DIY | Clay & Copper Mobile

Hey guys! Hope your week started off wonderfully 🙂

The past two years I’ve watched mobiles becoming more and more liked. I, for sure, have caught myself eyeing beautiful mobiles several times. And the fun is that they are not only for kiddos anymore!! YAY!!! I mean, wouldn’t it be lovely to hang a beautiful mobile somewhere outside, on the balcony perhaps or in the porch even better? Anyway, all that plus that I like playing with clay, gave me the idea to make my own, a bit smaller than the ones I’m eyeing, mobile. 

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And when i made it I couldn’t stop starring at it moving with the wind. So here is a video only to show you how beautiful it “dances”.

So, first thing you need to do is to make a handful of beads and four sticks with four holes each (mine are 20cm long). I used an air-drying clay but you can of course use whatever kind you prefer. Since I’m a minimalism-freak I left the beads white but you can always get more creative by painting them. 

As you see above, I made five types of bead-shapes and then I played with the size of them. I just always had in mind to make at least four of each shape. 

The most difficult part is to assemble the squared “wreath” where the beads will hang from. The photos below will guide you step by step to help you with it. Take a good look at the last photo, where the jute in the square forms a tic-tac-toe. That step is really important to make it strong and stable. Note that you need to tie a small knot where the jute meets each hole. 

Now that the hard part is over…..spice it up by adding the beads you creatively made!!! This was my favorite part.. And while making it I decided to add some copper beads as well! Cause what else do I love besides white clay? Copper! So obvious.. haha! 

Anyway, hope you like it and I’d love to see your versions or other mobiles you’ve made perhaps.. 

DIY | Homemade Easy Body Scrub

While summer has reached it’s hottest level and most of us are still enjoying sun more or less, caring about our skin becomes highly imperative. I know it is extremely boring to care about these stuff instead of just laying on the beach for hours, but unfortunately sun has becomes a bit dangerous and it is always smarter to get protection. Anyway, this post is not about protection from the sun but for taking care of ourselves after sunbathing. Sea and sun together, although really delightful, can dry our skin very fast. Removing the dead sells of the skin’s surface while moisturizing it as well is the least we can do once a week during our vacation. It doesn’t take a lot of time and our skin we’ll stay healthier and prettier during the hot, dry days of summer.

I forgot to tell you that it is really easy to make this scrub mix and you can just leave it in a jar near your shower and use it all year long. It also smells really nice and the skin feels soooo soft after using it that you’ll get addicted!! 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pink Himalayan salt

3/4 cup walnut oil 

2 tbsp lemon juice 

Combine all the ingredients in a jar and…ready!

Next step…how to use it.

In the shower (before using soap)

Start at your feet and massage the scrub in a circular motion up the legs, the torso and then the arms. Make sure you don’t do it extremely hard, otherwise you can hurt your skin. And please don’t do it very often, once-twice a week will suffice. 

DIY | scrap fabric tassel earings

Hello guys!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was by far one of my favorites, since my oldest brother got married on Saturday at the beautiful island of Andros. This diy idea came to me on Friday, when i was at the pre-wedding party, where I wore a couple of big statement earrings. When I was younger I used to wear big earrings all the time but after high school I kinda switched to wearing big necklaces instead. However, lately that earring-love came back and here I am posting a tutorial on how to make your own big tassel earring pairs.

As you can see on the photos it is actually really simple to make these earrings. You will need only some scrap fabric lines, earring findings with medium sized jump rings and some waxed cord to bind them. Here is a weird selfie of me wearing them. 

Happy DIYing!!

DIY | Hanging Planter

Although I actually did this DIY a long time ago -not even remember when- somehow it never made the final cut. I made the net when I was still living in Chania but I never got to hang it, so I just took it with me to Athens when I moved and a few days ago it finally came in handy. Living in a small city apartment with a tiny teeny balcony that barely has enough room for a couple of chairs means that plants need to be hung 🙂 

The great thing with this project is that you won’t need weird or complicated supplies to make it and it is really simple too! 

 So if you are interested in making it you will need:

– 4 pieces of rope (at least one meter each, depending on how long you want it to be)

– some thread (same color with the rope)

– if you like the small rings I used you will need 12 pieces, BUT you can replace the rings with thread, so don’t bother, you can make it anyway!!

After finishing the net place your planter in the middle of it, lift it, make a knot and hang it 🙂 It can also be used indoors of course, maybe as a hanging fruit bowl in the kitchen or something.

P.S: you can find instructions on how to make the white plaster bowl from the last photo here!!

Bruschetta with vegetables and ricotta cheese

I had this delicious lunch today 🙂 Jealous? If you want to make it :

You ‘ll need ::

5 tomatoes

2 eggplants

3 zucchinis

2 red onions

garlic

salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil

some parsley

ricotta cheese and bread

How to ::

Preheat the oven to 200C. Dice the vegetables into cubes and leave two tomatoes aside. Then add the tomatoes, garlic, some parsley, 1 tsp of sugar, salt, pepper and olive oil into the food processor and blend. Put the diced vegetables and the tomato sauce in a pan and straight in the oven for about 45-50 mins. Cut a piece of bread and 5 mins before the veggies are ready, put it in the oven. When ready, spread ricotta cheese onto your bread and put as  much as many vegetables you want on top! Ta da!