Category: D I Y

reading I cooking tip

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Today, I would like to share a very good reading/cooking book(s) tip with you!

As I told you in here, part of my ‘living alone (+my lovely husband) learning process’ was learning how to cook (even boiling an egg was a big challenge some time ago), so as a  good nerdy girl, I bought some books, of course… and started learning things!

Three of this books are today my ‘bibles’  not only because I use each of them at least once in a week but also because they are books from women who also cook in a marvelous way but who are first of all fantastic photographers and super conscient human beans.

Each one of this books reflects the life of the kind of woman I try to be: a talented professional, who uses her time and make her choices based on life quality and sustainable factors. A ‘super-woman’ (wooowwwww) who’s able to deal with every day tasks and also find time to prepare herself and her family a delightful, fresh and beautiful meal, photo shoot it beautifully, and share it with other talented fellow friends!

I am not here to ‘convert’ any of you guys into my ‘kind of’ cooking religion, but I am here to say: Hello! you don’t have to become a chef or a Mamma to cook good food! And you know what? You don’t have to be unable to even boil an egg just because you are a very talented and busy business woman! I mean: look the pretty ones bellow, take a deep breath and embrace all your super-woman tasks! You can make it…

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All this conversation makes me think about one of my very role-models: Ray Eames, the most talented artist who was also known for her marvelous dinners.

Great thing about this dinners? I bet the food was excellent… but they were not really about it, they were actually all about composition, colours, forms and smell mixtures.

A funny story about one of this dinners is the one about Ray bringing marvelous flower bouquets for dessert and warning her guests: You are not supposed to eat it! It is a visual delight… Enjoy it! I MUST write a post about it!

talk to you soon, and have a great weekend…

dp bye

D.I.Y. reading tip

If you also like to try some DIY projects sometimes, here is my reading tip for you:

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CUT is a magazine from Munich, and I cannot say if you will find it somewhere else! I know you may found it in Switzerland and Austria, but I am not sure about any other location… Even though it is a super tip… and I have to share it ( even if with only a few of you guys!).

Actually, that’s bull s***  because you can check the website! (I think I might be the only one around here buying magazines…jehhh)

The name of the magazine: ‘CUT – Leute machen Kleider’ means: ‘CUT – people making clothes’! And besides great ideas (not only about clothing) the magazine also brings great articles and three different cutting molds within every new edition!

Hope you all enjoy it!

Cheers,

dp bye

d.i.y. outside table + blackboard

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New piece of furniture… yeh !!! By now you may have realized nothing makes me happier than this kind of project right?!

But this one, makes me especially happy! First of all, because it was one of those things you just have to plan, because you have problems to solve… but in the end, besides solving them up you happen to have a nice piece of furniture to add some charm and character to your house! That’s what happened here!

So… To start this conversation, we have to go back a little, and remember the time we had only a balcony and a table (and of course a pair of chairs)! Sounds good…sound enough… But actually wasn’t good enough! Pretty much because, we were out of options back there.

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Our table was beyond small, and we were always coming in and out of the kitchen during our meals because most of the time we had no room to place the food or the beverages. What leads us to problem number two: once the table was there, it was pretty hard to walk around, because our balcony is not that wide, and our old squared table took almost all of the space… So we were always turning the table upside down as you can see to make some space… or during the winter when the weather is pretty bad, just to save the table.

Back there I was really pissed off, because I hate this kind of situation! I hate half solutions…I wanted a table that could be there during summer and winter time…I wanted a table I could pass by whenever I needed to… I needed a table to make my balcony prettier and my life better!

It was natural to start thinking about a longer and thinner table.

Longer so we could have room enough to our plates, the food and some beverages, thinner because passing through is necessary most of the time. This new dimension also allowed us to think about having someone eating with us outside, what was impossible before.

Second new possibility:  use the table during a party, now that you can pass by!

