Update on Frenzies

January 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

Just wanted to post this update to say that I have now finished the “Spring Cleaning” in our breakfast room/store room, the guest bath and the kitchen. Along the way I’ve been gathering and sorting all the recyclable materials that have been stashed all over the place. So I hope to be putting those into one nicely organized spot. Oh, and I did half of our huge bedroom suite. Only the bath and closet/dressing area remain to be tackled — oh, and the windows (ugh!yuk!). Almost forgot — had to send the PC to the shop the other day for service, so I took that opportunity to clean the office corner…as I write, the desk is clear and polished, everything is clean and fresh, I can even see the letters on the keyboard! Next up is the dining/living area. Well, back to work.

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New Fancies

January 3, 2011 at 11:41 AM (crafts, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Happy New Year to all!  And thanks to all who have visited this blog.  It’s very encouraging and just downright nice to meet you.

We had a quiet weekend, choosing to ring in the New Year from the comfort of home.  Here in Bali, anyone can buy fireworks…and many do just that.  We were inundated with the bangs, pops, whistles and whooshes of hundreds of mini displays;  only having to look out from our bedroom terrace to witness a spectacular array of syncopated starburst sprays of multi-colored lightshows exploding all along the ridge of the gorge, around us, in front of us and behind us.  At midnight, the spectacle of the Four Seasons Resort display, below us and down inside the gorge, made for a very awesome climax.  Big and little sparkles and glitters of every color lit up our entire little world!  Must have been quite a beautiful view from an airplane flying overhead.  And that was our New Year’s Eve.

Anyway, as I was saying… a quiet weekend at home.  Gave me the opportunity to take a leisurely browse around the web.  Lots of beautiful and creative crafts to see.  But I kept finding myself drawn to the origami and quilling sites.  You  probably know by now that I am enthusiastic about paper crafts, especially the recycled variety.  And I think this year I will focus more on folding and filigree techniques.   I mean, has anyone seen The Crafty Penguin’s 3D Origami Swan ?

It’s beautiful!  And it made me start to imagine all kinds of ways to use her technique to build many different creations… now if I can just decide where to start…

Last year, I became fascinated with the idea of weaving on a cardboard loom, so I gave it a shot.  I thought a sort of shabby chic look created by weaving batik fabric strips might be kinda cool.  This is what happened:

My shabby chic bags woven from batik fabric strips

I used coconut wood buttons for the clasp.  The bags measure about 6″wide x 5″tall,  just big enough for all the essentials for an evening out.  I like the look of the raw edges of the cotton batik fabrics…like an eyelash effect.

Sampai jumpa lagi (see ya next time).

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Christmas in Bali

December 27, 2010 at 3:46 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I can’t believe I haven’t posted a thing for over a week now, but time flies… we were so busy filling last minute orders for our ornaments and decorations.  I have been keeping myself updated on weather in the States, though.  All that snow probably has many people house-bound.  Personally, I’m a bit envious of the missed opportunity for a White Christmas.  Here in Bali, in the southern hemisphere, it is now officially summer.  But the good news is that unlike our typical hot, humid rainy season, I am enjoying the unusual cooler and breezier weather we’re getting right now, while all the native Indonesians complain about being too cold.  (I’d say when the breeze is going, it feels like maybe 75F.  Go figure! ).  It still rains every day or night but at least I’m not constantly dripping with sweat.  The meteorologists here are blaming this rare blessing on the la nina system;  I prefer to think of it as my just desserts for having just endured a year-long humid rainy season from hell.  But the good news is that I survived to complain about it.

Anyway, Happy Holidays to all.  Below, I’m posting your Christmas card — two scenes from my tropical garden.  Enjoy!

These are poinsettias, about 3 meters (9ft.) tall

Zen corner of my pool & garden

So, the top photo shows the poinsettia bush…whoever knew those things got so big?  I have to prune it down to about 2 ft. tall every year.

The bottom photo is a peaceful corner of the garden where I’ve put a little Shaolin stone carving.   The upstairs view from my house looks down over the Ayung River gorge and the prestigious Four Seasons Resort here in Sayan Ubud.

Signing off til next time — Selamat tinggal (goodbye)

Selamat Hari Raya Natal dan Tahun Baru! (Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!)

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Paper Tales

November 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM (crafts, handmade, origami, paper, paper sculpture, recycled, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Okay, I’m not a treehugger — never have been, never will be.   That said, I do delight in nature’s clean fresh beauty.  Living in Bali has brought me a new appreciation and awareness of  my eco-surroundings, and inspired me to make better use (or reuse) of materials that would otherwise  contribute to our still semi-primitive waste disposal problems. Today’s post is basically just a few words and some photos about some of the crafts I’ve been working on within that context for my business for the past few months. I’d like to get some feedback and welcome any comments on these.  The first one is my Lotus sculpture:

Blue Lotus paper sculpture

Pink Lotus paper sculpture

My assistant, Nik, provided the inspiration for my Lotus when she presented me with her Yoga Meditation sculpture:

Nik's Yoga Meditation paper sculpture

Isn’t that awesome!  — she’s so creative.  But that wasn’t all…

We do mostly handmade Christmas items – ornaments, garlands, etc. – so Nik made these one day.

Origami Drops

We call them Origami Drops, and sell them in a 12-pack assortment.  They’re really cute, and have become quite popular.

Hope you like these little creations.  More to come.

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