Jesus... You are the Reason!

I hope and pray that the joy I have right now is also in the heart of God's each and every creation. Happiness beyond compare.

Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

 This special belen was handmade by my father.

P.S. I have my December Daily happenings in my journal, I hope, I can update my blog one of these days :)

if there's a will there's a way!

Came here without a single tool, no papers, no nothing... but look what I got now!!!


... and today, I made this...

... and ate this.

got to go now! Christmas shopping galore! :)

homebody and pms

grocery
dishes
kitchen
laundry
duster
Christmas tree
teddy bears
pegs
basket
tv rack
windows
screens
Lolamins and Migs
Kuya and his gadget
me and my pms



and



a very long back-ache causing chat with BB.

Some days are better than others... that's alright :) kun si Miguel pa ...




December Daily Blog

I guess making a December Daily album is too big an ambition for me as of the moment. I prepared an album, fabrics, and some other scraps I could find in the house. But when I was so excited to create my supposed to be first page, I realized I got nothing of the essentials. No glue, scissors, foam dots to name a few :( Why didn't I bring my crop bag??? I guess God just wants me to focus on the the things that really matter in this very long vacation ...

But there's just too much going on this very first day of December...

first, I went walking with Papang and Mamang very early... 4:59 AM! had pandesal right after :)

then, spent the day at home (my parents' home) the whole day, just cleaning, arranging things, planning meals, had a home-serviced manicure (my third this week!), finished sorting photos, had coffee thrice!

then, I went to church with Papang.

then, had a very short but meaningful chat with Mamang.

then, I killed a million mosquitos LoL!

now I'm with my boys, thinking of their Dad :)

... So here's to a month-long of gratitude posts! Be back tomorrow :) Nyt!


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happy where I am

Been here for a week but it feels like we came only today. I miss my papers, scissors and glue but I miss my hometown more :) Thank You Lord (and Baby!) for making this happen!

Here's the plan...

[check] week one: family

[        ] week two: friends
[        ] week three: mommyla
[        ] week four: honeymoon part 2 ... baby girl?hahahaha
[        ] week five: relatives, Lola Pering's birthday
[        ] week six: family again

Lord I offer you my plans.... btw, I changed my boring hairstyle to something I never ever dreamt about: BANGS!!! hahaha ... tell me what you think, and please, be kind lol!




P.S. I miss Benjo :(

good and bad and good and good

good: just finished my 5th class for this month, two more to go!

bad: had some unpleasant encounter with someone today :( but I already talked (or should i say Sms-ed) the person and i hope she gets the message right. If not then maybe we need to talk about it some more.

good: played Christmas songs in class today while making pages of Happy Traditions (Christmas themed) glad they like it :) thanks BB and Maggie for the help :)

good: taught side by side with someone I really admire for her great work and her kind heart, her passion for teaching and her love for her son.

bad: forgot about lunch and ate pretzel and a lot more after class :(

good: I'm 2 LRT stations away from home.

hey, more good news than bad :) God loves me! and you too! :)

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deeper in love

 ... with Sizzix! One of the first things I gave myself with my part-time teaching job pay is this die.  And it's my first time to play with it today to make personalized presents for friends and loved ones....
 
... store-bought bedroom slippers  plus a fabric stash plus 3 buttons equals one-of-a-kind present.
 I hope Gae likes this :) 

... inexpensive shirt plus fabric plus fabric paint equals cool gift for a not-so-young-boy-so-i-cannot-give-him-a-toy- boy JR. Crossing my fingers this becomes one of his favorite tees :)

and ...

...when Jolene asked me to make something for her graduation masquerade ball. I readily said yes for I know there's Sizzix to run to :) I cut a mask using AC glittered cs and added this swirl die. Thanks to MWL's 7th birthday storewide 40% off sale!








... my reluctant model :)

Bye! Gotta wrap more presents for tonight's (very early) Christmas party :)

crazy week... crazy sale...

It's been a crazy week. classes. gifts. projects. early Christmas party. This morning the boys had their jabs, now I'm on way to help make n takes at Made With Love, later tonight I'll decorate a bulletin board at the church before Eucharist starts. If I get lucky, I can go home while kids are still up, so I could play with them and recharge otherwise I'll just decide to feel lucky still coz it means I'd have free time to wrap presents. Whew!

I wanna thank my hubby, Benjo for helping and supporting and loving me all these time of craziness. I honor him for understanding me in my mood swings, my forgetfulness (i tell you it really sucks!) and giving me hugs and kisses along the way without me asking for it =)

Another crazy, unbelievable thing happening around town... MWL's storewide 40% off SALE for the store's 7th birthday celebration! (not to mention the fun events they're having now... cropathon, make n takes, etc!) ...heading there now to help out along with other DT's. It's my first time to attend as part of the team! I feel so elated =)

Hope to see you there!







