Black & Gold. The ultimate chic-modern color duo. I've always had something for gold jewelry, even when younger, when all my friends were wearing silver I liked gold best. I think it might match better with my skin tone or something. And black. Black in my absolute color. Well, it is no color technically. It is many colors. But you know what I mean. The cliche "black in the new black" was probably written for me and my wardrobe. So, when I had the urge to DIY a little again I thought "Uh I need a necklace to wear with ALL my clothes" ha! So it didn't need much more thought.
But the truth is that even all the DIY blogs are full of gold foil projects (pillows, dishes, candles etc) I've never used it before. It was a bit trickier than I expected but yet really simple. It is a bit hard to avoid the little voids but the final result works for me great.
If you want to make some too, you will need:
- polymer clay
- gold foil
- polyform sculpey glaze
And for the Greek readers there is this Eberhard Faber kit that I used and includes everything you'll need.
First soften the clay in your hands and form small balls. If you are going for spherical beads make sure there are no wrinkles on the surface. If not you are set to go. Otherwise you need to work the clay balls a little more until softer and smooth. When they are ready, shape them as you wish and make holes using the toothpicks. Make sure the toothpick goes all the way, you want them to be big enough for your cord.
Next step:foil! Well, now you'll need to activate your fine skills. If you are going for a messy result then you won't have a problem. Just add foil wherever you feel like and push it, lightly so you don't change the bead's shape, but hard enough so the foil looks smooth and sticks on the bead's surface. Note that the foil might want to stay on your fingers so be gentle :)
Baking time!! Here you'll need to follow the instructions on your clay. Usually they need about 30' in a 110C oven. But check yours!
Let them cool and then varnish them with a fine coat of glaze. If you take a good look at my beaded necklace, the first two beads aren't varnished. I like to combine shiny with matte.
Your choice though.
To make it easier to varnish them without loosing any glaze, put the beads into a toothpick or bigger stick and let it on the trim of a glass. So the extra glaze will drop.
Thread each bead and bring the ends of the cord together! Make a little knot and...TADA!!
As my exploring the dairy-free life journey continues I have found several recipes that make me forget what I've given up. And this one is so delicious that I'm kind of glad that my decision led me to it. Even when I was drinking cow's milk on a daily basis, I would never put much thought and make something a bit different out of it. And this Chai latte recipe is just something every milk drinker -almond, rice, soya or even cow- should try.
Needless to say I found it on Love and Lemons blog. They have so many recipes it is hard to just jump to another site. I find everything I need there. But please, if you have to share any cool sites or blogs that will help me get creative with my non-dairy nutrition, I'd looove to know!
The big news are that last week I decided to go dairy-free. That's kinda big for me since I basically drunk milk instead of water. Not good at all, I know. Well, during these past few days I've searched maybe hundreds of vegan recipes to get inspired. Of course I still eat meat but it is easier to look for non-dairy recipes like that. And just spice it up by adding some finely sliced beef on top.
I'm sure most of you already know the Love and Lemons blog. If you don't, please check it out, the recipes are divine. As is this pasta recipe. I'm so glad I tried it.
You can find the instructions here and then if, like me, you want to add some beef just slice it and roast it for approx. 5mins in order to stay tender and soft.
After cooking this dish i realized that it's been like forever since I last posted about food here on the blog. So, I had an idea that doesn't require a lot of effort from my end, since I'm really busy at the moment to make new recipes from scratch, and I'll still have the chance to post about food, which I really love. So, since I'm trying to build new, healthier nutrition habits I need to find recipes that not only are appropriate but delicious as well. Basically, I will test recipes found around the internet and then, if I'm satisfied with the result, I will take a photo of my dish and share it with you, linking back to the initial source. Of course I will share little tips to spice it up :)
So, that's all I can do for now. Only easy and fast posts. Better than nothing though, right?
I have to admit that this spring thing has really gotten into me. I couldn't be more excited with the change of season. It is clearly only symbolic but I'm so fueled up with energy to do things and be more active in general. Even though I don't have a particular problem with cold, it makes me really sad that the day is over so early during winter. And it also makes me sleepy much earlier.
Yay spring!!! Days last longer, flowers bloom and sun starts to make me take off my jacket! What's not to celebrate?
So happy spring to all !
After trying to figure out how to start a post after two months of absence I realized that there's not much to say when your post is a wallpaper. Well, the truth is I've been quite busy this academic year, working on my graduate thesis project and applying for master programs for next year, so there is not much of a time left for blogging. But I really love this place and be sure, I won't abandon it :)
Anyway, I had this talk with my gradpa yesterday about all these artists that have been known for their minimal and yet great contribution to art history, like Rothko and Pollock. Well, my grandpa believes that it is unfair to deem them as great as artists like Dali or Van Gogh but I couldn't disagree more..
So, after my little, fruitful talk with him I came across this quote that I truly liked and made me smile for a whole bunch of reasons. And then I decided it was high time to share some bits and pieces with you guys. Well, here I am... and if you like the wallpaper and/or the quote here it is in three different colors as well.
Well apparently lately I've been going through a major change period. Ok I'm a bit exaggerating but seriously I'm trying to change a couple of things in my life. Clearly inspired by Caroline and her minimal lifestyle, I decided to get rid of half of my closet and re-evaluate my whole style. In addition to that I'm trying to adopt a new face care routine, avoiding chemicals and cheap products. I'll be sharing more about that soon - after I test that the things I do work.
Meanwhile, a very kind girl from a Greek lifestyle site got in touch with me, asking if I would be interested in contributing in their DIY section with a post. Needless to say I literally screamed YEEEES!! Ok, exaggerating - again. But I was totally into it. After all it is like forever since I shared my last DIY project and I needed a push!
So when I started brainstorming about my upcoming post I realized that I could really use a hanger in my bedroom. Even if I have no plans for the day whatsoever, I go out at least twice a day for walking my dog, which leads to never actually putting my jacket and scarf back in the closet. And it really comes in handy to have somewhere to hang these things, without making the room messy. So I decided to make a minimal hanger. It works really great as a belt or scarf hanger inside the closet door. Right?
See the step by step instructions after the jump...