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Thanksgiving or Autumn Feast Centrepiece Inspiration, A tables cape design with concrete copper accents, Reindeer moss, pumpkin and friends

Warm colours, heavy fresh air in the morning and wonderful warm candle light evenings - November. I tried to exactly incorporate all those feelings in my Thanksgiving table scape. Even though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe, we do pumpkin feast and 'Herbstfest' I still have loads to be grateful for and like that about Thanksgiving. By far the most for every single design and creation I was allowed to craft and ship around the globe to wonderful customers and clients, indeed an amazing summer has gone bye. 

Let me try to say thank you with sharing some decorative ideas on how to make an autumn celebration a beautiful one. ... read on


Christmas gift guide featuring artisan and eco-friendly designs hand selected by PASiNGA

It's November, time is passing by fast and we are already on part 5 of my little artisan Christmas gift guide series. Only some small events are going to happen before the jolly Christmas time, we look for Nicolaus, celebrate 4 Advents or Thanksgiving to name just a few. But it can truly be said now - Santa is coming! 

So lets get the bling on for Santa with modern leather jewellery by Melodie, enjoy it all and light some candles it's that time of the year! ... read on



Geometric Wreath DIY, Winter Decor Tutorial With Concrete, Copper And Evergreens

Amazing, isn't it?, the Autumn glow is beautiful and after I have set up candles and pumpkins I can't wait to get my Winter decor up beautifully. Since we created wonderful easy geometric wreaths for summer parties and so on I was thinking of using the triangular copper base once more for a winter wreath. This one will not be on my door but on my wall next to some soon to be there Christmas cards. Anyhow, that is my vision for now but to start the display off, lets get started with the wreath. ... read on


DIY Baking Paper Concrete Candle Holder Tutorial To Create A Tree Bark Texture

It's official - the candle season is here, is it not?! Well, I think I waited long enough, mind me I am lighting candles since September and it's just wonderful how cosy my tiny studio feels. It is small all the time but you know what I mean, the warm light is the essence of hygge I think. Anyway, that's not what todays blog post is about - my fabulously easy baking paper concrete candle holder tutorial!!! Yes, you heard right we are going to create a bit of a tree bark texture with something as handy as baking paper. We wont need any grease, fat or tape at all. In a way or two it will feel like baking but what do I know, I can't bake even though I enjoy a good cake like no other. Anyway, moving on - shall we get started?! 

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Inspiration on how to style a cosmetic product photo shoot

I did something completely different from what I nowadays do. I have to admit it was a bit of a flashback moment but all in a good way! I don't know if many of you know that I used to photograph products, styled shoots and designed marketing materials. Yes, it all helped to fund PASiNGA as a creative studio as I started out.

Fast forward ...  read on







Golden Happiness - Special Designer Maker Gift Guide Part 4

Handmade gift guide with designer maker introduction! Enjoy the Golden Happiness, part 4 of the Christmas series.

Golden happiness for all of us, we deserve it, don't you think?!

Yes, we got in the Christmas mood and resist to let it become the Christmas blues. We made the lists and checked it twice, sorted the cookie side of things cheekily or not and looked after ourselves as we should so we look stunning when Santa is finally coming. And that is just what we did now not to mention what we did the rest of the year!   ... read on


A Grownup Halloween Centrepiece Idea With Concrete, Moss And Air Plants

A proper Autumn tablescape featuring modern elegance and organic earthly produce. I know Halloween is coming up and I promised you I got you covered, so here is my rustic down to earth, natural 'grown up' way of an Autumn centrepiece and if you fancy it a 'BOo' or a face can easily be added to the pumpkin!

I don't know but with me being German and all, I grew up without these ghostly festivities, maybe I never really got it, but having said that, I surely enjoy a good table, nice company and  great food. So let's create my table as base and spookiness will come with nightfall .... read on 


Christmas Baking is part 3 of the PASiNGA artisan Christmas gift guide

October is here time to get the baking gear! Alright, I wont lie - I can't bake. I guess I have two choices, learn a new craft and get the rolling pin from Rose, and my grandma's secret recipe from my face purse from Nelle. Well, I would need an Elf or Elfie herself to keep the strong black coming from Jinny's twig espresso mug and hope not only tears and sweat end up in Laras beautiful kitchen towel .... Or, I could cheekily light a candle, enjoy my espresso calmly and ... 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





Welcoming October With Free Shipping Specials And Christmas Shipping Times For 2018



The Holiday shipping timetable 2018 to have the gift happiness arrive just in time for Christmas! Cherry on top - my exclusive thank you free Christmas shipping specials for the UK, Europe and the USA!  