So…we were thinking about this table for a while… and meanwhile we were also thinking about some kind of board to the wall behind the table. For a lot of reasons… but I can make it simple as that: The wall looked terrible, and we were not allowed to paint it as it is part of the facade… so we started thinking about an element to cover it. Something easy to attach and detach…  Maybe a green wall with some plants, or a big black-board where people could leave some messages during our parties or when visiting us, what sounds better when you think about winter time… And that makes you think: what about a green black-board? But that’s another subject…

Unless you decide to combine both problems into one solution!

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I mean: off course, after a while it was pretty natural to start thinking about a panel-table or table-panel… We developed some models, decided for a sort of navy wood, suitable for outside weather, that we would paint with green blackboard paint.

We spent a lot of time discussing details for a minimal but efficient fixation solution, we had this great idea of using magnets to make sure the folding parts would not be shaking and trembling when the table was closed…We made some tests to be sure about what would be the best hinge…

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It is a small piece of furniture, but it demanded us to think some details and solution, in order to make it look as simple as it actually is.

outst 004Basically you have two boards upon each other. The upper one is always fixed and the lower one that you can fold to have a table or unfold to have a big blackboard panel. Underneath the lower board it is another equal board, so when the table is open you don’t see the ‘ugly’ wall. Actually this extra board layer is embraced by two side bars, as tall as the whole set of boards. This tree hidden elements make the system stable, and preserve the fixation points which you cannot see, once the boards are placed upon it!

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I am super happy with the result! We already had some guests and I can tell you: All possibilities works!

We also had a storm a couple of weeks ago, and once the table was folded, the board was completely stable… We had a lot of windy rain but the magnets worked beyond fine!

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What do you think? Do you also like it? I think it is quite nice and charming… I love to post outside now that I have a lot of space and such a nice atmosphere!

Do you also have a piece of furniture that seemed to be nothing but a necessity, and ended up being much more than that?

I would love to hear about it, and to know about your furniture experiences!

lots of love

dp bye

d.i.y. modular shelves

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Hey guys!!! I am here to share a super easy d.i.y. project with you: It is a beautiful shelf made of wine boxes.

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Where did this idea came from? Well actually we drink a lot of wine around here, and it was a problem to find out what to do with the boxes soo… I am just kidding you! Actually we have this tiny little door in our living room who leads into this weird deposit room… ever since day one we were thinking over many different ways to magically make it disappear!

So, we live near a wine store and after a polite request of mine we could have the boxes for free: it was just a matter of patience to wait for the right boxes to come up… In the mean time we were studying many possible modulations for the shelves… until we decided for the composition you may see in this pictures!

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I love the result! And I also love to reduce, reuse and recycle!

Bisous,   dp bye

super easy D.I.Y. cup coasters

ald crafts 02This is a super easy DIY project! So I hope you give it a try!

The thing is: My lovely husband has this furtive habit (heheheee…): to bring home carton cup coasters from bars and restaurants.

What is wrong with that? Nothing BUT two little things: 1.: I had this super catholic education, and I really can’t help myself from feeling terribly guilty every time I see the coasters, and 2.: the fact that this carton things stink after some time (and ok : I understand it only happens because they are recyclable stuff… and they are actually meant to be thrown and taken away).

So, what about using some lovely fabric leftovers to cover the carton coasters?

Felt like a great idea that could prolong the coasters short life , minimize the smell problem and also help me hiding  the images that keep remembering me the coasters used to belong somewhere else…

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Would it take me a lot of time? No!!!

Would it take me a lot of work? No!!!

And what if I glued the fabric on the coasters, creating a waterproof layer between the stinky carton and the final extra absorbent fabric coverture?! (OK… now I am just kidding you!!!  I just wanted to make things as fast as possible: after all it was a prototype! And fortunately it happened to work just fine!).

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This project was so successful that I started gluing fabric to cartons regularly (I mean, what happens with your life when you decide not to have fun…), producing beautiful mouse pads, pan coasters, and also a coaster for our bathroom… I mean: why not?!?

