HOW TO MAKE DIY PAPER PALM LEAVES (EASY TUTORIAL)

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Want to know how to make DIY paper palm leaves? Read this easy and quick craft tutorial!

DIY paper palm leaves are the easy and beautiful home decor craft idea that you can make in minutes and with few materials. Read to know how to make yours! 

Easy DIY decor crafts are the best way to update a room on a budget, especially if they look like you’ve boight them in a shop. Discover how to make DIY paper palm leaves that will add a stylish and aesthetic touch to your home in just few minutes and for less than… I guess, 5 dollars? Win win!

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You need:

  • paper leaves in different sizes/colors
  • paper straws or sticks
  • pencil and scissors
  • glue
  • stapler

How to:

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First, draw the stylized shape of a palm leaf on the paper and cut it, then fold it in half to sign the centre. You can also fold the paper in half first, then draw half leaf and cut it so that you have it perfectly symmetrical.

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Now fold the leaf like a fan: start from the centre and go to one extremity, making folds of about 1 cm; then repeat starting from the centre and folding to the other extremity, until your leaf looks like a paper fan!

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Cut the excess of paper on the bottom of the leaf, then place the straw on the back and fix everything with the stapler. Leave the straw long enought to look like a stem.

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Now cut a strip of paper and wrap it to the bottom of the leaf to cover the stapler stitches. Add some glue to fix it and you’re done!

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Voilà!

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These DIY paper palm leaves are so easy to make but so decorative! I love the natural vibe they give to the room and how they match perfectly with my new beautiful piece from Photowall. I’ve already talked about this amazing website here and, once again, I’m so satisfied with my order. Their great choice of art, from posters, to wallpapers and canvas prints won’t disappoint you: you can choose between different styles, colors, subjects and finishes to customize your print and make it perfect for you. I went for a framed print again since I loved the first one I got. And, you lovely readers, I have a surprise for you: use the code “francinesplaceblog25” for a 25% discount on any product in their website, it is valid for 2 months, from September 16 to November 18, 2021! Enjoy!

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TRAVEL GUIDE: SLEEP, EAT, DO AND SEE IN MONFERRATO (PIEMONTE), ITALY

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Read this travel guide to discover where to sleep and eat and what to see and do in Monferrato (Piemonte), Italy.

If you’re planning to travel to Monferrato (Piedmont region, Italy), here are a few tips on what you can do once there to discover this beautiful place, perfect for your holidays.

The last Summer I spent five days in Monferrato with a friend. We enjoyed our stay and discovered so many nice places for food, wine, relax and excursions / tours. Here are the best ones I wrote down during our journey for you! Keep reading to know where to sleep, eat and what to do and see in Monferrato (Piemonte), Italy!

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Sleep:

We stayed at Cascina Intersenga, a lovely place with rooms or apartments on the beautiful hills of Vignale Monferrato. The owners are nice and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. They produce organic wine that you can buy and the view from the pool is simply amazing, especially at sunset. Our apartment was comfortable, with a beautiful terrace in front of the garden and the pool area where we enjoyed homemade dinners under the stars.

Eat:

  • Storico Pastificio Rondano, Moncalvo: a deli shop with local products; try agnolotti ai tre arrosti, ragù bianco and sweet semolino. We spent about 30 € in total.
  • Bar chiuso, Moleto: a lovely place with live music and delicious food. Try pane e salame and meatballs and taste their barbera wine. We spent about 30 € in total.
  • La Salinera, Grinzane Cavour: not the most aesthetic place, but the food was so good! We got their local prosciutto and vitello tonnato, ending with a traditional dessert named Bonet bianco, spending less than 30 in total.
  • Dietro l’angolo, Asti: a deli shop where you can eat as well. You choose from the dishes of the day and then you set your table and enjoy your food. We tried agnolotti al ragù, fried frittata (omellette), cheese and vegetables with red wine (not the best one, imho) for about 30 € in total.
  • Il Buon Gusto, Nizza Monferrato: a pastry shop where you can find the famous baci di dama (traditional Piedmont biscuits) in various flavours, from the typical Piedmont nuts to chocolate, limoncello, orange and so on.
  • Macelleria Vittorio e Loredana, Nizza Monferrato: a traditional butcher and deli shop with amazing quality local products. We got the fassona tartare (the most delicious I’ve ever tried), meatballs and Castelmagno cheese, for about 20 € in total and everything was a delish.
  • Frolla 89, Nizza Monferrato: for the Italian aperitivo experience, try this wine bar in the beautiful Martiri square. Two glasses of wine and a lot of appetizers for less than 5 € per person. Win win!
  • Gulliver grocery shop: this grocery chain has a huge choice of local products such as the delicious salsiccia di Bra (beef sausage that you eat raw) and wines. There is a shop just one minute far from the Cascina Intersenga, in Vignale, so we bought a lot of products before leaving.
  • Winery tours: don’t forget to visit wineries, there are so many along the streets to choose from!

