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July 5th, 2014

Desktop make-over: Wild Young Thing

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Yes! These are coming back. Not on a monthly basis like they used to, but I love to give my desktop a make-over every once in a while so I might as well share the result. I kept this one very simple, but I love the contrast between the grey background and the pink type. If you look at it long enough, it sort of creates a soft neon look. ♥

June 29th, 2014

Take two

This past week I couldn’t help but feeling like I made a wrong choice. It lies in my nature to overthink everything, but this time something felt really wrong. My mind was filled with thoughts like “I should’ve stuck to my old domain, I liked it way better” and “why did I never start the cupcake related project I had in mind three years ago?”

Long story short: I decided to call quits on blogging over at lemoncakeparty.com and moved my blog back here, where I feel like it belongs. Also, I’ve been working all weekend on a new (and improved) purpose for lemoncakeparty.com and I’m very excited to announce that it’s ready to go live tomorrow!

Eek! As a jumpstart, here’s a small preview of what’s about to come:

Can you guess what it’s going to be?

June 26th, 2014

Light + Ladder

Something I really love during the spring and summer months is bringing fresh flowers into our home. For the past few months I was forced to keep our apartment plant-free because our cat (who was still a kitten back then) would try to eat them or push them off the shelves. Fortunately he’s grown a bit older and wiser by now, so I might make a small detour past the flower shop this weekend to get something fresh to brighten up our home.

If like me you’re really excited about decorating with plants, I’m sure you’ll love these planters available at Light + Ladder. Have a look:

The hex planters are definitely my favorites. How cute are those?! Here’s a lovely setup I found on Pinterest today:

Found here.

June 23rd, 2014

So, why did this take me so long?

I’ve been wanting to start this blog for more than a year now, but couldn’t make it to the finish line until today. Here’s why:

I am my own worst client.

I’m sure a lot of designers will agree with me: it’s really difficult to create something for yourself, thus being your own client. There are no deadlines, there’s no one to follow up on the progress and most important: only you decide whether the thing you’re working on is good to go or not. There are no budgets or time schedules involved. It’s finished whenever you think it’s finished, but it actually never is. It’s never good enough.

Or is it?

The result you’re seeing here lies far from the original design as I constantly felt the need to change every little detail. Should I go for a hand written logo or a font? Should it be more branded? Because that seems to be a ‘thing’ now. Reality check: I’m a person, not a brand. Should I make the titles bigger? Maybe there’s too much space in between the header and navigation, I need to take a look at that. Do I really need two sidebars? Of course I don’t, but it looks nice.

I think I made 10+ different design options and then decided to go with something else anyway.

What should I write about?

Some days I’m a hundred percent sure I want my blog to be solely about (digital) design and crafts. Other days I really feel the need for a space to talk about nail polish and Instagram is just not the right fit. I think I’ve figured it out quite well by now, but it’s just a matter of time before I paint my nails again and my mind’s changed all over again. Let’s put it this way: I’ll try to focus on (digital) design and crafts, but might throw in some lifestyle posts and updates on day to day life.

What’s in a name, right?

I wasted at least over half a year thinking whether I should stick to my old domain name or get a new one. I really urged towards a fresh start, but couldn’t come up with something I was happy with.

“Being busy” is not an excuse.

Nor something anyone should be proud of. I was always busy doing other things, thinking about 20 other projects which I would start but then never ‘finish’. Or doing laundry, for instance. Because hey, after I’ve tackled the laundry basket it’ll be gone forever! Let’s do that first! Wrong. Doing laundry is not as important as following your dreams. Nor is vacuuming, sweeping, watching yet another episode of Top Gear (guilty pleasure) or browsing Pinterest for an hour straight. I’m not encouraging you to quit on your household chores (or watching Top Gear, for that matter), but if you’re a neat freak like me it’s important to remember your priorities now and then. I’ll write this post now and clean out our cat’s litter box later.

So there you have it. Don’t waste so much time like I did. Get it done today, and finish it later. (Important lesson of the day!)

May 29th, 2014

Since there might be room for a walk-in closet…

We really love our duplex apartment, but it really lacks storage (after two years we still haven’t figured out where to store our vacuum cleaner), kitchen appliances (who needs an oven anyway, right?) and parking space in front of our doorstep (oh, the horror!) So for the past few months we’ve been talking about where we both want to live, whether we might be able to get a downpayment on a tiny home of our own or keep on renting for a little while longer and move to a different rental house or apartment

As we haven’t figured out where we want to live for the rest of our lives yet (um, I’m 23, that’s totally OK), we’re probably going to end up renting for at least 2-3 more years. So we’ve been home-hunting, even visited some, and chances are we might settle down for a small house just outside the city centre. And I’m not looking forward to the moving part at all, but with a little bit of luck we might be able to make room for a walk-in closet in our new home. Something I’ve wanted since – sort of – forever. (Doesn’t every girl dream of a walk-in closet?)

Of course I already started a new board on Pinterest channeling inspiration for our potential new (low-budget) walk-in closet and I couldn’t be more excited! Take a look with me:

The basics can be found at IKEA: Kallax shelves with inserts, Lack wall mounts and lots of clothes hangers. (1 / 2 / 3)

I’m dreaming of constructing my own clothing racks out of (copper) pipes. Seems like a doable DIY project to me. (1 / 2 / 3)

And of course, my walk-in closet would need the mandatory chair slash eye catcher. (1 / 2 / 3)

(I always wonder where people with gorgeous walk-in closets store their sweatpants and rainbow tees. Are they using a separate room for that, or what?! Can’t imagine my closet looking anything like that. I’ll probably end up owning an in-house 80s style thrift store instead.)

May 1st, 2014

That time life handed me lemons

And I decided there’s no better way to start this new blog off than with a post about – yes – lemon cupcakes.

 

April 27th, 2014

Affordable design #1

I love everything design, but most pieces I stumble upon are way over budget. €800 for a designer chair? €200 for a pillow case? Na-ah! So over the past few years I turned it into a challenge to find interesting pieces that do fit my budget. I present to you: affordable design #1. Five pieces at a time:

orphansocks

Snake wardrobe – €59,90

 

 
 
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