When you read this I am in Prague with my husband. Yes, it's time for a little break and mini holiday and we are going to a wedding as well, so it is excitement all around really.
Sometimes I just HAVE to make something, and on these occasions it's the easier projects that have to do. This is not really much of a DIY but more of a re-purpose of something. Take a frame and use it as a tray. Not too difficult? I was just a bit bored with how this frame looked but I like the shape, it's not easy to find frames that aren't rectangular. I dare you.
So for this little DIY project you need a frame, something to put in the frame (I went for a map of London), spray paint (and possibly primer, it will make the paint stick much better) and if you want to distress your frame to get a semi shabby chic look then you need some sand paper. I also got myself some scissors, a measuring tape and pritt stick to glue the map to the frame base, but you don't really have to do this.
If you want to spray paint your frame, do this outside, or, when the weather is bad and you just don't want to wait, put newspapers all over your bathtub, open the window wide and spray away. This is of course not the best solution, and this stuff can smell pretty serious, so only spray in short bursts and take breaks.
Once the frame has changed colour and is totally dry, take your sand paper and distress the edges to make it look old. I quite like the look and am thinking this could even be put on the wall if I get bored with it as a tray. This frame is a bit small, so it only holds a couple of things, but could be cute on a bedside table? Or on a shelf? The possibilities are endless!
While it might look like I spend most of my days in restaurants having lunch or dinners, that is very far from the truth. Although I did go to Natural Kitchen in Marylebone two weeks back to catch up with an old colleague turned friend. We worked in a gym together and she is still in the fitness industry while my only claim to fitness is my trips to the gym, which have been less and less in the past weeks. Need to get on that, don't I? Back to Natural Kitchen, I have been before and I was not impressed. The place was very warm, boiling, and the food was so so. But ever the optimist I am always up for giving a restaurant a second chance. It also helps that Marylebone High Street is nice. I might have gone for a veggie option, goats cheese salad, (my date that afternoon is a vegetarian and sometimes I join her in her food choices) but it was very good, nice presented and very very filling. Neither of us finished our salads and I rarely leave food on my plate, so I guess that says something? The good thing is after your meal you can wander about the shop and contemplate expensive food items or some of their ready meals. I had to talk myself out of several bags of fancy popcorn and a tub of birchermuesli that cost about £3.90 for a pot.
Bank holidays are the best because they mean guilt free Mondays and a shorter work week for most people. I think we should have one every month! I am relaxing on the country side with the husband and his family, sleeping in, eating and cleaning my wedding dress. Yeah, life is exciting.
What a week, right? And it's not even Friday yet, so I just needed a break from life, sat down with the laptop and spent some hours lost in the grand old internet. There is a lot of stuff out there to discover guys, a lot.
For someone who really doesn't like ginger in many things, I was surprised to find I liked this drink (had one at the Rum Kitchen a while back). Even want to make it at home!
Amazing casual wedding dresses, perfect for that second dress. Because why not.
If we were making Sunday brunch, this would be on the menu.
And maybe these boozy milkshakes for dessert?
I really want this skirt. Really. But I had a good old closet clear out the other day and now I am trying to stick to buying a. nothing or b.things I actually need. Let's see how this goes.
There are a couple of upcoming weddings to attend in August and September and I am contemplating these nails and this hairstyle.
Even though we are at the end of summer instead of the beginning I really like the sound off this DIY scrub, except the cleanup needed after using it. And also the looks from the husband if he walked in on the scrub in action.
I'm loving this blog and Etsy shop, paper goods are fun! And so is this really really random "hobby", making drawings out of your daily run, see it here.
I don't think it is a secret that I am a fan of eating, whether that is at a restaurant or at home. Although I prefer having my food cooked for me, rather than by me. True story. Luckily London is one of those cities where eating out does not have to break the bank, and there are just so many places to choose from. The eggs benedict above are from The Alice House in West Hampstead, and possibly the best eggs benedict I have had this year.
