yarn of South / left side to the North side where its second yarn left. Transfer clockwise the second yarn of South / right side to where the first yarn of South / left side left.  Transfer clockwise the first yarn of North / right side that is inserted on top of the baby brights ombre yarn to where the second yarn of South / right side left.  This completes the first clockwise turn of  light blue yarns.  Pull the yarns at the bottom after all the complete turns of both yarn colors have finished. Be sure the yarns hanging at the bottom don’t get tangled with each other. Turn the loom clockwise.

5) Do the same procedure from # 3 to 4 till you reach the possible ends to make clockwise turns. Always check your work at the bottom side if the weaving is tightly or loosely done . (Note: In case you stop in the middle of weaving, just remember the yarn color on top of the other yarn color at the center is the last one that has been done already.)  After reaching the last round of weaving, remove the yarns carefully from the loom. Hold them together and tie a knot at the end of the last round of weaving. The tie weaved looks like this as shown in picture (g)




Making of a Tie (g)

Attaching the Buttons and Handles (2) – Light Blue
1) Upper Side / Back Side - Count the number of cross stitches to determine the middle area where to attach the handles.  Center both the handles with excess yarns in a cross position at the (sc) area only. Attach safety pins to both handles to keep them from moving. Cut 40 inches of yarn and insert into a yarn needle. Sew one fancy buttons at the center of both handles.  Run the yarn needle through the button twice and then through the edges of both handles to strengthen the hold.   Use the excess end yarns to tie and strengthen more the hold of the handles. Hide the excess yarns.  The outcome will look like as shown in picture (h).


Attaching the Buttons and Handles (h)

2) Bottom Side - Position the other ends of the handles 3 inches from both edges at the bottom side. Apply safety pins to keep them from moving. Sew only in the (sc) area. Starting at the right side, position the first shirt button where the button hole is and start sewing.  Run the yarn needle twice through every buttons to strengthen the hold.  Provide excess yarns, cut, and tie twice. Do the same procedure with the rest of the shirt buttons.  Hide the excess yarns. The outcome will look like as shown in picture (i).


Attaching the Buttons and Handles (i)

3) Upper Side / Front Side – Position 6 fancy buttons in between the cross stitches area.  As a guide, determine the equal spacing by counting the number of cross stitches for each button. Cut another 40 inches of yarn and insert into a yarn needle. Sew only in (sc) area.  Run the yarn needle twice through every buttons to strengthen the hold.  Sew  the  first fancy button on the front side.  Sew  the next fancy button and shirt button back to back. Provide excess yarns, cut, and tie twice. Sew the next two fancy buttons.  Provide excess yarns, cut, and tie twice. Sew again the next fancy and shirt buttons back to back. Do the same procedure with the last fancy button. Provide excess yarns, cut, and tie twice. Hide all  the excess yarns.  The outcome will look like as shown in picture (j).


Attaching the Buttons and Handles (j)

Inserting the Tie
Facing the front side, determine the center of the project by counting the number of (dc).  Using the crochet hook, insert one end of the tie at the center of two (dc).  Provide equal spacing as you insert the tie around the first and last rows of the (dc) area till you reach the center area again.  Double the tie of both ends.  Trim their ends.  


Crocheted Baby Bag Pack (b)


Crocheted Baby Bag Pack (c)
Cuddling a baby is one of the nicest things one can have in life.  It gives you a very special feeling about what makes being a mother complete.  

*This project was featured in my crochet designer profile at All Free Crochet as 'Crocheted Baby Bag Pack,' too.


video


Oh! Deer
It’s a wonderful site to see a young doe coming to one’s front yard, not minding at all if there is somebody around, while the mother and son were enjoying time together under the sun.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My hands can do this --- Oriental Showcase Decor


 I get 3 good things when I eat in a Chinese buffet restaurant.  First, I can get all the foods and desserts I like to eat which I really, really enjoy eating them. Second, at the end of the meal, I receive a fortune cookie that gives me an inspiration for the day coupled with the lucky numbers that can make me win the lottery someday. Third, I can take home a pair of bamboo chop sticks I can use to make a nice, good project like this one.  You can display it in the best place where you like it to be depending on its usage.