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That is it… And I bet you must be looking for some glue and fabric by now, right?!

I Hope you are, and I wish you a good time and some funny results!    dp bye

D.I.Y. sunglass case

ald.sew 02Last week I had such a great time playing with my sewing machine! And I am very glad to share the results with you guys!!!

Here is the thing: I am freaking neurotic about some organization attitudes, and something that really nerves me, is to see my or someone else’s sunglass free-falling into the wildness of a suitcase, or lying around on the sand out of protection:

(seriously: last year I spent pretty much two weeks completely sad about a damage on my sunglass lens… in the meantime Jonathan had a lot of fun making jokes about it and telling me it was nothing but a lint … really mean!!! Then one day he took the sunglass from my hands, spat on the lens, rubbed it against his T-shirt – seriously – BUT I have to tell you the truth: he solved the whole situation! The problem is: I would never have the balls to be so aggressive with my very own belongings, so I’d better take good care of them!!! )

Both me and Jonathan have only big cases for our sunglasses,  really inconvenient to carry around, and we should not simply decide not to carry a sunglass case… (and by now you may understand what I mean, right?!).

So what better than a unique sunglass case, that one could definitely not live without? I could not think about anything else until I finally made it:

ald.sew 02aFor this project you will need nothing but some fancy textiles, colorful line (I love when you can actually see it), and of course, a scissor and a sewing machine! Actually you can also sew it by yourself, because it is a very simple project. And if you have an overclock machine, which is not my case, you can assemble inside and outside layers without borders and have a reversible case (I played with inside and outside colors, but unfortunately my case is not reversible…)!

dp bye

my living room project

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We live on upper floor, which is amazing because we have a high ceiling BUT… (oh f****** but) we have to deal with some tricky corners in our living room!

I am an architect, what means: a tricky corner is nothing but an opportunity to have a great idea and to create a unique space (ohhh, that sounds so pretentious… but it is not!). So from the first moment we found our apartment, it was obvious we needed a perfect piece of furniture for the corner represented below:

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The main idea was to have a long dining table  surrounded by a trunk and ‘shelf-benches’ . The goal was to make everything by ourselves, and of course: as cheap as possible!

E A S Y ! (oh sooo easy…)

So we bought 4 wood boards and (trying not to waste a thing),  developed a proper modulation, concerning always ‘the best’ ergonomic answer in combination with our drawing.

Here you can see the assembling plan:

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And the result (tadadada!!!), plus part of the assembling process:

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Total cost: CHF 800,00.

It took us two weekends to assemble everything… Fair enough!

dp bye

sewing

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Once upon a time … (OR just being realistic: ever since I found my 1914 15S singer) there was a beautiful young lady (once we are playing fairytale here…)  who was often seen around making some kind of art and definitely having a joyful time when ‘playing’ with this kind of pre-historical machine she has been given!

That’s me! Even better: That is my personal fairytale: The story about a magical place called ‘my corner’ the same place  you can easily recognise up there!

So far, my very preferred project was to sew coverture pieces for my bicycle!

Because besides modeling and sewing, I had a lot of fun stamping the fabric myself!!!

I mean:  I really love sunny days, but lately I also became a big fan of rainy days, they are perfect for you to immerse your(MY)self in this kind of projects!dp bye

color up your life

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Last year we bought an old bike at the flohmarkt, and I thought: “I can definitely improve it!”… So I made a sketch of the bike, disassembled it, cleaned and removed the old paint, repainted it with a lovely color, which suits me much better (heheee) and at last reassembled everything!

I must tell you: I am pretty talented for the job… but I have to admit: Even though I did my best (and my sketch really helped me with that) I had one screw left after the reassembling process, and I can tell you until today where it may be placed… what I can tell you for sure is that the bicycle is riding just fine, so… I assume it to be a successful project!

You should try coloring things up yourself one of this days! I would love to hear about someone else’s experience!dp bye