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DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM

 

Happy Sunday to you, my little kittens! 

I hope you’re recharging your batteries, as it should be on this Sunday, I just took a look at the weather on-line, and it appears that everyone will see the sun today! So I’m picturing you with your computer or iPad on your lap in bed, checking out what’s in the press, on the blogs, and on other websites, a toasty and a steaming-hot tea close by, and your sweetheart who is pumped up to clean the apartment ... Oh, the good life. I’m back today to give you a very simple decorating DIY, to bring a touch of Japanese style into your home sweet home, "the eternal cherry branch." Yes, when you say it like that, it seems to be a whole concept, but I think it brings a touch of poetry to any room, and you can do these small, paper flowers in any color you want, imagine your branch decorated with ten small, white balls ... Have fun, and oh I think it's Mother's Day very soon, if you're stumped for ideas, and pretty broke, grab your scissors! Speaking of Mom, the opportunity is too good not to tell you a bit about mine! She just finished her second novel, a sort of psychological thriller that I had trouble putting down! "Contrariété d'un gaucher" (Making a left-handed person write right-handed) by Martine THORRE, add it to your list of books to gobble up!

 

DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM 

For this DIY, you will need:

  • • -a pair of scissors,
  • • - some thin, brass wire,
  • • - tissue paper,
  • • - a branch with nice off-shoot branches,
  • • - a paintbrush and ink(s) and a little bit of water.

 

DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM

 

Start by cutting a strip of tissue paper of 10-12cm in width along the entire length of your roll, then fold you strip like a fan along the entire length. Your folding value must be equal to or less than 10-12cm in width to obtain a square, once the entire strip has been folded.

 

DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM 

Then, keep folding your multi-layer square of tissue paper into a fan. But be careful, you must fold about 1 cm, and be sure it’s parallel to the edge where you haven’t already folded.

 

DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM 

Once you have your fan, take about 20cm of brass wire and loop it around your fan at its midpoint. Using your scissors, cut each end, being sure to round out the corners.

 

DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM 

And I can just hear you saying, "oh great, we’ve made bow tie pasta", but have a little patience! Now, turn out each layer of paper towards the middle of your butterfly bow tie. And then you shall see your flower take shape...

 

DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM 

Twist your brass wire and maintain the length. For those DIY enthusiasts out there, this is actually the same way you make a pompom out of paper, with just one slight difference, for this flower, all the layers of paper are turned upward in the opposite direction of the brass wire, but if you want to make a pompom, you have to space out the layers of paper evenly, in an upwards and downwards fashion, in order to hide the brass wire.

 

DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM

 

With the rest of the length of  your brass wire, you can fasten your flowers to your branches and TA-DA! And here’s a little something extra ... If you have ink of different colors, dilute them thoroughly in some water and paint the ends of the petals of your lighter flowers.... Send us pictures of your finished products!

 

DIY ETERNAL CHERRY BLOSSOM

 

 

Translated by Ida Driscoll.

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HAPPY FRIDAY #67

 

Happy Friday little kitties !

I hope you’ve taken the long week-end off and that you’re reading this from your beach towel. I’m writing to you from Cannes where I am lucky enough to be spending 36 short hours. The sky is an intense blue and I was thinking to myself how nice it would be to be on vacation, to wake up in the morning and say hey “what should I do today?” And what if I did nothing at all…?

 

HAPPY FRIDAY #67 

;) that’s a good one, I am utterly incapable of doing that! I can do nothing for several hours but then I get bored. A few years ago when I was bed-ridden due to an illness, the doctor had told me I had to stay in the horizontal position for 4 days in order to recuperate, at the time I thought it would be easy, since I was really in really bad shape, but as of the 3rd day, when I started feeling better, I found that time went by sooooo slooowly. So, since I was stuck at home, I decided to change the placement of my furniture: The definition of Resting, according to Lisa Gachet. What can you do, I realize I have an issue, it’s not that big a deal.

 

HAPPY FRIDAY #67

 

For me, the perfect day would be to wake up in the morning and take a long bath listening to Al Green. Make myself a smoothie with lots of fresh fruit, take the time to put lotion on my body from head to toe, and straight out do a face mask. Take my bike, because obviously the weather would be beautiful on this day, and ride crosstown to get a massage. Massage + lotion, I would be all slippery before it’s even noon, but whatever, that’s just a small detail. Have a late lunch with a friend on the patio of a restaurant or in the hidden garden of Café A. And then I’d read a good book, lounging along the canal. Paint my nails with a crazy color polish and head home to get ready to go have a drink with friends and my sweetheart, and walk home barefoot at the end of a long night spent dancing… And what about you, what’s your idea of the perfect day? 

 

HAPPY FRIDAY #67 

Today I’m wearing a dusty-pink dress by Cos, a jacket made of French terry cloth by a great little brand Jour/né available here at l'Exception, a vegetal leather handbag from Matt & Nat, shoes by Patricia Blanchet and to wear underneath, because this dress is very see-through, a perfect, flesh-colored body suit from Princess Tam-tam.

 

HAPPY FRIDAY #67

 

 

Translated by Ida Driscoll.

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