CONTAINER GARDENING: STRAWBERRY PLANTER USING PALLET

CONTAINER GARDENING: STRAWBERRY PLANTER USING PALLET

Spring is back and that means it is time to start planting again. I think I have mentioned before that we moved (again) to another apartment, one that is closer to where Armin and I work. This time we found a place that has a small garden...hurray!!! But the thing is the whole lot is covered in grass! Although there is a patch without grass on it, the previous renter, however, covered the ground with garden foil then topped it with really thick mulch to stop the weeds from growing and  and the…Read more→
Pallet Garden

Pallet Garden

Look what I found in our recent trip to Ca'Savio, Italy, a pallet garden!  I think it is a really great container gardening idea to use wooden pallets in a simple way as this...and look at all the different kinds of veggies and herbs they were able to plant in these boxes, amazing isn't it?  I took these photos at the camp grounds where we stayed for some days. This is one of their projects for the kids to teach them how to plant and appreciate gardening. Some of the plants I recognized thriving…Read more→
HOW TO GROW TOMATOES IN POTS

HOW TO GROW TOMATOES IN POTS

Last year I was lucky to have three healthy tomato bushes that gave us abundant fruits all summer and lasted until early fall. We had so much tomatoes that we needed to give some away to our neighbors and friends. And those were planted in my container garden made of wooden pallet. This year I decided to grow tomatoes in pots and as I write these post they are all healthy and starting to have lots of blossoms. Here is a helpful tip on how to grow tomatoes in pots or even directly in your…Read more→
CONTAINER GARDENING: EASY VEGETABLES TO GROW

CONTAINER GARDENING: EASY VEGETABLES TO GROW

It's been a year since I wrote  my last post about container gardening and about my very own container garden. The last one was about making your own inexpensive planter box using pallets.  And if you read that post you will see how successful it was from the updates I shared last year while growing various vegetables and herbs in it. It has been a source of joy seeing my babies grow and bear fruits and crops. They supplied us with fresh and delectable produce almost all year round last year. Now, on its second year,…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: DIY Boutonniere

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: DIY Boutonniere

DIY Boutonniere is really easy and what is great about it is that you can add special touches to give it more personal meaning. As with this one, the bride's name is Hazel, thus the hazel nut, which will be worn close to the groom's heart during the ceremony, aaawww...  Above are some of the boutonniere or buttonholes we made for Hazel autumn-rustic wedding. It is really easy to make as demonstrated on the step-by-step photos below. Although you will notice it is a bit different from  the final product above, it is because I…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: DIY Bouquet

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: DIY Bouquet

A bouquet that lasts a lifetime, I think that will be a good keepsake from your wedding and a nice giveaway to your bridesmaids. In this DIY bouquet tutorial, I will show you how we created  practical, beautiful and themed bridal bouquets using non-floral materials. I know I have left it a bit too long for this next post about our Autumn wedding project. I have been quite busy the last months and creating tutorials takes a bit more of time but I am here now and let us keep it going!...so now that we…Read more→
How to make almond milk

How to make almond milk

Since Armin is now into raw food, I have been thinking of ways how to add some variety to his rather monotonous diet of juices and salads. So I have been looking for some recipes with ingredients that are easy to find here in Germany. For starters, I tried making some almond milk, from which you can make many other good stuff like pudding and shakes for example. But why the need to make one? Apparently, dairy milk is not allowed in raw foodism (I swear I did not invent that word! I got it…Read more→
Eating Healthy- The Raw Food Diet

Eating Healthy- The Raw Food Diet

  As I mentioned in my last post, a surprise was waiting for me when I got back from leaving Armin on his own for 5 weeks to spend some time with my family back home in the Philippines. Well, to my utter disbelief, my dear meat-lovin' hubby turned into a raw-food-junkie. Well ok..maybe not so much of a junkie, because he still have a cheat day (or two) but he really means business, we even got this humongous juicer sitting on the kitchen counter to prove it! I might still be in…Read more→
10 Easy & Inexpensive DIY Christmas Ideas

10 Easy & Inexpensive DIY Christmas Ideas

Bring fun and beauty to the season without spending a fortune! Here are 10 DIY Christmas Projects that are easy to make using simple materials.  Christmas goodies, giveaways, centerpieces and decors, take your pick or do them all!  DIY Button Christmas Trees from Let's Eat Grandpa  Turtle Candy in a Jar by Sarah Hearts  Paper Christmas Tree from Sprinkle of Cinnamon    DIY Cookie Cutter Candles from Evermine Blog    Easy DIY Candle Holder by Sabrina Sue  Spiced Orange Christmas Soap from A Fresh Legacy Christmas Cookies DIY from Tell Love and Chocolate   Bottle…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 2)

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 2)

As I promised on the part 1 of this article, I will show you now how we made paper roses using florist's crepe paper. This requires just a bit more work than the first tutorials but still easy. The second one is to make peony with tissue paper which is a lot easier and so much fun! Materials: Florist's crepe paper Floral Wire Floral Tape  (or just use green crepe paper and glue) Tools: scissors, chopstick or pencil   This is how florist's crepe paper looks like, for those who do not know it. I had…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 1)

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 1)

