This week we celebrate all things stationery with a whole week devoted to the art of all things desk-worthy. Today itself is actually National Stationery Day, win win! As you know I design stationery and am an all round lover of all things pretty in this arena and all that to say I know I’m not alone at all because so many of you obsess over new stationery to the point where it’s hard to actually use it and ruin it’s beautiful shiny, newness.
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.
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.
It’s time for another DIY and this one really is easy! I know there are lots of stationery nerds out there, just like me. You love checking out all the different coloured pencils and stocking up on an amount of notebooks that even a writer couldn’t get through. But they’re so pretty, right?! This little DIY is for you. Marble, yes please and copper, yes please. Two big trends we’ve all been loving packaged nicely into one book and some matching geometric paper clips.
Be warned you may well get the urge to cover everything in sticky marble and copper paper. Try your best to resist. I know it’s tough.
Yes people! I finally have a new DIY for you! I’m so sorry for such a canyon sized gap between this and the last one. It certainly wasn’t intentional but design work very much got in the way. Actually ‘got in the way’ makes it sound like an unwanted obstacle but I’ve been very thankful for it. To prove I’m not just a one trick DIY pony (I’m referring to spray paint) I thought I’d whip out another favourite to make these simple but stylish necklaces. Say hello to my friend Fimo once more. I was quite taken with the ‘Fimo Effects‘ range of polymer clay and ordered a marble and granite block to turn into these tube beads. It looks really affective and the clay even has tiny glitter pieces worked in.
- Fimo Effects block
- Neck chain
- Cutting mat
- Skewer or cocktail stick
- Gold metallic spray paint
- Preheat the oven to 110 degrees C
- Cut a chunk of the Fimo and roll and handle to soften in your hands. Then roll on the cutting mat into a long sausage shape. Keep on rolling to make an even cylinder about 1/4 inch in diameter.
- Cut the long sausage into sections about 1 1/2 inches long. Then gently push the skewer into the cylinder until it goes the whole way through. Give it a wiggle to make the hole a little bigger and take the skewer out.
- Place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 mins. Leave to cool completely.
- Then tape a section of each bead so that no gold colour can reach that area. Then spray the exposed area with the metallic spray paint. I did this on the skewer and left it to dry in this way too so as not to scuff any of the paint.
- Once dry you can now thread the bead onto your chain and wear!
There will be more DIYs coming your way soon along with a way to get your hands on some of these necklaces. I made loads!