Made of bamboo sticks to display little bath soaps, shampoos, or other small things, this project is really cute, unique, and stylish.  I’m also happy that I have these little figurines to display.


Oriental Showcase Decor (1)


Oriental Showcase Decor (2)


ORIENTAL SHOWCASE DÉCOR

Materials:
(3)  small sample soaps (square)
(1)  styrofoam (8 ½ in (L) X 3 in (W) X 1 ¾ (Thick) (old or new)
(2)  packs round dowels (hard wood) (8 counts / pack) (new)
(8)    sets bamboo chop sticks (twins) (used or new)
(2)  tissue paper (used or new)
(1)  roll ribbon ¼ inch wide (light color) (used or new)
(1)  roll ribbon 1 ½ inch wide (light color) (used or new)
(1)  roll ribbon 3/8 inch wide (light dark color) (used or new)
(1)  roll ribbon ½ inch wide (dark color, braid) (used or new)
(1)  floral foam (rectangular shape) (used or new)
(6)  dried mini roses with bulbs and many leaves
(3)  pins with plastic heads
       many sets of bamboo chop sticks (used or new) (single)
       Super glue Loctite
       Scotch square fastener (7/8 in X 7/8 in) (Velcro)
       Scotch tape (ordinary & moving and storage tape)
       tape measure
       scissor
       kitchen knife
       ice pick
       
Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:



Wrapping up the Styrofoam
Wrap the styrofoam with a tissue paper, as if you’re wrapping a gift.  Secure it with super glue and not a scotch tape only. Determine which one is the upper part, the bottom part, and the front side of your styrofoam.  (Note: This kind of tissue paper was used to wrap a single roll of toilet tissue.  The design fascinated me and that’s why I saved several of this.)


Attaching the Sticks on Sides
Level all your bamboo chopsticks (single) to determine which are of the same length. Use the chopsticks with the most counts of the same length as the styrofoam.  Set aside the other sticks.
 
FRONT SIDE—the pointed part of the chopstick should be aligned with the lower edge of the styrofoam. The round part of the chopstick should be aligned with  the upper part of the styrofoam. This uniformity in aligning the sticks helps determine the area for the top and the bottom. If there are chopsticks which are bigger than the others, cut them to have the same length. Use a knife and a chopping board to cut them.
 
Level the first chopstick a little bit higher then the styrofoam to provide space for aligning the small sticks when covering the top center later on.  Apply Super Glue on the wrapper and carefully align one chopstick at a time until the front side is filled up. They should be firmly attached to each other and the styrofoam.
 
BOTH SIDES – do the same procedure for both sides. 


BOTTOM SIDE -  Position the project upward with the pointed part of the chopsticks at the bottom.  Set the project at the center of a stick (round dowel). Using a tape measure, determine the length on both sides for equal spacing.  Apply Super Glue on the wrapper, carefully align one stick at a time, and press down firmly to hold.  Do the same procedure until the bottom part is filled up as shown above.




TOP CENTER (a) and (b) – Align one chopstick on top of the styrofoam and put a mark on one end to know where to cut the chopstick (single). Use a knife and a chopping board to cut this.  Make 9 pieces of the same length like the ones shown below in picture (a). Save these  excess sticks for later use. Glue each stick one at a time on the top center and hold firmly all the sides to stick them together.  Press down firmly all these sticks together on top after applying glue, for proper alignment. When done,  it will look like the one shown below in picture (b).



Top Center (a)


Top Center (b)



TOP SIDE – Since the bottom side has already the round dowels attached, position one dowel and mark it to determine its center. Lay the project flat on the table and apply glue on the marked area only. Attach the first dowel at the edge of the top center as shown below.   This will serve as a guide for aligning the succeeding dowels.



