Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vertical Garden Ideas

My love for plants would never cease and I would always be thinking of more creative ideas to adorn my humble abode with plants and lots and lots of plants.  Since I already have lots of ornamental and flowering plants at home now, I am thinking into expanding to vegetable gardening. However, because of limited space, I am now thinking of the possibility of having a vertical garden.  I have lots of ideas in mind and I was so happy to find some inspiration online.  The photos of vertical gardens above are some of my favorites.  I want something bright and bold as this definitely give life to any dull space at home,  Looking at those pictures, you would notice one thing, that DIY vertical gardens are not only easy but fun to do.

Apart from that, just by being creative it does not even require you to spend a lot. Some vertical gardens I've seen made use of recyclable plastic bottles and if you want plastic pots of different sizes, I think there's a lot of options at a local shop or dollar store.

I am very much excited to work on this project and wanted it to be a surprise to my husband and son when they come home for their next work vacation.  I am hoping that I could finish it by then.

Will be posting about this soon.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Looking For Outdoor Garden Set

I am browsing at Lazada and looking for an appropriate outdoor garden set which I could place on our newly upgraded garden area.  I am torn between the 4 seater and 6 seater sets.  I guess these designs are just right for my front garden.

This 4 seater is really cute considering that it's color matches the exterior paint of our house.  I love it's playful design and the space saving feature.

This 6 seater looks elegant with it's white and black color combination. I also like this design as it could accommodate more people with almost the same space.

The material for both sets is glass fiber and I think both are washable with soap and water.  I am really after the practical side of keeping the furniture in good shape and appearance even after long use.  I've already learned my lesson from the past furniture that I bought.  They look good when new but the appearance easily deteriorates over time because it cannot be cleaned and maintained.

I think these designs will also be good for business like restaurants and even on small parties.  This suddenly reminds me of getting a good on stage PA which we could use for our events styling business.  I hope all my projects will materialize soon.  It's not easy to do everything at once but I am sure, I will get there...

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hosting An Outdoor Party

If hosting an outdoor party is your thing, then most probably you are more concerned about the total get up of your outdoor room.  Who doesn't want to please her guests especially if you are the type who loves outdoor me!

I once told my family that I am more of an outdoor person and would prefer to have my yard larger than the house.  I love to stay outdoors and enjoys a great deal of good if not perfect surroundings. I love gardens, I love BBQ nights and oh...I love lights especially the ones that spell romance.  

Hosting an outdoor party is indeed a great challenge most especially if you have a tight budget. Basically, the secret is more to lights and sounds plus a little bit of decors.  For a simple outdoor setting, it would be nice to have ample seating area, outdoor string lights plus a good sound system.  I do not mean the fancy dual subs or something similar, just a simple background music from your home theater perhaps. For the foods, it doesn't need to be lavish.. grilled BBQ's and some salads would be most perfect and of course some fruits and drinks.

I am looking forward to hosting my own outdoor party soon.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Home Improvement Projects

We were very happy to have introduced a lot of improvements in the house for the past 3 months. Hubby was on a 3 month vacation and we had taken this opportunity to work on our goal, home improvement. Actually I've been eyeing on some "small projects" only like installing canopy in the garden, installation of floor tiles from laundry area down to the garden and minor fixes in the dirty kitchen but it turned out to be bigger than expected. House expansion was not yet a part of the plan but we have managed to finally put up the would be "Master's Bedroom".  This is going to be the fourth bedroom in the house and mind you this house has really been a labor of love. It was not like this when initially constructed. We have to work very hard to raise the funds, save here save there kind of thing until we were able to complete the house and put everything in place.  Of course, our goal didn't stop there.  We wanted a house that's simple but decent and presentable and of course, I wanted that it should be comfortable for all of us.  This is the most difficult part as what you require in the house could not be determined in a single year, we have to go for a transition period before we finally realize what's good for us.  Finances is another consideration , construction materials and labor is not cheap these days, so in order for us to fulfill what we deemed is necessary, we have to work hard, save enough and live frugal. We did not resort to applying for loans as we wanted our first house to be raised from scratch as in every penny spent was saved from our salaries and over time. So as they say, "patience is a virtue", indeed that's true and still true until this day.

