National Tile Week is back for it’s second year, running all this week (10-17th April) and to celebrate there will be various events to focus our attention on the best of British design and manufacture when it comes to the once humble tile. Tiles have definitely seen a massive growth in popularity over the last couple of years and if Instagram is a barometer then you’ll have notice capturing your pretty shoes on an even prettier tiled floor has become ‘total Instagram goals’ and even developed it’s own hashtag.
I’m becoming quite the collector of fluffy ‘stroke me’ cushions in our pad! I’m not sure how that happened but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s nice to break up a room by adding in some textures, particularly when most of the room is one colour, in my case all grey!
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.
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
Hi guys! That’s right, I’m bringing you another wood based DIY because as you can see I’m pretty pumped about discovering the best wood glue ever. There are yet more wood tutorials to come so hold off getting bored just a little bit longer! I promise to sprinkle some other ones in between.
Happy Sunday! Here’s a fun DIY idea for the weekend. After the DIY wall clock I made a while ago, I really fancied dreaming up a desk clock that could stand of it’s own accord. In all fairness it doesn’t have to sit on your desk, it would work just as well on a shelf or even on your bedside table too. To make this a reality, I turned to my age old friend, clay. We really are the best of buddies but for this project I decided to use the air dry version rather than the stuff you bake as I didn’t have anything oven-safe to sit it on to hold it’s shape. If you do however (i.e something with a clean right angle) then go for it! Oven bake clay is definitely easier to work with if you have the choice. I also added a marble effect because you can’t really go wrong with blush marbling can you? It’s always a winner in my eyes and paired with a brass set of hands, it’s a perfect combo.
Hi friends! Admittedly DIY projects have been in short supply on the blog of late but it’s certainly not because I’ve lost interest. The great news is I have lots lined up and finally a bit of time to execute. Here’s one to kick things off. Keep your keys looking picture perfect with this month’s DIY tutorial for Sugar & Cloth and just like all my other polymer clay projects, it couldn’t be easier. I don’t know about you but I’m definitely one for endlessly rooting around in my bags for my stray keys and a chunky keyring like this makes life just that little bit easier. Find the full tutorial here.
Let’s liven up Monday with a DIY for your home shall we? If you read my blog regularly you may remember I did a post on the botanical trend back in Autumn. I had been out foraging for greenery which is less unusual than I’d like to admit and found some fern leaves. I took them home a rekindled the art of flower pressing with the help of my husband’s brick size books of theology. Sad to say that’s the most use I’ve personally had out of them but they certainly did the trick. Then the story goes, I totally forgot about them until one day my memory jolted and proclaimed, ‘I must make coasters’. A revolutionary statement if ever you heard one. It bothered me slightly that I was a DIY blogger and had never used resin in a single project I’d executed. I was intrigued by the stuff and settled in this as the perfect project to flex some new DIY muscles.
Well looky here, this is rather a girly post for you all this fine Tuesday. When I discovered metallic gold leather paint…well…it had me at ‘hello’ that’s all I can say. But what to make? I went digging around to find the leftover white leather from a previous DIY project and was all smiles to find there was enough left to fashion a clutch bag. All mine have died a death in one way or another over the years.
There’s a new DIY over on Sugar and Cloth for you guys to try out. This time it’s a patterned side table and it doesn’t involve any nails or screws (my kind of DIY). You can even mix things up and use it is a plant stand, why not eh? I’d like to mention at this point that the plant pictured no longer looks that green and I did in fact have to wheel it out to it’s grave today. Sad but unsurprising considering my track record with anything green. Oh well I’ll try again with a new victim. If you fancy finding out how to make this then just head over to Sugar and Cloth for the full tutorial!
images and styling from Fall For DIY
It’s day 4 of our 12 styled days of Christmas and I’m excited to welcome Fran from Fall For DIY into the mix. I’ve been a big fan of Fran’s for a very long time, way before I ever met her in the flesh and I’ve always admired her endless creativity and clean, fresh aesthetic. She’s one busy lady creating a huge amount of clever DIY tutorials over on her blog and also now runs We Make Collective supplying creative kits and inspiration to get us all crafting away. Everything she touches turns to gold so I couldn’t wait to see what she came up with and was beaming when I realised it involved breakfast. My favourite meal! Over to you Fran…
I’m so excited to be kicking of this Christmas blog series and excited to reveal all the other bloggers I got involved each of the 12 days. Thanks to West Elm for supporting the series and making it even sparklier. It seems logical to start with myself so here goes. And don’t forget you can also follow along on the Front + Main and #kindredspirits.
