Industrial wedding meets mad scientist wedding decor

Industrial wedding meets mad scientist wedding decor

When two consenting adults decide to tie the knot, they can use the wedding décor to establish the mood for the event. So much of the look and feel of the event comes from personalities of both people. Even mad scientists can express their true selves by making these easy flask and succulent table décor pieces.

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Easy to make industrial wedding meets mad scientist wedding décor with Erlenmeyer flasks and succulents.

Mad scientist wedding décor

These fun and funky flasks and succulent are so easy to make and so easy to customize with your color palette. You can match the color of the sand to match the color of the bride’s maid’s dresses. Succulents are so hot right now and their spiky alien looking leaves makes you wonder about whether a xenomorph is lurking in the depths of the wedding cake

Flasks and beakers and all manner of glass labware can be found at second-hand stores. I found the ones pictured at a university surplus sale. Just a quick note, never use used labware for food or drink. There is all manner of interesting chemicals in labs these days. Always clean the labware thoroughly. Or you can buy new here.

: Easy to make industrial wedding meets mad scientist wedding décor with Erlenmeyer flasks and succulents.

I used white sand purchased from Jo-Anne’s for this tablescape. You can use a wide range of colors and textures. Be creative in what you use to fill the flasks with and please send pictures of your awesome on social media and tag us! We can’t wait to see how you use this idea.

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If you use this idea in decorating your gorgeous industrial or urban or mad scientist wedding, share a picture and tag us on social media. We have a soft spot in our hearts for mad scientists.

 

 

Industrial Wedding Dinosaur Décor

Industrial Wedding Dinosaur Décor

Industrial Wedding Dinosaur Décor

Industrial wedding décor is growing in popularity. It gives an urban texture to the setting of the romantic ceremony. Weddings are more than the expression of love between two people. Weddings are an extension of your personality. Many couples reflect their quirky sense of humor in the small details. These dinosaurs painted with metallic finish spray paint are a perfect example of adding a humorous note to the décor. And seriously, they couldn’t be easier to make.

Easy wedding decor with dinosaurs and succulents

Dinosaurs as industrial wedding décor

Two trends that are very hot this spring are industrial/urban and greenery. Weddings are leaving the barn and moving into lofts and warehouses. The lushness of the greenery is seen in swags and curtains of boughs and florals.

 

Make your décor go RAWR!

Dinosaurs and succulents make great industrial wedding decor

These wee dinosaurs are from the local dollar store. If you want to go a more eco-conscious route, you could look to thrift stores to find a range of dinosaurs or other toys that speak to the child in both of you.

 

Pair the dinosaurs with some of the new trends in industrial décor and you can create a small Jurassic park at each reception table. Or go bold and go Ordovician! If you do, I really really REALLY need to see pictures. Really.

 

What fun and unique ways can you use this idea? Share your thoughts on Facebook comments below or tag us on Instagram @RavennaRelics.

Check out our other blog posts on wedding décor.

 

 

Industrial Wedding Decor: Hex Nuts and Succulents

Industrial Wedding Decor: Hex Nuts and Succulents

Go urban chic! Hex Nut and Succulent Industrial Wedding Decor

The industrial wedding decor trend provides a great opportunity for urban chic. Wedding decor trends are always changing as brides look for fun and unique ways to express their own style. The wedding decor gurus have been talking about how wedding style is moving from the rustic farmhouse look to a more industrial urban vibe. Greenery will be a good compliment to the brick and metal neutrals of the cityscape décor.

When you are planning any social occasion, decor provides a backdrop to the narrative that you are creating. That’s why you put so much effort into creating a mood, a narrative, and fantasy for your wedding or social occasion.

Create your industrial wedding decor

Planning ideas for unique urban and industrial wedding decor, think mechanical, think metal, think brick. This project is a quick and easy and quite frankly, freaking adorable wee decoration piece that combines distressed metal and trendy succulents. And nothing could be easier to make.

