Friday, April 24, 2015

Tealight holder and Paper Weight from clay. A tutorial.

Hello sweeties,

I am thrilled to have here today a great friend from the blogosphere, Sofia of paraligo.com. I admire her and her talent in everything she does and I am very fortunate she said yes when I invited her to do a guest post in my blog.



She's very funny and I am sure you'll enjoy this tutorial as much as I did! Enjoy Sofia from Paraligo!



Have I ever told you about my experience with self-drying clay? No? Never?  Well no wonder since I don’t have any! Up until now that was, because a couple of days ago I woke up bold as a brass and decided to make a Clay craft. Self-awareness did kick in though and as sculpting isn’t placed at the top of my best skills list, I decided to create my Clay craft using shaped biscuit cutters and to cover the ensuing mess using decoupage glue and napkins.



So I proudly present my first Clay craft attempt which resulted in a heart shaped floral tealight holder and a butterfly shaped paper weight. For those of you who found my pottery decent or even kind of cute here is how you can do it yourself.

Materials

Self drying clay (500g should be more than enough)
Decoupage glue
Decorative napkins 
Biscuit cutters (heart and butterfly)
Rolling pin
Tealight candles 
Brush
Scissors
Sand paper




Instructions

Fold a piece of clay to obtain a thickness of aprx. 4cm and flatten it using the rolling pin. Place a tealight candle on the clay and press hard until it’s sunken. Place the heart shaped biscuit cutter on the clay with the tealight in the middle, press to cut and remove excess clay. 



Move the tealight candle back and forth to enlarge the impression and then remove it. Let the clay heart harden a bit to be able to remove the biscuit cutter easier and in the meantime flatten another piece of clay and use the second biscuit cutter to cut out a butterfly.


Remove the biscuit cutters and allow the clay to dry for about 24 hours. 


Use the sand paper to smooth any rough edges and enlarge the tealight impression. 


Apply decoupage glue, place the napkin on the heart shaped tea holder and cut where necessary. Apply extra glue to adhere the napkin on the clay. 


 Repeat the process with the butterfly Presse papier, allow them to dry and you are set!








Now what do you think of that? Doesn't she make it look really easy? I haven't done any decoupage ever and my hands are itching to try it! It may be a good time to go out and buy some clay!!!

Sofia's blog is filled with DIY and mouth watering recipes! Don't forget to stay in touch with her here, here, here and here. Check out her YouTube channel too!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In a tropical mood

Hello sweeties,

one of the hottest trends for this summer is the tropical one! Vivid colors and intense prints are a must for the season.

My take on this style is that it's not for everybody. If you are a dramatic figure this might be just your style but if you are more down to earth you may want to keep it light. Use only one piece of accessory for your outfit and you'll still be rocking the style! I would definitely go for the look below!



Summer tropical




If you are not intimidated by the big floral designs then you will pull through a more intense tropical look just fine! I am kinda in love with parrots can you tell?

Tropical mood





So, what do you say? Yay or nay on the tropical style?

Lot's of love

How to remove candle wax stains from your clothes - Tip of the week

Hello sweeties,

have you ever had candle wax stain your clothes? During Easter, the Epitaph and Jesus Resurrection candle wax stains are more than probable! This year I got stain in both my jeans and boots. Infuriating isn't it?

Here's a quick and easy way to get rid of them.

Lay your garment on your ironing board.



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chic industrial. A concrete trend!

Hello sweeties,

being a lover of the minimal style in my case goes hand in hand with being a lover of the chic industrial feeling in the decoration. 

Concrete floors and exposed ductwork, brick walls and metal surfaces. 

photo by Renee Arns [source]

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Reclaimed wooden planter for succulents - DIY

Hello sweeties,

I have an inherent love for nature and plants. My mother's house, our home, was never empty of green leafs and colorful flowers. I love the fact that Nick loves gardening as much as I do and we've established our own little paradise in our balconies. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Stuffed tomatoes - Greek gemista - Vegan recipe

Hello sweeties,

I bet you are up to your eyeballs with meat right now, Easter lamb and all! I really hope you've had a nice time this Easter! We did!

Well, if you need something sans meat but tasteful and yummy you should definitely try out Greek gemista aka stuffed tomatoes and vegetables. They are one of our most favorite meals and there is a reason for it!

Now, you'll find many different recipes to make them but mine has two main differences from the rest. Since it is suitable for fasting diet, it doesn't contain salt or olive oil and it is baked in a closed oven pot in medium temperature. Some of you will be fast to say that this is no way to make gemista but I beg to differ. Don't knock it till you try it!


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