From the photo, the expansion project seemed to be complete but it's not actually 100% done yet. The porch upstairs is just temporary, not totally complete yet and the bedroom itself is just "rough finish". Hubby's vacation was over and our budget too is getting tight so in order for him to be given his much needed rest and to enjoy the last 2 weeks of vacation in the Philippines, the family decided that we have to stop with the projects.  Also, we do not want our financial resources to be totally drained, so we have to set priorities and the first on the list is to spend quality time with the family. :)

It;s not too bad though as majority of the things were already put in place.  We put safety and security ahead of the others, that's why a steel gate and fence were installed just outside the small outdoor room leading to the stairs to the Master's Bedroom.

Even the other side of the yard was enclosed with steel fence.  We really make it a point that the whole place will be secured.

I know that we still have to save more to complete the bedroom up to the last stage but we are positive that we can do it in due time.  I promised to post the updated photos once we are settled with everything and hopefully, that would be early next year.  Nothing is impossible if you are determined right?

So, this is just a part of the home improvement projects, I know that there are still more to come. :)


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Vintage Design Candle Holder

Just recently, I tried to do arts and crafts by making a vintage design candle holder out of burlap and lace. I managed to find a burlap in one of the shops I've visited which sells native products and I suddenly thought of coming up with candle holders which I could design by using the said burlap. Needed to have something to accentuate so I immediately purchased few yards of white lace.  This is pretty nice to do as you will only need few materials. The only downside is that cutting burlap cloth is quite messy and attaching the lace to it required patience.  You can do it by using glue or by sewing it directly to the burlap. However, materials are not so expensive so it's really worth trying!

Used this for our dining table on Christmas eve and I love it! :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Less Is More

Since I began adapting a bit of a minimalist life style, I tried to use durable but portable things at home.  I also began to sell all those unused stuff which are just lying around the house gathering dust. I love the feeling of seeing an open space with less clutter, only having the basic things that are essential for home use.  As of now, I have several units of DVD player at home which I like to dispose off.  We never use these anymore except for one that is a part of our home theater which I occasionally use f r tuning to FM in the mornings.  CD's and DVD's are already out these days as you could already download your favorite movies and music from the internet and store in a USB which is smaller and compact.  The advancement in technology really put us into great heights.  

Recently, I discovered that you can play guitar and jam online using an irig which you can attach to your favorite Apple mobile device.  It combines an easy to use instrument interface adapter with guitar and bass tone software for your Apple device.  How is that for guitar enthusiasts like my daughter Mika?  This is so timely because we just recently bought her a new Iphone 6. 

Oh I'm so loving the technology now, making us enjoy life more the easier way.

Monday, December 21, 2015

My New Purchase - 5 Pc Ceramic Pan Set

Recently, I've ordered a 5 pc ceramic pan set online.  I did not actually order this because I expect to cook a lot this Christmas but because we badly needed these pans. Our old pans are retiring and since I love to cook, I think it's just practical to invest on some decent pans.  Besides, I need the non stick ones since I need to organize my time and be efficient when it comes to tidying up the kitchen. Who would love to spend long time scrubbing a dirty pan?  No one!

I have chosen this 5 pc ceramic pan set due to good reviews I've seen from other buyers.  I always make it a point to read reviews before I buy the product of my choice since the downside of online shopping is that you don't have the opportunity to see the item physically.  

As of now, I have managed to use two of these pans and glad that it really served the purpose.  It's non stick really and very easy to clean.  The anti stick ceramic feature prevents food from sticking and let you enjoy your cooking without sweat.  It comes in 3 different sizes which is very ideal for different kinds of dishes.  I love that the smallest one is just nice for quick frying like eggs, hotdogs, pan cakes, etc.

I love these pans so much as these are light weight and very easy to handle.  It's bright red color also made these pans a decorative piece in the kitchen.   I just hope that this is durable as this I cannot attest to yet at the moment.  Overall. I am happy with this purchase.

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