Home Tweak: Framed Textiles

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A couple of weeks ago while visiting a friend, I spotted a framed piece of beautifully embroidered cloth. It looked stunning and unusual, so I asked about it. Thomas said it was his grandmother's tablecloth that she made decades ago and it had a great significant for the family. Anyway, eventually it ended up with him, but it was so old and worn that it tore easily. In hopes to preserve it, his wife framed it for memory and now it hangs in their bedroom.

Isn't that special? So, if you have a favourite textile designer or pieces of fabric that are too precious to bin, or like Thomas, you're trying to keep a memory alive, you should frame those gems and let them be part of your home.

I'm planning to frame a very old tea towel that I never use in the kitchen, because it's too special:)

P.S: Here is a nifty tutorial, if you fancy trying it too.
P.P.S: Also, light bulb vases and Kilim rugs.

(Photos by/via John DerianOld Brand NewSTFHomepolishRebThe Wall Street JournalSF GirlApartment TherapyCheetah Is The New BlackMarcus DesignFlourish Design and Style and Inside Out)

Complimentary Colours

Okay, when you look at the art above, you probably think it was created using oil paints, right? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong! The incredible hyperrealist artist, Cj Hendry, used coloured pencils for every single one of those pieces. YES, pencils! (You’re reading this right). Supposedly, her pencils of choice are Prismacolor premier and Carand’ache Luminance...

Mind-blowing, isn’t it?

P.S: This...
P.P.S: And that.

(via Hither and Thither)

The weirdest (yet nifty) coffee balancing tip ever!

Monday, September 25, 2017

One of the reasons I've been limiting my coffee intake is hormones. Over the past few months, I've noticed that it doesn't work well for my skin and more importantly for my gut-health and my mood. But after a few weeks of very little to no coffee, I finally learned a trick that actually gives me the best of both worlds - the ability to enjoy my coffee without negatively affecting my hormones.

So what is the secret? Simple, from now on, drink a cup of tea (green or black) after your coffee. That is all!

According to Kate Callaghan, 'tea is a great source of the non-essential amino acid l-theanine, which has the ability to negate the cortisol-increasing effects of caffeine. Not only will this be better for your hormones, but you will notice improved mental focus and clarity, as well as a more sustained, calmer energy lift throughout the day, in contrast to the edginess, and peaks and troughs associated with coffee.'

Brillaint, isn't it? I'm still only going to drink one cuppa a day - it's a good compromise, don't you think?

P.S: Have you tried those yet? They are SO good!

(Photo by exPress-o. Tip via Sarah Wilson by The Holistic Nutritionist)

Human Dogs

Do you own a dog? If so, you're probably convinced that your pet has its own special personality, right?

Well, Alexander Khokhlov and his wife Veronica Ershova created a series to prove that dogs do so much more than just sit quietly, lie and bark on command. The brilliant pair wanted to showcase the human-like traits of different breeds and I think they totally nailed it! Cuties...

P.S: The happiest dog in the world!
P.P.S: And our Jenny :)

(via Bored Panda)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cheers to fall equinox, everyone! My favourite season is finally here:) What are you up to this weekend? It's been a busy week, so we are hoping for a very slow and eventless next two days. Wishing everyone a great time, I'll see you all on Monday morning, but before you start weekending, don't miss out on those awesome links below!

'Happiness is like keeping fit. You have to work out.'

How to work from home.

Those scones have been on my mind...need to make them:)


5 color palettes to try this fall.

If you could rid the world of one thing...what would it be?

This is too funny!

How to make simple your superpower.


The poem that understands what it is to be a teenage girl.

Let's stop feeling guilty about these 7 things. Yes!

It works so well!


I'm totally impressed. You?

A day in the life of a minimalists.

'The phone may not be the newest collaboration tool out there, but I was surprised at how effective I found it after a week of forcing myself to become more 'phone-prone'.'


And fancy a blast from the past?
- Seven years ago today.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

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This Week's Gems

Saucy little red dress...

How sweet is this whale necklace?...

Jazzy laundry bag...

For a pop of colour:)...

Totally need this kettle for my morning tea...

Green dragon cutie:)...

My dad would love one of those awesome tie tacks...

Apron perfection...

Such a gorgeous print...

A round basket for your fall scarves and winter hats...


What a cheery notebook!...

This sweater is a must...

Great everyday tote...

Fancy a pastel planter for your cacti?...


Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Nifty Book Tip

Thursday, September 21, 2017

What are you reading nowadays?

As soon as I finish reading a great book, I often want to dive into a new one straight away to keep the momentum. In those cases, I mostly look up what people around me read or check out amazon for the newest releases. But thanks to Julie, I recently learnt a very nifty trick.

What she does is after she finishes a great book, she checks out the accolades that are often found on the back cover of most books. Why? Well, those reviews are typically given by authors that write in the same subject or genre. So if you enjoyed the book you just finished, chances are you'll enjoy the one that the reviewer wrote too.

Pretty simple yet so brilliant, try it! Deal?

P.S: 10 must-read food memoirs.
P.P.S: And, tons more book-goodness.

(Photo by exPress-o. Tip by/via The Beauty in Simple)
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