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 ....
Reindeer Moss Flakes; small pine cone mix;
concrete copper hexagon candle holder; fresh fruits and vegetables which will also be used to prepare the dinner;
grey craft paper as a table runner
Some notes on how to get started...
I started by placing the largest items first, second came all the candles for atmosphere. I think it is good to mix different styles of candle holders so feel free to mix. However, I decided against dinner candles as I wanted the pumpkin to be the eye-catcher. Mixed Reindeer moss flakes followed as well as small pine cones and different types of Air Plants.
Well, that's basically it but no one is stoping you from adding some spiders or worms into the mix!
Happy Halloween and a golden fall!
Concrete Pendants - available here
Well I know, we are not all cube fans, so here we go - the cylinder alternative. I don't know why but I felt this would be ideal for a kitchen or crafters corner. You know, it could keep the page of the next recipe to try or the one inspirational page.
For more inspiration
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. Take your favourite twine or ribbon, maybe even think of the colours of the room, the magazines or books and cut the ribbon to desired length.
As you can see above I used varying lengths and the same length on the left. I felt that for books of the same size a varying length is best while for magazines the same length of ribbon looked perfect. Take the chosen concrete pendants as weight and stop for the book / magazine and thread it up. Make a knot with the twine ends, tadahh!
Just a quick note in regards to the wall hook/s to use. Well, I used concrete wall hooks, which I made myself of course since I wanted something of an artistic statement, but a silver, black or copper nail will provide an even simpler look. Picture pins will also do the trick, especially if you are using the holder to display, your notebooks and journals, Christmas cards or photographs.
Mmh... what else, nope, I think that's it. The only open question on my mind is, where are you going to hang yours?!.
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, already excited to share those with you soon too!
As the picture suggests, I have prepared instructions for you to not just create one style but three. So you will be able to create totally different styles for your table scape or indoor-garden, keeping individuality at its best!
We will use recycled moulds, my new geometric plastic reusable mould and something from the kitchen, cling film to create a unique 'tree bark' texture in any mould you fancy!
To start things, check the material list below. Once you have gathered all your materials you will need to calculate about 1 to 2 hours for the wire bending, mixing and pouring. After about 3 hours spare time it will be about half an hour for unwrapping and sanding.
Materials from building depot, craft shop and your kitchen:
gloves, mask and glasses;
recycled mould, cling film, my plastic mould [also made from recycled material];
3mm wire in your preferred colour;
a quick set concrete pre mix;
water and mixing tools [spoon & bowl];
Air Plants or alternative decoration
Bending the copper coloured aluminium wire into Air Plant holder spirals
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!?!
I am pretty sure you know already but here are some hints on how to get it done. The base is the recycled grey paper, I like how easy it creates a wide classy space for the table decoration. I found the birchwood in a park after a storm but I think your local flower shop will be able to help you too. Put this down first and add some Reindeer moss flakes under it and over it. Add some Air Plants but this could also be big leaves or flower heads. I then added the candle holders and last but not least the pale hexagon ornaments as eye-catcher. Done!
Bright as summer - a gift wrapping mix of some garden flowers with a mix of different geometric concrete pendants. Maybe just the right way to say thanks!
I love the gift wrap above, which I found on Pinterest, it looks so delicate. While I am not sure where to get the printed Pergament paper - I am already starting to dry some flowers!
A minimal almost masculine way to wrap presents offers the combination of recycled grey or brown paper, dark baker twine and hexagon ornaments.
Well, as they say, diamonds are always a good idea! Above I mixed them with some glitter ribbon and white fabric 'napkin' band and on the right, the wrapping is done with a recycled paper stationery, black twine and a small eucalyptus twig.
The flower diy gift wrap above is just wonderfully easy, don't you think?! I love how the girls form Noordwind completed the vase with fresh flowers and a love ribbon.
Late summer nights often offer a golden light - so why not use that inspiration in our gift wrapping. Above, the option features gold painted dried flowers [by wunderweib] and the wrapping below uses copper coloured twine but you could also use wires.
Like me, I am sure, you are always looking for sustainable options as well. And as practicable and easy going grey or brown recycled paper is as my go to option, it is often hard to give it that luxurious glamour. So I set out and found the delightful alternative
of Furoshiki. Don't ask me how to pronounce it properly but it is an eco-friendly Japanese gift wrapping method. It is more or less founded in the profound need of carrying things from point A to B while wrapping the things to carry in cloths. Anyway, there is no denying it, that wrapping gifts with a fabric cloth makes for an impressive and thoughtful way to present a gift. Below are some instructions by Half Hitched Goods and on the left are some fabric wrapping ideas with the added touch of flowers [first image left by my paradissi] and below the concrete half moon ornament with a bit of lavender.
Cheers to happy gifting!
Traditional, a round summer wreath, don't you think?, yet fresh and different - well, thank you gorgeous!!!
I was hoping you would think that, I was aiming for something familiar yet with a modern minimal maybe even edgy twist. But it was important too that not much is needed to quickly create this contemporary wreath, for example for an event.
The base is created with a wreath ring, or if you like, you do it like me and use a bit of copper coil. Little tip, before bending it to a loop thread the coil so you can pull together even further after bending it over a round object like a pot or so.
Choose the size to your liking, mine is about 25cm in diameter. The second component is a bit of eucalyptus and third is a set of 3 half moon pendants.
