February 28, 2013

10 Free Scrapbooking Fonts

Before I became a crochet geek, I was so addicted with scrapbooking. In fact, I have so many scrapbooking templates, embellishments, backgrounds, frames, etc saved in my PC. Even I am not so much into it now, I am using those to design my blogs and make layouts for invitations and tarpaulins.

I love to download for free so I am sharing with you 10 Free Scrapbooking Fonts from FONTSPACE

To download, just click on the photo and a "save as" screen will pop out. You will be asked to save the zip file. When you already save the file, right click then click "extract here". Find the "true type" file fonts and then save it to your "fonts' folder under Control Panel. 

You're done and you can now use the fonts!

That easy =)
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Craft-piration: Dream. Crochet. Inspire.

I dream.

I crochet.

I inspire.

Crafty morning everyone!
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Pan-Grilled Liempo with Mixed Veggies

Last Sunday, Mommy asked me if I want to cook grilled liempo and I agreed. However, we came home a bit late for lunch so I decided to pan-grill the liempo rather than broiling it.

1 kilo pork liempo
2-3 leaves dried bay leaf
1 tbsp dried oregano leaves
¼ cup of lemon grass stalk, chopped
2 tbsp ground pepper
2 tbsp salt

Rub the meat with the remaining ingredients and set aside for at least 15 minutes.

Pork Liempo Marinated
with Dry Herbs
In a pre-heated pan, place the marinated pork liempo and cook each side for about 5-10 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice and mixed veggies as side dish.

For the mixed veggies:
Melt 2 tbsp margarine or butter with a 1 tbsp of cooking oil. Add the veggies (carrots, corn kernel and frozen peas) and stir until cooked and coated with butter or margarine. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with iced tea or your favorite drinks.
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This is one of the photos I took during Matt's ride on his bicycle. This is the first time I took silhouette photo. I used the banana tree as my subject.

I will post tips I learn in taking this photo.
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February 27, 2013

Crochet Terms

I still consider my self new to crocheting. I am still learning the terms and techniques that might be useful for me.

When I first saw a crochet pattern and see all the abbreviations, I was like reading a paper with unknown language. Lol. Thank God my husband is so patient with me and he taught me how to read a crochet pattern, as well as the crochet terms and abbreviations.

So I made this chart just in case you want to learn how to crochet. Just click on the photo to enlarge.

Next time, I will teach you how to make single crochet, double crochet, etc. 

Happy crocheting!

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Craft-piration: I am a Crochet Geek

Yes, I am. I am always equipped with hook and yarn... But without the eyeglasses. =)

Have a crafty day!
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February 26, 2013

Another batch of crochet MTOs and counting...

When I told we are running after time, yes that's so true. Crochet MTOs are pouring so we need to double our time in crocheting.

So here's another batch of crochet made to orders.

Crochet Hello Kitty booties, doll booties, t-strap booties, gladiator sandals and barefoot flowers
I have been receiving any orders for Hello Kitty booties. I can't blame them because it is so cute =) By the way, I made the red Hello Kitty booties, the doll booties and the barefoot flowers. While the brown t-strap booties and the yellow gladiator sandals were made by Daddy. He's helping me with the booties since we received so many orders of booties.

Please visit Momaye's Shoppe for more designs. We can also make customized booties of your choice.

I am working on a new batch now. I will show you them when all done =)
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Craft-piration: The more you crochet...

Crafty morning!

Here's our Craft-piration for today.

For me, the more I crochet, the happier I am. =)

Happy crocheting!
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Violets or Purples?

These flowers are not ours. I just took a shot while having an afternoon walk with Matt.
Chinese Violet (Asystacia intrusa)
Purple Allamanda (Allamanda blanchetii)

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Glutinous Rice Balls
This is also called as Ginataang Bilo-bilo or Tambutambong in Ilocano.

I remember when I was a kid that this merienda is always present on whatever occassion  especially in barrios.

The conventional way of making the main ingredient of this snack is by soaking glutinous rice overnight and bringing it to market for grinding. Good thing there are already glutinous rice flour in the maket making the preparation less hassle.
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February 25, 2013

Finished a Batch.. Whew!

What I really love about crocheting is that a ball of yarn can make  beautiful masterpiece. Here are they.

Crochet Hats, Boots, Booties and Sandals
One of my lovely clients ordered these all. Actually, she's just pregnant when she placed her order and after almost three weeks, we have finished them all. She gave birth the day before we finished them all. I hope she will like them.

Working on the next batch and I will also show them to you once done.

Happy crocheting.
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OH Tomato

Tita planted some tomatoes on pots and they are bearing fruits now. Glad that I got a chance to take photos of its flowers before turning into fruits.
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Parodies: Tokwa and Drinks

Chowking's Tofu Parody
I tried this meal when we dined at Chowking. I told mommy that I will make a parody of this meal.
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Craft-piration: Yarn Humor

Let us start our day with this yarn humor...
I hope this makes you smile.

Crafty morning!
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February 24, 2013

Photography Tip: What to Shoot After the Rain?

Thinking of what to shoot after the rain? Flower? Perfect! But not only flowers gives a magical effect on photos after the rain. You can also get outside and take photos of foliage or leaves. In this example, I used the Talimun (Talimum paniculatum). 

Again, you don't need to wait for the rain to get such effect. All you need it a water sprinkler (Shhh...this is my secret...LOL). Voila!

Another tip: this plant is edible. I used to include this in sinigang.
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February 23, 2013

Craft-piration: Weekend To-Do List

Hi guys! 

