Lovely friends Lovely Upcycled Gifts – Grocery bag container

My significant other and me, we like to invite friends and family for dinners, drinks, BBQ’s, more food, drinks (Muhaha) and most of all some quality time together. We don’t like to admit it but we too are getting older, so in-between work, more work, conferences, more work and household shores there doesn’t seem to be much time left. Going clubbing, partying and pulling an all-nighter with friends, like I used to do when I was younger doesn’t seem to be my cup of tea any more. But now more than ever I realise that friends (and then I mean real friends) don’t come around so often. So you have to take care of the friends you’ve got and love. Without getting to sentimental about the necessity of a good friend, just remember to never take them for granted.

That is why from time to time when we get invited for dinner @friends I like to make them a personal gift. Like I did a while ago for S and T.

S has known my fiancé (yes, I’m getting married next year, really getting serious now hehe) since college. So they go back a long way. T is his girlfriend and she’s super sweet and a really nice person. They recently moved to an other apartment and I wanted to make something usefull. I made a bag to hold all their plastic grocery bags they have laying around the house (In Belgium we still get a lot of plastic grocery bags and especcially when you go shopping for clothes etc.). You put them in on top (there’s an opening) and you simply pull one out when you need one (on the bottom you have an other hole with an elastic).

I had a curtain that I once bought @Spullenhulp for 2,5 euros. And I made 5 (!) bags out of it!

I really hope she likes the gift! But she said she did like over 4 times so I guess she liked it 🙂

Et voila, some pictures. Sorry, they suck I know. They aren’t the best I’ve ever made but I had to hurry cause the bag was finished just in time.

Would you use this? Let me know and maybe I’ll make one for you!

 

 

 

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3 Day Trip to Paris

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A few days ago I took the Thalys in Brussels and headed off to Paris. A friend I hadn’t seen for ages ( I met her during my Erasmus @ Lille) now lives there, so I couldn’t wait to visit her! And lucky me, I also got to see Charlotte. Who lived and worked in Paris for the last 3 months, how cool is that.

SO Paris, is there a city more romantic 🙂 ?  I adore the architecture, the small coffees I can enjoy while watching stylish people passing by, the Eiffel Tower… and ‘les friperies’. Because when I’m in Paris = I have to do some shopping :). As you might know Paris has a lot of cool vintage shops! Some are rather expensive, others are cheap. Check out this map I found when doing some research on where to shop in Paris or this map by Charlotte.

I didn’t have so much shopping time, as I was mostly there to visit my friends. But still managed to visit 3 shops in the price range I was looking for.

1. Kilo-shop in Le Marais:

You actually pay your clothes by weighing them (how cool is that). I liked the store but it was CROWDEDDDD jeeezzz. So I didn’t spend so much time in this shop and sadly didn’t buy anything. I visited this shop with lovely Charlotte and some other friends of her. One friend found a very nice sweater for about 15 euros. Which I though was quiet expensive but overall: nice shop, lot of people, try going there on a workday.

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This one I went to on my own. I liked their selection. It was also crowded but seeing it was a Monday, I could move around easily. Tried out a lot of dresses (OEPS didn’t take any pictures 😦 ) but didn’t buy them.

3. Guerrisol:

Otherwise know as the least expensive shops of them all! Prices ranges from 3 to 25 euros. But you have to look carefully. And go through piles and piles of clothes… I found a nice cardigan and top for: 6 euros. So if you have the time and you can handle some strange smelling clothes from time to time than be sure to visit one of there main shops.

Can’t wait to go back to Paris! But maybe this time I will convince my significant other to go with me and have a nice romantic weekend together in the city of love…

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When I got back after 3 days, my little ‘Fluffy’ (cat number 1) and ‘Sisken’ (cat number 2, here below) clearly showed my that I had been gone way to long :p …..

See you soon!

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