a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:29:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 A PAIR & A SPARE STUDIO WORKSHOPS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/a-pair-a-spare-studio-workshops.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/a-pair-a-spare-studio-workshops.html#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:17:35 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12625 I never would have guessed as I was signing up to blogspot from my share flat in London (using internet streamed from the upstairs neighbours) that creating this blog would be the best thing I ever did. However, sometimes I have to say that tapping away at a computer all day can be a little isolating. For that reason, I couldn’t be happier to announce the launch of our new studio workshops! We held a little launch (and tester) over the weekend at the studio and it was a snowball of excitement, exhilaration and being utterly terrified at the same time. Luckily all went perfectly (thanks to my amazing team of Alanna and Kai) and it was so satisfying to meet so many lovely people – the whole chatting face to face thing has become unheard of in such an internet based world and I loved every minute of it!

For the first workshop we did our knotting school, teaching knots and creating gorgeous macrame hanging vases. Everyone was so shocked by how easy it was and how impressive their finished product ended up being. It helped that yummy food and drinks were flowing and the tunes got us into the rhythm of square knots and half twists!

Now that the studio is finally finished (before and after shots coming soon!) we’ll be hosting loads more of these fun get togethers. We’ve already got dates for two new workshops including another knotting school and a business focused one called Blog What You Love (following on from the Do What You Love series). For those of you based in Hong Kong, you can buy tickets to our next workshops here sign up to the newsletter to be kept informed of what’s coming up. See below for some pics from the weekend.

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A big thank you to Lauren and the rest of the Sassy girls for all your help, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Also thanks to Fish and MeatInvisible KitchenNice PopsDitto DittoPyaarBee’s NestAnything But SaladsBanrock Station

Photos by the lovely Sabrina Sikora

 

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DIY LEATHER BOW BRACELET http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-leather-bow-bracelet.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-leather-bow-bracelet.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:42:36 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12597 Recently I’ve felt an urge to deck myself out in a few gold bows, maybe it’s a nod to the final golden hours of summer, or the fact that I’m off to Japan this weekend where bows are practically a uniform, but I can’t get enough of them. Recently I created this leather bow bracelet and couldn’t wait to share! Read on to see how.

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When I made this I experimented with different techniques, the first time sewing and the second time gluing like you see below. I found that the finished product was much better with the glued version, but of course if you have a few leather skills you should definitely stitch this using a dart awl to puncture the leather.

You need:

Or grab yourself this fun bow kit here, with lots of different bow jewellery to make.

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How to:

1. Cut two pieces of leather around 1.5 cm (half inch) thick. The largest piece should fit around your wrist with some overlap, and the smaller one should be roughly half the size of the other piece.

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2. Make holes for the stud beads (which will secure the leather on) at both ends.

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2. Add the stud bead to one end.

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3. Now, add glue to the ends of the shorter piece of leather on the right side of both ends.

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4. Press the ends together onto the middle of the base piece of leather.

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5. Add some glue to the middle of the loop of leather and then add the bow on top.

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6. Put a piece of twine or string underneath the bows.

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7. Carefully pull tight so the leather loop creates a bow and the metal bow is sitting in place. Let dry overnight and when dry remove the piece of twine.

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Voila!

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DIY STUDIO NOTE ROLL BOARD http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-studio-note-roll-board.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-studio-note-roll-board.html#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:26 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12614 Moving into the new studio meant getting organised… Or did it? Interestingly in the hustle and bustle of moving into the new space I realised that I managed to transplant much of the chaos of my home office into the gorgeous new space – NOT ideal. And so in the last few weeks, finally back from travelling and other adventures, I decided it was time to master my workspace, reduce the chaos and build something inspiring that would get my ideas flowing, essential particularly at the end of the financial year. First it was all about equipping myself with the basics – the perfect notebook, the right filing system and the holy grail of ‘things organised neatly’ – a label maker. Next on my list is a new office chair, because to be honest my posture has been suffering a bit what with all that sitting hunched at a desk writing emails.

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Another thing my corner was missing was somewhere I could map out ideas, create to do lists and visualise my strategy for the rest of the year (can you tell I’m getting all ‘business-y?). So when Officeworks asked me to create something inspiring for my new space, my mind immediately turned to this challenge, and the idea of this rolling note board was formed. I saw a hanging roll of paper in a cafe in New Zealand and knew it would work perfectly in an office space. Read on for the how to.

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You need:

  • Note paper roll – either white or brown paper would look really cool
  • Rope or cotton twine
  • 2 pieces of copper pipe slightly longer than your paper roll
  • A piece of plywood or board around 2m x 1m (mine was an old table top)
  • Nails
  • Hammer

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How to:

1. Cut two separate pieces of rope 2 x the length of the copper pipe.

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2. Insert one of the pieces of copper pipe into the paper roll.

