Monday, August 25, 2014

On doing what you love

Here is a copy of the speech given by Steve Jobs at the Stanford University. While here are the inspiring quotes from him.

And here are my two favorites:

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

And because of that, I am going to do what I love, moving forward. I just have to trust in myself that I can make this work.

Here is a snap shot of my knitting WIP. I stopped working on this because I got tired suddenly.


Fancy a ride on this train? This weekend, I went back to Hogwarts.

I had a movie marathon and watched the Harry Potter Series with my husband and even Dylan, who really liked the opening song for the Prisoner of Azkaban. He's been singing : "trouble trouble..."

I have always been a fan of the series. I came across Harry when I was in college. I bought the book because I like the drawings on the cover. I didn't know back then that is was famous. After the first 3 chapters, it was impossible to bring the book down, and I finished reading it within a week.

Back in my college days, I read books 1-5, because my sister got interested with the series too. She gave me the money to buy books 1-4, and even 5. When I can already afford it , I bought books 6 and 7. I finished reading book 7, in 2 straight days.

That how crazy I was about this series.
I didn't crochet or knit this weekend, because I just want to rest. Going back to Hogwarts, made me remember that it is not our abilities that defines who we are, it is our choices, according to Dumbledore :)

" There was once a young boy, who made all the wrong choices. "  This line ( in the movie )  by Albus Dumbledore put me back to my senses.  It made me realize that my choices in the past is what gave me the life that I have today.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Repairs ...

Recently, I took a fancy to repairing items that I found broken. Although,  it doesn't mean that I will repair them myself. I normally bring this to whoever can repair them ( carpenter, electrician, etc ).

The first on the list is this cabinet. We bought one from the Festival Mall 4 years ago. It was one of the first few furniture that we bought.

This is how it looked like, when we bought it. I found a very similar one from another store in Alabang.

There is a mirror in front... >>>>

And there are 3 layers of drawer in the bottom <<<<<

When we moved back to Cubao last 2012, my husband, for fear that this might not fit in the closed van that we hired for the move, dismantled our cabinet.  He did a very good job dismantling this huge cabinet, that he can't even put it back.

After 4 typhoons , which damaged some of the dismantled parts, we are asked to leave Cubao. So we brought the pieces to Alabang. These parts became a pain in the ass. The back panel was damaged altogether so we had to throw it away. The rest of the parts are still intact, but  not only did nobody wanted them , even for free, not even the garbage collector wants them. The parts left are too heavy, because these are made of "kusot" and paste, not really wood.

After being an eye sore on one corner of our apartment, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I hired a carpenter to make 3 pieces of furniture out of the remaining parts.

This is the first cabinet: The door that has the mirror ,is the only part from the old cabinet used here.  I used to move it around our room so I can use it as a mirror.

I had the carpenter add a cabinet with the same length and width as the door. The entire cabinet is new, and made of marine plywood.

It has it's own stand:

I got the concept from this cabinet: 


I will not have any use for a "kikay" accessories cabinet, so I had the carpenter make a basic cabinet, with 4 layers.

If you remove the mirror, then it looks like a standard bookshelf. I'm happy with it, although of course, it's not as grand and pretty as the usual wood furniture.

There are two other furniture that was made out of the old cabinet, I'll share them next week once I have completed sorting out and tidying up.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Took a break, but still here..

It's already August.. and while, my enthusiasm to proceed with my goals is still there. Some emergencies  put a stop to my momentum.

Dylan had a nasty cough last week. I brought him to the ER and I was told, that he has mild pneumonia. Add to that,  his fever has reached 39.5 degrees. On that same day, my baby sitter complained of unbearable pain in her stomach.  Dylan, being the strong boy that he is, was able to go home, with his antibiotics, but my baby sitter , was admitted for confinement.

I don't know my baby sitter's medical history, but turns out that too much coffee in the morning and coke with merienda has made her acidic. The pain was really unbearable, they gave her a shot of a strong sedative just to calm her down. She was crying for fear that her end was near. I was crying too, but I didn't show her that.

The only good thing that happened is that, we are in Bataan during those times.My family is there to help.

Now that,  that week is over and they are out of the hospital, and just when I thought that I can go back to my target goals, I was down with headache and cold. I haven't seen a doctor yet, for some reason I just don't want to see any more doctors at this point, having had a rough week last week, but thankfully, after sleeping full  8 hours and drinking lots of water, my symptoms improved.

Dylan lost some weight, but he now eats better and he plays around like nothing happened.

I might take one more week of rest before going back to my projects ....

Monday, July 28, 2014

Temporary Crafty Corner: my new work in progress

I wanted to work more regularly on my crafty goals. Like consistent maximum of 3 hours each day, instead of the only-on-rest-days for 6 hours. This is why I wanted to really have a temporary crafty corner.

As an attempt to literally "make" space ( out of none ) for a small organized crafty corner, I decided to tackle my battle versus  clutter.

I decided to divide our small room in two. One for the sleeping quarter, where no yarns should ever cross and the other for my working corner. There's the PC and book shelf in the other end. Moving these shelves, beds and cabinets myself made me realize that our room is actually bigger than what it seems.

I installed a brighter lamp, and it made our room much more spacious. Then I transferred all my crafty tools to this container.

I also bought a fold-able working table that I can just retract when I am no longer working. I hope to finish everything in the next 2 weeks. Then I will move on to making the rest of the apartment more spacious and cozy.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

going back to crafting....

After several days of being emotional and nostalgic, I realized that being sentimental weakens a person. When you are a mother and have a lot of goals, you don't have the right to be weak. You have to be strong as humanly possible. Since I cannot really do anything about my other problems, I'll just tackle those that I can already deal with.

I decided to just keep calm and carry on with my knitting...

Last time I checked, I am quite near the end of my acrylic stash busting activity... anyway... I don't want to overwhelm myself so I'm just knitting or crocheting a few rows daily....

Here I am trying double knitting . I'm experimenting if I can make a bag using this method. I will use the remaining 3 balls or so of scrap yarn left.

I checked my Ravelry notebook and realized that most of the queued projects that I have,  can be done using the Monaco and Cannon crochet thread stash... If I'm very lucky I might be able to use those up this year too..

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