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.
Hi folks! You may well have headed to the many events spread all over the capital for London Design Festival yourself. I only managed two days and it left me full to the brim with inspiration and totally exhausted all at the same time. I took on the Shoreditch Design Triangle on the Tuesday and then The Design Junction on the Thursday and thought I’d share my favourites as a slice of interiors inspiration for you all. Read more
I’m usually very monochrome in my style and have been getting increasingly so over the last year. I keep on pulling more and more colour out of my home and wardrobe and yet I’m still always drawn to bright abstract pops of colour when I’m out and about. I so often use bold colours in my design work too so my unprofessional diagnosis is I’m one confused character when it comes to colour. I really do love abstract shape combinations and this bright, nineties vibe that’s still running through so much of the design world at the moment. It instantly makes me happy and shoots me back to childhood.
I decided to extend my current obsession into a tropical montage of greenery! Oh I do love a palm, whether in a pot or printed onto fabric. Considering how much I don’t love green as a colour, it’s strange that as soon as it takes on plant form I totally change my tune and champion it! Here’s some summery inspiration to try making or to spend your pennies on!
This pattern might look a bit familiar and you’d be right! I liked the dabbed paint affect from the DIY phone pouch so much that I thought it needed to make it’s way onto a cushion too. This kind of painting takes minimal skill and therefore minimal time. That’s the kind of DIY I’m sure we all like.You’ll need…
- Wool in the colour of your choice
- Plain white cushion
- Cushion inner
- Black fabric paint
- Paint brush
- Cardboard scrap
- Needle and white thread
- White paper
- Firstly take the inside of your cushion cover with your cardboard to protect the under side and then dab on strokes of black fabric paint with your brush. They don’t all need to be exactly the same size and shape but try and keep them roughly evenly spaced. Leave to dry.
- Draw around a glass to make a circle. I used a champagne flute as this was the right size for my desired pom pom size. Then draw around something smaller to create the hole for the middle. Cut around both circle marks (you may need a scalpel for the middle). Then repeat so you have two.
- Place one disc on top of the other and start wrapping your wool around. Wrap the wool round until it looks like the above disc. The hole in the middle should now be quite small.
- Then cut another piece of wool and slot it in between the two cardboard discs. Tie this in a tight knot.
- Then pull the discs away from each other so that the pom pom is released and then you can trim any excess bits of wool.
- When the cushion cover is dry, iron over the pattern with a piece of plain paper in between. The heat will fix the paint.
- Then thread your needle and sew a pom pom in each corner, threading through the centre of each one to make sure it’s secure.
- Then fill the cover with your cushion inner and find a home for your new make.
I hope you enjoyed this revamp of an oldie but goodie. Perhaps something to try over the weekend. Have a lovely one!