Friday, June 24, 2016

Yuzen Kimono Fabrics from Japan

Recently, I tried to create a pattern to enter in a competition offered by the Japan Textile Dyeing Joint Association, but I noticed it too late and didn't have enough time to complete the pattern. The main motif in my design was going to be the Japanese crane; they're such beautiful and graceful birds, I can see why they've inspired endless kimono fabric designs. I got to drawing the birds, but I still have to add the floral and geometric motifs. Now I have an idea for a nice wallpaper design! 
Japanese Cranes
As I was doing my research on Yuzen techniques, I came across this beautiful video. It's truly amazing, you definitely get an appreciation for all the work that goes into the making of an original Yuzen kimono. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Garden features with succulents

I haven't tried to grow succulents yet, but it seems like they are perfect candidates for creative containers that will give an interesting feature for any patio, porch or garden. What exactly are succulents? Succulents are plants with thick leaves which store water, which makes them ideal to survive droughts (and people who don't water their plants that much......).

 I found a variety of them on Mayesh

Different kinds of succulents listed at Mayesh.

Here are a few creative ideas for succulent containers:

Succulents planted in a wagon wheel from Two Men and a Little Farm

I love this idea of plants in a frame

 This next one has a tutorial link on how to do the mesh and frame.
There is a tutorial at Sliptalk on how to do the frame

I love the succulent sphere design and it looks fairly simple to make
Another great tutorial from Garden Therapy. Stephanie has plenty of great ideas, tutorials and beautiful garden images on her blog. Here is a tutorial on how to make a succulent wreath.
Succulent wreath from Stephanie at Garden Therapy
Another nice idea with a re purposed chair

Where is that old meat grinder I have somewhere in a  cabinet??

Now I feel like running out to the store and getting a few simple containers for my projects!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coastal Chic

It's finally summer and we our minds can't help but wonder to the beach. We can almost hear the ocean waves and smell the salty breeze... A lot of us won't actually travel to the ocean, but we can still spice up our summer decor with a few ocean and sea inspired accessories.

For inspiration, I found a few interior designers who have designed ocean inspired rooms. I love the red accents in this room designed by Jessica Bennett Interiors.

Jessica Bennett Interiors
Jessica Bennett Interiors 

This bedroom is from Interior Philosophy. I love the calming and sophisticated colour scheme in this one.
Interior Philosophy
The next three images are from Tobi Fairley Interiors. All three show a nice arrangement of frames that are the same size and feature sea inspired images.

Tobi Fairley Interiors
Tobi Fairley Interiors
Tobi Fairley Interiors
There are several sellers on Etsy, who offer similar images. The first two are from Secret Harbor Designs.
Secret Harbor Designs on Etsy

 Something for your little ones' room from Two White Owls, also on Etsy.
Two White Owls
Stylish coastal inspired pillows from Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

And a great selection of gorgeous nautical pillows from Chloe and Olive
Chloe and Olive
Chloe and Olive
And Seahorse wallpaper from, Judit Gueth Design - me. I have this design in 6 different colourways: Ocean, Coral, Sandstone, Starfish, Blue and Rose. They are printed on beautiful pearlized Mica paper, which gives them a subtle pearly sheen.

Seahorse wallpaper in Coral and Ocean
Seahorse wallpaper in Rose, Sandstone and Ocean

And for the ultimate eye candy: The Mauritius Collection from Penelope Penzo

Emily Saladier  from the Mauritius Collection

Louise Saladier  from the Mauritius Collection

Oval Platter from the Mauritius Collection

Salad/Dessert Plate #1 from the Mauritius Collection

Dinner Plate #1 from the Mauritius Collection

Dinner Plate #4 from the Mauritius Collection

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lemon - Fruit muffin with coconut oil

Today is the first day of Summer! It's nice to celebrate it with a fresh tasting, fruity muffin!

I don't really post recipes, but I have to share this one, because it turned out so tasty! Usually, my way of baking is throwing some ingredients into a bowl and mixing them, not really remembering how I did it......This time I wrote all the measurements down, so I can recreate the recipe. Being a huge fan of coconut oil (we go through buckets of that stuff - that's the only thing I use as lotion, face cream and hair oil), I use it a lot for baking. It makes my desserts more fluffy and, even though they have a hint of coconut scent, coconut oil does not make them taste like coconut.

Here is the ingredient list for the muffin mix:
1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of brown sugar
4 tbsp of liquid honey
2 eggs
1/4 tsp of salt
2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
2 tbsp of lemon juice
1/2 cup of soft coconut oil

Fruits to be mixed in with a spoon:
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup of frozen cranberries cut in half
3/4 cup of frozen raspberries
1/4 cup of raisins

Mix all the ingredients with a hand-held mixer, mix in the fruits and lemon zest with a spoon and divide into 12 muffin liners.

I baked my muffins at 350 for 30 minutes, but baking time might vary depending on what kind of oven you have. Enjoy and let me know how they turn out! XO

Lemon zest

Preparing my fruits that will go into the muffin mix

Mixing my frozen fruits and lemon zest in with a spoon

My muffins are ready to go into the oven

I baked them for 30 minutes, or till golden brown