I hope you are enjoying the first days of Spring… or staying at your place making a ton of crafts! I prepared a series of articles to show you how to design original leather clutches — with no sewing! Those who follow me on Facebook or Twitter have already seen some examples from when I was still living in Lyon. I bought these leather falls “Chez Boudin,” which literally means “sausage” in French XD
Anyways, though it may not sound like it, Boudin is one of the suppliers for some famous Parisian “Maisons de Haute Couture.” Boudin is a great location to find excellent quality leather for only 10€ per kilo. Inspired by these great materials, I started making clutches without sewing. My tip? Neoprene transparent glue: it stays supple and dries quickly.
The tutorial for this scaly clutch is right below. See you soon for the second episode of this series!
… In next article, we will see how to make this clutch!
If like me you are fond of Japanese cuisine, you will certainly enjoy this chirashi recipe. The chirashi is a dish based on cold sushi rice served with a side of raw fish, shrimps, veggies, omlet, sesame… According to your taste. All the traditional ingredients of sushis, makis and rolls are gathered, but the chirashi is was easier and faster to make. Most of the time, it is served in a bowl of vinegary rice, with the other ingredients on top. But I wanted to serve it on a more creative way, in the shape of a dome. Enjoy! In Japanese: “Itadakimasu”!
Scroll down for the recipe!
Ingredients – For 2 people
– 100 g of sushi salmon (ask for it at the fish shop at the market) or pink shrimps
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 avocado
– 1 branch of green onion
– Sesame seeds
– 200 g sushi rice
-100 ml rice vinegar
– 2 large spoons of sugar
– 2 hints of salt
– Soja sauce
Preparation – 20 min + 30 min to let the rice cool down
– Thoroughly rince the rice until the water is clear
– In a pot, pour the rice and cover it with 2-3 inches of water. Cover the pot and cook slowly until the water has disappeared
– Spread the rice in a large dish to let it cool down. It should be sticky but firm
– In a pot, heat the rice vinegar and add the sugar and the salt until they are dissolved
– Pour the vinegar on the rice and mix it with a spoon to soak it in
– Cut the other ingredients (salmon, shrimps, cucumber, avocado…) in little cubes
– Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, and compress them with a spoon
– Demold on a plate and decorate with radish, green onion, sesame seeds…
– Add a little bit of soja sauce, and eat fresh!
So today is October 27th and, since I am becoming an American in my heart, I am in the middle of preparations for Halloween. Fall in the US is so festive: Halloween and its hilarious parties, then the feast of Thanksgiving, and finally Christmas time! I am back in France for a while, but I have firm intentions to celebrate everything as it should be.
This year, I wanted to make an elegant costume—but something more maleficient than last year (for the record, I was a Raspberry). Why not a Disney villain? Yes, but a blonde one! A blond Disney villain? Does she exist? I researched a lot, and then I watched “Snow White and the Huntsman,” with Charlize Theron playing the evil queen. I didn’t watch the film until after making the costume. [Snap review: not my style, but it will snare Twilight fans.] Charlize’s performance was striking, and I literally quivered at the sight of her costumes. I finally got my blonde villain! So I made this costume inspired by her. Below, I tell you how to make the crown :)))
Happy Halloween! I hope you are proud of your costumes!
The original: the Queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron.
I am malefic, but still blonde! Hey, what did you expect?
Ladies and gentlemen, Halloween is coming. And let me introduce to the MONSTER SMOOTHIE. The smoothie is healthy but doesn’t seem to be. The smoothie will make all your guests shiver with its awful protruding eyes that stare at you and freeze your blood. To get rid of them, only one solution: gulp them down!
To make this smoothie, and scare your guests, the recipe is simple: blend together one pear, one apple and one kiwi, then add a tiny bit of pear nectar and cinnamon.
The smoothie needs to be thick enough so the sugar eyes don’t sink down. Little tip: if you want to boost the green color, you can add two drops of blue food colorant. Here you are! You just have to decorate it as you wish. I had an extra kiwi and made a skewer out of it, but it is possible to add hair with parsley or mint, or add a slice of orange for the Halloween touch… Let your imagination guide you!
So, is it: horrifying? Disgusting? Repulsing? Chocking? Hilarious?
MY GOD, the monster is ALIVE!
If you are looking for inspiring ideas for Halloween, I invite you to visit my Pinterest. I just created a board with Fall decoratios and recipes. On my to-do list: pumpkin religieuses, apple chips and squash humus!
I’ll see you soon for a new post in which I will reveal my Halloween costume… Will you guess what it will be? Hint: it’s a blonde Disney villain.
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!