Mommy n dotter Apron

it's every mom's dream to have fun with their lil girl in the kitchen.. here is some really cute apron for momy n dotter.. this is for myself n my Marissa.. lil emolument M is stand for Marissa.. also for Mommy...

the cutest thing...
 mommy lil helper..
Open now for custom made order

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price starts from RM60 for 1set of mommy n dotter apron .. additional charge apply for dotter apron over 3yrs..

me n my Marissa..
enjoy 'main masak2'

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Teacher shortages could hinder the millennium goal of universal education

In India, a major problem is trying to land that could hinder the goal of education for all: the lack of teachers, both in the school of the university.

The number of teachers available is indeed the greatest challenge for institutions and for government, which has implemented educational reforms in both the primary and higher education. According to data
Resource Development Ministry, the country is more than 1.2 million teachers in schools and universities, more than a third of the positions are vacant.
Children's right to free and compulsory education, which the law was passed last year makes the state responsible for the education of all children aged between six and 14 years. It assesses the ratio of students per teacher per 30 to 1. However, the reality is quite different. "India has one of the lowest ratio of teachers with one teacher per 42 students.
A senior official of the Ministry of Development Human Resources considers that "with the constant effort of the state, and government that should not be an unattainable goal." He also agreed that the quality of teachers is also a concern, although the quantity is the main concern.
The last census estimated that even if the country's literacy rate increased from 18.39% in 1950 to 65.38% in 2000, he is currently a third of the population, or nearly 300 million people over 7 years who are still illiterate and 42 million children between 6 and 14 who are not in school.
The problem of insufficient school infrastructure (16.64 per cent of villages have no primary school) and the lack of teachers in remote villages.

Source: Sify

recycled sweater

This ONE large felted (on purpose) man's sweater
made leg warmers,legs cuffs and two hats.
...on hat (using neck line) is just about done!

used the caps of the sleeves to make this hat with is adorable
If anyone has pure wool sweaters that they are NOT ever going to use again, please send them my way!..thanks.

Autumn Harvest Soup With Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

With an abundance of winter squash puree on my hands, I decided to come up with a meal that is good for you and packed with flavor.
This soup has been one of my favorites for a long time. The addition of apples helps give it a touch of sweetness.
The pumpkin rolls were a huge hit! I reinvented my favorite dinner roll recipe to include pumpkin. The pumpkin made them very moist. They were as soft and delicious on day 3 as they were when they were fresh. Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 c. Earth Balance, melted and cooled (or butter)
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 Tbsp. Vital Wheat Gluten (helps whole wheat breads rise)
1 cup warm water
4 1/2-5 1/2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour (you may need more or less depending on humidity)

-In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except the flour. Stir well to combine.

-Mix in the flour until the dough comes together without being too sticky or too dry. When in doubt, put in less flour. A dough that is too dry will be hard to work with and not as tasty to eat. You can always mix in more flour as you knead if it's too sticky.

- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes dusting lightly with flour to keep it from sticking to the surface and your hands.

-Put dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap sprayed with Pam or a damp kitchen towel. Set in a warm place to rise until about doubled in size (about 90 minutes).

- Preheat oven to 350*. Grease (spray well with Pam) an 11"x18" pan or two 9"cake pans. Form about 18 rolls equal in size (about the size of a large egg,but round)and place in the pan(s). Let them rise until almost doubled in a warm place (about 45-60 minutes).
Place in the preheated, 350* oven for 35-40 minutes or until a digital thermometer inserted into the center of a roll reaches 190*.

-Turn the rolls out onto a cooling rack and brush the tops of the rolls with melted Earth Balance. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Autumn Harvest Soup

4 cups butternut squash puree
1 large onion, diced
2 Tbsp olive oil or Earth Balance
2 medium apples, diced (not Granny Smith)
1 quart chicken stock (homemade preferred but LOW sodium if you buy it)

1. In a large pot, saute onions and apples in oil or Earth Balance on medium-low heat until VERY soft. They need to be very soft or they won't puree into a smooth soup. Don't let them brown.

2. Puree onions and apples in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Add back to the pot and turn heat to medium. Add butternut squash puree and chicken stock. Add salt to taste.
(The amount of salt will vary greatly depending on your broth. Store bought broth has so much salt that you may not have to add any additional salt. I use homemade stock without any added salt so I use close to 1 1/2tsp. of salt to my soup. )

3. Let soup simmer until heated through. Taste to be sure any onions were well pureed. If you taste tiny bits of onion, let the soup boil for about 15-20 minutes to fully cook the onions. Check seasonings. Serve. Serves approx. 6 large adults.

