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Sunday, October 30, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 19:1-10



Photo Courtesy of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church's bulletin

*SUNDAY GOSPEL
At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.  Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was;  but he could not see Him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.  When He reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,  “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”  And he came down quickly and received Him with joy.  When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,  “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”  But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,  “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone, I shall repay it four times over.”  And Jesus said to him,  


“Today salvation has come to this house 
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.  
For the Son of Man has come to seek 
and to save what was lost.”



ADMITTING ONE’S FAULT

Often times, when someone has done something wrong, the person will not admit his wrongdoings or faults, even if the person is caught on the act or an evidence is found.  The person will still rationalize what he did or even hide the wrongdoing.  The person will even fight against the accusation filed against him or her in the court. 

A relative of mine caught her husband cheating on her.  She was surprised to see him with a woman younger than her eating together in the same restaurant where she was eating with a close friend, too.  She thought he was in the office when he called her this morning informing her of a meeting with his boss who is a male boss the whole afternoon.  He told her that he would be late to come home in the evening.  She walked up to them and asked him about the woman.  She became more furious when  her husband suddenly pushed her away from the table and shouted at her to stop while cursing her.  There was no remorse in her husband’s face and didn’t even apologize.  Because of that, she fought back and shouted at him also.  Commotion followed and her friend went to her side to stop and move her away.   She saw her husband took the woman and left the restaurant together.  She was stunned to see him left with the woman and left her and her close friend.  Afterwards, her friend took her out of the restaurant to avoid the embarrassment caused   by the situation. 


To make the story short,  she filed a case for concubinage against her husband and his mistress.  She found out that her husband has been living with the woman for 2 years already in a rented apartment and has a two-year old son.  She won the case after  10 long years of struggle.    

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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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

My hands can do this --- Crocheted Ms. Piggy Bank


I have been taking this Spring Valley flax oil for several years now to maintain a good cholesterol level that can affect my heart.  It’s an over the counter dietary supplement that you can buy at Wal-Mart Store or any store that has an available stock.  It’s not always that my diet is complete or well-balanced.  Maintaining a healthy heart is very important. 


Spring Valley Flax Oil Bottle

Aside from this, my hubby has a lot of coins scattered on his desk.  I thought of making a  project that can always remind him to put his coins in it as his piggy bank.  At the same time,  it’s my way of making also a unique, cute project that I can be amused to look at and play with it (-.-) ha ha ha ha



CROCHETED MS. PIGGY BANK
Whatever occasion will there be, this can be a nice, cute gift to make for your child.  It serves two purposes:  used as a money-saving container and as a toy to play with at the same time.  This is a good way of instilling the value of saving money to your child. Your child will be encouraged to put in more money to this cute crocheted Ms.  Piggy Bank that can be played with at the same time.  Your child’s eyes will be always on this while waiting when it will be full enough to buy anything your child likes to have for any occasion.              


Materials:
(1) empty big bottle Spring Valley Flax Oil (washed, dried)
(1) 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz Caron Simply Soft (light country peach)
(1) 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz Caron Simply Soft (dark sage)
(1) 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz Home Spun (tulips) 
(2) regular size wiggly eyes
(1) small button
     crochet hook size  - F5 / 3.75mm
     marker (bread ties)
     yarn needle
     peanut foams or cotton
     Craft ribbon (fuchsia)
     Offray ribbon (green)
     Elmer’s glue (clear)
     Super Glue
     Revlon Beyond Natural (individual false eyelash extensions)
     hair twizzor

(Note:  If you have excess Home Spun yarn to use as the hair for this project, use it.  You don't need to buy.)


Level of Difficulty – easy


Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)     chain
(sc)     single crochet
(dc)     double crochet
(st)      stitch
(sp)     space
(sl st)  slip stitch
(hdc)   half double crochet
 
Note:  Count first all the stitches you have made before going to the next row to avoid mistakes.


Special Instructions:
(hdc) – YO once and insert the hook on the (sp). (YO) and pull up a loop through.  (YO) and  pull through 3 loops on hook.

