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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My hands can do this --- Stylish Jewelry Holder Tree Stand


It has been my daily habit of applying St.Ives facial moisturizer every morning and evening to maintain the moisture and firmness of my facial skin.  It helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles  hence, aging is minimized. Since the container was already running low of its content, I thought of saving it because of its durability and perfect round shape.  After taking a shower in the evening, an idea came to my mind.   

Jewelries and other ornaments are precious. Even fancy jewelries are also precious to us, especially if they were given to us by a family member or close friends. They hold the memories of a generous giver in our life. They need to be stored in a secured place.  But usually we have our jewelries and ornaments worn everyday, like watch, earrings, rings, necklace, and bracelets.   We don’t just lay them around on the table because it might get misplaced or lost.  There are several instances that we need to remove them, like before we get in to the shower,  before washing our hands, and before we go to bed.  That’s why this stylish project was made to serve this purpose.  Try it and be glad you did.



St. Ives Collagen Elastin
Facial Moisturizer Container



STYLISH JEWELRY HOLDER TREE STAND

Materials:
(1)    empty container - St. Ives facial moisturizer
(1)    pack 20’s popsicle sticks – plain jumbo size
(1)    pack popsicle sticks – colored regular size
(10)  chips of interlocking popsicle sticks (leftovers)
(3)    rolls  copper wires (used or unused – different colors)
(1)    pack strands of floral gold wires
(1)    bouquet of artificial flowers
(1)    9 ¾ inch foam ball  (Styrofoam)
(1)    small roll garden jute string (used or unused)
(1)    Craft Easy paper (any color)
(1)    small pack Chantel Notion (little accessories)   
         small aquarium pebbles
         tape measure or ruler
         rubber band
         big scissor
         pencil
         small sand paper (used)
         knife or cutter
         compass
         needle nose pliers
         handgloves
         Scotch tape
         Elmer’s glue
         Super Glue
         
Level of Difficulty – intermediate

Instructions:
1)  Remover the sticker.  Clean the empty container and let it dry.

2)  To determine the number of popsicle sticks to be used, put the rubber band around the   container.  Insert the colored popsicle stick (regular size) alternately with the popsicle stick (jumbo size) around inside the rubber band until you reach the end of the container, as shown in the picture below.


Numbering the Popsicle Sticks

3)  From one end of the jumbo stick, accurately measure and mark with a pencil at 3.5 inches long.  Set it aside.  From one end of the regular-sized popsicle stick, accurately measure and mark with a pencil at 3 inches long. Carefully cut each of the sticks with a big scissor.  Use them as a pattern for each respective size of the popsicle sticks to be cut.  Compare the sizes of the cut popsicle sticks.  Make adjustment, if necessary, to level its height.  (Note:  Don’t throw away the remaining chips.  Save them for other future use.)


4)  Cut a small portion of one chip to make it smaller  as shown in picture (a) below.  (Note:  These chips are cut portions of interlocking popsicle sticks I used in my other project, Tea Box Flower Bed with Bamboo Stand.  It can be used to design the jumbo popsicle stick.)  Do the same procedure for the remaining chips.  Using Super glue, attach a chip of interlocking popsicle sticks on the curved  end side of each jumbo sticks as shown in picture (b) below.  This is the first jumbo popsicle stick with attached chip.  Let it dry well. Do the same procedures for the remaining jumbo sticks.



Cutting the Interlocking Popsicle Chips (a)


Attaching the Interlocking Popsicle Chips (b)


5)  Use the sand paper to make the surface a little bit rough to easily attach the sticks on it. Put back the rubber band around the container.  Insert and arrange the pre-cut jumbo and regular colored popsicle sticks alternately around inside the rubber band as shown in Instruction # 2 also.  This will help you determine the equal spacing needed to evenly attach these sticks and hold them together temporarily. Remove the first jumbo popsicle stick and apply Super glue ¾ in line only at the center. Insert again inside the rubber band and attach it firmly on the side of the container.  Next,  remove the first regular colored popsicle stick and apply Super glue ¾ in line only at the center.  Insert again inside the rubber band and attach it firmly on the side of the container.  Do the same procedures with the remaining popsicle sticks until you reach the end.

