Hello Not On The Highstreet

23rd November 2014

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I hope you’re all having a lovely and relaxing weekend! I just wanted to pop in and share some exciting news…I’ve been accepted as a seller on Not On The High Street and have just finished putting together my store front!

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I’ve been working away on the side trying to get it ship shape and now you can find all my products over there. Unlike my Etsy shop where my wedding stationery is DIY focused, here I’m selling all the same templates as fully printed stock so there’s something for everyone. Obviously you can still come directly to me for that too! I’m really excited to join such an established seller of independent designer makers and excited to see where it goes. Go and take a look for yourself here. In case you haven’t seen the TV advert, it’s also a really great place to buy interesting Christmas presents that people may not have seen before and you’ll be supporting a whole host of independent creatives.

Free printable advent calendar

21st November 2014

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As with many a Friday, I want to bring you a freebie, this time it’s a festive one! I’ve designed for you a free (yes free) printable advent calendar that even the most scaredy crafter could put together. I love interesting advent calendars and the more I think about it the more I think that might have something to do with year upon year of those generic cardboard ones with the chocolates that taste like paper. Grim.

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To make this colourful one with goodies of your choice instead, start by finding a large stick. Go and scavenge in the park and join me in looking like a crazy person.

Now all you have to do is download the template sheets right here. Then print them off onto paper or card. I used a thick 200gsm paper. Cut around the outside and score along the fold line. Then stick strips of double sided tape on the flaps so that when you fold the bag, the whole thing come together to fit into place. The bottom tab slots in the inside and side tab goes round the back. printable advent calendar 2

Hole punch a hole at the top of each one and fill with treats. After learning the hard way I would advise not using baked treats as those little gingerbread men have made some greasy patches on the bags.

Then tie differing lengths of string through the holes and round the stick until all of your advent bags are hanging and looking lovely.

Enjoy! Maybe even try it this weekend and please do share any pics with me if you decide to make it!

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Merry & Bright

17th November 2014

kitsch Christmas

From left to right: 3D village advent calendar // golden dear decorations // pom pom garland // neon dipped bauble // retro reindeer ornament // pop crackers // fan garland // gold diamond paper bag

Christmas is speeding our way and it’s almost time to deck the halls so I thought I’d put together some ideas for a fun and bright Christmas. If we had the pennies to change up all our decorations this year, I would definitely be edging towards a touch of playful kitsch. I really am slightly in love with that 3D advent calendar, sooo cute!

What’s your Christmas style?

Winter Comfort

14th November 2014

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Today really did start out as the most dismal day! I walked about 5 minutes both ways this morning and my feet, tights and hair (not sure how with an umbrella) were soaked! The winter cold draws in and something in me is telling me to go into hibernation mode. I’m well and truly into the season of working at my desk with a cup of piping hot tea, a hot water bottle, sometimes a blanket and now this cosy little edition, my Habitat Meera cushion.

I love my Eames style chair but most of the time I want to be propped further upright while I work or read and this lovely cushion from Habitat does the trick with the right balance of firm and squishy. Yes, those are the technical terms. It holds it’s shape well, is particularly comfy and looks pretty with it’s unusual geometric quilted design, relegating my old working cushion to the sofa.

It also comes in a lovely lime and sparrow purple colour. I love statement cushions and could easily buy mountains of them to fill our chairs and sofas but then people actually need too sit in seats. What a shame!

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This post was written in collaboration with Habitat but the opinions and views are my own. I never post material or products on The Lovely Drawer that I don’t agree with or absolutely love. This is a space that will always be governed by my passions and personal style.

easiest necklace ever

13th November 2014

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Here’s another DIY that’s been loitering my end for a while, never quite having time to edit it and write it all up for you. It really is the easiest necklace to make and will add a pop of colour to any outfit. I think the most fun part is picking out the coloured threads you want but then a colour geek would say that. I recently spent 20 minutes agonising over which coloured crayons I wanted to combine to make wax candles. It was laughable, take it from me.

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You’ll need…

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To make…

  1. Heat up your glue gun. Take your rope and bend it into a bow shape so the two ends meet in the middle. Then put a dot of glue in the middle to hold the rope in this bow shape.
  2. Leaving about 2cm of rope exposed at either end, wrap your thread around both sections of rope to bring them together. I used embroidery threads for this. Wrap tightly and overlapping so there are no gaps with rope showing through.
  3. When you get to the end of each colour section, tie a tight knot, trim the thread and then overlap the next colour block with that one to cover the knot.
  4. Continue until you get 2cm of rope left at the end.
  5. Lay the chain out. Roughly find the middle link, opposite the clasp. Taking your pliers open out that middle metal link so that the chain become a line.
  6. Thread the chain through the rope end, looping back round to meet the chain again. Then using your pliers, open up the last metal link on each end to join onto the chain where it meets. Do the same on the other rope end.