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November --- class schedule and details

It's November! Excitement couldn't be contained anymore because we are a few weeks away from going home, for our much-awaited-long-overdue-almost-two-month vacation to the Philippines, our home... Sometimes, anticipation of Bacolod and Cebu and Butuan wakes me up in the middle of the night, and daydreaming (at night time) happens hahaha! God knows I am extremely impatient and my EQ is negative 100 so He spares me from the torture of "waiting" and allowed me to be busy with exciting events among which are my classes at MWL! So yes my dear friends, I am excited for our trip but at times, with so much to do at hand (pasalubongs, gifts, a number of lists to accomplish, kids school and immunization, the desire to look fit and slender (Lord help me!) household, etcetera...) I am also competing against the clock.... but then again, the yearning to be home is stronger so at times I just freeze. I don't know If you get me. lol.

Okay, the title of this post is 'class schedule and details' and not 'bebang's blabber about upcoming vacation' so I'll stop right here and leave you with these.... cheers! =)


Sizzix 101

An absolutely exciting entry into the world of Sizzix die-cutting fun awaits you in this must-attend workshop! Learn the basics in playing with the Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine. Use at least 10 Sizzix dies to make 7 mini-projects that include a gift tag, card, envelope, paper bags as party favors, home d├ęcor items, and even a personalized notebook! Your life will never be the same again once you try your hand at the wonders of the Sizzix die-cutting system in this first of its kind workshop!

What To Bring Along : foam dots, tacky glue, scissorsand a x2 sepia photo, bottle (optional).

Workshop Schedule: 11 Nov (2:30-5:30 P.M.), 21 Nov (2:30-5:30 P.M.), 22 Nov (6:30-9:30 P.M.)


For Kids Aged 6-12



Exams are over for most and what better way to unwind for your child than to spend a meaningful time undergoing creative therapy as they learn to complete 3 happy and fun scrapbook layouts. Themes revolve around their hobbies, friends, family and other loved ones so it’s plenty of fun and immensely meaningful. But that’s not all, kids will try their hand at scrapbooking techniques like creative cutting, painting, sand stamping, in addition to making their own floral embellishments, envelopes and shapes using the Sizzix Big Shot! This is truly fun and exciting workshop your child won’t want to miss!

What To Bring Along :tape glue, glossy accents, foam dots and scissors

For photos:
- 1 x 4R family photo
- 1 x 4R photo with friends and favorite hobby (dancing, scrapping, biking, etc)
- 1 x 4R photo with a loved one (daddy, mommy, siblings or best friends)

Workshop Schedule: 9 Nov (2:30-5:30 P.M.), 14 Nov (2:30-5:30 P.M.), 17 Nov (2:30-5:30 P.M.)

Happy Traditions

Create a 10-page Maya Road wavy mini album in this fun-filled workshop where you’ll learn a variety of techniques using paints, mists, embossing powders, stamps and more! In addition, pick up skills in creating your very own handmade flowers in 3 different ways. But that’s not all, have heaps of Sizzix fun playing with our Sizzix machines and Christmas dies and come away with a very merry looking mini album keepsake perfect for all your Christmas holiday memories! It’s never too early to start!

What To Bring Along ::
tape glue, glossy accents, foam dots and precision tip scissors. Distress inks (optional)
For photos: 4 wallet sized photos & 4 2”x2” photos

Workshop Schedule: 20 Nov (1:30-4:30 P.M.)

Click here for more workshop offered at Made With Love. To register, call 6238-8770. Thank you for visiting and have a nice day! =)


foretaste of heaven

Just got back from a 4-day convivence in this nice resort hotel in Malaysia. That retreat with my hubby and 83 more brothers and sisters from our Neo-Catecumenal Way community, I want to say out loud, really changed my life. It changed my perspective on life in a great great way. The life experiences of many, the message of hope about death, heaven and hell, here and now in my present life, my sins, my weaknesses, and God's great love for me despite all of those were laid clearly in front of me --- and I never felt this peaceful in my entire life. I pray that this state stays with me for the longest time. I am truly happy. Happiness from deep within. The kind of joy without the loud laugh. It makes me cry in fact. The kind of happiness that I need not show and tell because it's just between me and God.

I was saying to a brother while we were on board our bus, I'm scared of going back --- to the real world, outside the comfort zone of that spirit-filled retreat. But I quickly reminded myself to just be ready all the time and look up, beg for His mercy. So now, I am back, with a prayer: Holy Spirit please be with me and my hubby in facing life... and occasional "deaths"... hoping that You are always there for us lifting us up in each and every "resurrection"...

Sharing with you some of my favorite photos :) hope it shows here how our two boys loved the vacation as well :)
















... more photos  HERE.

