Saturday, April 21, 2018

Staircase Display: Captured Memories

 A month ago, my computer stopped working.  I had to bring it to a computer technician to fix what was wrong with it.  My husband suggested that I should just get a new one but I did not want to because all of the pictures I have taken last year was all there.  It was  so odd too because the night before it crashed, I  uploaded  800 plus photos  at Shutterfly to avail their unlimited free prints.  Glad I got it done before my PC decided to  fail me.
It took me a while before I finally arranged all of the photos in an album and put some in the frames.
I decided to decorate our staircase with  the frames I  filled up with new photos.  I always find  some photo frames when I go to the  thrift store.  I guess some people buy the frames thinking of printing some of their  photos but they never got to it so they donate it to  stores like Goodwill.  I always find the unused ones and reserved it for my future project just like this one.
I got some of these unique displays at TJMaxx, they always have  pretty little things for good prices.  Some I got from thrift stores as well.  You don't really have to spend that much when decorating.  It's a matter of looking through deals and sale.  
I love little things with encouraging phrases on it.  It serves as a reminder for us everyday.
I love this one that I found at Goodwill.  They have short phrases.  Some are funny and some are very inspiring.  It would be a great gift for Father's Day.  I  inserted a photo in it.
I told my husband that I am preparing our home with  reminders so that when we get old and can't remember things anymore, we will have things to look at and may help us with our memories.
I bought this one two years ago but never really had a chance to do it right away.  But now, it's on the wall.
A lot of these frames did not cost a lot which I am happy.  
"BE YOU", I am not sure if you can see the  gold writings in this one but it says  "Be YOu".  I thought, it would be a good  display to remind us everyday to live life to the fullest.  
The plain staircase has now some things to see.  Captured memories are the best things to use  when you want to spruce up a wall at home.  
Having the free  unlimited prints from Shutterfly is nice, I just wish the shipping doesn't cost that much lol.  It still  worth it though.  Once in a while, whenever I miss the times when my kids were little, I would open up  some photos albums and look at the great memories we captured.  I am wondering, do you still print the photos you take?  Do you still  put  or arrange them in a photo album.  

Friday, April 20, 2018


When we visited  Disney World few years ago, I was   elated to see some bamboo  in their landscape and I thought, I wish we could grow it where we live so when I saw a house in our neighborhood with a lot of bamboos, I was excited.  Few years later, we owned that homed.  Unfortunately, the former owner, dug out most of the bamboos in his property.  Bamboo is very invasive so I can understand but I wouldn't mind having it   since it is far from the house anyway.  Luckily, they are starting to come back up.  So you see, bamboo is very resilient so it is ot easy to get rid of them.  
"The bamboos are evergreen perennial flowering plants in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae.  Did you know that bamboo can be used to create musical instruments such as flutes, xylophones, drums and chimes because of its resonant quality?"
Last year, a guy chopped down some of the bamboos in the adjacent property from ours and they left the small ones laying around there.  I  gathered  it and made  trellis out of it.  Or you can just erect a dried bamboo and it will serve as the  climbing trellis of your fruit such as this blackberry I planted by the fence.
On another note, I save this  piece of the branch from the crab apple that we tore down last year.  This serves as the  stand for some of my potted plants.
Spring is taunting this side of the world, one day it's warm and the next day it's snowing so we still have a long way to go before we can fully enjoy the nice weather and the blooms from our garden.  
Even the daffodils that just starting to bloom are now wilted  because of the freezing temperature that we have had this week.  Anyway, here's how the bamboo looks like  when it is snowing.
Even  on winter, they look  beautiful.  I love  looking at the bamboos because it reminds me of home.  Bamboo is an essential  part of the housing to where I grew up so I have great memories with it.  I won't get rid of the ones that starting to grow in our property because I want it to be a barrier  from our home to the public property  close to us.  It also a  safe haven for the birds.  I love watching the birds all flocked together in there  every night.

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