Today, I would like to tell you about kokedamas. “Whaaat the eff are those?,” you might ask. Kokedamas: little earthen balls covered with moss in which you can grow plants. Kokedamas come from Japan, where you can even find them in specialized shops. Kokedamas are easier to cultivate than bonsais, and they are adored by the Japanese.
Japanese DIYers make their own kokedamas with plants collected from forests. What about the watering? It’s so easy! Step 1) Spray water to keep the moss moist. Step 2) send your favorite blogger or bloggeuse a lovely note saying hello.
Nanou told me about this technique after she discovered it herself on Pinterest. Here is a selection of my favorite kokedamas, found by perusing Pinterest (for, admittedly, a couple too many hours). Delicately beautiful, aren’t they?
Here are the kokedamas we made for Nanou’s kitchen with ivy. Soon it will grow up and fall on the counter. Beautiful!
It is starting to get cold here and I want to cocoon: stay warm on my comfy leather couch and sip cinnamon hot chocolate while chatting with my best friends. Something like the atmosphere at Starbucks. In Seattle, Starbucks is at every street corner. Of course, where else could we get warm between two rain showers? (Yes, it rains a lot in Seattle, but thankfully the summer is inimitably wonderful). S’bucks, as the locals call it, was created in Seattle, in 1971. And, nope, it was not made by Dr Evil.
Still, when we look at Starbucks’ logo, there is something frightening: creators chose the two-tailed starbuck mermaid as its symbol to make an allusion to the “spirit of Seattle.” Before Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing took over the world, Seattle was mostly known for its fishermen and its port. But in Greek mythology, the mermaid symbolizes obsession, addiction, and death. Remember the story of Ulysses: all his sailors died after jumping in the sea, bewitched by the evil siren mermaids. Hum… Starbucks would be EVIL? I decided to create my own Starbuck mug, but with a blonde touch. Enough evilness! Ready? Steady? Get your mug!
Ps : sorry I cracked up on the pictures XD
Merci à Val’ pour les photos dans un des plus luxueux Starbucks de Paris à Opéra !
Val’, Aliki & Clemmo – Do you remember the Russian Dolls? :D
Don’t forget to print this image to help you draw on the mug. I recommand printing it, cutting out the white parts, taping the image on the mug and, finally, drawing the lines on it. I used a porcelain painter with a pen tip. After this model is finished, you (carefully!) remove the printed pieces of the image and paint inside the lines. Lastly, add the mouth and the nose, and here you are! Be carefull with the drawing, it needs to dry for 24 hours. :)
Happy Sunday, everyone! Let me present you my latest DIY: the stars shirt!
I looked for a shirt with stars on it for a while, but I couldn’t find one that I liked. Finally, I decided to make it myself with a “textile painter” pen. I like the result, but I won’t lie to you: this DIY is more risky than it appears.
First, I had to beg someone to be my model and wear the shirt as I was painting it: John. He was not that happy about it, but I convinced him with a chocolate mousse and TV. One episode of South Park later, it was done. It is tricky to draw quickly enough so that the ink doesn’t expand everywhere on the fabric. With a thick fabric, the paint is usually not uniform; on a light one, the color expands in the fabric and the result is ugly. To prevent this, work quickly but make sure your strokes are precise. I recommend trying the pen on a fabric sample before drawing on the shirt so you know how the ink behaves. Here is my result!
As you can guess: I just came back from Las Vegas, and it was sparkly and excessive, in other words: totally awesome. To honor the famous “Flamingo hotel”, one of the first to settle on the Las Vegas “Strip”, I want to offer you these flamingo toppers to print. You just need to print them on sticker paper, cut them carefully and put them on a stick.
I added a few pictures of the trip. I did an international star caprice to adopt a pink flamingo from the tropical garden but the hotel staff called security.
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Today I would like to celebrate the roaring twenties with this sparkly headband inspired by the movie The Great Gatsby. In this movie, I loved the style of Carey Mulligan, and I absolutely wanted to steal her accessories. My passion for the twenties is not new: remember this vidéo we made to invite our guests to our Roaring Twenties new year party?
Anyways: I literally fell in love with this headband from Antropologie. Then I wondered “shouldn’t I make it myself?” So below, you will learn how to make a 20’s headband from a necklace!
Thanks to Elsa for the pics. We took them in the old center of Seattle, near Pioneer Square, the favorite place for homeless people. By the way, they loved our outfits!
See you soon, and thank you for all your nice comments :)