Thursday, October 31, 2013
Remember my last year's Halloween post about lugging a big pumpkin home? Well, it happened again this year!
JJ's class had a fun contest of guessing how many seeds are in the pumpkin. After some seriously calculation (my hats off to the parent who actually counted every single seed), it came to 869. JJ's prediction of 1,020 came to be the closest number and won this year's big pumpkin! I could not believe JJ's luck. And my poor arms started weeping silently, foreseeing their fate in a few hours, shaking from carrying this pumpkin home. You should have seen the look of relief on other parents' faces when they found out that JJ was the winner, for it is a BIG pumpkin alright. One of the parents teased: "I want to take a picture of you carrying that baby home this afternoon!"
This year, I still had wimpy arms, but I did have a smart and kind friend. Mrs. O came to the rescue and let me borrow her cart! She saved my day!! We came home with the pumpkin all cleaned and carved, ready for tonight. How good is that!? Now, I could smile. Thank you, Mrs. O!!
|top center: my hero, Mrs. O & JJ. mid center: pumpkin from pumpkin patch; bottom left: Mrs. O's mini pumpkins with Cuties and celeries.|
Friday, October 25, 2013
I made an iPhone pouch the other day though I DO NOT own an iPhone. Originally, I wanted to send it to Michelle, but then I found out that she does not have an iPhone, either. Debating whether I should open an Esty shop just for this...humm.Follow TingTingMamMa
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Kayla likes the color blue. For her bday, I wanted to make her something blue.
Kayla Bag is based on this tutorial. I enlarged the pattern by 2 inches on each side, added an inside pocket, and a pocket on the back of the bag.
Blue the fish keychain was based on Faith's sketch of Kayla's betta fish, Blue. The big eyes were where I spent the most time on. The circle stencils were very tricky to cut since they were so itty bitty. It took me several tries before I was able to get perfect circles. My eyes almost fell out from the tedious work. It's now clipped on the Kayla bag.
Have a blessed year, Kayla! Happy birthday!Follow TingTingMamMa
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Within 3 weeks, JJ lost 2 baby teeth! Both during dinner time. We were all thankful that JJ did not swallow them with her food. JJ got to be on her class "tooth chart" twice! (Her teacher, Mrs. O is so brilliant! She knows how to put a proud smile on those young faces even when they talk funny.)F was more excited than JJ. "You could ask mom to make you a reindeer pouch for your loose teeth!" she said. So mom had one more chore on her to-do-list. Thank goodness, this one was fun. This teeth pouch was based on this tutorial from my little mochi. JJ wanted the pouch to look just like her sister's but with pink ears.
Now, if I could just stop playing the tune of "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" in my head...
|JJ's 1st Loose Tooth & Permanent Tooth|
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Now, what crafty things could I do with the acorn caps? Any suggestions?
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Platform shoes, bell bottom pants, omega hairdo...etc. That's my childhood. That's the way I remember my mom.
The school rummage sale had tons of gently used toys, Christmas decorations and Halloween customs. But none of those interested me. Then I spotted a box of vintage sewing patterns. Cute, cute, cute! I was like a child being presented with a jar of candies, I wanted them all!! At the end, I needed to ask myself "would I really sew this?" to avoid spending every dollar in my wallet.Follow TingTingMamMa
To my dismay, the 4 patterns that came home with me only cost $1 total. I really could have gotten more... Now, excuse me, I have some sewing to do.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Two and half years have gone by since we adopted our cat, Lala. He is one intelligent and affectionate cat who has won our hearts over these past few years.
For 2 years, he had always been an indoor cat who had a strong desire to head out the door whenever opportunity presented itself. It was around March this year that he finally was bold enough to share the same doggie door with Maxie, our golden. Once he was able to get outdoors, he started to bring home unwanted guests. We had 3 rats visiting at one point and thought we had a rat problem. It was until we spoke to the animal control that we found out that it was really a cat problem, since there was no evidence of droppings or chewed up items. Apparently, Lala was bringing home love offerings to show his loyalty. Oh, how I wish he could have brought flowers or fruits instead of rats that scared the day light out of me.
After some research, we realized that cats hunt at night. So we figured that if we shut the doggie door at night, Lala would not be able to do much hunting. The plan worked...for a few weeks. No rats, dead or alive. And then... This morning, while I was getting ready for the Lord's day, H cried, "Come quickly, Lala's brought something back!"
Those of you who have indoor/outdoor cats, any advice for me?
Thursday, August 8, 2013
We had different flowers come and go during the past three months. Right now, the flower bed is filled with Rudbeckia Hirta (black-eyed Susan). These vibrant colored flowers make me smile. If I could hug them like teddy bears, I would. They are my "happy flowers". They have been working hard growing toward the sun that there are too many of them crowded in the front yard. The heavy flower heads bend the stems. I, then, had my chance to cut a bunch of them and brought them indoors. My labor with JJ still makes me smile.Follow TingTingMamMa
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Here's how I did it:
1. Determine how tall you'd like your thread catcher to be and cut. I cut about 4" off of mine.
2. Insert the 4" top portion that you just cut off into the bag.
3. Line up all four sides and staple. (make sure the the crown of the staples are on the outside and the teeth are on the inside so you don't get poked.) Then, with masking tape, tape to the edge of your sewing table.
Looking at the paper bag makes me feel hungry. I think I might want to go get a fish taco or two...
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I am thankful that although F loves everything adorable (like mamma), she is not into brand name items or clothing. She's been practical and sensible so far. When she started dancing at her current school a few years back, I gave her this striped zippered bag (pictures below) as her ballet bag. (and, no, I did not make it.) Recently, I looked into the bag and found that the bag was so
abused well-loved, the lining was ripping, and the zipper came apart. There was no way to save it. It's time...
TO SEW!! Faith had a hard time letting the bag go. But I was very excited to start this project. Hehehe. Faith requested to have a bag that looks like the Miss W Bag, with the same width of the old ballet bag, a bit deeper, same length for handles, no zipper for closure but instead, a welted zipper pocket.
So, I measured the old bag and started cutting and sewing. I added a button and a loop for closure, and a key holder (ribbon and O-ring) at one end. Within 3 nights, the bag was done. My next project for her is to make a draw string dance shoe bag with the floral print. Hope this one get to last longer than the last.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Between end of the school year and beginning of summer break is the crunch time for families with dancers. This year, our family had two.
I have been slowly convinced that most ladies, young or matured, enjoy receiving flowers. And that's how our houses ended up with many of them in just two weeks.
This hot pink rose was a gift to JJ from Grandma.
This one was from F's performance company during the Tiny Dancers' show.
This bouquet came from F's best friend, Mimi.
Surprisingly, I got a red rose, too, for being the co-chair for the flower arrangement team for the performances.Follow TingTingMamMa
Monday, July 15, 2013
|my classroom (the "walk-in" church-- with help from my two girls--pictured in the middle)|
God's provision is amazing! I had gone to thrift stores just twice before VBS and each time found great bargains on western items (an American Girl horse for $4, a cowboy hat for $3, and four stuffed animals (2 horses, one cow, one snake) for $1-1.50 each.) I got a furry blanket, yarns and foam sheets at RAFT. With the help of miss Nicole, miss Shirley and mr. William, I got to borrow tons of western props from their last western theme VBS. Ms. G got three tall boxes that were just the right size for our walk-in church. Mrs. W spotted a free rocking horse on the side of the sidewalk and sent it to my classroom. Miss T helped me create the sign for "God's Town". JJ & F sweated and labored a whole morning in the classroom to put up the posters and create the "church". Even Z utilized his artistic skill and drew a snake and a scorpion for the class! So very thankful!
The first day is done. Four more days to go.