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How To: DIY Macramé To Hang Your Geometric Concrete Planter

After my last DIY Macramé to hang your geometric concrete vessel I received so much amazing feedback - thank you! and a lovely comment requesting one without the tassel. You are absolutely right, the tassel is an additional eye-catcher which could take away from the geometric vessel or plant. It took me a moment to find a way but here we go ... read on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Photography Styling Inspiration With PASiNGA Concrete Sculptures Image by Shop Houser

I have proudly collected some inspiration for editorial jewellery and product photography by wonderful creatives who choose to style their photoshoot with my concrete sculpture solids. Photographing your product is always a challenge, perfect light, perfect setup, well perfect everything some people say and there is most likely a good reason why one can specialise in product as well as in jewellery photography. But if you are a little like me, you admire and have to get on with it yourself ... read on

 

 

Eco-friendly Recycled Paper Stationery Goodness - Half Price PASiNGA Sale Event

Modern stationery made from recycled paper and card stock and printed with eco-friendly inks - goodness right? Ok not just yet?!? well, allow me to elaborate. Today is the first of August and I still can't get over the fact that Christmas in July has passed as well. Not a huge fan I have to say but I am a fan of being organised. But that's beside the point. I was impressed with all the awareness of 'wrapping' rubbish at those events and the remarks in regards to plastic free, more sustainable or zero waste options. .... read on

 

 

DIY Macramé Plant Hanger

Macramé hanging planters are everywhere and why not?!? They are beauties, space saving while giving a delightful happiness to the place where they have been hung. So while organising my own display I decided why not give it a try but of course not without showing you how I did my mini tassel Macramé variation ... read on 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concrete Sculpture Solids A 5 Star Buy

I am not sure if one has ever a right to brag like this but I am just so proud. So many of you have chosen to buy my creations, decided to shop small and support someone working independently as a designer-maker. It means so much to me to be able to be creative every day and I have received so many wonderful reviews for my works throughout my three online stores and especially for this concrete modular sculpture and the single icosahedron concrete sculpture solid that it feels like a brag worthy 5-star buy. After all my lovely customers and clients have been the judge ... read on

 

 

New Concrete Cloud Trinket Ring Dish By PASiNGA

Happy news for a Monday, I have finished three new designs just in time for Christmas in July, back to school or just the mid year change things up moment. The first one is the one to the left, which I lovingly call 'cloud tray'. I worked on the design for quite some time as I wanted it to have a softly textured surface and a minimal dip as well as the cloud uniqueness while staying cohesive within the design. They feel very hygge, minimal ... read on

 

 

Top Ten tallest buildings in London

The skyline of London is ever-changing and new buildings will be constructed in the years ahead. Heidi was so kind to prepare some updates to the original post back from 2015. Back then it was just lovely to have the background to the first round of London images I took. Now I feel it is just good to update this post as it is a balance of ancient and modern architecture as well as the creation of new areas, often better suitable and sustainable uses of the land. ... read on

 

DIY Garden Chair Made From Reclaimed Wood

Today I am sharing a wonderful Adirondack inspired garden chair tutorial with you. Don't you just love a good summer DIY!

 

Well, who doesn't and it is such a good one. I love to keep our garden as natural and bee friendly as possible. After all it is only a weed if you think the plant is out of place. My most favourite outdoor plants are daisies and lavender. The scent is ... read on 

 

 

How to work with concrete, basic tips and tricks from PASiNGA concrete artist

Concrete is a wonderful versatile material to work with. What concrete is, how to get started to work with it and what tools to use, here are the basic tips and tricks as well as answers to your most asked questions since I started my DIY's ... read on

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the scenes, the making of a bespoke concrete jewellery box by PASiNGA design

It was an exciting moment when I received the request to design and finish a modern concrete jewellery or ring box. It is so adventurous to explore different shapes and sizes, the thought of knowing this box will be used to present an engagement ring or heirloom jewellery as well as of course meet my clients needs and vision. 

The bespoke design process itself started off with ... read on

 

 

 

How to make this modern summer wreath by PASiNGA blog

Let's bring a bit of summer inside with a fresh and bright garden flower wreath design. After all a modern wreath can be a wonderful decor accent all year around. 

 

So what do we need for this summer blossom dream?

A plug foam ring in your preferred size but I have chosen one with an outer diameter of 30cm. 

