{DIY Madness} Book Clutch

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Finally I challenged myself and made the book clutch project!!

book clutch DIYThis is not a tutorial, because all the props go to SeeKateSew and her amazing tutorial. However, I wanted to give you a little inspirations and a few pointers along the way. In the end I did not only make one for my friend, but even one for myself! Love it so much!! Though I should warn you: The project is still on the more challenging side of the doability-of-DIY-scale :)

What you will need:

  • old, leather-spine hardcover book (I got mine from a wonderful project here in my university town, where people can donate their books by just putting them in a glas-fronted bookshelf outside the townhall so that everybody has access any time of the day)
  • approx. 50cm long zipper (length depends on the size of your book. it should go around three sides of the book)
  • half a meter of fabric (preferably in a colour found in the spine)
  • a cutter
  • sewing machine (unless you want to do it by hand which is fine too)
  • yarn in your fabric’s colour
  • fabric glue (or E6000 if you have it on hand)
  • half a meter heat-n-bond (known in Germany as Vliesofix)
  • iron

book spine book clutch DIY

When you are following Kate’s instructions, be aware that you might want to use clothespins as glue clamps and use heat induced glue for your fabric insides as well.

 

insides book clutch DIY

Also I regret I didn’t sew a credit card and mobile phone pouch to each sides of my insides, but you can think about that now!

And please open your windows when working with the glue! The fumes are just unbearable for your body.

Happy DIYing!!

 

 

Carrie’s Poem – A wedding reading {thoughtful}

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Isn’t it weird that Carrie Bradshaw wrote one of the most beautiful wedding poems I have ever read for a couple she barely knows and likes in the series?! Anyhow here it is:

Carrie's Poem - A Wedding ReadingP.S.: The background is a photograph of the magnificent ceiling of the cathedral in Aachen where King Karl was crowned. It’s just a mere 1,5 hrs via train from Brussels, so if you have time, definitely go and see it in all its glory yourself!

 

Monsters by Abby {In my ears}

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Probably the best concert I have been to in years!

Abby rocked the stage and impressed all of my friends with their instrumental skills, their passion and most of all with the fact that EVERYTHING is self-made. YES, he just played the flute to create this sound; YES, he just played a 3 minute cello solo and YES, he is barefoot and switches all the keys with his toes. Tilly is absolutely incredible on stage and you can see in his movements and strokes just how absorbed and passionate he is for the music they make.

You might know their hit single Evelyn already, but I’d love for you to listen to the whole album Friends&Enemies. But first we start with Monsters:

Just a couple of days after the concert I found out that they are going to be BIG this year as their single Again is going to be on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack! How unbelievable is that?! Five German guys practically in an American blockbuster! So glad I saw them in such an intimate setting!!

Buying art online: The Tappan Collective

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As I grow older and wiser I start craving art more and more, also the possessing it myself part grows bigger itself. Not being able to afford well-known pieces yet I turn to artist’s own websites and shops, etsy OR well curated online galleries such as The Tappan Collective.

They present the pieces in a wonderful manner and you get to know the artists by browsing through articles and blog posts. They have large paintings, small drawings, photographs… some very affordable, some a little less affordable.

Loving right now:

Against the Odds by Heather Day

heather day.ato_orHemlock by Stevie Howell

Steve Howell_HemlockNathalie by Gia Coppola

natwebGia Coppola_Nathalie

 

 

Londinium {literally}

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I’ve been to the Museum of London again recently and for the first time ever (and I’ve been MANY times because it is one of my favourites) I noticed poems about London at the end of the Roman era exhibition. The poems were written by young people from the Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health and they all tried to draw a reference between Roman life and modern city life. I loved the one below particularly.

Londinium

Witches by Steaming Satellites {In my ears}

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Who would have thought that this small university town of mine could bring so much joy to my musical heart?!

Last month I saw Steaming Satellites  live and was so bummed afterwards that I didn’t bring enough money to buy their album!!

From their sound you wouldn’t guess that these guys are from Salzburg in Austria. They make fantastic electric, synthie rock. Listen to “The Sea” too!

Caitlin Connolly {artist}

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So I bought a little (super affordable) piece of art the other month for my study. Originally I wanted to hang it among my other pictures on my gallery wall, but it just spoke to me so much that I knew I had to hang it on its own right where I can see it.

Caitlin Connolly draws very empowering pictures of women with their very specific ways of thinking, paths of life and problem facing. She has a very distinct stroke and to me it seems as if Caitlin can actually draw words and bring them to life.

This is the drawing I bought:

Caitlin Connolly pioneering a path

Unfortunately it is already sold out, but you can get more beautiful pictures directly from her here.

The Fall by Rhye {In my ears}

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If you haven’t watched a great music video lately, one that tells a story, then this is for you!

Rhye is an american two-man band consisting of a Canadian and a Danish singer. Yes, male singer. At first I wouldn’t believe it either because of that angel-voice, but I researched, so trust me. Rhye have released their first album ‘Woman’ in March 2013 and it is all beautiful and absolutely perfect for drinks and dinner, too!

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