Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Playing with Leaves

On my way to our Ikebana class last Tuesday, I was still clueless of what I should make. When I opened my set of flowers, I saw palm leaves and some grasses. Palm leaves are quite huge and if done wrong, it can overpower the flowers. But the good side is, they are also versatile and easy to modify. You can make different designs by trimming, shaping, or weaving the.. Read More

When You Feel Like the Creative Juices Start to Run Out

Learning Ikebana and training as a sensei has been fun yet a little challenging for me for the past months. Fun because I am able to create my own arrangements freestyle. However since I have already finished the books prescribed, doing different arrangements almost every week has been a big challenge also. Every time I bike my way to our community center to attend ourTuesday lessons, my mind is already.. Read More

Remembering My Childhood Days through Ikebana

While I was browsing Facebook yesterday and seeing posts from my elementary classmates and friends, I suddenly remembered my childhood days especially when we do some crafts and art projects in school. After that I found myself in Daiso (100-yen store) looking for some art materials. I saw some wooden nameplates which are used as markers for planting. It reminded me of popsicle sticks that we used to make some.. Read More

Monochromatic Ikebana

For today’s lesson, I decided to highlight single colors in my Ikebana arrangements. It is not that I am lazy to think of color combinations (hmm.. maybe partly correct since it has been two weeks or so that I have not done Ikebana ;)) but I think giving emphasis to just one color would strengthen its meaning or purpose. For my first arrangement, I chose to showcase the purity and.. Read More

Creating a Happy Place through Ikebana

They say that Ikebana is slowly dying in Japan since most of the younger Japanese ladies do not have time or interest to learn about it. But I also notice that a lot of people outside Japan are increasing. This means that although it might be gone soon in the country where it originated, Ikebana will continue to strengthen and expand globally. However, it also puzzles me where to draw.. Read More