I am using my favourite flowers and herbs as well as some simple long leaves. So there are three types of flowers for me but if you have more to choose from go wild and bring your whole summer meadow into this wreath. For me it is about 5 camomile stalks, 10 daisy stalks and 10 long big leaves. I have no idea what they are called but I like them and they have been here since before we moved in. .. read on 

 

Sustainability And PASiNGA Designs

Sustainability in my work is something I have been very conscious about from the beginning but this is not as easy as you might think as an artist who has chosen concrete to be her crafting material. 

But first things first, all stationery products are made from 100% recycled paper and card stock. They are also printed with eco-friendly inks locally in the UK. 

My art prints however are printed on archival photo paper to provide lasting photographic work. Framing options provided by myself as well as my chosen partner ... read on

 

Five Yellow Summer Garden Decor Ideas By PASiNGA Blog

I think this yellow fresh and bright lemon theme started at some point last year and I just went with it. Looking back and wishing summer would be already here I thought I collect some yellow summer decoration ideas for the outside to share and draw inspiration from. 

Allow me to set the mood with the first image I took with lemons. It's part of a table setting featuring the concrete wire DIY Air Plant holders, of course the full tutorial is here as well. But I love the smell and could imagine this display on a shelf, sideboard or anywhere else. I came across this ... read on

 

DIY Rhombus Concrete Coaster Tutorial By PASiNGA Concrete-artist

Here we go again, anyone else having an ABBA day?! No, just me, ok! At the end of February I posted my first coaster Diy, the hexagon shape, and I was excited to receive your emails and feedback. It was just lovely to receive that request for another design to mix things up as well as the note if I could make it even clearer how I mean the 'air needs to get between concrete solid and mould' during the release process. So here we go, drumroll please!, welcome the rhombus design to craft another modern coaster! ... read on

 

 

Ten happy Easter last minute decoration ideas by PASiNGA

Last working day of this marvellous week is here and bank holidays are ahead. Well, I know how time has a habit of running and so I will be sharing some Scandinavian inspired, minimal modern last minute Easter decor ideas you can do without huge fuss or prep. Well, even though I shared some Easter table settings this year too, I am pretty sure one can never be too inspired and even though if you might have your heart set on a design maybe these little accents are nice to add. I collected these ideas with my Pinterest and of course all are linked back to where I found them. Little notes and thoughts are in between but I will allow the images to speak .... read on 

 

Jewellery Photoshoot Styling Tips And Display Ideas

Time is passing by way too fast at least on my end. I am working away and happily so, the new batch of mostly unique geometric display sets is up. I am working on a couple of bespoke pieces and, believe it or not, on new designs for the candle season and Christmas. Haha, indeed not even Easter yet?! 

Anyhow, here is some jewellery styling inspiration by you and me coming up ... read on

 

Exclusive Website Offers For You Indulge And Save, Limited Time Only

Spring is here and April is my birth month, it also is by coincidence the month I started PASiNGA all the way back in, wow 2011. Oh how I remember my first market stall.... Wont go into details as this is not what todays blog post is about. I and my work and therefore PASiNGA has changed and evolved over the years quite a bit and it would not have been possible without all of you, your marvellous kind reviews, feedback and support as well as inspiration!

So here it comes, to celebrate, acknowledge and to say thank you some offers for you to indulge and save! But not to worry you will still be able to request custom finishes, as all is made to order, all the personal touches like gift notes and the complimentary gift wrap!  ... read on

 

Easter Table Decor Inspiration With PASiNGA Concrete Accents And Pastel Blossoms

It certainly feels like spring outside. The first soft pastel blossoms are around and I am getting all excited about Easter this year. I am not usually the one to do so but this years Easter nest DIY got me decorating all over the place. In many ways the whole table centrepiece started with the concrete hay nest and evolved to adding branches, eggs, candle holders, diamond ornaments, hay and party favours. Since our table is white I went for a clean setting without tablecloth, however white linen napkins add a useful soft touch. I am rather pleased with the soft almost fragile modern feel considering that rather hard objects made from concrete are centre stage. It feels very laid back and raw not to say minimal by all playfulness.  ... read on 

 

Five Tips For Jewellery And Product Photography

Five easy and quick tips for jewellery and product  photography are coming up. Of course you love your creation and want it to be presented at its best but it is small and it is reflective and therefore not the easiest thing to photograph. I know every guide out there for selling your products online is telling us - how we present the product in our photos is going to make or break our shops. Sure, right, but how? Right?! Here is how you could start ... read on

 

Fresh Easter Gift Ideas And New Concrete Designs By PASiNGA

Just a few weeks to go until Easter and if you are a little like me you want to surprise! I am so happy to say that I finished some new designs for us to share and feel inspired by. I was thinking of people for whom it is hard to shop for, for people you want to give something unique, yet not too big, the plant lover or modern design fan. Well, you will be the judge!    ... read on!

