My Mondrian chest of drawers

Mondrian chest of drawers, desk, furniture, painting, modern art, Dutch painter

Bonjour!

It’s now time for another Mondrian-themed project. And, for once, I’m talking biggish DIY, i.e. furniture up-cycling, with this Mondrian inspired chest of drawers.

When she was a child, my mum used to have a desk/chest of drawers which, I believe, was plain wood. When she was pregnant with me, she painted it with a lovely seaside scene and a rainbow. I used it for a few years until it made its way to the cellar, probably in the early 90s.

About a quarter of a century and several cellar-flooding events later, I decided to bring the furniture back from Paris to London to try and give it a new lease of life (although given it’s at the mercy of my children, I’m not quite sure how long it will last).

We (my partner and I) were faced with a colossal task, to say the least. The wooden feet and the backboard were rotten, two of the drawers were broken and the paintwork had seen better days, as you can imagine. There was no way I could salvage my mum’s art so I decided to go for something completely different.

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My Mondrian cake – recipe

Mondrian cake, modern art, Dutch painting

Happy Friday everyone,

I’m back with an exciting project. I was recently reading an article about the upcoming opening of two museums dedicated to French designer Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and Marrakesh. Apparently, six iconic Mondrian dresses had to be made again because very few original ones still exist.

I’ll spend a bit more time talking about Piet Mondrian in my moodboard post. But thinking about that dress brought back memories of a Mondrian cake, also based on one of the Dutch artist’ paintings, I’d seen on the Internet ages ago.

On paper, that Mondrian cake looked like…well, a piece of cake. It seemed like all I needed to do was cut bits of coloured sponge cake to the right size before sticking them together with chocolate icing.

Mondrian cake, modern art, Dutch painting

A long and winding road

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My little cardboard Paris – DIY

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To conclude my Paris memories theme, I’ve come up with this little cardboard Paris DIY that has also enabled me to recycle some old cardboard boxes – one stone, two birds  8-).

I was left with, at least, a dozen of these following the recent work we undertook in our flat. I was looking at them, fuming at the fact that I would be throwing away perfectly good boxes when I had this light-bulb moment.

As a kid, I would spend hours building things out of lego, paper or cardboard for my teddies and little figurines. I’ve always thought that this was funnier than actually playing with my toys.

They years may have passed but I still found out as enjoyable as ever to build these Haussmann-inspired buildings with nothing more than cardboard, a scalpel and some sellotape.

Weirdly enough, my kids seem very little interested in my little cardboard Paris. If I were to populate it with a few Smurfs and X-Men, they might be inclined to take a look at it…

little cardboard Paris, cardboard, boxes, dollhouse, Eiffel tower, Haussmann, miniature

Égoïste, Égoïste

I also had quite a bit of fun doing the gif above. A little homage to the Chanel advert from the eighties, remember?
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My mosaic tile cake – recipe

My mosaic tile cake 1

Salut,
To follow up on my Paris memories theme, I’ve come up with this mosaic tile cake. I first had the idea for this recipe weeks ago when I was…can you guess? Yes, when I was travelling on the tube in Paris. I’ve always loved tiles and started to think of a way of turning them into food. And, maybe for the first time ever, the cake turned out exactly how I imagined it 😎  .
My main concern was the “grouting”. But the black sesame paste saved the show. After that, all I needed was ready-to-roll icing and the right cookie cutter (that I bought online cheaply). And ta-dah!
Full disclosure: the pictures of this cake were not shot in the Paris metro but in my bathroom (yes, I’m obsessed with tiles).

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My crochet raspberries – DIY

Crochet raspberries 1

Bonjour, bonjour,
It looks like Spring is finally settling in here in London, so I wanted to share this fitting tutorial with you. Raspberries have started popping up on our grocery stalls. But if I buy a punnet now, I know it’ll be gone in no time at all (with the help of my two little Gremlins at home). Hopefully, these crochet raspberries will resist the test of time and greed.
I have very fond memories of raspberries from when I was little. If you’ve seen ‘Amelie’, you might understand why. I used to do exactly what the little girl does at the beginning at the film. I’ve always associated them with the end of school term, summertime and a certain cheekiness. Some of the fruit I ate was not always ‘legally’ acquired, if you know what I mean…
These crochet raspberries also form part of my latest Paris/childhood memories theme. I’ve just come back from a four month-stay in Paris, my hometown, with loads of ideas for recipes and DIYs, one of which will be about the Paris metro. So, stay tuned! Below are the instructions for the fruit.

Crochet raspberries 2

If you’ve done some crochet before, you’ll find this really easy. continue reading →
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