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.
Happy hump day! It sure has felt like that for me today but hooray because my next DIY contribution is up on Sugar & Cloth! Let me introduce you to these mini mountain photo holders, possibly the cutest way to display your postcards and pictures…possibly. What do you think?
Head over to Sugar & Cloth for the full tutorial here. It does of course include my one true love, polymer clay. This time you don’t even need to roll or mould it…madness!
I’m Hi folks! I’m really excited to reveal my DIY as part of the Voyage wallpaper challenge. Let me introduce you to Voyage and their ultra gorgeous range of patterned wall art, hand painted and digitally printed on non-woven paper.I fell particularly hard for their new ‘Iridescence’ collection in the Voyage Studio Line range in all its dreamy watercolour glory. I picked the Jadu Grenadine design, inspired by the effect that light can have on colour to create a dramatic shimmering look and feel. When the roll arrived it was even more beautiful and vibrant in real life than in the pictures. The design manages to hold such an array of colours without looking gaudy.
I hope you guys all had a fab weekend and much relaxation was had! My next monthly DIY is live over on Sugar & Cloth and this one is especially for Summer entertaining. You don’t need a whole lot to make these fun dipping bowls but they’ll make your table come alive, fiesta style! You may well be able to tell I have a bit of a thing for porcelain paint at the moment so go get your hands on some. Find the full DIY tutorial right here.
I’m also very chuffed to have been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award! I’m in the DIY & craft category so if you enjoy my DIY projects then would you be ever so sweet and pop over to vote for me here. It just takes a second and you’d make me ever such a happy girl!
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.
I think its definitely time for another DIY! This one’s been hanging around for a while waiting to be posted and I’ve only just got down to it. After my crazy work stint trying to get my etsy shop up and running I had a a day of light relief in the form of a creative fun Friday, where I came up with these fun fruity morsels, perfect for Summer. My good friend Lora (aka bag maker and sewing whizz) lent a much needed helping hand in constructing the bags and even made a template to follow which I’ve turned into a free download for you. The template can be adapted in size to whatever you fancy filling the pouch with. Don’t panic, you don’t need to be a sewing extraordinaire but I enjoyed having my handy private tutor. Below you’ll find lots of photos and Lora’s instructions to guide you through.
You will also need some scissors, a pencil, iron, sewing machine, pins, hand needle, paint brush and a printer and A4 paper for the template.
- Cut two squares of white cotton fabric.
- Draw the shapes you want for printing onto the rubber and cut/gauge out with a cutting tool/scalpel.
- Coat your stamp in paint and print to create a pattern for the front and back. Try doing a few practise prints to get a nice even print. Try to space the shapes fairly evenly but don’t be a perfectionist about lining the stamps up. Jaunty angles and small imperfections make for a more movement in the pattern.
- Once dry take a paint brush and use black fabric paint to draw on the details i.e the seeds or texture. Iron all your fabric.
- Download the template here and print and cut out. Then pin this template on top of the two pieces of patterned fabric in line with the grain (use guide on template) and cut around the edge. The flat edge (with no curved corners) is the top where the zip will be. Snip the middle markers so that you can line up your fabrics later.
- Now do the same with the lining fabrics. Pin on template, draw round and cut out, snipping the middle marker.
- Sew the outer fabric and then the lining (right sides together) around the sides and bottom, starting 1.5cm away from too edge and finishing 1.5cm away from top edge.
- Back to the main fabric; unzip your zip so the puller is about halfway along (this will make it easier to sew around it).
- Leaving your bag inside out, pin the zip to the top edges (making sure the correct side to the zip is inside the bag so it is the right way round when you turn it through).
- Sew along the tape and fabric until you reach the puller. Stop sewing but keep the needle through the fabric and raise the foot. You should be able to wiggle the puller past the foot. Once past, continue until the end. Repeat the other side.
- Before turning through, snip into your seam allowance on the curved corners up to about 1-2mm away from the stitch line. This will mean your corners will lay flatter.
- Now unzip your bag fully and turn it through to the right way. You may need to really push through the corners properly with your fingers. Iron it flat.
- Get the lining and fold the 1.5cm seam allowance over an iron it flat all the way along, repeat the other side.
- Put the lining inside the bag (your lining should still be as you stitched it so the seam allowances are on the outside, this means they will not be visible inside your bag).
- Now get a hand sewing needle and tack it to the inside of the bag, along the zip edge. You should have a nice, neat clean edge where you ironed the seam allowance flat.
