15/04/2014

Three Things I Love - Easter Edition.

Three Things I Love - Easter Edition
Here's the three things I love, Easter edition.

1. Personalised photo print eggs from A Subtle Revelry. A clever alternative to the traditional place card.

2. Cute sock bunnies complete with mini pom poms and rosy cheeks over on The Red Thread.

3. And origami bunny baskets from Studio Diy complete with free printable patterned paper. I made some of these for Easter last year, find them here, fill them with chocolate mini eggs for a great last minute gift.

10/04/2014

Diy Clock Makeover.

Diy Clock Makeover
Here's the latest craft project I've been working. A pretty diy silver and pink clock makeover.

When we moved in this boring, old clock had been left behind by the previous owners. I didn't really like it but it worked so it didn't seem right to throw it away, especially as all it needed was a quick facelift. It got shoved to the bottom my craft box and I'd forgotten all about it until the other day when I found it along with this pretty, pink self adhesive fabric paper. I grabbed a silver ink pad and some embossing powder and before I knew it I had this fantastic upcycled clock.

Diy Clock Makeover
Things you'll need:

An old, boring clock,
Self adhesive fabric paper,
A piece of scrap paper,
A silver ink pad,
Clear embossing powder,
An embossing heat gun,
A pair of scissors,
And a nail file or some sandpaper.

How to upcycle a clock
1. Start by removing the clock mechanism and the existing clock face and set them aside for later.

2. Take the ink pad and stamp a silver border to the outside of your clock base. Do this one side at a time to make sure your ink doesn't dry out before you have a chance to apply the embossing powder. Don't forget to stamp the outside edge as well.

3.Place a piece of scrap paper under your wooden base before shaking a layer of clear embossing powder onto the ink. Tap off any excess powder onto your scrap paper and pour back into the tub.

4.Use a heat gun to melt the powder until it becomes shiny. I like the way the clear embossing powder gives a raised enamel effect on top of the silver ink but you could also try using a silver or gold embossing powder instead.

5. Do this on all four sides.

Diy Clock Makeover Project
6. Use the previous clock face as a template and trace around it onto the back of your self adhesive fabric paper. Cut out your new clock face, remove the shiny backing paper and position onto the wooden base. Press down firmly.

7. Next take your clock hands and lightly file them to give the ink and embossing powder something to stick to. Stamp on your ink, cover in embossing powder and melt with the heat gun.

8. Using the scissors poke a hole through the fabric paper making sure it's big enough for the clock mechanism to fit through easily. You don't want the hands to snag.

9. Finally reassemble your clock and you're all done.

Diy Fabric Covered Clock


I love it when you can breath fresh life into something you'd otherwise have thrown away. This clock is now sitting proudly on top of the fireplace instead of being shoved in the bottom of a box and I love it.

You can find more diy/craft ideas over on my Pinterest board Things to Make and Do (885 so far and counting, I'm a bit obsessed) or you can check out the archives for more of the things I've made.

Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need:


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07/04/2014

Around Here.

Typical crazy English weather. Sunny one minute and torrential downpour the next.


Evening light and reflections.

Hot tea and magazines on a gloomy afternoon.

An evening stroll around the marine lake.

Happy to finally have my Ikea picture ledge up.

Pretty magnolia on my walk this morning.

04/04/2014

Lovely Links 02



Let's kick off the weekend with some lovely links, shall we?

I love everything about this home and this Parisian apartment.

A pretty tram in Lisbon, Portugal.

Looking forward to the new Sweet Paul book Eat & Make, see a sneak peek here.

How to make your own gold leaf diy notebooks. A cat shaped plant pot made out of a plastic bottle that is both adorable and clever. A beautiful floral wreath made out of wallpaper.

Beautiful paper art from Elise Wehle and my new favourite blog The Jealous Curator.

Sweet Potato Crisps // Lebanese Spiced French Fries // Garlic Parmesan Fries

And finally, this video makes me so, so happy. You should watch it. I guarantee it'll make you smile.

Have a lovely weekend everybody.

24/03/2014

Diy Decorated Magazine Holders.

Diy Decorated Magazine Holder
I'm such a magazine hoarder, I hold onto them for years and years and can't bring myself to throw them out. I used to cut them up and save them in scrapbooks but lately they've just been mounting up in a not so tidy stack. I'd been trying to think of a better way to store them when I came across these wooden magazine holders from Ikea, all they needed was a splash of colour and some pattern to brighten them up.

How to make diy decorated magazine holder

Materials needed:

Wooden Magazine Holders.
Decorative papers.
Pva glue or mod podge.
Paintbrush or foam brush.
Scissors.
And a pencil.

1. Take your magazine holder and using it as a template trace around each side of the box onto your decorative paper. Cut out all the pieces and place them in position to see if any adjustments need to be made. Be patient and try to be as precise as you can, taking your time now will mean a much neater end result.

2. Apply a thin, even layer of pva glue or mod podge to your first side.

3. Carefully line up and stick your paper down smoothing out any air bubbles as your go. Repeat until all the sides are covered.

4. Apply a label to the front and leave to dry.

Diy Decorated Magazine Holder

There's so many different ways you could customise these files, I used my favourite scrapbooking paper from the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm range (I also used it to make this perfect bound notebook) and my Cath Kidston labels but you could use wallpaper, fabric or even leave them plain and decorate them with stamps.

What do you think? I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. They really brighten up my book shelves and it's great to have somewhere to finally store some of my magazines.

If you want more craft project ideas don't forget to head on over to Pinterest and follow my Things to Make and Do board.

Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need:

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