Hex Nut and Succulent Industrial Wedding Decor with pliers

I found the hex nuts at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore. This Shangri-la is a place where you can find used building materials. The 2” hex nuts were fifteen cents each, but everything was 50% off, so they cost me a whole eight cents. You could purchase new if you are going for a shiny metallic look. You could even spray paint them with some cool textured spray paints. The succulents were purchased at Jo-Anne’s on sale. So, yay for saving money where you can.

Making the pieces was super easy. Just cut the succulents into small pieces and hot glue them to the hex nuts. You can glue felt circles to the bottom to give a polished and complete look.

Industrial Wedding Decor Hex Nuts and Succulents Pinterest

 

That’s pretty much it. I can’t wait to see how you adapt this look to your wedding. Please do share photos if you’d like. Find us on Instagram and Facebook. I am very excited about this new wedding decor trend. Go be amazing!

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Ravenna Relics donates portion of proceeds to charity

Ravenna Relics donates portion of proceeds to charity

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It warms the heart to know that your artistic works help others in difficult times. This is true for Ravenna Relics. When you purchase from us, we give a portion of the proceeds to charitable organizations. We try to do good. With your help, we can.

In late 2016, we held a poll to let you chose the four organizations you support with your purchases.

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Make a pincushion with Ravenna Relics Turkish print fabric

Make a pincushion with Ravenna Relics Turkish print fabric

Use Ravenna Relics Turkish tile inspired downloadable print to make a pincushion!

The medieval art-inspired downloadable prints you find at Ravenna Relics are good for more than just hanging on your wall. In the shop we offer t-shirts, totes and coffee mugs.

Download and print onto fabric

In this project, we printed one of our downloadable prints onto a fabric using an inkjet printer. The design we chose was Arabesque. This is one of the move favored designs.

Pincushion with embroidery from recycled silk sweater on a linen ground

The printed square was sewn onto a linen background using a silk thread that was recycled from a sweater. The linen was leftover from another project. I made four tassels with the recycled silk and used a few beads from my stash to finish the pincushion.

Pincushion with embroidery from recycled silk sweater on a linen ground

What other uses can you think of for these prints? Any projects you want me to try out? I’m game if you are! If there is enough interest, I plan to make these to sell in the shop.

Where can you download this print?

You can find prints in my shop to use for your own projects. And please share your own pictures of your creative endeavors in the comments!

 

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The picnic power of the medieval(-ish) Ploughman’s Lunch.

The picnic power of the medieval(-ish) Ploughman’s Lunch.

“The cider might have alcohol in it”, I said, as I giggled a bit. Just a bit, mind you. The experiment was a success, and not just because I was a bit tipsy.

The picnic power of the medieval(-ish) Ploughman’s Lunch.

Part of the purpose of this blog is to bring a bit of history into our daily lives. We don’t live divorced of the past, it is part of us. We need to know where we come from so we know where we are going. So this inaugural post about our past food lives starts from a basic place. A meal that is as basic or as complex as you want to make it. So here, I give you the Ploughman’s lunch.

Never underestimate the power of the Ploughman’s Lunch.

At its most basic, the Ploughman’s lunch consists of bread, cheese, and pickles. This meal is as English as Hogwart’s, meaning that whole the essential pieces delve far back into the mists of time, the actual thing is a fairly modern creation.

As English as Hogwart’s!

 

The Ploughman's lunch consists of ham, bread, cheese and assorted pickles and chutneys. Beer mustard recipes

 

The Oxford English Dictionary records the first use of the term, “ploughman’s lunch” in 1837, from the book Memoirs of the life of Sir Walter Scott by John G. Lockhart. While this may have simply been referring to the meal taken at midday by a farm laborer, this term has been adopted and adapted to modern palate while still maintaining its rustic simplicity.

 

Ploughman's lunch with recipes

 

The term came into wider use due to the marketing efforts in the 1950s to get people to eat more cheese. (Like you have to ask ME twice.) It grew in popularity through the 1970s due to a nostalgic view of the past that spawned cultural idealization of history. This same nostalgia in the 1960s Berkeley led to the creation of the historical recreation group called the Society for Creative Anachronism and also seen the many Civil and Revolutionary War units.

