Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DIY: Wool & Yarn Storage Wall


Where do I like to spend my money mostly on? On food obviously and secondly, yarn. Glossy 100% mercerized cotton preferable!
In over the past years I have quite some collection of yarn and wool at home. I store them in laundry hampers (here) and baskets but they are overflowing and my yarn and wool desperately need a new place for storage.

I could buy a cabinet to store all my yarn and wool but I can also DIY one. Oh yes! And I didn't need any big construction materials at all. Here's my little creation of yarn and wool storage wall!

Time for a little DIY! It's been awhile. 

Waar gaat mijn geld het meest naar toe? Ongetwijfeld naar eten en op de tweede plaats, garen. Glanzend 100% gemerceriseerd katoen als voorkeur! En ik heb al vrij veel in huis en berg ze op in was- en rietenmanden (hier). Eigenlijk overal in huis vind je sporen van wol en garen en deze moeten broodnodig weer geïntegreerd worden in nieuw opslagplaats.

Een kast kopen als opslagplaats zou een oplossing zijn. Je kan er ook eentje DIY'en. Jawel! En je hebt niet eens zwaar constructie materiaal nodig. Hier beneden laat ik je zien hoe ik mijn berging voor wol en garen maak.

Tijd voor een stevig DIY! 

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A new home
No more overfilled cramped up baskets and laundry hamper. No more long lost searching. No more mixed up colors. Hello new storage home!
Where does my money mostly go to? Food. And yarn. And believe me this pile here is a fortune!
Wat do you need:
a pegboard // pegboard(shop) hooks // felt sheets (75x50x0,3 cm) // a pencil // a pair of scissors // embroidery thread + needle // a drilling machine + screws // any desired paint and decors to pretty up the pegboard (optional)
Inspired by
rainy days
My favorite days for all my yarn work and projects actually with a big mug of coffee/tea and movies and tv-shows. That`s how I want my yarn storage wall to look like, a wall of rain drops that carries my precious yarn and wool.
I picked a grey color felt because it`s neutral, easy to spot my colorful yarns and usually rainy days are grey am I right?

Here`s how you make these rain drop felt basket!
1. Fold the felt in double lengthwise, trace this folding line down with an pencil for extra guidelines and cut it in half with scissors.
Now you have two pieces of felt.
Attachment is not by glue
But with an easy stitching technique called the `blanket stitch`!
2. To create the raindrop basketsvyou`re going to attach both ends of the the felt patches to each other by blanket stitching. Again a really easy stitch yet stylish stitch too. So how much yarn do you need? Just wrap the yarn 2x around in widthwise around the felt, that you way you know you have enough yarn to work with.

3. Start by threading the yarn through the needle and send the needle on the inside of the felt and poke your needle through the felt and bring it back and put your needle back, but now through both felt sides through the same hole. Hurray the first stitch and attachment is made! On to the next stitch which is basically a repeat.
4. The distance between the first and the second stitch and the rest of course is up to you but preferable 1 cm to 2 cm should be fine. For the next stitch you`re going to bring the needle behind again and poke the needle through (both) felts and pull the needle through until the thread leaves a loop. Bring the needle through the loop (see b and c) from front to back before gently pulling it tight. Then repeat this step to the end!
Painting time!
Of course it`s totally fine to leave your pegboard raw and just the way it is but if you want to fancy it up like I did, then go ahead! Be free!

(make sure you have cover the floor/table with newspaper to avoid staining if you go painting)
Not entirely white (because paint ran out) but it`s pretty nice still.

The hanging part with the drilling machine. *gulp*.
Now this part is quite daunting since I am unfamiliar with a drilling machine so I drilled up my dad to do this part for me.
Dad did a wonderful job!
Almost done just attach the hooks into the holes. You can buy them at a hardware store or online like eBay. I got mine for free by the way! I went to a local hardware store but they don`t sell these shophooks normally. Instead they gave me 10 for free from their own store just to help me out! Super duper kind and my day was made
Coloring time!
With yarns and a bit touches of house decorating too. As you can see I went with a rainbow theme. Each rainbow color in the raindrops. Kind of poetic in someway.
This here is my little storage corner with all my craft essentials and I`m super happy with it. It just looks so organized! At least in my eyes.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Walkies with me in France | VLOG

Friday, August 4, 2017

My life in this trés Frenchy home


Summer 2017 started well for me because I packed my stuff and fled to France. With friends! And by car which was a long long car drive of 8 hours because we drove all the way from Holland to France which I need to applaud my friends a.k.a the drivers for and their amazing driving skills. I simply just don't have the confidence (yet) to drive 8 hours straight in an unknown land. Anyway we all arrived safe and sound in this small Frency town around called Ballan-Miré. #notparis.

And here's a little tour of our temporary home in France. 

Zomer 2017 begon best lekker want ik pakte mijn spullen in en vluchtte naar Frankrijk toe. Met vrienden uiteraard! En ook nog eens met de auto wat natuurlijk een ellenlange maar een mooi rit werd van 8 uurtjes. En daarom moet ik mijn chauffeurs a.k.a. mijn geweldige vrienden applaudisseren en hun rijkunsten. Ik en mijn minimale rijervaring hebben gewoon (nog) niet de ballen voor om in een wildvreemd land te rijden. We troffen Frankrijk heelhuids aan en we verbleven in een klein Frans dorpje genaamd Ballan-Miré. #notparis

Neem hieronder een kijkje in ons tijdelijk huisje in Frankrijk.

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This cozy country house/cottage in French style or horse stable which me and my friends beliefs that this house was used to be, is where we slept, eaten and swum during our week stay in France this summer! This house is located on top of the hills and it has a gorgeous view over the area. The house is also surrounded by large greens of grass, trees, wild flowers, horses and a donkey and of course a swimmingpool in the backyard!
If you ask me how do you relax in France? Well this is a good start if you ask me!
Bienvenue (bee-an-vah-noo)
And it means welcome in French!
The Upstairs
- Creaky old wooden staircase and floors with charisma.
- Antique furniture`s.
- A tv with DVD player that we never turned it on once.
- A bit muffy beddings but clean.
- Not enough hooks for clothes hanging.
- But most importantly it has WIFI!
The second floor which is a bed-, sit and workroom in one basically where me and A. did our sleeping.
Dusty? Quite yes. Homey? Absolutely!
The Downstairs
- A kitchen with pans, plates and devices for surviving. All stored in antique cabinet.
- A bathroom. Small but functional with clean towels and most importantly straight hot water from the shower/tap.
Here too I miss hooks to hang my stuff up. Hooks are LIFESAVERS guys!
- A separate toilet.
- Another sitting area that also leads to the backyard and swimming pool.
Once we arrived we basically filled the whole kitchen with our groceries and stock up that we did before ha.
I`ll admit this kitchen is quite lux! Not only has it got the basic essentials like a fridge and a kettle but also it has an oven and a dishwasher, wowie!
The bad news is that the dishwasher broke down. The good news is, it got replaced straight away the next day with a new dishwasher! Go landlord!