I use a bit of string to firstly add some eucalyptus but any other greenery you fancy will do. I fix it at three points around the loop. That is enough since the concrete ornaments will be fixed around the wreath loop as well.
I choose to fix the 'Half Moon' pendants front facing, which means for this design it doesn't matter if you went for silver or gold loops on the pendants themselves.
I choose three spots to attach the pendants and have to admit that it looked better when placed not too symmetrical. The attachment should be fairly tight keep them facing the way you want them too.
It is always a good idea to lift it up and check if the ornaments and greens stay in the places as you hoped they would once you are happy with the look.
Well, if you like and wish to go really minimal you could just leave it like that. Or you could go on and add some bright spots.
I went for some Lavender and Daisies. The trick is to leave the wreath hanging in its place and to reuse the ornament loops for the added plants. Simply put them through the loop.
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!
Anyhow some sets are still available for next day shipping and I will add more unique combinations and finishes to the collection. So it will always be worth checking 'Prop Set / Jewellery Display' as it will be an evolving page!
Here we go a sneak peek of my favourite geometric sculpture stills of the current collection in all its monochrome glory!
New shapes, new sizes and the choice between generously sized silver or gold coloured wire loops for easy hanging options. It was a joy designing the second collection of my concrete ornaments as I had even more decor ideas and uses in mind. Not to forget your kind feedback!
May I inspire you?
I do love crafting concrete sculpture solids and the more unique the more fun I am having. I usually create minimal artistic stills but recently I also used them to display and elevate works by other artists.
Since these blocks are one offs in the way they feature imperfections and often in the combination or design they are sold in as well, the styled images of the set wont be seen on my site anymore. I think that is a shame as they can inspire and help to get started with setting up and get the creative juices running.
So here we go a collection of photography styling ideas for jewellery, pins and smaller beauty items....
Stack them ...
Align them ...
Sorry I have been so quiet all week but I am luckily busy with four custom orders - which are due to be finished this week.
This is one of them but not to worry I will be adding more details on my custom page soon.
Well let's get back to work!
have a fantastic day,
lots of love and creativity,
Similarly to stone concrete has a very high compressive strength while not performing to well under tension. During the 1850s European engineers tackled this problem by inserting steel bars into the concrete.
The solution – reinforced concrete – was born and is now more common than concrete on its own. The reinforcement used is mainly steel in the form of bars and meshes and structural fibres made of various materials.
The facts have been curated by Guest Blogger Heidi.
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Concrete comes from the Latin word “concretus” and means hard and compact. The material was already in use a couple of thousand years ago and many Roman structures like the dome of the Pantheon in Rome remain to the current day.
Today cement is readily available all over the globe making concrete the most commonly used man-made material.
We hope you enjoy this little 'Good to Know' and we are looking forward to your comments and your next visit.
The word concrete means that something exists in reality but in the construction industry it refers to the stonelike mass that is created by mixing gravel, sand, water and cement.
A chemical process occurs over time gradually hardening the aggregates together. The result is a strong material commonly used for building works but also other applications - as you know - hint hint - concrete work - due to the endless possibilities of molding the fluid mass into shape before it sets.
About two weeks ago I was asked by a lovely client to create an extra large concrete diamond set.
Today I am doing a strength and structure, stability and quality test - well I throw it around! Why?
Due to the size the concrete diamonds would become too heavy. They are supposed to be display/show objects and should offer the option to be easily carried.
My solution is a custom styrofoam core which than is covered by concrete. However as the concrete is now only the shell I needed to test it to ensure it is stable. Okay you got me - anything to throw a bit of concrete around.
Allow me to provide you with some facts.
|| size: 200mm/8inch tall, max width 250mm/10inch
|| this concrete sculpture is 2.5 weeks young
|| finish and structure: concrete, foam core, reinforcement; some crazing [crazing is a network of fine barely visible surface cracks]
Thrown 3 times and I am 1.80m tall.
The tip did break but was still in place due to the fibers. However you could take it apart. One pointy side showed the same signs.
It did not break. These are not natural forces which the sculpture should withhold but it is always good to know that it would and that the structure is sound.
With proper care the concrete diamond sculptures should be fine for a long time.
!!!! DON'T DO IT AT HOME || If you must - always wear safety glasses and proper boots !!!!!
Proper maintenance is necessary to protect your concrete art from the freeze-thaw cycles that occur in the winter. Any piece that can hold water, snow, or ice
[this includes planters and statuary and not just birdbaths and fountains] can be damaged.
Here are some tips on how to minimize possible winter damage.
If a planter is left planted over the winter, raise it up off the ground.
If a planter is going to be empty over the winter it is a good idea to store it in the garage, shed, or porch away from the elements.
If a planter cannot be moved into a garage or shed; empty it and turn the planter upside down. Place the planter onto wood strips, cover or wrap with burlap or any absorbent material, and finally cover it with dark plastic. This will prevent moisture from getting into the planter.
A custom order of 20 cement diamond sets. After the casting they have now spend the night drying and waiting for packaging. Each set will have a small and a large diamond in mix design shapes.
That's it with my little VIP Pass for you. I hope you like what you see.
I thank my lovely customer for her order and trust,
all the best to all of you
11 am time is up - they are good to go;
12 pm gift wrapping is done and the courier is booked - fingers crossed he will be here on time - so the box has to close now ...
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