When you rent an apartment there is little you can do to any space, least of all the bathroom, not that ours is too bad, it's just a bit boring. The best thing, seemed to be to get a large pot of flowers for the window, little cacti and a vase to hold all my rubber ducks. I really want to get all the rubber ducks, but can I really? Any grown up with more than 3 rubber ducks have too many. Am I right?
Possibly the best Christmas related DIY this year. Do you think Miley Cyrus ever imagined "Wrecking Ball" would turn into this huge thing it has? Read the comments on this web page, some really good jokes there. I got the template for Miley here, if you feel inclined to make your own. Maybe make one and put it on your parents tree and then wait patiently for someone to notice. It's the little things.
Last weekend there was a Christmas Market in West Hampstead and I was manning our cupcake stand for work. Right next to our stand was Achillea Flowers who have a store on Mill Lane and they had these amazing jars of water with a flower on top. I fell in love. Once the boyfriend showed up to feed me and with some money (I left all my things at work and had no money to spend, what a horror) I immediately bought one of the flower things that had me at hello. I think there is no turning back, this is possibly the coolest flower arrangement I have ever come across and I am slightly obsessed.
So it's December already and almost the end of the year. I can't believe how fast this year has gone but I have said that so many times already. I do love December though so I am a happy camper and the Christmas decorations are all in a pile on the living room floor. The only 2 things I made happen were the glittery reindeer and the mini fake Christmas tree. I have been told that we will get a proper tree for the living room as well, which I am all for, where we can hang all our decorations. One of my favourite things to do is to get one new Christmas decoration each year so our tree is a huge mix of quite random decorations and although I have much love for those trees with just one colour decorations on it I would not give mine up for anything.
You can get pretty creative with a can of spray paint and some imagination and very little time. Spray painting is the lazy girls way to DIY, very little effort involved. I love the look of tin cans and needed a new pen holder, but just taking the can and using it for pens seemed a little too easy, and I love being a bit creative. With spray paint I could easily spray the bottom half of the can and change the look and make it seem like I put a bit of effort in, when all I did was work that can of paint for 2 minutes. Easy! And just the way I like it.
Rather, the year I made a blanket. Around this time last year I made a decision to knit my own blanket by knitting smaller pieces and sowing them together when I had enough pieces to make a good size blanket. And I got started as one do, hoping to finish by the time it would be cold enough to use the blanket. But of course, knitting 36 squares takes time, and also will power. When I finished the 4th square I could feel my enthusiasm and interest fade. I love making things myself, but I prefer if it takes no time at all and that whatever I am making is finished within minutes of starting. Knitting a blanket is probably not the ultimate craft for me. Nevertheless I don't give up, I postpone. Some pieces were knitted over the winter months and suddenly I had 22 squares and a bit more motivation. This spring, after being proposed to and needing to find wedding venues, I took my knitting on our road trips to see wedding venues and finished off another 10 squares. Which takes us to 32, just 4 squares shy of the goal. Piece of cake you might say, but my motivation had died again and I let the project rest for weeks until last month, when the knitting commenced and I finally had my 36 squares of knitted goodness. Of course, this thing needed to be sowed together, which was a load of pain, and I spent many evenings sitting on the floor to get the heavy knit sowed together. And finally I managed to crochet the edging. Done, right? It took me 1 week from the day I finished the edge until I actually fastened the threads and officially announced to the fiancé that The Blanket was finished. He was impressed.
One more week done, how fast time flies when you are having fun. Or something like that. I find it is getting harder and harder to get up early, get stuff done, go to the gym, and stay away from large amounts of chocolate. It's probably the weather, but it might also be my lack of willpower. Last week London was in Autumn mode and this week we are supposedly in the tropics, how confusing!
Oh Etsy, you have my heart beating. During a little browse yesterday I discovered Kari Herer and now I want to decorate the whole bedroom with her photos. Have a look at her shop and be amazed at how beautifully she combines drawings and flowers in her photos.
This is possibly the most amazing wall decoration I have ever come across. It's from White Faux Taxidermy on Etsy and if I could only get the fiancé to agree to have this above our bed it would be on its way to us right this moment. Love at first sight.
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