In this post, I will show how to make paper flowers, it is so easy. For Hazel's and Martin's wedding, these will be used as table centerpieces. We made a lot of paper flowers from our creative meetings, in various kinds, colors and materials. In these tutorials, I used regular crepe papers.   Materials: Red Crepe Paper Green Crepe Paper Tissue Paper (Black if available) Watercolor Floral wire Glue Steps 1: Cut a tissue paper (any color) into a rectangle or triangle. Fill it with rounded and flattened tissue paper. Paint it black…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: Table Lantern Jars

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: Table Lantern Jars

In a previous post, I have mentioned that my friends (the English-speaking) and I are doing a series of 'creative meetings'. Now what we are doing exactly is, we are helping our friend Hazel for their wedding decorations preparations. It is a major project if you think about it but it is also major fun! They are having an autumn wedding and it will be on the day of Halloween. How cool is that! So the main motif is, of course, autumn with a rustic touch and color theme is orange and some touch…Read more→
Rustic Flower Vases from Mason Jars

Rustic Flower Vases from Mason Jars

Overtime, I have collected a lot of glass bottles and mason jars from buying various food stuff like preserved fruits, jams, sausages, wines, sauces and condiments. Although, here in Germany, all glasses are sorted separately(also by color) to be recycled, it just didn`t feel right throwing these bottles and glasses away. But the problem is, our cupboards are becoming full of these empty bottles and jars...so I guess it's time to make them useful. One is the simplest way to repurpose mason jars are to make them into  flower vases. Here you will see…Read more→
Container Gardening: DIY Planter box from pallets

Container Gardening: DIY Planter box from pallets

I love planting and gardening, but the problem is we do not have a garden!  We do have a wide terrace though and the best solution I find is container gardening. Although it would be nice to plant directly on the ground, growing plants in pots or containers do have its own advantages, like it requires less or no weeding at all and the ease to move or rearrange pots anyway you like it or as the plants require (shade or sunlight at different seasons). There is also lesser hassle from garden invaders…Read more→
DIY Canopy Bed (outdoor)

DIY Canopy Bed (outdoor)

What we liked best when we decided to move to our new apartment was the really wide terrace, although I would prefer to have a garden where I can plant directly on the ground, having our wide terrace is the next best thing. We just got ourselves some  big pots that are now planted with fruit bearing trees such as cherries, apple, pear and peaches. I also made some planter boxes from palettes to plant some vegetables like spinach, radish, lettuce garlic and tomatoes. Outdoor tables and chairs are on their way too but…Read more→
Wall design – Japanese inspired

Wall design – Japanese inspired

Late October last year, my husband and I suddenly found ourselves moving to our current apartment. Ok it was not really sudden since  we had to wait for the required 3 months notice (in Germany) before we could vacate our previous one. One moment, we were just talking about looking for a bigger space and then saw this advertisement in a website for rental apartments and decided to get a peek at the place. And I mean just a peek, because we just drove there and pass by the house (twice) since we…Read more→
Container Gardening: Strawberry Planter

Container Gardening: Strawberry Planter

Create your own hanging strawberry planter! This spring, I replanted my strawberries on a self-made hanging planter. From the original 6 plants I bought two springs ago, we now have more than 4 dozens of them. We are also planning to add other variety of strawberries so we can have them earlier as well. I saw some really cool ideas in the internet about strawberry planters. The ready-made pots are too expensive (for someone as practical as I am anyway) and some other DIY planters require either tools I do not have or…Read more→
Container Gardening: Growing Strawberries

Container Gardening: Growing Strawberries

More than a year ago, I decided I want to plant strawberries. Buying them was not a problem, there are a lot of strawberry plants available in garden stores or even groceries and supermarkets in our area specially on the start of spring. So I got a tray with six plants. We didn't also have a garden lot in our old apartment so I planted them in 2 pots, 3 plants each. They are June-bearing variety so they produced only from summer to fall. Being a newbie to strawberry planting, I was a bit…Read more→
Make your own wall collage

Make your own wall collage

Here is another easy and inexpensive way to put some life to an empty wall - by creating a collage of pictures of your choice. You can use pictures that you've taken yourself and make them into a wall collage or use favorite pictures from the internet (be sure though that you are allowed to use them) and add a little personal touch. My husband has taken some great pictures last time we went for a day trip to Insel Mainau one fine spring day and because I love flowers, this is the theme we…Read more→
How to take care of orchids?

How to take care of orchids?

Help! My orchid is dying!!! Or so it looks like, right? But before you panic, calm down and read this article about Phalaenopsis Orchid Care. I love love love orchids!!! They look so pretty, dainty and elegant.  I’ve always like orchids but it was only until recently that I have the guts to be an orchid owner.  Well, that is not entirely true. It was more like I was forced into being one. You see a relative gave me a Phalaenopsis orchid (also known as "Moth" orchid, maybe because the flower resembles a moth?! duh!) for…Read more→
How to make your own indoor hanging herb garden

How to make your own indoor hanging herb garden

I like planting my own herbs. It is practical when you do not have to rush to the groceries whenever you need them and you are sure that no chemicals were used to grow them. You can grow them in pots outside when it is warm enough or even indoors during the cold seasons.  But other people might have problems with too less or small space to plant herbs indoors like in their kitchen, in my case the problem was having too much a space that is looking too bare or just plain…Read more→