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2012/12/30

Exploring New Tradition: Muffin Pants

Hello World!
It's been a while since I've been in blogland. Truly, my seasonal job took too much of my time. I extremely missed being involved in blogging world. It has been insanely busy at work with all the holiday shopping along with gift returns and exchanges at work, but at least I had that one day off to spend Christmas day with the family.
 
 Another home, another tradition. We immensely enjoyed exploring a new tradition. We spent our Christmas with a family who are very musical oriented and a great servants in the ministy. We lit advent candles, had scripture reading and sang hymns.




Hubby and I couldn't help but share our hidden talent.
 
 
...did I say, talent in lip sync.
It was a sweet sweet Christmas tradition at the De Garmo's. To start off , each one in the family made two kinds of cookies on Christmas eve. We had our share of Cranberry and Walnut Oatmeal cookies.

The sweet treat continued as we welcome Christmas morning with four kinds of freshly baked muffins.


which we consumed while still in muffin pants!


The men in their Christmas sports themed colors.
 
 
We all enjoyed opening our presents. It trully pays to know what your love one wants for Christmas.
To see how excited they are to get that simple wish is priceless.
 
 
A  small silly unexpected gifts becomes special because it brings a smile on their faces.
 
 
or just for laughs.
 
 
I thought this year, I'd give the girls something I personally handicrafted.
 
 
 Yes.. and Yoda was there too.
 
 
He loved all the attention!
 
 
We were so happy our grandma Emmy was with us this year. She flew all the way from MO to AZ!


I thought Christmas this year would be incomparable to what I am used to. But every home and every family has their own special way in making this special occasion memorable. I was glad they welcomed me to be a part of it.

 
 
What makes your Christmas tradition special?
 
 

2012/12/27

Christmas Shell and Passion Parade Friday

Have you ever had that "I just had to get it moment"? I am sure you did! That's what I felt with this tree ornament.



I was browsing around the holiday lane section of the store where I work, when these ornaments caught my eye. The feeling became mutual when I saw the label that says "Made in the Philippines"



Without further thinking, I grabbed all three of different style. It was in 70% off and with my back office discount, I got it for a price I couldn't refuse!


These ornaments are made of Capiz shell or oyster shell. These are the shells were thinned with chemicals until became translucent. They are used as alternative to stained glass commonly found in the Philippines. They are also commonly used for making lamp shades, fashion accessories, window panes, Christmas lantern and many more. Capiz shell is known for it's elegant and formal look comparable to mother of pearl.

What's your "I just had to get it" or "I just had to create" moment lately?  Share it today here at Passion Parade!


So let's get this parade going but first... just a quick reminder before linking up.
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2. Link the specific post of your entry, and not just your blog link.
3. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE kindly link back so others could join the parade too!
4. This party can also be a treasure hunt, so visit others. Share your passion and win a friend!

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2012/12/06

Passion Parade and DIY tree skirt

Happy Friday world! Its passion parade once again!
Are you done with your Christmas decorations?
 


There's a lot of pending unfinished Christmas projects lying around here. I totally lost time i needed to finish them all. I really do miss what I do before I got a job at retail, where my world revolves in providing great customer service and window shopping. I miss blogging. I miss taking care of our home. I miss a good home made meal from scratch. I miss...me.

Although, i am earning a  bit, I still couldn't rid in me the excitement in diy mentality. Yes, i could afford now to get me a nice tree skirt, but the thrifty side of me wants something else!
 
Last year was when we bought our very first Christmas tree, and the only tree skirt my husband and I could compromise was...well... this.
 
 
Then I found a round Christmas table cloth and one plain red bed sheet. All together cost me less than $5. At least I wont feel guilty cutting them as ruffles.
 
 
 
 

I used my ruffler and sewed my ruffled fabrics in an alternate fashion and used the felt tree skirt as my base.
 
 
I love how it turned out! I love the festive colors.
 
 
 
And Yoda? I think he is happy he could rest under the tree.
 
 
 
 
Do you have any Christmas ideas to share? Why not share it here at Passion Parade and inspire someone today!
 
 
 
So let's get this parade going but first... just a quick reminder before linking up.
1. Be a follower of Petites Passions. This way I could keep in touch with you.
2. Link the specific post of your entry, and not just your blog link.
3. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE kindly link back so others could join the parade too!
4. This party can also be a treasure hunt, so visit others. Share your passion and win a friend!

If you are a new linker and or a follower, just leave a comment so that I could welcome you and be featured!

If you have a link party, please feel free to pin it on my "Pin your party"




Partying at:

Frugalicious Friday
I Love Fridays
Simply Creations
Inspiration Friday
Feathered Nest Friday

2012/11/30

Passion Parade Link Soiree


Today is Scott and Kelly's (not of Klove radio) last day of engagement as they would publicly announce tomorrow a promise to be bound to be best friends forever. They are just the most darling and beautiful couple ever! Kinda like a princess and a prince charming.



Our friend was very nice to open her gorgeous home for Kelly's bridal shower. The ladies brought in great foods! I especially love that cheesecake you see at the picture which our pastor's wife made. Oh it was to die for!


And this little darling Chloe with be one of their flower girls. I heard she has been practicing her walk.



Of course! I gotta have a picture with the bride-to-be. Don't be fooled. She bent down a little so I didn't have to look too short lol! I was given a privilege to take part in this wonderful event as someone in charge of the guest book! 



While some are getting ready for a wedding, others are busy getting their Christmas fever on! Here are our featured creative and talented linkers who partied with us last week!

You have got to see this Hot Chocolate Bar idea from Life Is A Party! I would love to go to that party!


Prefer making your own decor? Karen of Shabby Brocante shared her easy to make homemade Christmas ornaments!