 

 

A Fun Family Concrete Hay Easter Nest Bowl Or Planter DIY

An Easter nest DIY made of concrete and hay or straw the perfect modern and crafty decor accent for the in- and outside. What can I say, it's an incredible fun to form these nests / bowls / planters by hand and just about right to enjoy with friends and family! .. read on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips On Spring Cleaning With Minimalism In Mind by PASiNGA

Based on the meteorological calendar Spring is here and I feel a bit of Spring cleaning with minimalism in mind could just be the thing. I personally can't decide between Spring and Autumn, I love them both, the life in the changes, the colours and light at those times. Anyway, I think it is the change which is giving me energy and inspiration to move and change as well. It is not that I think I own clutter or would ever have a problem with throwing stuff out, nope not me, I always feel refreshed after a good old clean and clear. Maybe, I am still too German, haha.  ... read on

 

Rustic Yet Modern Easter Table Decor Inspiration By PASiNGA

There is no rush or anything but I just found it so fitting to have a first exciting tease for easter on my blog today. After all it is already the last day of February and Easter is in about 6 weeks. I just think it is the right opportunity to start decorating and styling and charge the creative batteries for the Easter festivities ahead with happy bunny mood, haha! 

 

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Calm Is Power, free inspirational printable by PASiNGA

Calm is a power, isn't it? I feel it is and at the same time it is often hard to be so strong to actually stay calm. I don't wanna bother you with details as I think everyone can relate in one way or another. However, there are moments when this little note helped me, reminded me that I can do it, just try to find your calm, it helped me to focus and to go on. So here we go, I scanned my note and hope by sharing it with you, you will find some motivation or maybe even empowerment in such a moment too! ... read on and get your free download!

 

Modern PASiNGA Hexagon Concrete Coaster DIY

Spring is almost here and with it my desire to refresh and restyle my home. I hope I am not alone but I just fancy that fresh breeze, the soft spring sunshine and hope to catch it inside. I never really use coasters, no expensive furniture here, but my friend asked me about it and so did my mom and I just thought why not. I mean, they can be used in so many ways anyway, so here we go ... let us craft modern concrete hexagon coasters together!

 

... read on

 

 

Valentines Day Freebies And Gift Ideas For Her & Him

Valentines day is coming up and I feel like I got to share some love with you guys! I mean you support me, love my creations, share and gift them, cherish them, well as they say - You are magic. 

Give this cute sentence a lot more weight and add it to your Valentines gift or present it as card! Yes, you can it is the thought that counts so go on ... read on

 

 

 

 

 

Three Picture Framing & Gallery Wall Trends 2019 by PASINGA blog, image via Pinterest
image via Pinterest

By the end of 2018 one could already find new trends for how to style your art to change the feel of a room or just to mix things up. The classical black and white gallery framing is always going to be the timeless way where no-one can go wrong but I think sometimes we have the desire for maybe a lighter or more fun ways to display and enjoy art in our homes!

So here we go, my collection of the top three trends I can recommend for my works, for family portraits and collected works.

Lets start with the brightest and lightest variation - clear frames ... read on 

 

Lets Wander Together, free PASiNGA printable and Miami travel tips

Let's wander together! indeed. First things first, I apologise for my delay in updates and of course providing this cute download but, and you wont believe it, I found the one spot in Florida without phone or internet excess - Dry Tortugas, National Park! Yes, yes, I totally recommend it to everyone to go there, it is just stunning!! Only thing was, and I am almost certain it is a good thing, once you have been there you are on proper Holiday Mode. Well, let me just say, we never switched our devices back on. Please be happy with me, it was so so needed to recharge and find new creativity! ... read on

 

The concrete mountain tile one of two new jewellery display designs by PASiNGA art

Exciting news my first brand new designs for 2019 entered my shop! And what can I say it is not just one but two heavily geometric designs to grow our much loved modular concrete display and photo props options - fabulous!