- Iron your masterpiece and store all the wonders of your pencil case / make up bag/ sewing supplies to your hearts content!
Aahh finally some more DIY ideas to kick around this place. I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t all together that hopeful that these plaster of paris pots were going to work. The last time I used the stuff was probably in summer holiday kids camp where there was at least an array of Disney characters in silicone mould form to work with. I remember actually refusing to use plaster of paris one year because I was too afraid of getting dirty. Oh dear…yes I may have been ‘that kid’.
Anyway they ended up turning out as planned which is always a bonus. There’s always that suspense factor with new DIY projects, not really knowing if your idea will hold up or be an embarrassing flop. My advice is just make sure these moulds are watertight. Any slits or gaps will not bode well for these little pots but apart from that I’m happy to make up for lost time from my childhood.
You will need…
- Thick card (not corrugated)
- Toilet roll tube
- Strong glue
- Packing tape and double sided tape
- Scalpel and scissors
- Baking beads or stones
- Plaster of paris
- Spray paint
How to make…
1. Decide how tall you want your pot and how wide you want each panel to be. I made mine 4cm wide and so measured out five panels 4cm x the height side by side, adding an thinner panel flap at the end. Cut the whole thing out with your scalpel and ruler and score down each line. Don’t press too hard.
2. Cover the whole of the inside with packing tape, leaving no gaps apart from the extra flap. This will allow for the plaster shape to come away from the mould easily. I cut 4 cm strips of tape to try and fit within the panels and allow for a smoother finish on the outside.
3. Then to be on the safe side I put a strip of double sided tape along the thinner flap (taped side) with the strong glue and pulled the shape together to form a polygon. Fix the flap to the outside of the mould. Hold firmly together for a minute until stuck an then I added some packing tape to make sure the join was sealed.
4. Tape the outside of the toilet roll tube in the same way and then draw round the bottom of both the toilet roll tube and your polygon pot and cut out.
5. Then put some glue around the rim of each and attach to the bottom. Hold in place until they adhere. Then seal with packing tape to reinforce and cover any gaps. You can also do this on each fold of the polygon to protect the weak spots. I’d say go to town with tape on both the roll and your pot shape. It doesn’t need to look pretty right now. Attach tape (I used double sided as it’s so strong) to the inside of the toilet roll tube on either side, lower it into the pot and attach the tape strips to the sides. Go over this with packing tape too if you’d like. Fill the toilet roll tube with baking beads to weigh down.
6. Then mix your plaster of paris and water according to the instructions on the packet. I did this in a jug to make pouring easier. Once mixed pour into the mould. You may need to hold the toilet roll tube down if it starts to bob up. Tape the mould on the table a few times to get rid of air bubbles. If any leaks occur just get your tape and try and patch it up but don’t move it around too much. Leave for at least 2 hours to set.
7. Remove the baking beads. Cut the tape strips holding the tube and cut away your outer mould. Then pull out the tube roll. If you struggle as I did with one of mine, then start cutting strips into it and wiggle it out. Then in a well ventilated area spray on your ombre affect. You can do this by holding the pot on it’s side and using the spray paint on it’s side as well. Do small bursts of paint from the bottom and move the can closer to make it go slightly further up the sides.
8. Leave to dry and then you’re done! Time for this little pot to make a new home on your desk.
- Flat sheet of cork (you can buy single sheets from Ebay)
- Rivet Punch
- White paint (acrylic or emulsion) and delicate paintbrush
- Gold wire
- Chain to the length you want
- All-purpose glue
- Draw and cut out a diamond shape from your card. Then draw round it onto your cork and cut out with a scalpel. Make double for backing. You can then either draw on your design or use washi tape to mask off areas before painting with a couple of layers of white paint.
- When dry, glue the fronts to the extra diamonds to give them thickness.
- Then using a rivet punch, gently make a hole at the top of each diamond. Be careful as cork won’t withstand lots of wiggling in one of those punches.
- Then cut a small section of wire and use pliers to bend it into a circle leaving a gap. Thread through the cork hole and then close the gap with pliers. Then you can thread your chain through this hoop.
*This lovely couple got hitched! It was a beautiful day and so much fun to finally get to put all my months of craftiness into action. Looking forward to sharing some more of that with you.
*With hot weather comes thunder storms, which I’ve surprisingly enjoyed falling asleep to. Perhaps the best part is waking up to a calm, stillness in the morning. I think I need to make more time for that stillness in my life.