15th July 2016
I’ve been working hard editing all the photos from my recent trip to Spain and Greece to go into the new travel guides that will be going up soon, coming soon guys :). One thing I noticed this trip is that more than ever, I took photos of interiors and decorations – must be something to do with the apartment overhaul I’m working hard on at the moment.
On that subject, I’ve been gathering inspiration for the plants I want to have in the house – in a small apartment with no outdoor space plants are absolutely key. But what to choose and how to decorate with them? I saw so many inspiring ideas while travelling, in Spain in particular where plants seem to be number one in terms of decorating (my kinda people), so I wanted to share a few ideas I stumbled upon in terms of plant walls. Now, which one to put into my place?
The Floating Shelves
This was one of my favourites, and a little decoration we stumbled upon in a Plant Gallery called Coffee & Plants (!!!) in Barcelona. The varied sizes of terracotta pots (without too much symmetry) and staggered floating shelves give it exactly the relaxed feel I’m after.
A Plant Cabinet
Who doesn’t love a vintage cabinet? And when it’s filled with amazing greenery I have to say it’s bound to be the focus of the room. We’ve picked up a few pieces of vintage furniture on our travels (excited to show you!) so this may be what we do with it. Stay tuned.
Rather than just one single plant in a corner, I noticed a lot of plant corners in Spain, areas with clusters of styled plants all together – not thrown together (obviously) but carefully placed. Once again it’s all about not making look too ‘done’.
Which one would you have at your house?
Stay tuned for more of my apartment plant journey, and my guides for these gorgeous cities in Spain.
12th July 2016
We loved the embroidered jeans so much we decided that words belonged everywhere – not just on your bum. We decided that we would do it on some summer tees, and loved how they turned out. Naturally we put phrases on them that reflect our current summery state of mind, but you can put whatever you want on them. That’s the beauty.
One important pointer for taking the embroidery from denim to tees – you might find that the fabric is too light, causing it to ripple and move around too much when you’re sewing. One way around this is to iron some interfacing on the inside of the tee before you do it, just where the words will sit. This will make sure the needle has a clean surface to punch through. You can trim around it on the underside once you’re done for a clean finish. Here’s to summer!
11th July 2016
A trend that just won’t die, and I couldn’t be happier, you’ll know I’ve attacked the concept of the off the shoulder top so many different ways. I have to say I love them all – it helps they are easy to throw together yourself. And with off the shoulder and the colour red playing such a big part in my travel wardrobe in Europe, I thought it would be nice to put the two together and show you a very easy top to make before the summer is out. Same same but different?
- Soft, drape-y fabric (1m or 1yd)
- Elastic (approximately 4m or 4yds)
- Measuring tape
- Thread and sewing machine
1. For the bodice, measure your upper chest (around and under your armpits) and cut a length of fabric 1.5 times this length and 25cm (10″) wide. Similarly, for the sleeves, measure around your upper arm and cutting a rectangle of fabric 1.5 times that measurement and 15cm (6″) wide. Finally, for the elastic, cut two longer lengths for the bodice and 4 shorter lengths for the sleeves to a length that fits snuggly around your upper chest and your arms (not too tight and not too loose).
2. Fold the fabric in half and sew the raw edges together to create three circles.
3. Turn the edges up 2cm and pin in place.. This will create the tunnel for the elastic to go through.
4. Sew the tunnel 1.5cm (1/2″) away from the folded edge leaving a gap for inserting the elastic into.
5. Thread the elastic through the tunnel with the help of a skewer or stick.
6. Sew the ends of the elastic together and sew the gap in the tunnel closed.
7. Repeat Steps 3-6 for both edges of the bodice and sleeves. Once the elastic had been inserted, adjust the gathering so there is an even amount of fabric all around. Then pin and sew the sleeves to the bodice.
Wearing: DIY Top, Cecilie Coperhagen Skirt, Market tote, Shoes designed by me, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Sportsgirl Hat
7th July 2016
While researching my trip to Spain, I really wanted to get to the heart of Spanish culture and traditions, and what better way to do that than to understand more about local crafts? Basket weaving in Thailand and leather making in Italy certainly whet my appetite for this sort of travel, and when a few of you mentioned traditional espadrilles in my Spain tips post (this was a lifesaver guys!), I knew it was something I would have to learn more about! Luckily we spent enough time in Spain for me to visit two famous Espadrille shops – Antigua Casa Crespo in Madrid and La Manual Alpargatera in Barcelona. I even got to spend a little more time in La Manual to understand more about the process. Traditional craft at its finest guys!
HOW ESPADRILLES ARE MADE
Traditionally espadrilles were made entirely by hand although these days many of the processes have been taken over by machines. It’s a little sad because there is definitely something romantic about the traditional espadrille making process – think gossiping grandmothers stitching on the street and craftsman secrets handed down through generations from father to son.
1. The rope used for the sole of the shoe is spun from jute threads and then braided to give it extra strength. Espadrilles were named after the Mediterranean grass they were originally made out of but today the rope is made out of jute, a much tougher natural fibre from India.
2. The braided rope is then spun into the shape of a sole using a metal turntable or a sole template in various shoe sizes.
3. To secure and create the hour glass shape of the shoe sole, the rope is sewn together using an oversized needle and more jute thread. It is a process that requires a lot of manual strength to get the needle through all those layers of rope.
4. The cotton canvas fabric for the shoe is then cut out into their respective pattern pieces using cutters that can slice through many layers of fabric at once.
5. Finally, the canvas fabric is attached to the sole by hand using blanket stitches which both embellish and secure the shoe to the sole, especially around the toe area where more blanket stitches are made to reinforce the area.
You can read and watch more about the process here.
Perfect crafty chaos!
Oh and in case you’re wondering, these were all around 20 – 50 euros, so well priced you can’t help but buy a few pairs! 🙂