Attaching the First Dowel on Top


Twin Bamboo Chopsticks
Get another dowel and two bamboo chopsticks (twins) as shown above. Position them all together by inserting one set of chopsticks into one end of the dowel and the other set of chopsticks into the other end of the dowel forming a triangle.  Measure each end space 1 inch horizontally and 1 ½ inch vertically and mark each measurement on both sides as shown below.



1 inch horizontal measurement


1 ½ inch vertical measurement

 Apply glue on the flat top ends to connect them together forming a triangle. Apply glue on each side end of the dowel with markings. Set it aside. Do the same procedures as above to make another triangle.


Triangle-Shaped Roof
 Position the project upward. Align the first set of triangle on the top center to determine the areas where to apply the glue.  Apply glue on the marked areas and attach them to the first dowel and top center. Be sure all the ends are aligned. For the next set of triangle, align it with the first set of triangle before applying glue.  Then apply glue on the adjoining sides at the top that need to be attached with the first set of triangle. Hold them firmly. Next, apply glue on one lower side of the chopsticks. Be sure they are all aligned with each other and make adjustments, if possible. Hold them firmly again. Center and attach the last dowel only at the end. Hold them firmly again. The roof of the project is now  finished as shown below.


Finished Roof

 
Attaching the Ribbons on the Body
LIGHT-COLORED RIBBON
1)  Cut 26 inches of light-colored ribbon (1/4 inch wide) and fold into two to get its center. Lay the project flat with the front side facing the table and apply glue at the bottom center.  Attach the center of the ribbon first and press down to hold firmly. Continue applying glue along the chopsticks and attach the ribbon up to the edge of the top center. Carefully turn the project to its back side. Apply glue at the center of the styrofoam and press down the ribbon straight up to the edge of the top center. Apply glue on the chopsticks atop to attach the remaining ribbon ends. Tie the ribbon twice to tighten it. Apply glue at the center and press down each ribbon end to hide it. This provides support to hold all the round dowels on top and bottom sides. This center ribbon will  serve as a guide where to attach the soaps later on.
2)  Cut 11 inches of the same light-colored ribbon (1/4 inch wide), fold, and cut it into half.  Fold one ribbon to get its center. Set aside the other ribbon and lay the project flat on the table. From one side edge of the dowels, provide ¼ inch space before applying glue at the back of the bottom side. Apply glue on the dowels, attach the center of the ribbon first and then press down the ribbon straight to hold firmly. Position the project upward and hold it carefully. Apply glue on the dowels atop and then press down the ribbon straight. Apply glue on the ribbon itself to close its ends. Get the other ribbon and do the same procedure on the other side.  This additionally provides support to hold  all the round dowels at the bottom side.



DARK-COLORED RIBBON
3)  Cut 24 inches  of dark-colored ribbon (3/8 inch wide), fold, and cut into half.  Set aside the other ribbon and fold one ribbon to get its center. Apply glue at the upper center of the project (Front Side) and attach the center of the ribbon first. Continue applying glue on the sticks at one side, pull, and press down the ribbon straight on the sticks. Carefully hold the project upward with one hand while applying glue and attaching the ribbon on the side end. Do the same procedure on the other side.  Carefully turn the project to its back side. Apply glue on the styrofoam, pull, and press down the ribbon straight to hold firmly. Apply glue on the ribbon itself to close its ends.
Get the other ribbon and do the same procedure on the lower side. These ribbons provide support to hold all the sticks on the body of the styrofoam.
4)  Cut 24 inches of dark-colored ribbon (1/2 inch wide– braid), fold, and cut into half. Set aside the other ribbon and fold one ribbon to get its center.  Start applying glue at the upper center (Front Side) below the first ribbon and attach the center of the  braided ribbon first. Do the same procedure as per Instruction # 3 above. If there is an excess ribbon, cut its ends to stay flat at the back because this type of ribbon is thicker than the other ribbons. Apply additional glue on its end to keep the strands from getting loose.
Get the other ribbon and do the same procedure on the lower side.  These ribbons provide double support to hold all the sticks on the body of the styrofoam as shown below.