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3. Thread one of the pieces of rope through the copper pipe in the paper roll.

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4. Thread the other piece of rope through the second piece of pipe.

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5. Attach the note roll to the top of the plywood by tying and nailing the rope to the back.

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6. Do the same for the second piece of pipe and rope around 1.5 m below the paper tool to hold down the paper and stop it from unspooling.

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Voila!

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The copper pipe is the perfect method for holding down the paper and tearing it when you’re done. If this doesn’t help me get organised nothing will. For more ideas on how to master your workspace, check out the hashtag #mastermyworkspace!

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Once I finished my note roll board, I decided to put my label maker to good use, spending a good few hours sorting my craft supplies. Feel so good for everything to have a place – let’s just hope it lasts!

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This post was created in collaboration with Officeworks, all opinions are my own.

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DIY ROUND HANGING SHELF http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-round-hanging-shelf.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-round-hanging-shelf.html#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:39:32 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12568 I’ve been wanting to make a round hanging shelf for the last few months, I love the way they’re almost like art when you fill it with pretty possessions. However, I’ve struggled to find a way to create a perfect circular frame for it. Walking down the street in Hong Kong recently I stumbled upon the answer, a large dim sum steamer. Who would have thought that they could produce something more than a delicious lunch? Read on to see how. Spoiler: it’s shockingly easy.

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You need:

  • A dim sum steamer basket (mine was 38 cm / 15 inches across)
  • A piece of plywood a fraction longer than the widest part of the inside of the steamer, with a depth that matches.
  • Scissors/stanley knife
  • Rope
  • Wire

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How to:

1. Start by removing the base of the basket by cutting away all the woven parts connecting to the frame.

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2. Once you remove the weaving it should be a simple task of pulling out the bamboo base. If yours is glued in You may have to pry it out.

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3. Your frame should look like this.

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4. Wedge your plywood into the steamer. Mine had some wrapped bamboo which provided a natural ledge for the shelf, but if your doesn’t I would also add some glue to keep the shelf in place.

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5. Cut the rope to the size you want in terms of how much you want the basket to hang down.

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6. The steamer basked will have holes in the side through which the weaving you cut out went, so I simply wrapped the wire through that to secure the rope.

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Voila. This has taken pride of place above my desk!

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DO WHAT YOU LOVE: ON MAKING DECISIONS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/do-what-you-love-how-to-make-decisions.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/do-what-you-love-how-to-make-decisions.html#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:18 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11924 Put some time into doing what you love and chances are you’ll be faced with lots of decisions, both big and small. For me this has always been a sticking point, I have a tendency to overthink the decision making process, pondering all the different potential scenarios and outcomes, seeking advice from everyone I knew and always, without fail, taking way too long to decide which side of the fence I want to be on. But the thing I’ve learnt is that this is often complete waste of time, taking ages to decide leaves you with less time to actually get on and do what you need to do – therefore poor decision making = inefficiency. Don’t I know it! In the last year or so I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to be more decisive, and have researched a few ideas and applied them to the way I operate (but naturally I’m still learning). Read on for a few thoughts about making decisions.

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Apply your values

In this post I talked about doing some exercises to understand your values, and they definitely apply here too. Knowing more about what’s important to you is essential for good decision making – and reminding yourself of these when a major decision comes up can be helpful. Do you value financial security over creative pursuits, or vice versus?

Go with your gut

Remember when your maths teacher told you that the first multiple choice question you select is more likely to be correct? As true now as it ever was – I know from personal experience that after going around and around I usually come back to my initial reaction (or have become lead astray by overthinking which is never good).

Take advice with a grain of salt

If you’re like me, as soon as you’re faced with a decision you call up a friend or ask your family. Completely natural, but often the opinions of others are steeped in their own values, personalities or past experiences. I would never say not to ask your loved ones for their take, but I’ve learnt to try to stay in tune with what my gut is telling me, rather than letting someone else’s opinion make up my mind for me.

Try the ‘flip a coin’ method

OK so this isn’t what it sounds like and is something that my crazy family does. When faced with a decision, flip a coin on it and use the outcome to analyse your reaction. Are you pleased with the forced outcome of the heads or tails or do you wish it was the other side of the coin? I often find this is a great way to make small decisions.

