diy neck candy

16th September 2014

diy necklace 1

Yes people! I finally have a new DIY for you! I’m so sorry for such a canyon sized gap between this and the last one. It certainly wasn’t intentional but design work very much got in the way. Actually ‘got in the way’ makes it sound like an unwanted obstacle but I’ve been very thankful for it. To prove I’m not just a one trick DIY pony (I’m referring to spray paint) I thought I’d whip out another favourite to make these simple but stylish necklaces. Say hello to my friend Fimo once more. I was quite taken with the ‘Fimo Effects‘ range of polymer clay and ordered a marble and granite block to turn into these tube beads. It looks really affective and the clay even has tiny glitter pieces worked in.

You’ll need…

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To make…

  1. Preheat the oven to 110 degrees C
  2. Cut a chunk of the Fimo and roll and handle to soften in your hands. Then roll on the cutting mat into a long sausage shape. Keep on rolling to make an even cylinder about 1/4 inch in diameter.
  3. Cut the long sausage into sections about 1 1/2 inches long. Then gently push the skewer into the cylinder until it goes the whole way through. Give it a wiggle to make the hole a little bigger and take the skewer out.
  4. Place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 mins. Leave to cool completely.
  5. Then tape a section of each bead so that no gold colour can reach that area. Then spray the exposed area with the metallic spray paint. I did this on the skewer and left it to dry in this way too so as not to scuff any of the paint.
  6. Once dry you can now thread the bead onto your chain and wear!

diy necklace 3

There will be more DIYs coming your way soon along with a way to get your hands on some of these necklaces. I made loads!

new etsy print

12th September 2014

new etsy print

I found out that I won the room makeover challenge, hooray! You may remember the print I made for it and now you can buy it from my Etsy shop, double hooray!  If you fancy adorning your walls with this inky number then you can find it right here. A little note to say a change on delivery in my shop. If you buy two prints then postage is the same price as one so that’s pretty handy!

Have a fun weekend!

another anniversary

10th September 2014

Anniv 3 years

I don’t often get super personal over here at The Lovely Drawer but I had to mention it was our Wedding Anniversary. 3 years ago that fresh faced pair was us! People say hasn’t it whizzed by but actually it seems like ages ago! That’s not to say it’s been in any way a drag, let’s just set that straight. I haven’t forgotten life before marriage but in a way I feel like it’s taken over a greater chunk of my life (weird). Our lives have merged so much and we’ve changed in so many ways. Each season I’ve liked better than the last even if it’s been a harder one, as that’s how God grows us and keeps us focused on him.

Even though our wedding day was such a gorgeous day, marriage definitely trumps it. It’s much harder and lacking the pretty dress and wedding cake but I’ve enjoyed learning to do life with someone else. I’ve been completely humbled by God’s provision in Nick. He can tell when I need encouragement, he says the things I don’t always want to hear but need to hear, his strengths are different to mine, I see Christ when he still loves me even when I’m unloveable and sometimes seeing him go about something a different way to me shows me my own broken way of relating to that something. It’s taught me so much more about God’s grace and makes so real the biblical picture of marriage, Christ and his Church. We’ll keep on struggling away with God’s help to reflect that.

It might sound puny to be getting all reflective after just 3 years of marriage but if I feel this way now I’m excited to see what the years ahead bring. It’s no fairytale (pssst rom coms lie) but it’s so worth it! I love that I laugh with Nick more than I ever have, that I still get excited about date night or even just when he walks through the door after work and more than anything I love serving other people with him, whatever that looks like…Team Muncey!

Reflective and moderately sentimental post over FYI. Hope you have a lovely day!

Anniv 3 years 2

Photos by Rebecca Wedding Photography

room makeover part 2

9th September 2014

Budget renovation 1

Hi guys! Sorry that this wasn’t posted when promised. Something very strange was going on with my blog and it was having some serious blog doctor attention. Anyway all is back to normal and so I can get on with posting the second half of the room makeover challenge in association with Direct Blinds. Here’s the brief in case you’ve forgotten and here you’ll find the ins and outs of  the £50 transformation. So ‘where did the money go?’ you may be asking. Well here’s the break down…

