Hey to my five faithful readers!
It’s pretty obvious that I haven’t been able to keep up with this blog… I’m still so excited to share all my home decor and DIY projects as they come along, BUT the problem with interior decorating is that it’s a slow process. Like I said previously, we came here with nothing, and we’re still sleeping on a mattress on the floor. We don’t have a ton of money so every month is a new furniture purchase. I don’t always have much to say about those purchases because well… It’s a table.
I do find this blog to be a really fun and creative outlet during this crazy time so I want to maintain it somehow. So, with that said, I thought I’d shift the focus of the blog a little – or more just expand it.
Now, in addition to home decor and DIY, I’ll also be talking up my amazing neighborhood of Charlottenburg, our favorite restaurants and things to do, talking about Germany and German culture a bit more, my life here, etc. If there happen to be any expats out there that are reading this, or people who are considering a move to Germany, let me know if there’s anything that would be helpful to hear about!
I do have some really fun home decor projects coming up, and I will definitely post those as they come up.
I hope some of you out there will find this more interesting/entertaining.
And please, let me know what you think!
Clearly, I’m no good at consistently posting, but hopefully you’ll all stick with me. The weather finally turned nice here in Berlin and fixing up an entire apartment on a limited budget can sometimes move slowly. I can’t promise to post weekly, as of now, but hopefully you’ll still enjoy the content regardless.
Back in New York, when Hanno and I still lived in Harlem, we were huge fans of a little coffee shop called The Monkey Cup. The people there were always so friendly and they had the most amazing artistic talents, which were showcased on their chalkboard outside. They would even draw something for you on your bag, whenever your ordered a pastry. Hanno has talked about how much he misses his Monkey Mocha pretty constantly since we moved to Berlin and unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find a good alternative here.
For Christmas, I reached out to them about a potential Christmas gift for Hanno and being the wonderful people they are they sent us these amazing t-shirts to remember them by!
We loved them so much, that we wanted to show them off more than just occasionally wearing the shirts. Therefore, I decided to frame them and hang them in the kitchen so we can have a little bit of The Monkey Cup at home.
This is such a great idea for those cool t-shirts everyone has but doesn’t get to wear enough. And the process is so easy – see below!
- Frame with a mat based on the size of the t-shirt graphic
- Hot Glue Gun
- Cut the cardboard to the appropriate size for the frame. It should be slightly larger than the hole in the mat, but smaller than the frame edges, so it fits comfortably.
- You can attempt to fold the t-shirt around the cardboard, but in order to get the shirt to lay flat and still fit in the frame, it is easiest to cut the shirt. Make sure you leave some space to fold over onto the cardboard, however. If you are really opposed to cutting your beloved t-shirt, I have seen some DIY posts using canvases instead of frames where the t-shirt is simply folded back.
- Center your shirt onto the cardboard and carefully flip the whole thing over, without moving the shirt.
- Put a line of hot glue along the first edge of the cardboard, and fold the first edge of the t-shirt on top of the glue. Press firmly to make sure it sticks.
- Continue glueing the edges and folding the shirt over, trying to maintain crisp edges and keeping the shirt snug against the cardboard.
- Once all the edges are glued, go ahead and center the shirt in the mat and, if necessary, tape it to the mat to secure it.
- Place the mat back in the frame and voila! Adorable t-shirt becomes beautiful wall art!
We’re adding these lovely art pieces to our kitchen to keep up the cafe vibe – more pictures coming soon!
I hope you guys enjoy this post, and if you frame some t-shirts I’d love to see the results!
Thanks again to The Monkey Cup for the delicious coffee and our new kitchen decor!