So Anthro: DIY Wall Art

Welcome to the third chapter of the "So Anthro" series. This time, I decided to create vintage hanging frames but with retro styling and nature's elements. 

I found some vintage style frames (I'd suggest to look in charity shops or antique stores) to use for this craft. This is not exactly as the Anthropologie version but it certainly has the similar aesthetic, in my opinion. My version will cost you far less without compromising on style and quality. 
To fill my frames, I wanted to use elements that I already had: leaves, silk flowers, vintage photos, jewellery embellishments, and paper flowers. 

Get Inspired and view the tutorial below:

Materials:
2 double-glass frames
2-4 Photos
2-4 Silk sprays, cut small or use individual paper flowers
1-2 gold flat stud or gold paper
2 Single palm leaves or silk leaves
1-2 brooch or small jewellery pieces
Velcro adhesive (with hook & loop), cut in small strips
Clear glue-(Optional)
Tape-(Optional)
Method:
  1. Open the glass photo frame and position the vintage photos or image elements that you want to be enclosed in the frame. Once the photos are to your liking you can place a small amount of glue overlapping them from the back (so that it is not visible on the front side) to hold pictures in place. If you don't want to use glue, then add a small piece of tape to secure photos in place. 
  2. Next, use a strip of cut velcro adhesive on the back of the photo and 1 small piece of velcro adhesive placed on the inner side of the glass in the position where you want the photo. Then press to attach the pieces. They will stay in place. 
  3. Next, add a leaf, the jewellery pieces and/or a flower inside of the glass frame with the photo(s).
  4. Close the frame carefully and be certain the inside elements are pressed against the glass securely. Stand the frame up to test that the pieces stay in position. Adjust accordingly.
  5. Now, you have an enclosed piece of wall art. Next, use the attached chain from the frame backing (or sometimes vintage frames come with leather. If it's leather, then use that) to hang your wall art. If you have another frame repeat steps above.
  6. Lastly, have fun with it! Enclose your favourite poem or special quotes that are dear to you. 
Tip: 3M velcro strips, cut in half will work well for step two.


*Tip: If you don't have vintage glass frames, that's okay! Alternatively, you may use two regular photo frames by removing the back side of the frame completely, and merely add glue to secure the glass in place. Repeat the step with the second frame (removing the back and securing glass inset), then insert your photo pieces to fill the frame by glueing them to the inside of the second frame. 

Place glue on the inside of the first frame and lay it on top of the second frame to sandwich pieces, and enclose them together. Press firmly and set aside to dry. Now, you have a shadow box style frame with glass on both sides! Lastly, add a piece of leather or twine attached to the frame at centre back to hang on the wall. 



What do you think of my vintage copper frames and DIY wall art?




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Insta-Living Vol. 15: Café Blanc

It has been some time since my last Insta-Living post and given the transition in seasons, late-summer foodie memories came to mind. As a little girl, I could always smell something good cooking or baking in the kitchen. The initial aromas themselves were ones that would pleasantly wake any child out of bed, or smells that would seem to even bring smiles to the neighbours' faces miles away. 

The aroma of fresh baked bread was a regular note-worthy fume travelling through the hallways. Although it wasn't until I was about ten that I could distinguish just by the smell exactly the kind of bread my mother was baking or what herbs were being used before it was ready. On occasions when the succulent baked goods weren't for clients, my siblings and I would rejoice to partake in the culinary experience together.   

In the spring, hand pies with seasonal fruit or savoury pasties were a favourite because they could be divulged on-the-go during family day excursions. Come summertime, my mum would make various fruit-infused drinks for us. When I got older to do travelling on my own, there was one drink that stuck with me and reminded me of warm summers in the countryside. It was hot sips of orange blossom water (’white coffee’) or as the French would call, "café blanc," sweetened with a touch of honey.  

Orange blossom water has neroli essence oil, created by water distillation of blossoms from the bitter orange tree, Citrus aurantiumUse this aromatic water in desserts, savoury dishes, puddings and more. I often use a bit in plain yoghurt to add extra flavour. 

I've made a Turkish tea before with rose water but wanted to do something with the orange blossom water that I haddecided to make several treats: a tea cake, cinnamon rolls, and this 'white coffee' which actually has no caffeine in it at all—a tad misnomer indeed. This is typically served hot simply with splashes of orange blossom (orange flower) water. To say the least, this drink is one to render a couple of smileor three on a warm day. I personally enjoy it after a meal or when I fancy something other than chamomile tea at night, and I like it with a dash of milk. 

If you want to savour those fond memories of summer, this tea is ideal! It's powerful enough to tingle your senses yet not benumbing in any way. I find it to be the perfect palate cleansing substance as it's mild, refreshing and comforts your taste buds with a light and lingering perfumed aftertaste of citrus with a hint of spice. It's ideal for people who aren't coffee drinkers and this is served instead. 