I love this another charming homemade Christmas decor idea from Margaret of Chantilly Charm! It looks dreamy!




Thank you all so much for linking up here at Passion Parade. It's because of you this party keeps on inspiring many. Please feel free to grab this button if you have been featured


So let's get this parade going but first... just a quick reminder before linking up.
1. Be a follower of Petites Passions. This way I could keep in touch with you.
2. Link the specific post of your entry, and not just your blog link.
3. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE kindly link back so others could join the parade too!
4. This party can also be a treasure hunt, so visit others. Share your passion and win a friend!

If you are a new linker and or a follower, just leave a comment so that I could welcome you and be featured!

If you have a link party, please feel free to pin it on my "Pin your party"

2012/11/22

Passion Parade Link Soiree and No Decal DIY Glass design

Hello world!
So Thanksgiving is over. What's  next? Is it in your family tradition to go on black Friday frenzy? Did you get some great deals?
Those great deals were so tempting, but i just couldnt afford to spend more than I make. Though I decided not to be a part of midnight chaos, I will still have to witness the aftermath tomorrow at work.
But before I set off at work, i want to leave you with a little project i made.
I was looking at my inexpensive diy tablepiece and i couldnt help but think, it needed something more!
So with an acrylic paint on my hand and a stamp on the other, i had an idea!
I used a faded text background rubber stamp with black acrylic as ink and let it dry. Expect this is temporary, at least i could erase or change the design anytime.
Do you have recent project to share?
Here are the featured linkers from last week's Passion Parade!

Check out this romantic and cozy little reading nook by Trisha of
Glass Slippers and all Sorts of Stuff. Her little corner is just so dreamy!


Meeha Meeha really did a great job on her first crochet pillow! Hop on to her link and learn the tutorial. This is a cute gift idea!
I love this cute penny rug idea by Connie of SadieLooHoo. Sometimes I've been naughty sometimes that I need to explain too!

Thank you all so much for linking up here at Passion Parade. It's because of you this party keeps on inspiring many. Please feel free to grab this button if you have been featured



So let's get this parade going but first... just a quick reminder before linking up.
1. Be a follower of Petites Passions. This way I could keep in touch with you.
2. Link the specific post of your entry, and not just your blog link.
3. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE kindly link back so others could join the parade too!
4. This party can also be a treasure hunt, so visit others. Share your passion and win a friend!

If you are a new linker and or a follower, just leave a comment so that I could welcome you and be featured!

If you have a link party, please feel free to pin it on my "Pin your party"


Linking to:

I love Fridays Link Party
Super Sweet Saturday
Saturday Nite Special
motivated monday
wow me wednesday
what's it wednesday
whimsy wednesday

2012/11/21

Thanksgiving and Snowman Lamp

Hello world!
I am way way behind of what's happening in blogland. I have been so busy that I didn't even catch that my story was featured on At The Picket Fence's  Inspiration Friday!!!  It was such a great honor because  I love that blog! Thank you so much to At The Picket Fence sisters!


Another awesome blogger I am thankful for is Amber of Salt Tree, for giving me an opportunity to take part in her Christmas Cavalcade as a guest poster, where I shared my little DIY snowman lamp.
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I know I haven't been here often lately out of busy schedule, but I am very thankful for each and everyone of you for your continuous support and heart warming comments that brings smile to my face after a hard day of work :)
 
I wish you all a
Happy Thanksgiving!
Gobble up!
 
 
 

2012/11/16

Passion Parade Friday Link Soiree


Hello world! It's Friday once again. Yikes! It is easy to lose track of time when you have a lot of things going on your mind right!? I am sure you are all looking forward in seeing your family for thanksgiving next week. Though Thanksgiving isn't over yet, I am in Christmas frenzy lately.

In the nature of what I do, I don't think could afford the luxury of gorgeous decors I see on home magazines. In fact, sadly, I had to cancel my subscription to my favorite magazine. It's called cost cutting. 
But there is no reason to whine. I thought hey! store catalogs are free and internet offers an innumerable great decor inspirations!

I got this idea from Pottery Barn catalog. I just happen to have some of the materials somewhere around the house. I didn't have a big glass bowl like shown on the magazine, but I do have a square glass candle holder. I think that would do the trick.


For me end of Christmas holiday is the best time to buy materials for the next year. 


I got a bunch for these decorative branch last year at clearance. I cut each balls and put a half full in my candle holder. Then, I wrapped  a scrap of burlap around a short white candle.


I agree on that written quote! 


It doesn't have to look exactly like it. All I needed was a little inspiration and add personal touch!
Now I got a low cost decor great for Fall and Christmas theme!

So what have you been up to lately? Do you have holiday projects to share this week? I would love for you to share it with us today here at Passion Parade!

Here are some great ideas from our linkers from last the last parade.

I love this cute idea for Dip-n-Stir Chocolate & Mallow Spoon from Linda of  With a Blast. With our cooler weather, I am able to enjoy myself some hot cocoa!


Starting an early Christmas plan? Angela of  A Typical English Home is so sweet to share her Christmas Planner Freebie Printable! Check her blog for more awesome printables!


You will enjoy this cool No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt by Katie of The Crafty Blog Stalker!





Thank you all so much for linking up here at Passion Parade. It's because of you this party keeps on inspiring many. Please feel free to grab this button if you have been featured



So let's get this parade going but first... just a quick reminder before linking up.
1. Be a follower of Petites Passions. This way I could keep in touch with you.
2. Link the specific post of your entry, and not just your blog link.
3. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE kindly link back so others could join the parade too!
4. This party can also be a treasure hunt, so visit others. Share your passion and win a friend!

If you are a new linker and or a follower, just leave a comment so that I could welcome you and be featured!

If you have a link party, please feel free to pin it on my "Pin your party"