Personality Pots

Give me something with a cute face on it and I would go weak in the knees in seconds! Don’t you just want to pick these up and cuddle them right away? I have been stalking some of these ceramics for ages and badly want one in my house! It’s also spurred me on to come up with more personality-type pieces for projects because what’s not to love? Although, I do already see myself doing that more often that usual.

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image(Atelier Stella Planters here)

image(Wacamole Ceramic Planters here)

image(Charlotte Mei Bread Tile here, The Sill Face Planter here)

image(Clay Opera Cloud here)

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Where The Wild Things Are

rp_DSC_5967-13_zpsd79068c8.jpgI work part time as an art facilitator in various communities alongside my ex-lecturer and my boyfriend. For one of our classes, we got our participants to paint on dried leaves. This project was largely inspired by a ton of leaf art on pinterest. We agreed that it would be super fun to get everyone to create imaginary leaf friends! As I did some experiments before conducting the class, I accumulated so many leafy friends and knew I had to share this quick and easy tutorial.

All you need are dried leaves, acrylic paint and paint brushes!

imageThe best ones are those that are a yellowish-brown and have fallen from the trees. If it’s too brown, they crack really easily when dried.

imageChoose a base colour for your leaves. I would suggest picking only two to three colours as limiting your colour palette helps you be more creative! I went for a monochromatic palette, just red and white. So patriotic!

imageHere are a few tips if you feel stumped on designing your leaf buddy. You can always sketch your ideas out on paper first. Play with straight lines, dots, zig zags and scallops. Change the scale of the polka dots or the thickness of a line. Keep it simple and have fun!

imageHere is how I did mine. First, I went in with horizontal lines, then I moved on to vertical and zig zag lines. Lastly, adding in some polka dots and facial features! I feel it’s easier to approach it step by step, it feels less overwhelming!

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imageWhen you are done with your friends from the wild, it’s time to hang them up to add some magic into your space! I sewed myself a long banner and used a hot glue gun to stick them down. You could also glue them onto any used cardboard.

imageWhen you get better at it, start adding embellishments! Sew on sequins, simple embroidery or even cut patterns in them. Run with it!

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Hey ho!

rp_DSC_1397_zps99db114b.jpgIt has been a while since I have updated my blog and for many reasons! I can be quite the procrastinator sometimes. Sorry to disappoint, but the shop is still not open. I bought the sign from Daiso to motivate myself, it was not very helpful.

4 main reasons why I haven’t been around:

1. My computer is moving at a snail’s pace and I find it extremely frustrating to edit my photographs. In a huff, I chucked the blog aside and finally am starting to feel guilty about it. Eeps!

2. I have been contemplating moving to a wordpress platform and have been sussing out templates every other day. Being the fickle minded person I am, I’m afraid to commit to a permanent domain name and putting down the money for a fancy template (although that would mean better customisation options, proper technical support and spiffy new features). I love tumblr and its backend. But, with the things that I am beginning to consider integrating into my blog, it would not be possible with tumblr’s limitations. Girl has gots to think.

3. Learning to accept my own aesthetics has wrung me dry as well. I am constantly thinking of redefining my style and postponing all DIY updates because I want them to look better. But, what is better is so subjective. Sometimes I’m in a personal debate with myself, kind of like those cartoons where the cat has the devil and angel popping up at the side of his head telling him what to do.

4. Personal life crises. Basically, life just hit me hard with a giant trout. It’s either I take that trout and make a mean meal out of it or let it slobber me to death.

Well, that said, it’s back to the grind and yes, the guilt ridden me will be updating as soon as I get back from buying a giant squeegee. Till then!

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Pom Poms for Breakfast

imageGood morning world, super cute breakfast coming your way! I’ve been coming up with lots of new pom poms lately and it’s getting hard to find a place to put them. My room is a ticking time bomb ready to explode with fluffy goodness! Today’s menu is filled with mouth watering sausages, perfectly timed hard boiled eggs and tons of healthy home grown vegetables! Everything on that delectable platter uses the same technique that I’m sharing in the following step by step pictures. This basic tutorial is for a carrot, but also applicable for a tomato. So let’s get started!

