What are you Thankful for?


It is easy to look for the things we don’t have. That white Coach satchel that screams “buy me” whenever you walk across their store; that lucrative government job at City of Vancouver with pension, health benefits and 2 months of vacation or that limited edition green leather couch for your plain living room. The list goes on.

"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks."  -William Shakespeare

“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”
-William Shakespeare

We want to have answers. We want to feel accomplished. We want to have more.

While we  have unfulfilled desires, unexpected problems,unfinished business and seemingly unanswered prayers…

The questions we need to ask ourselves are…

1. Have I taken the time to be “thankful”?

2. Have I really looked into what I “already” have?

3. Have I ever been content?

Perhaps we have been taking for granted the things that have always been there. The bright early morning sunshine; the clean fresh water we drink; the bus driver who arrives at your stop on time; the newly washed clothes ready to be worn and that warm oatmeal you had for breakfast.

It’s about a paradigm shift.

From being so negative and always lacking… to that of living in a perpetual state of grace.

It is not easy. But it is also not impossible.

And so…the next time you have that tendency to be in a grumpy, whiny and  complaining mode,

think of all the things you are thankful for.

It works every single time (=

 

 

Diary of a Newbie Patio Gardener


Joseph and I have zero experience in gardening.
(Well, I guess Joseph has about 2% edge-due to his plant-watering skills way back when) but in my case, okay…let me explain…The thing is…I’ve always had an aversion to frogs. The mere thought of them jumping out from a hole whenever I start digging the soil makes me cringe!

First Basil

First Basil

Mr. Alex Mc Naughton patiently answering questions of newbie gardeners

Mr. Alex Mc Naughton patiently answering questions of newbie gardeners

The husband looks really accomplished (=

The husband looks really accomplished planting that zucchini (=

The good thing is… I haven’t seen one here in North America and I doubt if I will ever find one here in our patio! (=

Before

Before

After

After

Burnaby Food First sponsored a workshop called Apartment Gardening for Beginners. Plant genius Mr. Alexander McNaughton treats his plants like a “person” with human feelings. (e.g.If you water them regularly, they will be happy; Be careful with the roots because they will get hurt and not make more babies) Who knew that you can go down to your local grocery store for free milk crates and coffee sacks and grow food in small spaces using these containers?! Not me!

But yeah…it did. (=

There is nothing more rewarding that seeing your very first plants grow…

First Harvest! (Snap Peas)

First Harvest! (Snap Peas)

and using them in your recipe at home (=

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Homemade Pesto Pizza with patio-grown snap pea leaves

Thank you Mr. Alex Mc Naughton for your passion for plants and of course, thank you Burnaby Food First for another successful Workshop!

Pay it Forward (Project Number 2)


This is my attempt to complete the project I endeavoured to pursue at the beginning of this year. (I know. It is moving sloooowly, but you know…at least it is moving. hehe)

The first one I made was for her older sister.

Pocahontas-look alike Necklace

Pocahontas-look alike Necklace

The Facebook post goes like this: “The first five people to comment on this status (and by extension, send their home address in my Message inbox ^^,) will receive a small surprise from me in the next year (a gift card, piece of art, something homemade, delicious treats, etc.) whatever I think would suit you! There won’t be a warning and it will happen without notice and whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their Facebook status. Keep paying it forward and spread the cheer. Oh, and “likes” don’t count–you must comment!”

I hope you like this!

I hope my Pay-it- Forward receiver likes this!

So, 2 down…
3 more to go.
This is for you Sarah (=

D.I.Y Whimsical Wedding Headpieces


Ten months ago, I married the most wonderful man I could ever have! And while I have to agree that wedding prep is super exciting and is so much fun, I must also admit that it takes a bit of time, has a lot of work involved and can be hefty on your wallet.

And so, I made a decision to make most of our wedding stuff handmade.

It wasn’t the easiest route, but all the details, the personalized ambiance and the emotional connection that you and your guests will feel before, during and years after the wedding ceremony is over; that is priceless!

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My model-material bridesmaid in her Element.

As a countdown to May 4th,2013 I am going to devote this blogpost to share our small, simple Seaside themed-Wedding.

My hope is to inspire all women and all bride-to-bes when their special day comes as well as to convince everyone that it is possible to maximize your small budget and not compromise the quality of your wedding day. (=

Okay, let’s get started. One of the favorite wedding projects I have done is our headpieces.

