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A bite to eat

79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland • Visit

We're getting a little tipsy this week as we learn to mix cocktails the team behind Edinburgh's quirky and stylish bar Panda & Sons.

How did Panda & Sons get started?
Panda & Sons first opened up shop mid November after a lengthy and thorough refurbishment for 4 months prior.

Where are you located?
We can be found at 79 Queen Street which is at the very West End and a short skip from George street.

What are your specialities?
Our specialities is drinks. All of us Pandas are very passionate about Cocktails, Old World and New World wines and craft beers.

What's your personal favourite thing on the menu?

My personal favourite thing on the menu is our cocktail called the Emperors New Clothes which has Ron Zacapa Rum, Honey, Peppermint tea, Plum Sake, Fresh lemon juice and Bob's Abbotts bitters. It sells like hot cakes!

What's on the stereo?
We like to say our ipod is very 80's influenced. We have Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac bellowing out at the moment.

Where else should we visit in your area?
We like to coin Queen St/Thistle Street as the Capital Cocktail Stretch. Start off at Panda & Sons then head down Queen Street to Lucky Liquor followed by popping up to Thistle street to see our friends at Bon Vivant then finishing back on Queen Street at Bramble. If you still have a bit of steam in the engines head down to Stockbridge and visit The Last Word Saloon.

Do you host any special events?
Watch this space but we are planning a fortnightly event on Thursdays in a few months time hopefully. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for more info.

Anything else you'd like us to know?
We are run by a family of Pandas who are Barbers by day and Drinks aficionados by night. Panda who is the leader of the pack is slightly concerned that Prohibition will be hitting Scotland soon so has made the bar 100% Prohibition ready. You will see what we mean if you can find us...

79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland • Visit


Marlen K. By Marlen K.

Outfit details:

  • Beret - Nemres
  • Dress - Whhttt Vintage 
  • Collar - Whhttt Vintage & DIY (see below)
  • Coat - thrifted ($5 haaay!)

DIY Bow Collar

Recreate the look with Marlen's Add A Ribbon To It tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

It's vintage chic with a touch of modern! Before I used to aspire to look slightly Lucille Ball-esque, but now I feel my style changing towards "60's college kid chic". Very specific, huh? Haha!

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My denim pinafore! It literally goes with *everything* and is so comfy.

Who are your style icons?

Doris Day and Erin from the blog Calivintage I'd ransack her closet in a heartbeat.

Do you have any favourite designers?

Hmm since I usually shop vintage I don't really pay much attention to designers, but I have always admired the dreamy creations of Jason Wu.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I usually go thrifting, but every once in a while I want something shiny and new. When I get that urge I go straight for Topshop and Urban Outfitters. My wallet always takes such a beating in those stores- especially when flatforms and hats are in stock.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I usually hem all my vintage dresses. I like a longer length in general, but sometimes the dress silhouettes looks too dowdy if I don't snip it above the knee!

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

LAYER! I layer all year long because it instantly makes an outfit more interesting. Put turtlenecks underneath dresses, put a strapless dress over a chambray shirt, slip on some colored socks with your tights, pair a crop top with a high waisted skirt. I think dressing up is meant to be creative, so poke a toe outside of your comfort zone!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I have a ton I scour daily, but I'm always excited to see a post from CalivintageNatalie Off Duty and Color Me Nana

Helga D. By Helga D.

"Budapest is the biggest city of Hungary but not that large than other european capitals. 2.000.000 people live here, 1/5 of the whole population of Hungary. I love living here because I was born here and I think the life is very vivid here. There's a lot of museums and monuments, the evidences of history. But you can also do many sports and activities." 

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My favourite place to buy craft supplies is a little shop near my home. I live in the south-east side of Budapest, in Kispest, and there's a market named Kossuth tÈri piac. On this market is a little shop named Szˆszke Textil owned by a kind lady and her daughter. They sell everything you need for knitting-crocheting and jewelry making. There's also a bigger company, named Kreativ Hobby. They have many shops around Budapest.