Instructions:
Head
1st Row -  Make 4 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the rest so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (hdc’s).  [Make (hdc) around the 1st (ch)] 11X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).
Result – 12 (hdc)
2nd to Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  2 (Hdc) on next  11 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).
Result – 24 (hdc)
3rd Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next (hdc).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc).  (Hdc) on next (hdc)] 11X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).  Put marker  on the 18th (hdc) and another marker on the last (hdc) for the attachment of the two ears.  This is where you are going to start attaching the ears.     
Result – 36 (hdc)
4th Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 3 (hdc).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc).  (Hdc) on next 3 (hdc)] 8X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).   
Result – 45 (hdc)
5th to 11th Row  Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 44 (hdc).   Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).  Put a marker on the 8th Row for the attachment of the nose.
Result – 45 (hdc)
12th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  Skip next (hdc). [(Hdc) on next (hdc).  Skip next (hdc)] 21X.  (Hdc) on last (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).  Fasten off.  Hide the excess yarn.
Result- 23 (hdc)
13th to 15thMake (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 22 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 23 (hdc)
Body
1st Row -  Make 4 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the rest so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (dc’s). Make 11 (dc) in 4th (ch) from hook. Hide the excess yarn as you make the double crochets. Join in top of beginning 4 (ch).  
Result - 12 (dc)
2nd Row Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on the same (sp).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc)] 11X.    Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  
Result - 24 (dc)
3rd Row - Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc).  (Dc) on next (dc)]  11X.   Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch). 
Result – 36 (dc)
4th Row -  Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next 2 (dc). [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on next 2 (dc)]  11 X.   Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch). 
Result – 48 (dc)
5th to  25th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  [(Hdc) on next (dc)] 47X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning  (hdc). Put a marker on 19th (hdc)  and on the last (hdc) of 10th Row for the attachment of 2 hind legs.    
Result – 48 (hdc)
26th Row  Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 47 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  Fasten it off.  Hide the excess yarn.
Result –  48 (dc)
27th Row – Make (ch).  (Sc) on next 48 (dc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc). Fasten off. Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 48 (sc)


Nose
1st Row – Make 2 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the 2nd (ch) so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (hdc’s).  Make 8 (hdc) around the 1st (ch).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).
Result – 8 (hdc)
2nd Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next (hdc).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc). (Hdc) on next (hdc)] 3X.  Join with (sl st) to  beginning (hdc).
Result – 12 (hdc)
3rd Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next (hdc).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc). (Hdc) on next (hdc)] 5X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). 
Result – 18 (hdc)
4th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 17 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).  Fasten off.  Leave some extra yarn for attaching the nose to the face later on.
Result – 18 (hdc)
5th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  Skip (hdc). [(Hdc) on next (hdc). Skip next (hdc)] 8X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). Leave some extra yarn for sewing to attach it to the face.
Result – 9 (hdc)


Ears  (2)
1st Row – Leave an extra yarn before you start making the first (ch). You will use this to sew the ear later to the head. Make 9 (ch).  (Hdc) on 8th (ch) from hook.  (Hdc) on next 7 (ch).  Turn around.
Result – 8 (hdc)
2nd to 3rd  Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  Make  (hdc) on next 7 (hdc).  Turn around.
Result – 8 (hdc)
4th Row – Make (ch). (Sl st) on 1st (hdc). Make (hdc) on next (hdc).  (Hdc) on next  5 (hdc).  Turn around.
Result – 6 (hdc)
5th to 6th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp). Make (hdc) on next 5 (hdc). Turn around.
Result – 6 (hdc)
7th Row – Make (ch). (Sl st) on 1st (hdc). Make (hdc) on next (hdc).  (Hdc) on next 3 (hdc).  Turn around.
Result – 4 (hdc)
8th Row -  Make (ch). (Sl st) on 1st (hdc).  Make (hdc) on next 2 (hdc).  Turn around.
Result -  2 (hdc)
9th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp). Make (hdc) on next (hdc).  Fasten off. Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 2 (hdc) 


Legs  (Front and Hind- 2 each)
1st Row – Make 2 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the 2nd (ch) so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (hdc’s).  Make 10 (hdc) around the 1st (ch).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).
Result – 10 (hdc)
2nd Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc)] 9X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). 
Result – 20 (hdc)
3rd to 7th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 19 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). Fasten off.  Leave an extra yarn for sewing to attach it to the body.
Result – 20 (hdc)


Tail
Extend the yarn before making a (ch).  You will use the excess yarn in attaching the tail to the body. Make 20 (ch). (Sl st) on 2nd (ch) from hook.  (Sl st) on next 14 (ch).  (Sc) on next 2 (ch).  (Hdc) on last 2 (ch).  Leave an extra yarn before cutting it. Tie it twice with the other excess yarn.  You will use both excess yarns in attaching it to the body later.
Result – 15 (sl st), 2 (sc), 2 (hdc)


Attaching the Ears (2)
Insert the end of the excess yarn into the eye of the yarn needle. Insert the yarn needle into where the 1st marker is and start sewing the first ear down to the last stitch.  Be sure to tighten the stitches to make the sewing less visible. Don’t cut the excess yarn yet till you are finish sewing the second ear. Do the same procedure with the second ear. Be sure that both ears are align to each other at the last end of their stitches. (At the end of last stitch, insert the yarn needle inside and tie it twice.  Cut the excess yarn) 2X. 


