How to make candle bottles

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Here's an easy and quick way to fill –pay attention to excesses – your space with long candles, without paying extra money for candlesticks. The –well known- secret is to use any old bottles that you may have to uphold the candles.

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:: Supplies: long candles, a lancet, old bottles

Get some white or beige long candles from any home ware store or from any store selling specifically candles. Then, with the lancet, scrape the bottom of the candle, so that it fits to the bottle’s mouth. Tip: Make sure that the candle doesn’t tilts, if you want to avoid the wax drops on your table.

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

How to Grow a Ficus Benjamin Indoors

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♫ ♪ The Tallest Man on Earth - To Just Grow Away

Do you have a benjamin ( ficus benjamina ) or do you plan buying one? In that case I have some great news just for you, you better do so! Benjamins are so easy to be taken care and have few demands. And as a reward they will thank you with their luch green foliage. ( once you have this green bush of yours, create some foliage shadows on your wall ) Some care tips now:

The credits for this collage go to my friend Harry (a.k.a. my  Follow your Heart project  pal)!

The credits for this collage go to my friend Harry (a.k.a. my Follow your Heart project pal)!

 Benjamins are considered to be some of the most popular indoor plant and "outdoor" plants. Outside is between quotation because in places with a harsh winter ( a.k.a. some regions of Greece) a benji outside of the house during the night means a frozen benji ( below -4 degrees of Celsius). As for the photosynthetic process, they need sunny spots, but not a direct exposure to sunrays. Also, they need watering 2-3 times a week when they are outdoors during the warm months and once a week when they are indoors. Water only when the surface soil dries. Moreover they love  washing their leaves with water during the warm months ( = a balcony errand). However, the leaves' shower should take place in the morning/afternoon, 'cause the strong midday sunrays would burn the wet leaves. In the winter your benji will need extra humidity indoors and it's effective to put some pebbles in a tray and on these to place the benji's pot. Thus the evaporated water will be absorbed by the plant. Just make sure to leave your pot in stationary water, for your roots not to be rotten.

A good liquid fertilizer for green plants every 15 days during spring and autumn will keep your plants perky and greener. If the benjis stay permanently indoors, you can fertilize them every 30 days all year round. Prune the dried twigs and remove all the yellow leaves, so the plant will focus to the healthy and strong leaves. If your benji grows more tall than you can stand, prune its top and thus the plant will divert more energy growing its lower branches and become bushier.

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Now if:

:: the leaves turn yellow and fall: over watering. Allow the soil to dry and limit watering. Also if you have changed the plant's position/ pot, you should be prepared for yellow leaves until it get used to the new circumstances.

:: the leaves fall: move the plant to spot with more sun/less air streams.

:: the leaves turn yellow and have spider webs below them: spider mites (=spider like little crabs that suck the leaves' juices). Sprinkle with a special insecticide.

:: there are brown insects underside of the leaves/stems and the leaves' color is altered: grains (manges). Clean the leaves with cotton ball dipped in alcohol or with a special insecticide.

Happy gardening!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

How to create foliage shadows on your wall

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♫ ♪ The Black Keys - Gold on the Ceiling

The ficus benjamina (or just benjamins for the friends) have come to be some of the most popular houseplants. Why's that? They are easy to be taken care of (check our growing advice here), green and tufted and they give a feeling of freshness to your place. After three years of cohabitation with two of them, I can admit confidently that life with them is happier and so greener. So, you are proud of how adorable (yeah, I use such words for plants) your Benji is in the daylight. Sure. Why can't you flaunt them in the evening too? By creating atmospheric foliage shadows on the walls for example. Just saying.

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I have one of my Benjis in a large basket. So I stabilized a spotlight (one of these that can be fastened on surfaces) on the basket (or on the plant's pot, if you have no basket) and when it gets dark and I turn on the spotlight and  tataaaam!

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Almost magical, isn't it? This lightning method is ideal if you want a moderate light in the evening, in case of wanting to see a movie but hating the absolute darkness. Absolutely perfect!

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So, opinions?

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

How to make a Moss Ball Garland

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♫ ♪  First Aid Kid-  King of the World

Spring is here (AT LAST!), so le' me give you a green and happy diy of how to make some really great moss garlands! Moss, which is great to stare at and touch by the way. Its formations are like a tiny forest which awaits for you to explore and take a close look at it. Moss I love you. . and -

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Supplies: moss, Styrofoam balls (they are used by florists for flower arrangements), pliers, screwdriver, pliable but thin wire or straight floral wire, rope

Notes on Sourcing Moss: If you have moss growing in your back yard, feel free to harvest and use that. Otherwise, check out your nearest craft store or garden center. If you do purchase moss and it feels dry or looks dull in color, give it a quick soak in water. Be sure to squeeze out excess water; this will help rejuvenate the dried moss.

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So let's start:

1. The only Styrofoam that I could find was in this rectangular shape. If you face this "problem" too, make it spherical with a sharp knife of scissors. I went for spheres with diameter at 8-9cm. Go as big as you want if you have enough moss to cover the balls.

2. Now, stick a screwdriver through the center of your Styrofoam balls and pass the rope through the hole. Make a knot in each edge to secure the Styrofoam ball from sliding when it will be hanged.  

3. Take the thin wire (you can find some straight floral wire too if you can, it can be found at craft stores) and bend it around your finger (or with the help of the plier) to create a bobby pin shape. Use pliers to cut.

