Monday, February 17, 2014

Moodboard Monday - 10

Wishing you a great new week with a bit of sweet smelling inspiration.
I was lucky enough to receive some beautiful roses this Valentine's Day and they inspired this board and palette.

                                                                                             (images from: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Hope you all are well and feel loved, have a good Monday!

Linking this bit of insiration to the fun:
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Creative Mondays @ Claire Justine
Made By You Monday @ Skip To My Lou

Saturday, February 15, 2014

An Airy Treasury

Last night I created this little Treasury on Etsy (I love the Treasury featuring system and there was a time when I could have called myself obesessed with making and looking at these curated beauties), thinking of the very windy weather we have had here lately. I am a lover of windy days, so here it is:

Hope you all are having a great weekend, stay warm and safe.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Buon San Valentino

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all!

beautiful free for use :) 

I do hope your life is filled with love and that you feel loved today and always.
I have been both unlucky and very lucky in love, so I know both sides of a Valentine's Day...a bigger hug goes to the ones that are still looking for their other half in this world. And let's not forget about friendly love, brotherly love, sisterly love, parental love, family love, the bigger Love from above, etc etc etc :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thrifty Thursdays: DIY Coconut & Aloe Hair Mask

Part of being thrifty, for me, is making at home, with good ingredients and materials, things that would cost much more if I was to buy them ready-made; this applies to cooking from scratch, to some beauty products, to little home crafts and improvements, etc.

Today a little something for beautiful tresses!
Both Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel are highly praised for their qualities in keeping skin and hair happy, with aloe vera gel it's important to mix it with an oil or butter so to vehicle its beautiful properties better, I use coconut oil as I love the smell and...I had it in my fridge to cook Asian cuisine! The third and last ingredient is Palma Rosa essential oil, I picked this essence cause I love its smell between roses and geranium, it's not remotely as expensive as Rose essential oil and it has great properties, among others: being antiseptic, hydrating, soothing, relaxing and uplifting (but you can use any other essential oil, if so you prefer).

The ingredients and how-to:
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
10 Drops Palma Rosa Oil
tools: a bowl, a fork or whisk, a jar for the finished product.

Put the coconut oil (needs to be solid, it stays so under 24 °C, put it in the fridge if it's too liquid to be worked) and the aloe vera gel in a bowl, whip them until the mix gets fluffy, it will look lovely and feel a bit lighter than before.  Add the essential oil and stir a little bit more.
Put a dollop (I use less that one teaspoon) on your head, comb throughly and leave from half a hour to a whole night (depending on how fine, thick, long, short, dry, greasy  etc.etc. your hair is: after a few uses you will understand what's best for you).
Shampoo and dry as desired (I don't use conditioner after this), your locks will be shinier, easier to tame, bouncier and smelling lovely!
It makes for 10 packs, on my medium-short hair, I keep it in a glass jar in the fridge and you can also give it away as a pretty homemade little present.

About the ingredients: the purer the materials, the stronger their goodness, clearly.
I used Organic Coconut Virgin Oil, Raw; 99.9% Bio Aloe Vera Gel and Distilled Palma Rosa Essential Oil, all of which I found at my local health shop but I know it's possible to find them at many other retails and online too.

Talking about prices and cost per use: coconut oil was around € 7.00 for 200 gm, aloe vera gel was € 4.50 for 100 ml and the essential oil was € 3.90 per 5 ml. All things considered I'd say every application costs around 30 cents, not too bad for really good ingredients and an all natural hair-pack!

If you try this recipe please let me know what you think!

Linking this thrifty tutorial to the fun:
Catch A Glimpse @ A Glimpse Inside
Thrifty Thursday @ Living Well Spending Less 
Showcase Your Talent Thursday @ What's Cooking, Love? 
Artsy Corner @ Artsy-Fartsy Mama 
Wildly Original @ I Gotta Create

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What Now Wednesday

(was "Right Now Wednesday" but my OCD says that it's nicer if the initials of the phrase and the day match LOL)

Right in these minutes...

*LISTENING  to the sound of wind outside, incredibly windy here today!

*EATING a Granny Smith apple, my favourite kinda apple, so crunchy!

*DRINKING  a big glass of sparkling water, the most thirst-quenching drink, for me.

*WEARING a white raw silk scarf that my mom gave me, love it.

