Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Egg Flower Fairies


For this project, I will show you how to make these cute Easter egg fairies. 

Materials:
hard boiled eggs
green paper in 2 shades
colored tissue paper or crepe paper
glue
scissors
pen

For the grass, cut two squares: 2"x2" and 3"x3" using paper in two shades of green

Fold the squares three times and cut them into a leaf like shape. When you unfold the paper it should look like this.

Glue the grass at the bottom part of the egg.

Use about 5 sheets of 3"x4" tissue paper to make the paper flower. Click here for the full tutorial on how to make tissue paper pompoms. Glue the pompom on the top part of the egg.

With a Sharpie or any black pen, draw the face of the egg fairy.

Just wait for it to completely dry and you are done!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Fling

This spring, I am leaning towards cottage style or shabby chic with a lot of lilacs and mints. I love how distressed wood, vintage items, and floral prints go well together. And let's not forget the fresh flowers that bring life to a room. I hope you find spring inspiration with this mood board that I made!


2. Potted plants via Vibeke Design
3. H&M Home Bedding (2011) via Redesign Revolution
4. Dining table styled by Dreamy Whites
5. Spring styling via Vibeke Design

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Homemade Lemon Curd

Hey guys! I told you I was going to be making a lot of eggy recipes since Easter is coming. First up is lemon curd. This is my first time to make and try this. I don't think this is available in the Philippine supermarket, so I thought why not make your own?

I played around with the proportions of the ingredients based on Cupcake Jemma's recipe. I loved it so much and I just want to let you guys know that I have been eating this for breakfast for three straight days! I am officially addicted to it!


Ingredients:
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 whole egg
- Juice of 1.5 lemon
-1 tbsp lemon zest
-1/4 cup white sugar
-2 tbsp chilled butter

1. Start by putting the eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and white sugar in a bowl. Mix everything until it is well blended.

2. Cook the lemon-egg mixture on a double boiler and keep whisking until it becomes thick. It may take about 10 minutes to get to the right consistency.

3. Remove the curd from heat, and finally add in the cold butter. While the mixture is still hot, pour it on a bowl with a sieve on top to separate the zest and other chunky bits.

4. Transfer the curd in a 8-10oz glass jar and store it in the fridge for 15 minutes or so before serving.

There were three things that I discovered while making this lemon curd:
First, is that this goes well with cream cheese on toast.
Second, I could try experimenting with other fruits like lime, orange, or calamansi.
Third, if I just tweak this recipe a little more, I could sell this good stuff.

Since my supply is running out, I'll be making more next weekend. Let me know what you think of this recipe! I hope you like it!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crayon Resist Easter Eggs

We are so ready for Easter! For this post, I am going to show you a very simple technique that you and your kids can do: Crayon Resist Easter Eggs.

You will need:
- eggs
- wax crayons
- food coloring
- water

First you gotta boil the eggs. You don't want it to be in a sticky situation when you accidentally drop them, right?

Then prepare your materials. All you need are crayons and food coloring. I also placed kraft paper on the floor to contain the mess.

And then start decorating! My sister copied patterns from the book "Colors" by Alexander Girard.

After drawing the pattern with crayons, we dyed them in diluted food coloring. The wax from the crayon will resist the dye, and I think it looks nice when you use light colored crayons against dark colored dye.

For my design, I just drew dots clumped together at the bottom then the spacing gradually gets bigger as you go to the top.

Here's what it looks like after the dip dye

And here's another pattern based on Alexander Girard's design.

And we are done! I think this is one of the easiest ways to decorate easter eggs. I hope you like it! Watch out for more easter crafts and eggy recipes in the next couple of weeks :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Woven Decor

Ikat and Kilim have been trending in interior design. The bright and vibrant colors of these woven fabric bring a bohemian character to a room. It can be used as throw pillow, carpet, curtain, or even use it for the lamp shade.  


1. Sig Bergamin's Apartment via Elle Decor. Photo by Simon Upton
2. Istanbul Ikat Pillow, Etsy
3. Kite Kilim Floor Pouf, West Elm
4. Kilim Rug, vtwonen
5. Photo by Angus Fergusson
6. Kilim Bench, Wisteria
7. Turkish Pillow Cover, Etsy

In the Philippines, T'nalak is a traditional cloth made by the women of the T'boli from South Cotabato, Mindanao. These women are called "Dream weavers" as the designs and patterns of the  are based on their dreams. It is used to make blankets and clothing but nowadays artists have been exploring the use of this material in furniture and home decor. Here are some examples: (except for number 4, which is a different kind of weaving)

1. T'nalak Round Ottoman, Hacienda Crafts
2. T'nalak Rectangular Ottoman, Hacienda Crafts
3. Large California Mid Century Lamp, 1stdibs (item out of stock)
4. Banig Throw Pillow Case, Kultura

For more information on T'nalak, you can check out One Weave, One Dream.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What I Had For Breakfast

Good morning guys! For breakfast, this is what I had: white cheese with basil leaves and sliced tomatoes on toast.


Here are the ingredients:
- 2 slices wheat bread
- 4-6 fresh basil leaves
- 1 small tomato
- white cheese (goat cheese, or carabao cheese)

Put thin slices of white cheese on top of the wheat bread, top with tomatoes and season it with pepper and dried herbs. Toast for 5-10 minutes in the oven at 200C

I did something wrong here though. I had already placed the basil leaves on the bread before putting it in the oven. Now they look sad and wilted. I should have added the leaves after toasting the bread to keep them fresh and bright green. But anyway, it still tastes good and I like how the tomatoes are warm and gooey.


I love cheese. Especially if they are white. If you are wondering where my family gets white cheese, we buy them in Calauan, Laguna. We do recommend the brand Hacienda Macalauan Inc. They have greek yogurt in different flavours, they have cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and different kinds of milk. I think they're already available in most supermarkets but my mom gets it in their farm in Calauan.

Enjoy a healthy happy breakfast!

Manila FAME 2014

Filipino designers and artists showcased their excellent pieces in furniture, home decor, and fashion accessories at the Manila Fame which was held last March 14-17 at the SMX Convention Center. Here are some photos of what I saw in the event:

There were a lot of woven products from lamps to bags to pillows. Manila FAME even highlighted the traditional art of weaving with special demonstrations and installations.





Some of the products were inspired by geometry. The most notable one was Vito Selma as his pieces are always sculptural. This table reminds me of Antoni Gaudi's studies that were displayed inside the Sagrada Familia. 





Also there were quirky products that caught my eye, like these leg planters and troll planters.



This was my favorite piece in Kenneth Cobonpue's latest collection inspired by the circus. 

My favorite for this year was South Sea. I love the intricate veneer work in their furniture pieces. They use materials like bamboo with walnut veneer with pearl, shells and lahar ash.



Manila Fame will have another event this coming October 16-19 at SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information on how to participate as an exhibitor or as a buyer, check their website here.

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