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Artisan Christmas Gift Guide, 'Making A List' is part 2 of the PASiNGA curated handmade eco friendly list of gift ideas

Yes indeed, it's time to make some lists. Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner and yes, the thought of Christmas shortly after is hanging in the air. But fear not, I 've got some inspiration for all those events while enjoying a good read about some lovely designer-makers and artisan crafters who would love to help us make all those festivities cherished moments! Well, let's think of autumn and winter as well as all those festivities can use a good candle. And these scented soy candles by Rebecca smell so good they can make the mood in the room unforgettable! But let's not forget the beauty side of things, to ease the stress and treat yourself ... read on 


Cheers To the Gifting Season , A Special Makers Gift Guide Part One

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow ...  The gifting season is coming but let's get in the mood first - over the coming weeks slowly but surely the excitement is starting to grow and even the adult of the totally grown ups is starting to get into the mood that the festivities are around the corner. I promise I wont hit you with just all the 'jingle bells', well not just yet but to share three stories of three wonderful designer-makers with you today!

... read on


Happiness gifting independent artisan works this Christmas, a curated gift guide series by PASiNGA blog

Yep, it is September. Can you believe it? And yes, it is almost time to prep for the big gifting season. I know early right?!, but I want us to start a new tradition this year or maybe you are a superstar and you continue a long lasting tradition of shopping and gifting designer-maker artisan works. I would like to introduce some fellow designer-makers of mine in a series of Christmas stories over the coming months, to inspire, enjoy and to share some happiness!  ... read on


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



Completion of the PASiNGA August Still-life Challenge Celebrated With Cold Dipped Cube

One month has gone by like no other. While working on all sorts of projects I mostly forgot to post and share and set out to challenge myself to do exactly that, but feel invited to read all about it here. 

I don't know why but sharing everything online is still hard for me, while talking comes easy to me I am always a bit taken back by the thought of shouting my humble life and work into the world. 

I think this is the biggest lesson I learned from this challenge, while I was sorting images, deciding which would be good enough to post, which would show my perspective or vision of a piece best. I decided not to think about the sales point of view but about the fun I had creating it and that it represents truly me. And even though I think I might have confused some of you with so much newness, I also showed a new side and can truly say that this is all me.  ... read on



Summer Table Decor Ideas, Centrepieces With Air Plants & Geometric Concrete

Late summer, the perfect time for outdoor birthday parties or weddings, isn't it?! Well, I am not so lucky my birthday is in April but I think we all should celebrate the beauty of late as well as end of summer or the joy of being together. So I styled two tablescapes to get inspired by. Once you have the centrepiece you will have to show it off, wont you!?!.    


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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



Summer Gift Wrapping DIY With Flowers & Geometric Concrete by PASiNGA blog

Bright as summer - a gift wrapping mix of some garden flowers, dried and fresh with a mix of different geometric concrete pendants and not to forget wrapping papers as well as Furoshiki.

Maybe just the right way to say thanks!

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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.










How I Use My Concrete Vessels To Fragrance Our House by PASiNGA

Time to cozy up, winter time is approaching and the autumn colours are wonderfully warm and inviting. To me this is reason enough to change things around, decorate and fragrance my few bowls and candle holders.   ... read on... 

Get Cozy For Winter With Candles & Concrete, blog post by PASiNGA

Hygge Up!

It feels like winter is coming and the time for candles is here, so let's restyle our concrete vessels and accessories.

I have some vessels, dinner or taper candles, silver foil, Reindeer Moss, an eucalyptus branch and to set it all a lighter and bit of water.

One option would be to wrap a bit of aluminium / silver foil around the base of a candle. Please be messy and when pushing it gently into the recess of your vessel it will create different openings to place a bit of fir or eucalyptus.  ... read on ...

Geometric Concrete Photography Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration, blog post by PASiNGA

I have heard about 'hygge' a while back and thought well, fair enough I like to cosy up, get the kettle on and the cosy blanket out. Done, right?!

Well, I went to Copenhagen during spring this year and of course what was the most interesting thing to bring back 'The little book of hygge' by Meik Wiking. I read it and found loads of habits and ideas on how we should make us all feel better. All nice and jolly. Thing is though, recently I came across more and more posts and articles like 'Hygge on a budget', 'Hygge vs Minimalism', 'Hygge for home and work' and so on. ... read on 


Geometric Modular Concrete Blocks by PASiNGA

Another big batch of unique geometric concrete modular sculpture solids is here!

I am so excited to write this update today. The first batch of these versatile solids was thanks to you a great success and the second batch has been available to you for about 3 weeks. Thank you for waiting so patiently while I crafted the sets and some of you have already called first dips!  ... read on ...




Air Plant Quick Tip


 Woop woop, they have arrived!

How to care for your Air Plant, Quick tip by PASiNGA
Air Plant Life Cycle, blog

Tillandsias or Air Plants are tropical plants that usually live for several years however will bloom and produce flowers only one time during their lifetime.

The flowers are striking and brilliantly colored, and the bloom period will last from several days to many months, depending on the species. Take the Rubra on the left for example, we are about 2 months in and the blue flower is not fully grown yet.....

read on and find out about blooming, pups and clumping


Featured Article Series

By Guest Blogger Heidi


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

Introducing My Dearest Friends New Blog by PASiNGA

I am so delighted to announce that my dearest and very talented friend has dared a new challenge. She started her own blog and website '' next to her full time job as an architect and being a guest blogger for Awesome!!     ... read on

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