Friday, January 27, 2012

JJ's Scarf Fashion Show

I was watching a fellow blogger demonstrating how she did her scarf in two ways.  JJ came up and said, “Hey, I could do that!”  She found a long scrap fabric and stood in front of the mirror for a long time.  Then, she showed me the many ways to wear her “scarf”.  I thought this was too previous to miss and asked her to post for me in the backyard. 

Let's start the show. =)

Last, but not least, her turban look.
Hope you enjoyed JJ’s show.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Picnik Is Closing!? Ahhhhhhhhhh

Went on Picnik this morning to edit a few photos and did not expect to see the following announcement:

Take heed! Picnik is closing this April!

Picnik is moving its easy yet powerful photo editing tools to Google+. But Picnik doesn't end until our last day of April 19, 2012.So in the meantime enjoy all of the Picnik features, including Picnik Premium, for free!

What?  You can't be serious!  This is bad news since I've gotten so used to Picnik.  I've had so much fun...perhaps too much fun, editing photos and my sketches.  Not sure how Picnik will look like on Google+.  Picnik will be greatly missed.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Kid's Craft: JJ's Aquarium

JJ saw an aquarium and said, “I wish I could have one at home.”  So we set to work.

I drew different shapes of sea creatures on card stock
and had JJ give them happy faces.
Using a pair of blunt tip scissors,
JJ cut the sea creatures out. 
Cut and cut and cut...
All done!
We found a cardboard box and
placed a glittering tissue paper as the backdrop.
Apply Elmer's Glue to the shapes
and sprinkle various colors of glitters on them.
Get your Scissors, tape and thread for the next step.
Cut the thread to various lengths.
Tape one end to the shape
and the other end to the box to "hang" the creatures.
JJ: "This is hard work..."
Admire your aquarium and say "Fish"!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Praise Him

Last night, during worship practice, the members of the team remembered and prayed for a brother who had gone to be with the Lord.  I do not know this brother personally, but I felt a sense of sorrow in the room.  The verses from 1 Thessalonians 4 came to my mind as I opened my mouth to pray.

"13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words."  --1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

What comfort and encouragement we have through the promise of the Lord's salvation that we have the eternal hope of living with Christ forever.  
I am certain that this brother is filled with God's joy and glory, playing his instruments (bongo drums) and praising God right now with his resurrected body.  I look forward to meeting him one day in the presence of God.  In the mean time, I pray for God's indescribable peace to comfort his family's temporary loss on earth. May He renews the joy and hope in the family to rejoice in His coming.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Lala, Our Garfield

Handsome Lala, our Garfield

The girls and I went to pick up my friend, Michelle, from her cousin, Jiin’s place.  As soon as we stepped in the house, this fluffy, sweet orange tabby came and rubbed his chubby body against the girls’ legs and purred.  He event rolled on the floor so the girls could pat his tummy.  Jiin told us that his name was “Marcus” before he was abandoned and found by her family.  Since he was found right outside of Sinbale ( 辛巴樂)the family named him “Lala”.  
Right away, F fell in love with him and asked, “Could we have him?”  My face was all red when I heard her absurd request.  "Honey, this is auntie Jiin's cat.  We don't come to her house and ask for her cat."  But to all our surprise, Jiin gladly replied, "Actually, you are more than welcome to have him.  I have been so busy with my little girl that I can no longer take care of my pets the way I'd like to.  If you like him that much, he's yours."
The girls' faces lit up and asked, "Could we?  Could we?"  
To make the story short, H and I agreed to adopt Lala as F's 10 year old bday gift.  F was absolutely thrilled.  
4 1/2 years old Lala
F was not the only person to have her wish come truth.  To have Lala in the house also fulfilled my childhood dream.
When I was a 1st grader, I found a white kitten at our front door.  I begged my grandmom to let me feed the kitten.  Though Gran grumbled that once I feed the kitten, it would never leave, she gave me a dish of milk.  As I watched the kitten lick the milk dry, I grew a new found love for cats.
Guess what my favorite cartoon character is?  Of course, it's Garfield!   I loved the personality, the smarts, the sleepy eyes and the rare tenderness he has deep down for his family.
I have had several encounters with cats that made me believe that I am a cat person.
My last year in college, I had two graduate students as my next door neighbors.  During Thanksgiving break that year, my neighbors flew home and left their cats in the apartment.  I had the habit of leaving my sliding door open to let the air in.  One night, while I was preparing for dinner, someone paid me a visit and scared the daylight out of me.  One of the cats walked in my sliding door and gave himself a tour.  He looked so at home that made me feel like I were the intruder.  Haha.
When my family moved to Penang, I went to an English expatriate friend's house for Bible study one morning and met her kitten.  Out of all the ladies in the living room, the gray kitten chose to sit next to me.  I patted the kitten while listening to the lesson.  A few minutes later, I found the little thing leaned against me and felt asleep.  My friend asked if I would adopt this kitten.  My heart said yes.  But after I learned that the kitten would most likely be put down if my family should move back to the States, I decided the timing was not right.  I could not let my impulse shorten a beautiful life.  I could wait.  

JJ, you are choking me...I can't smile!!
I picked up a few necessities for Lala before he came to live with us.  At the pet store, I asked the lady at the counter if I need to do anything to prevent our Golden Retriever from potentially biting or hurting the cat.  The lady looked at me with a grin and said, "oh, don't you worry about the cat.  The cats are usually the dominant ones in the house.  You should worry about your dog."  
When we brought Lala back, he hid under our beds most of the time and seemed frightened.  He would only come out for meals and bathroom breaks.  
After the first three days, he was comfortable enough to come out and inspect the house.  We had been very used to patting Maxie, our Golden that when we first patted Lala, we were amazed at how soft his fur was compared to Maxie's.  I love Lala's white feet.  It seemed that Lala were wearing mittens.  I suppose that's why the nursery rhyme says: 
Three little kittens they lost their mittens, 
and they began to cry,
"Oh mother dear, 
we sadly fear that we have lost our mittens."
What! Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie."

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Friday, January 13, 2012

New Foot--Overcast Foot

Two weeks before Christmas, my son, Z, asked what gift I’d like to get.  I told him, “Just get me something I could use for my sewing.”  And he got me this Overcast Presser Foot.  I do not have a serger, a side cutter attachment or even a blanket stitch setting on my machine. With the built in guide on the overcast foot, the zigzag st. are now so precisely wrapping the edge of the fabric.  Brilliant!  Thanks, son.  I love this Christmas gift.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Where Have All The Flowers Gone

One day while listening to the radio in the car, we heard the song that defined the “Flower Child” age.  H and I could not help but walk down the memory lane and give the girls a history lesson.  When we got home, this was what the girls did.  Sure put a smile on my face.  Peace.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

1st Animated HTML Button

I saw this post on My Poppet and decided to give it a go.  Using Bamboo tablet, I created this image.  And here it is!  My very first animated HTML button.  Whoohoo!
This was a successful test project.  Next time, I'd like to add a back drop to the button and utilize Picnik for additional effects. 

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