Things swing in roundabouts don’t they? I remember loving myself a statement earring at uni. I was all about those big ol’ gems in my ears for a night out or even just a trip in for some studio time. My mum used to call them my Pat Butcher earrings and that was probably a reasonably accurate description. Then I turned my attentions to necklaces and layering them up for many years while my ears saw very little action, in fact part of me wondered if they’d closed up completely. But hear we are again and I’m loving a statement earring!
I have a confession…this DIY was invented to resolve a very real bugbear I have at home that’s, been getting on my nerves ever since living with my Husband. I love him very much and he’s actually very neat and tidy for a boy but we both have certain blind spots around the home (I know I frustrate him in other ways) but for me it’s when he dumps certain items. Number one are shoes and I even hear myself saying this and feel fully aware that I’ve turned into my Mum who harped on at me for the very same thing, but it baffles me that there are shoes all around the house when there’s a cupboard with a shelf and a shoe hanger, as well as a separate cupboard with a shoe organiser on offer. I recently went around the house and collected six pairs of shoes to put away! Six pairs! He was very apologetic it has to be said but my main issue has always been what I call the ‘Hey, I’m home’ collection. Nick doesn’t have a proper wallet, instead he has a card holder and a collection of loose coins and receipts, along with his keys and lip balm that spend the day floating around his pockets and end up on our dining room table when he arrives back home. It was the same in our old flat but these things made their bed for the night on the counter instead. I’ve tried fashioning various storage boxes for these zones, announcing that they will be for all of these miscellaneous items only to find them ignored completely, with the ‘Hey, I’m home’ collection comically residing next to said storage box. My favourite quirk is that one of our sided coasters now gets used to store the loose change rather than the box I’d deliberately set aside.
I don’t know about you but I’ve spent a lot of time lately, lusting after terrazzo everything. I was particularly in love with the technique when I visited Paris in March and between the wall in Cafe Kitsuné and the gorgeous table tops in Peonies Cafe, I knew I had to recreate something similar for a DIY project and so friends, that’s exactly what I’ve done! And who would have thought it would involve Fimo???….umm everyone!
I’m on a bit of a DIY roll of late and finally lots of those ideas that have been sat on the proverbial shelf, gathering dust have made it out to see the light of day! You may not believe me but I could probably dream up plant holder projects and nothing else for the rest of my life. I feel like there are endless pretty ways to display plants, whether real or artificial. It’s likely you’ll have heard me mention that I’m a total plant killer, in fact I feel like a good amount of my insta stories relate back to my ever increasing plant graveyard. This trio photographed are some of the few left in our home that are real! We’ll see how long they last but at least they get to enjoy life in these pretty homes in the meantime.
Many of you may already know that we have a baby girl on the way and so we’re finally starting to think about how we might have to re-arrange our current guest bedroom for her arrival. We were definitely in denial for the first half of the pregnancy but now time seems to be running away at full speed and so some form of planning has to happen before the due date is upon us! My first step in the right direction was to create a little feeding corner, geared up for comfort as well as a healthy dollop of ‘cute’ to boot. When Cult Furniture got in touch about their stylish Moda Collection, I was immediately drawn to the Moda Rocker model and desperately wanted to style a corner of the baby’s bedroom around it. I loved how wide and comfortable it looked when I spotted it online and thought that rocking motion was 100% likely to soothe and calm our little miss, that’s the novel idea anyway. The Moda Collection has such a huge selection of colours for the shell, as well as various different metal and wood combinations for the legs so you can get the exact chair your heart desires or even mix and match if you wan’t more of an electric vibe.
Yay! I’m getting back into the DIY swing of things finally which I’m so happy about because they are my favourite posts by far. Definitely the most time consuming, but my favourite all the same!
Today I’m sharing a little DIY nail kit that’s perfect as a travel size so you can tend to your nails when you’re out and about…we all have those minor emergencies right?!
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’ve been dreaming up an embroidery DIY for a while now but in all honesty I really haven’t got the time to stitch a beautifully intricate motif. I wish I did but that isn’t my reality right now and I’m sure lots of you are in the same boat. I decided to cheat a little and create the same pretty effect but with no sewing at all. Sound tempting?…step right this way.
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!
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!
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
Hooray! Finally another DIY on the blog. Forgive me for not being able to create as many recently. It’s hard to keep up with the many ‘hats’ that I wear on a regular basis. I’ve been merrily thinking up more and more craft projects during my Wednesday morning swims (exercise plus DIY planning) and now I don’t seem to have the time to keep up with how many are on the list…oops!
