Sunday, April 27, 2014

Perler Bead Dreamcatcher DIY

I have a giant jar full of perler beads. Mon has one, too. Picking the project for our next craft Saturday wasn't exactly difficult. 

Craft days mean good music, good food, quality fun, colourful messes and - of course - crafts. The music Mon picked was, well... weird (no offence here!), the lunch we had was nice and the snacks were the usual almost healthy. The idea of a bead dreamcatcher was probably a little too ambitious, but we had lots of fun and ended up with something that - hopefully - resembles a dreamcatcher. At least a tiny bit.

Оur only problem was that we had two giant jars of perler beads and not one tiny bead in a fancy colour. But oh well. We work with what we have. This project will look a lot nicer if you have perler beads in your favourite colours, but if not - brown, yellow, orange and red is not such a bad combination, is it? You could always say that you're going for that native look. 

Dreamcatchers are said to catch and hold bad dreams and energy and make them disappear into the spider web across the hoop. The web lets all good dreams and spirits pass through - they slide down the feathers to the sleeper. I am not sure if this works for perler bead dreamcatchers, but we did everything almost in a spiritual manner so it wouldn't be a surprise if our dreamcatcher truly has magical powers.
We made a hoop and three super simple feathers (since our circle pegboard was only this big we had to make tiny feathers as well to keep everything proportional... which didn't let us go crazy with the designs) аnd used red thread for the web. It came out a little too small to hang over your bed, but it's the perfect size for your inspiration board.
Who knows, it might catch a good idea or two? :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Lego lunchbox: courgette salad

Lego lunchbox today:
Courgette salad - courgettes, lemon juice, olive oil, feta cheese, dill
mango for dessert.

Did you know that you could eat raw courgettes? Yes? Well lucky you. No? Don't worry - I didn't know either but I'm here to save the day with this wonderful super easy recipe. 
Courgettes are just as delicious raw as they are in a cooked meal. The secret to this recipe is how you slice them: the thinner the slices the better. Whisk lemon juice (or orange or grapefruit juice if you're feeling adventurous) and olive oil and leave the courgettes to marinate for about 10-15 minutes. Add feta cheese and dill and you have the perfect lunch. A mango for dessert makes it even better.