I would have posted photos of loots from our most recent trips to Dapitan and Tiendesitas but, quite unexpectedly, I got sick on December 23 and I didn’t feel better until late evening on Christmas day. It was a quiet house on Christmas Eve. The house helpers attended midnight mass in town and, a little before midnight, Alex roused me from sleep, hand on hips, demanding why the lights were out and why there was no food. I was too sick to get out of bed, Sam didn’t even leave her room but Alex and Speedy did have sandwiches (?) and hot chocolate together. As for me… well, talk about going on a forced diet on Christmas.
Anyway, I’m much better now and I can show you my new treasures. :)
It was Sam who discovered the ash tray at a store in Dapitan. Made from distressed wood, the otherwise stark piece was made whimsical with the addition of two figures.
Sam Alex says it’s a bee fly and an ant; I say it’s an angel and a devil.
But the ash tray is not really the centerpiece for the coffee table in the living area.
What I placed there are baskets of potpourri. The baskets are made of bamboo (3 pieces for P100 in Dapitan). Inside are scented barks, leaves, flowers and pine cones on top of dried pine leaves that have fallen off the Christmas tree. Result? Natural air freshener!
The napkin holder we bought in Tiendesitas. Carved wood with a sunflower design.
The Christmassy paper napkins and the potpourri… okay, there’s a warehouse building along Quezon Avenue where every item is sold at warehouse prices — from plasma TVs to dinnerware (including some gorgeous Mikasa sets) to flatware (I saw Oneida sets) to paper napkins to boxes of Martha Stewart potpourri.
Now, let’s move from the ground floor to the staircase which looks like this.
I love those pendant lamps and if Meralco weren’t so greedy, I’d keep them on all night. But Meralco is greedy. When there are guests, we do keep the pendant lamps on. We have to unless we want guests slipping and falling down the stairs. But when there’s just us, usually, we keep a light on the corridor switched on and when the kitchen lights below are on at the same time, the pendant lights become unnecessary. But late at night when the entire ground floor is dark, if you’re on the second floor going downstairs, you really want those pendant lamps on the stairs switched on unless, like a cat, you can see in the dark. Plus, the telephone is on one of those shelves. At night, it’s difficult to read the numbers or take down notes unless the trio of pendant lamps are on.
In short, the pendant lamps are necessary but it would be nicer if we can keep their use down to a minimum. Solution? A table lamp beside the telephone.
The frame is wrought iron and the shade is painted and laminated thick paper (don’t ask what kind — I just know it’s pretty).
Strategically positioned, the lamp illuminates the telephone and a large portion of the staircase. A third basket of potpourri was moved to the staircase to neutralize the smell of the cat litter boxes near the foot of the stairs. We try to clean the litter as often as possible but, like humans, cats pee more often in cold weather.
What’s in the clay jars? According to Sam, they’re nothing short of hideous. The floral arrangement, not the jars.
Okay, fine, I’m no flower arranger. But when I bought the dried flowers, twigs, leaves and rattan fruits, I was so sure I’d make a good job of creating something artistic with them. Easier said than done. But, never mind. The real intention in placing the two clay jars between the shelves was to draw the eyes away from the wires of the modem and router, and the electrical outlets where they are plugged in (the other modems and routers are upstairs, more strategically positioned so as not to be eye sores). Despite the lousy arrangement, the dried flowers are really pretty. I really love them. So rustic and so quaint. And they are not artificial. Bought in Dapitan.