My glittery gemstone bag

My glittery gemstone bag

I don’t know if any of you have been able to enjoy some warming rays recently but, here in London, the weather’s been horrible.
So, I decided to make hay while the sun wasn’t shining by wrapping up my gemstone theme with this tote bag DIY. It might not bring the sun back out but, at least, it’ll give you something to do the next time you’re stuck at home in the rain.
The instructions for my glittery gemstone bag are pretty straightforward as long as you have the right equipment. After that, it should only take a couple of hours before you can proudly walk around with your handmade tote bag. continue reading →
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All that glitters – moodboard

Hello guys,
Here are a few pictures that have inspired me for this month’s theme, gems. Not only am I drawn to precious stones because of their tantalising colours but their shapes never fail to impress me. The craftmanship, there, is impressive. Hours of work are required to turn these stones, which when crude are often insignificant, into such masterpieces.

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Paper ceiling medallions – DIY

Paper ceiling medallions

I hope you’re all having a good start of the week. I’m back with a DIY that was really fun to make and looks great without too much effort, just a little bit of patience. You might also find it relaxing if, like me at this present time, you’re feeling a bit nervous…

Anyway, we’re currently doing some work in our flat and I wanted to make something to decorate our new living room. On Pinterest, I found some ideas for paper ceiling medallions that looked great but seemed a bit difficult to make. I therefore experimented with several folding paper techniques and ended up with this shape. The faceted aspect of it reminded me of gems, nicely fitting in with this month’s theme ;-).

So I just told you that it was easy to make… and it is. I just hope you’ll understand my instructions. I’m not the best teacher. continue reading →
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(Fabulous) chocolate gems – recipe

chocolate gems

Hello guys,
This month is all about gems. As per usual, I haven’t had the chance to put my moodboard together but, as you can guess, the next few days on this blog are going to be glittery and geometric (oh yeah!).

chocolate gems

And, because it’s Easter, I had to get chocolate involved in some way. And ta-dah…some (fabulous) chocolate gems.

chocolate gems

The recipe is super easy. All I needed was to find a gem mould. And the gods of the internet heard my prayer! continue reading →
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Polka dots forever – moodboard

Parade de cirque, Georges Seurat, 1887-1888, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hello there,
I don’t know why it took me so long to write this post. Usually, I always start with the moodboard but, this time, I kind of had a mental block.
As you might be able to tell from previous recipes, I’m a little obsessed with dots. But it doesn’t end with food, it extends to art and fashion.
One of my first aesthetic crushes was Le Cirque by Georges Seurat at the Orsay museum. I was in my early teens and therefore slightly shorter that now (;-)) and this huge painting really blew my mind…the colours, the movement, and of course the hundreds of thousands of dots that merge to form a picture as you step back. I just felt even smaller in front of such a masterpiece.
I do like other paintings by Seurat and other pointillists such as Signac and, to a lesser extent, Pissaro. But Le Cirque still beats them all, for me. However, I have included different paintings because the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently had the brilliant idea of making about 375,000 works of art available online and, best of all, free for anyone to use in whatever way they want (the nerd/fan inside me got really excited!).
I also couldn’t talk about polka dots without mentioning the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, so upbeat and hypnotising (see below).
So you might have guessed that you’ll see a lot more polka dots from me going forwards. I’ll just need to find an excuse to elaborate on that theme again ;-). Polka dots forever!

Confetti Cake

Mae Lapres photographed by Aitken Jolly for Interview Russia, 2012. Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton

Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220, Paul Signac, 1891, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Outer Limits: Anniek Kortleve shot by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China, August 2012

Blueberry and Earl Grey clafoutis

Study for “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”, Georges Seurat, 1884, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Coconut and redcurrant cake

By Eley Kishimoto

Disco purse

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