I also like the Allee shopping center in the south-west side of Budapest. There are two craft shops and the place is very warm and friendly. 

There are many fairs and sales in Petofi Csarnok (PeCsa is the common name). You can sell your stuff and can change collectibles with others. Gozsdu udvar is also a famous place for crafty people. There's a fair on every weekend.

Be Inspired

When I need some inspiration I often go to museums. I can't be bored of Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum which is the middle of the city in a classic style building. If you better like contemporary art you should visit Ludwig muzeum. But above of all my favourite place is Hosˆk tere. There's a wonderful group of statues which represents the Hungarian history. I think this is the beautiest place in this city. On the one side of the squere is SzÈpmuvÈszeti muzeum, and on the other side is Mucsarnok, another nice museum.

Also a lovely place is Buda Castle on the west side of the river Danube. You can smell a bit of feudalism here. I always daydream about kings and princesses when I walk here. Fisherman's Bastion is a beautiful place here. You can see almost the whole city from here. In Buda Castle there are many great spot for taking photos of the wonderful panorama of Budapest.

Eat & Drink

The best place I know here is KˆKi-terminal. It's a huge mall and a center for traffic. You can come here on bus, subway or tram and it is a train station too. When you come to visit Hungary, your airplane will arrive on Liszt Ferenc airport. You can get the bus or the train here and it takes you right to the KˆKi-terminal.  Here is a Libri bookstore, the place of magic! In the front side there's a Cafe Frei coffe shop and in the back side there's a Kreativ Hobby craft shop. Wonderful, isn't it? :) On the roof of the mall is a huge garden and running place, in the winters also an ice-rink. You can sit and craft here or just enjoy the place.


If you better like chilling in the greens, we have big parks for you to relax and craft. Both Népliget and V·rosliget are calm and beautiful places. You can just sit and knit here on a bench, or bicycling, skateboarding, running etc.

Here in Budapest is also a nice place to sit and craft: Kopaszi-g·t. In the summer you can come here sunbathing or sitting on a bench and crochet. There's a lot of clubs and restaurants here.

See Something Special

The HajÛgy·ri sziget is the home of Budapest greatest youth festival, the Sziget Fesztiv·l. In every year more and more people visit here and enjoy the rainbow of music. Last year there were almost 500.000. visitors from all around the world. But you don't have to wait for the summer if you want to party. There are a lot of quirky little pubs like SzÛda or T¸ndÈrkert and classy clubs like Romkert. There's even a club-boat on river Danube its name is A38.

Pick Up A Souvenir

If you want to give a bit taste of Hungary for your beloved ones, take home some paprika as a gift. Here in Hungary this seasoning is very popular. Doesn't need to be hot :) Did you know that the paprika is best here because we have enough sunshine to grow it nice but we don't get that much damp to make it rot (and develop that toxine-thingy). So if you want something good, you should try it and also take it to your friends.

I'm pretty sure if you decide to visit us you never will be bored! <3

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Craft Room Tour

Posted April 17th, 2014 10:00


We go behind the scenes at The Card Grotto to tour Michelle's motivating craft room.

"I love that my space is bright, tidy and organised. It keeps me motivated."

Tell us about your space?
I live just on the outskirts of London, England.  My craft room, which also doubles up as my study/office, is located in a spare bedroom of my house. This is the room I spend most of my time in. If I am not creating with stamps and dies, I will be surfing the net for inspiration or doing work for my Master’s Degree. I do everything in my room. I make cards; I photograph them and upload them to my blog all from my desks. I also film my You Tube videos here as well.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
My room is not beautiful in the conventional sense, however for me beauty comes in so many forms. I love the beauty of being organised and this inspires me every day. I love seeing products in colour order too!

