This story begins when I got my tattoo post Christmas. I’d been told to keep it moisturised and that cocao butter was really good for this. I speedily ordered myself what can only be described as a bucket of the stuff, without really realising it came in solid flakes. The smell was literally amazing, full of chocolaty goodness and so I spent considerable amounts of time just smelling the bucket. I realised that as soon as I rubbed the flakes on my tattoo it immediately started to melt and moisturised the area really well…so my thinking was ‘I need to turn this into a sweet smelling lip balm pronto!
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.
You may have noticed my posts taking on a much more Summery vibe of late, for which I’ll make no apologies, unless you live in a country that is currently experiencing mid Winter. Perhaps just store these tips and freebies up for when the warmth returns. I’ve fallen in love with all things indigo and thought it would translate rather nicely into dinner ware for a Summer party or get together. Balmy evenings spent with friends are always a great idea so above I’ve pulled out my favourite Etsy finds for you to have a gander at. They’re so pretty and I’ve especially fallen hard for those painted spoons!
What a week! Two days were taken up with a yucky medical procedure and recovery which I totally put a brave face on but may well be scarred with the painful memory swimming around in my head for life. The week then wrapped up with my phone being stolen, not ideal in any way shape or form and now kind of feeling like I’ve lost a leg (probably unhealthy). The only redeeming part is that we literally got contents insurance two weeks ago for the very first time! Such madness.
Well you can’t get much more summery than this!! The lovely ladies over at Bespoke Bride are currently running a month of all things tutti frutti and when they asked me to design a free printable I was very happy to oblige! I came up with these free printable notelets for wedding guests to write their words of advice and ‘well wishes’ on. For the full post and a chance to get your hands on this fruity array, head over to Bespoke Bride.
I’m excited to have another guest DIY post slot over on Bespoke Bride. It’s bold and bright and comes with free printable envelope liners! If you’re planning a wedding or want to store this for a hypothetical future event (wink wink) then head on over to Emily and Jessica’s gorgeous blog right here.
As with many a Friday, I want to bring you a freebie, this time it’s a festive one! I’ve designed for you a free (yes free) printable advent calendar that even the most scaredy crafter could put together. I love interesting advent calendars and the more I think about it the more I think that might have something to do with year upon year of those generic cardboard ones with the chocolates that taste like paper. Grim.
To make this colourful one with goodies of your choice instead, start by finding a large stick. Go and scavenge in the park and join me in looking like a crazy person.
Now all you have to do is download the template sheets right here. Then print them off onto paper or card. I used a thick 200gsm paper. Cut around the outside and score along the fold line. Then stick strips of double sided tape on the flaps so that when you fold the bag, the whole thing come together to fit into place. The bottom tab slots in the inside and side tab goes round the back.
Hole punch a hole at the top of each one and fill with treats. After learning the hard way I would advise not using baked treats as those little gingerbread men have made some greasy patches on the bags.
Then tie differing lengths of string through the holes and round the stick until all of your advent bags are hanging and looking lovely.
Enjoy! Maybe even try it this weekend and please do share any pics with me if you decide to make it!
Hello! Just lifting my head out from the endless work pile I’m immersed in, long enough to bring you a breath of fresh air and Summer colour. Here’s the second instalment of the party printables for West Elm‘s, Front + Main blog. This week you can download free labels to pretty up your table spread. You know you want some! Head over to the awesome Front + Main for the full post and your colourful freebies.
Happy half way point in the week! I’m very excited to link you to the first in a series of posts I worked on for West Elm‘s global blog Front + Main (let’s out a little squeal). Firstly if you’ve never visited this blog then put wrongs to right now and head over. I’m sure it will become one of your regulars! It’s full of design inspiration, gorgeous home styling and makeovers as well as tasty recipes.
Secondly, I was super duper happy when I was asked to come up with some free Summer printables to be styled for a Summer soirée! I have no idea why but this colour palette instantly popped into my head and so out came the watercolours. I wanted to make something fresh and fun, which is what any summer party should be right? Thanks so much to West Elm for all the beautiful products I requested for styling this. It was better than Christmas when that enormous parcel arrived! The recycling bin has recently recovered.
So head on over to Front + Main to see the full post and to download some of the freebies and tips for a great summer party. Keep your eyes peeled for more!
Hi! Sorry for my absence in blogland. There’s been a whole lot going on and changes brewing which have left me little head space for much else. To my surprise January whizzed past, turning into one big rainy blur. Now suddenly it’s February and nearly Valentine’s and I went to get in quickly and share this simple little DIY with you.
All you need to make your little jar of love is…
- downloadable labels
- A small jar
- A4 paper or inkjet sticker paper
- Heart shaped sweets
- Start by downloading your free printable sheet of labels. You can either print this onto paper and glue your labels onto the jar or you can print them onto inkjet sticker paper, which is a little easier.
- Choose a heart size that works with your jar and draw a circle on top of the heart pattern to cut out and use for the lid. Stick them on.
- Then fill your heart with sweets. I used heart shaped Haribos but it would work just as well with heart shaped chocolates.
1. hanging flower tins…
Peel the label off an any old tine and scrub to get rid of the stickiness. Then masking tape the area you don’t want painted, making sure the tape joins up. Then paint any colour you want. I used a paint tester pot from a hard wear store and did 3 coats to get the colour looking even, allowing each coat to dry in between. Once all coats are dry, peel off the tape and wrap some twine around the top. You can knot two pieces of twine either side and gather them up to make another knot. Make sure it hangs evenly and then tie another long piece of twine to hang. Then you can put a little bit of water in them, along with your flowers and tie to anything you want.
2. homemade guacamole…
- 1 large ripe tomato
- 3 avocados, very ripe but not bruised
- Juice of 1 large lime
- Handful of coriander, leaves and stalks chopped, plus a few leaves roughly chopped, to serve
- 1 small red onion , finely chopped
- 1 chilli , red or green, deseeded and finely chopped
Cut the tomato into tiny pieces, so that it turns into a pulp. Tip these into a bowl and then de-stone the avacados, and scoop out in with the tomato. Tip all the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and season. Mash everything together. Serve straight away with some fresh coriander sprinkled on the top or leave the avocado stone in the bowl along with the dip and chill in the fridge.