6)  Measure and cut the garden jute string at 25 inches long.  Make this as a pattern to cut additional 2 strings.  Tie it twice tightly around the container and apply Super glue at the center of  a jumbo stick.  Level the strings around the container and lay them consistently flat on the surface.   Attach these strings on each stick with Super glue to firmly hold the sticks together also as in a rubber band.  Tie a ribbon at the center and apply Super glue again to hold it permanently.  Spread out the ribbon and cut the excess strings.  Set it aside when finish.

7)  Carefully cut the foam ball into half with a knife or cutter.  Using a compass, set the pointer at 3.5 inch mark to make a perfect circle on the craft paper.  Cut and center the foam ball on it upside down.  Fold the first two sides and then apply Elmer’s glue.  Apply Scotch tape to hold these two sides.  Fold the other side to follow the shape of the foam ball.  Apply Super glue and Scotch tape to hold this side.  Do the same procedures on the remaining side.  Apply more glue, if necessary on both sides. The outcome is shown in the picture below.  Set it aside first. 




Covering the Foam Ball

8)  Divide each roll of colored copper wires into 4 parts.  You will need 12 pieces of pre-cut copper wires.  Wear a pair of hand gloves before twisting the wires to prevent your hand from having a sore. Put all the ends of the first 7 copper wires together to prepare for easy twisting.   You will just add more copper wires as the height increases.  One needle nose plier will control the copper wires together, while the other needle nose plier will twist them.  Twist them together till it measures 2 inches from the end.  Add 2 more copper wires and twist them altogether till it measures 4 inches from the end.  Add 2 more copper wires and twist them altogether till it measures 6 inches from the end.  Add the last copper wire and twist them altogether till it measures 7 inches from the end.  (Note: Don’t worry about not being not having a perfect twist. If one of the wires breaks, you still can attach it by twisting it again. If you like to add more wires along the line, you can do so. )  Separate 5 colored copper wire and then bend them down.  Don’t include them anymore in twisting.  Continue twisting the remaining wires  till it measures 2 inches from the first 5 separated wires.   Separate 4 colored copper wires and then bend them down also.  Don’t include them also in twisting.  Twist the remaining 4 wires a little bit from the second 4 separated wires and then stop.  The outcome will look like this as shown in the picture below.



Making of Copper Wire Stand

9)  Using a needle nose pliers, make a small coil at one end of the copper wire for hanging the little accessories later.  Do the same procedures for the rest of the copper wires. 
                                      
Attach one strand of floral gold wire by twisting it around starting from the bottom going up.  If there is a need to add additional floral gold wire after the first one, twist them together at the end and then continue twisting around till you reach the first level.  Stop twisting and wait for the whole first level to be done first.

First Level - Get one strand of floral gold wire and bend at the center. Insert it into the in-between space of the little accessory carefully.  (Note: The instruction for attaching the little accessory will depend on what kind of accessory you like to attach.) While holding the accessory, insert one end of the wire into its hole going one direction and then insert the other end in to the same hole going to the other direction. Carefully pull the floral gold wire ends together to tighten them and twist them together lightly at the center with a needle nose plier. Insert one end of the floral gold wire into the coiled end going to one direction and then insert the other end into the same space going to the other direction.  Carefully pull them together to tighten them and  twist them together with a needle nose plier.  Let the excess floral wire hang for a while and work on the next copper wire.  The outcome is shown in the picture below. (Note: Even if the floral gold wire has an excess length, do not cut it.  You will continue only twisting it around the copper wires (main body) once they have all the accessories attached.)  Do the same procedures with the rest of the wires for this level. 



Attaching the Accessory

Gather all the ends of the floral wires and carefully twist three wires together where they are nearest to each other using a needle nose pliers.  Carefully twist the remaining two wires together with the first wire that came from the bottom area.  Carefully twist them altogether where they can be reached and continue twisting up to the second level.  Stop twisting and wait for the whole second level to be done first before twisting additional gold floral wire.  