This is not as hard as you might think. The trick is to have a solid vision of what you want, how you want it to look and where to get your materials.

Materials:

Grapevine wreath (available at craft stores like Michael’s)

a variety of seashells

Mini plastic pearl beads/ garland

teal ribbons

tulle flowers

hot glue gun

glue sticks

raffia

Directions:

1.Measure the head circumference of your bridesmaids, flower girls by putting the grapevine 2 or 3x around their heads.

2. Sketch a picture of how you want all your shells/ ribbons/ starfishes to be laid out. In here, the secret is to be creative. You want your pieces to look just right. Not lopsided or over the top. Balance is key.556105_3350770921260_1101257503_n

3. Using the hot glue, secure all your pieces together, holding it firmly after about 30 seconds.

4. Glue one end of the pearl garland at the front right. Coil twice and secure with a dab of glue gun.

5. Repeat Step 4 twice until you have a cascading pearl garland on both sides and at the back of the grapevine wreath.

6. Try it with your girls and adjust the wreath if necessary.

7. Store in such a way that it won’t get squished. In my case, I placed it in a ginormous green cookie jar. (=

They look like sea nymphs!

They look like sea nymphs!

Side view of the cascading pearls at the back.

Side view of the cascading pearls at the back.

Lovely Megan

Lovely Megan

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Aren’t they lovely?! (=

Fun Tips and Tricks for Effective Bible Study


They say that “well begun is half done”.

I couldn’t agree more.

Beginning any project well makes it easier to do the rest. This system also applies to studying the Bible.

Start your day right by reading the best book in the world!

Start your day right by reading the best book in the world!

If you carve out a specific time to study, you are essentially saying that this is important enough in your life that you can’t afford spending a day without reading it.

The bottom-line is, you have to make an executive decision to read God’s word every single day and finish it cover-to-cover.

So, if you have the same goal, here are some fun and easy tips and tricks that I hope will help you to effectively do your Bible Study.

1. If you are just beginning, it may be helpful to start with a translation that you can understand well. What I have is the New International Version.(I really like it because it doesn't have the confusing old english words and you know, the "thee's" and "thou's")

1. If you are just beginning, it may be helpful to start with a translation that you can understand well. 
(I really like this version because it doesn’t have the confusing Old English words and you know, the “thee’s” and “thou’s”)

Use your Crayola Colored pencils so that if you highlight something, it won't blot at the back page.

2. Use your Crayola Colored pencils so that if you highlight something, it won’t blot at the back page.

Assign a color of  your choosing to the different concepts you want to highlight.

3. Assign a color of your choosing to the different concepts you want to highlight.

If you have a favorite verse/commentary, write it down on a journal and maybe even draw pictures! ^^,

4. If you have a favorite verse/commentary, write it down on a journal and maybe even draw pictures! ^^,

Reading Plans help you keep track of your progress and easily divide your reading portions into easily-digestible chunks

5. Reading Plans help you keep track of your progress and easily divide your reading portions into easily-digestible chunks

Last but not least, a hot cup of "Choco-peppermint tea" is your best Morning Bible Study companion

6. Last but not least, a hot cup of “Choco-peppermint tea” is your best Morning Bible Study companion!

Once you have begun a project well, you do not need to put in much more effort to finish it.

Happy Studying! (=

Pay it Forward


This is my attempt to complete the project I endeavoured to pursue at the beginning of this year.

Finished product!

Finished product!

The Facebook post goes like this: “The first five people to comment on this status (and by extension, send their home address in my Message inbox ^^,) will receive a small surprise from me in the next year (a gift card, piece of art, something homemade, delicious treats, etc.) whatever I think would suit you! There won’t be a warning and it will happen without notice and whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their Facebook status. Keep paying it forward and spread the cheer. Oh, and “likes” don’t count–you must comment! ^^,

The Ninja Turtle Necklace

The Ninja Turtle Necklace

So, 1 down…
4 to go.
This is for you Casey (=

Jewelry Making-Reviving the Old Hobby


Before I became linked to those “crochet” chains, I started with a bead. Then some twisting, and then a lot of color and textural combinations. Soon enough, it became a part of my life.
So…necklaces, beads, yarns… why do I love making you?!

Handmade Seashell Necklace

Handmade Seashell Necklace

I wonder if any bloggers had that “same question” lingering in their minds before?

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