Monday, March 5, 2018

Free Downloadable Dingbats

I made a free dingbat for Papemelroti. You can use these on your art projects! Yay! (free for commercial or personal use!)

(Note: Dingbats are just like fonts but they're actually little drawings)

Hurry! This offer is only until March 8!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Make a Lacy Heart

So our plastic bin was getting out of hand so i thought that some recycling was in order.
Yup this heart is made of plarn. Ever heard of it? It’s strips of plastic cut and joined together to form a yarn like material - but it’s free!

If you google Plarn, a plethora of projects will emerge. But never have I seen a project like this.

They’re actually plarn coasters connected to make a large shape. Since Valentine’s day is coming up, I thought a heart might be appropriate.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Greatest Love of All

Photo by Aaron Burden

Did you know that Valentines Day this year coincides with Ash Wednesday?

It doesn't seem all that different as it's all about love!  And...

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."
John 15:13

Ash Wednesday is the time we take to get back to the basics of our faith life and to remember that He loved us FIRST.  It's the perfect time to turn towards God who is the Source of all LOVE!

So I was searching for some materials I could use this coming Lenten season and came up with some links.  I thought I would share these with you as you might find them helpful.  Pick one or 2 and see what happens!!!

Best Lent Ever

I don't know ... why shouldn't I give us chocolate for Lent?  Check out Dynamic Catholic's site as they have a fun, fresh look and a lot of resources (not just for Lent).  Their reflections are bite-sized so it's great for the busy Catholic.

The Pray More Lenten Retreat

Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Lenten season.  Slow down and reflect on your walk with Jesus and how you can strengthen your relationship with Him and get to know Him and His word better.  

Let Yourself be Shaped by God

The Carmelites have made this online retreat available for all.  Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-1691) lived most of his life in the convent of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Paris. It was there that he discovered and then taught what he called "the practice of the presence of God.  Brother Lawrence "helps us to live our most ordinary everyday life experiences under the gaze of God. Prayer is no longer reduced to specific times. It is our whole existence that becomes a living relationship with the Lord. During this Lent, we will let ourselves be shaped by this Mystery!

Living Lent Daily

This Lent, come to know Jesus as a friend, and experience God’s unbelievable love and generosity toward us. Living Lent Daily is a daily e-mail series designed to help you grow in friendship with God.
Read more

When You Have the Time Online Retreat

These days, everyone is being tugged in a million different directions. Even finding time to pray and feed one's soul has become difficult. Carving out a weekend for a spiritual retreat is nearly impossible. So, this Lent, the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative is offering an online retreat that can be done wherever and whenever you have a few minutes to spend with God.

You are invited to interact with the Sisters of Charity Federation live on Facebook to reflect on the themes of the Lenten season—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Ask your questions about the season or discernment and learn more about the 13 member congregations. For more information, contact Sister Maryanne Tracey, SCNJ at
February 18 at 9:00pm EST | Prayer
February 19 at 9:00pm EST | Fasting
February 20 at 9:00pm EST | Almsgiving
February 21 at 9:00pm EST | Wrap-Up

Lenten Retreat in Daily Life

We are not always able to take a concentrated amount of time out of our schedule to make a retreat. This Retreat in Daily Life allows you to incorporate prayer into your busy schedule. The retreat helps you form prayerful habits and the discipline to be able to “find God in all things” in the context of your daily routine, relationships, and activities. Retreat materials will be emailed daily, and all are welcome to join the Loyola University New Orleans community in this Online Lenten Retreat.

Let me know what your plans are this Lenten season and if any of these online resources have helped you!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Don't Listen to Those Voices

"You cannot enter here!" they said to King David.  But David did take the stronghold... and he grew steadily more powerful, for God was with him." 2 Samuel 5

David was told he couldn't do it.  But he did.

Jesus was told He couldn't heal on the Sabbath and He did.

The Lord wants me to believe in order to receive.  He wants me to work on seeing the impossible happen because in His mercy, power and grace - ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

My brother, who conducts arts and craft workshops,  starts by telling all the participants to deaden the voice of discouragement even before they pick up a pen.  