How do you keep organized?
My room is a fairly small room so I have to think about how I use it and what works for me with my creative process; what items do I need to get to within arm’s reach or what supplies I can have further away from me. I know that there are certain items that I like to keep on display so that I use them more often but I also do not like to keep too much on display as I feel that for me, it looks less tidy. As I use the room as a study as well, I need to keep it tidy so that I am inspired to work and study as well as craft.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I make sure that everything has its own place. If it doesn’t then the space will become messy. I like to label my supplies; although I know where all my supplies are, I think it adds to the neatness and feeling of being organised. I also like to try and tidy up after I create, or better still tidy up as I am going along. I like to look to the kitchen department for organising supplies. Kitchen drawer organisers are great for your craft supplies.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
In terms of my craft supplies, my favourite possession would be my Copic Markers. They have been one of my biggest investments in terms of cost but have been so worth it. I love using them and also I love the way they look on my desk too. I don’t have any of my creations in my room after making them but if I have received a card from fellow card makers, these are always displayed in my craft room for a few months before being put away for safe keeping.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I use Pinterest a lot for keeping track of card design ideas, colour combinations, sketch ideas etc. but I also have a notebook that I keep on my desk with ideas in too. When I have an idea I try my best to implement it into a card as soon as possible so I remember it!

Where do you look for inspiration?
As well as Pinterest, there are so many amazing designers out there. I love browsing blogs and websites to gain inspiration. It may just be a colour combination that I like or a design element that strikes me.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1.      For it to be bigger – I am sure most people say that but I would just like a bit more work/desk space and also more room to organise to my heart’s content!
2.      To have a dedicated space for photographing my cards
3.      To have a dedicated space for using my die cutting machine

aneniine By aneniine

This week aneniine recreates the look of Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabas in the Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows: 

"Barnabas Collins has a rather unique style for anyone who lives in 1972, if we forget the fact that he is actually a vampire from 18th century! Shirts with ruffled cuffs, dark and rather old-fashioned cape, white, pale face and a huge medallion with a red, red ruby in it - all the best things fit for a 200 year old man. But still, Johnny Depp looks great in this role - even with all the heavy make-up, and his fans can be proud that he brought back the look of a classic vampire."

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New Dress A Day By New Dress A Day

Outfit details:

  • Jumpsuit/dress - Vintage
  • Sunglasses - Brooks Brothers
  • Shoes - BCBG
  • Bag - Vintage
  • Necklace - a jumbled mix of my mom's wedding band, a locket I got for myself years ago in NYC, and a wee St. Christopher charm I got when I was born from my godparents. I guess it's vintage :)

DIY Jumpsuit Dress:

Recreate the look with Marisa's Jumpsuit Dress tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

My personal style is a modern bohemian mix of flowy dresses and whimsical bows, sparkles, and head scarves.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Ooh, I think that would be one of my first vintage scores that I found when I was in college here in Los Angeles.  It's a black halter dress with a crocheted circle panel in the center that I dressed up as Morticia Addams in.  It's 70s and so rad - totally perfect for a costume party or a black tie affair, depending on whether you pair skates or a dangling Lulu Frost sparkler around the neck. 

Who are your style icons?

From the past, I love 70s Ali MacGraw, Marisa Berenson, Jane Birkin, and Catherine Deneuve and my current celebrity style crushes include Zooey Deschanel, Zoe Saldana, Florence Welch, Olivia Wilde, and Kate Hudson, I get absorbed watching movies on Turner Classics and will take screenshots of outfits that I see on Lana Turner, Doris Day, or Lauren Hutton... Yep, I'm the weirdo taking inspirations photos on her TV.

Do you have any favourite designers?

Ooh, I could watch runway shows all day long. Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Jenni Kayne, Kate Spade, and Stella McCartney all have a special place in my heart.  I love online shopping and can spend hours on TopShop, and ASOS looking at everything. 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?

I spend lots of time flea marketing and shopping at vintage stores for secondhand pieces in Los Angeles, so my fave stops are the Melrose Trading Post, Wasteland, and Goodwill, but you can find me perusing the racks at TJ Maxx, Target, or Marshalls on the regular. Love designer pieces on a budget! 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes! I make most of the pieces that I feature on my blog, but love pairing vintage with current pieces.  A fun and on trend top from H&M paired with a vintage high waisted skirt, a fabulous and bold Tatty Devine necklace, a pair of ASOS ankle boots, and a vintage clutch makes for a chic ensemble! 

