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Mystery wine tasting party

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Last year for my brother’s in law birthday we gave him a voucher to do a wine tasting night. Unfortunately he never got to use it. I must say I really dislike giving vouchers because then these things happen!

This year for his birthday we decided that since he did not get to go to the wine tasting night we would bring the tasting night to him!

I do not know much about wines so I went out to the internet to look for ideas.

I found on line this cool idea  about how to do a mystery wine tasting party.

The idea consists on inviting a bunch of people and ask everybody to bring two bottles of wine. Then you wrap half of the bottles of wine with little bags and stencil each bag with a different number. The other half of the bottles will be the price for the winner.Every body has to taste the wines. In cards every body has to score each bottle of wine. The wine that gets the higher score is obviously the most tasty one. Who ever has brought that wine is taking all the other bottles home!

If you want to find out more about this party check CB2 website

I actually modified the idea a slightly since we wanted the party to be his present.

I bought 6 bottles of wines and then I covered them with fabric bags that I made. Each bag had a number and then I had cards for each bottle asking questions about the wine.

Questions like: what does the wine taste of? where is it from? etc.. Each question had 3 options and in one of the cards I had all the answers.

Here are some photos so you can see the final product!

Recetas Urbanas

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I found this website on line and I have to say I am soooooooooooo impressed. Recetas Urbanas is a web site where you can see several projects that are being done around cities to make a better use of disused space.

For example I really like this project done in Sevilla. In the middle of the city of the Sevilla there was a building that needed to be demolished due to the fact that it was very old and dangerous for people passing by. The city council demolished it and then they put a wall around the area.

In situations like this plots around cities can be vacated for many years before something is decided on the future of the plot. In this web site they explain how this spaces could be used. People involved in the project demolished the existing wall, emptied the plot and placed temporary urban furniture. All this makes the space functional and usable for everybody!

It is interesting how in this project they used temporary objects such as  beacons filled with cement to secure pieces of galvanized steel used to make games and benches (finished off with train rail rafters cut longitudinally by Uncle Nonio). Together, these items ensure temporary character!

 

Vaugh Shannon

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

I really like the products that VaughShannon create. Vaugh and Shannon have a studio where they create functional products that integrate with their owner’s life style. Each of their products are full of personality, modern design, and high functionality!

I love this Coat Stand designed to look like a lamp

I love when designers are introducing a bit of our life into the design. This is why I like this coffee table with Dublin Sky line!

 

 

Camera runner

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

I decided on doing a photographic theme party for my husband’s birthday. He loves photography so I thought it would be very appropriate.

I thought it would be nice to have a runner made of cameras going along the table where we have our meal. I cut felt with the shape of cameras and then used the sawing machine to stitch them together. I did them in two colours and I did 4 rows of them.

This is a sneak pick on how they look like!

I am really looking forward for the birthday party now!

 

Recycle Art

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

If you have a bunch of things that you do not want any more, do not trough them away without checking this web site!

Recyclart is a wonderful website where you can get inspiration on how to convert your junk into art!

If you have a lot of corks from your wine drinking look what you can do:

Do you need some bird feeders?

A cool hanger!!

This one is specially for my sister in law! she really likes these shoes!

Leo Scarff Design

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Leo Scarff Design is a studio that creates lights, furniture and sculptural structures. I really like their designs they are modern and fresh.

Have you ever seen the colourful lights in the  lobby in Marks Spencer’s in Grafton street? they are responsible for that piece of art! I always liked them and I often wondered who made them!

Take a look to their web site they really have innovative design!

 

VISCA CATALUNYA!!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Scrap’s Wreath

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

I am sure that you have a lot of fabric left overs if you are doing a lot of sewing crafts.

In the blog Onelovelylife there is a cool idea to do something creative with your left overs.

 

Endesa Pavilion

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

I am planning a trip to Spain and I will try to pay a visit to the Endesa Pavilion.

The Endesa Pavillion,  is a testbed for informational grid technologies, driven and designed by the Institute for Advance Architecture of Catalonia and supported by ENDESA (Electricity company in Spain)

The pavillion is settled at the Olimpic Port of Barcelona on the score of the Smart City BCN Congress and will be there until the end of this year.

The structure is highly unusual because is designed to protect from the sun in summer and to have maximum solar gain in winter. This house is not only designed to consume less energy but to produce it is well. It has solar panels strategically placed to produce as much energy as possible. During this year it will perform as a meeting point for knowledge interchange as well as benchmark for smart grid technologies.

 

 

Barbecue on balcony railing

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

I found a brilliant gadget over the web. I know that perhaps I always try to make my balcony to be more than it can be. I would love it to be bigger, to be able to have lots of plants and trees, and how not to be able to host a big barbecue party.

So here I found a solution to my balcony barbecue problems!

It is called BBQ Bruce Handrail Grill and it is ideal for balconies! it is designed by Henrick Drecker and you can buy it here!