 
Attaching the Sticks on Top and Both Sides
1)  Get 4 small excess sticks you set aside. Starting from one side of the roof, apply glue on the sides of each dowel (slanting position) in the inside area of the roof and  on one small stick. Attach the stick near the dowels with the pointed end facing front.  Align one end of the stick at the edge of the dowels  (back side). Apply glue on the sides of each dowel (slanting position) in the outside area of the roof and on another small stick. Attach the stick near the dowels with the pointed end facing front. Align  one end of the stick at the edge of the dowels (back side). 
Get the other 2 small sticks and do the same procedure on the other side of the roof.  These sticks provide support to hold all the sticks of the roof as shown above.
2)  Get 2 sets of bamboo chopsticks (twins). Carefully hold the project in an upright position. At the lower end (right side), apply glue on top of the ribbon on one side of the dowels,  on the top end  of one set of twin chopstick, and on the sides of the first dowel (roof end). Attach the twin chopstick upside down on top of the ribbon at one edge and have its pointed ends be inserted into one end of the first dowel (roof end).  Get another set of twin chopsticks.  At the lower end (left side), apply glue on top of the ribbon on the other side of the dowels, on the top end of the twin chopstick, and on the side of the last dowel (roof end).  Attach the twin chopstick upside down on the top of the ribbon at the other edge and have its pointed ends be inserted into one end of the last dowel (roof end).  
Note:  If the twin bamboo sticks do not have exact length to reach the roof ends, try attaching the same light-colored ribbon (1/4 inch wide) on the same edge to provide adjustment.

Get another 2 sets of twin chopsticks and do the same procedure on the other side. These sticks provide double support to hold all the sticks of the roof as shown in the picture above.

Attaching the Ribbons on Top and Both Sides
DARK-COLORED RIBBON
Measure 38 inches of dark-colored ribbon (3/8 inch wide) and cut into half. Beginning from one side of the roof edge, insert one end of the ribbon below the twin chopsticks, apply glue on it, attach, and fold the ribbon around the twin chopsticks.  Apply more glue on the ribbon, press it, and turn the ribbon around the top of the dowel.  This will hold firmly both the twin chopsticks and the dowel (roof end) together. Apply glue only on the area where to attach the ribbon as you turn it around the twin chopsticks. Be sure to pull the ribbon tightly as you attach and turn the ribbon around the twin chopsticks until you reach the bottom part. The excess ribbon will be attached to the bottom area of the dowels to provide additional support. Apply glue on top of the first ribbon attached and press the new ribbon on it.  Cut any excess ribbon at the bottom end, if necessary.
Get the other ribbon and do the same procedure.   Be sure to match the number of rounds you make on the first twin chopsticks. The ribbon on each twin chopsticks should be  slanting  in different directions to meet together at the bottom side. See the picture below how the ribbons were attached in a slanting position.



LIGHT-COLORED RIBBON
1)  Cut 24 inches of light-colored ribbon (1 ½ inch wide), fold, and cut it into half. Insert one end of the ribbon in-between the last two dowels at the back and just hold it for a while. Apply glue all over the last dowel, the portion where to attach the ribbon only. Be sure to provide an allowance to roll one end of the ribbon around the dowel. The ribbon should also be near the side of the body of the project for further gluing of the sides. Hold it firmly after applying the glue. Insert the ribbon again in-between the two dowels facing the front side. Carefully turn the project to its back side. Apply glue on the little side of the body, pull the ribbon, and press down straight as you attach.  Continue applying glue on the remaining area up to the bottom side, pulling the ribbon, and pressing down straight as you attach it. Apply more glue to close its end at the bottom side.    
Get the other ribbon and do the same procedure on the other side.  These ribbons provide additional support to hold the sticks on top and bottom sides.  See the picture above .
2)  Measure 8 ½ inches of the same light-colored ribbon (1 ½ inch wide) and attach it to cover the top dowels (inside area of the roof). Apply glue on each dowel and press down the ribbon straight to hold firmly from one end side to another side. This ribbon provides additional support to hold all the dowels on top area.
3)  Cut 2 small pieces of scotch moving and storage tape and stick them to the adjoining ends of the twin chopsticks inside and above of the rooftop to securely hold it.  