Here's my weekend to-do list.

Have a crafty day!
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February 22, 2013

Craft-piration: Creativity is Contagious

Crafty morning everyone!

Here's of Craft-piration fro today.

So let's spread the creativity virus, now!

Happy crafting!
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Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw

ChemDad Cooks, Easy recipe, ginataang kalabasa at sitaw, pinoy dishes, Pinoy recipe, simple recipe,

I love this dish especially with alimasag or shrimp. So better share this one.

You will need:
¼ kilo shrimp or ½ kilo alimasag
½ kilo squash, peeled and cut into chunks
1 bundle string beans, about 10-15 pieces cut into about 2 inches
2-3 pieces green chili
1 cup coconut milk, first extract
1 cup coconut milk, second extract
Onion, minced
Garlic, minced

Here’s how to do it:
Sauté onion and garlic. Add shrimp or alimasag and stir fry until it turned orange. Add the coconut milk 2nd extract and simmer. Add squash and string beans. Simmer until veggies are cooked. Add the first extract coconut milk and bring the heat to the lower possible. Simmer until oil starts to appear. Add green chili and simmer for another minute. Adjust the taste by adding salt.

Do not stir when you already added the first extract coconut milk. This will make the coconut milk curdle instead of releasing its oil.
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February 21, 2013

How To Make a Perfect Bow

I am planning to make hair bows and felt flowers as addition to our crochet items.

I remember before while searching about making cloth flowers, I saw a template for making a perfect bow so I searched the net.

Here are what I have found.

bow template, Bows, Ribbons,
Perfect Ribbon
And here's another creative way to create a perfect bow.

bow template, Bows, Ribbons,
Making a bow using fork
I never thought I can use a fork to make a perfect bow but it can be.

And here's the bow easy template I am looking for.

bow template, Bows, Ribbons,
Boweasy template
I will try to make the same template so I can make a perfect bow. I am so excited to start this new product and hopefully I can take a small break from crocheting to give way for this new project. Can't wait to show you my new creations.

Craft and be happy!
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Craft-piration: Make Something Good Today

As you go to work or to your daily house hold chores, don't forget to make something good. Even a little good deed can make a big difference.

Happy crafting!
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Day's End 2

We were roaming around the subdivision last Sunday with Matt when I took this photo. I love shooting sunset and sunrise. I think I already posted another sunset HERE.
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Corned Tuna-Togue Combo

Here’s another healthy and budget friendly recipe. You can do this in less than 15 minutes. Perfect for someone out there who are always on the go.
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February 20, 2013

Craft-piration: Crocheting brightens my day

Definitely! Crocheting brightens my day. Just thinking of how many yarns and hooks I have and the beautiful projects I am about to start or finish, can make me smile and very hopeful.... I am just a single crochet away from my goal :)

Crafty morning!
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Chicken Kaldereta

Are you already bored with the usual dish out of chicken? Here is another suggestion. Why not try preparing Chicken Kaldereta? I am glad to share my version of the said dish.

You will need:
½ kilo chicken, adobo cut
2-3 pieces potato peeled and cut into 8 pieces
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Another Red Rose

Here's another set of red roses planted by Matt's Tita who loves planting different flowering plants using empty milk cans as her pots.

Starting to bloom
The following day

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February 19, 2013

Craft-piration: Hopeless Crochet Addict

Hello everyone!

Sharing with you our Craft-piration for today.

I am a crochet addict but no I am not hopeless. I am hopeful, hehe.

Crochet and be happy!
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Slowly But Surely

I am visiting our mini garden and I found tiny snails. You can compare its size to the ants nearby (the orange ones).

This reminds me of the old quotation "Slowly but surely". The snails are slow movers but every move, they make sure that they are on the right path towards where they wanted to go.

Here's another angle:

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February 18, 2013

Crochet Peeptoe Shoes

I am praying for a baby girl in the near future. I am dying to dress up a baby girl. Since my son is already 2 years old, I can just let him wear hats. And he loves his Mickey Mouse hat.

Anyways, I made here another cute crochet shoes that you would surely love your little girl to wear.

Crochet Peeptoe Shoes

This is a white peeptoe shoes with powder blue ribbon. It's bottom is made up of two crochet sole that it sewn together so it will be a little hard.

Lovely right? So you can't blame me for asking for a baby girl right?

You can get the free pattern here. Or if you want a finished one then just leave me a message here.

Happy crocheting :)

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Craft-piration: Handmade doesn't mean cheap

Crafty morning!

Here's our Craft-piration for today.

I agree because handmade crafts are made with love, patience and perseverance. It's not easy to make that's why it will always be treasured.

Stay crafty and happy.
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February 16, 2013

Craft-piration: I could rule the world

Crafty morning!

Let's have another yarn humor.
Since I am addicted to crocheting, yes I can rule the world with yarn and of course hook. Lol.

Happy crafting!
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Cirspy Pata

Crispy Pata (Sorry for not so clear photo)
I did this for the first time as one of the dishes for our noche buena 2012.
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Photography Tip: When to Shoot Flowers #1

One best time to shoot flowers is right after the rain. The raindrops on petals and leaves will give a magical effect especially the water droplets reflecting the colors of the flowers.

Here is an example.

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February 15, 2013

Crochet Owl Hat

This the first crochet owl hat Daddy Allan made.

Crochet Owl Hat

I have seen colorful owl hats, like these:

The free pattern is here. Or you can order here.

Happy crocheting!
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