Dinner with friends at Chop Shop by Piccadilly where the meat is tender and the G&T's have cucumber in them. For someone who never drinks a G&T, that thing was delicious! The sausage rolls to start, yes! and the house pork crackling. I could have just eaten that all night.
Another dinner with friends (other friends, of course!) where we went to Electric Diner in Notting Hill. Before this meal we also went to Rum Kitchen for a drink and I discovered that ginger in a drink can be oh so right as long as the drink is called Dark n Stormy. We ordered way too much food at the restaurant and they had a really amazing starter with squid that just killed and for mains I think we ordered 50% of the menu, with a sausage and mac n cheese to share. How full do you think we were after all that?
The husband does not like sushi, so whenever I feel the need (all the time) I have to talk friends into going to dinner to get my fix. We tried out Sticks n Sushi and I really loved that place. Food was good, so so good, and that dessert just made my whole day. Also funny how it is a bit Danish with Danish words and phrases everywhere. Danish sushi? Ok then.
I never really spend much time around Southbank but a little while back we bought some tickets to see a burlesque show at London Wonderground which just happens to be on the Southbank. Now, this is a really really popular area after work so don't go there hungry because the queues are too long to get into a restaurant before you starve to death. But a drink is definitely on the cards, and if you, like us, didn't have time for dinner anywhere else then there are some food trucks around, just stay far far away from the falafel wrap inside London Wonderground. That thing was not edible.
About the burlesque show: I have never seen burlesque and was a bit apprehensive as to what we would experience, but the show we went to is by House of Burlesque and it is fantastic. Yes there is some nudity, but there is more humour than anything and I was totally blown away by the aerial performance (worth the ticket price alone) and the neo burlesque girls. I actually want to go again, it was that good.
There is one things that is very much true in my life and that is if I go to the gym I feel better, eat better, work better, smile more and am generally a lot more productive. So why don't I go every day? Although I love the whole idea of getting up early and going to the gym, it isn't always that easy when the alarm goes off at 7am and I feel like a truck has parked on top of my body and there is no way I am able to move. By 7.30am I can get out of bed, but I doubt I will ever make it to the gym before 8.30am, and the gym is a 5 minute walk away.
I was really good this morning and worked myself out on the treadmill and doing variations of the plank for what felt like hours. And since returning home to the apartment, having a shower and getting dresses, I have gotten a lot of things done, both work related and house related. I really feel very accomplished when the chores are out of the way before 3pm and it's raining outside so I can drink another cup of tea without feeling guilty and dig out the wool socks from my drawer. Summer, right?
I know I have mentioned before that I am very much into the easy DIY project that can be finished in an evening or, if we are generous, a day. There is one ongoing project on our living room floor that is in desperate need of attention, but the motivation is lacking. So instead I decided to crochet a clutch with yarn made from recycled fabric, you know, priorities. It sounded fun to work with a very different material and the jersey yarn is so thick that most projects are finished fast as you get a very big volume in a short period of time. Perfect.
There are no instructions on how to do this except crochet however wide you want your clutch, maybe buy a zip first so you know it will fit? I knew I could get a 20cm zip so just made sure the clutch was bigger than that even though the zip had not been purchased at the start of the DIY. Then crochet until you like how it looks when it is folded in two. Sew the sides together with the leftover yarn. Then hand sew the zip to the top. Done. This can easily be done in one TV filled evening.
Happy Sunday! Really late though, I kinda forgot all about the whole Sunday thing. So much to do after work and all that. But it was a good week, we walked past the American embassy and I am always so fascinated by the eagle on top of the building. That same day we went to afternoon tea at The Dorchester, not a bad start to the week, don't you think? They even had mini ice creams! After tea we had to walk things off a bit, it's those plates full of sandwiches I think, and wandered over to Selfridges where I found the object of my dreams, a gold piggy bank. It went straight back on my Christmas wishlist. And Harry Gordon's bar went straight to the top of my restaurant wish list. Cheers to a great new week!
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x