Second Level – Do the same procedures as the First Level.  When all the accessories have been attached, gather all the excess floral wire ends.  Carefully twist two wires first together and then the next two wires including the wire that came from the bottom area.  Carefully twist them altogether at the center.  Leave the excess wires standing up at the top.  Stop twisting and wait for the whole third level to be done first before twisting them altogether.

Third Level -   Do the same procedures as the First Level.  When all the accessories have been attached, gather all the floral wire ends. Then carefully twist them altogether to tighten around the floral gold wires done on the Second Level.  Leave the excess wires standing up at the top.  Attach the remaining accessories on each long floral gold wire only.  Don’t cut the remaining short floral gold wires.  Arrange them in between the long floral wires.

10) Half filled the container with small pebbles.  Put the covered foam ball on a hard surface like, wood or chopping board.  Apply Super glue around the lower part of the copper wires up to the length where it should be poke into covered foam ball. Carefully poke the end of the copper stand into the center of covered foam ball deeply while holding it with your hand.  Make the ends of the copper wires even when standing by trimming them with a cutter. Put the covered foam ball on top of the pebbles and carefully push the copper stand gently down till it reaches the bottom of the container.  Dry it well and make it stand firm.


11) Pick artificial flowers and leaves from the stems and prearrange them first around the side.  Get one artificial flower and apply Elmer’s glue on its end. Insert it back deeply into the side of foam ball where it was prearranged.  Do the same procedures with the rest of the flowers and leaves. (Note: The center should not be filled up with artificial flowers anymore.  It’s better that the color the flower you choose matches the color of the covering of the foam ball to blindly show that the center area is already filled with flowers already, even though in closed-up view they are not. Too much flowers is a crowd.)   The final outcome is shown in the picture below. 



Arranging the Flowers

video


Stylish Jewelry Holder Tree Stand
After I finished this project, I tried on hanging my precious jewelries on each branch of the tree stand. Though I don't have much precious jewelries on hand,  I still love to see them beautifully hanging on this stylish jewelry holder tree stand rather than keeping them on drawers. 


Other related Greenecraft Projects:
   DIY Table Mini Tissue Holder
   Oriental Showcase Decor
   Tea Box Flower Bed with Bamboo Stand
 


Sunday, August 28, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 14:1, 7-14


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

On a Sabbath, Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing Him carefully.  He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.  “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor.  A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,  ‘Give your place to this man,’  and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place.  Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say,  ‘ My friend, move up to a higher position.’  Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.  

"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, 
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”  

Then he said to the host who invited him,  

“When you hold a lunch or a dinner, 
do not invite your friends 
or your brothers 
or your relatives 
or your wealthy neighbors, 
in case they may invite you back 
and you have repayment.  
Rather, when you hold a banquet, 
invite the poor, 
the crippled, 
the lame, 
the blind;  
blessed indeed will you be 
because of their inability to repay you.  
For you will be repaid 
at the resurrection of the righteous.”


GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS

Generosity and kindness are two simple words to comprehend easily, but hard to put into practice in our life. Because in reality, how come we are more generous and kind towards other people whom we know personally or have become intimate with rather than to beggars living in the streets, especially those knocking at our car’s window?  How come we often speak well and nicely to other people, like our work associates and friends rather than to our own family members?  How come we are hospitable to our friends to welcome them in our house rather than to our own family members? 

In other words, being the giver, generosity and kindness should be deeply rooted in our hearts to feel the unexplainable spirit of happiness about giving without expecting anything in return and being kind to others.  On the other hand, if we are going to put ourselves in the shoes of the one begging,  how do we feel when we ask and be rejected and treated unkindly by other people?  So, which side should we choose?

I have a friend who has been living in California for many years already.  In our conversation, she told me this story about her humble beginnings before she finally settled down in her own apartment.  She used to live in a boarding care facility only because she worked as a caregiver.  One time, she was invited by her cousin to stay with her family because she would become homeless already within two days after quitting her job.  She accepted her cousin’s invitation, packed up her things, and picked up by her cousin as scheduled.  Upon her arrival, she greeted her unmarried aunt (not her cousin’s mother) who was living with them in the same house.  Instead of being hospitable to her, she grudgingly threw harsh words on her.  In spite of her aunt’s untoward behavior,  she didn’t respond to her negatively.  Her cousin couldn’t respond to what their unmarried aunt was doing.  Her cousin’s mother was not living with them anymore, but her father is.    