Trick or treat? Again?

This may sound a cliche but time flies soooo fast! Check this, this, and now this. We've been in this city for 3 Halloweens already. It feels only yesterday when I made that angel and devil headbands... now the cutest toothless infant in red can already read!

Good thing there's this blog. All 3 Halloweens documented. Now I wanna add something --- a hard copy! lol! So with that in mind, I decided to make make my very first assignment for Sizzix DT at Made With Love --- a Halloween album!


Old papers, fabric, cardstocks, rub-ons, glossy accents, and a lot of Sizzix dies were my ingredients for this trying-to-be-scary album =)




... you may click on the photo for larger version, thus seeing details of the pics.


I wanna thank Momi Tin2 and pinsan Nomer for our second year of trick or treatin' at Woodlands. We all had fun that night, especially the two cutest elves...and we went home with not just lots of sweets but with excitement for next year! :)

Alyssa's BFF Party

You'd never believe how noisy, chaotic, and so-full-of-energy yesterday's class was. They all belong to an all-girl school, they all know each other, so there were no reservations whatsoever unlike any usual class when all kids do not know each other, so they'd be shy to roam around and make noises! Oh my! It was such a challenge... But I cannot also describe how fulfilling it is to see their happy faces when they finished the whole "fat" album as they call it,  to receive an sms from the birthday girl's mom saying she and Alyssa are very happy with everything, and to see the photos which captured everything... Most of the girls were saying they want their birthday at Made With Love too! :)

Here's Alyssa, in pink shirt with her dearest classmates ...


More photos HERE.

this day is very special...

It's Emelita' birthday! She's one of my BFF's ... a dear friend to all my siblings too.  We call her our adopted sister :) She's one of those friends whom I can talk to even before brushing my teeth in the morning knowing she wouldn't mind the bad breath. lol.  I miss her company so much. I believe she feels the same way ... Though we never get to talk often --- thru skype or ym --- our only means, sadly :( I am confident that our friendship remains the same... I miss you Let, tani someday neighbors ta sa Bacolod. God knows how much I wish for that!


Websters Pages spare pps are perfect for this color pallete from the Color Room. I love to use double-sided pps for cards ... makes it easy for me to scribble my dedication like what I did here :


Another great reason to celebrate today is ... a new BABY! Welcome to this not-so-perfect but beautiful world Baby Nathan! May God bless you with a good and happy life! Congratulations Mommy Icy and
Daddy Banjo :)

... used 8 different blue ribbons and twills, stamps, little stickers, prima and a button.. quick and easy :)

By the way, These 2 projects are made with a card and a tag Sizzix die ... Isn't it obvious I'm just crazy over Sizzix (I think I have said it again and again?) maybe that's why they chose me as one of the Design Team! Yipeeeee! I just realized I haven't shared it here in my blog yet.... So there :) Im just a happy gal :) Thank You Lord! Thank you Made With Love...

Bye bye now... need to prepare some decors for tomorrow's private class --- a scrapbooking birthday party :) The girls will make BFF album... co cute right! Thanks for dropping by! :)

sneaks :)

Wazzup friends?! A busy bee is blogging and saying hello! I miss you a lot :) Just dropping by to share some sneaks of a kids workshop that I'm gonna teach at Made With Love next month :) I'm so excited to scrap with the little ones again ...



"family"




"dearest"




"scrapping fun"

It's a 3-layout class about hobbies, friends, family, loved ones featuring American Crafts kit. Kids will learn techniques like creative cutting,stamping, making flowers, envelopes and shapes using Sizzix Bigshot, using paint and paper to make sun and clouds, making paper pleats/ruffles and have fun using cute American Crafts stickers.

That's about it for now. I hope to be back soon for more sneaks :) God is good. Nyt nyt!

overwhelmed

... it's a nice kind of "overwhelmed" so don't worry about me :) I'm good! lol. I have just too much to do and I want to finish everything A.S.A.P. so that I can blog more often :) I miss blogging. Wanna thank you my dear friends for dropping by and for leaving comments (which by the way is one of the things that make me not just smile but grinnnnn! --- thank you!). I hope to do bloghopping again after the weekend, so I can also make you grin? hehe.

I have a million things to share but I am seriously busy now.
Family.
Church.
Friends.
Classes.
Projects.
Halloween costumes.

Speaking of costumes, while brainstorming about what to make for my kids this year, I browsed photos last year... and look how small they used to be!!!!!! How fast can a child grow??? I mean.... do they really grow this fast??? Oh my....


little things

You will be happy today... because in this post, I got nothing much to say :) Not because I have nothing to say but because there's just too much of them. Ugh!

"Why not learn to enjoy the little things - there are so many of them". ~Author Unknown





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