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

I love wearing the same pieces over and over again in different ways, so one of my biggest tips for mixing it up/personalizing is on the styling front.  Add a skirt on top of a dress to give it a two-piece look or toss a knit vest and skinny belt on top of a blouse to make it office chic.  Also, to infuse a little DIY into your wardrobe, put a pin back onto a patch for an insta-pin or take a vintage brooch and clasp it to a chain to create a statement necklace. There are so many fun ways to reinvent the wardrobe.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I love Man Repeller, Atlantic-Pacific, Fashion Toast, Stripes & Sequins, Love Maegan, Penny Chic, Sea of Shoes...the list goes on and on.


I'm lolle (Lorenza) and I'm a freelance illustrator and artist based in Italy. I have been drawing since I was 5 years old. I always loved to draw, to paint, to create objects, plush and clothes and I can't imagine my life without pencils, markers, brushes, acrylics... 
I use my illustrations to describe my world, a messy and pinky world populated by furry monsters, bizarre plushies, spooky dolls, cats, stylish babes, cosmic mermaids, pastel unicorns, colorful toys, ghost stories, flying bats, fairytales, striking clothes, pop culture, candies, cakes, dreamlike movies, fantasy books, and more...

Have you always been creative and artistic?

^_^ well, in my family there's always been something creative… my parents had an handicraft shop for a while, and they both have always loved to draw…my father attended the art school before me, and he keeps to "make art" even now.

also, other members of my family have an artistic flair, like my grandmother, my two aunts and my sister…My born house is full of their canvas…I've grown in this creative and artistic atmosphere, so for me it was really natural to approach this amazing world… 

How would you describe the style of your work?

I will define my art-style as a messy and pinky kids room, full of toys, plushies and fairytales but with a spooky side, peopled by ghost stories, monsters under the bed, flying bats… 'cause these are the things that represent me better! and my "art" it's my way to introduce myself to the world! 

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

My pencil case is actually a big brown shoes box (decorated with a lot of pesky ghosts)! 'cause I've got too much tools for a simple case!!! like: watercolors, watercolors pencils, uni-posca, markers of any sort, colored pens, pilot, acrylic paint, brushes, plastic gems, and more… 

Who is your favorite superhero?

I usually prefer the villains to the superheroes, but If I have to choose one I'll choose Batman. 'cause he's more similar to a villain then a hero, and his enemies are the best enemies ever! I even love the gothic atmosphere of his world and of his stories! 

If you could have one super power what would it be?

I'm a really curious person, so I always wanted to be able to read minds!!!hihihi

Where do you look for inspiration?

I took my inspiration everywhere: on fashion magazines, in children's books, in the movies, in art and illustration books, in the toys stores, in the street markets, in the haunted houses, dark forests and fairy woods ….

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

Oh, there are so many. Those who have more influence on my works are danny brito, ambird, kelly k, vladimir stankovic, looney lolita, wishcandy, miss van, dead spider hands and many more… I'm not so skilled into comic art, but this is a great passion of my boyfriend, so he's introducing me in this amazing world… he got me to know the wonderful Neal Gaiman that I simply adore, I really love Sandman!! I also like Top Ten and Watchmen by Alan Moore, and obviously Batman!! oh and even Brian Lee O'malley's Scott Pilgrim!! 

Delluattack By Delluattack

"It’s Paris! The best thing about living here, is that it’s Paris. It’s a wonderful city and it’s certainly not a cliché. It’s inspiring with all its beautiful spots, its cultural and historical identity. What can I say? It’s frenchy in all the best aspects. It isn’t Tokyo nor New York but it definitely learn you elegance." 

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If you search fabric, you would find it in Montmartre (Métro Anvers). You certainly already know this place, because it’s in Amelie Poulain. Besides being one of the best panoramas of Paris, it’s also the most famous fabric market. The two big franchises are Marché Saint Pierre and Reine but all around there are dozens of little craft supplies and fabric stores where you would definitely find what you are searching for.

