I haven’t blogged in quite some time since we went home for the holidays in December and we were so busy that I couldn’t squeeze in any time to blog at all.
We were meeting friends and family. Going to several parties and the beach. The internet could not entice me to spend more than a few minutes online. I guess that’s the mark of a good vacation.
We’re finally settled in again. Bags have been unpacked and orders have been filled. I’m so excited for the projects we have lined up for 2014. Stay tuned!
I was able to make some rubber stamps this week for some Christmas crafts at the office. It took me about two hours to carve this reindeer stamp using the free printable gift tag designs for last year’s Christmas freebie here in our blog. I’m happy how it turned out.
As part of our holiday tradition, we usually make handmade wrapping paper to spend some quality time together and to save money. I do hope that that statement didn’t sound too pretentious. I make stuff because I enjoy crafty things.
We usually wrap our presents before flying home but I don’t think we will have time to do that tomorrow before our flight on Sunday. I’m glad I found some time to make some gift tags for my family and in-laws’ gifts so at least there will be a handmade touch to our presents.
What Christmas crafts are you doing for your loved ones?
I hope that you keep an open mind as you watch this movie. It is a lovely film about practical Christians and family life.
I saw this video on the Facebook feed of my friend and I was very curious to see it since I’ve always wondered what the Amish were like. I thought that they were staunch religious people that shun everyone around them that were not like them.
This documentary is very enlightening and I admire that family in this video for doing what they did. They are awesome in practicing their faith in a way that I believe Jesus would. I believe that Jesus is all about love and he isn’t too much of a stickler for details. I won’t expound any further as I may be giving away spoilers but I admire their views on excommunication.
One of the things that resonated to me the most was something that the David said, “Being together and having each other’s hearts is more important than finances. Love requires time, so if you want your child to feel your love, you will need to spend time with them.”
What did you think about this documentary?
Every now and then we offer free printables here in our blog and for Christmas you can download this free digital printable for the whole month of December. It took me a few hours to come up with the design and illustrate this card and we’re giving it away but there is a catch.
This is a Pay It Forward thing and we’d like you to do something nice for someone in need or make a donation worth $5 to the charity of your choice. Let’s make an effort to spread some joy this festive season.
We’d love to hear what nice thing or good deed you’ve done for this Pay It Forward card.
Font Credits: Nelma
Someone special is turning 30 this weekend. We’re planning a trip to the aquarium and eating his favorite spots.
I love this Cebuano song and I thought I would share it with you. Something from our culture to yours. This version is by David DiMuzio. We love how they sang the song.
We translated the song based on context and not just the word-for-word meaning since we felt that it better represented what the song meant. We’d like to thank to Lexa and Manang Kristy for helping out.
Buot ko ikaw masayod, paminawon mo.
I want you to know, listen
Kay kon pananglit, lang iran mo, mga panumpa ug pasalig ko,
Because if ever you ignore my oath and promise
Kung ugaling kalit kang mubiya, di ko kapugngan walog ning mga luha
And if ever, you suddenly leave, I can’t stop my tears from flowing
Kay ikaw akong himaya, handumon ko matag karon ug unya,
Because you are a blessing, I will cherish now and forever
Ikaw, langit ug yuta, akong pinangga.
Darling you are my heaven and earth
Ulan, unya mihabol ang kangitngit, nga giduyogan sa ulan,
With darkeness comes the rain
Ug sa kalit lang nahanaw, ang bidlisiw sa adlaw.
And suddenly the sunshine went away
Oh, kahayag sa imong panagway, nga naulipon sa gugmang giatay.
Oh your radiant beauty has enslaved me in this damned love
kabus kong gugma nga kanimo akong igasa.
I offer you my poor love
Dili ko man mahatag ang tanang bahandi ning kalibutan,
I may not be able to give you all the riches in this world
Apan Inday, dungga intawon ning alaut nga naulipon sa gugmang giatay
But girl please listen to this man who has been enslaved by this damned love
I saw Sera from Herphotoblog share this on Facebook and I was curious why it was having rave reviews. This ad is from a Thai telecommunications company called True. It’s very moving with it’s message about giving. I couldn’t help but tear up. How about you?
I spoke to my brother tonight and he was so excited talking to me about this fireworks competition in Germany. While on the phone, he wanted me to look up the Youtube video on my computer immediately. I love watching fireworks but I couldn’t understand why he was so fascinated with this video until I finished watching it.
We’re hosting a craft party together with Kokoru Corrugated Paper and Crafty Singapore at The Office. Please contact us via the Contact Form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join the event so we can send you the registration details. We have limited slots available for registration. We hope to see you there!
Note: We will have a short meet-up after the craft party so feel free to bring your business cards and product samples.