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The hanging kokedamas moss balls

Hello!

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?

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Here are the kokedamas we made for Nanou’s kitchen with ivy. Soon it will grow up and fall on the counter. Beautiful!Kokedamaclemmo1kokedamaDIYen

Monster Smoothie

The Monster Smoothie!

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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! Monster Smoothie

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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? Monster Smoothie3 en

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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.

xoxo Clemmo

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My DIY Russian Dolls

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These Russian dolls…

Everything started when I saw a bunch of Russian “Comtesse Sofia” scarves on fashion blogs. Yes, they are beautiful and I am leering at them with envy. But they are quite out of my budget for now, so I designed these little Russian doll pendants to stay in the Russian spirit. This made me go back to my childhood, when I used to make my own paper dolls (Barbies? Don’t give a ****!). Then I would use them so much that I had to make-believe play a surgeon with tape to fix them. If only I had known resin at this time: I could have made super durable dolls, like these pendants. Anyways, it was good to play with dolls again. And guess what? I even gave them names! Which one do you prefer?

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poupées russes clemmopoupées russes clemmopoupées russes clemmopoupées russes clemmoMany thanks to Val’ for this colorful photoshoot at rue Crémieux, near Gare de Lyon ! 

poupées russes clemmoI drew and colored the dolls on paper, and then I covered them with resine to make them strong and shiny. Then I stuck them on black foam and assembled them to make a necklace with a colored string. The little leather tassles were found at Loisirs & Création. I found similar ones on A Little Mercerie website.

poupées russes clemmoDownload the templates in color or black & white here. Easy!

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DIY Stars Shirt

Stars on my shirt!

chemise DIY ClemmoHappy 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!

xoxo Clemmo

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The Gatsby Headband

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Bonjour!

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 :)

xoxo Clemmo

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How to transform a necklace into a headband:

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