A-Z Challenge: N is for New Inspirations – With Tutorials!

We’ve been doing a few small DIY projects almost every weekend since I made my trial toy crate. The partner had been very helpful in getting my craft organizer done as well as the daughter’s “kindergarten” chair (because it looks like the one used in kindergarten). However, I did not exactly like the look of the latter because there were a lot of revisions from the original plan (from Ana White) and so it looked heavy and bulky and more like the Iron Throne than a toddler’s chair.

the only picture of the chair I could muster, with the partner in his shirtless glory haha

the only picture of the chair I could muster, with the partner in his shirtless glory haha

craft tools organizer which looks topsy-turvy but, hey, i got them all in one place now!

craft tools organizer which looks topsy-turvy but, hey, i got them all in one place now!

I have also made an additional toy crate – a longer one – plus added some stencil art and a stain. I’m probably the worst tutorial writer here so please bear with me.

And yes, I am having some sort of fondness for stencils right now probably because I want an excuse to use my Xacto knife and self-healing cutting mat. Haha. So, I made two stencil arts for my picture frames.

By the way, the steps I used for both the toy crates and the picture frames are the same. Here is a recap of how I did it.
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24. April 2014 by missadventures
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A-Z Blogging Challenge: M is for Marriage! Yikes!

Borrowed Image

Borrowed Image

The partner and I have been in a domestic partnership for more than a year now, our daughter will be 14 months in a few days.

When we told my parents that I was pregnant, I was glad my father did not force us to get married. It was probably because of his experience with my brother who also got a girl pregnant, got married at six months and got separated about a year later. Whirlwind? Yes. So, my father told us that there was no rush for marriage and that we could simply remain friends while taking care of the baby. Woohoo! Papa’s open-minded now!

But being in a predominantly Catholic country, getting hitched is always the next “best” thing to do when you get knocked up.

I beg to disagree. I just think it’s plain wrong to make “having a baby” be an excuse to get married – because you make your vows only when you already want to, when you are ready. Making that vow even if you do not want to just yet is like making a wrong right with another wrong – get it? (Not saying that both acts are wrong, of course, just in the situation.)
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24. April 2014 by missadventures
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A-Z Blogging Challenge: L is for Love and Life!

You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period. ~Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006

I was able to watch a bit of this movie this morning and I can’t help but feel sorry for myself, for the way I have been thinking about things.

So many people have it worse than I do, than we do and yet I feel like we are trapped in such a hopeless situation. They do not just exist in the movies – they are in all parts of the globe, and I can see them in my neighbors who have ten kids but do not even have a job. How many times do I wonder how they are able to put food on the table? (But then, that’s another story entirely, so…)

Anyway, I think it’s just the pressure. The partner and I have low incomes (at least compared to most people our age/experience) and I feel like getting to our goal is such a long, long, impossible(!) journey.
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21. April 2014 by missadventures
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A-Z Challenge: K is for Kilometers (Or Miles, in English)!

done in 2011, when I could still relate to it

done in 2011, when I could still relate to it

It has been a long, long time since I actually made a run – not from things or, maybe I did try to run away from things for a while. Haha. Seriously though, I used to try and run about two to three laps in the local oval track just for the heck of it.

I wasn’t really into runs and races mostly because my heart (which has VSD) couldn’t really keep up with running too long or maybe it hasn’t been conditioned yet. I mostly run to free my mind from thoughts, I did it back in college when we were in the thick of thesis work.

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20. April 2014 by missadventures
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A-Z Challenge: J is for Jumpstart!

jumpstart, according to Merriam-Webster

jumpstart, according to Merriam-Webster

Sometimes, you just need a little push to actually start setting things in motion.

I enrolled myself in basic(!) swimming lessons through our company’s swimming club but found myself not motivated to even make it to the gym where the lessons are held, last week. I felt pretty proud of myself yesterday – classes start at 7AM and even though I woke up at 6AM, I managed to prepare in just 15 minutes and arrive at exactly 7AM (thank goodness it didn’t have to take one hour to get there, which is my usual commute time).

As you may have also read, I’ve been getting my hand at doing simple DIY projects. All because I would want to do most of our home by ourselves (that is, when the partner and I have finally purchased a lot and have the house’s foundations and frames built). Plus, it pays to be handy once in a while.

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13. April 2014 by missadventures
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