I'm excited to enter these recipes in the Naturally Frugal Food Challenge. Wish me luck!

Party Antz!

It was a "Party Antz" panel I bought some time ago from etsy, I think it is. Bright and colourful. I simply added 2 frames of 2" tone-on-tone fabric of different colours.

Here's how it looks like.

After the 2 frames, I added 3" black polkadot to bring out the 'ants' and finished it off with a 5" striped border.

A simple white base with tiny red prints as backing fabric and pale pink fabric as binding.


Measurement : 44" W X 56" L
Made out of 100% American cotton
Price : RM250
Status : SOLD!

Have a Handmade Christmas {Week 7}

 With Christmas lights now sparkling in the snow outside it is beginning to feel very holidayish. Inside we are still decorated for fall (I like to stay that way at least until December and often until after my birthday on the 6th) but we are working a little more often on presents, there are some secrets around the house and we are having fun!

  We don't give large numbers of presents and everything has to be fairly small because our rule is "Everything has to fit in the stocking!". We still have the fun of presents without much stress. I am thankful we have decided to do it this way.

 We had quite a few projects started but not much finished so I hurried and got this one done this evening so I could share it with you.

 It is a journal for Mara. She has a nice normal journal (which she enjoys using) but I had read an idea once about a journal which you use to encourage one another. My plan is to write in the front page some encouraging words for Mara and then if she wants she can leave a message for someone else and stick on their pillow or someplace that they will see it. Or maybe it will be used simply for Mara with Ken and I leaving new notes every so often. I will see how it goes. I do think she will like it as she loves getting and giving little notes to say "I love you" or something else like that.
To make it I took around 20 sheets of paper and cut them in half. Then I took stacks of 5 and folded them in half.
Next I sewed a 3/8 inch seam down the side of each folded paper set, to hold the papers together. I think it is rather fun to sew on paper! :-)

 Next I cut out front and back covers. I just used brown cardboard. I cut them 5 3/4 inches by 4 1/2 inches- a little bigger than the paper.

Then I measured and marked 3 places for holes across the spine area of the papers and covers.
 Then I used a hammer and nail to make holes there so that I could put a needle through.
Then using some sturdy thread I sewed through those holes and tied them tightly together. I decided to leave the covers brown cardboard but they could also easily be covered with fabric or a decorative paper.
 Next I made a spine cover out of fabric. I cut the fabric 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. I put a tiny hem in the top and bottom and then I folded the sides in to meet at the middle and hot glued them in place.

 I then glued it on putting a strip of fabric over the back and a little bit on each side of the cover.
 Next I decided to put fabric on the corners. I took a little strip which I hemmed on one side and glued on the outside of the cover.
 Then on the inside I folded over the raw edges and glued and then I folded them into the cover of the book and glued in place.
 This is what it looks like at this point. It could be done now but I decided to add a couple of touches.
I added a ribbon place marker which I glued one end of it in the spine and then put a couple of beads on the other end. I also decided to add some fabric flowers which I made from scraps using this idea. You could decorate your journal however you like best!

I also wanted to show you one of the gifts Megan (my 4 year old) has made.
She wanted to make cards with me the other day and I suggested she make some for Mara for Christmas.
She decided she wanted to use some veggie pictures that I had and then wanted to decorate them like Veggie Tales.  I pulled out the googly eyes and pom poms and she had fun. I love the result. She also wrote a card for her with parts of the Veggie Tales song and other things she wanted to tell Mara. We had a lot of fun working on this little project together.

What have you been making lately? Please join me and link up your handmade Christmas posts!

I would just request that you link up your specific post not just your blog and that you would link back to here. Thanks much! I looking forward to seeing your ideas!

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WHO launches new plan action to eliminate TB