Attaching the Soaps
1)  Get small 3 sample soaps, remove the wrapper, and cover the whole soap with scotch tape to prevent from having soap residue on the chopsticks and sliding down. Use a scissor in cutting the scotch tape to prevent soap breakage.
2)  Measure 9 inches of light-colored ribbon (1/4 inches wide), cut, and use this to attach around the edge of the soap. Apply glue on one end corner, center the ribbon, and press it. Do the same procedure until you reach the end corner again. Set it aside. Do the same procedure with the 2 remaining soaps.     
3)  Center the 3 soaps in the middle of the body with the light-colored ribbon as a guide. Be sure that this center ribbon will not be seen anymore as you attached the 3 soaps in a triangular position vertically.  First, have the sides of two soaps with the end ribbons be joined together with a glue. This will hide the joining ends of each ribbon. Do the same procedure with last soap. Be sure the 3 soaps are well aligned with equal spacing provided horizontally and vertically. Poke a pin at the center of the soap and press down carefully to the styrofoam. You have to feel if the end of the pin doesn’t poke any chopstick before pressing it down to the styrofoam.  See the picture above.



Cutting and Attaching the Floral Foam
Get the rectangular floral foam and cut it by 8.5 inches (L) X 2 inches (W) X 2 inches (T).  Use the roof of the project as pattern to cut and shape the foam with a kitchen knife. Be sure it will fit the roof when attached inside. Wrap it with a tissue paper, like you are wrapping a gift.  Apply glue on both edges of the light-colored ribbon (1 ½ inches wide) and attach the floral foam. You can also apply glue on the side areas of the roof to securely hold the foam also.


Flower Arranging (a)


Flower Arranging (b)


Flower Arranging (c)


Flower Arranging (d)



Flower Arranging (e)
1st LEVEL - Pictures (a), (b), and (c) – Using an ice pick, poke 2 small holes at the lower center of the floral foam and then insert the first 2 sets of leaves. Poke a small hole at the center of these leaves and then insert the first rose.   Insert 2 small rose bulbs on each side  of the rose and then the leaves again. Do the same flower arranging on the left and right sides of the first rose.  Insert 3 small rose bulbs on each side end and then the leaves again. On areas where the wrapper is visible, you can poke small holes on the floral foam to insert more leaves.
2nd LEVEL - Picture (d) – Poke small holes in between the first and second roses and in between the second and third roses. Insert a rose on each hole. Poke a hole on each side of the roses. Insert a bulb on each side of the roses. Poke small holes to insert the leaves and cover the visible areas of the wrapper.
3rd LEVEL – Picture (e) – Poke a small hole in between the 2 roses and insert the last rose. Poke 3 holes around this rose to insert the 3 rose bulbs.  Continue inserting leaves on the side of the rose and  bulbs to cover the visible areas of the wrapper.     
 


Hanging on the Wall
Find the right place to hang this in your bathroom or anywhere in your room you like best. Use 4 sets of Scotch fastener multi-purpose.  Align the project on the wall and mark the side corners of the body.  The project must be hanged at eye-level and at the center of the wall with equal spacing on both sides.  Join together  4 sets of fasteners. Don’t remove from the plastic films yet till you are ready to attach them.  Carefully hold the project in upright position while attaching the fasteners at the back side as instructed below.
UPPER SIDE -  Attach 1 set of fastener on the right-hand corner of the body of the  project (styrofoam). Attach the  other set of fastener on the left-hand corner of the body of the project.
LOWER SIDE – Do the same procedure for this side. Carefully align and attach the project on the wall where the marks are.   

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