Get Crafty with a Cocktail

TGIT: knobs, ginger and Marie


It’s been gradually dawning on me – the realization that Thursday is *definitely* the new Friday. It’s the day when you start to feel like the stresses of the week are waning, the hardest part is over and you’re nearing some well-earned weekend down-time and fun-time. Don’t you think itt’s totally acceptable to get into some premature cocktail action on a Thursday eve and be a bit ‘tired’ the next day? – nothing ever gets done on Fridays anyway, let’s be honest.

And so, without further ado, I will introduce the first ‘real’ post on The Unexpected Chic, and the first in our TGIT series, designed to give you a spark of inspiration for your upcoming weekend plans. And these aren’t limited to any country, area or city, you can get in on this magic wherever you happen to be!

This series will present to you a lovely triple-threat for the perfect weekend afternoon/evening:

Do: a cool DIY project,

Sip: a tasty tipple to make, and

Watch: one of our favourite gorgeous films to curl up with!

Dressers often get ignored in bedrooms, like sideboards and hutches in living spaces. But they can be a lot of fun and really easy to spruce up with some simple DIY! Mix and match knobs are a great idea that can add that little bit of special detail to a room with not too much effort or expense.

DIY dresser ideas, Ikea hack, new knobs, painted Dior grey with white scallops

An 'Ikea hack' dresser with gorgeous scallops and new knobs {source}

DIY furniture/dresser ideas, vintage brooches turned into knobs

Vintage brooches made into knobs! A subtle touch to make a room super cool. {source}












This tutorial from Infarrantly Creative shows how you can make your own Anthropologie-style drawer knobs for a fraction of the cost and way more unique appeal, because you get to choose your own combination of colour, font or image!

You will need: Wooden Knobs / Primer / Mod Podge (hardy all purpose glue) / Paint (can be spray paint) / Envirotex Lite (glaze) / Throw away brush / Stir Stick or Popsicle Stick / Throw away cup / Painters Tape / White Tissue Paper / Printer

1.  Primer and paint knobs a gloss white and let them dry.

2.  Cut out a piece of tissue paper and tape it to a piece of printer paper with painters’ tape. Choose your image or type and run it through your printer and your words will print out onto the tissue paper.

3.  Tape off the knobs and spray half another color.  The tutorial shows Krylon Ocean Breeze used for the bottom half.

4.  Cut out the printed tissue paper and put a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the knob.  Press the tissue paper in place smoothing the creases out as best you can.

5.  Now cut off the excess tissue paper with small scissors, and cover the top of the tissue paper with Mod Podge pressing the edges down smooth sealing all the edges.

6. Mix up some Envirotex Lite according to directions (follow the directions carefully).  Paint the Envirotex Lite on over the sealed Mod Podged knob.  The Envirotex Lite when cured gives it a hard, glass-like durable finish which will hold up to a lot of use. Perfect for drawer knobs! It also gives a beautiful shiny look.

Custom DIY knobs for furniture

From plain to awesome! Check out Inferrently Creative for more details!

Another idea is to use small printed pictures like these to make a series of different knobs.

DIY dresser knob image ideas

Adding different images, letters or numbers can completely change the feel of a piece of furniture, and make it unique and personal! {learn how here}

I’ve been loving on ginger drinks lately. There’s something about that tangy fireyness that makes me feel like I’m doing something really good for my body. Which is true, by the way, as ginger is meant to help digestion, inflammation and immunity levels.

This cocktail may not be the healthiest of ginger drinks but it strikes a good balance!

Ginger Lady cocktail, the perfect summer drink, and healthy too! (maybe) {image source}

Ginger Lady cocktail, the perfect summer drink, and healthy too! (maybe) {image source}

Ginger Lady {from DrinkMe}

1.5oz Dry Gin
.5oz Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur
.75oz egg white
.25oz lemon
Bar spoon of fine sugar
Regans orange bitters

Add all ingredients to mixing tin without ice and shake vigorously, then add ice and shake again. Strain into coupe or martini glass and garnish with ground cinnamon sprinkles.

The Ginger Lady is a genteel cocktail by appearance, but anyone who has intimate knowledge of a redhead knows that there is an undeniable fire burning below the surface. This drink is no different. It has just the right amount of naughty and nice and always goes down smoothly. If you want to kick the spiciness up a notch use muddled fresh Ginger instead of Domaine de Canton, but remember to add a little extra sugar if you do to offset the heat and maintain proper balance.

You might want to watch this BEFORE making your dresser knobs as it is such an amazing source of visual inspiration! Every scene is a feast for the eyes with embroidery, feathers, flowers, pearls, cakes, fabrics and jewels galore.

The plot itself is a bit vapid but there’s no harm in some light entertainment! I adore the way they styled Kirsten Dunst as well, with her powdery pale hair and bright cheeks. Beau-tee-ful.

Sit back with your cocktail (on a velvet chaise longue of course, if you have one) and enjoy!

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Director: Sophia Coppola / Starring: Kirsten Dunst : “The retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles.” {IMDB}

Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette

Is she having her shoes filed...? Ahh to flop around eating cakes all day. {source}

And with that I leave you to enjoy your weekend!

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