Furthermore, my favourite address is a little store near Châtelet called La Droguerie. I go there when I need crafts especially for accessories. You will find anything from feathers to pearls. 

Be Inspired

The metropolitain. You could say it’s convenient because one take the subway every day, I prefer to say it’s constant. There, inspiration strikes me without even trying. Sometimes it’s a super style girl with clothes I want to reproduce. Sometimes it’s only one little details of the outfit of a lady. Sometimes it’s the story I imagine for this business man. Sometimes it’s a color that charms my eyes. Sometimes it’s just the feeling I’m in the core of the life in Paris. 

Eat & Drink

In Paris we’re fond of foreign food so you’ll easily found some great burger spot : one of my favorite Le Camion qui fume the first food truck to settle in Paris. But if you want to eat a French specialty I recommend Breizh Café : it’s known as the best Breton crêperie. It’s not expensive and very tasty !

If you like sweet-savory I highly suggest the Charentaise, you’ll love it.


The nearest public park. When spring comes and the sun begins to show up, public parks in Paris are the best place where to escape from city life. I love to filled a big bag with craft supplies and I go to the park down my street : La Vilette, I sit in front of the little river on the grass and spend my afternoon there. 

See Something Special

Not mandatory but definitely funny : you could visit the Cimetière Père Lachaise. Yes it is a cemetery, and yes I said funny. It’s a place of pilgrimage for the fans of Jim Morison, you could see the sphinge statue on the grave of Oscar Wilde and kiss it, or celebrate the grave of the scientist who was the first to encourage humans to eat potatoes in Europe. 

Pick Up A Souvenir

Obviously you will find really easily some materials souvenirs to come home with, like a little wired Eiffel tower and it’s pretty cool : I do have one on my keys. But the most beautiful thing to take home with you if you’re not a Parisian, it’s the memory of a picnic on the banks of the Seine, on a mild summer night. Parisians go there every night from June to September (mostly) especially on Saturday. There would be a lot of people, laughing and drinking, there is always someone who brings his guitar, don’t be afraid to talk to them:  Parisians are actually friendly.

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Craft Room Tour

Posted April 10th, 2014 10:00


We head behind the scenes at Dream Quilt Create to tour Cynthia's amazing craft room in Sacramento, California which her husband made as a Christmas present.

"My favorite thing about my space is the table.  It is sturdy and rustic and I just love it!!!!  It makes a beautiful background when I photograph my work for my blog."

Tell us about your space?
My craft room is in the Sacramento area, northern Califonia.  I have lived here almost 3 years. My craft space is in a spare bedroom on the second floor of our house.  It has a big picture window looking out on the street and another window on the side, allowing for a lot of natural light during the day.  I have the room all to myself.  The room is 10 feet by 10 feet, with no room to spread out on the floor.  If I need to, I can use the hall floor. I use this space for a sewing room.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
My husband designed the space for me as a surprise and it was my Christmas gift.  He bought all the furniture and a few decor pieces to make it extra cozy and cute.  I can see some of my favorite fabric collections and my favorite things such as twine, washi tape, buttons, a sculpture my mother made, some family photos, etc.

How do you keep organized?
I have little bins and containers to keep me organized, and some red and some white Ikea boxes.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
The Union Jack quilt behind my sewing table is one of my creations.

Where do you look for inspiration?
For inspiration, I have a blog roll on my blog and I follow some other blogs on Blogsy.  I look to other quilters for inspiration, and some of my quilt books.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
My craft room is my dream craft space.  Not only did my husband design it and surprise me with it at Christmas, but he bought me a dream machine Bernina 750 QE which has made my sewing experiences so much better :)

Cinnamon S. By Cinnamon S.


This week Saran from Cinnamon Springs recreates the chic feminine style of actress Lucy Lui: 

"Lucy Liu is a stunning beauty who exudes sophistication and knows how to have fun. She has a great sense of style and knows what works best for her. Paired with a great smile, she is definitely one classic beauty!"

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