Sunday, November 23, 2014
Remember this project that was not going anywhere because I added unnecessary seam allowance back in May? Well, I bring great news. After receiving many encouraging words, I managed to get out of my sulky mode and finished the messenger bag toward the end of the same month. I added a shoulder pad for comfort and have been carrying the bag places since then. I am so pleasantly surprised to find how much it could hold! I have been too busy to post the pictures until now. Here it is.
Friday, May 30, 2014
This year, JJ's class has all the wonderful elements to make it an awesome one. The kids are all ready to learn, bright, respectful, and full of smiles. The parents are all supportive and active, and some have become really good friends of mine. And the teacher, Mrs. O, is just DA BEST! She is an inspiration to all around her, always encouraging, loving, positive and so much fun to be with.
She often jokes about her classroom organization. But, I believe she's just being modest. After all, she could always find what she needs in the right places and the kids never go home missing any homework or handouts. So, my conclusion is that she just has much stuff in the classroom (I mean, which teacher doesn't!?)
So when it comes to teachers' appreciation week, naturally, I think about making a large, roomy, carry-anything pouch for Mrs. O.
It goes well with the iPhone pouch, too!
Love the pull tag and the large handle. She could hang the pouch or carry it by the handle.
So thankful that the seam ripper was having a vacation for this timely project.
I think I should make one for myself next...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
For the past week, it had been too hot to walk Maxie during the day. So, we took her and JJ for a walk in the evening. At the school field, JJ picked up a few interesting looking pods that looked like small wooden spoons left on the ground. I looked up and saw more hanging from a large tree, along with many pinkish red bell-shaped flowers.
I was in awe of God's creation. Then, these verses came to mind:
"Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."--John 1:3
"For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him."
"For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen."
There's no one like my God.Follow TingTingMamMa
Monday, May 12, 2014
One of the things I have been training Maxie is resisting temptation. She used to think if I held out a treat, it's a hind for her to grab it. Sorry, honey, not anymore.
When I hold out the treat, Maxie would look away. It doesn't matter how close I place the treat to her nose, she'd turn her nose away and refuse to even sniff it.
|Ignoring the temptation. Staying strong.|
Of course, her self-control is always rewarded. Good girl, Maxie!
Monday, May 5, 2014
It's been almost 4 months now and I have not had the courage to finish this bag. I have found ways to escape by completing 2 other bags and shifting my attention to gardening. Sigh. Aiyah, so stuck.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Pinterest is a wonderful resource for all kinds of DIY projects. I have been so inspired that I finally invested time doing research and installing a drip irrigation system for the front porch. With that, the front porch project grew. I got more plants to pot and found more tips to keep the plants healthy and happy. Making compost then became a no-brainer. According to several pinners, I do not need an expensive compost bin. Just a few simple materials/tools could get any rookie like me started.
After marking/decorating the bin, JJ and I placed crumpled up newspaper at the bottom of bin, sprayed water (the materials should be as damp as a rung out sponge), placed the composting ingredients on top (vegetable/fruit peels and bread crumbs mostly; no meat/fish, bones, grease or dairy), and topped with shredded paper to avoid stench. Close the latch lid, place the bin outside the kitchen on top of another plastic lid to catch any leaks and voila!
I have been diligently collecting kitchen scraps for my compost box, keeping the layers of the content one green (kitchen scraps), one brown (shredded paper and leaves), and using a shovel to turn the content every 1-2 weeks. In a few months, I should be able to "harvest" the compost! My plants WILL thank me.
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|Scarlet Runner Beans|
Right before school ended last year, for the science unit, Ms. W let each student plant a scarlet runner bean (see how big those beans are?). Soon, JJ came home with a 5" tall plant in a foam cup. She was so thrilled to have her very own plant that she watered and watched the plant grow every day. As the plant grew taller, it started to become floppy. With my help, JJ transferred it to a terracotta pot with stakes (...well, they were really space filler pieces from an IKEA shelve packaging, disposable chopsticks, garbage bag ties and long rubber bands).
Thursday, March 27, 2014
When I was in high school, mom got me two totes of this kind, one white, one burgundy, to carry my heavy text books to and from school. They were perfect because of their wide bag bottoms and wide openings. They stood well on the floor, too.
Making this tote sure brought back memories.
Sunday, March 16, 2014