Saturday, June 23, 2018

DIY: round straw bag


When it comes to trends in fashionland I do not always follow them.  I think this is one of the perks of getting older and growing wiser and be immune for fast-fashion. That saves me some money too! But sometimes there are good trends that you want to be part of the trend-bandwagon. Like this round shaped straw woven/rattan bag that I've been seeing around social media. I have to admit it's cute!
 And I want one.

Too bad the ones I find in stores are pretty (over)pricey. Since I refuse to pay for an overpriced bag I've decided to DIY and made my own and you can too! 

Wanneer het op trend aankomt in de modewereld volg ik deze niet altijd. Een voordeel bij het ouder worden denk ik en waarschijnlijk ook wijzer en steeds immuun ben voor ' snelle-mode'. Ook goed voor m'n portemonnee. Maar soms zitten er goeie trends bij waar ikzelf graag gezien mee wil worden, zoals deze rond geweven tassen van riet of rotan. Deze zie ik veel in sociale media en toegeven het is best cute en ik wil er een. 

Ook toegegeven is dat deze tassen best prijzig zijn. Ik weiger dan ook eentje te kopen en in plaats daarvan heb ik eentje handgemaakt en jij kan het ook doen!

You`ll Need
2 woven straw/rattan coasters -- linen cloth -- (nautical) thick rope -- cotton thread -- a button -- a needle - scissors -- a pen -- braided cord -- measuring tape line
little math
To cut the right length of the linen cloth we need a little help of math. Cut ¾ length of the coasters circumference. So let`s first measure the circumference of the coasters with a measuring tape - mine is 94,25 cm with a diameter of 30 cm. Divide this by 1⁄4 and you`ll have: 23.56 cm. Then you deduction this from 94.25 and you`ll have the length of: 70.69 cm which is the length you`ll be cutting. If you want to have a wider opening in your bag just shorten the length (mine went down to 62 cm eventually). Then the width - mine is 10 cm. Depending on how much storing space you want, you can decide the with. Just don`t make it too wide or you`ll have excess cloth underneath hanging loose.
& hem
Once the linnen piece is cut, hem the short edges with cotton thread and needle, leave a long tail and tuck and secure this long tail inside the hemmed part.
& attach
Cut off a long piece of cotton thread, about twice the length of the linen. Blanket stitch the long edge of the linen to the outside ring of the coasters until everything is sewn on. Personally I find it easier stitching when the coaster is standing up.

Attach the second coaster on the other side of the edge the same way as the first coaster.
& unravel
Unravel the end of the rope to get separate tiny threads. Pull these tiny threads through the separate holes of the coaster tie a double knot on the inside
to secure.
& closure
Place the button on the outside of the coaster and sew it on. Use any desired thread/cord/rope for the closure strap. Measure this strap with the length that is long enough to extend from one side of the coaster to the other side. Make a loop and stitch and sew it on the coaster.
& done!
Well done you have got yourself a one of kind Summer bag!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How to cozy up your bunk bed

Guest bunk bed
At our home we have a guest bunk bed, specially made for stay over guest(s). And that is super convenient because right now I have family from the US coming over here in Holland for holiday. My US-family could book a hotel and spend money on accommodation, but they are family and my door is always wide open for family members and so we offered a sleep place.

Here`s how I cozy up a bunk bed and making it comfortable for sleepovers.
Hygiene is key
I think everybody loves to sleep in a nice clean bed right? For guests and especially family who are staying over I find these fundamentals extra important. I want for them to make their sleepover feel like a hotel stay. And it starts with hygiene and so I cover the mattress with a mattress-protection and on top quality bed sheets.
`Swisstech` Mattress protection
Since we really can`t wash a mattress use a mattress-protection cover! These are totally washable and safe.
Next: cute bedding
"chunky knit"
Or should I say soft bedding because these duvet cover with big yarn prints are asking for sweet dreaming.
Final cozy touches
Perhaps not necessary but I just love little knick-knacks. Here are my extra add-ons for an extra cozy bunk bed:

- paper garland
- ambiance making (Christmas) lighting
- books
- music
- and of course a power socket

Friday, June 1, 2018

A Day in Ghent

This is Ghent
(and this is Bruges)
Another city trip to Belgium and this time it`s Ghent! The last time I entered Belgium was when I visited Bruges with A. which I written a blogpost about it. If you need any Bruges trip tips, feel free to check out my Bruges-blogpost then! If you feeling more Ghent-ish then please continue scrolling down. Again, one of the perks of living south Holland is the quick access to Belgium. For me it only takes less then an hour to reach Ghent by car.
-5° Ghent
Summer is around the corner and by now you should know I`m a slow blogger. Me and A. were in Ghent during the Winter time and it was minus 5 degrees Celsius. My scarf and thick coat should give you the hint anyway. Anyway! It was pretty cold but the sun was shining effortlessly that day and that makes me and A. a happier travel person too!
This picture looks like Summer doesn`t it? But really it was -5°.
Food time!
Het Moment ❤ 4/5

“Where shall we eat?!”
We asked a local Ghent-person (a saleswoman from &Other Stories - love this store) for a hotspot tip and we were send off to `Het Moment` which means The Moment
in Dutch.
Our lunch:
1 cappuccino
1 matcha latte
1 vegetarian quiche
1 Soup of Day (tomato soup)
The old building and interior: love!
Happy! Our first shot of caffeine of the day. The matcha latte was ok, could be much bitter as always.
City Pavilion
Giving a nice contrast between ancient and modern. And look it`s Chinese New Year themed too!
When on holiday and I go shopping I try to avoid the big chains stores and visit small boutiques or shops that I don`t go too often because we don`t have that particular shop nearby.
Coffee break

We Continue
At Sissy-Boy
Pretty shop interior!
Testing my pancake-lens.
Hungry again
We keep walking until the sun sleeps
The center area of Ghent is pretty much one attraction itself with the pretty old style buildings, houses, street art, green and clever architecture. If you are a history-culture seeking nerd like me, then you probably wouldn`t mind to walk the streets of Ghent back and forth walking two or even three times more of the same street.

Fort Gravensteen

Lekker GEC ❤ 4/5
I`m a pescatarian (half vegetarian that still eats fish and dairy) and my friend A. is a flexitarian (pretty much eats everything but consciously) and for dinner we decided to go green fully. Lekker GEC is the perfect place because it`s a 100% vegetarian based restaurant.
Some of the dishes are vegan too.
Lekker GEC is also a buffet restaurant. Pretty awesome right, a vegetarian buffet restaurant. I haven`t seen many of these specific restaurants before. So at Lekker GEC you basically scoop up your plate with food and at the end your food will be weighted to determine the price.

I had: cold rice salad, cauliflower salad, vegetarian meatloaf, beet root and parsnip puree. My total damage was: €6,15
But if you`re not feeling for the buffet part, you can still order off the menu. Like French fries with veganaise!

(goodnight Ghent)