Attaching the Nose
On the 8th Row, start counting the (hdc) from ear end to ear end to find the center of the  face and put a marker on the center.  Stuff the nose with peanut foam or cotton before sewing.  Insert the end of the excess yarn into the eye of the yarn needle.  Start sewing where the marker is and around up to the last stitch.  Be sure to tighten the stitches to make the sewing less visible.  Remove the peanut foam or cotton. At the end of the last stitch, insert the yarn needle inside and tie it twice.  Cut the excess yarn.  Sew a “U” shape below the nose to make as the lips. Use any excess red yarn and sew twice to highlight it.


Attaching the Eyes and False Eyelash Extensions
Stuff the head with peanut foam or cotton to make it look fat.  Insert it on the cap of the bottle. Glue the (2) wiggly eyes with Super Glue and align them on the face.  Press them down a little bit. With the hair twizzor holding 2 individual false eyelash extensions, apply Super Glue on its end. Insert them on one small hole above the left eye. Do the same on the next 2 holes. There should be 2 individual false eyelash extensions inserted on each 3 small holes above the eye. Do the same on the right eye.  Apply Elmer's glue on the back of both ears to keep them standing when dried already.   


Attaching the Hair (Tulip) and Ribbon (Green)
Cut 12 inches strands of tulip yarn.  Glue each strand of tulip yarn beginning from one side of the ear and layering down straight at the back of the head. The hair strand should be attached vertically. There will be space left near the ear.  Another strand of yarn will be attached to cover this space later. Be sure that every strand is well align on the face when attached.  Glue each strand till you reach the center of the head.  Do the same procedure on the other side until you reach the center of the head also.  Make some adjustments if possible to make the line of hair strands straight as you attach them.  Attach also some yarn to the remaining space near both ears. Attach 4 more strands of yarn on top of the head to cover  the sides of the cheeks.  They should be attached horizontally. Cut the excess yarn if there is any.  Close the cap and center the head. Glue the head on the cap with Super Glue.  Be sure the crochet end is closed to the neck or body.   Cut 25 inches of green ribbon and tie around the head.


Inserting the Ribbon on the Neck (Fuchsia)
Cut 30 inches of ribbon. From the last 3 (dc) of 26th Row, insert one end of the ribbon alternately into every 3 (dc) going to the left side (6X) until you reach the center.  Do the same procedure with the other end of the ribbon going to the right until you reach the center.  This will guide you to align the 4 legs from the center when attaching them. Insert the container inside the body.  Don’t tie it yet.


Attaching the Legs (4)
Stuff evenly all the legs with peanut foam or cotton.  Put markers on where to attach the 4 legs by temporarily attaching the legs on the body. The distance between the 2 front legs should be wider than the distance between the 2 hind legs. Insert the end of the excess yarn into the eye of the yarn needle.  Don’t remove the container while sewing. Start sewing each leg where the marker is and around up to the last stitch.  Be sure that all the legs sewed are in level with one another. Don’t cut the excess yarn yet, so you will have the chance to make adjustments if they are not well aligned after sewing them . Be sure to tighten the stitches to make the sewing less visible.  Remove the container. (At the end of the last stitch, insert the yarn needle inside and tie it twice.  Cut the excess yarn) 4X.  Put a marker on the center of the 6th Row at the back of the body for the attachment of  the tail.


Attaching the Tail
Insert the end of the excess yarn into the eye of the needle.  Insert the yarn needle where the marker is.  Using the crochet hook, pull the other excess yarn inside.  Tie them both together twice and then cut. Insert the container again. Stuff the tummy and front area only with peanut foam or cotton to make it look fat. Cross the ribbon around the neck twice and make a ribbon twice in front. Wet the tail well with Elmer’s glue and curl it up.    


