Wow, it’s already October! We’re on the last quarter of the year?! Time really flies, and it flies quickly. Thought of writing a retrospect of what happened last September. Last month was not an ordinary month, at lot of things happened in my life, in our lives (with my husband) and especially to Heartily Handcrafted. Meaningful events that led me to a whole lot of learnings and blessings.

One major happening is my first hand embroidery open workshop last September 14th (I also had a private one last August, which is actually my first ever workshop). Doing a workshop was no easy job, from gathering the supplies, creating the patterns, coding the registration (I did this since I’m a web developer by profession :D), and doing the actual workshop on the day itself. But, all those hard work and effort is really worth it. I love stitching, designing and teaching (yes, I love this part!) and what makes all of this extra wonderful is that I get to see the joy of the students when they learn the craft. I love the idea of sharing something you love because it’s really tapping our human sense of connection in bringing something good also to others. To be honest, I’m not that confident to actually hold one since I haven’t done this before. But, I’m glad I did and, really, it was fulfilling โค๏ธ

By the way, here are some photos of the workshop:

Another one is my guesting with Net25’s Pambansang Almusal, a morning show here in the Philippines, 5 days after my workshop. In a span of less than a week these two events happened, imagine the height of adrenaline, exhaustion and loads of work I need to do. The guesting was really unexpected and something that really didn’t cross my mind. I did a post about it here if you’d like to know what happened there ๐Ÿ˜€ I was interviewed and did a basic hand embroidery demo in front of a camera during a live broadcast. I was really nervous, yet also blessed. Glad to take this opportunity, which will always be a part of my embroidery journey and also became a means for me to believe in myself (with every encouragement that my husband gave me) and put my confidence in the Lord ultimately.

With all those happenings in my embroidery venture there are also major events with my husband’s business endeavourstoo, which are significantly momentous too and equally requires much effort and time. We both supported each other and worked for each other’s endeavours. I’m really happy for his accomplishments! ๐Ÿ’• Along with all these things there are also moments that had really put us down, which I believe happens to all of us whatever the situation where are in, but I thank the Lord that he is our strength and our guide. That without these down times, it wouldn’t make us see the beauty that the Lord is doing in our lives, that He is indeed with us and close to us.

The ups and downs, gladness and sadness, success and failings, I count these as opportunities for us individually to be better, as precious times that strengthens and deepens our marriage and, most significantly, as meaningful reminders to just trust on God in all things and that I am in his loving arms always. ๐Ÿ’– As said by Jesus in John chapter 6 verse 37:

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me will never be cast out.

I significantly learned a lot in my craft. Really learning and experiencing new things. For all these things, at the end of the day, I am thankful and blessed for it is He who blesses and with me. Yes, last month was a blast! May your days be a blast too. Have a blessed and meaningful day to all of you. ๐Ÿ˜Š