Don’t over-research

If you’ve ever googled an illness you’ll know that too much information can be very very bad for you (how many times have I thought I had some awful disease!?). Research is important however sometimes too much of it can lead to further confusion and a whole lot of overthinking. These days I try to be targeted in researching a decision I need to make, and when it comes to online research (cos where else does it happen these days?) I’ve learnt to stay away from forums – which are generally filled with all the worst case scenarios and are sure to give you a rash.

Don’t be (too) afraid to get it wrong

Not every decision you make will be the right one, there’s no way around that. But as long as it’s a not life and death situation, every not quite right decision equips you with lessons and information that you take with you. So instead of being immobilised by the decision making process, lean in and know it’s a path to better things, or at least better knowledge, hindsight being 20/20 and all.

Ok so these are just some of my thoughts on how to make a decision, do any of you have any other ideas I haven’t touched on?

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DIY EASY THROW CUSHIONS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-easy-throw-cushions.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-easy-throw-cushions.html#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 03:36:42 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12566 As you can probably imagine, when I’m travelling I can’t help but buy fabrics wherever I go. Usually it’s a case of having to put a limit on myself lest I end up in one of those awkward, and costly, excess baggage situations. Sadly often the small scraps of fabric I buy are too small for a skirt or a pair of shorts, but too dear to my heart to throw away so end up sitting in a box. While in the process of finishing off my favourite nook in the studio I got a craving for throw cushions, and rather than buying them myself I realised it would be a great opportunity to use some of those colourful fabric scraps. My one main issue with sewing cushions though was that putting a zip in can take aggges (I wanted to make seven cushions), but the last thing you want is a cover you can’t wash. After a bit of pondering I worked out a way to create a cushion with a folding flap so you don’t need a zip. What’s even better is that if you have time you can totally make these by hand! Read on the see how.

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You need:

  • A piece of colourful fabric for the front
  • Some canvas or linen for the back
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine or needle and thread.
  • Cushion stuffing or inner.

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How to:

1. First cut your fabric pieces. I used the shape of my fabric scraps to determine the size of my cushions, this colourful piece is roughly 45cm x 30cm (17 in x 12 in). Cut a piece of cotton or linen 1.5  to 2 times the length (longways) of your statement piece of fabric. If your fabric is square just pick a side to use as the longways. The longer you cut the backing piece the bigger the overlap of the flap at the be will be so I made mine closer to 2 x because I was using cushion stuffing and I didn’t want it to come out.

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2. Cut the piece of backing fabric in half width ways.

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3. Lay the fabric together, first one side of the backing fabric, then the other and then the statement fabric right side down. Note that the backing piece that is second from the bottom will be the outer flap, which is why I oriented the clean selvedged edge here. In the event you don’t have a clear selvedged edge on this piece, the best thing to do is to hem this along the short edge so when you turn it inside out it has a nice finished edge.

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4. Pin together.

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5. Sew all the way around the cushion about 2.5 cm (1 in) from the edge.

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6. After sewing the fabric should look like this.

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7. Turn the fabric inside out by pulling it through the flaps in the backing and then iron down well, making sure to turn the points of the cushion out, you can use a pencil or chop stick to do this.

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8. The back of your cushion should look like this – you can see that my back piece overlaps a lot to keep the stuffing inside but yours may be more centred.

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9. Stuff your cushion or if you’re using an insert put that in.

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Voila! I can’t wait to show you all the different ones I made with fabrics from all over the world. Nothing better than hanging in the studio sitting on cushions that remind me of places I’ve been!

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BIKINI TO BRA-KINI http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/bikini-to-bra-kini.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/bikini-to-bra-kini.html#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:43:05 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12442 Being a fan of anything summer related, bikinis are obviously high on my list of things to wear during the sweatier months – as hopefully it means I’m close to the beach or a pool. But, as most of you will know, one of the draw backs of being a bikini-aholic is strap marks. Now, although this isn’t a ‘real’ problem in the sense of more disastrous things like Ebola and earthquakes, it does annoy me a little when I have to transition into regular clothes. Short of wearing only bandeaux styles, I wanted to share with you an (admittedly very very simple) summer hack for lessening those halter lines and allowing instant beach to bar action, a quick bikini to bra-kini mix up.

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Wearing: One Teaspoon Bandit shorts (also like these) , Triangl black bikini, Panama, Daniel Wellington watch.