I love the homey simplicity and filling nature of the meal. Everything can be prepared ahead of time making this perfect for picnics atop grassy hills overlooking your demesne or on the porch watching the sunset. Served on a wooden board, eaten with the fingers, it is a meal that lends itself to sharing with others gathered around. Add in a good beer or wine, and you have a party.

 

For this spread, we choose the Wandering Aengus, Wanderlust cider from its varietal selection. Created from heritage varieties of apples grown in Hood River, Oregon, this crisp and clean cider brings to mind lovely sunny autumn days and the smell of apples orchards

Start with the bread.

Make it a thick, rich, chewy, tear-a-partable bread proud to be called rustic or artisanal if you want to be all hip and twee. Add a selection of cheddar, stilton, or semi-hard cheese. Throw on some gherkins, pickled carrots, or pickled onions. Place a pot of chutney on the side with some knives, and presumably, napkins.

Other things you can add to the lunch are hand pies, hard-boiled eggs, or a honey smoked ham. Condiments could include mustards, coleslaws, salad of radishes and apples, or any other bright and sprightly sides.

Something to drink

When you are putting together a great meal, even on as simple as the Ploughman’s lunch, there are many drink pairings that would add to the enjoyment of the meal. For this spread, we choose the Wandering Aengus, Wanderlust cider from its varietal selection. Created from heritage varieties of apples grown in Hood River, Oregon, this crisp and clean cider brings to mind lovely sunny autumn days and the smell of apples orchards. Give them try, you won’t be sorry.

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Recipes:

Honey and Beer Mustard Glazed Ham

(download the recipe pdf)

  • 1 (10-pound) smoked, bone-in ham (We used a locally grown Carlton’s ham)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard (We used the mustard we made from the recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the lower third. Remove any plastic packaging or netting from the ham. Trim away any excess fat, leaving about a 1/4-inch layer all over. Set the ham aside to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with several sheets of aluminum foil (it will make cleanup a lot easier). Place the ham, cut side down, on the baking sheet and cover it with a piece of parchment paper. Tightly cover the ham and parchment paper with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the brown sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Set aside and let cool to lukewarm (the glaze should be the consistency of room-temperature honey).

When the ham is ready, remove it from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425°F. Discard the foil and parchment paper and, using a sharp knife, score a 1-inch-wide diamond pattern (don’t cut more than 1/4 inch deep) over the entire ham.

Brush the ham with a quarter of the glaze (about a generous 1/3 cup), return it to the oven, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush with another quarter of the glaze, and repeat every 15 minutes until all of the glaze has been used and a dark golden-brown crust has formed, about 55 to 60 minutes total.

Let the ham rest 20 to 30 minutes before slicing. Holy cow, that was tasty! (source: Chowhound)

 

 

The Ploughman's lunch consists of ham, bread, cheese and assorted pickles and chutneys.

Caramelized Onion Chutney with Beer Mustard

(download the recipe pdf)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoons wholegrain mustard (use the beer mustard that you made)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pinch paprika
  • pinch crushed chilies

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onions over a low heat for 25-30 minutes until softened but not browned. Stir in 3 Tablespoons sugar, increase the heat and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the onions are browned, then add the remaining sugar and all the other ingredients.

Simmer gently for 45 minutes to 1 hour minutes until the liquid has reduced and the mixture has thickened and become a dark caramel colour.

Spoon the hot chutney into cooled, sterilised jars, then seal and label. Store for up to 6-12 months. (source: Tesco Real Food)

 

Duchess of Cambridge’s Chutney Recipe

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  • 4 pounds zucchini, peeled, deseeded and chopped into small chunks
  • 4 medium onions, peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small chunks
  • 1 ½ cup raisins
  • 1 ½ cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 2 ½ cup malt vinegar
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons mixed pickling spices, secured in a piece of muslin or cheesecloth

Put the chopped zucchini, onions and apples into a large preserving pan, add the rest of the ingredients and the bag of spices and stir together, then place over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and simmer gently from 1 ½-2 hours or until well blended and thick.

