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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Gift Package Decos

December 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM (Christmas, crafts, recycled) (, , , , , )


Cute Gift Package Decos from Cardboard & Foil


Nik and I made these cute recycled package decorations that can double as ornaments.  We embellished them with a bit of ribbon and metallic cord.

Just cut your shape out of a piece of cardboard (cereal box is good);  for the butterfly we cut only the two wings.  Then we took some old (cleaned) foil and fitted and glued it to the cutout shapes.  For the butterfly’s body, take a strip of newspaper and twist and shape it until you have the body shape; wrap and glue on the foil, then make two slits along the side for the wings and glue them in.  Embellish to your heart’s delight!

These are pretty sturdy, so can be reused.

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The Dragonfly: Elegance in Flight

November 22, 2010 at 3:01 PM (crafts, dragonfly, paper sculpture, recycled) (, , , , , )

So I became intrigued with the cardboard tube stars/flowers/snowflakes I saw posted all over the web and tried to do some of my own.  These are some samples:



Star, Flower and/or Snowflake made with cardboard tube




The two larger ones are wrapped with fabric scraps I had left over, then covered with a semi-sheer fabric, and I coated the edges with glitter.  The white one is just painted silver around the outside and then I glued on some white lacy trim.

I kept thinking there must be other things I can make with this stuff, then – lo and behold! – as I was playing around with them, a dragonfly took shape.   But I didn’t want to cover the wings with fabric,  so I tried using the coiled foil designs I had used for the lotus sculpture.  These are a few of the results:



Cardboard and Foil Dragonfly Ornament


Asian motif red fabric and Gold mesh Dragonfly
















The one on the left is cardboard tube frame with cardboard backing;  the fill for the wings and body is quilled foil paper strips, and the outside is foil wrapping paper.   The red dragonfly is ribbon-wrapped cardboard with kanzashi-folded red Asian motif and gold mesh fabrics; edges trimmed with gold cording.  On the back I used the same red fabric, but just glued it onto the frame and cut to shape.



Back of Red Fabric Dragonfly




Well, gotta get back to work.  I’m trying to finish a rush order, but needed a short break.  More next time.  Let me know if you like these.  And Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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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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