See and do:

  • Spend at least one day by the swimming pool of the Cascina Intersenga in relax, with some Chardonnay and a book. That’s life!
  • Grazzano Badoglio: a beautiful walk in the vineyards to discover the giant bench.
  • Vignale Monferrato: a lovely small village on the top of the hill with an amazing view.
  • Casale Monferrato: this town has a beautiful centre with restaurants and shops, perfect for a night out.
  • Nizza Monferrato: this little town is so lovely and rich of old traditional shops with amazing vintage signs, perfect for local products shopping!
  • Moncalvo: the beautiful centre of this old village is perfect for a walk and some food shopping (of course!).

Excursions:

  • Asti: a city famous for its beautiful historical centre; visit Piemonte square, San Secondo square, Roma square, Corso Alfieri, they are all full of historical buildings, restaurants and openair wine bars, the perfect place to hang out and for some Italian social life.
  • About 1 h 30 min far from Vignale Monferrato there is the Langhe and Roero area: this is definitely well worth a visit for its amazing landscapes, vineyards, villages. We went to Barolo, one of the most beautiful villages in the area (imho) famous for its wine, La Morra with the best view ever and Grinzane Cavour, with a beautiful castle and garden. My personal advice is to visit these places in the morning (if you are planning a trip on Summer), when the weather is hot but not as much as in the afternoon, and enjoy the afternoon and the sunset by the pool. Bliss!

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Cascina Intersenga

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Grazzano Badoglio

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Bar Chiuso

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La Morra

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Barolo

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Grinzane Cavour

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Salsiccia di Bra

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Agnolotti ai tre ragù (Storico Pastificio Rondano)

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Asti

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Macelleria Vittorio e Loredana

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Il Buon Gusto

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Nizza Monferrato

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Tartare (Macelleria Vittorio e Loredana)

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I hope you found this guide about where to sleep, eat and what to do and see in Monferrato (Piemonte), Italy, full of useful tips and advices! Feel free to write me your thoughts!

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HOW TO MAKE DIY SEA SHELL CANDLES

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Looking for beautiful and aesthetic decor ideas for your home? Discover how to make these DIY sea shell candles.

An easy and quick DIY tutorial to make sea shell candles in few minutes and decorate your home with this aesthetic trend of the season.

I love easy DIY decor ideas, they’re fun to make and I can decorate my house with no efforts. Shells are always so inspiring when it comes to decor crafts, they’re beautiful and so versatile, aren’t they? Some time ago I shared this DIY shell jewelry dish tutorial, today ley’s see together how to make DIY sea shell candles, in few minutes and with just two materials!

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You need:

  • sea shells
  • scented (optional) tealight candles

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How to:

1)

Remove the candle holders from the tealights (use pliers or scissors if needed), then remove the wicks too, except for the ones that you’ll leave in the sea shell (one for each shell).

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Melt about 2-4 tealight candels in a bain-marie depending on the shell dimension (I made 2 for each shell), then pour the melted wax into the shells, until you cover the tealigh candles you left inside.

