Category: Materials for Crafting

Apr 19

Fossilized flowers from Quirino

I run a small novelty invitations and souvenirs business with my sister, and we’re always on the lookout for cool new ideas. We stumbled upon Madella’s Fossilized Flowers in an exhibit at the Gateway Mall.

Quirino fossilized flowers

I totally forgot what these fossilized flowers came from. And before you ask, no these weren’t made of paper, but of real dried leaves. The leaves are dried and then wrapped around a Styrofoam ball stuck on thin branch. The price for each of these flowers ranges from P3 ($0.06) to P10 ($0.20).

Some people use these flowers as decor, but I find them too dull to decorate our home (no need to water them, but still). These fossilized flowers make great wedding souvenirs though—tie them up with some fancy ribbon with a tag, and you’ll have something pretty to give your guests. They cost pretty cheap, but how would they know? 😉

Apr 11

Abaca mat

If you’re into scrapbooking, there’s a great chance that you’ve seen this material (and probably even made use of it). But the ones you’ve probably bought are the teeny-weeny pieces that come in little packages (not to mention quite expensive). I don’t do scrapbooking much (I’m not exactly an avid fan), but I’ve used the abaca mat quite often in my art works.

Abaca mat

I get my abaca mat at P100 (approximately $2) from Divisoria. I forgot how many yards that is, but it definitely beats buying those puny pieces from a scrapbooking specialty store.

Abaca, by the way, is a species of the banana plant and can be found here in the Philippines, Borneo and Sumatra. This mat is only one way of how the abaca fibers can be woven and used.