Take the pan off the heat, cool and remove the muslin, squeezing the liquid form from the bag. Spoon it into sterilized jars with vinegar-proof lids, filling them to within 1cm of the top.

(source: Startsat60)

 

The Ploughman's lunch consists of ham, bread, cheese and assorted pickles and chutneys. Beer mustard recipes

Beer Mustard

(download the recipe pdf)

  • 3/4 cup brown mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 cup dark beer, or as needed (We used Elysian Dragonstooth Stout)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Soak the brown and yellow mustard seeds in the dark beer in a large bowl set in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. If the seeds soak up the beer too quickly, add more beer. (a little for the mustard, a little for you. A little for the mustard, a little for you)

The next day, put the beer soaked, and thoroughly drunk, mustard seeds in a food processor along with the rest of the ingrediants. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. If you want to be more historical, you can hand grind in a mortar.

Pack the mustard into the hot, sterilized jars.

Refrigerate the jars of mustard for 2 weeks before using.

(source: Allrecipes)

Balsamic pickled onions

(download the recipe pdf)

  • 3 ½ pounds small shallots
  • 2 1/3 cups distilled or white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup extra fine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon of salt for the brine
  • Boiling water enough to cover the shallots

Place the shallots into a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Stir in the 1 tablespoon of salt. Cover with a clean cloth and leave overnight in the refrigerator.

Drain the water and peel the shallots. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, put the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Put the shallots into the boiling mixture and simmer for an additional 10 minutes until tender.

Remove the shallots and put into your sterilized jars. Cover with the salt and vinegar brine that you boiled them in.

Seal the jars. You can process them in a water bath for 10 minutes. They are ready to eat in a few days, but get better over time.

 

The Ploughman's lunch consists of ham, bread, cheese and assorted pickles and chutneys.

English pickled onions

Check out the recipe at Culinary Ginger. Because dang, they are amazing!

How to preserve chutneys

Chutney comes from traditional East Indian food. It is like a relish that can include cilantro or mint, or flavored with coconut, ginger, simmered with onions or many other variations.

Chutney is used as a condiment and its uses are limited only by your palate and imagination. It can be used a counterpoint to savory foods like sharp cheeses or as a side to meat dishes.
The low pH (acidity) of the chutney helps to prevent spoilage. As you cook the chutney, it concentrates the chutney leaving less moisture for microbial growth and kills the microbes that could cause spoilage. Vinegars are added to chutney to increase the acidity.

If you are careful while canning the chutney, a heated water bath is sufficient to ensure food safety. These acidic foods are pretty easy to preserve and make excellent gifts, if you can bear to part with the yumminess that you make. And you should know, that learning how to make these exotic foods and preserve them could be addictive.

Some tips: Fill the canning jars because too much oxygen in the canning jar can cause unpleasant changes in color, taste, or texture.

How to preserve foods using the water bath method.

Get familiar with the recipe you will be using and the steps in canning and preserving your yummy foods. Lay out your tools, the ingredients and cooking implements of destruction. You will want to look over your jars, rings and lids to make sure there are no defects. Wash them all in hot soapy water then layout to dry.

You will need:
• A large canning pot or a deep sauce pot with a lid, with a rack.
• Glass preserving jars, lids and band. Glass jars and rings can be re-used, but always start with new lids.
• Common kitchen tools such as ladle, wooden spoon, and funnel
• A jar lifter is nice. Those jars get HOT!

Put your pan on the heat source. The water should be deep enough to cover the jars. Put the empty jars into the pan making sure they are filled with water. Heat the water to nearly boiling and keep it at this temperature until you are ready to fill the jars with your yumminess.

Cook the recipe for chutney. Remove the jar from the pan using the jar lifter or tongs. Empty the water out and fill with the chutney. Leave about a half (1/2) of an inch air space at the top of the jar. Remove any air pockets with a clean spatula. Clean the edge of the jar with a clean, damp cloth to remove food residue. Center the lid on the jar and screw on the ring band. And tighten. Place in the water bath and put the lid on the pan. Bring the water to a rolling boil and begin the 20-minute processing time.

