Breeding The Butterfly

I’ve written before about how my plant got attacked by caterpillars : The Attack of Caterpillars on Pokok Susun Kelapa

This time I noticed there were 3 brown caterpillars eating the curry leaves. So I quickly snip the small branch of the curry plant and put them inside an old plastic aquarium.

For those who are interested to breed your own butterflies, make sure you have ample supply of the same kind of leaves where the caterpillars first eat. In my case, I was fortunate because I can simply buy curry leaves and feed them when those leaves on my plant ran out of supply. They will not eat other kind of leaves apart from the one that the mother butterfly first lay her eggs and eventually will shrivel and die.

After they eat enough, they will turn into cocoons like the one in the picture. Notice that one didn’t survive and fell out from the branch.

Oh, another tips..make sure you put the leaves together with branches or stalks so that they have place to hang their cocoon.

After about 4-5 days, the cocoon will break free and out emerge the beautiful butterfly.

Once they start flipping their wings, which means it is already dry and ready to fly, set them free.

Oh, do you know that on average, some species of butterfly has an adult life cycle of 2 weeks or less. Some only live for 2 days. Interesting, right?

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The Hardest Job

The other day, a journalist and a photographer came to my house for an interview and photo shoot session. This time the article will be featured in Malaysian Airlines in flight magazine, Going Places for September issue.

As I was showing them how I make a bunga telur from basic materials, she asked how I start the business 8 years ago, why I choose the name and what it takes to make a good bunga telur.

I was trying to answer her questions as intelligently as I could while my hands were busy assembling the pieces. My baby was crying in the other room while my husband was trying his best to entertain him, and at the same time preventing my autistic son from escaping to the craft room. (Well, I am after all a Work-at-home-mom as I have warned them earlier!)

And then one unexpected question was asked..

“What’s the hardest job you have ever done?”

My quick answer was “raising my children”. And then I realized she was referring to the bunga telur custom made order I’ve ever done for a client.

I gave her my business related answer and then she replied “well comparing this to raising the children, making this bunga telur is just like a piece a cake for you..”

True enough!

I am a work-at-home mom, so my views and answers regarding this bunga telur making business is definitely different than those with shop, overhead cost, employees and monthly commitment to pay :)

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Ramadhan 2014

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It’s 3rd day of Ramadhan here in Malaysia. I hope it is still not too late to wish all the Muslim readers, selamat berpuasa :)

It’s kind of hard for me to cook this year since the baby is really clingy. I even have to break my fast in the room since he doesn’t sleep during the berbuka time.

With two kids on tow, it’s even harder to go and buy food at Pasar Ramadhan. I guess it’s all in the parenthood experience. Once they all grown up, life could get back to normal pace, hopefully.

May this Ramadhan brings the best of everyone this year, and may all our amal ibadat will be accepted by Allah.

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The Attack of Caterpillars on Pokok Susun Kelapa

I was shocked to see my pokok susun kelapa like this a few days ago. I knew that it must be the attack of caterpillars again. Last time it was my curry leaves plant which became the victim..huhu!

The next day when all the leaves on the plant were gone, we saw this fat caterpillar. It even have the guts to pose for this picture..sigh!


And then we saw another one on the hippeastrum’s leaf.

By afternoon both caterpillars were gone. I thought they have turned into chrysalis but after thorough inspection all around the plants, I couldn’t see any sign of it. Hubby said maybe the birds have found the fat caterpillars and had them for lunch.

There goes our plan to breed our own butterflies..huhu! Son #1 was sad because he planned to send the butterflies to Butterfly Park. Maybe next time, Son! For now, Mama needs to revive the susun kelapa plant so that it won’t die like the previous curry leaves plant..isk!

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Little Brother’s Wedding – Decorative Pillows

My friend of Shaja Ratul Design sold these decorative pillow covers a few months back. Since the initial plan was to use cream colored bed sheet for the wedding bed, I thought the combination of gold and white decorative pillows like this will be a good match.

Later my brother got a whole new set of king sized bed from his in laws for this wedding. He went to buy the comforter and bed sheet in pink color as there was not many choice in Parkson at that time. (The Akemi cream colored bed sheet set that I have is in Queen size)

I collected the pillow covers a few weeks before I went back for the wedding. We went straight to Mydin USJ to buy the inserts. Little that I realized the correct size of the pillow. It is supposed to be 18 x 18 yet I confidently bought the inserts in 16 x 16 size.

When I tried to put the inserts into the pillow case, it didn’t fit well because it is too small. I ended up sewing new inserts using whatever cotton pieces and fibre I have in my craft room.

So here it is the picture of the decorative pillows on the wedding bed. These pillows will be passed to another cousin who is getting married end of this year :)

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