Friday, February 18, 2011

My Young Valentino

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example...in what you say, in the way you live, in your LOVE, your faith, and your purity. ~1 Timothy 4:12
My girls made these shaved-crayon-ironed-between-wax-paper hearts when they were much younger and I'm finally doing something with them.  I've been saving it for much too long.  Delia Creates' recent post just gave me the brilliant idea.  They are now "floating" in our living room.  And I intend to keep it up for a long time.  It "warms" up the place, and my heart, as I remember when my girls made them---a big mess.
On Sunday afternoon, my son started making give-aways for his class of 28 for Valentine's Day which is the following day.
He was going to make paper cranes but it was a little complicated and time-consuming.  After browsing through his Origami Kit, we decided to make these little boxes. 
 Of course, I helped him, and got into it.  I always loved folding papers.  Quite therapeutic.
  It was so easy, and looked so beautiful after making so many of them.
They almost look like a quilt.
After making so many, he was getting tired.
 Here comes the fun part.
 Packing M&Ms in mini-ziplock bags, and having some for himself.
 Hmmm...how are we going to keep from falling out of their boxes?
Well, I have a boxful of old Valentine cards.  Got those and trimmed them to fit.
 They helped secure the little packs in the handmade origami boxes.
 Now, he's ready to deliver.  They are truly "Made With Love."
We hope you had a good Valentine's.  Our men gave special gifts to us, girls.  Little man bought the girls their favorite candy bar, and made me a precious handmade card (my favorite!).  Hubby took everyone out to dinner (Indian food) SANS MOI!  I was sick in bed that evening.  But I'm planning to have a belated V-date with the hubs, you better believe it.  And it has to be Indian food =.)
LOVE never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. ~1 Corinthians 13:7

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

String of Hearts

A heart that loves is always young. ~Greek Proverb

This is such an easy and eco-friendly project.  The only thing that takes time is the cutting out of the hearts.
I used old magazines, scraps of scrapbooking paper, junk mail, anything that's not too flimsy.  Make a heart template out of cereal box, trace and cut away.  No need to be perfect.  I had my kids do it.
 Then sew them altogether.  Use the widest stitch.
 And hang it up.  That's it.  Done!  OR you can do it this way.
Lunar New Year usually comes around the same time as Valentine's Day so I brought out the good ol' red lantern.
 This was actually last year's decor.  So simple yet festive enough.
This year, I finally strung together the origami cranes my kids made from way back when.  I'll post those later...
 In the meantime, "MAKE A HEART" =.)
I love thee for a heart that's kind. Not for the knowledge in thy mind. ~W.H. Davies, 1870

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

BOK CHOY, Anyone? (A Super Simple Project for Little--and Big--Hands)

Bok choy (Chinese cabbage) is one of the main ingredients of my kids' favorite dish, "Sinigang," a Filipino soup/stew characterized by its sour flavor most often associated with tamarind.  It's making my mouth watery as I write this.
Anyway, what do you do with this part of the veggie?  Can't really eat it but don't toss it just yet.
I'll give you a hint.  What image do you see?
 If you see a rose, you're right!
 You can use it as a stamp.
I've used acrylic and fabric paints.
 You can stamp on t-shirts/sweatshirts/paper, etc.
Here, I stamped on some t-shirt material which I plan to make into a either a scarf or a pillow case (later when time allows.)  Stamp away but don't over stamp.  Just remember that white space is an element of design.
It doesn't have to be bok choy.  It could be anything.  Celery, star apple, okra, leaves, rocks, twigs, etc.  Design is everywhere.  This world is filled with beauty for our pleasure by our Creator.