I can’t help it. There are just too many hearts everywhere I look, I had to make this little collage of hearts. Even though Valentines Day is not really my most favorite occasion, I don’t feel angsty about it either *cough* like I did when I was younger *cough*. In fact, I appreciate the heart-shaped thingamajigs, the love notes, the edible flowers, and the excuse to be keso for a day.
Besides, don’t you just love seeing these in your Pinterest feeds?
Valentine proposal / Wrapped with love / Lovely nails / Edible love letters / Heart-shaped earrings
We’re probably just going to stay home this V-day (we haaate the traffic!) just like last year. Maybe buy a pizza and watch a downloaded movie. I guess when you’re older (or when you have kids), you realize that V-day is just another day, and you can make any day Valentines Day.
I’m excited to make V-day projects with the twins, though. They’re just too young for that right now, I’ll have to wait a few more years.
But for those of you who want to turn on the love mode, here are
5 Valentines-y things you can do this February
1. Propose! Ha! Proposing on Valentines day is too cliche it becomes.. unexpected. Your girlfriend will certainly anticipate a nice romantic dinner, but not a proposal. (I know I won’t!) So surprise her by choosing V-day (of all days!) to propose. My friends at Matus Jewellery currently have a Valentines Day promo, check it out!
2. Wrap little presents with love. This is your chance to cut out little hearts and put them on your gift packaging. I love how she did it.
3. Paint a little heart on your nail. A little heart on your love finger will do. But if you want something more festive, you might want to see these nail arts.
4. Bake hearts. Instead of Valentines day cards that will just gather dusts, or tacky picture frames and teddy bears, give away something edible instead. Like edible love letters. Or whales.
5. Heart-shaped earrings. Get yourself a pair of heart-shaped earrings in your favorite color, and wear them the whole year. Or a necklace. Really. You don’t need it to be V-day to wear these pretty little things.
This Love Thing
All these heart-shaped things are pretty, but lately I find myself unable to wrap my head around the very essence that these symbols represent: Love. I mean, seriously. Love is such a beautiful and complex thing! When you feel love, it literally keeps you going, like nothing or no one can stop you. And what a wise God we have, for allowing us mere mortals to feel this thing we often can’t describe with just words. More so, to be recipients of it!
This month is a good time to be reminded why we love and why we’re loved in the first place:
Just a little something I did while on a quick break from work, inspired by the colors of the inspiration board above.
How about you.. why do you love?
Free Downloadable Mobile Wallpapers
I made this for personal use, but in case you want to use this wallpaper too, you can download it for your gadgets here.
To download, right click on the link and click Save: Ipad | Iphone 4 | Iphone 5.
Have a love-filled weekend!
Sometime in December last year, a girl named Precious messaged me and asked me to create a wedding e-invite for them. “Wedding e-invite”, is of course just a word I use to describe what they wanted: they already have wedding invitations, but they want something different to share on Facebook and Instagram.
My giddy heart leaped in its cage when she described the specs: coral, mint, summer, flowers and loads of prettiness. I pinned some pegs for color inspiration, which is one of my favorite parts of doing design work.
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Not really knowing Precious and Kristoffer, I had to imagine how to put their personalities in the designs, based on what I knew about the wedding: their color choices (coral and mint), the venue (Tagaytay makes me think of nature and skies), and their theme (summer!).
So I gave them two very different design studies:
Can you tell how much I enjoyed doing this project? :)
Precious loved both (she went ahead and shared on IG the first design too), but preferred the second design to make into a complete wedding invitation set. This is the final product:
This wasn’t really meant for printing, so the contrast of the bright colors on dark grey looked pretty on computer screens and mobile. But if this was meant for printing, I probably made the background a lighter color.
In the end, it didn’t feel like work. Design projects make me happy, and I was just thankful that Precious approached me (she said she’s been reading my blog for a while) and allowed me to be a teeny weeny part of their special day.
I’m going to start posting (for real!) my other design projects, I don’t know why I’ve been keeping them in my drafts for too long! Message me if you like what you see, let’s do something beautiful together. :)
Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014. Week 4.
Dawn & Rain: Practicing their little legs and knees. They’re almost walking now. Still a little wobbly, and sometimes needing support, but oh my, they’re walking!
Rain: Was the first one to walk, and she’s the twin who makes more careful and steady steps.
Dawn: Is just learning to walk, but she’s a little more daring, fearless, and excited. :)
I can’t help it. I captured too many pretty shots! Time for some photo dump.
More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here. Linking up with Jodi.
Hello. How are you spending your long weekend so far? Me? I spent a good part of it daydreaming about home office spaces. Here are some of my Pinterest finds.
Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
The thing is, I’ve been struggling with working from home for months. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to work from home. I’m blessed to have this special work setup where I get to work from home two days a week and report to the office 3 days; And while I wish I had more work-from-home days, I’m happy to have the best of both worlds, having a real office, and being able to work from home too.
