April 12, 2024

Bee Happy and Me Story

This is my entry for Bee Happy Weeklies Week 15: Bee Happy and Me Story. When I started this blog, I already did some DIY and Craft projects but I don’t consider myself a crafter yet so I always say that my crafting journey began when my husband gifted me a Cricut Maker in 2020.

He purchased my Cricut Maker at Bee Happy Crafts website and since then, crafting supplies and tools ang wishlist ko whenever there are special occasions. I still have a long list of must buy stuff so hindi mauubusan si hubby ng pwedeng iregalo sa akin. Hehehe!

In the year 2021, I discovered Bee Happy PH Crafters Circle and since I am an introvert, I was just a silent member of that group. It took me a long time to join Bee Happy Craft Weeklies because I felt intimidated. Ang gagaling kasi ng mga sumasali so feeling ko nakakahiya naman magpost. 

But last April 2023, I gave it a try and surprisingly, I won an Exclusive Event Pass on my first submitted project. I had no idea that my first craft project would become weekly. I almost joined all the weeklies of Bee Happy Crafts, I just submitted my project whether I win or not. 

After one year of joining weeklies, I’m grateful to Bee Happy Crafts for giving me an opportunity to be part of the Guest Ambassadors Quarter Two. I’ve been meaning to share the good news here on my blog but of course, I need to wait for the official announcement of Bee Happy Crafts. Now, I’m happy to share that I’m one of the Bee Happy Guest Ambassadors.

Bee Happy Crafts posted this "Guest Ambassadorship" thing as early as January but in my mind, I won’t be considered because I rarely post process videos of my projects. If you visit my social media accounts, I only have a few followers so I was stunned when I received a message about Bee Happy Guest Ambassadors last month. 

This only proves that everyone has a chance to be a Guest Ambassador, so if you want to become the next Guest Ambassador for Bee Happy, here are the criteria: 

* Crafters who create projects and join our Weeklies prompts may be considered for Guest Ambassadorship. 
* Crafters who post photos and videos of their projects that are not Weeklies-related but use the hashtag #BeCraftyBeeHappy may also be considered for Guest Ambassadorship. 
* Crafters MUST be active in our FB Group Bee Happy PH Crafters Circle both in crafting & posting AND helping fellow members with their crafting questions. 

Once chosen, Guest Ambassadors will receive a craft kit from Bee Happy that is curated specifically for them. They must craft using these items and post projects on their social media accounts + our FB Group within 3 months. 

Ang saya ng feeling when I first received my craft kit, ang saya pala mag-unboxing ng ganito karami na supplies. I even have my own crafting apron, hindi na kitchen apron. hehehe! You can watch my video here

American Crafts Textured Cardstocks Variety Pack Autumn 216 gsm 
Worx Specialty Paper 200gsm Cream 
Worx Specialty Paper 200gsm White 
Worx Black Premium Specialty Paper 200gsm 
Bee Happy Watercolor Paper Pad A4 Size 300gsm 
Ohuhu Glitter Metallic Marker Pens 12 colors 
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Wild Honey 
Cricut Standard Cutting Mats 12" x 12" 
Bee Happy Blending Brush Set (10 pcs) 
Versafine Pigment Ink Pad by Tsukineko 
Mo Card Vintage Collection Foam Stamps/Cling Stamps - Words 
Project Life Roller Phrase Stamp 
We R Memory Keepers Adhesive Deactivator Powder Tool 
Enchanting Vines 3D Embossing Folder 
Tim Holtz Small Talk Idea-Ology Spiral Bound Sticker Book

April 11, 2024

Do More of What Makes You Happy

“Do More of What Makes You Happy” is one of my favorite quotes so for Bee Happy Weeklies Week 16: Wall Mural Design, this is the quote that I included on my design. 

What makes me happy? Sleeping, eating, traveling, blogging and crafting makes me happy. And because it makes me happy, I find and make time for these things. I have no drawing skills but it did not stop me from doing the challenge. 

I created a design using font and clipart, printed it on watercolor paper, and used Ohuhu Markers, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, and Simon Hurley Lunar Paste Clear Skies to color my design. 

Font is The Wild One 
Clipart and Pattern is Love Bees 

Coloring the design took much time but I enjoyed the process.

April 08, 2024

Birthday Artist Trading Cards

How quickly the months roll by and I can’t believe that it is already April and this means, it is Bee Happy Crafts Anniversary Celebration so I’m trying my luck again. This April will be one month of celebration with a theme of Spreading Happiness. 

Here are the challenges for the anniversary weeklies. 

Artist Trading Card 
Bee Happy & Me Story 
Wall Mural Design 
Diorama of Your Dream Craft Room 

It was only last December when I first read about Artist Trading Cards so I researched how to make one. According to the pin that I found on Pinterest, for a great ATC, you can choose from the following: 

1. An interesting background texture or environment. 
2. Subject matter such as a person, animal, creature, insect, etc. 
3. School-appropriate word or phrase. 
4. Embellishment - buttons, string, ribbon, shapes, bling, papers, etc. 
5. Draw or color onto the image to emphasize certain elements. 

For my craft project, I decided to create a Birthday ATC. I don’t have drawing skills so I used stamps for my subject matter and even the phrase. I used Ohuhu Markers, Distress Oxides, and Lunar Paste to color the image and other elements. For the paper, I used textured and watercolor cardstock. 

