I love miniature patterned bowls! When I first started seeing them take over shop shelves, I was drawn to them and it got me thinking up a DIY version. That’s just how my mind rolls at the moment! Once baked these are dishwasher proof, so you can use them as dipping bowls or for snacks as well as for storage and decoration.
- Mix together the paint colours you want. Personally I think it works best to limit yourself to two colours. I used these ceramic paints which worked really well. In areas of solid colour I would say two coats were needed for a good finish.
- Paint on your design. Depending on how confident you are with a paintbrush, you can get as intricate as you like but you can also just stick to dots and lines. You will probably need to paint the inside first and then leave to dry before moving onto the outsides.
- Once the paint is dry use your gold sharpie pen to colour the section at the bottom and the rim at the top. This finishes it off really nicely and neatens all the pattern joins. Leave to dry.
- Preheat the oven to 150˚C. When the bowls are fully dry, bake them in the oven for 30 mins to fully fix the paint.
As with most projects, these would make sweet gifts. That’s in fact the reason I made them in the first place. Get transforming those plain white porcelain bowls!
Wow! This morning I was just thinking it was around this time of year I started this blog. After searching my archives I realised it’s exactly 2 years today since The Lovely Drawer was birthed!
I’m so glad that two years on I’m still just as excited to create in this way. This space has provided the biggest means by which my design skills have been honed and developed. I love the quick, snappy projects that mean I have to step up my game each time and as I said last year, I guess it’s a good thing that I Iook back at earlier work and cringe just a little.
God has led me into lots of change this year, from attempting to freelance on evenings, weekends and lunch breaks (not advised) to freelance Fridays alongside my job to going ‘all in’ freelance and this blog expanding into much more than just an online scramble of ideas. I wouldn’t have expected all of that but that’s often how God works, right?…and that’s often what makes it all so beautiful. I’m still looking to the ultimate Creator to inspire me and trying very hard to use what He’s given me to the full. I’m sure he’ll reveal new and even better ways to do that over the next year.
- DIY geometric box planter from Weekdaycarnival
- Hex spora from Light and Ladder
- Porcelain bottle vases from Sorbet Seams
- Concrete planters from INK.SEK DESIGN
- DIY colour block air plant pot from Cakies
- Copper hanging planter from INK.SEK DESIGN
I never used to be too fussed about having plants in my home. This was at least partly bound up in my tendency to kill any green, leafy friend to make it through the front door. I’ll be honest, I still struggle with this. Perhaps one day I won’t be such a plant murderer. Now I see how refreshing it is to bring a little piece of nature into your home. Here are some ideas for bringing the outside in with flair.
It’s the start of a new week and I’ve a new recipe to share over at Aspiring Kennedy. It’s tried and tested (promise) so grab your shopping list and step over to Lauren’s blog to get cooking this Pad Thai recipe. I’m still reeling from my Thai lunch yesterday. A pub around the corner from us has an unexpectedly good Thai menu. A British pub come Thai kitchen shouldn’t really work but some how it does. I was so taken with my meal that I didn’t even care about the giant football screens surrounding us. That’s saying something!
I decided to use my extended Christmas break to do a few DIY projects around the house. You know, the kind you’ve been meaning to do for about a year but life’s priorities take over and prettifying your house moves right to the bottom of the pile (and rightfully so). Anyway I’d been staring at this wall for a while, longing for it to be filled with lovely pictures. Today I’m showing you how to make one of the simple DIY additions to this space. The project title reads ‘embroidery’ but I use that word loosely as it conjures up the idea of time consuming, precision work when this is actually a total doddle.
You will need…
- The downloadable gem template and paper to print
- Embroidery hoop (8 or 6 inch diameter)
- White spray paint for wood or you can use white paint for wood
- Washi tape
- Square of cotton fabric (less than 1/4 metre)
- Embroidery thread in your chosen colour
- Embroidery needle (thick enough to take your embroidery thread)
- All-purpose glue and a paint brush
- Separate the two wooden circles. I would advise spray painting your frame as it’s quicker and you get more even coverage but as I had some white paint to hand I used that instead. Use some tape to cover the metal screw section that opens the frame to protect it from the paint.