While in the room together, her aunt was still annoyed with her presence in the house because she kept on murmuring.  She was really wondering why her aunt bent all her anger to her for she hasn’t even done anything wrong to her personally.  Her aunt mentioned about her eldest sister and brother not treating her well previously in the past.   My friend told me that she asked her eldest sister about such unkind treatment she showed to their aunt, but her eldest sister denied it. So, in other words, my friend was in the middle of war between her aunt and her eldest sister.   Because of the uncompromising situation, she left her cousin’s house two days after.  Luckily, she got hired by a good company and has been living life alone by herself in her own apartment.  

On the birthday celebration of her cousin,  she was invited again by her cousin to join them.  Their two other elder aunts were also present, as well as, her cousin’s father.  During the meal, the same unmarried aunt who hates her, uttered harsh words again to her.  In front of everybody, she courageously just asked her unmarried aunt why she had to bend her anger on her for she hasn’t done her anything wrong.  Everybody was quiet, but her unmarried aunt replied by saying,  “Because you are the sister that I needed to inform you of my grudges against your eldest sister and brother.”  Then my friend didn’t finish her meal and decided to leave the celebration.  She saw her elder aunt talking to her unmarried aunt, while her cousin’s father showed sign of irritation with his sister-in-law’s improper behavior. 

Few weeks passed,  her unmarried aunt called her, but my friend didn’t answer her aunt's first call.  At the second try, she picked up her phone and answered her aunt’s second call calmly.  Her unmarried aunt talked to her calmly, too, as if there was nothing that happened.  But she didn’t apologize for her unruly behavior. 


One time, while at work, her elder aunt called her, too, to ask her to forgive her youngest sister for what she did.  Because of her elder aunt’s pleading, she forgave her unmarried aunt in her heart. In ending my friend’s story, she found out that her unmarried aunt left the country already. 

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"I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a


Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 13:22-30


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as He went and making His way to Jerusalem.  Someone asked Him,  “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”  He answered them,  


“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, 
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter, 
but will not be strong enough."  

After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying,  ‘Lord, open the door for us.’  He will say to you in reply,  ‘I do not know where you are from.’  And you will say,  ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’  Then he will say to you,  ‘I do not know where you are from.  Depart from me, all you evildoers!’  And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.  And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.  


"For behold, 
some are last who will be first, 
and some are first who will be last.”


  



THE NARROW GATE

Oftentimes in our life, we always strive to be a better person in the midst of failures, trials, struggles, or problems.  But why is it that there are instances that we become good or better for few days, or weeks, or months only and then we go back to our old self, even worst than before?   Mainly, because we give in more to our inner desires that are detrimental to how we should live our life  which can affect our relationship with God.  To put it simply, we, humans, are weak.  Life is full of struggles and in every stage of difficulties, our inner self is always challenged to make a decision.  No one has a shield, like an “iron man” to protect him or her in the battlefield of war between good and evil.  It’s either we succeed or fail, gain or lose, die or live, fight or surrender in our life.  That’s why, at this stage, the narrow gate to salvation is not for every one of us.  It’s not a guaranteed that we can all pass through this narrow gate,  if we are not faithful and consistent with our living the Gospel in our daily life.  Our strength and hope are found only in one, true God – Jesus Christ, who can accompany us in our journey of life’s struggles.

I have a friend whose husband has physically and verbally abused her for many years.  He did it not only once or twice, but every time he is being confronted by his wife, he physically and verbally abuses her.  Every time he becomes physically brutal to her, she wants to leave him and calls for legal separation to threaten him.  At this instance, he mellows down and asks for forgiveness.  He promises to be good to her and won’t hurt her anymore physically and verbally.  My friend told me that he would just behave for a month only and turn to his old self once he becomes agitated again. He likes gambling, drinking, and womanizing. My friend detests all his wrongdoings, while he is not willing to give up all his vices.  But she still wants to have her family intact and save the marriage for the sake of her two children.   I salute her for all the sacrifices she has been doing for the sake of her children.  Only God can judge....       


