Christmas DIY ideas and my selection of ugly Christmas sweaters

Long time, no see! I know I’m a lousy blogger, ain’t I 😉
I have been super busy trying to get my house a little less ‘wow-a-bomb-just-exploded-here’ and more ‘OK-people-live-here-and-the-mess-makes-it-rather-cosy’. But to be honest, I failed the moment I started opening up some boxes stuffed with Christmas decorations :p . See, I kind of get carried away when decorating for Christmas. I even bought my significant other some Christmas suspenders in the local thrift shop. But he refuses to wear them 😦 . Definitely need to convince him, cause they are überfancyschmancy. I’ll try to post a picture of him wearing them 🙂 . You might have guessed but I am so in to Christmas that I even have my very own selection of ugly Christmass Sweaters. (well that’s debatable you know, I think they are cute) I found them in vintage shops and charity shops in London:



The last one almost makes me feel like a Christmas present. Do you guys have Christmas Sweaters? Let me know and send my a picture 🙂

Following days will be filled with even more decorating :).  I’ve looked up some nice ideas on Pinterest to upcycling red flannel shirts I have lying around.  I think I will try to make the table decorations here below.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the other ideas, the candles look super easy to make (with some mason jars) but look so great!

I’ll show you the results soon…


credits: all links available on PINTEREST


SECOND HAND SECOND LIFE 2013 – défilé Petits Riens/Spullenhulp

Friday I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in aaaages :p. We both share a passion for vintage, thrifting, fashion, upcycling and DIY so evidently she would be my date to SECOND HAND SECOND LIFE, a fashion show organized by Spullenhulp (otherwise known as Les petits riens). Apart from the fact that this would be a glamorous evening and we were about to see a lot of cool design, we were pleased to know that by attending we supported the mission of Spullenhulp. As all of their profit is used in the battle against poverty and exclusion in Belgium.  (So go buy or donate some stuff in their second hand shops!)

Spullenhulp organized this event for the eleventh time (!). They asked fourteen designers to go through the donated clothes, items, accessories … of Spullenhulp and create a mini-collection. During the show we got to see a live performance from ‘SOLDOUT’, I liked it very much and made me think a little bit of ‘vive la fête’. After the show they auctioned of one silhouette of each of the designers.

I found the collection of Brunel Mintona very wearable and really liked his jacket with sparkly studs. (pictures by catwalkpictures)

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Max&Lola created a unique collection for little girls. I know that when my significant other and me have a mini-mi, she would definitely like the reversible jackets they presented.

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pictures: elle belgique/catwalkpictures

Eduoard Vermeulen for Natan (no offence, mister Vermeulen) let me down a little bit. I thought his collection was nice but it didn’t have a wow-factor. The only dress I liked in his collection had a sparkly top with long sleeves and a black shiny skirt that was shorter in the front then back.


The other designers were: Black balloon, Atelier Marchal, Elvis Pompilio, Gioia Seghers, Marius Pompon, Monsieur Bul, Nuage d’Automne, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Team Petits Riens, Tom van der Borght, Versa Versa by Sinead Shannon-Roche. Check out the Spullenhulp Facebook page or this guys youtube page; to see the designs in action.

In addition to the fashion design there were several (interior) designers that collaborated with Spullenhulp to create some mindblowing furniture and interior accessories. These creations were also auctioned.

I personally adore the fruitbowl made by Evy Puelinckx, het vindingrijk. It is an amazing upcycling project. But she’s a pro at it. She published her first book full of upcycling projects. I bought it the day after the show. And best of all, she was so nice :).

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Other crazy designs were this lampshade by Waste’up, made out of plain magazines and iron wire (say whaaaaat!) and another lighting project from Nicolas Destino, made out of an old coffee can.


A project I am definitely going to try is the rug made by Louisa Made.line.


Other designers were: Atelier Dynamo, Camille Carpentier et Florence Beaurepaire, Couleur couleur, Dirk Wynants, Gauthier Poulain, Géraldine Calbert & Hopop Studio, Isabelle Azaïs, Ognev Vlaminck, Sidonie Panache, Tamawa, Twodesigners.

In total SECOND HAND SECOND LIFE 2013 collected over 30.000 euro by auctioning all of the designs! This year’s profit will help to finance the new Spullenhulp warehouse. Each year more than 8 ton donated items will be sorted and dispatched from this warehouse. This will create over 250 jobs for persons with disabilities.

I was super enthusiastic to see that they created an actual pop-up store during the event. I’m already addicted to normal charity shopping, so you can only imagine what this would feel like (kid + candystore and high screaming sounds). We spotted some really cool stuff! Sadly I didn’t find anything that fit me, but my friend found some fancy new boots from DKNY!

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Needless to say we had a wonderful time! It was an inspiring evening where a lot of ‘upcycling’ designers got to show off their creativity and skills!

Do you want to support Spullenhulp? You can donate the items you no longer want or need, or you can buy some new outfits in their shops. Need a shopping buddy, let me know!


Pinterest Passion


Want to know where I get a lot of my inspiration?

I read too many blogs and spend way too much time on pinterest.

As a result I have a big list of ‘wanna-try-projects’. This bucketlist will appear soon 🙂 no worries!

Do you have some kind of a bucketlist? let me know! or write a comment below!