The elimination of tuberculosis in the world could be in sight if governments and donors invested fully in a plan published a few weeks ago by the Stop TB Partnership said the World Health Organization.
The plan, entitled Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015: Transforming the Fight-Towards Elimination of Tuberculosis reported for the first time all the gaps research that are needed to put on the market for rapid tests for TB, shorter treatment regimens and a fully effective vaccine.
It also shows how public health programs can promote universal access to care, diagnostic laboratories modernize and adopt testing revolutionary newly available.
"It is urgent to expand the fight against tuberculosis, otherwise 10 million people, including 4 million women and children, will die by 2015," said Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, where the Stop TB Partnership is hosted. "The fight against tuberculosis works. Indeed, since 2004 there has been a decline in the incidence of the disease worldwide, although this decline is too slow, "adds such.
Twenty-two countries including South Africa, accounting for 80% of the global burden of tuberculosis. Each year, some 9 million people contract active TB and nearly 2 million die. This new worldwide shows how to implement the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches recommended by WHO for 32 million people over the next five years.
TB is a curable disease but its treatment based on the simultaneous intake of multiple drugs for at least six months. In most countries, laboratories still use an old method of diagnosing a century of seeking the tuberculosis bacillus under the microscope in the patient's sputum. Moreover, there is still no vaccine to prevent tuberculosis, which is the most common form of the disease. The Global Plan
helps public health programs to adopt modern diagnostic tests currently available and offers a research program to develop two new rapid tests allows trained personnel proper diagnosis of tuberculosis, even in remote health posts and less well equipped. This is, by 2015, bringing in phase III clinical trials - the last step before placing on the market - three new regimens - one for drug-susceptible TB and two for drug-resistant tuberculosis . Four vaccine candidates should be at the same testing.
Regarding funding, the Global Plan indicates that 37 billion will be needed to implement the management of tuberculosis between 2011 and 2015. It remains a funding gap of about 4 billion - Roughly 2.8 billion per year - that international donors should fill.
The plan indicates, on the other hand, it will total 10 billion or 2 billion per year to achieve the goals of research and development. The high-income countries and those whose economy is growing need to invest more in research and development to meet a deficit estimated at about $ 7 billion, or 1.4 billion per year.
In 2006, the Stop TB Partnership launched the Global Plan 2006-2015. The new plan for 2011-2015 is in the same direction as the previous but sets new goals and ambitious for the next five years.

Source: UN

Oxygen Bleach from Tropical Traditions {A review and giveaway}

 I am excited to get to tell you about another great product from Tropical Traditions! Also one of you will get to win one. It is Oxygen bleach and though I'll admit I wasn't going crazy with excitement when I found out I won a jar (I was thinking- "oh bleach"...) I am pretty excited about it now that I have had a chance to try it and to read up on all the things it can be used for.

 I won my jar of Oxygen Bleach at the blog 50in8. I had happened over there because I have been following Tropical Traditions' blog that lists all the current giveaways of their products. Every so often when I have some extra time I go and enter in a bunch of them.

When they sent this out to me they said that I could also review it and give one away. Hurray! Not only did I get to win one but one of you can as well!

I have had fun reading up on what this is good for. It comes with some instructions and then they have even more here.

I was excited to find out it was good for treating carpet. Our carpet is in bad shape (cream just doesn't work well for our busy family- we hope to get rid of living room carpet sometimes) but still when there are spots that really, really stand out then I try to get rid of them. Once such spot arrived recently:
 I think it may have been cranberries from Thanksgiving.
I mixed up the oxygen bleach according to directions and used it. There is a little bit of a spot left but it is much better. However it did rather point out how yucky our carpet is as it left a lighter spot where I had treated.  There is hope though! The Oxygen bleach bottle says that it can be used in the carpet shampooer. I have been planning on shampooing pretty soon (I rent one about once a year) and I think this Oxygen bleach will help it to get much cleaner than the regular stuff does!

Next try out was some laundry.
 This pair of Megan's pants had some very set stains in the knees. I mixed up some hot water and Oxygen bleach and soaked them over night. Today I washed them in the regular laundry.

They aren't perfect but they are much much better and with hardly any work at all. I am pleased!

I did also try soaking some very old and stained dishcloths and napkin. I think they were to far gone- I didn't really see any change in them. So Oxygen bleach isn't a miracle worker but it works well and it is safer for us and the environment.

 Another thing that I like about it is that it is going to stretch so far. You get 6 lbs of powder and you only use an ounce or so at a time.

If you would like to buy this you can get a great deal today! It is on sale for $16.75 but through the end of the day if you use code: 241110 you can get $10 off. Also if you chose "referred by a friend" on your order and put in the code: 6527139 You will receive a free book about Virgin Coconut Oil. It looks like it would be very informative and useful. I would also benefit. If you need any help at all their customer service department is available.

Would you like to win some Oxygen Bleach?

This is open to those in the United States and Canada (though those is Canada will be responsible for any Customs or Duties that may be charged). The giveaway will run through December 8th.

To enter:
Mandatory 1st entry:
~Visit Tropical Traditions and tell me what you learned Oxygen Bleach can do or tell my about one of their other household cleaners that you would like to try.

Additional entries (do any one or all of them and then leave a comment for each one):
~Subscribe to Tropical Traditions e-mail sales newsletter.
~Become a follower of my blog (let me know what method you use).
~Leave a comment on my Thanksgiving post and then come back here and let me know you commented.

