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Sonntag, 30. März 2014

DIY Easy peasy wall art!

So, a while back I collected two paper coasters at a bar and a coffeeshop. I don't know if there's an exact term for these thingies that they put under glasses or that my gran used to put between coffee cups and saucers. They are a bit old-school and but seem to be getting a revival now.

I liked the look of them and that they were kinda similar.  The original idea was to get square, white frames but when I strolled through the Ikea market halls the other day these amazingly pretty and cheap Skurar candle holders jumped out at me:
http://www.ikea.com/de/de/catalog/products/20239982/

Basically it was a no-brainer to glue the paper coasters onto the little holders and stick  hooks at the back.

Don't you just adore them?!?!!!


Samstag, 22. März 2014

How to make a moodboard

For a long time I have been playing with the idea of a moodboard. The two walls in my apartment where I have free space to hang pictures are unfortunately reinforced concrete. So if I want to hang up something I need to get Dad to come over (circa 40 km) with his power drill. That's really not viable if I want to hang up tons of small pictures so I decided to use the board. My landlord also wouldn't be happy if I left the wall with more holes than a swiss cheese.
So when the latest edition of "couch magazine" (www.couch-mag.de) arrived on my doorstep I found this:






 And this is how you do it:


1. Grab a friend with a longish car who knows her stuff to drive you to Homebase / Home Depot / Baumarkt.

2. Choose a board and get the nice staff to cut it to your liking. Mine was originally 2,20 m x 0,80 m but I asked them to shorten it by 30 cm so that it would fit into the car (it might be helpful to check that out beforehand!). In the magazine they recommend at least a 12 mm thick board. Mine is 18 mm thick.

3. Transport the lovely board back home.

4. Sand the edges.














5. Attach felt gliders to lower edge and upper back to protect your floor and wall.
















6. Decorate as you wish. You could also use blackboard paint, magnetic paint or any colour paint, self-adhesive magnetic strips ...... The possibilities are endless.  






7. Result! I am so pleased with it I have to stop myself from hopping up and down. This is my very first diy project and it was so simple. The best thing is that I can change it whenever I feel like without effort.



Sonntag, 16. März 2014

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce:" One of the marks of a truly great mind, I had discovered, is the ability to feign stupidity on demand."


I have just finished the sixth installement of the Flavia de Luce series which, even though it is aimed at young adults,  is one of my favourites.
Set in 1951, Flavia an eleven-year-old chemist and detective is struggling with her most personal case so far, the return of her long-lost mother Harriet in a coffin. 
On top of that she has to deal with the murder of a tall stranger, who only minutes before his death gave her a cryptic message to pass on to her father.

I wasn't really expecting all that much from the sixth book of a series as the writers sometimes run out of steam but was totally won over by this very emotional and gripping story of family, grief and war-time secrets . Also it's a bit of a cliff-hanger so now I can't wait for the next book.
If you don't know Flavia and her adventures yet you will have to start at the very beginning with "The sweetness at the bottom of the pie".
http://www.flaviadeluce.com/

Donnerstag, 13. März 2014

Visiting the "Heim + Handwerk" tradefair: Building, Furnishing, Living

This beautiful Thursday morning found me visiting the Munich tradefair: Building, Furnishing, Living.
"Germany's biggest consumer exhibition presents a full industry overview plus custom solutions in the fields of building, furnishing and lifestyle. Experienced professionals and independent experts are on hand to provide individual consultation. The interesting programme of side events presents many new ideas and trends for tomorrow on all aspects of building, furnishing and lifestyle." 


I was a bit disappointed by the range of interior design related stands and exhibitions but hey it would have been great had I wanted to get information about central heating.  Once I move into my very own mansion I will get a chandelier just like this one:


I was very impressed by this installation by Hannes Löschke, Nathan Ashton, Christian Bobsin, Max Schuster, Anne Wörfel and Marius Zwigart called "Lizard Cloud".


Or this light installation by Young Eun Lee:






Not so sure about these but love upcycling in general.

Samstag, 8. März 2014

The devil makes work for idle hands...

As I have rather a lot of spare time at my hands right now I keep thinking of how to occupy my idle thumbs without spending too much money.
The pressure of finding a job  sort of kills of my sewing creativity which is a shame as I have so much of that dreaded time but I find it strangely relaxing to knot cords. It doesn't take a lot of thinking but left me with miles of colourful string.
So here's what I came up with. Meet my new homeware collection and watch out for your next birthday present!