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If you haven’t heard of my friends Kahoko yet you’re in for a treat. With a launch collection that includes space perfecting rugs (with the best foot-feel around – if there’s such a thing), hug-worthy cardigans and thyme scented soaps wrapped in wool for the ultimate exfoliation, the best part about these guys is that everything is hand made by local women in Kenya using 100% organic supplies – so not only if everything to die for – it’s also to live for too.  We’ve recently acquired a beautiful Kahoko rug in the studio (you can see the edge of it here) and I loved it so much we decided to give one away to one lucky reader. Read on to see how to enter.

Win this gorgeous rug. www.apairandasparediy.com

My friend Luke recently visited Kenya and got to know the families who make the rugs and cardigans – it looked like a once in a lifetime trip. He made some utterly gorgeous videos of the people and processes used in the craft, you can see the first once below and the second (showing the making of the rug itself) here. Must. Start. Looming.

Win this gorgeous rug. www.apairandasparediy.comWin this gorgeous rug. www.apairandasparediy.com


To enter:

  • Pop over to the Kahoko website and check out their gorgeous wares.
  • Like Kahoko Handmade on Facebook
  • Leave a comment below (make sure you leave your email in the box) letting us know what your fave item from their store is.

Giveaway open until end of day 30th June. Open to all worldwide.

Winner of this giveaway is Sylvie!

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One of the best things about travelling is collecting small memories and mementos from your trip. In my mind there’s nothing better than having things around the house that remind me of the places I’ve been and the things I’ve done – those little memories certainly make a longggg, rainy, ‘I wish I was anywhere but here‘ Monday just that more bearable. But the more places you travel, the more likely you are to have mountains of mementos all stuffed together gathering dust in a drawer, I know I do!

Recently, Loctite and I got together for the Loctite Repair Network to create an essential for any wanderluster – a set of memento boxes that will keep your travel collections safe and organised. They’re also the perfect place to store maps, ticket stubs and other any things you need to jog your memory for when you go back. Because who doesn’t hate not remembering the street that favourite, hidden restaurant was on?

The best part? Once you start making them and stacking them on your bookshelf, it’s all the more reason to wander the globe to fill them up!

Make travel memento boxes a pair and a spare www.apairandasparediy.com

All you need to do this project is a few small boxes (I used recycled DVD boxes), a few maps and the right glue, and you’re good to go! You can watch the video below:

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Video shooting and editing: Luke Casey
Creative direction & concept : Geneva Vanderzeil

Oh and for those who haven’t noticed, I’ve recently created a travel gallery, so you can easily access all my guides – I can’t wait to create more destinations!


The best thing about the cards that Jasmine and I put together for your Valentine’s Day is that you can decorate them any way you choose, it’s an easy DIY-way to celebrate. I came up with lots of different ideas for how to decorate them, and wanted to share this one with you particularly. Because a) there’s painting involved b) I haven’t painted since I was 11 and c) it could have been a disaster but *cue dancing* it wasn’t. But don’t put that down to the genius of my brushmanship, it’s more to do with the fact that just about any 4 year old could do what I did successfully.

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

You need:

  • water colour paints
  • cardboard that can go through your printer
  • A ruler
  • scissors
  • a pencil

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

How to:

1. Get your paint set up ready and pick the colour you want to use.

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

2. Work out where you think the printer will print the typography, I printed one first and then placed it underneath the card to roughly work out where to paint.

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

5. Paint the rectangle on the cardboard, blending the watercolour using a tissue or a sponge. Let it dry for a few hours and then print the typography on it. Cut out the cardboard to envelope size.

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

6. Fold in half.

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7. Optional: add some dried roses… Why is it that the Valentines things I like are much more appropriate for giving to other ladies than to my own boyfriend?

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare


watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

Remember to download the cards Jasmine and I made here!

Card 1: I love you more than…

Card 2: You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars

Card 3: Love you to the moon and back