Category Archives: DIY & shopping

Collapsable dog bowl and other must-haves while traveling in 2013

Living as non-stop-travelers we are always looking for cool items that either make it easier to pack or more fun to be on the road. Designer Tory Burch, known for her preppy-bohemian clothes with a luxury vintage feeling, has included in her latest collection some awesome travel accessories that will make your companions green with envy. Here are our three favorites:

BackgammonMade out of canvas and leather, this foldable Backgammon set doesn’t take much space in your luggage. A perfect game to bring along and play whenever you have a dull moment at the airport. Make sure, though, that the guy in the next seat is also a Backgammon lover or exchange (seats we mean, not games).

Jewelry case

Packing jewels can be difficult but this petite case makes it easy to bring your favorite accessories wherever you go.

Of course, our beloved Sam also wants to travel in style. With this collapsable water bowl our cute pooch doesn’t have to be embarrassed because he is forced to drink from public fountains.

Happy New Year from Sam and the dunes!

Vintage bargains in Las Palmas

Vintage stuff

Beat Vintage is a great (but expensive) second-hand store located on Calle Presidente Alvear in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. It’s a small shop literally packed with cool retro clothes, sunglasses, shoes, etc. This time I (Hanna, Alex is in Washington, remember?) couldn’t resist two stylish wallets from the ’70s and a “golden” bracelet. Detachable collars were definitely the catch of the day and one of them I tried to give Sam but he refused. “I don’t take bribes,” he said.

“Eh, you shouldn’t have…”

For Sale – one of a kind bracelet!

DIY friendship bracelet for sale

DIY friendship bracelet for sale

Sorry to say but the t-shirt necklace we showed here on the blog a couple of days ago was not our last “do-it-yourself” project. Yesterday, I (Hanna) bought some more material and at the end of the day I had made myself a new bracelet. In case you would like to buy it, here is the price based on my supply trip (no profit, of course).

– Yarn (mustard yellow and turquoise): 3 euros (the wooden pearl is my treat)
– First taxi ride: 68 euros (no time to take the bus since Sam was impatiently waiting for me to get back home)
– Snack: 2.50 euros (peanuts and a soft drink to be more specific)
– Second taxi ride: 73 euros (5 euros more expensive on the way back?)
– Two glasses of wine: 6 euros (Hey, try going shopping by yourself…it’s not that fun…)

Total sum for the bracelet = 152.50 euros (195 USD)

– Discount: 2.50 euros (thinking of it, I’m having peanuts and soft drinks every day anyway)

Total price: 150 euros (192 USD)

First come, first served.

Sam has already ordered himself a fancy DIY leash

Sam has already ordered himself a fancy DIY leash

First (and probably our last) DIY project: “Recycled” t-shirt necklace

While Alex is in Washington, I’m currently staying in Gran Canaria taking care of Sam. Since I forgot nearly all my accessories (or maybe because I’m just generally bored), I decided to make my own necklace from an old t-shirt. (Well, now I actually went to a store and bought myself a brand new t-shirt but I have to say “old” otherwise I cannot call it a recycling, eco-friendly project).

The whole idea might sound a bit crazy but if you look around you will see that there are tons of inspirational DIY videos and bloggers showing how to make these type of necklaces (see I’m not the only lunatic out there). Basically, it just takes an hour (excluding all the time it took me to find the damn t-shirt in the store). 

1.Lay the t-shirt flat and cut 1-2 cm strips. Pull and stretch each strip so they become long and thin.

2. Use a bit of left over fabric from the t-shirt and wrap the strips together.


Travelling in a material world


Travelling throughout the world, we tend to buy different things in different places. (Hey, what do you expect from two wanderers who have very little else to do?) Here are some goodies that we brought with us from our latest trips: a goddess statue from Gran Canaria; a round metal lamp from Agadir; and candle holders (we can’t recall where we found them). You might call us materialistic but these things (that are not necessarily expensive) truly feel great to look at, long after the trip is over. If you think that we are shallow, well, then you should take a look at Sam’s porcelain dog collection; your grandma will be green with envy!

Sam, the art collector

Being the frequent traveller that he is, Sam has suddenly decided to start collecting souvenirs from all over the world. Although he is not earning any money (the plan to contact a circus and make him famous hasn’t worked out yet), he promised that he has a special nose for fine art and that a temporary loan would give him the chance to show off his investment skills. Anyway, after a short discussion (and lot’s of loud barking) Sam managed to assure us that this type of collection can be worth a fortune in a couple of years. Even though we were not fully convinced, we decided to lend him the money to start his unique collection of…tada…miniature dogs.

Purchased on 16 July, 2012 in Marseille. (Price: 6 euros).

Purchased on 21 July, 2012 in Cannes flea market. (Price: 25 euros!!!)


Sephora coconut beauty products

1. Bubble bath 2. Shampoo 3. Body lotion 4. Spray perfume 5. Body butter 6. Hand wash

Shopping in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

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