Saturday, January 25, 2014

Crocheting Barefoot Sandals

Hey, hey, hey, have you crocheted anything like these before?
Two pairs of barefoot sandals I made
with some other gift items given away for the Christmas holiday season

I found these cute barefoot sandal designs with patterns from Top 10 Free Crochet Patterns for Barefoot Sandals and I wasn't able to resist experimenting using two of the patterns featured. Here are two pairs I made up-close... chic, aren't they?

Bohemian Barefoot Sandals 
and 
A discovery it is for me, indeed! Wondering how these barefoot sandals are worn? Well, everybody who received these items as gifts all asked the same question (with raised eyebrows and a "What-are-these?" retort) hahaha! Here, take a closer look at each pair---


Now these are two persons wearing the same design--- the Bohemian barefoot sandals.
You will never guess whose feet they are!

Now you know what my favorite color is!

The patterns are very easy to follow, although, believe it or not, this was the first time I ever used beads as embellishment for my crochet works. Well, I did enjoy the challenge of learning a new technique for the first time. Learning, indeed, can be real fun! 




















I must confess I was very careful in following the instructions so as not to miss any stitch that would alter the design.

I have to revisit the other designs for these unique sandals in the coming days. Perfect for summer! Can't wait crocheting more pairs using the other patterns and playing with different colors! Oh, I'm so excited seeing my friends frolic along the beach or the swimming pool wearing the barefoot sandals I'm making for them!

Thank you, Chandi of Expression Fiber Arts for the chic Bohemian barefoot sandals modeled by your newly wed niece and Katie Turpen of Kitty's Creations for sharing the pattern of your Kitty's barefoot sandals! :))

I have actually crocheted seven pairs of sandals using other colors for my friends at work. I will feature the other pairs I made in another post.

Now, do these sandals entice you to go barefoot on the nearest beach or swimming pool?
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Let's get framed!

I'm working on a teaching module which is long overdue, but let me pause awhile to get some rest. How can I work, work and work without blogging in between? 


Checking on my blogger dashboard, I see one comment to an old post. I approve the comment, review the old post and what do I see? One of my favorite photos of myself taken almost two years ago by Jepoy, a very talented nurse-photographer-dancer. I like the photo that I made it my profile pic in Facebook and other social networks I joined. 

Click here to view how I framed one single photo using different designs from Photo Frames Online. :)) Oh yes, there are lots of other digital frames (click here) available online which you may choose from. Google and explore now...  take a selfie... frame yourself just like what I did! And oh, please share on the comment box below which digital photo frame you used.

If you were on my shoes, would you have jumped off the frame? Hmmmm... I don't think I would like to hear your reply to that question!!??? hahaha!

Thank you, Jepoy, for taking my picture! 

Now back to the module I'm making. Have a great weekend!
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Savoring the Beauty of Nature by the Sea

One day in November of 2013, I was so blessed to enjoy the breathtaking view of the rock formation by the sea. Tanah Lot, that's the place. Home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot, is known for its panoramic view of sunset in Bali, and has become a popular tourist attraction. As a matter of fact, I fell in love with the place the moment I first saw it on TV during the 2013 Miss World Beauty Pageant held in Bali last year. That's where Ms. Philippines - World (Meagan Young) won the crown!

The rock formation up-close. The temple (left photo) sits on a large offshore rock
which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

That's me :) at the entrance of Tanah Lot
Oh yes, I was given this rare opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia by the hospital where I work in order to attend the Ethics in Research Conference held at Sanur Beach Hotel. It was a one-week respite from office work that I so enjoyed with some colleagues. That explains my previous post entitled, "Gone for a While" which has seemingly gifted me with a renewed strength to get back to reality. In that post, I mentioned about coming up with some surprises and this is one of them--- sharing some of the beautiful places I've been to.

Ready to take a tour with me? Come right on!
In order to go to the temple, one has to walk all the way toward the end of the stretch of land on the left

Here, I took a closer look at what's on the other side from where we stood. Then one has to go down to come near the temple situated on top of the big rock which I showed in the first photo above.

Coming closer and closer to our destination... wait, let's pose for a while to take a shot. Oh, how I loved that view from afar! Vantage point! I could still imagine it with my eyes closed! 
Vantage point of the rock formation from afar
Finally, we reached the place --- the beautiful rock formation at Tanah Lot.

