Showing posts with label home decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home decor. Show all posts

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Reading corner for the kids room

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It took us sometime to continue decorating the kids side of the room because of the issues in the lease contract renewal with our old landlord and now that it is finalized and we are settled with the new landlord, we were able to do just exactly what we planned for. Yesterday, we were able to finish adding a bookshelf in the bare wall next to their bunk bed.

Before

After

Adding a reading corner for the kids and displaying their favorite bed time stories encourage them to read more. We used three spice racks we got from Ikea for AED 11 each. I still need to add lighting for Prince though. Ikea is on part sale right now so if you need extra decor for your home, it is time to go there for cheap finds. 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Framing Artwork and Creating Photo Collage

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I heart everything, I see them everywhere, why not put it in my daughters room?

For this project I got a white card stock, pair of scissors, a black marker, a red pen and an old frame

Out of the white card stock, I cut out a square that fits perfectly to the old frame, I used the black marker for writing  I and Micaela and for the black frame on the edge of the paper while I used the red pen to draw the heart and color it. This was a pretty very easy-to-do art. I stick the art on the frame and mount it on the wall.

For the photo collage, I printed small pictures of Micaela in the places she's been to. Arranged it and stick together to a frame and mount it on the wall with a double adhesive tape. The letter L stands for Lanna my daughters first name. This was a jewellery holder I got from Claire's during a sale. The pink bear is Mica's lovey toy posing as my model.


I printed these pictures randomly and later on I realized that the pictures are from different experiences of her (from left to right top to bottom) By the Burj Al Arab, By the Burk Khalifa, Skii Dubai, Dream Land Aquapark, Dubai Zoo, Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, Dubai Dolphinarium, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Crabbing in Um Al Quwain, Enchanted Kingdom, Hersheys Dubai Mall-Largest Chocolate Bar, Fujairah Open Beach, Rotana Abu Dhabi, Top of Jebel Hafeet with Aero, Tagaytay Horseback Riding Compound, Abra Ride at Dubai Creek, Malaysia International Airport and Bulacan Butterfly Garden.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

DIY Ideas: Wall of Frame

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This is how it looks like until I get bored of them. To make things a little happier and to add a little color, I bought a can of orange spray paint and did a little bit of spray painting. These frames with the same photos now belongs to a new area of the house which also used to be a boring white wall. This is how it looks like now. The entry looks happy and interesting now. Happy weekend everyone!


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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Not Just Scribbles

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What do you think about the drawing?

This is a self portrait of my daughter Lanna Micaela. Isn't it amazing how she captures the almost exact facial features of herself in this drawing? I was really in awe when I paid more attention to her drawing which I thought was just scribbles but then I realize how nicely she made this piece of art. If my daughter grow up to be an artist, a painter or inclined in arts, I know and she will know where and when it all started.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Celebrating Christmas in Dubai

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UAE is a Muslim country but then Dubai and the rest of its Emirates are open cities. Almost 60% of its workforce depends on expatriates coming from different countries that have different culture and religion living peacefully and harmoniously in the land of oil and sand. Muslims celebrate Eid, Hindu celebrates Diwali and Christians or Catholic celebrate Christmas freely in their own way and its being respected completely.

To celebrate Christmas in UAE is totally different in celebrating Christmas in the Philippines in the sense that only those Catholic or Christian populations celebrates it and not as whole country.

Dubai is a friendly place to celebrate Christmas and the government of UAE has nothing against it. For the last seven years that I have celebrated it here, it is nothing different in the Philippines.

When we came to Dubai, we carry our culture with us. After
Eid Al Adha celebration of our Muslim brothers, it became a family tradition to decorate our house or our room with Christmas ornaments that we have been keeping from the last nine months. Like in the Philippines, we also observe the longest Christmas preparation and celebration here in Dubai. As the time draws near, we also plan of how we will celebrate it, what food should be on our dinner table on Christmas Eve, of course it will never be complete without all traditional Filipino dishes, what gift to be wrapped in fancy papers for our dear friends and loved ones, buy new clothes to wear on that very special occasion dedicated specially in commemorating the birth of our Savior, and also plan for parties with friends and officemates where some are also having their "monito monita" for fun. Write letters to Santa and complete our wish list.


There are also several Catholic Churches in UAE like Saint Mary's Church and Saint Francis of Asisi in Dubai and Saint Michaels Church in Sharjah where one can attend and complete "Simbang Gabi". Inside the church premises, traditional "puto bumbong" and "bibingka" are also being sold by the Filipino community so one can also enjoy this native sweets after the mass.

On Christmas day, we also visit relatives if there is any and friends for those who are bachelors, this year since Christmas falls on a Friday so it is the best time to visit them since we are off from work.

You see there is not much difference in celebrating Christmas in UAE in my own perspective. Even in a foreign land like this, I can still celebrate it the most traditional Filipino way I know and I am doing it to inculcate it in my daughters mind that we Filipinos have our own way of celebrating Christmas and I want her to know deep in her heart what is the meaning and purpose of all this celebration.We must not forget one thing, that Christmas beyond all the lights and celebration is the time of giving and showing our love for one another. It is the time of forgiving afterall, it is the main reason why Jesus was born.



Home Decor for Christmas


Now, I want you to take a peek in our humble room that me and my family dutifully decorate with Christmas ornaments and a very special tree. This is our Christmas tree. Its the second year we have this. The very first fir tree we had was sent to my mom in the Philippines so she can use it at home. We bought it from Dragon Mart for AED 150. The red and gold ornaments are from Ace Hardware and some are curtesy of Marks and Spencer when my sister is working there here in Dubai.
These are snowflakes made of cutout paper. I made it myself with the help of Lanna then we stick it at the glass door on the way out of our terrace. I just wanted to have a feel of snow at home.


This is the holy leaf that I also made myself. Who says it has to be expensive, one just have to play with the immagination and voila, I have this wonderful ornament for my altar. Isn't it wonderful?

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