I think my DIY projects might be getting easier and easier folks!…or maybe I’m getting lazier and lazier? Even so, that means it’s much more tempting for you guys to have a go. This one takes all of about half an hour but looks the part, I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s so little work you could probably do it in your sleep and what’s even better is that you basically only need a jar lid, vinyl and and fish bowl!
Hello folks! I’m back with a quick and easy DIY idea for you all to rustle up. In a (possibly short lived) celebration of resurrecting my air plants, I decided to give them a new and improved home. I used my old time favourite, polymer clay to make my green friends king of their castle. I used roughly a small block of Fimo for each base, so not too pricey to make either. Hopefully their new monochrome thrones will help me to remember to spritz them once in a while.
I’ve said it before and it’s true, I really do love organisation DIY projects. Maybe it’s because life feels so hectic most of the time that any small ways I can help curb the crazy is very welcome. This project can help you organise any part of your home really but my initial thoughts were for my art supplies. They’re always in need of a tidy, especially when they’re also always increasing! Just to throw another idea out there, you could also use it for mail. Perhaps one pocket for ‘keepers’, one for ‘unread’ and one for ‘action’. I could go on but I won’t bore you.
I may be a self confessed plant killer with impressive consistency but I still welcome green friends into my home on a regular basis. I’m always trying to find or repurpose containers to house them in, as I love a bit of variety. I just happen to be really into balsa wood at the moment (can you tell?) so I came up with an super simple DIY to make your own decorative balsa wood planters. You don’t even need to worry about draining for when or if (in my case) you water them as your plastic pot will fit snugly inside so can remove the plant at any time to water and replace when dry.
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.
I’ve noticed that recently a lot of my DIY projects seem to be veering towards organisation. Perhaps it’s an conscious attempt to stop things spiralling into chaos or perhaps I’m developing more of an appreciation for things being ordered.
I have one of those ‘odd and ends’ shops near me. The kind that sells everything from tools to candles to crockery to bubble machines and everything in between. I always seem to go in looking for something completely random and walk out with something even more obscure. Last time I spied a wire dish drying rack which sounds incredibly dull but with my relentless ‘DIY hat’ on, thought it would be perfect for storing notes and papers for my desk. Cue the balsa wood and you’re smugly laughing your way to a desk that’s spick and span.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, sleep is a massive deal to all of us! Without enough of it our health can be affected along with our whole mood and without it altogether we’d actually die! I think we can safely say it’s important and I’ve been mulling on this even more in the last few months. After shaking up my nutrition to resolve my ongoing health problems, it got me thinking in a holistic sense about all areas of life; the products I was using on my skin, the ‘over the counter drugs’ I’d been happy to knock back without even thinking, the kind of exercise I was doing and high up the list, sleep. They all interlink with one another, as I come to understand more and more that feeling well isn’t just about one solitary aspect of life.
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.
I hope you’re all enjoying your Bank Holiday Monday. If you’re back to work tomorrow you may be thinking about ways to get organised and embrace Spring cleaning. My theory is that a tidy desk makes for a clear and focused mind. I realise some people work really well in a creative mess but I’m on the whole people seem to work a lot better when things are in line.
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.
You may have noticed a bit of a lull last week here on the blog. All I can say is it was definitely one of ‘those’ weeks. The kind where you wish you could blink and it was the weekend, except the weekend comes and it ain’t much better. Anyway I think I’ll forget last week and move forward with this one, starting with a fresh DIY.
I love the time between Christmas and New Year, where life is slow and without the ‘to do’ lists and usual routines, there’s space to ponder the year that’s just flown by. I think it’s so important to give thanks and at the same time take stock for the upcoming year. Me and my husband aways make the point of spending some of New Years Eve day looking back on the year. We dig out the prayers we wrote down at the same point in the previous year and get to praise God for so many answered as well as think through how we’d like to grow and the things we’d love to see happen for the coming year. It reminds us how faithful God has been and whilst hard work counts for something, it’s all made possible by him!
It’s been an amazing year for The Lovely Drawer and I continue to be blown away by the new directions it’s taken me and the opportunities I’ve had come my way. Thank you so much to all of you lovely people that have ordered from my online shops or commissioned me for projects, as well as all of you bloggers and creatives that have kept on inspiring me and swapped advise and empathy. The road has been hard but I’m so thankful to love what I do and still get find myself in disbelief explaining I’m a small business owner when people ask. Me? Really?! I don’t think anyone who knows me saw that coming. I’m actually earning a decent living doing me dream job! Whilst it’s tons harder than my ‘not so’ dream jobs but I couldn’t care less.
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!