  • Small table – £3.00 from Furnish charity shop
  • Vase – £1.00 Age concern charity shop
  • Bowl – (originally for a hanging basket) £1.00 Pound World
  • Wool – £6.00 Ebay
  • Cardboard ampersand – £3.00 Ebay
  • Doweling rod – Free Found on the on my road in a pile of items being thrown away. You could also use a long found stick.
  • Shelves – £12.00 Ikea
  • Stools – £6.00 Ikea
  • Mini Cacti – £4.50 Ikea
  • House plant – £1.00 Ikea
  • Light cord – £4.00 Ikea
  • Montana spray paint in mint and pale pink – £5.98 Ebay
  • Gold metallic spray paint – £1.95 Ebay
  • Table cloth – Free old white table cloth I had in the cupboard
  • Black pixar lamp – Free already own but was positioned awkwardly in the room next door and so moved it.
  • Both black frames – Free already hung in that room but with different pictures
  • Flowers – Free picked from our back garden space
  • Candle and saucer – Free already in that room

Total – £49.43

Budget renovation 2

Below are some of the objects before they’d been made all pretty. All of the projects I did for this room are very easily recreated and don’t take too much time either.

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I knew that a bright wall hanging would make a focal point with impact. I just loop tied sections of the wool around the doweling rod and trimmed the bottom into an arrow shape, finishing each piece off with a knot. I created new artwork for the wall and shelves, one using cut out shapes from an old magazine and the other using ink to paint a phrase. If you don’t have ink you could use black acrylic instead. If you aren’t confident with a paintbrush then keep it simpler and spell out your phrase in capital letters.

Spray paint is one of my favourite ways to give something a new lease of life. I honestly feel like I should be sponsored by a spray paint brand. Nick often asks what I plan to do with whatever my latest random purchase is and then he stops short, knowing the spray paint cans will be merrily making their way out of the draw. The sprayed colour worked a treat on the stools to break up some of the white. I also attacked the cardboard ampersand, the vase and the small table with my cans (it’s just like Pringles I’m telling you). I made sure I sanded the table before applying the spray paint which helped to get an even finish. I also sprayed the hanging basket and then cut a circle in the wire at the bottom so I could turn it upside down and secure to the Ikea fabric cable. A really easy and cheap way to create a statement light.

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I added some pattern to a plain white table cloth that was tucked away, sad and lonely in a cupboard. Most people have one of these lying around somewhere. I have a huge stash of all sorts of arty materials and so I used some black fabric paint for this however you could also use black acrylic paint which you may be more likely to have. If so then simply prewash the table cloth without using fabric softener to prepare the surface. Then you can just scalpel out a triangle or shape of your choice from an old eraser or even a potato and stamp away to your hearts content.

Shelves added interest at different levels to a very plain section of wall and plants really bring the room to life. As soon as there’s some greenery in a room I feel like it becomes more homey.

All in all I’m happy with the results. The room is definitely brighter and full of personality, with some quirky one off pieces. It’s much more in keeping with the rest of our flat now. Anyone out there share a spray paint addiction such as my own? 

 

makeover a room with £50

4th September 2014

Budget renovation 1

Along with other bloggers, I was asked to take part in a renovation challenge in association with Direct Blinds. We were given £50 to brighten up a tired room and all purchases had to come within that budget as they explain here. It’s such a fun idea, the kind of thing I dream up when I catch myself aimlessly staring out the window. Our dining room seemed the perfect space to work some magic on. I’m by no means going to pretend our dining room was a hideous mess of dated junk but it’s the plainest room of the house by a long way and has always lacked any character. It’s a lovely bright space but it’s always bugged me that the walls seem quite bare and it generally lacks the personality that the rest of the flat seems to hold.

I’m not sure it would be OTT to say I’m a bit of a bargain queen. When you’re a keen DIYer it’s hard not to be in bargain mode 24-7, scouting them out and visualising them after you’ve thrown a ton of spray paint or embellishment at them to make something awesome! I rarely buy things full price much to my husbands disgrace (you think he’d be happy). Charity shops, markets, sales and Ebay are some of my best friends but transforming a room with any noticeable impact for £50 was still quite a challenge even for me. But I did it! And below is a brief glimpse of the results. I’ll be sharing more photos of my new look dining room tomorrow, along with a price break down and behind the scenes ‘how to’.