Please be sure to leave an e-mail address if your e-mail is not in your blog profile. I will need to be able to contact you if you should win.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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Here is a small page that combines a challenge on the forum Scrapmaniaks and a skit on the Forum boitàscrap . For the occasion, I emerged from the papers Eskimo kisses :-))

Thanks for the visit, Bizzzz

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Oniris 2 members recruited for that TD. I wanted to try. I doubt that I have very little chance of being taken, but it was a good excuse to buy the papers of the mark :-))

We had to make two rolls with a little dreamlike. Every time I used paper and pads of the mark. Here are my pages in two very different styles:

I loved working those papers very good quality and female desire!


Irdina Diaper Bag

Diaper Bag

Price :


Heavy Cotton n Regular Cotton 

*Another fabric selection will be uploaded soon

Diaper compartment, 2bottles, and space for hanky, toy etc...
whatever your baby stuff is...

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Hello, here scrapastuce the day that offers kit to win this :-))

I propose today through Sultana / INFOCRIS to win a kit with scrapbook pages, labels, transparencies, stamp collection "Something sweet." A perfect kit for mini-albums pampering!
How to play: On your blog, this post Scrapastuce accompanied by a word announcing the game and send your confirmation of participation with the word "SCRAP GENTLE with your details by clicking here ( ).
You have until December 6, 2010 at midnight to participate. You can also play if you do not have a blog. The lucky (to) win (e) will be drawn (e) draw and win this beautiful kit.

Some reminders for me of what I want to be like.

"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing,
modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments,
but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness."
1 Timothy 2:9 & 10

"But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good."
2 Thessalonians 3:13

These verse just help to remind me of where my focus needs to be. I also find them encouraging and motivating. Sometimes it is easy to grow weary and think what I am doing doesn't matter all that much anyway. I love how God's word is there to remind us to keep doing what is right!

 What have you been motivated by in God's word lately?

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Access to safe water: India achieved its Millennium Goal

Rural Development Minister Joshi said in New Delhi that India had achieved the MDG target for drinking water. Indeed, it is currently 84% of India's rural population has access to healthy water sources.
However, the country faces a huge challenge: to maintain the quality of drinking water in rural areas. Most sources are from a ground overexploited by agriculture and industry, not to mention the release of untreated processed.
"India has made considerable progress in access to clean, safe drinking water in most rural areas of the country. I am happy to say that we achieved the MDG for drinking water. However, it is much to do. Our goal is to provide each household access to safe drinking water by 2012, "said Joshi.

Source: Business.rediff

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Halfway to the 2015, deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Commission) has debated on October 21 and means to implement policies to eradicate poverty in a debate attended by about thirty delegations.

The Commission had before it two reports of the Secretary-General on the elimination of poverty and other development issues.

The first such report concerned the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the United Nations system for the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017) , while the second focused on the role of microcredit and microfinance in eradicating poverty. Both documents were presented to the Commission by Mr. Donald Lee, Chief of the social aspects of development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

While progress has been made in reducing poverty in some parts of the world during the Second Decade, they are no less unequal, pointed delegations, noting that even in some countries, the number of people living in poverty continues increase, and that women and children are the groups most affected, particularly in least developed countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa.

Finding solutions to this situation is even more urgent, warned the representative of Yemen, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, the financial and economic crisis precipitated 50 million more people in extreme poverty by 2009, while 925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

His counterpart in Belgium, which has speaking on behalf of the European Union, stressed the fundamental role that can play the gender equality in the eradication of poverty and mitigating the adverse effects of the current crisis. To contribute to its establishment, the European Union adopted a Plan of Action for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women in development.

Other delegations, such as Venezuela and Bangladesh, stressed the relevance of microcredit when it is placed in the hands of women, actresses who happen to be leading in national development strategies, particularly in rural areas.

UN source

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D gave me this nativity scene panel and told me to please add borders and quilt the picture.

So I added a 3.5" rich gold fabric all along it . . . .

. . . . a cream tone-on-tone backing fabric and returned to the gold fabric for binding.

She also wanted sleeves at the back (one on top and one at the bottom) so that she can hang this lovely wall hanging in her home.

Serene. Simple. Beautiful.
Hope you like it D ;-)

Go green...

any kind of design goes well with polka dot.. even if its green..its not so my fav color but this one is an the fabric so much..its viscose cotton..

I use lots of fabric for this one..

so that this one can wear it soooo comfortly and looks super cute in it.. she love it..even green is not her fav color!!!

Available fr sizes of :

RM45 only

or simply send me your own fabric..