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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Butterflies & large flowers, bouquet, pins, stage decor

 Flowers for the stage...

 Small butterflies and flowers for the pins/corsage.

 The finished corsages.
The bulk of corsage.
When work colleague and good friend Giefil Regis requested I provide upcycled bouquets, pins, and decor for his Modelizta show, I was not aware it would be his final bow. While I was glad and did my best to create the above for him, and not for anything else, I am simply sadenned that the world lost someone like him. Gief hopes to help a lot of people, especially the poor, achieve their potential. I am glad I was a part of his circle, his life, his friendship, and achievement of his dreams. Have a pleasant journey and I hope you peace & joy still, Gief.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Waste Container Gardening

This is my nursery. I need to cultivate most of my plants in containers because of my neighbors' free-range chicken. If the plants grow bigger, then, I transfer them in land, or more permanent containers.

I use even instant noodle/ramen wrappers. I staple its bottom sides to make them square, and stand, then use them instead of the black bags.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Lion in my Garden!

It's actually an antlion, the nemesis of - yes - ants. They are the larvae of some species of insect in the family Myrmeleontidae. They appear during the dry season in partially shaded areas. You can tell their presence when you see an opposite of an anthill- a pit with soft-dusty features as shown on photos. They grow up mistaken as dragonflies, but they are actually lacewings, much thinner and a tad smaller than dragonflies.

Well, their abode is now my garden.

When we were kids, we like to collect them and make them fight. It's an elaborate process kids in our communities do. But it's a lot of fun. We even tie them up with hairs! But we release them alive and moving backwards in a while. (Yes, they move backwards, first with their butt!). But you won't believe how they trap ants! I filmed one. So here it is.

Ant & antlion fight for life. For the ant, mainly.
For the meantime, the changes in my rock garden, a little at a time.

Wait, I've got amphibians, too! A bullfrog! Can you see them? Chilling out in my pot of guava, tamarind, and royal palm.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Garden Transition & It's Minimal Flowers

Growing a garden takes full-time, like growing kids. In my tropical community, free-range chickens are my worst enemies, next to goats, then humans. There are laws that prohibit stray animals in streets and private properties, but then, again, this is the Philippines.
Chickens destroy plants, like - I won't mind eating fried chicken each time I see them destroy my garden. . And that's probably chicken for coffee accompaniment, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, & midnight snack.

The transition of my side garden... The zenia daisies fell from the container garden of my daughter, when super-typhoon Lawin, the strongest in my existence, landed in our area.

Nevertheless, despite the obstacles, I now am able to see my garden take shape, little by little. As I mentioned already, we have a lot of challenges, weather, neighborhood (neighbors burn gathered leaves near my plants!), and even invaders. Like this one: "Pusa-pusa" weed of my childhood invaded my garden. It's edible, when we were children.It was never commercialized (sold) elsewhere, so, I want to believe it remains a weed. :D Looks to me like the fruits have been "eaten" - I am just not sure if it was the birds. One major advantage of keeping a garden is the attraction of birds, and butterflies. I hate the chicken "birds", though.

Another considered invader is the "tomatillo" which we call "palpalitok", and which only purpose when we were kids, is to annoy fellow children by smacking one whole fruit (the fruit is covered by a paper-like lantern) on the forehead to make it pop, the louder the pop, the more successful your exploit was:

One of my recent favorites that is quite invasive in a certain kind of way - by spreading its spidery branches dangerously, is the bougainvillea, not all variety but this peach-pink double petal one.
Delinquent neighbors burned some of my plants! These pair is a cotton fruit and umbrella tree... only 2 of the victims...

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Desk organizers from Packaging Boards

 Sharing some recent and not-so-recent projects from milk boxes, empty tape rolls, and packaging boards... Simply create a division for your boxes, remove top cover, and wrap with vintage book page, used pretty gift or scrapbook papers, and accentuate...  there you have them.

As for the tape roll, simply add base and cover, them wrap with brown craft paper, and stamp...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Rock (Pebbles) Garden

Soft semi-rounded rocks (pebbles)  have always fascinated me since I was a kid. I have always wanted to have a rock garden of sorts...

In fact, my son probably noted my fascination of these pebbles so that one day, from school, he brought me pebbles.

At that time, I cannot have a garden. We were just renting a space. But now that I have a small space for gardening, I also started gathering rocks from nearby sources... and surrounded some of my potted plants...

I even made a cairn - just like those that they pierce and string together at Pinterest! But this one I simply balanced.

I hope it gets to look better with each passing day.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Thin Crust Pizza w/o Oven

Thin crust pizza  is one of the most delectable, pricey foods we often go out and sought for in pizza parlours like Shakey's, or Tony's. I didn't know how to make a dough, nor where to buy the ingredients, so, if the craving begins, we go out and spend.

Until I first saw a pack of pita bread in some upscale grocery section, my adventurous cook shied. Armed with Kraft cheddar cheese, Del Monte tomato sauce, bellpepper, and Purefoods chorizo sausage, and a bread toaster to boot, we made our first, and an instant favorite thin crust pepperoni pizza.

1. Grate the cheese.
2. Slice the bellpepper in desired size & thickness.
3. Slice the chorizo horizontally and a centimeter thick.
4. Spread the tomato sauce on the top of the pita.
5. Sprinkle the bellpepper slices.
6. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese.
7. Lay some slices of chorize.
8. Place on bread toaster at 10-minutes setting.
9.Serve and feast!