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August 2012 archive

A week of highs and lows

Sorry for being MIA for almost a week. Like I said a week before, I’m going to be working on a project starting Monday. Well, it actually started Saturday so we had quite a good head start despite the unfortunate events that occurred prior to the commencement of the project. I’m not going to talk about it anymore because I’d rather forget. Hehe!

Anyway, the project is ladies’ toilet renovation. I will give details later but here’s a quick sneak peek.

Upper left image: Proposed design. Other images: References

That’s mainly what was keeping me occupied during the week aside from a couple of days hibernation. I’ve been feeling awfully out of condition lately, probably because I couldn’t seem to get a good night’s sleep. So this week is generally a low week for me. And when I say low, that means I cannot multitask. That should explain why I wasn’t able to do any of my DIY decors and write a blog post. Speaking of decors, our walls have finally been resurrected! Will update you on that soon too. So excited for next week when my major projects are done!

25 “DIY-able” Paper Light Shades

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am in search of ideas on how to dress up my pendant lights. I actually have 8 lights to dress up in the house and so I need LOTS of ideas. I love paper and I have lots just lying around the house so I compiled interesting paper shade ideas for my pleasure and yours.

Quick and easy DIY with instructions:


1. Steal the secret ingredient of interior and furniture designer Nichole Loiacono and recreate this dreamy, fluffy white paper lantern.

2. Add interesting details to your plain, white Ikea lantern from CraftyNest.

3. A video tutorial from Traveling Mama. These weren’t created with lights considered but I guess you can easily make adjustments to accommodate a bulb.

4. Easily add a pop of color by adding colored tissues to your lanterns via Martha Stewart.

5. Create a 3D modern light shade out of the simplest things that you can buy online or in your nearest supermarket and homewares store. via Cutoutandkeep

6. I am inlove with this simple die-cut falling leaves shade by Patricia Zapata

Origami Inspired Lamp Shades:

7. Origami lamp shade design by Tomoko Fuse. Folded instructions included.

8. Another origami lamp shade with instructions.

9. Not exactly origami, but there’s still folding involved from Craftster.org

DIY-able but requires patience and time: 

10. This drum shade is designed by zipper8lighting at Etsy. It utilizes hundred of of pieces of folded paper. It reminds me of paper fortune tellers we used to make back in grade school.

11. Another creative lamp using scrap paper strip by graphic designer Gabrielle Guy. via ScrapHacker

12. This is a unique paper lamp shade by Cut & Paste. via FurnitureSides

13. And my favorite of them all–Wanessa Carolina’s rolled paper lamp. I’m a definitely going to steal this idea for our living room light! So pretty!

Paper lamp design ideas:

14 and 15. Design ideas from DeLuxe Interior

16. Paper lamp by Carl Zahn via CubeMe

17. VARMLUFT from Ikea

And if you love paper lamps but don’t have the guts to make one, buy one instead. These are my gorgeous finds from Etsy.

I absolutely love origami lamps. I tried doing a simple tulip origami (following the steps in YouTube) and gave up halfway. Someday when I have the patience, I will do try again. But for now, I’ll drool over these Etsy finds.

18 and 19. Fiber Lab’s Etsy store.

20 and 21. Studio Snowpuppe. I super love their pastel color origami lamps as well as their pastel colored textile cables. Quite pricey though. I wish I could figure out how to do this myself.

22. Coral lamp by Berlin designers in Studio Aisslinger via CubeMe. Any idea how you can DIY this?

23. Cup’o Lights via Yanko Design

24. Tetra Box light via Yanko Design

25. Bulbous Handmade Paper Lamps By Paula Arntzen Hang Like Glowing Sculptures via Inhabitat

I hope you found your inspiration. :) By the way, check out my version of DIY paper light shade here.


A wish for a decent zoo

We just had a 4-day weekend although for us who work at home, it wasn’t that different from our regular work days. I work as a freelance graphic artist and my husband is in construction. So unless we really have a tough deadline to beat, we can pretty much juggle our things to do (and want to do) since we’re in total control of our time.

So, wanting to feel like normal employees who are so psyched about long weekends, we decided to take Bryce on a field trip in the zoo. This was a long overdue trip because I bought an Ensogo voucher for Kinder Zoo two months ago and were supposed to go as soon as possible. But it was repeatedly postponed due to several storms and a monsoon rain that hit us. It was good enough that we went on Tuesday because when I printed out our voucher, I just saw that it was the last day of redemption.

The sleeping pot-bellied pig got Bryce’s curiosity.

I honestly didn’t want to go to Manila Zoo because of the pitying condition of the animals. Too bad, I wasn’t able to take a picture of the ostrich that is almost bald. Yes, balding like a plucked chicken! The zoo holds just a handful of animals including an extremely old elephant, 2 or 3 zebras (2 look like a brown horse with fading stenciled stripes), 3 crocodiles, turtles, few species of snakes, lizards and birds. No more giraffe, apes, gorillas, lions… Bryce was actually looking forward to seeing a lion (Alex the lion as he calls it, and Melman the Giraffe). “Gloria” (hippopotamus) was there but was relaxing underwater so he didn’t see it too. Well, what can we expect from a P40 ($1) entrance fee.

Look, Mommy, can we bring him home as my pet? He doesn’t bite, see?

Inside the zoo is the Kinder Zoo which was probably where the budget goes. Regular entrance fee was P200 with a choice of 2 activities (horseback riding, wall climbing, zipline, swimming for kids, animal-feeding [fish/ different bird species/ turtle],butterfly garden [catch, wish and release activities]). But I got the voucher for P359 for 4 of us including 8 activities. Good enough for me.

In Kinder Zoo, you can touch the animals and take photos with them. I know Bryce is aware that those animals are alive but we didn’t see any hesitation whenever he holds one while I can take a picture. I am not exactly an animal lover so I was very contented being the official photographer.

This is the only family picture we have out of 350+ shots.

I’ve been to Calgary and Singapore Zoo and our zoo isn’t even a quarter of theirs. Manila zoo is probably just the entrance of their zoo and the animals in here were probably suffering from muscular dystrophy due to lack of area to run around. I mean, in zoos abroad, you need to stay at least half a day to see all the animals and really appreciate them. In here, you can be done in less than an hour. This is a government-run zoo and I wish they would just close it down or privatize it for the love of those animals! The animals need to feel as if they were still in their natural habitat, not a cage smaller than a typical house.

My little zoologist.

And I know Bryce would enjoy the zoo even more if he could see the mammals running around their perimeter area, peacocks strolling freely around the zoo, monkeys comfortably jumping from one tree to another. I love zoos (even though I’m not exactly an animal lover, I know, I’m saying it again) and I want to spend a family day in there, picnicking and riding trolleys.

I feel like I was Ace Ventura in here (When Nature Calls)…

Oh well, at least, I have some pretty decent pictures of animals, mostly birds. Haha! And Bryce really did enjoy his day out in the zoo.

Mini zip line and wall climbing. Bryce’s favorite, but it was already 2:00pm and energy was running low.

We have another long weekend this week but I’ll be working on some projects. Have fun everyone!

If you want to visit Manila and Kinder Zoo, here’s the address:

Manila Zoo Compound M. Adriatico St., Malate, Manila (walking distance or short pedicab ride from Quirino LRT Station and/or Vito Cruz LRT Station)

Phone no.: 522 6179 or 579 9557



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