Clearly an actual tutorial for this isn’t needed, but for those of you interested to try it out you can either a) get a friend or lover to tie the neck straps to the strap that goes around the back of your string bikini (recommended) or b) do it yourself by tying your bikini on back to front (so the cups are at your back) and then tying the shoulder straps separately to the back strap. Once you’ve done that turn your bikini around the right way and have fun! Just don’t forget the SPF 50…

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DIY ROPE CAMERA STRAP http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-rope-camera-strap.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-rope-camera-strap.html#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:23:21 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12528 In the second (and chances are not final) iteration of ‘let’s turn that camera into a fully fledged accessory’, I recently decided to craft a new camera strap for my ever growing set of cameras, and can’t wait to take it on my next adventure. For now, sadly, I’ll just have to make do with prancing around the office with it hanging from my shoulder – if I close my eyes I can almost hear palm trees swaying…. The best thing is you can buy all the supplies you need to make this project from over at Wander & Hunt – there’s enough supplies in each kit for two straps, so your bestie won’t be left wanting. Yay!

I thought I would also share a few looks below that I created for the new Cotton On Hello World campaign – celebrating Australians who live all over the world. If you live in Australia make sure to pop into the store to check out the window displays and the other looks I put together.

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Wearing: Cotton On Shorts , Jacket and top, Zara leopard print heels 

You need:

  • 1 metre (40 inches) of woven rope
  • Glue
  • A needle and thread
  • Two clasps
  • Black twine

Or buy the kit here (with supplies to make two separate straps).

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How to:

1. Put come glue onto the end of the rope and thread the clasp on.

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2. Fold the end over the clasp and then press the glue down. Then use the needle and thread to securely sew down the rope.

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3. Take the twine and tie it securely around the rope.

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4. Start wrapping the twine around the fold and join, using glue to secure it down as you go.

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5. Once you have wrapped the join with twine, secure it down with a tight knot and hide the ends underneath the wrapping.

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6. Do the same for the other side.

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Voila!

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Photos by Marion Tessier

While you’re over there, why not take a gander at all the gorgeous new rhinestones at Wander & Hunt, an addiction that’s very much been made worse by my recent discovery of the TV series Nashville. I know it’s bad but I totally love it - totally ready for sparkly clothes, white teeth and big big BIGGG hair.

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TRAVEL: A QUICK GUIDE TO SARDINIA http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/travel-a-quick-guide-to-sardinia.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/travel-a-quick-guide-to-sardinia.html#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:22:06 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12475 As you probably know from a sneak peek of the photos I posted here, I was utterly blown away by my recent trip to Sardinia, I had never been to anywhere so simple and yet gob smacking. Rather than this being a definitive guide to the island – it’s actually HUGE fyi – I thought I would give you an overview of the road trip we did while we were there. Sadly time didn’t allow us to see the whole island, but if you’re looking for an itinerary I highly suggest this one, as from what I can see you get the best of both sides of the coast whilst not spending too much time in the busy, touristy areas.

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Make sure to check out my quick google map of the trip here to get you bearings.

Day 1

We flew into Olbia airport from Gatwick and hired a car straight away for the whole week. One thing we wanted to avoid was any area that was overly developed or touristy, so instead of going North to the (from what I’ve read) glitzy Costa Esmerelda we headed south to the Golfo Di Orosei and stayed here. The village of Santa Maria Navaresse that we randomly chose to stay was so gorgeous and simple – virtually no tourists and the sweetest little beach with a tree covered bar overlooking the water, where we would go for drinks in the early evening and watch the sun set.

Day 2

We hired a simple rhib boat in the Marina (from these guys if you’re interested) and took it up the coast for a whole day, which was the most memorable part of the trip – it’s a MUST. Surprisingly the cost of hiring a private boat was almost the same as the combined cost of the two of us going on a tour (around 120 euros for the day), without the hassle of dealing with other people and the feeling of being fully scheduled. Luckily Ben has experience driving a boat, but even if you don’t it seemed like coast isn’t that busy (oh and you don’t need a license – love Italy!). If hiring a boat is too daunting for you, try to get on a tour with the least number of people possible. We took lots of yummy italian deli food along with us like salami, artichokes, and a delicious (virtually free) bottle of red wine and had the most magical day – for two pragmatic and generally unromantic people I have to say we were quite smitten with the beauty and being there together… And that water colour - no words! Our favourite beach was Cala Luna with its white shores and caves and we stopped there for a few hours in the afternoon.

Day 3

We drove the winding road between Santa Maria Navaresse and Dorgali, which gives an amazing view of the hinterland valleys and mountains, you can stop in Baunei or Nuoro to get an feel for the sweet local villages (where there are lots of leather shops!).On our way back, just by chance, we then stumbled upon heaven. Because the  Golfo di Orosei has a national park running along the coast, it’s quite difficult to access all the amazing beaches unless you do a long hike or go by boat. However, just by chance we took a side road and wound down the cliffs until we got to deserted Pedra Longa, finding ourselves in one of the few places you can reach the water in a car. There was a little cliff side trattoria and a track that went down to the most amazing rocky bay, perfect for swimming and general lounging. We finished up with dinner here which was kinda of a modernised agrotourismo (which is traditionally kind of like a farm stay with great food), I loved the courtyard.