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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 12:49-53


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

Jesus said to His disciples:  


“I have come to set the earth on fire, 
and how I wish it were already blazing!  
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, 
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!  

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.  From now on, a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three;  


"A father will be divided against his son 
and a son against his father, 
a mother against her daughter 
and a daughter against her mother, 
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
 and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”



GOSPEL LIVING IS NOT EASY

We often struggle in our life everyday whether we are at home, office, business, and other communities.  It has been our part of life that we always face opposition from our family members, relatives, friends, office mates, business associates, and other community members.  In addition, the struggle within ourselves is even worst than any other struggles, especially when we are exposed to more temptations whether at work, business, and other communities also.  The choices, preferences, principles, and priorities we have in our life can determine if we are faithful or not to Gospel values that Jesus has taught us.  It is always a challenge on our part to do our discipleship every day because we all, sometime or in the future, will face the inevitable consequences of our choices, decisions, and priorities.  Division, strife, and animosity within the family household and other communities are the realities of life that challenge us how we should resolve them at whatever cost it may cause us.  Though we are not all perfect, the way we live our lives is the way to preach the Gospel.   

I have a cousin who developed resentment towards her son-in-law. She has been living with them since her three grandchildren were born.  She takes care of her grandchildren, especially at the most needed time when the couple is not available.  She has observed that no matter how hard she does her responsibility of taking care of her grandchildren, her son-in-law still criticizes her at her back.  She came to know it when her own daughter told her about her husband’s complaints.  Her daughter is her only daughter, but she still has two sons who are married also and have children, too.  She chose to live with her only daughter when she asked for her help to take care of her first child and then her second child. 

One time, a friend of hers came by the house to visit her.   While they were chatting together, she narrated to her friend about her resentment towards her son-in-law.  She didn’t know that her son-in-law heard what she said to her friend.  What happened next was a terrible consequence that led to her leaving the house as per the instruction of her son-in-law.   Though it hurts her daughter, her own daughter wasn’t able to do anything to contradict her husband’s decision.  The son-in-law was arrogant and very firm in his decision.  After a year,  she found out that her son-in-law lost his job.  He had a hard time looking for a job until their house was forfeited by the bank.  He decided to work in abroad.  She took her daughter and her grandchildren in her own house when he left for abroad.     

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"I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."


 Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

Sunday, August 7, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 12:32-48


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

Jesus said to His disciples:  “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your belongings and give alms.  

"Make money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, 
an inexhaustible treasure in heaven 
that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.  
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be."
 
“Be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.  Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them ….

"Be sure of this:  
If the master of the house had known the hour 
when the thief was coming, 
he would not have let his house be broken into.  
You must be prepared, 
for at an hour you do not expect, 
the Son of Man will come.” 

Then Peter said,  “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”  And the Lord replied,  “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? 

Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.  Truly, I say to you, the master will put the servant in charge of all his property.  But if that servant says to himself,  “My master is delayed in coming,” and begins to beat the other servants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely…..

"Much will be required of the person 
entrusted with much, 
and still more will be demanded of the person 
entrusted with more.”


TEMPORAL OR SPIRITUAL LIFE

We live not to choose which one is better – temporal or spiritual life – but to balance both areas in our life.  We have been entrusted with God’s blessings and graces in our life.  He made us the stewards of His household by trusting us that we will use them to benefit not only us personally, but most especially, other people.  How we use these blessings and how we live our life is what matter to God.  As a steward of God, He must have priority in our lives, for all the treasures come  from Him.  Regardless of how much we have in life,  we must carry out faithfully what God expects us to do.


I have a close friend who has an uncle and he was considered the black sheep of the family, they said.  He was a womanizer and has two families.   He abandoned the first family and lives with the second family.  When she was still young vacationing in her grandfather’s house, she witnessed how her uncle disrespected her grandfather and rebelled against him.  He was considered an outcast from the family.  Whatever the deep-seated animosity that developed between him and her grandfather, remorse is always at the end.   After many years of absence, during the wake of her grandfather, she saw her uncle again, looking old and no longer physically fit to work and walk by himself, except with the help of a wooden crane because he had a stroke.  He used to beat her elder brother when he was still small due to the accusation made by one of her aunts that her elder brother stole her jewelry.  They met together during the wake of  their grandfather, while she mingled with other relatives during the meeting.  Afterwards, her elder brother just told his own family that their uncle apologized to him for the wrongdoings he did to him and the family.  He said that their uncle cried when her elder brother handed him some money as financial support. 