4. Take a section of moss and kind of squeeze the moss together. Place on top of the Styrofoam, and using the wire “bobby pins,” pin the gathered moss to the balls. Work around the edges of the segment, securing in at lease three places or more if necessary and depending on the segment size.

5. Continue adding moss segments until the ball is completely covered. If the ball looks flat on one side, you can add another piece of moss on top of the existing piece to even it out.

Notes on preserving you garland: Make sure to keep your moss garland in a sunny room but no direct exposure to sunlight, this would dry the moss. If they are not in a room with moisture ( e.g. the bathroom) spray them with water every other day and give them a good soak in a bowl of water once a week. As for soaking, let the balls for 5' in the water (Styrofoam  tends to soaks and dissolve if you leave it in the water for much time) and after that drain them and put them on a towel for the water to be absorbed. You don't want any water leaking when you hang the garland, right? As for my garland this under-the-lamp spot isn't its permanent spot of course (a.k.a. heat = dry moss). It was there only for one night, for the purposes of a party. :)

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Would it be something that you would like to try? If yes, that's great. Anyway, happy crafting!

  ❤

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Diy: Vintage Kiss Confetti Collage

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For some time now I wanted a pop art piece like these from Roy Lichtenstein for my bedroom. But no. I didn't want I simple printed retro poster of a kissing scene, I wanted more. So, after the lamp bulb confetti covered garland madness, here's vol. 2,a retro tet-a-tet confetti collage.

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Ι used: my (gorgeous red) perforater, some magazine's sheets (choose some with pictures for colorful confetti), some newspapers' sheets, glue (I used atlacoll), a thick brush and a thinner one, scissors, a plastic cup, a square thick paperboard (= the collage's base). Oh and a little water.

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1. We start with the magazine pages. Fold each page in width for around 9 times. So, you will have the maximum confetti per page.

2. Cut the newspapers' pages in middle-sized polygonal pieces. Avoid the parts of the pages, which jave large fonts. Our aim is to create a simple background for our collage and a big header will definitely catch the eye. So this is a no-no.

3. Mix atlacoll with water with an analogy of 4/1,so the that the glue will be to dissolved well. Apply some of the glue mix with the thick brush on the base-board and start placing pieces of newspaper. After  2-3 layers of newspapers' pieces, apply a final layer of glue mix on and let it dry thoroughly.

4. When the base dries well, it's sketch time! For this collage I used this version of the famous retro passionate kisses. Remember that you should only sketch the basics, no details here. Go for the head's and hair's outlines and the eyebrows' and eyes' shape and position. These sketches will be your guide for confetti sticking.

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5. So there we go! For the details (eyelashes, eyebrows, face outlines): With the thin brush, we apply a little glue and carefully put confetti. Do not place one confetti  next to the another one only to follow the outlines or to fill the surfaces. One confetti should overlap the other one, to avoid the dotted-line face outline.

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6. Then with the thick brush fill the larger areas with glue and scatter the confetti there. Leave some parts fully exposed from confetti to show the highlights of the hair (see: the girl's bangs. * Warning: You can change the confetti's position while the glue is still wet, otherwise soak confetti locally with the glue mix to move it easily.

7. Shake the board to drop confetti that hasn't glue on and apply a final layer of glue. Let it dry thoroughly and tadaaaam, you're ready!

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So, your opinion?

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Diy: Lamp Bulb Confetti Covered Garland

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Come sit by me, I have a small story for you. As a kid I could spend hours playing with my perforater, creating colorful confetti, until my mum hid it for good. This must was a logical action as I was dropping these tiny papers all over the house, a pain in the ass to be cleaned. Anyway, now many years later I discovered again this magical little device and I am officially addicted again! So, as you can imagine, it is the main hero of this DIY. The second roles are played by some used and seared lamp bulbs, which were predestined to be recycled until I came up with this DIY and gave them a better future. {Side note. Don't forget to recycle what you don't need anymore! End rant.}

So let's see what we have here:

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I used my (gorgeous red) perforater, some magazine's paper sheets (choose some with pictures if you want colorful confetti), a glue (I used atlacoll), a brush, a plastic cup, some used lamp bulbs, newspapers (to cover the floor) and a nice rope. Oh and a little water.

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1. We take some fancy paper sheets. Take some with photos or texts, it depend on what confetti you would like to have. Colorful or black and white? I leave this entirely up on you to choose!

2. Fold the paper (for approximately 9 times). By this,  you will have the maximum confettis per sheet of paper.

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3. We mix atlacoll with the water with an analogy of 4/1. You want  to have your glue dissolved with water, but the final solution should be a little viscous.

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 4. Bind the rope on the end of the bulbs, so that you will have a nice lamp bulb garland. (You can do this in the end too, if you feel that you will be confused with the bulbs, the leaky glue and the confetti everywhere. Yes, it will be a chaos! :) )

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5. Then start covering each bulb with glue and throw the little pieces of paper on. (*Beware*: The glue will leak, so make sure you have spread many newspapers on the floor otherwise you will make a mess! Like really!)

6. Let each lamp bulb to dry for 10' and then repeat filling the areas which have few confettis.

7. Let them dry for about 30' and then cover with the last layer of glue.

8. Let it dry for an hour or two and you are ready!

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That's all. Now hang your lamp bulb -confetti covered- garland somewhere sunny. I preferred a place near to my windows, as I like the sound of the glass when the wind whispers!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!