something for your screen

28th July 2015

brush lettered free desktop wallpapers

I just made it! It’s nearly the end of the month but  July’s free desktop wallpapers are up! This time around I decided to brush letter some encouraging phrases to spread some creative love. It’s always nice to be met with something inspiring when you face your screen at the beginning of the day…or the middle…or the end for that matter.

You can download both of these designs for no pennies at all right here. I hope you enjoy using them and as I said last month, if you do instagram the wallpapers in action then use the hashtag #somethingforyourscreen and then I can have a peek.

You may also be interested in learning how to brush letter for yourself and if so, what d’ya know, you can book onto one of Quill London‘s workshops taught by myself and Emma Block.

styling the seasons: July

24th July 2015

july styling the seasonsI had hoped to get this styling the seasons post shot before I went away on holiday but that was beyond optimistic to put it mildly! Having said that it all worked out quite well as my holiday served as the inspiration for my styling this month. I made the most of the good light and styled up one of our built in shelves which doesn’t usually get much photo action as they can be a tad dark. We went to Egypt for 10 days which was just what I needed. Scorching sun, relaxation and a taste of the culture. Sorry to disappoint you if you thought I would thus be including a nod to the pyramids and a camel figurine in this post. We were in the Sanai desert so Ive incorporated this little desert plant friend in this fun cup I picked up from a charity shop. I’ve styled this up with a book as part of what I loved about being on holiday was having so much time to read! I have a renewed commitment to incorporating it into my lunch break before bed each day, instead of having my eyes glued to my phone. And then my sunnies are thrown in there for good measure because oh boy…there was enough sun to replenish my vitamin D reserves for the next year.July styling the seasonsI’m guessing all of you lovely readers probably have holidays booked particularly as we’ve now hit school holidays! That’s certainly what I start thinking about when July comes. I hope you all have a lovely time and find it just as rejuvenating as I did. I’d been functioning at 100 miles an hour, working way too much and not making enough time for relationships particular the most important one with my Husband. It’s been really good to take stock and realise how being obsessed with work totally clouds my brain and gives me tunnel vision. It’s unhealthy and I need for that to not sit right with me each day or at least listen when my husband tells me to slow down.holiday vibesI hope you enjoyed my little slice of Egypt. If you fancy joining in styling the seasons you can easily style a corner of your home and post it on your blog or twitter or instagram and useing #stylingtheseasons. Don’t forget to tag Katy and Charlotte who head up this whole concept. Then they can see your contributions.

Wall editions

21st July 2015

string wall hanging

Well it’s about time I shared another DIY isn’t it?! I actually created this to fill a space on my own wall so I thought the obvious thing to do would be to share it as a DIY tutorial for all of you to join in with the fun. I wanted something minimal, with a dream catcher vibe but with a little more to it. You barely need any materials for this project so there’s no excuses not to whip one up of an afternoon.

DIY string wall art

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what one sofa can do

16th July 2015

habitat sofa loveYou may well remember this post from last month. I had a little rant about our old, bulky, brown sofa and announced the wait for a much more stylish alternative from Habitat. Well, delivery day came and I literally jumped up and down in anticipation. I can safely say they weren’t lying about it being easy to manoeuvre into tight spaces. Our last sofa took five men and a lot of knocking on our brand new neighbours door on a Saturday morning to gain more space to push the beast. This one however, went in like a breeze!

living room corner I Habitat sofa

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Bespoke Bride: Fruity Printables

12th July 2015

fruit printable notesWell you can’t get much more summery than this!! The lovely ladies over at Bespoke Bride are currently running a month of all things tutti frutti and when they asked me to design a free printable I was very happy to oblige! I came up with these free printable notelets for wedding guests to write their words of advice and ‘well wishes’ on. For the full post and a chance to get your hands on this fruity array, head over to Bespoke Bride.

free tutti frutti printables

summer style

9th July 2015

DIY batik eye pattern bag

Hello! Right about now I’ll be boarding a plane to get my melt on in Egypt, land of the Pharaohs but I thought I’d bid you bye bye with this DIY Summer bag tutorial. It’s tucked away in the suitcase as we speak.

My last venture into batik was way back in secondary school art, when I created a somewhat ugly and over colourful ‘under the sea’ cushion cover. I wish I still had it so I could give you some contrast.  Anyway, I thought I’d try and create a simple and versatile pattern that would translate into and everyday bag for all you eager crafters out there to get making. It does involve sewing but a tote style bag is about the easiest thing you could possible see so stick with me.

DIY batik summer bag

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Carpet cover up

6th July 2015

rug 4I love our London flat in so many ways! It’s small but perfectly formed with high ceilings, white walls and abundance of natural light, but one thing I would really love to change are the carpets. Being in rented accommodation means this isn’t really an option unless we were happy to lose our entire deposit in one fell swoop. I won’t lie, I regularly dream of ripping it up to discover beautiful floor beds which I then coat in lashings of white paint. Aaahh…dreams. For now the only option is to cover the largest sand coloured expanse with a giant rug.

I was a big fan of our previous rug but it had certainly seen better days. If you ever need a helping hand in ruining a rug or your carpets for that matter then I’m your lady! I charge by the hour although it will only take a few minutes in my company. Our last rug was also pretty flimsy which meant it was often getting rucked up under people’s feet / embarassingly tripping people up. Not the best welcome. I was over the moon when Carpetright got in touch to show me they’re brand new range of rugs soon to be launched. Here’s a little sneaky peek of a few.

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