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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a


Monday, August 1, 2016

My hands can do this --Tea Box Flower Bed with Bamboo Stand


Green tea gives us healthy benefits.  It helps our metabolism and lowers cholesterol level.  Every morning I like to take hot green tea together with my breakfast.  I can take any kind of green tea,  but decaffeinated, as my drink in every meal.  When I went to my eldest daughter’s house, she offered me a different kind of imported green tea from a well-known English tea maker.  It really tastes very good.  I asked for the box and opened it.  It has a very good packaging and I was delighted to see the inside of it because of the design it has.  That’s why it gave me an idea to make this project.   



Here are the different kinds of tea boxes that my eldest daughter likes to buy and drink.  I get to like buying and drinking this same brand of tea also.  The boxes are designed with drawings inside that gave me an idea to make a project out of it.  I have no problem anymore about drawing and designing the outer part of the box. You can try any one of these boxes for this project. 


TEA BOX FLOWER BED WITH BAMBOO STAND

Materials:
(1)  Twinings of London tea box (w/ drawings inside)
(2)  sets of  small artificial flower bouquet
(4)  pairs of unused bamboo chop sticks  (not separated)
(1)  pack of popsicle sticks 20’s plain jumbo
(1)  pack of interlocking popsicle sticks 50’s plain     
(1)  pack of round dowels 8’s  (3/16 in. each)
       artificial moss
       old newspaper or old magazines or used bond paper
       big pair of scissor
       pencil or ball pen
       Elmer’s glue clear
       Super glue
       small plastic spatula or disposable plastic knife
       tape measure or ruler
       bread tie  (used)
       
Level of Difficulty – easy
  
Instructions:



 Detaching the Sides
Using a small plastic spatula or disposable knife, carefully insert it to detach the sides of the box as shown in the picture above.  Carefully detach also the sides of the flip flop of the box.


 Cutting the Flip Flops
Using your big pair of scissor, carefully cut the top flip flop through its folded line as shown in the picture above with arrow.  Set aside the cut portion.  Then cut the two small flip flops in the front side of the box showing with another arrow.  Do not cut the folded portion of the two sides.   


 Making the Side Pattern (a)
Set the cut portion of the top flip flop under the curved side of the box that has drawing.  Using a ball pen or pencil, mark the top edge of the box to copy the side pattern as shown in picture (a) above with arrow.  


Making the Side Pattern (b)
Be sure the pattern should be the same size as that side of the box before cutting.  Carefully cut the marked lines and also its sides along the folded lines. This becomes the side pattern as shown in picture (b).


Making the Side Pattern (c)
Turn the front side of the box flat on the table and put the side pattern on top to curve the other side of the box as shown in picture (c) above.   


Attaching the Side Pattern
Carefully cut the marked lines to copy the same curved edge of the other side.  Fit the side pattern first on the designated side and if necessary, make adjustments before pasting it on the side without drawing.  Apply Elmer’s glue on whole side.  Press down the embossed lines on the side by running the handle of your scissor on it to make this line less prominent when the tea box flower bed is up for display already. You now have  made both sides even as shown in the picture  above.


Closing the Box
Inversely fold all the sides with the drawings facing you.  Apply Elmer’s glue on the first side.  Aligned them and let it dry well. Apply glue on the flip flop showing with arrow above to fully close the box .  Dry them well and don’t forget to remove the smear of the glue.  Do the same procedures on the other side.  Set it aside.  The outcome is shown in the picture above.

  
Making of Flower  Arrangement
Artificial flower bouquet can easily be set up without cutting them into parts.  You just have to twist its main trunk and bend its stems according to height with the tallest one first, followed by the medium, and then the smallest one.  Do the same procedures for the other set of flower bouquet.  Put both main trunks closely together intertwined and tie them with a bread tie to make them stand independently.  Fill in with sheets of old newspaper or old magazines or used bond paper as fillers.  Arrange them more to look like the shape of a fan.  Put the artificial moss on top of it.   Set it aside.


