I don’t know about you but I’m still riding that new year wave of ‘let’s get organised’ and ‘it’s time to sort my life out’. You know the drill. I’m on over drive with the brand spanking new office / studio (room tour coming your way soon) and I’ve become an even bigger fan than usual when it comes to nifty ways of concealing clutter, whether that’s the piles of product and materials I own or just the clutter in my head! If like me you’re currently banging this drum, I’ve rounded up seven ways to DIY your way to a more organised workspace / home.
It’s that time of year when every one is riding the ‘health horse’, trying to undo the damage of festive feasting when Quality Street chocolate somehow became acceptable as a meal and multiple cheese courses in a day became the norm. I actually can’t eat the majority of the holiday treats which I’m pretty happy about on the other side of Christmas although not so much at the time. Many of you may be upgrading your gym membership, investing in a juicer and purchasing every green edible item you can get hold of or you may have already fallen off that ‘health horse’. Well I’m much more about making healthy choices part of my lifestyle rather than a resolution or a ‘diet’ as such but it really does help a whole lot when those healthy choices are appetising. Let’s be honest, most of us love food and eating well shouldn’t make us miserable.
I don’t know about you but Christmas usually brings with it an array of gift boxes in all manner of sizes and shapes. This year was no exception, even receiving this pretty hexagon one and thought it was too nice to throw away. Of course I felt a DIY brewing. I’m loving the cork trend at the moment and so decided to play into that, remembering this super nifty self adhesive cork from a previous project. You can use any size or shape box you fancy but if you like the hexagon vibe, I’ve linked to a place you can get hold of one below.Read more
With a new year comes thoughts of what you might like to do differently. It may be the typical list of eat better, dry January, hitting the gym, doing that DIY job that you’ve been hiding from for months. Equally if you’re creative the new start may leave you brainstorming how you could turn your creative hobby into a business. For some people it’s that burning question that keeps on popping back into their minds and for some it’s just a little ‘what if’ niggle that gets shelved over and over because after all, ‘life’s too busy’ or ‘you probably wouldn’t be a success anyway.’ It’s tough to get up the nerve to just start, partly as you often don’t know where to start and so you continue with the same old 9-5 hustle! I’ve been there and I empathise but I come bearing good news that there’s help at hand. My first port of call was to open an Etsy shop in order to kick off my own business and I’m so glad I did. This year Etsy brings you Etsy Resolution, a free four week bootcamp starting at the end of January, designed specifically to help you with everything you need to know in order to set up shop, so you can feel confident to get rolling and smack the new year in the face!
Gorgeous photos by the talented Shelby Nickel Photography
Wow! What a year! I think I said the same thing this time last year but it was meant in a slightly more positive sense. I feel like we’ve arrived at the end of 2017 by the skin of our teeth, weary and so aware of God carrying us on his shoulders. It’s been a tough one and yet I don’t want to forget how many great things have also happened this year. I know there’s a tendency for them to get lost in a sea of blows to the head but as with every year I feel compelled to look back and take stock of the last twelve months. In many ways I feel like I’ve aged three years in the space of one and I’m pretty sure it looks like it too but there were also so many blessings that can’t be ignored and making myself list them out here makes it clear that this year has been richer in highs than lows even though it may not feel like it on a day to day basis.
What are you up to for New Years Eve this year? You might be trying to put that out of your mind having just recovered from all the Christmas celebrations but if you’re planning a little get together then I’ve thought up a few simple ideas to make your evening that little bit special but without lots of work. I don’t know about you but I love low key dinners for New Year’s Eve. Good friends, good food and good conversation, around one table.
What’s your Christmas style? Mine seems to evolve year on year. When we were first married we spent some of our John Lewis vouchers on stocking up on tree decorations, prepared months in advance to deck the halls! At that time we opted for a traditional Scandi assortment of red and white with lots of wooden decorations and garlands strewn around the house, thinking it was classic and had longevity. It was sweet but three years down the line I wondered why an earth I was bringing red into my home when I would never, I repeat never at any other point in the year. Unless it’s a red lip I’m usually not a fan of the colour and so feeling liberated to cut this typically festive shade out of our home, I starting making my own monochrome decorations with splashes of gold and felt much more at peace.
Brunch is possibly my favourite meal of the day and to be honest I wish I could do it more often but life doesn’t always allow for it. We volunteer most Saturday mornings and then we’re at church every Sunday morning. We love both and wouldn’t swap them, although that does mean brunches are few and far between. Having said that, they’re extra special when they do happen. It’s a meal that allows you a bit of a lie in and some extra time to prepare something tasty. I’ve teamed up with Argos to inspire you with a cosy, Winter brunch, styled with some of my favourite items. Oh and I’ve included the recipes too!
Have you ever made your Christmas gifts? As you can imagine, I have in the past. Most years it’s been something really nice and festive to do but I do remember with a real lack of fondness, the year I was far, far too ambitious! I even roped Nick in and the poor boy spent an entire day cutting the pages I had designed for my tear notepads. Then the frosted glass spray paint didn’t work for the personalised bottles I’d dreamt up, peeling off as it dried and I had to come up with a different idea on the fly to rectify this disaster. See, even DIY bloggers have fails sometimes and needless to say the whole day wasn’t the most enjoyable.
Gift wrapping can either be an delicate art or a case of crumpling paper until it fits and slamming on some tape for good measure. When you’re organised and have time it’s a beautiful thing, an activity you can do perched in front of Elf or Love Actually, feeling all together jolly. Unfortunately I can only remember a handful of times it’s looked like that for me and only one of them since being married. The first year we were married we made all our gifts and I decided, the crafty cat I am, to make all the wrapping paper and gift tags. We had a great time watching said films and sipping mulled wine as we went, all at our leisure with plenty of time to spare. Unfortunately the last few years haven’t looked so blissful. It’s involved frantically wrapping at midnight the day before heading home….and by ‘we’ I really mean Nick as he’s reticent to trust the accuracy of my folding. I sit and watch open mouthed and more than a little impatient as he measures out box nets to get the snuggest fit. Only he could turn wrapping into maths! As you can tell I don’t enjoy that flustered wrapping experience at all.