It took me a long time to finish these 4 ATC but I am happy with the result. I made a short video here.

April 05, 2024

Spring in Norway

For the past few years, I stopped planning for summer vacation because we all know it is not school break yet. So I was so happy when I learned that DepEd adjusted the school calendar this year because when the pandemic happened, ang haba ng school calendar namin. Imagine, yung start ng school year namin is August tapos ang vacation end of June pa. I don’t understand bakit 11 months na pasok namin. Namimiss ko yung 2 months na summer vacation talaga. 

And because of that, whenever my mom asked me kung kelan kami babalik sa Norway? I always say “Ikaw na lang magbakasyon dito”. Kasi naman, ang effort mag-apply ng visa and ang mahal ng airfare tapos one month lang kami, parang sayang. Anyway, at least this year, bakasyon na kami sa June. 

Also, if I ever return to Norway, I prefer the Spring Season, which is March to May, because I like cold weather. Even though I know Spring weather in Norway is unpredictable, I will still choose it over the Summer Season. 

Two years ago, we were lucky because we were in Norway for three months, from March to first week of June so we experienced two seasons which are Winter and Spring. So we witnessed the transition of trees from bare to blossoming trees. This is one thing that amazes me how trees survive the four seasons. 

This trip is memorable because there were so many unexpected events like we had a Glimpse of Northern Lights, not once but twice. 

I’ve said that Spring weather in Norway is unpredictable because you will experience sun, rain, and even snow. Yes, snowfall during Spring in Norway so it is an advantage for us because we can still experience snow. Our last trip was unforgettable because we built a snowman, and we tried skiing and snow sledding.

And lastly, during those months, we celebrated my mom’s birthday, Easter, and the 17th of May. Easter in Norway is a week-long holiday so people usually go to the mountains to have fun in the snow or travel abroad. When we were there during Easter Week, we traveled to Røros, Oslo, and Stugudalen.   

April 03, 2024

Trip to Rusasetvatnet

The heat is on here in the Philippines and for the past several days, I’ve been seeing my Facebook Memories when we visited Norway two years ago. Habang init na init ako dito sa Pilipinas, balot na balot naman ako sa pictures so let me do some throwback post. 

Every time we are in Norway, we always visit Rusasetvatnet if we want to do some walking. I already blogged about this place during our first visit but only shared part of it since we did not finish the trail so now, let me share the other part of Rusasetvatnet. 

Our trip was memorable because it snowed so it looks like we visited Rusasetvatnet during the winter season but it is already the start of spring season.

I mentioned in my blog post that Rusasetvatnet is an essential stop for all visitors in Ørland. It became a favorite outdoor area, hiking place, and recreation area for the locals. And I guess not only for locals but also for tourists like me because their information board has an English Version too. Let me share some information about this place that I read from their information board. 

“Rusasetvatnet is one of the largest restored wetland areas in Norway. From 2014 to 2017 the lake was restored with a southern bank shaped as a recreation area for the public and an archipelago and a northern bank reserved for birds and wildlife. The islands in the lake are created for nesting"

As we walked, we saw a bonfire place, a picnic area, farmhouses, a cottage area for rent, a mini library, and an insect hotel. 

An insect hotel is a constructed habitat of wood or straw for insects like bumble bees or beetles.

April 02, 2024

Lunch at California Pizza Kitchen

Long weekend is over pero feeling ko nagdaan lang ang araw and hindi ko naramdaman ang bakasyon. I have a long list of things to do for the Holy Week break but I couldn't do anything because suddenly my husband decided to go to the province. Despite the long list of things to do, I decided to squeeze in some time so I could blog. 

Over a week ago, we went to Festival Mall to buy an aircon for the new house. Actually, there is an appliance store near our place but when we checked the price, mas mura sa Anson’s. Napansin ko nga na for the past few months na bumibili kami ng gamit for the new house, sa Anson’s kami nakakabili ng gamit like gas stove, kitchen hood, built-in-oven and now aircon. What I like about Anson’s, is they have different rates if you pay in installments, straight card and cash so don’t forget to ask if may additional discount pa kung cash/debit card ang bayad, especially, if you will buy two or more items. 

And because of that trip, napakain kami sa labas. My husband suggested California Pizza Kitchen. I had no idea na may CPK na sa Festival Mall. We liked the food here in California Pizza Kitchen but we don’t usually go to Alabang Town Center kasi so ang tagal na pala since our last visit. I’m glad, they have a branch in Festival Mall na. 

Sa sobrang tagal, nakalimutan ko na yung dati namin order so we took our time in browsing the menu. We ordered 5 Cheese + Fresh Tomato Pizza PHP795, Garlic Cream Fettucine with Shrimp PHP895, and Warm Butter Cake PHP525. Unfortunately, the warm butter cake was not available kasi wala vanilla ice cream so we only ate the following food. 

5 Cheese + Fresh Tomato: Fresh and traditional Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, smoked Gouda, and Romano with tomato and fresh basil. 

Garlic Cream Fettucine: pasta with ultimate roasted garlic Parmesan Cream sauce and shrimp. 

The serving is a little small but it is enough to satisfy our stomach. The pizza and pasta are both yummy and hindi tinipid sa ingredients. Service is fast except sa billing, medyo matagal kami naghintay.