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And now all that’s left to do is try on your new jewellery piece. Simple!

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Bloggers That Brunch

10th November 2014

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Well, nearly every one of my guests may have already blogged about this event but now I might just join in. Two Saturdays ago I hosted a little get together for some London bloggers over brunch. There was obviously A LOT of food, litres of juice and I think we all came away inspired and buzzing from so many creative ladies in one room. I managed to squeeze all of them into my cosy flat…somehow.

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Thanks to Lauren, Che, Jo, Emma, Lynne, Lulu, Nicole, Rebecca, Amy, Reema and Claire for coming out to West London for the morning. I love it when my home is full of life and obviously I love any excuse to style up a table with DIY details! And yes…I did get the spray paint out. Don’t judge me.

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A ‘lovely’ Christmas

7th November 2014

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Happy Friday! I’m feeling a lot more fresh faced this Friday than last and looking forward to an evening of scarves and fireworks but let’s talk Christmas! I’m very excited to bring you this years Christmas card range from The Lovely Drawer. Firstly thanks so much for all your love and encouraging messages when I posted a sneak peek earlier this week. It’s great to get feedback, especially as I’m sat working on my own at a desk.

All designs are originally hand inked / painted and put together with a vibrant colour palette. I’ve thoroughly loved designing these! It was a little gem of creativity in the midst of a blurry October. All cards are A6 printed on 280gsm Nettuno textured board, scored, with a blank inside and kraft envelopes.

The ‘Falala’ set above comes in a pack of 8 (two of each design) for £10.00 and the ‘Joy to the world’ set below comes as a set of 6 (two of each design) for £8.00 and has the corresponding Bible verse printed on the back. Uk postage is £1.20.

Christmas cards 22If you fancy buying a pack then you can head over to me Etsy store or if you’d like to buy them direct then drop me an email at teri@thelovelydrawer.com. Enjoy!

 

DIY concrete candle holders

5th November 2014

DIY geometric concrete candle holders

I’m excited to bring you this guest DIY for the fabulous Bespoke Bride. If you aren’t familiar with this inspirational wedding blog run by Jess & Emily, then you should get over there now.! Wedding DIYs, real weddings, wedding planning tips and colour pops round every corner!

I’ve been wanting to use concrete for a while now. My husband was keeping a close eye on me as I did this, probably envisaging me concreting the sofa to the carpet or something equally horrendous but it was actually very straightforwards. For the full tutorial on how to make these geometric candle holders head over to Bespoke Bride. They’re perfect for wedding table centres!

Styling the seasons -November

3rd November 2014

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A new month has arrived so here goes the next in my series for Styling The Seasons started by the talented Katy and Lottie at Apartment Therapy and Lotts and Lots. I decided to style one of our shelves with warm, cosy hues, whilst trying to hold on to some of the freshness I love. November is all about wrapping up warm, fires, fireworks, walks and a glimmer of excitement over the approaching festivities.

Today also marks 2 years since we moved into our current flat and in fact since we moved to London! Little did I know that this little space would become my office and styling ground. Although West London rents are faint-worthy I realised the other day that I really have been getting our money’s worth along with the blessing of being able to invite so many people into our home in the 2 years. So I guess this is a little celebration dance to mark the anniversary that new chapter that now isn’t so new.

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something for your screen

31st October 2014

the little things free desktop wallpaperHappy end of the week! Boy I’m glad it’s the weekend and I may at least not be working for most of it! Things have been a bit light over here on the blog but balancing everything that’s been going on in October has been less than seamless. There have been tears. Lots of exciting things in the pipeline but man I could have a lie down some time…any time. I’ve also been unwell but haven’t actually had the time to stop and recover which means it’s probably dragged on longer than usual plus some really bad night sleeps peppered with coughing fits which Nick of course loved.

In the midst of that it’s been hard to stop and appreciate the small things…even notice the small things really. When I have lots to do it kind of consumes me, unfortunately and I’m like a bull on a rampage. I’m thankful to have a husband that does just stop and enjoy a moment. When I’m running around like a crazy person he wraps his arms around me for a hug just because its nice or reminds me its not a waste of time to take a spontaneous minute to stop and pray. Sometimes I just catch him smelling coffee.

Well here’s a free desktop wallpaper set to celebrate that! I just got in in time for Octobers batch. You can download them for free right here and make your screens all pretty. I hope you enjoy your Friday evening whatever you’re doing.