DIY: Clay animal head succulent planter

| Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Animal head planter

Ok guys. I'm so proud of myself right now it's actually kind of sad. How adorable is this animal head succulent planter I made?

DIY - Make this adorable clay animal planter for your mini succulents. Click to tweet.

Quite some time ago, I saw this super cute felt planter on Etsy and I really wanted to try making one with polymer clay. Last weekend, I finally found a plant, or succulent I should say, that resembles hair and I just knew I wanted to give the clay pot a shot.

So last night, I took out my polymer clay (which has been sitting around waiting to be used for much too long...) and made this super adorable bear head planter.

Have you ever tried making your own planter?

I also have some good news... I made my first Etsy shop sale this week! Yay! I'm so happy right now. I'm in the process of making more prints, some more elaborate than others so keep your eyes open and keep checking back. I'm really excited about this new development and it makes me want to branch out even more... so many possibilities!

Adorable polymer clay succulent animal (bear) head planter. It looks like hair!

MATERIALS


Polymer clay (I used Sculpey original)
A little spoon (to scoop out excess clay)
Bake & bond (clay glue)
Acrylic paint
Gloss glaze

Materials to make a clay planter.

STEPS


1. Warm up your clay by working it with your hands.
2. Make a large ball; slightly bigger than the pot you want to put in it.
3. Using a small spoon, lightly scoop out the excess clay from the top. I tried pressing and sculpting a hole into the ball but it got all squished and weirdly shaped. I strongly suggest scooping. Yes, it takes a bit longer, but the results are much nicer.
4. Roll a small ball of clay, flatten it and cut it in half. These pieces will be the ears of the bear.
5. Apply a bit of glue to the edge, place in on the vase and lightly scrape it in place.
6. Bake according to instructions.
7. Paint, seal with glaze and add your plant. Voila! c:

Steps and instructions to make an easy animal head polymer clay succulent planter.
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Maple buckwheat crepes

| Thursday, 30 April 2015



Buckwheat is such an interesting and nutritious ingredient. Did you know it's packed with iron? In my books, it's a super food.

When I was little, my grand mother often made us buckwheat crepes. As children, we didn't really care for them so she would drown them in maple syrup. Growing up, I developed a finer taste in things, and so buckwheat has become on of my flours of choice.

You make the buckwheat crepes, add a bit of salty butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and you've got yourself a little party in your mouth. Maple syrup is just so out-of-this world delicious that I want to spread it over everything I eat. Oh wait, I already do. That's a fact.

Oh, and this crepe recipe is egg free! So if you need to make some for a person with allergies, this is a perfect choice. :)

Do you like maple syrup or are you more of a honey person?

INGREDIENTS


2 cups of buckwheat flour
2 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of Oil (I use canola)

This recipe makes about 12 small sized crepes or 6 big ones.



DIRECTIONS


1. I use the my Kitchen Aid blender to mix everything together. I just dump all the ingredients in and blend. I find the mix easy to pour into the pan that way.

2. Before I start making the crepes, I make sure the pan is already hot (heat on medium). I don't know why but when I pour the mix into the pan as it's heating up, my first crepe always ends up sticking to the pan. Annoying. Trust me.



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10 things I'm grateful for (#3)

| Monday, 27 April 2015



First things first, how cute is this notepad? Seriously. I find so much joy in cute little things. Yes, that is one of the things I'm grateful for this month; cute little things.

I'm a bit late doing for this post but they say better late than never! So... here are my 10 things for the month of March.

1. CUTE LITTLE THINGS


Totally random I know, but when I see cute little things it just warms my heart.

2. MEXICO


As you all know, we recently went to Mexico on vacation. I'm super thankful for all the amazing experiences that come with being married to a Mexican. They are truly a loving and caring people, and being able to spend some quality time in a colorful, lively and warm country like that is just so fun!

3. EXTENDED FAMILY


Seriously though. I am so thankful about my family in-law. It's so nice to have good people in your life, people that want to be around you, and more importantly, that love being with your children. There is no warmer feeling in my heart than to see my kids' eyes light up when they see their grand-parents and aunts/uncles.

4. BLOGGING


I have learned so much about myself through blogging. Things I sort of already knew, but never had the chance to explore; my creativity, my problem solving skills, photography... the list goes on and on. I'm super thankful for having the opportunity to share content I'm passionate about. 

5. HAVING A BIG YARD


I always dreamed of having a big yard. Granted, big is pretty subjective, but I think ours is a reasonable size. It's awesome for having summer parties and playing badminton. It's also big enough to have a pool, a play structure for the kids, and a garden... amongst other things. I know these are all things, but it's the moments and memories we create with them that matter most to me.

6. FRESH FLOWERS


Every time I see fresh flowers in a home, it makes me feel peaceful. I just love having a little punch of color and a bit of nature in my home. Do you?

7. FAMILY REUNIONS


I've been taking it upon myself to organize family reunions, and although it can be quite stressful as the host, I do not regret any of those moments. I just love to be surrounded by all my loved ones.

8. PAJAMA DAYS


I've been having a lot of those lately. Being on maternity leave, I have been taking every opportunity possible to stay in my pajamas.

9. NUTELLA


I can eat a whole jar in one sitting. Did I just say that out loud? Whoops.

10. THE SUN


It's about time he showed up around these parts. I do my best to enjoy every season to the max, but summer is definitely one of my favorite, because it includes the sun.

What are some things you're grateful for this month?
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xfallenmoon on Etsy + giveaway

| Thursday, 23 April 2015



I am so excited to announce the official opening of the xfallenmoon Etsy store!!!

As I mentioned in my 2015 goals, I've been meaning to start one for a long time. I had so many ideas but never enough time! At first I wanted to sell polymer clay miniature foods, then I thought homemade skincare products might be better, maybe even an original jewelry line. After thinking about all that it entailed... designing, crafting, packaging, shipping and all that, I figured I should probably start with something a little less demanding in terms of time (since it's kind of hard to find any with little kids and a full time job). That's when the downloadable print idea came in. That way, it will allow me to get a feel for running a store, and then maybe have a few different exclusive projects on the side. I'll be sure to let you know if I branch out with any cool new products.

For now though, to celebrate the grand opening of xfallenmoon Studio, I've decided to give away 5 downloadable typographic prints; 1 to each of 5 winners! Yay! There will also be a 25% discount event for 7 days following the end of the sweepstakes, so you can share my work with your friends and loved ones. The code is grandopening25 and will be valid from May 1st to May 8th, 2015. Enter below for your chance to win a gorgeous typographic print like the one pictured below!



Etsy shop opening giveaway


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