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image1. Cut two 6cm diameter donut circles with 3cm diameter holes in the middle with cardboard. The bigger the circle, the bigger the pom pom! Hold both circles together and wrap a tiny bit of green yarn on the top. I marked the circle in half as a guide because if you are doing the mushroom pom pom, you would want to fill the entire top half with brown and bottom with white.

image 2. Overlay orange yarn on top of the green and wrap it all over the entire circle.

image3. Noticed how I cut a gap at the line, it helps to wind the yarn into the ring and also makes it easier to cut the yarn later on (you will see!).

image4. When you are done winding the yarn, get your scissors in-between the two cardboard discs and cut it all the way through.

image5. Carefully tie a string of yarn in the middle portion of your two discs and tie a few knots tightly – very tightly around the core of your pom pom.

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image6. It will look like a hot mess after you remove the cardboard pieces, nothing like a carrot.

image7. So what you gotta do is to trim the orange fuzz away into a cone shape. Trim down the orange yarn that’s around the green, but leave the green yarn alone. I mean it.

imageAnd there you have it! Soft squishy play food, yummy! If you want the carrot to be longer, add more orange yarn during the wrapping process or use a bigger circle. For the tomatoes, follow the same steps but cut it round instead of a cone.

imageNow go along and achieve your masterchef pom pom dreams! Xo.

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Triangle Clutches

Last night, I was tossing and turning in bed racking my brains over a pattern for a triangle clutch bag. It caused me so much distress that I ended up dreaming of experiencing an earthquake and a marathon all in one! To get out of this sad hamster wheel, this morning was spent trawling the web for some inspiration. It helped a little as I realised I was over thinking my pattern and not letting the fabric speak to me. Let’s hope these beautiful works of art can give me at least a part of their magic!

image(Alpha Cruxis Clutch Bag here, Celine Berlingot Twisted Clutch Bag here)

image(Clean Everything Folded Clutch here, M.Hulot Clutch here)

Aren’t these clutches awesome? I love the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic. Being pretty clueless about fashion trends, some of these might not be in season anymore. However, they are definitely timeless classic pieces on their own!

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DIY Pastel Coloured Stones

Two weeks ago, I featured some of these beauties in one of my pictures as a styling prop. The only difference was, they were white in colour. I am not great at deciding in advance what colour palette I need for a shoot or a concept. So this makes the perfect last minute solution for me when I need something extra in a picture to gel everything together. I love how simple it is to make and how it does not require you to constantly have to run to the art supply store (where I know I will end up getting too many colours and never to use them again)!

imageHere are the secret ingredients to making some yummy looking stones:

  • White polymer clay
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Penknife
  • Oven

imagePardon the hideous looking chalk pieces, I should seriously consider throwing some of the tiny bits away. The only time I remember using these for ‘artistic’ purposes was when I was in product design class. And no, I was not good at it.

imageOnce you shove the sentimentality aside, you need to shave the chalk with your penknife to get a pretty powdery mess. The vibrancy on the chalk will not be transferred onto the polymer clay with just a few shaves, you probably need the whole bar and that is why this DIY is only for pastel coloured stones (insert feeble laugh).

imageMash the powdery chalk into your clay and knead them up till the colour is evenly distributed. Add more chalk till you get the colour you want.

imageExperiment mixing different colours for the adventurous one!

imageAnd when you are done, ta-dah! You get chewing gum look-a-likes! Honestly, you can stop here if you want. They would make super funny magnets for the fridge, imagine sticking gum to secure your notes from sliding off.

imageBut if you prefer to try your hand out at making these gemstones, you have to roll them into a ball and then cut slices away to form a geometric shape. It takes practice, so try a few times to get a hang of it!

The last step would be to pop them into the oven at 120 degree celsius for approximately 15 minutes. Leave to cool and when it’s ready, give yourself a high five. You go Glenn Coco!

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