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Let it dry and voilà! I opted for scented candles for an extra touch, but it’s totally up to you! The nice thing about these DIY sea shell candles is that you can make them anytime the wax is over and use different shapes of shells!

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In other news…

It’s becoming to look a lot like Summer here in Milan and maybe this is why I’m sharing sea related DIYs haha. Weather is getting warmer and I start feeling that “be ready for Summer” vibe more and more everyday! Healthy food, excercise and shaping clothes are the best squad, don’t you think? Aaand, talking about shaping clothes, I’ve already introduced you to Lover-beauty before. This shop has a huge selection of body shaping clothes, sportswear and shapewear wholesale at reasonable prices. I went through their selection of body shaping items:  from shapewear cami if you need to shape your upper body, to high waist shaping shorts which are perfect under Summer dresses. They also sell wholesale waist trainers: these are all great helps to feel confident in our own body! You can see an example of what I’m talking about below!

 

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5 EASY SIDE JOBS AND IDEAS TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY IN ALMOST NO TIME

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Tired of being broke? Discover these 5 easy side jobs and ideas to make extra money in almost no time!

Here you find 5 creative and easy side hustles to make extra money even if you have no skills or start from scratch.

Whether you are tired of being broke and looking for a way to start saving money, or simply want to put a little cash aside for future travels and plans, a side-hustle can be a great way to earn some new cash, develop new skills and even have fun. So, I hope you’ll find helpful this guide on how to make extra money with side jobs or activities! However, with so many options to choose from – it can be hard to find a side hustle that works for you. With that in mind, here are some creative side-hustle ideas that you may not have considered previously! 

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Blogger / Content writer & creator

While it may take a little while to get started, running a successful blog or writing content can actually be a great money-earner. It allows you to develop a range of skills that you can use to further your full-time career, especially if you want to pursue something creative. Another benefit of running your own blog is that you get to focus on topics that you love, whether that’s fashion and lifestyle or something a little more specific. You can explore your passions and earn money at the same time – meaning it’s a win-win situation! Too afraid about starting your own blog? You can still write and create content for websites in the niche you feel comfortable with, just write them an email from the contact section, introduce yourself and hope for a reply. Be ready for a lot of “no” but  also for a few “yes”!

Courier / driver

Okay, working as a courier or driver may not seem like the most creative job,  but it is certainly a lot of fun as it gives you the freedom to explore the world around you and spend time on the open road. No office days ahead! Using apps like Uber or sites such as shiply, you can easily access millions of customers looking for couriers and drivers, meaning that you have control of exactly when you work and how far you travel which is definitely a pro.

Clothing / accessories designer

If you have a keen eye for detail or have always loved making your own clothes and accessories, then you could try your hand at a side-hustle that involves designing them for others. For example, you could purchase fabric in bulk and make products specifically tailored to your customers, helping them look and feel great. Or you could create jewelry pieces, bags, scarves and anything you can make with your hands and sell them on webistes like Etsy or Ebay. In that case, don’t forget to open an Instagram and Facebook page as well to promote your work and let people know what you do!

Tutoring

Whether you’re a maths whizz who never needs to check the calculator on the phone or devour every book that comes your way, working as a tutor can be very profitable and also means that you are helping out someone in need. Often, the more specific you can be in regards to your services, the better. For example, if you feel more qualified to teach a specific topic or age group, make this clear in your advertisements. This means that you will be able to provide your students with a more tailored service and ensure that you do your job to the best of your ability. Promote yourself in Facebook groups of your own city or with flyers to leave out of schools but remember that word of mouth will make wonders if your first students will be satisfied!

Party / event planner

If you are the sould of the parties and like being in contact with people, you should definitely consider the idea of becoming a party or event planner, cause this is a side job you can easily get started doing. Start by offering your services to everyone you know and you’ll soon have a list of clients who can attest to your abilities. You can start small with events like kids birthday parties and expand as you build your experience. There are also classes that give you a certificate, especially if you aim for the wedding niche; they usually are a bit expensive, but the money is well invested especially if you start from scratch. Don’t forget to promote yourself on social medias to share the amazing events you plan!

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