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.
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.
I love the cosiness of the whole run up to Christmas with its warm spiced beverages, twinkling lights and festive film watching in cuddly blankets. For me creating this cosy atmosphere starts with the christmas tree which instantly transforms a room even when it’s just a baby one like ours. We’ve actually always had a fake one year on year but after the addition of a few more furniture pieces we were left with no room for our 6 foot seasoned companion. We ventured a whole 5 minutes down our road to get our hands on a replacement and proudly escorted it home. It feels like there’s Christmas trees for sale on every corner of London!!
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.
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!
This idea has been bubbling away for a while now but it’s been put to the side on a number of occasions. Everyone loves a hanging planter right? I’ve made and owned various such hanging delights around the house but really wanted to create a tiered version so I could hang three plants at a time. You could actually go wild and add even more tiers but I decided to give start of with three. This baby now sits pride of place in our bedroom replacing our previous planter friend. It had to make way for this superior good looking number…poor thing.
I bring you sparkly, celebratory loveliness this fine Thursday (um where did this week go)?? If you love throwing a party or if you’re just a party-ware magpie then you may be left drooling over the beautiful celebration ranges at Urbanic Paper Boutique. To give you a little taster of whats on offer I’ve put together two collaged selections, which I hope get’s your party planning imagination running wild. Check out the shop!
- Fimo (available from craft shops/ ebay)
- Gold paint
- Cheap necklace chains
- Rolling pin
- Scalpel & a ruler
- Cutting mat
Use the paper to make geometric stencils to cut from the Fimo. Roll the Fimo on a cutting mat, then with a sharp scalpel and ruler cut around your stencil. Use a pen to make holes for the chain to feed through and then bake your shapes on a foiled baking tray for 30 mins on 110ºC or 230ºF remembering to leave them to cool and harden once baked. Now you’re free to paint the gold areas. You will probably need at least three coats and it’s sensible to let each coat dry before moving on to the next. Finally thread the chain through the holes. You may need to temporarily remove a metal end that might prevent the chain from fitting through.