This was as far as I went. I didn't cross to where the temple was located as I had to step on watery, slippery rocks and mud (!!!!) in order to see the exact site. But here are other photos of the gigantic rock where the temple sits. It may not be as captured in my camera, but in reality, believe me, it is a real beauty!

Since I was not able to take a photo of the temple sitting on this rock, I googled for one. Here's a perfect view of it from the left side of the rock.
Photo taken from wikipedia
Finally, here's more of the exotic Tanah Lot in a video taken by Billy, my husband.

Well, did you enjoy walking along with us while watching the video? Did you see how the tourists tried to capture the waves as they splashed on the rocks? Did you hear that part where somebody fell while walking on the slippery and muddy rocks? 

It's a pity that during our visit we were not able to get a taste of the beautiful sunset as it was masked by some slight downpour of rain. But even with the light rain, one couldn't miss the exotic wonder of this nature in the picturesque island of Bali. 

As I wandered around, God impressed upon me these verses:

"The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers."
Psalm 24: 1-2

Glory to God for such a beauty! All praises to Him for this blessing!
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Spinach-pomelo-orange salad

This is a modified remake of the salad I tried last year, Warm Spinach and Orange Salad in Asian Vinaigrette. I was able to buy spinach from my favorite vegetable vendor this morning. The fruit stall was just adjacent to the veggie stall so I made a quick peep if there was pomelo. They had pomelo. Great! So here's my Spinach-Pomelo Salad for lunch.
Spinach-Pomelo-Orange Salad
Ingredients:
2 bunches of fresh spinach, washed and cooled in several pieces of ice cubes
2 segments of pomelo and orange, white peel removed
4 pieces large shrimps, pre-boiled, shells removed, deveined and cut into 3-4 pieces each
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
2 pieces pitted prunes, cut into small pieces 
Ground mixed nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds)

Dressing:
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 tbsps balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil

Steps:
  1. Drain spinach. Place on a salad platter or bowl.
  2. Arrange pomelo and orange segments over spinach.
  3. Add shrimps, onion slices and prunes.
  4. Mix ingredients for dressing and pour over salad mix.
  5. Top with mixed nuts.
  6. Serve with any fish, chicken or pork steak.
Spinach-Pomelo-Orange Salad
We (Billy, my husband and Ayana, my eldest daughter) enjoyed the salad with grilled salmon for lunch. How about giving this salad a try?
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sausage-veggie-egg mix


Uhmmm... for a late breakfast on a Saturday morning, i hurriedly opened the  cupboard and the veggie bin to get the following ingredients to make this fast food mix.

Ingredients:

Olive oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 medium white onion, sliced thinly
1 small carrot, sliced into strips
1/3 large zucchini sliced thinly
1 large tomato, sliced
240 gms vienna sausage (1 large can), sliced diagonally
Strips of red and green bell pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
4 pcs. buttered toasted bread slices 

Steps:
1. Cook egg omelette in a pan greased with olive oil. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, saute onions. Reserve a few pieces for toppings.
3. Add carrots and zucchini.
4. Add tomatoes and sausage.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Arrange egg omelette on each toasted bread with butter. 
7. Place sausage-veggie mix on top of the   omelette.
8. Top with onion slices before serving.


Perfect as bread toppings or with fried rice and a cup of coffee!

Now, off to the market...

Enjoy the first weekend of the new year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sweeping away the cobwebs

Hello, hello, hello! How was your New Year's Eve celebration? 

Mine? Well, super multitasking, as ever! While doing a dish, I do browse over some recipes to try next, while discovering and exploring how my new toy (a gift and blessing... a Galaxy Tab) works at the same time :) Of course, I manage to squeeze in crocheting some cute flowers for a project I'm still working on until this time. Whew! 

While searching the web for other doable projects, I saw these images of crocheted cobwebs by Ria Kock from google.

      Crocheting a cobweb                      Frostflowers and a cobweb

Perfect! These images reminded me of some dust and real cobwebs from the whole house some corners of our bedroom and closet that I was able to brush and sweep away this holiday break. A major achievement eh!?? You may say so! Haha!

Well, as I did just that, these verses came to mind:

                    "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; 
but one thing I do, 
forgetting those things which are behind 
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead..."

Now, isn't that a nice inspiration as we make a fresh start this year? So here's wishing you all a new and spiritually refreshing year. Happy 2014 to all!

Wishing You All a Healthy and Happy 2014!!!


Image from google.com