*WEATHER  as previously stated, windy windy windy...and rainy!

*WANTING  to keep up posting on this blog regularly, will I make it?

*NEEDING  a shower hahaha

*THINKING of a little homemade beauty project I want to try today.

*ENJOYING the creative side of life, makes me smile everyday.

And yourself, what you up to and how is your day? :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tirabaralla Tuesdays

Today I re-listed some bijoux in my Etsy shop after a long time (I am the most erratic crafter you may meet in your life lol), I quite like this collection, although I shoudn't say so myself. It's inspired by a vintage and country feeling, two things that I happen to be fond of.
Here are some examples:

Bunnies and Bells

Spring into Green

Blooming Misterious

In Full Bloom

Crystal Drops

Every piece is one of a kind and there are many  more pieces that I plan to list in the future (as soon as the sun comes out for decent pics?) and everything is FREE SHIPPING from Ireland cause I am a buyer too and I know how frustrating it is to try to sort out how much the shipping costs actually are.
If you are a fellow crafter, are there other platforms than Etsy that you use successfully to sell your beauties and that you would reccomend?
I hope you liked this little selection!

And I am linking this post to these lovely parties:
Create Link Inspire @ Nap-Time Creations
Treasure Box Tuesdays @ Memories By The Mile 
Take-A-Look-Tuesdays @ Sugar Bees Crafts

Saturday, February 8, 2014

What's Cooking This Week

Are you a fan of having meals planned for the week ahead?
I started keeping a weekly plan after spotting something like this on blogs and I have to say it does make it easier to put down a better shopping list and so to save money, eat healthier and more varied; I do endorse the idea of thinking about the meals' plan before the main shopping trip, taking into consideration what you already have in your fridge, freezer and cupoboards and how to team it with to-buy ingredients and only then write down what to buy.
Do you have a similar system in place? Do you have any hints for me? Please share!

Let's see what I plan to prepare this time:

Saturday:  Chicken Kievs (supermarket bought, they are on half price offer) on a bed of lettuce with potato wedges, something easy that just goes in the oven as it's nice to relax on Saturday evening.

Sunday:  Chilli sauce, miso paste and garlic marinated salmon, cooked on the griddle with a squeeze of lime juice; steamed french beans and potatoes on the side, served with a soy sauce, peanut oil, sesame seeds and lime vinaigrette.

Monday:  Potato and leak soup with cheddar and shredded bacon "bruschetta", a big, tasty, meeting of Irish flavours, yum yum. Better to prepare a double batch of the soup to freeze, so handy to have!

Tuesday:  Chicken and vegetables noodles: I love cooking and, even more, eating this! I use different mixes of chicken, tuna or egg  with green beans, mangetout, snow peas, corn, finely cut carrots, bean sprouts, bamboo sprouts or water chestnuts. I always flavour it all at first by shallow-frying in a wok white onion, spring onion, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, mirin o rice vinegar, soy sauce, lime or lemon juice and sometimes even a little beer. It's obviously not a very "correct" recipe but it tstes lovely.

Wednesday:  Saffron and pancetta risotto (you can find a recipe here but I would suggest chicken broth instead of beef broth). Saffron risotto or "Risotto alla milanese" it's a very well loved dish in Italy and I do reccomend it! I add the bacon to make it even more appetising for the other half.

Thursday:  Parma ham tortellini with a simple butter and sage sauce, a taste of home for me. Aboundant parmesan and black pepper to serve.

Friday:  Fish and chips, prepared and deep fried by expert Irish hands, with some aioli dip on the side.

Snacks, Baking, Desserts, Preserves, etc.:  I have some lovely handpicked-too-long-ago frozen blackberries that I would like to put to good use, so I intend to make this Blackberry Cobbler by The Pioneer Woman, yum yum!

To finish the post, a peek to my shopping list:  Unsalted butter, which is "normal" butter to me as in Italy we don't consume salted butter and very little substitutes like margarine (a very evil food, according to my mom and grannies). I love the taste of fresh, simple, delicious butter and it comes in handy in so many recipes, preferibly in smallish quantities :)

That's it, I hope I made you as hungry reading as I got by writing this post!

Linking this menu to these great blog parties:
Link Party @ Craft-O-Maniac
Menu Plan Monday @ I.A.A.O.J. 
Clever Chicks Blog Hop @ The Chicken Chick