Ever since I learned how to sew last month, I had been buying fabric non-stop. It’s a sickness, I tell you.
I finally convinced the husband to go to Divisoria with me. He had been concerned with the crowd and having no parking, but it turned out he was worried for nothing. There was a LOT of parking space due to the malls that have cropped up in the area, and surprisingly, not a lot of people as well. With my sister in tow, we made our way from the Tutuban mall to Ilaya St. where all the glorious and affordable fabric are. Continue reading Fabric Addict
My sister and I had planned to go all the way to Divisoria today to look at fabrics. I wanted to buy materials that I needed for sewing as well. YES! I finally purchased a machine – just the low-end one with basic stitches – that can aid a novice like me without breaking the bank. This is a Singer Promise 1408 with 8 built-in stitches and automatic 4-step buttonhole.
We’ve passed by the signs pointing to Puzzle Mansion so many times during our many trips to Tagaytay but we never got around to going to the place. All we knew was that the place literally was a Guinness record-holding mansion full of puzzles. During this latest trip, as luck would have it, Puzzle Mansion was on the way to Wilson’s Place where we stayed.
We headed off to the mansion a little before lunch. From the main road, we had to go further in and passed by these pillars that signaled the mansion was near.
We reached a guard post and a man was making a sign for us to make a left. We didn’t anticipate what we saw next. The blue and white structure can be seen from afar, but the concrete road leading to it was very steep. I know the husband hesitated going down the incline in his beloved project car, but we already made it that far and so we had no choice. The trip downhill wasn’t so bad, it turned out.
We were led to a dirt parking area which I guess they were still trying to build because there was no way they can get more people to visit what they now consider a local tourist attraction with that kind of garage.
The fee to enter the mansion was Php 100 per person, and we bought our tickets from the makeshift restaurant by the parking area that also sold coconut pie – a famous delicacy we were told. We saw this bit of Filipiniana parked outside the building. It was really eye-catching as it matched the building’s exterior colors of blue and white. Continue reading Birthday in Tagaytay: Puzzle Mansion
We salvaged some old side tables from the husband’s family home, and I took it upon myself to restore them as well. They’ve been placed alongside our bed for the past couple of years and, because of the dark brown finish, seem to disappear into the background. I’ve decided to paint them a shade of white again like this nursery dresser because white always looks good on a blue background. 🙂
Here are photos that I took during and after the side table restoration project:
It’s my Dad’s birthday today, and his and Mom’s 56th wedding anniversary! I know he is looking down at my Mom and our family from heaven. 🙂
As for me, well we had moved to a new house with more space for me to pursue my restoration hobby. It has been raining pretty hard these days and I didn’t have much work to do so I decided to get started on the restoration of this old nursery dresser that we got from hubby’s sister before she left for Canada. She also gave us this piece that I restored last December.
I, unfortunately, forgot to take a photo of the cabinet before I worked on it, so it would be difficult to show you exactly how run-down it looked. The veneer was basically peeling off in several areas and I just had something to cover the top part. I took out the drawers and placed all the pieces over manila paper and pieces of plastic on the floor.
The first thing I did was strip the veneer off the body of the dresser. There really was no way to salvage the veneer and I did hesitate to peel it off at first because this is my first peeling job 🙂 but I did find some good resources online. Because the piece was already a bit rundown, I didn’t have a hard time taking off the veneer save for some areas where it was really glued on. I read some tips to use a flat iron and a cloth but my flat iron is way too precious for me to use it on this restoration job. I just took a flat chisel and hammered my way inch by inch until I had everything peeled off. I only worked on it for about 1-2 hours a day and it took around 4 days for me to finish the peeling.
We were sorting out stuff we kept in the storage room one afternoon and I saw this sad-looking magazine rack tucked away in the corner, barely visible under the pile of rags draped over it. I instantly knew what to do with it and vowed to find the time.
I did find the time, and I had all of two days to make-over the rack. This is what it looked like.
It looked much worse than it does on the picture above because some of the parts were already broken off. I enlisted the help of the hubby and his carpentry skills put the thing back together. This was taken while I was assembling the parts back. Continue reading ala-Shabby Chic