Get Crafty with a Cocktail

Get crafty with a cocktail: 3 DIY ideas and a spicy autumn drink

Get crafty with a DIY project for the weekend at The Unexpected Chic

Looking for weekend plans? I’m guessing it’s going to be a largely staying-indoors one for us here in the UK, it’s definitely getting that autumnal chill lately! I even bought a onesie set of PJs today, yup, one piece, with feet and everything! I might just wear it all the way through to spring…

Upon my travels I’ve discovered this great site ReadyMade, and found 3 amazing ideas for DIY projects which really add function and style to the home rather than just something you make for the fun of it and then have no real use for (something I’ve definitely been guilty of!). They progress from quite easy to semi-difficult to quite-involved-indeed. Pick and choose depending on how much time, patience and/or attention space you can conjure up this weekend!

Plus don’t forget to enjoy this classically Canadian cocktail while you work…read on for the recipe!



I love this idea! You can use quirky old books from rummage sales, or perhaps old worn versions of your favourites. If you use a few of the same colour the looks could be quite simple or you could add a bit of spunk with different colours!

Find this project and all the instructions here!


“SEMI-DIFFICULT” LEVEL: Brick succulent planter


This is such a great planter idea, and really simple. There are some tools involved though! Personally I love getting my hands on some power tools once in a while – I reckon it’s good for you! Makes you feel kind of tough, especially as a lady :) I love how these could easily work outdoors as well, and it’s find if you forget about them after the barbecue and don’t bring them in! Bricks and succulents are hardy beasts!

How to make your own? Find out here!


“QUITE DIFFICULT INDEED” Level: Vintage tripod floor lamp


How cool is this lamp! And it’s actually quite simple to make, once you’ve purchased all the bits. Definitely some patience and perseverance involved though. You could make a day of it!

Try flea markets like Portobello Road for some amazing old camera tripods in different finishes – pick one that compliments your space!

Find out what you need and how to proceed here!


Get Crafty with a Cocktail at The Unexpected ChicThere’s nothing like a cocktail to accompany your weekend efforts. I’m really keen on Caesars right now, since it’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and I am definitely missing home! Caesars are a great alternative to your regular drinks and cocktails as they’re spicy and savoury rather than sweet, sickly or fizzy. Add a stick of celery and you’ve got heaven in a glass!


Here’s how:

(Thank you Wikipedia! Find out the background of the Caesar here)

  • 6 oz. Clamato Juice
  • 1–1½ oz. Vodka
  • 2 Dashes hot sauce
  • 4 Dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Lime wedge
  • 1 Crisp celery stalk
This is best made in a big pitcher – multiply the above ingredients by 3 or 4 to fill the pitcher. Start with ice, add the vodka, then the spices, then the Clamato or tomato juice. Adjust the spice to your tastes!
When pouring into individual highball glasses, rim the glass first with lime juice, then with the celery salt. Pour in the drink mixture, then top with a celery stalk! Deeelicious.
Enjoy your weekend folks, I know I will! Much love!



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