Prioritizing Your Goals

I have so much things in mind, things that I want to achieve, stuff that I want to do, office works that need to be finished on time, friends that I want to see or visit. If I could only stretch out one day into more than 24 hours, I could have done it.

I'm into my blog writing...
I'm into other blogs, reading...
I'm into beading...
I'm into network sales...
I'm into friendster doing another blog...
I'm into crosstitching...
I'm into scrapbooking...
I still got pending office works - Functional Summary Report needs to be finalized EOD. PDM Process Presentation need to be documented asap...
I'm into everything... and I'm cramming.

I imagine my brain having a virtual filing cabinet where I am filing up 'to dos' in a very orderly manner as possible. And with a signalling device tha could just buzz in when I need to leave the things I am currently doing and move on to the next one.

I just heard a buzz that sounds like 'prioritiessss'. A wisdom of the moment.

Yes, what are my priorities? I think I had to set one thing ahead of another.

Hay... So much work in so little time. Please God take no offense, I know You've design it the way You think is best. I'm just ranting... I'm still thankful for the gift of time.

As I was surfing the net searching for any sayings that would better suit my mood today, I came accross this quote and I would like to share it to everyone reading this blog.

“Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.”

Beading on a budget

With the glowering news about the economy and thousands of people uncertain of their jobs, it makes sense that more and more people turn to handcrafts not for some kind of diversion but as a way to leverage their insufficient income or as an emergency resort when the unfortunate time comes that they would be benched from work. But if you are trying to stick with your daily usual budget (food, transportation, phone bill, electricity, awater, etc) it will likely hamper your idea of embarking into this kind of 'creative' business venture and will probably kill your creativity impulses. Believe me, it happened to me. But not if you will try some of these tips:

1. Recycle your old, unused accessories
Use what you already have. For sure, you have dozens of accessories you've stashed sometime ago somewhere in your wardrobe waiting for who-knows-when-opportunity to use them. When you feel the urge to start on your new beading project, instead of despairing about not able to buy new beads, try digging your wardrobe, collect old stuff. You can tweak old accessories to fit new designs. And you might be surprised for your new piece creation and might be inspired to go advanced beading.

2. Decide your design before buying
When you went store hopping for beads, make sure that you already have designs, patterns, themes of accessories in mind. Chances are if you do not know what to designs you would like to experiment on, you would not know what materials to pick. Bear in mind that bead comes in different sizes ranging from a millimeter to over a centimeter or sometimes several centimeters in diamter. It also comes in various colors and materials. Glass, plastic and stone are the most commone materials, but beads are also made from bone, horn, ivory, metal, shell, pearl, coral, gemstones, polymer clay, metal clay, resin, synthetic minerals, wood, ceramic, fiber, paper, and seeds. As long as you know what you want, you won't have a hard time selecting.

3. Go online
You have this urge to start you project but you have no idea where and what to start. Thanks to the globally interconnected computer network called the internet, you can just simply surf the net and you'll get tons of ideas ranging from designs, tips and how to's. You can just go to, type in beadworks and hit enter. Viola! You've got number of links that you could check out. There are many websites offering free patterns and designs, handy tips and how to's instruction for different expertise level - beginner and advanced. Plus you can also use the internet to your selling advantage. Who would realized that extra income is just a click away?

4. Re-use/Re-model old projects
Before deciding to buy another sets of new beads, you can go through your completed projects. As a beginner, there are lots of imperfections, there pieces that you feel didn't fit right, pieces that just you just plainly don't like. You can re-model this pieces. It would be exciting to tear them apart and creating something better than before. And the best part is that you won't spend a single penny to make a new piece of beadwork.

5. Buy in bulk
If you are really into serious beadworking, do not go for small quantities. Always go for wholesale. One thing that I learned on my first bead-trip to Quiapo is to buy in bulk. There are beads that comes in small packages worth 15-35 pesos which contain close enough to 50 pcs. Buying a 1000 grams of beads for 100 is quiet practical compared to buying small packages. You might not be able to use all those beads at one time but it would save you big time in the long run.

