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Pom Pom Necklace Tutorial

I might be the only one, but I think pom pom trims are just adorable! I recently ordered a bunch of them in different colours from Etsy. The reason for all of this is because I saw this post on honestywtf.com. The inspiration is from Nicole Akong's collection of brightly coloured tribal pom pom necklaces. 

Although I really liked the simplicity of the honestywtf version, I wanted to replicate the tribal feel that the original necklace had. So I decided to do two rows of pom poms instead and chose very contrasting colours. I've borrowed a few pictures from honestlywtf for the beginning of the tutorial because I forgot to take photos - oops!

You will need -
  • 70cm black rope
  • 80cm red rope
  • 20cm yellow pom pom trim
  • 22cm purple pom pom trim
  • 42cm gold cable chain, cut into 20cm & 22cm pieces
  • 2 bead caps
  • approx 55 gold jump rings
  • 1 gold lobster clasp
  • hot glue & hot glue gun
  • needle nose pliers
(note - Make sure your bead cap fits 2 ends of rope. The rope will also need to comfortably fit through the jump rings without being too loose. My jump rings were 12mm in diameter.)

Start by connecting a jump ring through the first link of the chain, then connect it onto the edge of the pom pom trim. Close the ring tightly. Make sure you match up the correct lengths of chain to the trim.

Continue doing this through the length of the chain and trim. Because its a cable chain, you will only need to connect a jump ring through every second link. Repeat this with the second set of chain and trim.

Tape the end of your ropes to stop them from unravelling and thread the ropes through all the jump rings. Make sure you match the longer rope to the longer chain.

When you pick up the rope the chain will naturally fall on top of the pom poms. Centre the chain and pom poms on the rope. Connect an extra jump ring at the end of each chain and pierce it through the rope to secure the chain in place.

Now lay down the two ropes, the shorter one above the longer piece and matching the ends of the chains together. Knot the longer rope around the other rope on each end.

If you have eye pins, you can use them instead of following the next step, I didn't have any so I fashioned something similar out of the jump rings. Straighten out 2 jump rings with your pliers and bend the tops over into a little eye. Place a jump ring into a bead cap. From inside the cap, bend the end of the ring over to stop it from slipping out.

 Line up the ropes and cut off any excess to ensure they're all even. Using a hot glue gun, place a good amount of glue inside the bead cap and push the ends of the rope inside.

Attach a jump ring through one eye and a lobster clasp onto the other and then you're done!

Now you have your very own pom pom tribal necklace! Yay!

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Vego Challenge Week 3 + 4

Sorry that I've been keeping you guys out of the loop. My vegetarian challenge finished yesterday and I'm really proud of how well I've done. It was less difficult than I thought it was going to be, but still, it was pretty damn hard. I think the hardest part was breaking the habit. It's so easy to eat meat without even realising it. There were only three instances when I touched meat this month...

1. Pham was eating a hotdog and he offered me the last bite... Without even thinking and out of habit, I shoved it in my mouth... damn bad habits.
2. During my second week, one night when I was starving and in the middle of cooking and blogging, Pham brings over pork crackling. He convinced me to have a bite and said he wouldn't judge me, then as soon as I put it in my mouth he started going 'UH OH....' I spat it back out. I don't know why I am friends with him.
3. On Saturday night, I got drunk and saw some pâté at friend's 21st and decided 'Screw it, I've only got one day left.' Oh alcohol....

Honestly, I'm surprised it wasn't a cheeseburger while I was getting drunk on a Saturday night! The best thing that has come out of it is my new way of thinking when it comes to vegetarian meals. It doesn't have to be boring and it doesn't have to be bland. I have loved playing with ingredients that I've never cooked before and trying out flavours that my taste buds have never tried. It has really opened up my mind to the endless possibilities of food. Another great thing is, it's been great for my wallet. Not just because I've been cooking most of my own meals, but most vegetarian produce lasts a long time. So there is no need to quickly cook up all your groceries before they go off, its fantastic! I am going to aim to have 3 vegetarian days a week from now on.

Although I have a great new philosophy on food, new found respect for my will power and a very healthy body.... I'm going to go get some KFC..... hehe

SooooOOOOOooooOoOoOOOo good....

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Vego Challenge - Quick & Spicy Veggie Chickpea Curry

Here's another great and easy recipe from Oh She Glows. Gosh, I love that blog. This was extremely simple to make and you can play around with using lots of different vegetables. It wasn't very spicy for me because of the curry powder I used, but you could also add some chilli flakes if you'd like. It was so yummy with white rice, but if brown rice would be a healthier option. This was a great 10 minute meal that nearly cured my hangover...

This serves 2.
You will need - 
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1.5 cups chickpeas
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1. In a medium sized skillet add olive oil and turn burner to medium heat. 
2. Add chopped onion and ginger and stir. Cook until caramelized, watching carefully, for about 5-10 minutes making sure not to burn. 
3. Add chopped beans, carrots, and chickpeas and reduce heat to low-medium. 
4. Add curry powder and soy sauce and stir well. Cook about 5-10 minutes until carrots are softened slightly (do not overcook). 
5. Add sliced tomatoes and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and serve with rice.

The chickpeas were my favourite, they really grabbed onto all the flavour and were absolutely delicious!

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Vego Challenge - Barley Salad with Feta and Walnuts

I now know the importance of trying everything once. A few weeks ago when I cooked barley for the first time, I remember questioning myself... 'Why am I eating bird food?' but after tasting it I really like the unique texture and I'm eager to try making different dishes with it. Not long after, I made this beautiful salad. It is by no means a 'normal' salad, the walnuts give it a lot of crunch while the barley has a slightly chewy texture. Combined with creamy and salty feta and the punchy dressing, the salad has so much flavour and dimension. My friend who is annoyingly pessimistic when he tries new food actually absolutely loooves this!

This will serve 4.
You will need - 
  • 1 cup (220g) pearl barley
  • 1/3 cup (55g) chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 75g wild rocket
  • 100g feta, crumbled

    Lemon basil dressing
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed 
  • 2 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
  •  1/4 cup finely sliced basil leaves
1. Place barley in a saucepan with 1.5L (6 cups) boiling water. Simmer for 25 minutes or until just tender.
2. Rinse under cold water, then drain.
3. To make dressing, place all ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake well.
4. Place walnuts, olives, tomatoes and rocket in a large bowl with barley.
5. Add dressing, toss to combine. Serve in bowls, top with feta and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

If you don't have a screw-top jar, you can use a container like I did. Just make sure you hold onto the lid tightly. This salad is best eaten while the barley is still warm and tender. Try this instead of a Caesar salad sometime, it really is a wholesome and flavoursome delight!

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I'm baaack!

I've returned from disappearing off the face of the earth! I've been really busy the last two weeks so I haven't had time for this little baby. I do apologise, but I'm back with a bang! Here's what I wore to a friend's place for midweek dinner last week.

I finally found a plain white shirt (at Cotton On), woo! The red shorts are DIY cut offs, heels are by Mimco and the necklace is a recent DIY. Keep your eyes out for a tutorial on how to make this necklace. It feels good to be back!

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