Making a Small Purse (Dark Sage)
1st Row – Make 10 (ch).  Make (hdc) on the 3rd (ch) from hook.  (Hdc) on next 7 (ch).
Result – 8 (hdc)
2nd to 10th Row – [Make a (ch). Turn around. (Hdc) on next 8 (hdc)] 9X.
Result – 8 (hdc)
11th Row – Make a (ch).  Turn around. (Sl st) on 1st (hdc).  [(Hdc) on next (hdc)] 6X. (Sl st) on last (hdc).
Result – 6 (hdc)
12th Row – Make a (ch). Turn around. (Sl st) on 1st (hdc). [(Hdc) on next (hdc)] 4X. (Sl st) on last (hdc) and on (sl st) of 11th Row. (Sl st) on (hdc) of 10th and 9th Rows.  Don’t cut it yet.
Result – 4 (hdc)


Connecting Both Sides
First Side
Invert the side to connect the first side and level the 1st Row with the 8th Row.  Insert the hook on the 1st (hdc) of 8th Row and start making (sc) on the next 4 (hdc).  Tie it twice and cut it off. 

Second Side
Insert the hook on the 8th Row and pull up another end of the yarn and tie it with the excess yarn once.  Connect the second side by leveling the 1st Row with the 8th Row.  Start making (sc) on the next 4 (hdc). Tie it twice and cut it off.


Making and Attaching the Cord
Leave an extra yarn before making a (ch).  It will be used to attach the cord to the purse.  Make 75 (ch).  Tie it once.  Leave an extra yarn again to attach another end of the cord to the purse.  Tie it once.  Insert the hook on one side of 8th Row and pull up one end of the cord.  Tie it twice.  Cut and hide the excess yarn. Do the same procedure on the other side. Cut a small yarn and attach a small button on the front cover of the purse. Hang it on the shoulder.

DIFFERENT MS. PIGGY HAIRSTYLES



Ribbon Hairstyle


Butterfly Hairstyle



Pigtail Hairstyle


Pony Tail Hairstyle


Brush-Up Hairstyle


Brush-Up Pony Hairstyle


French Twist Hairstyle


Braid Hairstyle



Birthday Gift #2
Today is the birthday of my granddaughter, Zoe.  I surprised her by giving her two kinds of gifts -- this project and DIY Pen Holders. They are all filled with her favorite gummy bears. She turns 9 years old today.  How time flies when she was just a baby being cuddled by her mother shown in an article I wrote, “A Short Tale of Motherhood.”  I also made pouches and named after her – Zoe Pouches.

My hands can do this --- DIY Pen Holders


My elder daughter has this salt and pepper in porcelain as shown below.  She told me to use it and throw the box already.  But I looked on the box and became curious of it because of the cute drawing of the frogs and the holes where the salt and pepper in porcelain was previously kept.  A purpose came up to mind, like a pen holder, because the box has already a pre-made holes.


King Frog Box with Salt / Pepper in Porcelain


DIY PEN HOLDER 



Materials:
(1) box King Frog Salt / Pepper Jar Porcelain
(1) pack 20’s popsicle sticks – plain jumbo size
(7) Wiggly eyes
      Scotch tape
      Elmer’s glue
      garden jute string
      big scissor
      rubber bands
      decorative item, any
      pencil
      permanent, colored markers (black & pink colors)
      gold pen
      glossy calendar (old)
      felt paper (any color) (leftovers)
      art paper (leftovers), green, light green, & pink colors
      carbon paper

Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:


1) There are 3 parts of the box, namely the outer cover, the inner part, and the box itself  as shown in picture (a) below.  Detach the movable inner part cover of the box showing with an arrow in picture (a) below.  Attach Scotch tape in all 4 corners of the inner part of the box, as well as, the box itself. Cut the excess of the foldable part up to the edge only as shown in picture (b) below.  Trim the excess to attach it to the same area and apply Elmer’s glue on both sides.  Attach Scotch tape to hold them together as shown in picture (c) below.


Parts of the Box
(picture a)


Excess Part
(picture b)


Attach Tape
(picture c)

2) Cut only the foldable area of the other movable inner part cover of the box showing with an arrow in picture (d) below.   Fold the cut portion into 2 and apply Elmer’s glue on both sides to attach it in the middle area as shown in picture (e) below.  Attach Scotch tape to hold them together.  Put it back on the box itself again. Spread Elmer’s glue on both long sides of the box itself.  Put it inside the outer cover.  



Foldable Area

Picture (d)


Middle Area
Picture (e)

3)For the top covering of the box, measure it on a felt paper.  Cut, apply Elmer’s glue, and attach it to neatly cover the top part of the box.  Poke the two center holes, make a slit, and fold the excess paper inside. 

