Thursday, 24 July 2014

Getting Organised

At the weekend we watched a documentary about tiny houses. I like the ethos behind this movement - a return to living simply in houses of around 100-400 sq feet. In a way I've inadvertently become a tiny-houser myself; our flat has basically three rooms, and I doubt it's more than 500 sq feet in size.

When you have two people living in a petite flat, it's pretty essential to keep it as organised as possible. Unfortunately the work I do means that I often have various piles of paper - reports, documents, books - taking up space on the coffee table. Not ideal! 

My solution was this cute fold-able storage box. Picked up for a fiver from Tiger's new-ish store on Tottenham Court Road (which, dangerously for my wallet, is walking distance from where I work) it's just the right size for chucking in those bits and bobs that don't quite have a proper place to be. As well as the fruity pattern, my favourite feature is that the box is held together by press studs - so when not in use, the body of the box can be folded down and fitted inside the lid. Neat, no? 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Easy Crochet Drawstring Sunglasses Case

Last week I met up with some crafting buds and did my first bit of crocheting in a long time. I don’t know what it is, but I just haven’t had any crafting mojo of late. Maybe it’s because the touch of yarn makes me feel a teeny bit grossed out when the weather is hot and humid… too warm! Get away!

Anyway, I decided it was about time I did something about my lack of a proper sunglasses case, since I’d been carrying my sunglasses around IN A SOCK since the start of summer. Yeah, I’m pretty classy.

I went for a simple two-tone design using some orange and mustard yellow yarn I already had in my stash, and crocheted a long rectangle, switching colours a couple of times. I’m actually quite bad with getting my US and UK crochet terms confused – I believe this is in UK double/ US single crochet. Once I had my rectangle to the right size (including an extra few centimetres to accommodate the drawstring), I turned it inside out, crocheted up the edges and flipped it the right way again. I then made a simple drawstring by crocheting a length of chain stitch, tying off the end and then weaving it in and out of the spaces in the top row.

I’m quite a slow crocheter, and this project only took me a few hours to complete and barely any yarn. If you’re looking for a quick, simple project to get your toe back in the crafting water – or even try crochet out for the first time - I’d definitely recommended giving a drawstring glasses case a go. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Roasted Baby Aubergines with Tahini Yogurt Dressing

In my humble opinion, baby vegetables are always superior to their full-size counterparts. ALWAYS. So when I spotted baby aubergines in my local supermarket, I need I had to make them into something delicious. 

You can find the recipe over on my food blog Whole Food Happy now.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Barcelona Part 2

Drinking: a cup of coffee with a good book on our little balcony, every morning before Ben woke up. Gin and Tonics the size of our heads at La Pepita. Little glasses of wine for €1.10, straight from the barrel at Bodega la Plata

Hanging out: at Parc de la Ciutadella, with the ducks and the chattering green parakeets. On the beach in Barceloneta (under a parasol!). At our apartment in Gràcia, a brilliant little 'barrio' in the north of the city. 

Reading: The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith and Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - perfect for a sun-soaked holiday.

Enjoying: the crazy bustle that is La Boqueria Market. People watching from a table oPlaça Reial over a glass of chilled white. Eating breakfast on our little balcony every morning. 

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