I'm definitely a DIY gal at heart, spending most evenings looking at projects on Pinterest or making something at home with more or less success. Sometimes it's a definite failure, but they say that's how you learn. Sometimes things also just work out well, like these leather catchall trays. It's hardy a DIY as it is just so incredibly easy to make them, but I think they would impress most people as gifts and they are also so incredibly useful around the house for all those little trinkets we all seem to have so many of.
To make these I had some leather scraps, a leather hole puncher (it's pretty heavy duty) and some gold and silver studs with screw backs. The leather was cut into the shapes I wanted and then I just punched two holes in each corner where the studs would go. Simply screw the two parts of the studs together to shape the leather into a "tray" shape and you are done with the DIY'ing. Almost too easy, don't you think? If you want to you can super glue the screw bits together, but it isn't necessary. I am toying with the idea of making a felt version and maybe even a really big one to hold yarn and knitting things. As you do. So far nothing is decided, but who knows, maybe one suddenly appears on this very blog?
Another work week has begun and after a week away on holiday, it's even harder to get back into the normal routine. I spent way too long this morning just talking myself into getting out of bed. Working from home is not always the best as there is no one there to tell you to get your bum in gear when you just don't want to. All credit to those people who are always on top of things, that's definitely not me. I'm currently typing away and contemplating what I can eat as a late lunch, before I will sort through the holiday pictures and drag myself out of the apartment to get to work later. Hope your Monday is good! x
Another Sunday, another dollar. Or something like that. I am in my PJ's (as usual at home...!), have just finished a dinner of toasted bread (too tired to cook) and CSI is on TV (hello, when isn't it??), life is pretty good. In a week today I will be chilling in Italy, and I can't wait! Holidays are good for the soul, I need a bit of rest to come back stronger and get on with world domination and other stuff like it. You know, the usual. Happy Sunday evening, here is to taking it easy and enjoy the little moments in life.
Maybe you are one of those people like I used to be, the ones that think that shower gel can be bought with your daily food shop and it doesn't really matter much what it is as long as you like the smell. Well, we are wrong. This guy is a game changer.
I have never experienced a better shower gel, the texture when it comes out of the bottle is like shaving foam, but more firm, and it smooth beautifully on to your body with a scent that smells like what I would expect heaven to smell like. Have you guessed that I really love this shower gel?
I'm already dreading when the bottle runs out, especially since the husband seems to have fallen in love with this shower gel too.
Ahhhh, Sunday night, I love you. It's been a bit quiet over here for a while, mostly because I have not been inspired to blog and also because life can get awfully busy at times. All creds to bloggers with full time jobs and time to blog. You don't know how much time it takes up until you try it.
A couple of weeks back I had my mum here in London, and we decided to have fun in my local area. So we went for coffees and lunch and walks around NW London, #lovelocal and all that. Although I actually love my local area, seeing as I work and live in NW.
Next week I plan on taking more time to get things done and not stress. Not say yes to things I can't manage, get to the gym 2 times (maybe even 3! eeeeek). Read a book and a magazine. Listen to podcasts I haven't been able to in the previous weeks. Cook a couple of meals and make jam. What are your plans??
I'm a convert to our local area, and I have been for a couple of years. London is amazing, with all the restaurants and things to do, but it's easy to forget where you live when Soho is calling your name. Well, don't do it. Not only is it easier to get home, the food is probably cheaper and the restaurant is less busy where you live. Unless you live in Soho I guess. Anyway, we aren't too far from Kilburn, and although I wouldn't call this area a gem, just yet, but there are some places that are worth a visit.
A couple of months back Kilburn Ironworks opened it's doors and it was actually my hugely trendy colleague who told me about it. She loved going with her boyfriend for drinks, and sometimes to share some small dishes. The husband and I decided to try them out for dinner soon after they opened, and we were not too impressed. Hold on, that's not what we are discussing though, because most restaurants need a bit of time to get comfortable. So although the dinner wasn't too impressive, we went back on an early Friday evening for some drinks and to try out their new-ish menu.
I love having different things to share and so we ordered generously (we were also starving!) and got deep fried courgette, welsh rarebit and succulent fried chicken bits to nibble on. The food and service has had a huge improvement and we would definitely go back. The atmosphere is great for just a drink after work and I'm just so excited that there is a restaurant/bar/place in Kilburn that looks like it should really be in Shoreditch. Almost too trendy for North West London...! Almost.
Not that I have really been anywhere but... work? Yeah, that sounds right. No excuses or anything, I believe that you can fit whatever you want into your day, if you just plan well enough and have the energy. Be that blogging, gym going or proper cooking. So I guess it's time to make sure I get to the gym more than once every 2 weeks. I used to be so good at kicking my butt and exercising, so this week's aim is to get going again, and I had a great start yesterday, with a pretty serious session at the gym (a killer circuits class, I was so sweaty half way through I wish I brought another top to change to. And a towel. The rest of the class might have felt the same...). Back on track guys, maybe even blog a bit, and make some dinners instead of living off cheese on toast? Who knows!
Picture from Unsplash
The weekend is here and I personally can't wait for Monday, which is a bank holiday in the UK. They are the best days off, without doubt. Plans are not finalised yet, but we are aiming to leave London for the day. So wish us luck!
I think a day off will be needed after what I anticipate will be a busy weekend, with plenty of celebration parties and large groups of people. Today we hosted so.many.kids. Adorable, but does make me think it's good to wait a bit longer before we have some ourselvesth.
In my spare time this weekend I will be reading this article on successful women. You know, for tips.
This is funny, even for someone like me who hasn't watched all the seasons of Sex and the City.
I really want to make this peach frozen yog at home, how good does that sound?
And Om.My.God. Need these ice pops for our next party!
Perfect reading to get ready for Bank Holiday Monday.
Happy 17th May to all Norwegians! I'm sure tomorrow will be the least efficient workday in Norway this year, after today's festivities. Although I would have LOVED to be back home to spend the 17th of May the right way (ice cream, champagne breakfast, bunad all day, the Norwegian flag and sore feet), unfortunately life is not always how you want it and I have been at work all day here in London. But there is no point in being down about it, I just know that next year, it's happening for real. And it will be the first time the husband experiences 17th May, so a very special day indeed.
Tonight has been all about take away pizza and resting tired feet. Both myself and the husband are BEAT. The good news is that I am back at work tomorrow morning at 9am. Yeah, that was sarcasm right there. So right now I am doing my best to relax with some down time on the good ol internet, and here is all the stuff I have been checking out: