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.
This make was inspired by a trip to one of my favourite shop for ‘things you never knew you needed’, Flying Tiger. I came across this lovely grey marl, jersey yarn and instantly had to buy it and worry about dreaming up a use for it later. It wasn’t long before I was taken with the idea of somehow donning a wrapping technique to create a handy, whilst pretty, trivet. I’m often trying to scramble for things to put down to protect the table or surfaces from scalding heat. Our table is a bit worse for wear on that front amongst others but I’m soon to be getting a new one and looking forward to using things to keep it protected. Having said that, these could easily be used as coasters for hot drinks too. You need very few materials to create this Scandi inspired idea which is even better. Read more
Exciting new things have landed in my shop! If you follow me on Instagram you may have already been seeing peeks of the new product I’ve been designing and recently had back from print. I always love escaping the screen and general to do lists and setting aside a few creative days to get my inks and paints out and go crazy with the brushes & usually my clothes as a bi product. Weirdly I come up with a lot of my ideas when I’m swimming on Wednesday mornings which makes me think I should be expensing that activity! Normally I fill my work space with a forest’s worth of paper (don’t panic, I recycle) and then come back a day later to cut through the clutter and pick out the best bits that could be turned into something great! There’s a mixture of illustrations and brush lettering with some fun and quirky sentiments which I hope you lovely people will enjoy.
It’s time for a new DIY project over on ever pretty Sugar & Cloth and this time I’ve effectively made a puzzle for grown ups. These geometric coasters can be used individually for drinks or slot together to make a patterned trivet tray for serving. A smart idea for the upcoming festive season, whether that’s for entertaining or giving as gifts. You can find the full tutorial right here.
Since arriving back from Budapest it very feels like it’s time to take the bull by the horns and throw myself head first into the run up to Christmas. I can’t live in denial any longer. To kick things off I’ve added a bunch of new products to the shop! I’m excited to reveal a new selection of prints, including a completely customisable print where you can decide on the phrase or sentiment, as well as the size and colours. Not only does it mean you can get exactly what you want, it also makes a great Christmas gift for someone special. There’s nothing quite like a personal touch. Find all of them right here.