These are the handy tips I've learned from my short-time indulgence to this hobby.

Happy beading!!! :)

Getting Started: My first handworks

I went bead-hunting at Quiapo last Saturday. I knitted my way thru piles of people searching for this Wilsonmar, one of the stores recommended by the speaker from the training I recently attented. Crossing my finger that 500 pesos in my wallet would be enough for my do-it-yourself kit, I spotted this D.I.Y store. As I went inside, I was overwhelmed with excitement that I instantly started picking beads, threads and charms one after another. I didn't even noticed there was a sales lady who's following me, no not following me but 'tailgating' me is the right term. She was always behind me watching my temporary 'buying' delirium. Before I know it, the small basket I was carrying was already full. By then I realized I didn't actually need all those stuff so I then started putting them one by one back to their respective places (mejo nahiya kasi ako sa sales lady e). Good thing I had with me the copies of the bracelet pattern I am planning to create. I hope the sales lady was not bugged because of my pesistent questioning about the thread sizes, beads colors, classes and sizes, sizes of hooks and locks, etc...

I also bought a medium sized plastic organizer worth 180.00 (I guess napamahal ako dun pero kelangan ko din talagang bilhin). I never made it to my destination, which is actually the Wilsonmar store. The beads, charms and threads amounted up to 640 plus not mentioning the organizer and the needles I bought from another store, leaving me with enough fare money on my wallet. But there was no regret. I was excited to go home to start my knitting and beading. Anyway, I spent half of my Saturday and whole of my Sunday beading three bracelets and creating two simple earrings. This is already an achievement for someone like me who's just starting.

Here it is, my first handworks :)

This starter kit costs me almost 1,000
I also met this lady carrying a combination of pink and white beaded-bag, so elegant. She said it took her one month to complete the handworks including the purse she'd shown me. I am really looking forward to create my own design of beaded bag and wallets. I guess there is no too much work for someone ardently devoted.

DIY projects

I really want DIY stuff. From scapbooking, card-making, picture frames, accessory-making, etc...

And since I love wearing accessories, I want to have at least basic knowledge of how to create bracelets out of seed beads, gems and charm stones. Good thing that one of my boardmates happend to attend this Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program held at Philippine Trade and Training Center at Pasay City and told me the upcoming training schedule.

So, Last Friday, June 17, I attended a free Basic and Advance Beadworks training.

It was fun attending the training. I learned a lot. At first, my hands are not used to handling tiny beads. Many times, when I was creating a loop from a head pin, the beads and pin were slipping out of my hold. Sometimes, the other end of the wire I was holding pokes faces of my seatmates... I'm such a first-timer. But I'm a junkie at this.

I will be posting here the pictures of my first bead works soon!!!

Guys, if you want to attend free training such as this, the CLEEP is being held once every month and the next schedule is on August 22, 2009. You can visit their website for more information:

Such a precious little one

Jed, wife of Edmond who is my bf's brother just gave birth to a 6-pound, healthy and cute baby boy. Not that I'm a first-timer tita but I'm quiet excited to prepare scrap book for him. I just don't know if the mother is into scrap booking but I hope she would appreciate my effort. Anyway, I just volunteer to design the pictures for giveaways on the upcoming christening... and here it is, the not so-usual-type-super-enhanced-give-away-pic....

This is me

... yesterday, my interest in digi-scrapping rekindles. And I am again, switching sites, searching for scrapping resources... good that I came across this very good digi-scrapping site that offers free resources and shows alternative designs. I also came across this dig-scrapping tool online that everyone who shares the same interest with me will surely love:
Here's the source of all my inspirations:
Now, I declare, yesterday is my official digi-scrapping day :) Just for a starter... this is me...

*** Happy scrapping and blogging everyone!!! ***
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