It’s no secret that I love picnics, foxes, cuddling in blankets, and felting. If these are a few of your favorite things, try this DIY picnic blanket! The project will take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your blanket and the number of foxes you decide to use. But it’s really cute and unique. Plus you get to stab wool with your needle, which can be therapeutical as well as rhythmical – the perfect activity for when you’re blasting your favorite tunes.
What you need:
- wool, wool blend or felt blanket
- pen (I used a trick marker)
- orange felting wool
- felting needle
- fox cookie cutter (mine is from Ikea, also available on Amazon)
- sponge (larger than the cookie cutter)
Start by measuring your blanket and deciding where you want to place your foxes. I made 10 foxes on three rows (3-4-3), but you can make the pattern however you want to. Mark the spots with a pen.
Start with your first marking. Place the blanket between the fox cookie cutter and the sponge.
Fill up the shape with orange wool. Start with a thinner layer.
And now for the fun part! Stab the wool into the blanket with your felting needle. Stab and stab and stab. Add more wool if and where necessary. You should get a relatively even surface. Stab a little extra at the face, tail, and legs.
This is how your first fox will look like, more or less. Continue making as many foxes as you want and you have yourself a cool new blanket! Come to think about it, this would also make a good baby blanket!
Gudetama lunch box available here.
These columns are rarely to be seen without fashion bloggers or brides being photographed. Truth be told, they’re a great place to take photos – the monotonous repetition, the tunnel perspective that’s still full of light, and, of course, the romantic look of it all. Today, I joined the ranks, just on the other side from all the other people. I have to say, my boyfriend is master of making places appear deserted in photos. Right next to this is the Alte Nationalgalerie, an art museum showcasing romantic and impressionist artists. We’re on a mission to visit and re-visit all the state-owned museums in Berlin (and the other ones, too, but that’s a different story) since getting yearly museum cards at the beginning of 2016. So far we haven’t done a very good job, but things are looking up!
When I decided I wanted a bike, about seven years ago, I knew only one thing about it: that it should have a front basket. The bike came first and my search for a basket followed. It wasn’t all that easy. Who knew you couldn’t fit any type of basket on any type of bike? Some years later, I got the perfect basket for my birthday, which I’m still using now. But it needed a makeover. It had a cross stitch fox on for almost four years now, but the thread was worn out and so was the paint on the wire. So I came up with the idea to weave the whole thing in wool. It’s very easy, although, I admit, it does take some hours to complete. On the bright side, you’ll have an awesome, custom bike basket in the end! Ready to get started?
What you need:
- yarn in colors of your choice (I used less than half of the amount shown)
- wool needle
- wire mesh bike basket (mine is from Decathlon)
Cut a long piece of yarn and thread your needle. Double knot the other end to the upper interior of the bike basket and cut off excess. Then simply go in and out with your needle until the end of the row. Just like regular weaving, simply pass the thread to the next row and continue.
When you almost run out of yarn, thread the needle again, and knot it to the end of the previous yarn. Continue as normal, making sure the knot goes on the interior of the basket. You can use the same method to change colors.
Continue to weave until you cover as much of the basket as you want. I chose a full stripe pattern, but you can also cover just part of the basket, or leave blank lines here and there.
I also wrapped the top of the basket in yarn and made a blanket stitch variation for the handle. That’s it!
I’ve been a fan of the trench coat for many years, and I simply can’t resist it, spring after spring. This photo of Catherine Deneuve (from the 1964 movie Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, just added to my watchlist) shows the trench in a perfectly simple and sophisticated manner, with pointy flats and the iconic black hair ribbon. Of course, I had to reinterpret it for modern day wear, for your entertainment and possibly inspiration.
Get the look: The Whitepepper trench coat + Modcloth flats + American Apparel hair bow
Lately, I became more interested in observing color and color combinations, and Clare Nicolson was someone who kept coming up in my Pinterest browsing. A brief google search later, I found out she’s a terrific product stylist, creating simple images that strike through the use of color. There is so much serenity in those dairy containers, so much femininity in the bright yellow tools! It’s inspiring me to want to do more with less, whether it’s the blog, my own home, or even my wardrobe.
You can also shop some of her paper goods here.
Unbelievably enough, a month has passed and it’s already April. But what I want to tell you about is not pictured here. Well, that’s not entirely true. See that photo with the orange house? Just minutes after taking that, around the corner, there was a bucket of paint falling from a construction site to the sidewalk. At that very moment, only two people were passing by on that rare sunny day in Wuppertal, and one of them was me. The other was by boyfriend, but I was the one taking most of the paint on my favorite coat, Pikachu backpack, my everyday hair and face, and my favorite shoes. Dear friends, if this ever happens to you, hose down your clothes immediately and don’t let the paint dry! Otherwise, you’ll lose your clothes to the paint. And, obviously, you won’t be able to take the outfit pictures you were heading to. Like, ever. Someone told us this is a once in a lifetime thing, so I’m hoping I won’t need to use my hard-earned knowledge in the future.