January 31, 2019

Snow day and a mystery

Trying to make the most of the weather. I am not a fan of winter nor snow. It may look pretty but I have a very poor balance so snow is really difficult for me + I have a huge curb and alleyway to shovel.
 I made a snowman, meet Mr. Snowy. If you follow me on Instagram you know Mr Snowy has a drinking problem.

  But he is still cute.

Pookie is cute too but it's hard to get him in the snow for a photoshoot.

As no cat would indulge me and pose in the snow I decided to take some cat paw print photos instead.

When I noticed something strange...

A larger print that looked bigger than a catprint. A single print, not a series following a path.

It could be a dog print as I seem to see claw prints on top of the beans. Toe beans are rounder and more spread out than a cat's.

And it's large too, the patch is 7cm across.
But even if it's a dog...I still doesn't explain the single lonely print...

January 28, 2019

New items and general informations for customers

New rose gold dangle earrings on www.dinafragola.com
I am still in the process of moving my inventory to either www.dinafragola.com or storenvy
This will take a few weeks. If you're looking for something in particular, drop me an email and I'll make the listing available right away.

January 22, 2019

New earrings in new shop

Some of the new earrings are now available on dinafragola.com
They are rose gold toned, with copper metallic accent. Simple but lovely.
Available in 4 colors.
I am not very happy with  the photos as for some reasons the lack of light makes it look like the black background is dusty :/  I'll have to re-shoot at some point.

January 17, 2019

Making new stuff

I am finally making new items. I'm into rose gold right now.
These are scruffy tablet photos but I'll have a proper photoshoot later.
Still waiting to receive rose gold clasps so no necklace yet -_-
I am also making new plugs in the same style.
They'll be listed in my shop and in my Storenvy shop.

Also new cuff links!!!

January 15, 2019


List of orders for January 2019. Note the extra optimistic little "1" next to January -_-

January 11, 2019

New bread making machine

After 2 years without one (the last one broke), I decided to splurge on a new bread making machine. I also decided to upgrade a little bit as my first one was really basic.
Yes, I know I can make bread in the regular oven too. But all my attemps were really meeeeh so I gave up.
Store bought bread in Belgium is pretty mediocre, even in traditional bakeries...as there are not many restrictions to what you can add to it (and not mention it). I admit that I sometimes drive to France to get some bread I actually like.

I went for a Panasonic machine. I like that it makes a lot less noise than my previous one.
I only baked one bread so far. It was a bit pale and too dense to my taste, but still edible. I need better flour, I think.
And I need to find the right recipe too.
If you have any recipes, feel free to share in the comments.

January 07, 2019


One week into the new year. Can't say things have improved much...but let's look at the bright side, that DOES leave plenty of  room for improvement.
I went grocery shopping again today...yoohoo...I don't enjoy that much as mom takes forever to buy 3 items...but today, I was aimlessly wandering through the aisles while mom decided what to get from the butcher's stand...when I noticed with sheer horror that she was standing next to my ex-boss.
I never left a shop so fast. GOSH, major embarrassment avoided. I can handle them separately (they've never met, thankfully)...but imagine my mom saying whatever crosses her mind (and thoroughly enjoying putting me on the spot too)...
One day I'll find that funny, I'm sure. In a long, long, long time.

One week into the new year and not a single sale yet. That no longer upsets me though. I just sigh.

I'm looking  for a new project...I'd like something big like remodeling a room but winter is not a good season for painting and hanging wallapaper (with the heater on, it's too hot and the paint and glue dry too fast,without the heater on, it's too cold). So I'm going to fix that chair Pookie is sitting on in the picture. One of the handles needs fixing (not sure how yet, as it's pretty damaged) and I want to paint it gold to put it in my bedroom. It's a real vintage piece from the 50's from my grandparents. I'd hate to throw it away + it's trendy again.
Should I paint the legs gold too or leave them black? Not sure.

January 04, 2019

New year, new start! At least trying...

From left to right: Frank, Bob, Bunny and Mercutio on top.
Trying not to get overwhelmed by things but it's hard. It's only the 4th of January, 7pm and I've already done more things I didn't want to do than I'd care to do in a week/month/year...
Already got stuck twice in traffic, went grocery shopping  (I hate that) twice too. Mon dragged through several silly crowded shops on the beginning of wintersale (even though I said NO). I am so stressed that my chronic migraine hasn't stopped throbbing. I keep getting issues with supplies I ordered and administrative mail/stuff not coming through.
I am the living Scream by Munch.
I am dreading/hoping for a heart attack any moment now.
I made a bucket of tomato sauce (cooking helps with stress) and made some new year resolutions:

- not wear the same outfit for days in a row (so far so good)
- say no when I don't want to do something (I said  no but still ending up doing them so improvement    needed there)
- not miss a blogging day (so far so good)
- meditate every day (so far so  good even though I fell asleep each time)

...to be continued...