TEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

TEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME
 1. I am from Spain, and that’s one of the reasons sometimes my English can sound weird :). The question here I guess is: why do you write in English instead of in Spanish? That is, in fact, a good question and I really don’t have a real answer. The day I started to write the very first post, I wrote it in English and it sounded good to me, haha. Also, writing in English is a great exercise for me.
2. I am almost (ALMOST!) 30 years old… but not yet. I was born on a 10th of November.
3. I love costume parties! If there are costumes…I am in!
4. My favorite food in the world is tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelet).
5. I am a night owl. I don’t like getting up early, but I enjoy very much staying awake until late.
6. I am addicted to popcorn and toasted sunflower seeds.
7. After living in Stockholm for a year, I feel it is my soulmate city
8. I have watched ‘The Princess Bride’ like one million times. It’s one of my favorite movies.
9. I am the kind of person who rarely finishes what begins. I always start tons of project and after a while, I quit. I can’t help it!
10. I freaking love bacon!
TEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME

CONCRETE DIY

Monday, February 20, 2017


CONCRETE DIY

I would love to tell you this DIY was a success, but I can´t. I can’t because although it doesn’t look bad and I am gonna use it quite often, this concrete ‘pot’ or ‘whatever’ project has a dark side.
A couple of months ago I saw an ashtray made of concrete at Zara Home and I thought of buying it later. However, what happens when you say you would buy it later? Answer: is always too late. The ashtray disappeared; I checked the website a zillion times and it happened it never came back. I have to say at this point, as you can imagine, the one at Zara’s it was waaay cooler, with a metallic spot on top for the ashes I wasn’t able to reproduce because, hey…I am not a blacksmith.

CONCRETE DIY
Then, as I couldn’t buy it anymore, I decided to make one. I checked online how the simplest way of doing something similar was.

YOU WILL NEED:

Concrete mix
Water
Milk carton
Disposable container for mixing
Stick to stir (I used a chopstick)
Scissors to cut the carton milk

CONCRETE DIY
For mixing the concrete with the water, I followed the instructions in the package, which were 1 part of water with 4 parts of concrete. I had to add more water because it looked too thick. At the end, it looked like a cake mix, so I decided to myself that it looked good. I poured the mix into the milk carton like 1/3 of its capacity. Remember that once you add the other container in, the mix will rise up. Here is when the dark side begins: I read that you could use smaller carton milk or something similar to make the interior shape, but I didn’t have anything similar around my house. Then, I found the one is in the picture, but something went wrong when I introduced it in the mix: the concrete started to leak through the carton and it was a complete mess. I started thinking about what could I use…I wander around the house and suddenly I found a forgotten glass candleholder that looked perfect. I thought that, if I grease the glass with oil it would be easier to take it out later. It didn’t work. Like…at all. I still think it’s a good idea though. Maybe with carton would have worked.
CONCRETE DIY
When the carton milk was filled and the smaller one was on its site, I pound the containers a bit to release air bubbles.
I built a fort, as you can see in the pic, because the weight of the concrete bent the edges.
CONCRETE DIY
In the instructions, it was said that in 3 hours it should be dry, but it wasn’t. I wait until the next day, when it was completely solid and…yes, cemented. I peeled the carton; then, I tried to pull out the glass container. Obviously, I couldn’t, so I decided it didn’t look so bad (what else could I do?). 
CONCRETE DIY
I assumed my defeat against a glass container and faced the reality: adaptation. In fact, having the glass inside the concrete container it wasn’t that bad. Now, if someone wants to use it as an ashtray, it’s ok, because it’s easier to clean; I can use it as a candleholder; I can put some scent oils…
CONCRETE DIY
CONCRETE DIY
CONCRETE DIY
As I had no time to paint it, I tried some design combinations. I am not very good drawing, but hey, it’s just an idea. Maybe next weekend!
CONCRETE DIY
CONCRETE DIY
CONCRETE DIY

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XOXO. Sara

 
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