Budget renovation 2

 

dipped berry & pistachio shortbread

2nd September 2014

white choc shortbread

Hello Lovely Drawer readers! This is far prettier than what I’ve been looking at most of the day. I had a pile of banking to get sorted for The Lovely Drawer…two months worth to be precise. I will try and not use busyness as an excuse again as I never want to have to do two months worth again in my lifetime. This little twist on classic Scottish shortbread is much sweeter. I’ve never been a huge fan of the stuff but I do like this recipe. In keeping with every other recipe I touch I just can’t leave it alone but I think the white chocolate, raspberry and pistachio make it all the nicer! For the full recipe head over to Aspiring Kennedy. This British Classic can be a little cheers to her and her family’s arrival back in the UK, yay! Check the full post out here.

 

 

styling the seasons – september

1st September 2014

styling september1 I was excited to be asked to take part in ‘Styling the Seasons’ series thought up by Katy at Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots. I love the idea of not allowing each month to just pass by undocumented but instead styling a surface in your home that reflects that month and what associations it has for you.  Months do seem to steamroll by don’t they? Top idea Katy and Charlotte! For September I decided to style my bedside table. I kept it fresh and minimal with lots of white to show new beginnings. September is always a month of new starts for me even since leaving academic terms behind. 3 years ago September was the month Nick and I embarked on marriage, 2 years ago September was the month we were able to raise the funds to move to London for Nick to do his internship and suddenly life was orientated in that direction. Last September I started doing 4 days a week in my job so I could freelance properly on the fifth and inevitably that led me to what I’m doing now. This September Nick leaves paid ministry behind to start a new job and a new chapter which will mean our life looks quite different. There’s always something new and fresh in September! I also love having my bedside table clean and white so that’s the first thing I see when I wake up. A big pile of colour and clutter would more than likely make me want to turn over and go back to sleep! As for the sun glasses….well that’s a nod to my year on year September optimism. I always hold onto summer for dear life, lamenting the dark and cold months ahead so I’m hoping for another wave of sun and heat to round things off. Extra Indian Summer anyone?

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If you want to play then style a surface, upload and image and tag Katy and Charlotte on social media and use #StylingTheSeasons.

something for your screen

26th August 2014

oranges & lemons desktop

Hello from our cute little holiday abode in Cheshire. This month’s helping of desktop TLC is a bit late in arrival but as I’ve mentioned previously, it’s been quite the month. The weather outside may have turned decidedly Autumnal here but let’s fight off the inevitable loss of sunlight hours and sniffly noses with a big dollop of vitamin C! I had lots of fun painting these with watercolour and ink yesterday and now you can download them for free to jolly up your screens. Simply find your free desktop wallpapers here.

victoria & abigail giveaway!

22nd August 2014

giveaway

It’s Friday! That doesn’t mean tons for me as tomorrow there is yet more work to do but Sunday I’m off on holiday so it will all be worth it! Fridays are great anyway but to maximise that Friday feeling I’m bring you a giveaway in association with the fab Victoria & Abigail. You may have been drooling over their products after my post yesterday, well here’s the chance to win some. All you need to do is to enter via Punch Tab below to win these stunning 100% cotton printed tea towels and set of typographic coasters. They’re screen printed onto chip board. The giveaway is running for a week and Victoria & Abigail can ship anywhere so there’s no excuses!

I’ll have some of that

21st August 2014

Abigial & Victoria

bowls cushion cover // geometric fruit bowl // tin can bowls // hexa side table // wood pile cushion cover // pebble design napkins // sunset radiance table lamp // flamingo print cushion cover

Today I’m bringing you the delights of an up and coming online shop dedicated to showcasing independent designer makers. The South African duo behind this fab shop are, you’ve guessed it…Victoria and Abigail have been friends for years and are passionate about what they do and all round lovely (I met them last Friday, kind of by accident).

abigail & victoria

I fell in love with their bold and interesting choice of products from designers such as Moko, Chandler House, Indigi, Skinny Laminx, Paper Tales and Jesse Breytenbach among others. Above are some of my absolute faves and if I had some spare pennies right now I’d be headed straight to their online checkout with these in my basket. These lovely ladies ship globally so go take a look at their shop, there’s all sorts of colours and shapes bouncing around over there. They’ve also very kindly given Lovely Drawer readers a special discount code for 15% off, whoop! Just enter LOVELYDRAWER15 at checkout to claim your discount and it’s valid until the end of September. Tomorrow I’m excited to say I’ll be running a giveaway with the chance to win an assortment of Victoria & Abigail products. Excited? I am!

This was a sponsored post, however 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.