Haiku No. 3

Dull is the lecture
on Western Balkan states, oh!
How I want to leave.

While sorting through my things recently, I happened upon an old notebook where I’d note haiku that I’d compose at random (and mostly tedious) moments of the day. Anywhere from riding a tram, sitting in a meeting, or standing over the stove waiting for the moment to add herbs to a ragout, haiku is such a rewarding pastime. It’s also a great way to documents those passing instances in life that add poetry to living and sprinkle a pinch of spice over the gruel of everyday. Such is haiku no. 3 (yes, I number my poems, like opuses): it couldn’t have treated a more forgettable occasion, but the memory of it cracks me up today.

House Art: Imprinted Clay Bowl

DIY Imprinted Clay Bowl

Here’s a fun and easy project if you’re feeling crafty. My fingers have been itching to make an imprinted clay bowl of my own ever since I saw the tutorial several months ago over at Camille Styles. Although it’s not entirely as simple as it looks on the gorgeously photographed how-to post, it’s totally doable, and I daresay that even the clumsy, podgy hands of children will manage it, if there are any in your vicinity that need to be entertained.

These would make great gifts, although I’m not really sure whether the bowl that I made would best be given to a friend or a foe. (There’s also the issue of my personal attachment to this great work of art, which makes me want to keep it forever on display in my home!)

Before you pop over to the tutorial, or buy any clay and paints, here are a few tips to help you make the process easier for you:

  • A 300g block of clay makes a bowl of approx. 20 cm in diameter;
  • In order to keep your surfaces nice and clean, put something underneath your clay when you roll it out, I found that baking paper works very well;
  • If you don’t have a bowl wide or shallow enough to dry your clay bowl in, it may prove to be difficult to squeeze it in (on my first try, my clay bowl cracked and broke), instead, use a large piece of baking paper to roll out your bowl on, then place the whole sheet of paper, with the bowl still on it, over a larger bowl or pot, and bend the edges of the paper over the sides; this will keep your bowl from sagging and cracking, and the paper can be easily peeled off once it’s dry, also this helps you control the depth of your bowl.

That’s all I have, peeps. Happy crafting!

Pinteresting: Tiles

When I set up my Pinterest account, one of the things I hoped for was that it would help me hone my taste and understand better what falls within the range of ‘my style’ (if it can even be claimed to exist), be it fashion, interior design, or anything, really. Hence, I discovered my fascination with turbans, and my attraction to spacious, minimalistic interiors. (Very much like my flat. Though the minimalism wasn’t, pardon the pun, a design.)

Lately, I’ve noticed another pet feature come up: tiles. Shiny, solid clay tiles, of varying shapes and sizes, painted a myriad colours and patterns. If I could, I’d tile my whole flat from floor to ceiling, including the ceiling, and then tile the outside of the house, as well. I can’t say exactly what it is that makes me wild about tiles, but it could be that they combine everything in them: playfulness and class, tradition and modernity, unruly colours and orderly geometry, functionality and art. You can have them in any area of the house, providing a subtle backdrop to more interesting furnishings, or playing the splashy lead role in an otherwise simple lodging. And when they’re cracked is when they get their true character!

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