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Cats with paper smiles

Cats with paper smiles

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I saw these two cats [top two] on Pinterest but sadly I can’t find the original sources. That didn’t stop me attempting it with my cat, Bo. These are the best two I could get – it’s not as easy as it looks!

Coming soon… paper glasses, inspired by this chap >>

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**UPDATE**

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Voila!

If you decide to have fun with your cat, please leave a link in the comments for me.

 

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Wow, I’ve really not blogged since September 21st. All I can say is sorry! What has happened? Oh yes, I started a new job. That has kept me very busy. What else? Christmas. Christmas has been and gone, and New Year has too. I am going to make a “13 things in 2013” list and blog that a bit later, but first of all I just wanted to apologise for abandoning you when things got tough. I have also decided to start my jewellery blog. I am looking at the stuff all the time, so I should share my discoveries with you all [if that’s your thing, of course]. 

Now we’re re-aquainted I am going to go and get on with my list of 13 things to achieve in the year 2013. Where’s that pen…? 

Origami Jewellery

Morning folks, what a glorious morning we are having today. We are having our kitchen fitted this week, starting this morning so I’m taking five minutes to relax before it all kicks off.

As you know, one of my passions in life is jewellery. I love the stuff. Not just bling, not just expensive stuff, and certainly nothing ‘ordinary’. My favourite designer is Alex Monroe [I’ll do a post about him soon], but I’m always keeping an eye out for something new. I tend to go for silver, just because it’s more “me”, however, I love two tone jewellery. My jewellery also tends to be very delicate. I’ll introduce you to some of my pieces soon.

Something you may not know about me, is that I also love origami. I was taught origami when I was quite young, by a family friend. It is captivating, and the time tends to just fly by in a whirl of coloured paper and various instructions. This means, of course, that as soon as I discovered that there was a brand selling origami jewellery, I was in love.

Here is a link to their website :: Origami Jewellery

Here’s a little information from their bio ::

[I hope they don’t mind me stealing it…]

Since jewellery is in the spotlight of today’s lifestyle, « Claire & Arnaud », the French design friends founded their own brand “Origami Jewellery”, inspired by the beauty of Japanese creativity.

The inspiration came during a night in the winter when their friend Masayuki Muraki taught them the typical Japanese folding handcraft. Because of the endless possibilities and the pleasure of creating new origami, the game took all night long.

Creativity and the joy of trying out always new ways how to use the folding made “Claire & Arnaud” forget time. The idea of origami earrings was born.

Their first collection made with thread and paper had this beauty of the moment. But the splendour of the Japanese shapes deserves to combine them with precious materials like gold or silver.

To produce this collection the couple decided to go to Japan to look for manufacturers able to reproduce precisely the fragile shapes.

Since January 2008, “Claire & Arnaud” introduce their first collection of jewellery with the model Tsuru®, the symbol of peace in Japan.

Then, the rabbit, the deer, the triceratop and others joined the family.

The ORIGAMI JEWELLERY jewels are now available all over the world.

And here are some of my favourite pieces ::

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[Gold vermeil “diamond” ring]

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[Silver rabbit in a hoop]

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[Silver Pegasus]

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[Silver elephant bracelet]

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[Silver crane necklace] – this is the first thing I will get from Origami Jewellery. The crane is such an iconic thing to make in origami and something I have personally made, hundreds of times.

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[Silver rabbit necklace] – isn’t he just the cutest? He has such character.

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[Gold vermeil cat] – I think this one is amazing. I love cats. I love origami. It’s a match made in heaven.

Here is an origami cat from their website ::

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And there we have it. Once I have a piece in my own hands I will let you guys know. For now, with my kitchen being done, it’s going to be a while before I add any pretties to my jewellery box.

If you have a piece of this collection, please do let me know.

Bye for now!

ChapStick Hot Lips Kit – Superdrug

I went to Superdrug today to pick up some ChapStick [one of my favourite beauty products of all time] and they didn’t have the original black one that I usually get. HOWEVER, they had this lovely set of three ChapSticks [cherry, apple, and strawberry] for £3.99. As soon as I saw it I thought that it would be a nice tin for me to put in my handbags to hold bobby pins, plasters, buttons… that sort of thing. 

They had 4 or 5 different designs, but I picked the polkadot because it had a retro feel to it. 

Here’s mine… 

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I’m not sure how long these have been around, my apologies if they are old news but I think they would make a lovely stocking filler or secret santa gift. 

 

My bucket list gets a page

I’ve just created a new page for my bucket list so that I can keep it up to date without just updating my old post from December 2011. All I’ve done today is added some notes, and added a new one to the bottom of the list. I’ve also managed to tick off a couple of things [in bold]. 

Here is the link for the new page! BUCKET LIST.

Please leave a comment with a link to your bucket list if you have one. 

My Tumblr…

I just realised that I did not update y’all with my Tumblr details, as previously mentioned.

Turns out, I love it. It’s pretty easy to use, clean looking, and perfect for a 365 project. I have posted a picture every single day since the 19th of August and I have also added the occasional “Good stuff” post.

Here’s a link for you >> http://juppppy.tumblr.com

…and a picture…

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I hope you like it.

Do the truffle…

…I’ve finally made my first ever batch of truffles. I’ve been wanting to make them for years. Here we have white chocolate and lemon…

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This is what I used… 

  • 200g white chocolate [I used Menier white chocolate from Waitrose] 
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of extra thick double cream 
  • a pinch of salt 
  • a teaspoon of lemon extract – splash out and get a good one, it’s the main flavour 
  • yellow gel food colouring – you don’t have to use this but I just used a teeny bit for a hint of yellow 
  • icing sugar – this is just for dusting, no sugar goes into the truffles

What I did… 

  • I melted the white chocolate, butter, and cream together in the microwave. You can do it in a bowl over some boiling water. I partially melted it all in the microwave and then just stirred until it was one. 
  • Add the pinch of salt, lemon extract, and colouring [if you’re using it]. Stir. 
  • Allow to cool for 30 mins, at least, and then cover and put in the fridge for at least 4 hours – the longer the better. 
  • Scoop out the mixture and roll in your palm to make little balls, then roll around on a plate of icing sugar. 

Voila! Keep in the fridge for up to one week. I don’t think they will last that long! 

This recipe made me approximately 40 good sized truffles. 

Please let me know if you try it out!