Before today starts, replace the voice of negativity and oppression with the voice of positivity and encouragement that comes from above!

When we do something against God, we are saying, "I can do it better than God!" which is an utter lie!  No one does it better than the Maker of heaven and earth!  So we must also be aware of those voices that cause us to be deceived into doing wrong.

Let's create something beautiful and good today - and be free from the voices that wish to hinder us!  Start creating!  We can do all things if only we believe!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

He's got this

If you're like me, you have a lot of unwritten goals for the new year.  I want to become good at speaking Nihonggo, want to have more time to develop my skills at design, want to be a good cook and learn more recipes, want an apartment that looks like it came out of an Ikea catalog and grow herbs in our balcony and so and so forth...

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the things I want to do and looking at such a small space of time to do them.  Since getting married, I have had a much simpler lifestyle but somehow I still feel frenzied at the tasks I face each day.

Someone else I know was super duper busy every day.  He hardly had any sleep.  He would wake up well before dawn and have a talk with His Father.  Then he would need to go on a boat just so he wouldn't get crushed by the crowds!  He would have to see each person in line (the whole day) in order to heal them of all their ills (physically as well as spiritually).  His overall goal was to save the world... talk about a lot of things on your plate!

Still you never see Jesus getting fidgety or stressed out in the bible (of course there was that one time when He sweated blood - but that would make anyone get a nervous breakdown).   Jesus took things one day at a time and put first things first. He took the time to pray (sometimes the whole night through) and then He did His daily work.

My hope for this 2018 is that I be still and know that God is in control and that I don't have to stress out.  The battle is the Lords (2 Chronicles 20:15)  He's got this!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Make your own Manger

Christmas is such a special time. It's when family and friends get together, exchange gifts and express their love!  It's just the best season in all the year!

Just because it's Christmas, it's time to prepare for it and make it all the more meaningful.  I'm sharing with you one of the things I've worked on to make our home decorations more unique!

When my husband came home yesterday, the first thing he saw was this manger scene and he said it was such a beautiful sight!

Here's the downloadable face you can trace if you don't want to draw freely on the cloth.  Just right click on it and save on your computer.  You can use tracing paper or use these alternative ways to trace the image.


How to Make your own Manger

Here's a closeup of the dolls.  You can make them more colorful for sure!

Just to let you know, I used mostly recyclable materials just lying around our home.  I only bought the lights and nothing more!  So this project doesn't cost much!

Let me know how you made your Christmas decor special in the comments below!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Along the Way

“Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19

There story goes where there were ten lepers.  In today's terms, these would be ten outcasts as people would never go near lepers in those days.  These ten people would have been suffering physically as well as emotionally.

But they asked God for healing and He told them to show themselves to the priests.  They did as they were told and started to head towards the direction of the priests.  But along the way, they were miraculously healed!

It occurred to me that life mostly happens along the way.  Students long for graduation, pregnant women long for the birth of their child, some hope for riches, others for beauty or fame...  But many forget that the magic happens along the way.

God rarely answers our prayers in a finger snap.  He allows us to wait.  The waiting is an essential part of life.  All of nature waits.

I heard of a man who was asked by God to move a boulder.  He started to push.  A day passed, a week passed and the months turned into years.  In anguish he asked the Lord why the boulder has not moved an inch.  God told him to look at his arms which had grown strong and muscular through time.  What God wanted was actually taking place. 

I get really frustrated at not being able to speak Nihonggo yet after more than a year here.  Arrggghhh.  Sometimes you just want to give up.  But there are so many things I miss out when I want things over and done with.  I am getting to know my teachers and classmates day by day and appreciating their uniqueness - and the different cultures from whence they came.  I would miss out on all the laughter and learning and songs and fun we have in class if I didn't need to come.

So take care not to miss the healing and the strengthening and the waiting in the journey.  Don't hurry into the future and don't despair when your dreams seem too far off.  Keep moving in the direction God wants you in and you will experience all you seek along the way.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Calendar is Done!

So excited to share my calendar design for 2018!