My main struggle is not having a real work space at home. We live in a two-bedroom apartment and much of our space has been consumed by these two tiny humans and their ridiculous amount of toys and clothes. Without the luxury of my own space, our dining table is my makeshift office desk, which is basically 10 baby steps away from where the twins hang out during the day. Again, pros and cons. Yay, I can see them while I work, and I can take a break to play with them anytime I want. Boo, they can also crawl up to me and interrupt my work anytime they want. (Well, the boos can be yays too.)
This year one of my personal project is to convert a corner of the spare bedroom (which is part our helper’s quarters and part the twins’ walk-in closet) to a little office space where I can lock myself in during the day. Thankfully, Pinterest is a good place to find inspiration.
I almost entitled this post “Realistic Home Office Inspiration for Small Spaces” but changed my mind because realistic is a subjective word, and what’s realistic to others may not be for me. I had to control myself from pinning pretty home offices with huge desks, floor-to-ceiling shelves, bulky cushioned office chairs. I had to pick pegs that are realistic to the small space I’m working on, and the existing materials I have.
My little project is still a work in progress; In the meantime, ‘m pinning stuff and taking notes of what I want to apply in my own home office. How does your work space at home look like? Let’s share pictures! Also, check this out: 50 Scandinavian Home Office Designs. Drool.
I’m still totally smitten about this set of photos we took during our church‘s 40th anniversary. It was a special day, and I’m sure many people will remember this day with deep gratitude in their hearts, blessed to be a part of SBCC at such a time as this.
I myself am blessed to belong to this church for the past 30 years (that’s right, since birth); to have seen her grow to what she is now, to have grown with her, and through her. (Check out also my posts when SBCC turned 38, and 39.)
Manny Pacquio was back too, for the second time, surprising everyone with his unannounced arrival. What a beautiful anniversary treat for all of us, to see a different side of Manny that people don’t normally get to see, and to have him as part of this one big spiritual family.
Aside from a few shots with Pacman, I realized I didn’t take a lot of pictures this year. I’ve always been the picture-hoarder type of person, making sure I was present in every group shot, or, that I got a picture taken with everyone. I guess that’s the memory-keeper in me, always finding ways to remember people, events, moments.
This year, we only took a handful of pictures but I’m happy with my remembrances. This is exactly how I want to remember SBCC’s 40th year: Celebrating God’s faithfulness with family. The family I was born in, this little family of four that God has so generously blessed me with, and my little spiritual family—these girls I disciple—whose lives have been such a blessing to me this year.
How about you? When was the last time you took a picture with your family? Do you treasure those photographs too?
Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014. Week 3.
Dawn & Rain: Were helping me get the groceries out from the box, so that I could put
them in the pantry. (That’s right, I choose to call this “helping”.)
Rain: Has this crazy fascination with boxes and baskets and anything she can fit herself in.
Dawn: Was happy to find her favorite yoghurt drink from the box of groceries.
Be still my heart. :)
More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here. Linking up with Jodi.
It’s Sunday afternoon and it’s that moment when you start to wonder, where has the weekend gone? I know where mine went. It went to a place where time is irrelevant, me-time plans are given up to expend yourself for others, and hours fly by because you just never run out of things to do!
When I was single, weekends were for shopping, watching movies, meeting up with friends, going out of town, sleeping over a girl friend’s house, and staying up late. When I got married, D & I would watch last full shows or dine out on Friday nights, oversleep on Saturday mornings, and do whatever we feel like doing the rest of the day.
Oh how much has changed since then.
This particular weekend, the days seemed to have blended into each other, leaving me with a blurry recollection of things that made up my weekend—grocery shopping, cooking for and hosting a birthday lunch party for my brother, cleaning up the after-party mess, cleaning up the house, cleaning up the bedroom, endless Despicable Me marathons, nap times, playing forts, bed time stories, and sneaking in a “grown up” movie while the babies were asleep (we finally got to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!) in lieu of a date night.
Seriously, I can’t even remember having opened my laptop the whole weekend. Except last night when everyone had gone to sleep, and I had to whip up a quick article for work. Even the last hour of my day was not for myself.
Today, the girls and I missed our Sunday worship. There’s some measles virus going around and my husband and I thought it best to put the twins on a temporary isolation. Just the same, in the quietness of our little home this morning, God’s message to me was to keep a spirit of gentleness, especially in times when I feel worn out and on the verge of losing it. I’ll never stop being amazed at how God knows exactly what I need to hear when I need to hear it.
I don’t know what my point is for this post, really. I just know that this weekend has left me feeling tired and wishing for an extended day of rest, and yet, I wouldn’t say that my weekend was wasted either.
How do you explain this feeling, anyway? I feel like there isn’t a word to describe this. I never felt this before I became a Mom. It’s like, you know you’ve set aside things that make you happy, in exchange for things that are more important and more meaningful, and while a part of you is frustrated over not being able do what you want to do, you know that your choice made you, surprisingly, happier. Anyone know what I’m saying?
How about you? How’s your weekend like?