Playlist: Pale

Playlist by When Harry met Julia

And like this, the August's deep blue gives its turn to November's nostalgic gray. And we start organizing our deadlines, plans and routines, cause the new season already started. And it will have the background color that you choose; either that is a ocher or a fancy touch of fuchsia. Oh and black is (always) the new black!

{ This playlist is made by "When Harry met Julia", find all of them here }

Recycled lamp fixture made from paper towel rolls & aluminum foil

 

My kitchen’s lamp fixture was a bare lamp holder for a long time, since I didn’t know what to do with it. You know that I spend so much time in the kitchen preparing delis, so if I was going to have a lamp fixture it would be something that would create  a nice focused light. And also I was collecting kitchen paper towel rolls for a long time with out knowing what I would like to do with them.

Until it hit me, a lamp fixture made by kitchen paper rolls.  Boom!

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Supplies: kitchen paper rolls, aluminum foil, silicone glue gun, atlacoll, brown recycled wrapping paper (or another piece of paper or fabric), jar’s cap, X-acto knife

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1. Cut the kitchen paper roll alongside, with the knife and end up with an open rectangle.

2. At the bottom corner of the rectangular put liquid silicone and glue that corner with the next triangle’s one diagonally. Press it for some seconds and it’s ready.  

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3. Glue 3-4 of them together and test if they can form a closed cone when wrapped around the lampholder. Better the upper cone's hole to be a little larger than the lampholder diameter, than smaller (for me: 4 rolls end up giving a small upper cone’s hole and the 5 gave a larger one, so I went for the 5 ones)

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4. The internal side of the lamp (the one facing towards the lamp) will be covered with aluminum foil. Don't mind if the foil can be showed to the external side, that one will also be covered with paper. Add silicone glue between the gaps and edges of the aluminum foil, so that you have a compact, solid surface.

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5. Place the open cone on a big piece of recycled brown paper (or any other print or fabric) and draw its pattern. Let 2-3cm of excess paper around its perimeter when cutting it. Fold these 2-3cm “ears” inwards, put silicone on them and glue on the external side of the open cone. Add silicone in any big openings and anywhere else needed. Let it dry and then close the cone and keep it fixed like that using a big metal clip. You can do that with glue too, but I love to idea of hanging and unhanging it whenever I feel so. Plus there is 6. below, where you have to open again the cone. So use a clip. 

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6. There is the possibility that when closing the cone, the upper cone's hole won't stuck on the lampholder (eg. like in my situation). If that happens, so the following. Take an old jar’s cap and find its center. Cut a circle around it (big enough for the lamp’s cable to pass through fit) and cut its radius too. Beware of your fingers and do that on a concrete floor, not on wood or tiles please.

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7. Set the cap-holder around the cable and then on that place the cone-lamp fixture. And it's ready.

The foil in the fixture’s inside creates a very beautiful focused light and because of fixture’s structure the upper side of the room remains some tones darker than the lower part of the room. Nice effect, huh?

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Happy crafting and if you want more home diys check my crafts index here.

Crispy chicken legs with a mustard crust

Well I suppose I am gone for a month now and the truth is I missed you guys. However this getaway was such a must if I wanted to concentrate in the one and unique event of my graduation. So now I'm a biologist with a degree and I'm bananas about this, plus I have some brilliant plans for the near future. But, first I will share with you the most simple recipe (like all delicious recipes of this world) for crispy chicken legs.

Ingredients:

:: 12-15 legs (or wings) of chicken

:: mustard

:: flour breaded

:: salt, pepper

 

For the sauce:

:: vinegar

:: honey

:: black pepper

Procedure:

Boil the chicken legs (or wings) for 10'-15' depending on their size. Then drain the water, remove the skin and rinse the foams.

Let them cool and cover them with mustard and allow them to marinate. Then flip them in the breadcrumbs and fry them in hot oil. I recommend you to fry them in a small diameter pot, to avoid the hot oil splashing. For the dipping mix honey and vinegar (play with the proportions to find the analogy that you like) and serve while they are hot and crispy.

Bon appetite!

Playlist: Be (funk)italian

Be (funk)italian by when harry met julia

When "kitsch" finds the opportunity for exculpation and rollers occasion for dusting. If you are searching for a soundtrack that will upraise the dance moves from "Il Futuro è donna" and if you just found your old sequin skirt in the attic(no more moth food gatherings), this is your list.

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