I've been working long hours to churn out next year's wall calendar for our shop Papemelroti.  It took a lot of overtime I must say since there was a lot of nice stuff to put in there.

The concept was travel and sketching, 2 things that (most) everyone likes doing!  

The idea of making drawings of buildings and cultural elements from different countries came from my (brilliant) husband ahem ahem.  I must say I wouldn't have thought this up just by myself.

I learned so much from making this project.  The calendar includes quotes from that country so for example, the saying "There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved" comes from France. (which is actually 2 things).  

Each month also includes a load of interesting trivia and of course my illustrations.  These were definitely fun to do!

It would be fun to go to each of these places and experience these same things!  How about seeing the building with a highway running through it?

At the back of the calendar there is a small pocket where you can keep something from your favorite memories like a bus ticket or movie passes...

I hope you find time to check out my calendar as well as Papemelroti designer Elyse Pilapil's wall calendar at all Papemelroti stores around Metro Manila!

Here's wishing you the best year of your life in 2018!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Recycrafting Plastic

Whenever I buy something plastic, I feel a tinge of guilt knowing that plastic is non-biodegradable (though some plastics are).

Today, I'm going to make the world a greener, more natural place (even in a minuscule way).  I'm going to recycle a plastic tissue holder.  It's large.  It's durable.  It's going to be more useful!

Your creation can be something other than this particular piece.  Shampoo bottles when cut can be turned into pencil holders and pencil cases with this technique!  Comment below if you want to see that!

This is definitely not a earth-shaking project but I think it's one of the most easiest way to recycle things and make them pretty!

white glue
paper with designs (magazines or computer print outs)
varnish / sealant

The process

Decoupage takes only a few steps.  

1. Choose your design.  We suggest looking at magazines and posters that you're not using anymore and cutting these up to form the design.  

2. Measure the surface.  Cut and layout the paper to fit the surface you wish to cover.  Some people choose to paint the surface first so the colors below don't seep through.  You can opt to do that as well.

3. Get a brush and some glue.  Use a 1=1 mixture.  For example, 1 tablespoon of glue = 1 tablespoon of water.  Mix well.

4. Cover the surface with the glue mixture and then the fun part comes - stick on the paper neatly.  Take care to smooth out any bubbles that normally form during the process.

5. You can cut curved edges so they overlap and keep adhering to the shape of whatever form you are covering.

6. Dry.

7. Varnish or spray with a sealant to protect the surface.

Tadah!!!  Ready to use again!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Silent War

A war has been waging without people really noticing.

In the late 60's, people started rebelling against the norm.  The birth control pill was invented ... soon after the sexual revolution started.  Prayer was banned in schools.  Drugs and promiscuity abounded.  People wanted to be "free".  Free from laws and restrictions and authority.

They waged a war.  It was a war on virtue, holiness and God's law.  Basically a war against God.

Decades later, we see a world torn by strife.  Countries waging wars within themselves still fighting about the same issues.  More than 60 million babies have been aborted in the name of women's rights.

But if we look at God's laws, it seems silly to want to run away from them.  Let's see how the Bible describes God's law...

Psalm 19 says a lot about how wonderful God's law is.

If you're a parent, you know how difficult it is to discipline a child.  But you also know that you need to set some rules for your child's good. 

"Don't play in the middle of the road" is a good example.  Now if the child was obedient, he would be much safer than the child who wishes to be "free" from rules and restrictions.

God's law is pretty much the same thing.  We should be running after them and studying them, so that we can be better off!  Don't you think?

If a parent had a magic wand to instantly make his child obedient... consequently removing his freedom to choose, would he use it?  He might. But what kind of child would he have?  He'd ultimately have a robot.

If the Creator of the whole universe loved us enough to give us the choice to follow Him or not - isn't the best, most wisest thing to do be to follow His law to the letter?  Simply because He knows best.  Father does know best.  

We need to stop playing in the middle of the road!  We need to stop playing with fire in our lives. We need to stop thinking we know best!  Let's not experiment with our souls.  He has seen it all. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the last!  Let's follow His laws!  Let's not live for ourselves.  Life is short.  Let's live the best way ever - God's way!


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