Saturday, June 13, 2015

Crocheting a Summer Necklace

I really don't know why I am attracted to any shade of green that when I saw Oombawka Design's Forever Summer Necklace and Bracelet set, deciding to make one was no effort at all. Maybe because in my mind, I imagined having a similar color of thread and beads in my stash. Great! It didn't take long for me to assemble the needed materials.

I made two strands of necklace that I immediately gave to a friend before I could take good photos of them. Now I'm preparing this post. Too late for me to realize that. So is there any better idea than making a new one?

Thread, plenty. Beads, more than enough. I remember buying additional packs recently. I don't want to run out of green beads ;)

Here, take a look...








So, how do you like it? Actually, that's just one necklace photographed in three different views.

After making the Sweetheart Beaded Choker the first time, I was so inspired that I told myself, "I'm definitely going to make more of these!" So that explains this seeming addiction to crocheting beaded necklaces. My boss suggested I use swarovski crystals. Wow! Isn't that a grandeous idea?! Will definitely try that one day... after saving a fortune!? Maybe Rhondda could suggest a special thread for that project?

Isn't green really cool? Well, it's been starting to rain every afternoon in my part of the globe since this month of June. But I still wish I could beat the summer heat by wearing light colored tops that would make a perfect match to my Forever Summer Necklace. 

Have a nice weekend! Oh, it's a holiday today in my country, in celebration of Independence Day, so let me say, "have a nice long weekend!"
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sweetheart Beaded Choker



This is my own version of the Sweetheart Beaded Choker by Oombawka Design. I fell in love with this the first time I saw it a couple of months ago. I was able to post this photo in Instagram and Facebook but failed to write about it despite several attempts. While I was doing this, I've been wondering why it was so named. "Sweetheart," intrigued, I read the post a number of times to get an idea as to the story behind it. I gave the photos a scrutiny. Do the beads have anything to do with the name? Hmmm, I don't think so!

How about the stitches --- the special stitch. Oh, yes, could it be the shell stitch? Two hdc, ch 2, two hdc. Oh, well, I rest my case to Rhondda to reveal the making of her Sweetheart Beaded Choker. Rhondda is the person behind Oombawka Design. 

I liked working on this pattern. It was very easy to follow. Doing the shell stitches was so addicting, I had no difficulty memorizing the steps as I went along. I was able to finish the choker in a few minutes. 

By the way, I already made a second choker, as requested by a friend, using the same pattern but with some modifications. Not only that. I also discovered another of her bracelet patterns. Now, I couldn't wait to make another post! 

Thank you, Oombawka Designs, for sharing your creation! I'm wearing this with our office uniform.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Going Barefoot on a Summer Dream Getaway

This is one of those days when you leave the house, late for work, walk down five blocks to the bus stop under the scorching heat of the sun. For each stride you take, you feel a strong urge to plunge into the tempting waters of the beach or swimming pool.

I'm no swimmer so I really don't have any other choice but stand by the gutter of the pool to watch people frolic. At times, I do regret having dropped my swimming lessons in one of the four P.E. subjects required in college. 

Seated in the bus, feeling eeewww, a few minutes after finally landing on a vacant seat, I still continue to imagine the blue waters. I close my eyes and for a moment I see myself walking along white sands barefoot. Barefoot! Now, I remember those cute sandals I crocheted the previous year. Where have they all gone? Oh, yes, how could I forget? I have given out several pairs to some friends and colleagues at work.

Using blue and light green variegated yarn, here are two pairs I made, inspired by the Bohemian barefoot sandals pattern from Chandi's Expression Fiber Arts. Perfect with those newly pedicured nails!

Credits to Haniel and her mom for wearing these Crocheted Barefoot Sandals. 
Thank you, Haniel, for sharing this photo.
See and read more about barefoot sandals in my other posts, Crocheting Barefoot Sandals and Bohemian Barefoot Sandals Showcase in LeBlanc

Enjoy the rest of your summer holiday!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Moshi is crying again!

Credits to Ayana Grace for this photo

"Moshi!" Everybody would shout everytime Moshi cries incessantly. Well, we couldn't enjoy watching TV peacefully, that's why. Going 12 years old, Moshi has revealed so much of himself to us ... to me. He would only cry when nature calls and whenever he would like us to do things for him such as getting his chair and beddings in place. Last and worse of all, he cries when he hears thunder and big bangs like fireworks. 

Tonight he won't stop crying again.  Well, didn't I tell you? No use shouting and calling for him to stop. See, he simply saw it coming. The what??? Uhmmm... nothing but the downpour of rain! 

Click here Moshi is crying, rain is coming! and get to know more about our dear Moshi. 

The rain has stopped now and Moshi is quiet once more. Oh, what a relief!

Moshi, taking a breath of fresh air after the rain

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Simply Mixed: French Beans with Zucchini and Chinese Cabbage


Saturday morning. Late breakfast... again! Not in the mood to go marketing but my hubby asks for fish for lunch. So to the market I must go! I really did.

I was fortunate to buy my favorites--- tuna, salmon belly and white pampano. 

Next stop, the veggie stall. But wait, my favorite veggie vendor is gone! Her stall is closed! Sad! That meant I really had no other choice but to visit the next stall. Looking at the vegetable display while thinking of a dish to prepare for lunch, a different kind of string beans caught my attention. The lady vendor said it's French beans (haricot vert or filet beans, ooopppsss, the veggie vendor didn't tell me that. I google searched for the term :))


Definitely not green (Baguio) beans. This type is longer, thinner and crisp. They look skinny and shorter than the regular long string beans (sitaw) commonly seen in the market, I was intrigued all the more when the lady said it's best for salads, though she gave me another idea--- sauteed. 

Excitedly, I went home to try my new dish.

Ingredients:
oil
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 large tomato, sliced
shrimps, peeled
1 bunch french beans, ends removed
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1tbsp leeks
3-5 tbsps water
1/2 small zucchini, sliced thinly
1 small eggplant, sliced
salt and ground pepper to taste
2 small bunches of bok choy (Chinese cabbage), end of stem removed

 Steps:

  1. Place oil in pan.
  2. Sautee onion, tomatoes and shrimps.
  3. Add french beans, oyster sauce and leeks. Add water. Allow to simmer for one minute.
  4. Add zucchini and eggplant slices. 
  5. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
  6. Add cabbage. 
Look at this! I was able to hit the perfect C-R-U-N-C-H! Hmmm... I just love it!



Fried fish is an ideal match! Oh, I regret having bought only 100 grams of the French beans. They must be good with butter, garlic and herbs, too!



Happy weekend!