4) For the bottom part, measure it on a glossy, white calendar and then cut.  Provide an inch allowance on all sides for folding.  Apply Elmer’s glue to attach it at the bottom.  Apply glue also inside the box on both ends.  Then fold the ends  to hold the bottom area firmly.   

5) Attach two rubber bands around the box to hold the sticks altogether when attached. Insert the popsicle sticks inside the rubber bands to determine the number of sticks needed to be cut as shown in picture (f).  Precut the popsicle sticks by 4 inches each with a big scissor. (Note: Save the excess portion of the sticks for later use.)  Apply Elmer’s glue on each stick and then attach them on the first long side of the box first.  After completing this first side, turn it on its side to fully attach them on the side and let them dry first. Do the same procedures on the other long side of the box.  Be sure that all the sticks are well-aligned to each other above and at the bottom.  There should be 8 jumbo popsicle sticks attached on both sides.


Popsicle Sticks with Rubber Bands
Picture (f)

6) On the short side of the box, there will be a little space left that is not enough to insert one whole stick.  Be sure the spacing between two sticks on this side is equal enough to cover the whole area.  Attach the sticks on both small sides of the box with Elmer’s glue.  Do the same procedures on the other short side. Be sure that all the sticks are well-aligned to each other above and at the bottom.  There should be 4 jumbo popsicle sticks attached on both sides.

7) Starting from the corner area of the small side at the lower portion, attach the garden jute string using Elmer’s glue.  Continue attaching the strings around 10X and then cut at the beginning corner area.  Choose the best area you want to be facing you. Attach the decorative item with Elmer’s glue. In this case, I used small, colored, round wood chips and made a design by attaching garden jute around each chips as shown in picture (g) below.  They are like tadpoles. Set the box aside. 


Decorated Side
Picture (g)

8) Measure the bottom part on a felt paper.  Cut, apply Elmer’s glue and attach it to neatly cover the bottom part.
9) Draw  a small frog, like a frog king in the box itself as pattern, in a thin white cardboard, followed by the queen and a commoner, too, as shown in  picture (h) below. (Note: I applied colored marker to make it a clear sample view of these frogs before they are to be applied on an art paper. Provide a length space for attaching it on the sticks.)  Invert showing the white area and fold a small area of the art paper (green color) into two. Using a carbon paper, trace the king frog,  queen frog, and 2 commoners on the white side area of the art paper.  Cut the art paper and invert it showing the green color back to back already to form as one frog image.  The image should measure 2 inches from head to bottom.  Make adjustments.  Apply Elmer’s glue to attach them together. 


Using an art paper (pink color), trace the small crown of queen frog  on an art paper (pink color).  Cut the art paper and apply Elmer’s glue to attach  the crown on the head of the queen frog.  

Using a gold pen, color the crown of the  king frog.  Using a black marker, mark the edges of these frogs.  Attach their respective wiggly eyes and mark their lips with pink color marker. Do the same procedures for the two commoner frogs.  Set them aside. 


 Drawing Pattern of Frogs
Picture (h)

10)Using the excess popsicle sticks as in Instruction #4, measure and precut 8 excess popsicle  sticks by 1 ½ inches.   Apply Elmer’s glue on upper portion of the first stick  and attach the king frog in front of it.  (Note: Be sure that the height of the king frog is elevated to show him  above the grass.)  Apply Elmer’s glue in front of the king frog (lower area only), as well as, the  whole area of the popsicle stick and then attach the second stick on top.  Let it dry well.  The  image of the king frog is between two popsicle sticks as shown in picture (i).   Do the same  procedures with the remaining frogs.  The outcome is shown below.


Attaching Image on Popsicle Stick
Picture (i)


Attached Frogs on Popsicle Sticks

11)Using a light green art paper, measure and cut 2 inches (L) X 11 inches (W ). To make a grass pattern, fold the art paper several times and then make many diagonal cuts up to its half of the paper only as shown in picture (j).  Apply Elmer’s glue in between the precut art paper.  (Note: Application of Elmer’s glue is done after the precutting in order to create a shade of white and curly effect  on the grass pattern.  Don’t worry if the paper doesn’t aligned well.) Apply Elmer’s glue to attach them around the back of the popsicle.  It should be leveled around the top of the box.  If it is not enough to cover the whole area with grass made, do the same procedures of measuring and cutting the art paper to make another grass pattern.  Apply Elmer’s glue to attach the additional grass pattern around.      

Using a dark green art paper, measure and cut 2 ¼ inches (L) X 11 inches (W).  Do the same procedures of making a grass pattern.  Do not glue it yet.  Set it aside.   


