Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Gift for My Parents — Stones for Health

I have been concerned with my parents’ health. Recently,  I talked to my mother on the phone and found out that she has been so stressed out from work lately. Then I remembered an article I read on foot massage and reflexology. I then thought of reminding her and my father to find time to take short walks. They are not so into exercising. So I thought of making the “walk” a bit different than usual. She loves gardens as most women do so as my father. So I suggested we build a neat little Zen garden somewhere around the house that would have rounded and smooth stones as pavement.

Each morning or maybe in the evening after work they can walk barefoot on the stones to get that daily dose of foot massage and a short walk. They can take a walk to and fro while tending to the flowers or they can play with my nephew and take a few running over-here-and-there, or they can simply take those paces while enjoying the company of each other under a canopy of stars. ♥.♥ I suggested they try walking on the stones after a hot day, the stones would be warm and it would feel good on their feet!

I am thinking of something that may look like the one below but not necessarily similar in landscape. We don’t have the luxury of space at home. The stones too should be rounded smooth so they won’t hurt their feet. The ones used below are rough and would more likely do harm than good. 🙂

Well, you might want to try this too for your parents. If you are working at another city, which makes you live away from them you can bring some new ornamental plants, or flowers or something to posh up your parents’ HEALTH GARDEN with each time you go home. 🙂

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Giving Can Be A Lot Tastier

I usually spend the weekend at home doing my hobbies. Then I thought of spoiling my sweet tooth with some goodies. 🙂 I found some readily available ingredients in the kitchen and made YEMA. Now I’m thinking of giving some sweets for Christmas. You can prepare your friends’ favorite desserts, wrap them up with your home made gift bags/boxes and voila! You have just shared something really sweet to friends and family on this season of giving!

Below is the recipe I tried tonight. Enjoy! Dare to experiment. Unleash your creativity in everything you do, even if it’s preparing this yummy delight. 🙂

How To Make Your Own Gift Bag

How To Make Your Own Gift Bag.

How To Make Your Own Gift Bag

Years ago Christmas season used to start as soon as the month’s name got a –ber at its end. This year, the change is conspicuous. The streets seem bare when I was expecting lights of different colors blinking everywhere. I expected Christmas songs being played in malls and stores. There’s none. Maybe it’s the recession. I’d like to think people would have wanted to live up to how-it-used-to-be in preparing for Christmas but couldn’t do it for austerity reasons rather than people had simply outgrown the joys that Christmas brings and reduced it into an empty tradition (crossing fingers here).

Anyway, so here it goes. Christmas is fast approaching and I bet most of us are thinking about how to make gift-giving extra special, and one way of making it beyond the usual is making it personalized or making the gift yourself – or you can wrap it up with something you made! 

This blog post is about making your own gift bags and boxes. I have been making stuffs like this before and came to think of sharing the idea with you guys. This project can be completed within 10 minutes and you might even consider making extra pieces and posting them on line for sale.

Please share with us your finished projects by posting photos of your finished projects and perhaps throw us a few lines on how you enjoyed doing them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So how did I make this gift bag? Here’ how…

First you need the following materials:

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 1:

Sketch the pattern of the gift bag as illustrated in the picture. The broken lines indicates that you need to fold those parts, solid lines are to be cut.

 

 

 

STEP 2:

Fold the sides from the inside out, flatten the folded part with a ruler or any level edged stuff. Fold it again the other way to ensure the sides of your bag are in place.

 

 

 

STEP 3:

 

 

 

 

 

Glue it up. 🙂

 

STEP 4:

 

 

 

Accessorize. In this project, I used a beaded lace from an old mask and attached it to one of the sides of the bag.
It’s easy and definitely fun to do!

 

 

Consider visiting the sites below for more templates on these kinds of projects. Enjoy gift-giving and wrapping them up with your creativity and affection.

 

Happy holidays everyone! 🙂

Helpful sites:

http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/gift-bag-templates.html

http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm

http://papercraftinspirations.themakingspot.com/blog/gift-box-template-to-download-from-issue-59