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Preserving leaves may seem like a primary school task for you but for me, these last few days was my no.1 goal, my struggle, my creative endeavor, veeery serious business…

I know, I know. Eeeveryone is so excited about the upcoming winter season. Flooding images with snowflakes raindeers and Christmas shopping. I’ll get there too, I’m sure of it, cause I love holidays too, but. I feel we let this autumn slip by too fast, didn’t admired the leaves for long enough, fall has its own beauty. Therefore I wanted to make the most of the colorful autumn and somehow preserving leaves and embedding them into my projects.

I started gathering leaves, and the saying goes, “anything worth doing is worth overdoing” πŸ™‚

So there I was, with my tub filled with leaves, all kinds, all shapes, all beautiful colors. I couldn’t use them all before they’d wrinkle so I searched the internet on preserving leaves in a way that they would not go dry and stiff. Turns out, the answer is glycerin.

Glycerin is a very interesting substance – it is created when soap is made from fat and lye interaction, it is oily but it’s more of an alcohol, mixes with water, has a sweet taste and it’s used in alimentary industry, and attracts water – it is this hydrophilic quality that makes it preserve the leaves cause it keeps the water in them, as it does for your skin when in used as a cosmetic ingredient.

The difference?

 

Instead of having my leaves go wrinkled and crooked, they remained colorful and bendable. I mixed my glycerin with water but to be honest I haven’t measured anything. I guess it was about 1 part of pure glycerin to 4 parts water or so. Shooorrry for not giving you a clear recipe, when I have the “experimenting rush” there’s just no time for such unessential details πŸ˜€ I keep my treated leaves in a zip bag so that they can keep their moisture. I am not yet sure for how long they will keep so bright and flexible but they are unchanged for almost 1 week now.

So if you wanna experiment too, go ahead an choose some pretty leaves, it’s a fun project that you can do with your kid, a friend, or your creative self – depending on what you have on hand πŸ˜€

 

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Christmas is coming soon and you have no idea how to impress your man. You ran out of all the romantic ideas, all the useful ideas, all the funny ideas. Now what? You know your gift has to be special and different from the other gifts he’ll receive, if others can get away with a general gift, well, you can’t. If you’re special for him, your Christmas gift has to be pretty darn interesting as well. So, what to do when you ran out of Christmas gift ideas for your man? I’m gonna try and give you a hand, because you are my beloved blog reader therefore you fully deserve my help.

So, here’s a little idea list I made for you

βœ“ Unique? check! Some of these items are handmade by talented artists and artisans, others are rare vintage finds, in any case, that ensures your gift is not a supermarket mainstream item he could be seeing at another colleague.

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βœ“ Trendy? Check! So if you got a cool man that enjoys fashion, has a sense of style and enjoys socializing, you could get him this stylish minimalist silver ring.Β  Also, who knew men can pull it off wearing a necklace? This original twig necklace is the absolute latest trend for men, and quite an awesome one I’d say.

βœ“ Practical? Check! Another gift idea you might like is this hat that is so cool even those rebels that usually refuse to wear a hat even in cold weather would enjoy it! If you’re aiming for a useful yet chic present, you could get him this practical and modern hip bag – it is made from waxed canvas so it will take a beating without any problem whatsoever, not to mention the cool design.

βœ“ Smart? Check! But what if your guy is more of a thinker and introvert? Don’t fret, as I’ve dig around for you, searching and discovering something for each lovely Adam out there. What would make him feel more appreciated than seeing that you appreciate his mind and thoughts, gifting him with this fabulous leather journal to write his ideas down? Your beloved will feel like a star writing in this vintage style book that belongs in a great thinker’s personal library.

βœ“ Playful? Check! If your man is a collector that values his home, sanctuary, man cave – here are some decorative gifts he would appreciate: a vintage padlock – still working!, to give him a sense of privacy – yes ladies, he too has the right to privacy! *shock*

βœ“ Elegant? Check! Is he a guy that values punctuality? Aren’t they all? pfff! I’ll never fully understand men. Here’s a beautiful wall clock to celebrate his peculiarity – made from vintage parts, with a steampunk design twist.

βœ“ Traditional? Check! And last but not least, this classic collectable item, made out of solid massive brass – an antique mortar and pestle – they don’t do things like this anymore nowadays. Its design is quite minimalist though so it would make a cool decoration in a modern environment. He might even use it as a mechanical grinder for spices – because let’s face it – men have their unique way of cooking, when they finally do.

I hope you like my finds, let me know which one of these seems to be the best choice for your man!