Processing time for altitude:
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1,001-3,000 5 minutes
3,001-6,000 10 minutes
6,001-8,000 15 minutes
8,001-10,000 20 minutes

 

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10 gorgeous Pouf Ottomans that will jazz up your room

10 gorgeous Pouf Ottomans that will jazz up your room

The latest trend of pouf ottomans is perfect for adding some spice to your living space. You can use them as footstools, coffee tables, or as end tables. They come in a nearly infinite variety of colors, styles and textures. They are a quick and easy way to add color and texture to a room.

Pouf ottomans are perfect for casual entertaining

If you prefer color and texture to the clean and boring white interiors that seem to be so popular these days, adding a pouf ottoman cushion could be just the thing. Put these around a low brass tray table and fill the table with middle eastern foods and you have a cozy atmosphere.

10 Pouf ottomans for casual dining and entertaining

These poufs are often shipped unstuffed which gives you the opportunity to fill them with your choice of stuffing. You can fill them with purchased polyester stuffing or old rags and scraps. Experiment and find out what works best for you.

Check out these great pouf ottomans and add some color to your life.

1. Beautiful Moroccan leather footstool pouf

Beautiful Moroccan leather footstool pouf Made with tan brown leather and decoratively stitched with white cord.

Made with tan brown leather and decoratively stitched with white cord.

2. Gorgeous black and white mandala pillow

Gorgeous black and white mandala pillow 100% cotton and printed in a gorgeous mandala print.

100% cotton and printed in a gorgeous mandala print.

3. Hand knit rope pouf ottoman in several colors

Hand knit rope pouf ottoman in several colors These pouf ottomans have a rustic charm. Put several in a corner for a place for friends and family to gather and chat.

These pouf ottomans have a rustic charm. Put several in a corner for a place for friends and family to gather and chat.

4. Knitted recycled wool pouf pillow ottoman

Knitted recycled wool pouf pillow ottoman 100% recycled wool in a lovely knit pattern.

100% recycled wool in a lovely knit pattern.

5. Hand knit cotton pouf

Hand knit cotton pouf 100% cotton is hand knit and available in several colors.

100% cotton is hand knit and available in several colors.

6. Natural seagrass hand woven footstool pouf

Natural seagrass hand woven footstool pouf This pouf has a rustic and casual texture.

This pouf has a rustic and casual texture.

7. Artisan Jeans label patchwork pouf ottoman

Artisan Jeans label patchwork pouf ottoman A casual patchwork of leather jeans labels

A casual patchwork of leather jeans labels

8. Indian patchwork textile yoga pillow

Indian patchwork textile yoga pillow A riot of color and texture form a comfy yoga pillow

A riot of color and texture form a comfy yoga pillow

9. Gold luxurious leather with decorative stitching

Gold luxurious leather with decorative stitching This puff ottoman is a gloriously gilded in gold.

This puff ottoman is a gloriously gilded in gold.

10. White cotton with bright embroidery

White cotton with bright embroidery This white cotton pouf has lovely colorful embroidery

This white cotton pouf has lovely colorful embroidery

So I hope that these poufs give you some ideas about how to add casual entertaining areas to your living space or yoga studio.

 

 

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Ravenna Relics will donate part of the proceeds

Ravenna Relics will donate part of the proceeds

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Ravenna Relics Coloring Page – Free download

Ravenna Relics Coloring Page – Free download

Getting the Ravenna Relics shop and blog up and running to offer my artwork to the public has been a great experience. I greatly appreciate the positive and warm response from everyone. Making art and sharing it with people is such a joy and one I encourage others to do. The internet is such a marvel and enables even introverts like myself to become entrepreneurs. I want to thank people and offer some of my designs as downloadable color pages. Please let me now what you think of them in the comments as this is something new for me. I want to make sure to give you want you want.

All of the pages are free for you to enjoy in non-commercial use.

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