Grass Pattern
Picture (j)

12)Turn the box sideward and position the king frog, queen frog, and the two commoner frogs on the front side of the box with equal spacing.  Apply Elmer’s glue on the popsicle sticks of each frog. Let it dry well.

13)As in Instruction #9, apply Elmer’s glue on the dark green grass pattern and attach it around the popsicle sticks for final covering of the area. 

Here comes His Majesty, the King Frog and his Queen Frog in their little kingdom with their baby tadpoles (-.-)



His Majesty
King Frog and Queen Frog


Frog Kingdom
with
Salt & Pepper in Porcelain


Remember, I have an article written about the frogs in Wonders of Nature.  They look funny to me (-.-) and probably this is the reason the TV show, Sesame Street, created a character named, Kermit, the frog.


Birthday Girl

Today is the birthday of my granddaughter, Zoe.  I surprised her by giving her two kinds of gifts.  She turns 9 years old today.  How time flies when she was just a baby being cuddled by her mother shown in an article I wrote, “A Short Tale of Motherhood.”  I also made pouches and named after her – Zoe Pouches.


Birthday Gift #1

While I was doing this project,  my granddaughter was happily looking at it and asked me this, “Mama, do you have somebody to give that?”  I answered her, “None.”  Her facial expression became sad because she was expecting me to say, “Yes, you can have this.”  I knew that she likes what I was doing because she came closer to me and stood by my side. She pretended to making something by getting the pieces of art paper I cut and pasted them together.  Afterwards, she said, “Look, mama, I’m also making something, like ampaper doll,” and I responded, “Very good, you’re really creative.”  While doing that, her eyes were focused on what I was doing.  But she didn’t know that I was going to surprise her by giving her this project.  I bought 9 plastic bags of gummy bear which are her favorites and arranged them inside this project.  Look how happy she is!!!

I also have a birthday gift #2 for her – Crocheted Ms. Piggy Bank.



Korean Ginseng Extract in Jar with Wooden Box

I found this Korean ginseng in the refrigerator of my elder daughter.  It was about to be thrown away, but I asked for it.  I looked at it and found an empty cute, mini jar that we thought there was still the ginseng extract in it.  It was funny that this small wooden box with the mini jar was kept in her refrigerator for many months already.  She forgot all about it and told me it belongs to her father.  I got interested in the cute, mini jar and thought of how I could transform the wooden box into something that is useful.   



 DIY PEN HOLDER (2)

II-Materials:
(1) Korean Ginseng Extract in Jar with Wooden Box  
      Elmer’s glue
      pencil
      ruler
      glossy calendar with art design (old)
      felt paper (any color) (leftovers)

Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:

1)  Measure the width of the box around and double its height for inner side covering.  Apply the measurement in the glossy calendar and then cut it.  Apply Elmer’s glue on one side of the main box and attach evenly the glossy calendar starting from the bottom edge of the box going upward.  Do the same procedure for the other sides.  Make a slit on every corner of the excess cover.  Fold one excess cover of first side for a trial first.  Unfold to apply Elmer’s glue on the same side. Fold again the same excess cover to evenly attach it on the side.  Do the same procedures for the other sides.  The outcome is shown below:



Covering the Sides of Main Box

2) Measure the bottom part of the wooden box and apply the measurement in the same glossy calendar and then cut it.  Apply  Elmer’s glue on the center of the wooden box and evenly center the cover. 

3)  Precut a ¼ inch of felt paper as additional side cover at the bottom area of the wooden box.  Apply Elmer’s glue and attach it evenly at the edge.  Precut two 2 ¼ inch x 2 ¼ inch of same felt paper as bottom cover.  Apply Elmer’s glue on the bottom area and attach it evenly at the bottom area.   Apply Elmer’s glue on the wooden cover of the main box and attach the other felt paper as bottom cover.  Apply Elmer’s glue on the top edge of the wooden cover of box to attach it to the bottom area of the main wooden box.  (Note:  The wooden cover of the main box provides additional height and style to the main box.)

Precut ¾ inch of same felt paper as side cover and evenly attach it on its side at the edge as shown below.  Make a slit on every corner for folding. 


Covering the Bottom Sides


DIY Stuff Holder
This same project can also be used for other purpose like, holding other small stuff or manicure / pedicure set as shown above.  You can easily grab a piece of your stuff conveniently without the hassle anytime.  This is also one way of organizing small things at the same time.  Don't forget to take notice of the cute, mini jar also (-.-)