Jewelry Organizer

Before you think otherwise, I’ll be making this clear: I don’t have “countless” shining jewelry pieces. I do have some, yes, and most of them I now consider heirloom since my mom bought them for me a couple of years ago. What I have the most are earrings, necklaces, and bracelets made of faux glittering stones and chains. I am fond of wood, seeds, and shells as well. Some of the earrings were proudly made by me. (And I’m eager to go back to that hobby soon.)

My “collection,” however, is not the main agenda of this blog post but the organizer. I have been dreaming of the day when I can have some form of organization for these trinkets. I had gone through many different boxes, containers, jars, etc.–to no avail. Then while I was cleaning my kitchen, I noticed the silver holder for some of my kitchen ware, such as a peeler, can opener, and grater. Many of them didn’t work anymore, and the ones that did had found a new home. This then meant I had no use of the holder until I remembered my jewelry pieces. To keep the story very short, here it is:

jewelry organizer

I think I did a good job at reusing it.

Happy 29

I am officially 29 years old. I don’t want to think too much about it, though, unless I want to feel pressured about accomplishing life goals on or before I hit 30.

Anyway, my birthday was a blast. TOO BAD the husband accidentally dropped the camera while on the beach. Now I have to find a way to retrieve all photos there. But there’s one thing I’m happy to have and show you:

officially my happy skirt

officially my happy skirt

Remember this? I completed it in less than 3 days. It’s either I was so excited to get it done or I had miraculously plenty of time in my hands. My sister called me crazy for wearing it. She even thought I had such a deprived childhood. Of course, neither of those things are true.

If you’re interested on how to make this, just refer to this link: http://www.free-homemade-gift-ideas.com/how-to-make-a-tutu.html. I just skipped the chair since I’m making one for an adult. Instead of a garter, I used a pretty ribbon.

Where’s the tutu now? It’s currently wrapped around my dining chair. It needs some slight alteration, so I can’t show it yet. In the meantime, I’ve already dubbed it my “happy skirt.”

Tutu in Progress

My birthday is fast approaching. In fact, it’s my birthday week. (No, I just declared that myself.) That only means one thing: a tutu.

Last year, I told my friends I’m going to wear a frilly skirt for my birthday, and around that time, I just couldn’t take my mind off this:

So yesterday, I decided to go on with it. Bought myself some pretty hard tulle and a very pink ribbon to match it. Then worked until I could hardly open my eyes. Now, it’s a work in progress:

Patience is a virtue, indeed.

Patience is a virtue, indeed.

I’M ALMOST THERE. Seriously, it’s very easy. It just needs a lot of patience and hard work, especially since I’m making this for an adult. Hopefully, before Sunday, I’m so done with this because I want to wear this to the beach!

PS: I just got the result of my Inbound Marketing certification exam from Hubspot and scored 84 percent. Not bad, since I didn’t really go through all 18 webinar classes. 6 points more, and I could have made it in the Honor’s Distinction, though.

Ready for Christmas?

When it comes to preparations, we’re a tad late than around 70 percent of the Philippine population, but, you know, it’s okay. The past few days weren’t really nice for me, and I wasn’t sure if there’s a good Christmas to look forward to.

Poor me, I underestimated the meaning of the season. It’s supposed to stand for jubilation, celebration, thanksgiving, and, most of all, hope. So yesterday I decided to cheer myself up a bit in our tiny household and decorate!

Check out what the husband and I had done. We didn’t spend much for the pieces. In fact, we’ve been using most of them for the past 3-plus years, including the Christmas lights. All in all, I shelled out less than 500 pesos; and I already bought a glue gun, some new Christmas balls and lights, glitters, and double-sided tapes (which have never been cheap to begin with):

I planned not to put up a tree since I don't have enough space to store it. But I think Christmas will never be complete without one, so I made it using  Christmas balls.

I planned not to put up a tree since I don’t have enough space to store it after. But I think Christmas will never be complete without one, so I made it using Christmas balls. That’s our handy living room lamp, which we bought for less than a thousand last year, and my ex-water bottle–the husband’s idea. 

I wanted to make DIY wreath but didn't have the time. Anyway, three large balls used to hang at the back. I removed them to give this a more streamlined look.

I wanted to make DIY wreath but didn’t have the time. Anyway, three large balls used to hang at the back. I removed them to give this a more streamlined look.

The poinsettias that never die. I "stole" the jar from my mom's kitchen.

The poinsettias that never die. I “stole” the jar from my mom’s kitchen.

 

Good thing I kept some of these bowls. They added more color to our living room.

Good thing I kept some of these bowls. They added more color to our living room.

I’m not yet 100 percent done, but I’m happy the way everything is turning out. As a  bonus, I hung out with the family today.

From the left: me, my mom, sister, dad. I wish it's December 8 so my brother's here.

From the left: me, my mom, sister, dad. December 8, please be here faster so we can be with our brother again.

Don't ask me why he prefers not to smile in photos.

Don’t ask me why he prefers not to smile in photos.

How about you? How are you doing with your Christmas prep?

 

Happy Shoes

While staring at the monitor, trying hard not to fall asleep, I glanced upon my desk and found these stunningly beautiful silky ribbons. Then I remembered my shoes.

Okay, shoe. Sorry, by the time I realized I should blog this one, I already worked on the other pair. Anyway, the pair has become my favorite: comfortable, easy to pack, light, and fits my feet very well. It’s obvious too since it’s showing signs of wear.

I thought that maybe red will give it a little pop and hopefully make it cute, at least to my taste. So I grabbed the red ribbon, cut two small portions, and formed two small ribbons. Then I used whatever is left of my meager sewing supplies and came up with this:

Now I feel more ladylike.

Tree of Gratitude

I don’t like to be woken up in the morning for errands. I think you can understand that. But a distress call is a distress call. You can’t say no to it, especially it’s from the husband who’s already somewhat frantic.

Now I can’t go back to sleep. To amuse myself and bring back sunshine into my life at this very moment, I’d like to share my tree of gratitude.

I am blessed.

As you can see, there are a couple of pink and white papers hung on the branches. They contain my and my husband’s notes of thanks (and a number of 2012 wishes from him). Doing that somehow gives more essence to the tree. It reminds us of how blessed we are despite the many challenges we had gone through during the past 12 months. It also brings a lot of hope and a healthy dose of inspiration, believing we still have so much love to give away.

Now, tell me, who wouldn't wake up ASAP for that?

It definitely ushers a lot of positive vibrations at home I’m planning to do this the entire year. By December 2012, hopefully, all branches are going to be filled with thank-yous not only from me or my husband but also from our friends and family as well who will drop by our humble home.