Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Making of a Flower Corsage

In my post about my crochet marathon, I promised to write about each of the featured crochet works I made. They say promises are made to be broken but here I keep my promise. Let me start with this...
My Flower Corsage
For this crochet project, I used Tara Murray's pattern from Leaves and Flowers. The patterns for both flowers and leaves were very easy to follow in that both involved just a few steps.

 In making the flowers,  I enjoyed choosing and deciding which colors would make a good combination.  I also had to consider the color preferences of the persons to whom I would give the corsage. There were only 6 rounds in the making of a larger flower (4 rounds for a smaller one) so that in a very short while you are done making a number of flowers.

Two-layered flowers (small and large petals)
 Now for the leaves, Tara's instructions include an easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorial which I loved each step along the way.   Working on a combination of sc, hdc and dc repeatedly with every leaf was like doing another rhythmic chant I also did in doing the Rainbow Coaster. Running a number of slip stitches along the middle of the leaf to create a vein (or midrib) was simply creative and something I found enjoyable. I challenged myself with each leaf I made by coming up with a better-looking leaf each time.
The making of the leaves
 After making a few sets of flowers and leaves in different color combinations, I was ready to do the finishing touches. This is usually the part I don't very much like doing ---weaving away the loose threads. Good thing that I was able to get a new set of tapestry needles. It made weaving the unwanted loose ends away as easy as 1-2-3!
Weaving off
   To complete the project, the last step to making the corsage is adding a pin at the back of the crocheted flowers and leaves. In so doing, you need to adjust its direction to the desired position you prefer them to appear on your lapel.

Attach the pin at the back of the flower and leaves to complete the project
This is how the finished product would look like

Presto, you now have another gift item for your friends, just like these????

Here they are, all packed and ready for distribution last December 2011.
Till next time! :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Water Marbling for the Nails

I'm not ashamed to admit that I learned about nail art only recently although I have seen the "half-moon" design in my mother's nails when I was still a little child. Little did I know that nail art has evolved so much through the years! Ayana, my eldest daughter, is into it. And now, I have another addition to my vocabulary-- "water marbling". I also learned about this from Ayana. Well, this is what we call learning from the younger generation.

Interested to view her own creations? Here, take a look...

This is her winning entry in the Caronia website promo contest for the month of January.

To view the details? click here.

See the next photo. This was featured in Caronia Philippines Facebook wall last February 3, 2012.

And as I was saying earlier, here's her latest creation, "Water Marbling". 

To take a look at her tutorial, click here

Have you tried any of these designs for your nails? Hmmm... it must be challenging to give it a try although for myself, I would prefer somebody doing it for me. How about you?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rigor Mortis: Reflections on “God’s Faithfulness in Times of Desperation”

Reflections on a preaching of our Pastor one Sunday of June in 2010.

Key verse: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor 10: 13)

As an introduction to his message, Pastor John mentioned something about the impossible rigors of life which he graphically illustrated using the sand sculpture “Agony” by Bert Adams. The word, “rigor”, plus the illustration instantly brought to my mind “rigor mortis”, a medical term which means body stiffness that occurs several hours after death as a result of the coagulation of protein in the muscles.

In his exposition, he gave as an example of the rigors of life, that of Job---God’s perfect model of victory in response to intense physical, emotional and spiritual temptation, so intense to have rendered his body in total stiffness and rigidity. How could anyone have survived such experience (Job 1: 13-18)? Surprisingly, Job fell to the ground in worship and praised God, as if declaring the very same words of Paul in 2 Cor 12: 9-10:

“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
 so that Christ's power may rest on me. 
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses,
 in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. 
For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

These verses speak of the confidence that comes from the fact that we are not alone in our struggles if we hold on to the power of God who faithfully provides an exit way from the quicksand that is ready to devour.

The message ended with an inspiring video clip entitled, “From Life without Limbs to Life without Limits” featuring Nick Vujicic. Watching the video reminded me of the story of Joni Eareckson Tada, the quadriplegic whose testimony God has also mightily used as His powerful witness.

 Joni Eareckson Tada

 A blessed week ahead of us all!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Galunggong Delight

This past week I chanced upon our hospital cafeteria a breakfast menu consisting of fried Galunggong with achara (pickled green papaya with carrots, ginger and onions) as side dish. I wasn't able to resist the sight of the crispy fried galunggong  which I imagined to be statuettes of somersaulting ballerinas after bathing on high heat. I ordered one serving for my lunch which I very much enjoyed, leaving a small portion which I was able to bring home for dinner.

Galunggong (big-bellied round scad or Mackerel Scad <Decapterus macarellus>) is among the very common fishes in Philippine waters and markets. It is usually considered as the index of  well-being among the Filipino common Tao in the same way that the Big Mac is used globally1. GG, as it is abbreviated by Filipinos  has a dark somewhat oily but tasty flesh.

Seeing the heap of galunggong in the market this morning reminded me of the crispy GG I ate for lunch last week.  That gave me in an instant a bright idea for today's menu. And so, without any further ado I proudly present, though simple it may seem ---the making of my Fried Marinated GG with Steamed Veggies.

 Galunggong fresh from the market
Marinated in

 vinegar, garlic, salt and black and ground pepper

   Fried in canola oil

Served with tomatoes...
  and steamed carrots, broccoli and sayote (chayote) with French dressing as side dish.


 It was a simple yet sumptuous lunch which both my husband and I concluded with some slices of luscious watermelon.

Coming up next for lunch tomorrow...
  Steamed mayamaya (Red Snapper)
Enjoy the rest of the weekend! :)