- Spray both sections on one side and leave to dry face up on some paper. Then spray the other sides and when dry remove the tape.
- Download the gem template and print off. There are two different templates depending on what size hoop you are using. I used an 8 inch hoop.
- Lay your fabric square over the paper and mark each point with a pencil dot. If you are using a heavier weight fabric which makes it hard to see through, poke through the paper with your pencil to mark the points.
- Then get your gem shape central in the hoop and sandwich between the two wooden circles. Tighten the metal screw to make sure the fabric is taught.
- Thread your needle and start joining up the points. Make sure you knot the thread when you start and finish and pull tight. Don’t worry about what the back looks like as no one will see if you follow the lines of the shape.
- Then trim the excess fabric around the hoop leaving about 1 inch of fabric. You can then paint some of the all purpose glue around the wooden circle at the back, using your paintbrush. Stick down the extra inch of fabric so that it can no longer be seen from the front (pull tight).
- Now you can hang your art on the wall.
image: Stacy Newgent via Design Sponge // text: The Lovely Drawer
Well hello! New adventures all round! You may have noticed a bit of a shake up here at The Lovely Drawer and all I have to say is ‘about time!’ I’ve been working on and off on rebranding, creating price lists, and an online portfolio for months. As ever my talented husband has translated it all from, Photoshop dreams to a coding reality! I’m so ready for a fresh new look and a more comprehensive site. I’ve spent the last nearly 2 years experimenting with the my brand identity like a kid in a sweet shop but I need to commit. And so I will.
Along with this I also have pretty huge news. I handed in my notice at my design job and will be moving into freelance design full time….ahhh! Freelance Fridays will now extend out into the whole week. I may need to do crazy things like take a walk round the block each morning just to fake a commute, at least to start with. I’m excited about new possible opportunities and exploring different avenues. At the same time it’s all a bit scary but I’m so glad to know I can trust God to provide what we need even if it’s not what I want. Thank goodness he is a faithful God who knows what I need even better than I do myself. So on that note please do browse through my portfolio and get in touch if you would like any design work whether that’s branding, graphic design, design for a website or blog, illustration, or pattern work.
You may already know that I love weddings and have great fun designing wedding stationery for the big day. If you have upcoming nuptials and are on the look out for some bespoke paper love to suit your look and feel for the occasion then please do have a look at my packages and get in touch. You should also be able to find me on bloglovin now, so please follow!
For the card you’ll need…
- Downloadable Valentine’s card
- A4 card
- Scissors or a scalpel & a ruler would be even better
- Download your card here and print onto A4 card
- Cut out/ or scalpel according to the markers
- Score to fold in half neatly
For the envelope you’ll need…
- Downloadable envelope
- A3 paper
- Scissors or a scalpel & ruler
- Double sided tape or glue
- Download the envelope here and print. You will need a printer that can print A3 for this, in order to accommodate the card size.
- Cut of scalpel around the edges and then score following the guide.
- Fold and secure with your glue or tape. You can use a dot of glue or tape to fix it shut or alternatively use a sticker of some sort.
Hi! Sorry for my absence in blogland. There’s been a whole lot going on and changes brewing which have left me little head space for much else. To my surprise January whizzed past, turning into one big rainy blur. Now suddenly it’s February and nearly Valentine’s and I went to get in quickly and share this simple little DIY with you.
All you need to make your little jar of love is…
- downloadable labels
- A small jar
- A4 paper or inkjet sticker paper
- Heart shaped sweets
- Start by downloading your free printable sheet of labels. You can either print this onto paper and glue your labels onto the jar or you can print them onto inkjet sticker paper, which is a little easier.
- Choose a heart size that works with your jar and draw a circle on top of the heart pattern to cut out and use for the lid. Stick them on.
- Then fill your heart with sweets. I used heart shaped Haribos but it would work just as well with heart shaped chocolates.