Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Living Wall Planters

I sort of bumped into a flower box store of living wall planters, on the way to have dinner in a restaurant in Madrid with Ron and Beatriz.  I was amazed how some simple flower arrangements can look so beautiful as they hang on the walls.  Although, I should confess that it was quite sad too because they were not in their normal habitat.  I guess it was just like looking at a beautiful bird inside a gold cage!  And they were quite expensive too.  Anyway, here are some of the photos that Ron took.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Workshop for Artworks

I had a three day workshop and exhibit of my artworks in the next town.  I had my disappointments.  I barely made some sale, but at least I sold enough to pay for materials.  I made most of the sale only on the second day and it was tough to come home the first evening without any sale.

It was disappointing to find out that even if people appreciate what you do, they are not willing to pay the price that you are asking for although except for the cards, the prices were reasonable.  I have to admit that my marketing is still faulty because I focus on what I do but never on attracting sales.  Sometimes things just don’t turn out how we want.  But when things don’t go our way, it’s important to learn to trust that the universe has our back, that God is watching over us and is in control and all that we can do is strive to do things better and keep on trusting for the best. Even though situation might look bleak at the moment, there’s something better coming. I truly believe that when we think in this way, we actually create these bigger and better things. Call it a shift in perspective, a self-fulfilling prophecy, or the law of attraction or simply faith and trust in Divine Providence and last but not least confidence in yourself.

1)  Exhibit 22 and 23 of May, 2013 Parque Humedal, Coslada 

Recycled products from coffee capsules and CD's by Emma 

Recycled from cooking oil residual by Emma

Recycled from Cd's by Emma

Recycled products from coffee capsules and orange rinds by Emma 

Recycled products from t-shirts and denim pants

2) Exhibit 24th of May, 2013 in Lake park (Lago, Coslada)

That guy is taking pictures of the event to be published! 

Ron took pictures everywhere, and children and others loved to pose!

Using upper plastic bottles for oil filters 

Making windmills 

Using empty toilet paper rolls for making butterflies (bodies) 

NGO showed how to make use of simple elements to cook or conserve food from sun rays

Despite the poor sales, I had fun showing children (while parents helped their children) make a bookmark, a fridge magnet or a greeting card using pressed flowers and leaves.  Some children attended the full three days and kept coming back to repeat doing the same things. Others wanted to have some of my stuff and kept staring at particular articles, but did not have enough money to buy them.  I was tempted to give away some of them but was afraid to cause caos. One mother would rather buy earrings for her than buy a bookmark, that the child wanted so much.  It was surprising how some adults wanted my approval (most of the children showed their work to me for recognition).  It was gratifying to have had the opportunity to share my knowledge and display what beautiful things can be done with dried, pressed flowers and leaves with little skills but a lot of patience.  Priceless experience to be surrounded with eager kids mostly willing to learn.  Surprisingly, children also had taught me some of their innate skills.  The weather was such a blessing too, because earlier during the week it has been raining while the sun appeared for the event.

After the three stressful days, I had tapas dinner with Ron.  And to top it all, nothing better than ice cream in a cone!

As we walked back to the car, we were met with a full moon, such a beauty with all the colorful roses lined up in bloom, before it.

And then we went through the fair grounds of our town.  It is fiesta time  again and with the cheerful atmosphere, the colorful rides, the food stands, etc...,  that are all set up  under a promising sunny celebration of the fireworks  on May 30th.  Come one, come all, there is fun enough for everyone! 

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Segovia on Mother's Day 2013

Mother's Day in Spain is celebrated the first Sunday of May and I would like to share how I celebrated it with Ron this year.

Ron came early today at about 10:30 am with a bouquet of flowers, which we immediately placed in a vase before we left to go to Segovia,  a city in the autonomous region of Castille and Leon, Spain, about 90 mins car drive from our apartment.  

Luckily, it was a bright, sunny day with spring temperature and we coincided with some artisans food and handcrafted products, some of which are pictured hereunder.









We had lunch in a typical restaurant that serves piglet, the specialty in Segovia, in a place called "Casa Duque".             



Door Knob


The hors d'oeuvres consisted of big white beans, red sausages "chorizo", white sausages, peeled red sausage, rice sausage and bread soup with egg here called as  "sopa castellana".

                                       The piglet was so tender and crunchy!        


This is called "cochinito, which is fried crunchy pork, maybe similar to our "lechong kawali".


For dessert, we had a typical cake from Segovia, called Ponche Segoviano.   This is a sponge cake with egg cream, topped with caramelized sugar.  Delicious!  There was a lot for us to finish, so about half of the cochinito was set aside for take away.

Then we had fun taking pictures.





We ended up eating ice cream before we left for home.  Mel, caught up with us by calling us up by cell phone while we were on the way to get our ice cream.  She told me that she was then picking buttercups, which happen to be my favorite flowers to press.   And Andy and his Mom were also there to help her pick them.  My, wasn't that flattering!

It was not the same to have celebrated Mother's Day without Mel, and only with Ron.  But I cannot have everything, Ron made up for the absence of Mel and I had another wonderful day of celebration.  Praise be to God!