I put my own spin on this traditionally Lebanese drink (ahwah baidaby making it iced, then I added fresh herbs and zest of two different oranges as well. The drink is also generally delighted in various parts of the Middle East. I typically like to drink this hot however, I have been drinking it cold lately, and it's especially good if yearning for a chilled (alcoholic-freerefresher. It's also quite good as a finisher for serving at dinner parties, by the way!  

Have you had white coffee before? Get my recipe for this rosemary version. 


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Divine Succulence: A DIY Gathering

With immense enthusiasm for autumn to arrive (and in some areas, it feels as if it already has), I felt that I could not do a proper seasonal post without sharing about my summer garden-inspired party. I hostea DIY workshop a couple of months ago—although this post is a tad overdue there are details from the event that I wanted to share.  
This was essentially started as a gathering and turned into an initiative meant for sharing garden crops and organic seeds with friends. A small group of friends and co-workers of mine always share extra root vegetables, fruits and herbs together, and I do the same. Whatever you have in abundance that's what is shared with everyone. I mean, who doesn't love organic leafy greens and root veggies straight from the garden?

This is an ideal contribution as many of the guests grow plentiful produce that they don't often use in multiple ways, and this means that we can share amongst each other insight about cultural traditunconventional culinary ways of using what is contributed.  

I thought it would be great to plan luncheon; I decided to also use this opportunity as a clever way to test out new DIYs. The entire time resulted in laughter, music, and creative moments both spontaneous and intricately expressed within the craft creations 

Rooted Details: 
From plant-inspired food to herb-infused snacks, we had chock full of interesting foodie moments to partake in. I made fried sage to go along with my sage quotes area of the table, in addition to the centrepieces—I used terrariums as well as radishes on my revamped DIY pillows, then wrapped it in burlap ribbon. I incorporated these paint chip booklets filled with inspiring quotes and designed cactus bags to fill with plant seeds for guests. These are just a handful of fun ideas that I had planned for the luncheon 



If you're looking for more inspiration from this garden tablescape, view the other DIY details with full tutorials here. In the meantime, enjoy some of the snapshots from my indoor garden party. Lastly, before I forget, can we talk about how marvellous the cacti tumblers are? You needn't have a green thumb to delight in these succulent beauties at all! 


Above: Handmade cacti bags for seeds, Below: DIY paint chip and burlap booklets.
 

What do you think of this plant party concept and these DIYs?





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Let's Paint! // DIY Booklets

There are loads of ways to use paint chips and heaven knows that I’ve done many projects in the past with them—from framed artwork to colour story collage series for fashion designing. However, only in the past few years have I been doing more freelance work regarding interiors aside from the blog. 


This means that my pantone and paint chip collection hagrown massively and since I don't like to waste, my brain instantly says, craft time" when it comes to transforming anything for versatile usage. 

Enter, the paint chip! These useful colour cards are regular companions for designers and artists before getting the job done, or visual themes sorted. Yet, paint chips often get tossed aside afterwards.  



I created miniature booklets because I wanted something different for a party that I hosted a couple months ago (behind the scenes snippets are coming soon). View the tutorial and inspiration below!  
Paint Chip Booklets 
Materials: 
Burlap ribbon (wide width) 
Paint chips (preferably 2x2 squares) 
Scissors (to cut fabric, & paper) 
Glue stick in clear 
Printed quotes on paper 
Stapler  

 Above: I made quick little text with some of my favourite quotes for a themed party. 

Method: 
  1. 1. Cut paint chips in sets of two. I cut about 6 sets each having two paint chips. Try to cut them in the same direction (typically horizontally) as the paint names are written so that each pair can fold from left to right with a crease at the centre (booklet style), see images above.  

  1. 2. You should be able to open and close the paint chip cardsCrease the centre of each set with your fingers, making sure that the side with the paint chip colours is on the outside, and that your crease goes outward. 
  1. 3. Next, cut one piece of burlap ribbon for one set of paint chip cards slightly larger than the paint chips by length. Make sure that you cut the burlap ribbon ends evenly on each side because the cut part of the burlap will need to lineup with the ends of the left and right sides of the paint chip cards. The will bonded sides of the burlap ribbon (=the top and bottom of ribbon) will be the what extends from each paint chip card set, creating a booklet style. 
  1. 4. Open one paint chip set, then use a glue stick to attach a cut piece of burlap ribbon to the inside of the paint chip card, making sure that the left and right edges lineup horizontally (as mentioned in step3). Let the glue dry. Use a stapler to vertically staple the centre of the booklet.  Repeat steps to add burlap ribbon, and staple each card set. 
  1. 5. Cut out printed quotes to fit your paint chip cards (I used 12 pt. & 14pt. fonts but this will depend on your quote size and paint chip sizes). You may cut out your paper quotes in an artful way or in a straight line. Open paint chip sets flat. Use glue to adhere one cut quote to each paint chip set in the centre. Let dry. 
  1. 6. Now you have paint chip booklets. 
I’ve a fun little treat coming soon, and I cannot wait to show you why I created these adorable booklets. There is a method to my DIY madness, I promise!

What do you think of my alternative uses for paint chips?

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