Day 4 

On the fourth day we swapped sides of the coast, driving through the middle of the island and visiting a few villages on the way – Orogosolo (famous for streets covered in murals and graffiti) and Gavoi (pretty town known for it’s literary festival with this place to eat delicious homemade pasta). We then landed in the picture perfect town of Bosa at our hotel - although the rooms were basic we were lucky to stay in the part of the hotel overlooking the riverfront which was such a lovely way to wake up. In the afternoon we toured the beaches to the north of Bosa, finding some gorgeous hidden coves.

Day 5

We did a day trip from Bosa to the town of Alghero which seemed to be where most people stay when they come so was a bit busier and a little more touristy than Bosa (they have very pretty streets though). We had lunch on the ramparts of the town’s fortified wall overlooking the ocean and wandered the streets, topping it all off with some gelato. We headed back in time for dinner in Bosa.

Day 6

On our last day we travelled back across the island to La Cinta beach near San Teodoro for one last lay in the sun before our flight back to London. The beach was beautiful but so incredibly busy, it was literally heaving, which was a great reminder that we had chosen the right approach by staying out of the busier and more accessible areas.

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We loved everything about our little village of Santa Maria Navaresse, including this beach.

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We took turns driving… Wearing: Club Monaco top (similar to this dress).

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And spent a few hours here at Cala Genone bobbing around.

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Didn’t really want to leave.

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Loved everything about Cala Goloritze, one of the nicest beaches along the coastline. Apparently you can hike here along the coast, which is a good option if a boat isn’t for you.

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Believe me I didn’t want to leave.

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We found this secret cove just north of Santa Maria Navaresse, could have spent all day here!

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The freedom of having our own small boat was priceless.

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That fabric sail is just crying out to be DIYed.

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We had an admittedly average meal of paninis here, but the view helped!

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We hiked the hills (tried to visit So Gorrupu canyons but the weather turned wet so we had to go back halfway).

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This was our ‘secret’ spot at Pedra Longa. Seriously there is no filter involved here, the sea is really just that colour.

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Climbers camoflaging amongst the rocks.

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Discovering inland Sardinia – such interesting and diverse landscapes.

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We stopped for a spot of shopping in Nuoro

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The men of Nuoro

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Had dinner at Su Gologone

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Wandered the hot midday streets of Orgosolo. Wearing: Club Monaco top and shorts, J Crew bag, sandals and Panama

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Saw so many interesting murals and graffiti in Orgosolo. I was surprised by the number of  which  were very globally focused, given the village is in such an isolated hilltop spot (totes no wifi there).

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Enjoyed the quiet lanes in hilltop villages.

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Orgosolo

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Had handmade pasta for lunch at Santa Rough in Gavoi

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And over on the west coast, we wandered through beautiful fields…

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To discover this beach.

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Strolled the streets at twilight in Bosa

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Admired the pretty tannery sheds in Bosa.

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Loved every pink on the walls.

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Travelled along the coast road to Alghero and had lunch along the ramparts.

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Wearing: Club Monaco Dress, J Crew bag and sandals

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The perfect seas in San Teodoro (but the crowds were horrendous!)

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DIY FRESH FLOWER BRACELET http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-fresh-flower-bracelet.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-fresh-flower-bracelet.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:51:13 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12510 In yet another example of my inability to look past Summer and into the next season (reading Elle magazine on the plane recently was devastating – what’s with all the overcoats!? I just wanna see bikinis!), a little while ago I got together with my girl Gemma to create a super simple fresh flower bracelet. This is one of those things that would be perfect for a picnic or any sort of outdoor soiree – as long as you’re not allergic to bees! I which case this would definitely better in a silk flower version.

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You need:

  • Sturdy fresh flowers (we used roses but anything that won’t fall apart too easily would work).
  • Florist wire
  • scissors
  • lobster clasps and jump rings

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How to:

1. Cut your flowers so they have about 5cm (2 inches) of stalk, then cut a piece of florists wire. Start wrapping the flowers with wire.

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2. Once the first flower is wrapped on, add more flowers along the wire and connect by wrapping.

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3. Keep going, measuring as you go along to make sure it is going to fit your wrist.

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4. Once it’s the right length, add the lobster clasp and the jump rings.

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Voila!

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I can so see this made in some gorgeous burgundy roses – the perfect living accessory.

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Thanks Gemma for such a cute idea!

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