 

... read on 

 

 

 

Pause, time to have a creative break

Hello everyone - today from the USA - yeah, hence the late post in UK time. It is Monday and I am on holiday, can you believe it?! Indeed a rare occasion. So here we go, of course I want to share that wonderful feeling of having a proper break with you! 

What can I say, I am sure everyone has it's own perfect dream of holiday sorted but to me it is food, new people, new impressions that inspire, taking photos of everything I come across for no purpose whatsoever ;) exploring and enjoying time with my other half. ... read on

 

Do It, For Yourself Free Monday Motivational Printable By PASiNGA Blog

It is the first Monday of the new year but it is still a Monday and I am in need of some motivation to get going while trying to set out my goals and priorities for this week. It's proper hard this week for me as I am all excited for my upcoming big holiday break. We planned it for so long and I can't wait for Friday! Anyhow, this break is surely for us, myself, to explore and adventure but I want to keep this statement in mind for all my goals to come whatever they might be. It is hard sometimes when crafting and designing to stay clear of just designing sellable goods - one has to eat, I am sure you can relate.

...read on and grab your freebie!

 

Here We Come free inspirational print by PASiNGA

Marvellous - it is fantastic to welcome you to 2019 and all its adventures!

I for one can't wait to get started, loads of creative projects I want to get started on but all are with one goal in mind - sharing creativity and hopefully good vibes only. I think we need it and it is joy to me. Anyway, no proper life lesson to share from my side just the wish to all of you to have a joyful, happy, lively, crafty and loving new year!

 

.... read on for free printable!

 

 

 

PASiNGA, designer maker photography and concrete art

Hello, I am Antje the artist, designer maker, founder and 'blogger' of PASiNGA. From time to time guest blogger Heidi is writing a post for us. PASiNGA is my artist name which describes best what I love, do and of course will be blogging about: photography, art, design and modern structures and architecture. More info about me and my work is over here.

 

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A concrete copper wire air plant holder diy by concrete artist PASiNGA with recycled, plastic and cling film moulds, check it out!

It is about time, I know time goes by way too fast but at long last I put together my first proper concrete diy instructions for you guys! 

Since you love Air Plants as much as I do, I thought it would be good to start with a concrete diy which combines the love for concrete, copper and Air Plants which can be decorated all year around. Not to worry I got more diy's coming up for the holiday season, yeah!

Today, I have prepared instructions for you to not just create one style but three. ... read on

 

 

Magazine all display, a minimal concrete and twine magazine or book holder diy

Oh look what I've got for you! 

If you are a bit like me you like things being organised but love magazines and books too. I mean they are everywhere and I often feel inspired by books or magazines. So I decided to mix things up and found that this concrete & twine book  / magazine wall display changed the feel of the room instantly. This DIY is so easy that I am going to keep the 'how to' very short. ... read on

 

 

Product Photography Styling Ideas With Concrete Blocks By PASiNGA photography and design

Thank you so much for all you kind notes on social media, your comments and requests in regards to more ideas and maybe with a background and so on. Here we go, your wish was my exciting command and I photographed my latest batch of modular geometric concrete blocks in multiple ways to inspire. 

But enough let's get right to it, shall we?! ... read on

 

 


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How to revive your Air Plant after the summer holidays, step by step tips and tricks by PASiNGA blog

The Summer holidays have been amazing, right?! In London the sun was bright and hot, inviting to relax in long summer evenings. Point being, I did not water my Air Plants regularly and they are showing it - so how to revive them?! 

Summer sick Air Plants are plants who show signs of dry leaf tips or even whole dry leaves like shown in the picture row below. Your plant just had enough and will appreciate the following.     ... read on

 

 


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Inspiration Frank Lloyd Wright and  image by Heidi Mergl for PASiNGA Blog

Since I visited some of his buildings in and around Chicago a couple of years ago I am especially touched by the Robie House in Chicagos Oak Park. Its horizontal emphasis, use of materials and custom design from tip to toe make it something very special. The main space is one open plan living area which was revolutionary at the time and Wright applied his previously established principle of using screens.    ... read on


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