DIY: A messy version of a gallery wall

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I have a phobia of blank white walls, so I put up things right away and then I slowly change and add things. Since moving into our own place, I’ve been collecting pictures and frames from the charity shops in my neighbourhood. I like the mix of colours, the dirty, broken frames and the gems that are inside of them. I’m not too picky as long as it’s cheap.

I’ve been thinking of doing a gallery wall for a long time for the wall above the couch.

My favourite find is the needlepoint cock on the right. I love it!

I read about it on various blogs and there are lots of layouts (check out pinterest) and I quickly became overwhelmed. I wanted to make a nice wall, but I’m lazy. Most of the posts I read were about selecting matching frames, cutting mounts for the pictures, taping cardboard mockups of the frames to the wall before hammering in the nails, using a level to make sure nothing is out of place, etc. There are beautiful hangings out there, but I was looking for more of an an imperfect mess.

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Here are instructions for your own messy gallery wall.

1. Make a sketch of the layout you want on your wall. I had lots of frames and pictures that I had hanging around the house, some already hanging and some perched on the window sills and bookshelves.

2. Get to hanging. You can use a tape measurer for good measure (haha) or you can be like me and do it by eye. Make a lot of mistakes as you realise that you didn’t realise before you started hammering that the frames had their hangings in different places on the backing. So what if you put some extra holes in the wall?  You’ll bitch about it when it comes to patching them all up on moving day, but for now just cover them with your pretty pictures.

3. Make some additions or adjustments. My original sketch didn’t take into account that the pictures were placed slightly to the right so they weren’t centered over the couch. So I added another row on the left, turning a skinny mirror vertically and added an etching and a little painting I did one night when I was drunk.

Et Voila! A little bit mismatched and not totally straight, a pretty imperfect mess. I like how the vertical mirror turns the reflection into another picture. What do you think?



All Things Yellow

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I’m on the prowl for yellow things. If you come over one day, you may find these at home since I can’t get this colour out of my head.  Yellow is waking me up and shaking me out of my boots.  And these things are pretty cheap.

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1. Zebra Bathmat, H&M Home, £7.99

2. Lula Yellow Table Lamp, Habitat, on sale now £20

3. Hyfsad Yellow Bowl, Ikea, £10

4. Cotton Cushion Cover, H&M Home, £3.99

DIY: the neatest and easiest little notebooks in the world

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I love filling up notebooks with ideas, drawings, and photos and it makes it even cooler when I make the notebooks myself. These little ones can be used for anything: keeping passwords, shopping lists, or something more personal and artistic.

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These 10-page notebooks are really easy to make. I used a sewing machine to sew the pages together which makes it really fun especially if you want to make a lot of notebooks at once (great for gifts!) I sewed a bunch while listening to The Moth’s Radio Hour.


1 single A4 sheet of paper

one piece of paper that you’d like to use for the cover (I used a card stock of 220 gsm)

sewing machine

scissors or paper cutter

rubber stamps, washi tape, etc to decorate your cover

1. Take an A4 sheet of paper and fold it in half, than again in half and then again. I used a bone folder (you could use the end of a pair of scissors or some other heavy tool) to score the paper and make the edges nice and crisp.

2. Cut the paper along the middle vertical and horizontal creases to get four folded pieces of paper.

3. Measure and cut your cover so there is about half an inch around the edges of the white paper so it can sit nicely inside.

4. Sew the pages into the cover down the crease. This should be easy to line up the creases. I started a bit down the middle of the pages since I didn’t want to oversew and create two many holes in the paper.

The sewn bit looks like a scar!

5. The best part-Decorate your cover and fill up the inside!

If you don’t like the way the sewn cover looks, you can use washi tape along the spine to give it a nice look (and bit of added fortification).

There’s always time for a nice limonata

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Now that it’s April, the memories of summers in Italy come pouring in and unless I do something about it, I’m going to sit here on the sofa for the rest of the afternoon in an Italian reverie ignoring the grey clouds of London outside.

It’s time for a mint limonata.

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What you need:

A litre of water

A big lemon (or two small ones)

A sprig of mint (I used two)

2-3 tablespoons of sugar

1. Put a pot of cold water on the stove with the mint and bring to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, peel the lemon. Just before the water is almost to a boil, drop in the lemon peel. Remove the pot from the fire as it starts to boil.

2. Leave the lemon peel and mint to steep for about 10 minutes. Remove the mint and lemon and stir in the sugar. Allow to cool.

3. Once the tea has cooled, squeeze the peeled lemon. Serve and enjoy!

Forget the grey clouds, I can feel the summer on its way!