Making of Bamboo Stand (a)


Making of Bamboo Stand (b)
Don’t separate the bamboo chop sticks. Insert one end of jumbo popsicle stick  in between one pair of bamboo chop sticks.  Measure 1 ½ inches from the flat edge and mark it with a pencil as shown in picture (a).  Push down the popsicle carefully to that level by avoiding the bamboo chop sticks from getting split up into two.  Apply Super glue on the sides of the popsicle and bamboo chop stick.  Let it dry well first.  Do the same procedures for the other end. This is the first set of bamboo stand.  The outcome is shown in the picture (b) above.  Make another set of bamboo stand.  Set them aside.  


Making of Bamboo Stand (c)
Prepare ten pieces of interlocking popsicle sticks.  Arrange them first before applying glue just to be sure that each slit can be firmly interlocked as they are inserted.  Two popsicle sticks are arranged first vertically and then the other popsicle sticks are arranged on top of them horizontally.  Remove each stick one by one as in the order they are prepared horizontally.  Apply Super glue on the first and last slits only and insert the first stick on top of the vertically arranged two popsicle sticks.  Do the same procedures for the remaining sticks.  Let them dry well.  The outcome is shown in picture (c) above.  


Making of Bamboo Stand (d)
Turn the interlocked popsicle sticks up.  Apply Super glue on the first and last slits only of the two vertically arranged popsicle sticks.  Carefully attach them at the center of  the two  jumbo popsicle sticks.  To center them, measure the distance from one side of the interlocked popsicle stick to one side of the bamboo stand. Do the same measuring for the other side.  It’s approximately one inch on each side. Be sure the two sets of bamboo chop stick stand are well aligned to each other.   Let them dry well first.  The outcome is shown in picture (d) above.


Making of Bamboo Stand (e)
Prepare four interlocking popsicle sticks.  Apply Super glue on both ends only.  With one side facing you, attach it on the area where the end of the jumbo popsicle stick is.  Then apply glue again on both ends of the second stick, as well as, on side edge of the first stick.  Immediately align and attach this second stick on top of the first stick.   This serves to hold and strengthen the bamboo stand.  The outcome is shown in picture (e) above with arrows. Do the same procedures for the other side.  


Making of Bamboo Stand (f)
Put the tea box on top of the bamboo stand.  This will make it easier to measure the level before the attaching the dowel.  Insert temporarily one dowel in between the bamboo chop sticks.  Measure the sides to center it.  It’s approximately three inches on each side of the dowel.  Use the edge or the rim side of the tea box as a guide to determine the height where to level the round dowel.  The round dowel should be above the very edge of the tea box.  Make level adjustments, if necessary.  Apply Super glue on each side of the bamboo chop sticks and round dowel.   Let them dry well.  The outcome is shown in picture (f) above.


Making of Bamboo Stand (g)
Prepare four more interlocking popsicle sticks.  Apply Super glue and attach the two sticks vertically with even spacing on the remaining space of the jumbo popsicle stick.  The outcome is shown in picture (g) above with two arrows.  This serves to further hold and strengthen the bamboo stand.  Do the same procedures for the last two sticks. 



Making of Bamboo Stand (h)
Prepare eight more interlocking popsicle sticks.  Using a big scissor, cut the center area without any slit.  Measure and cut a piece into two equally. Do the same procedures for the remaining chips.  These become sixteen small chips of popsicle sticks.  (Note: Don’t’ throw away the remaining chips. Save them for other future projects to use.) Apply Super glue on two chips and attach them under the round dowel front and back on one corner side first. Let them dry well.  Apply Super glue again on two chips and attach them above the round dowel  front and back on the same corner side. Let them dry well.  They serve to strengthen and hold the round dowels.  Do the same procedures for the remaining corner sides.  The outcome is shown in  picture (h) above with two arrows on each side.  Then put the tea box flower bed on the bamboo stand.  


Tea Box Flower Bed with Bamboo Stand (a)




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