28/10/2014

Three Things I Love: Halloween Treats.

Three Things I Love: Last Minute Halloween Treats.
Looking for some quick last minute Halloween treats? Why not try one of these great ideas.

1. Sweet and scary monster sweet skewers from A Beautiful Mess.

2. You can't beat these classic hard candy caramel apple from A Subtle Revelry.

3. Or maybe these decorated jack-o-lantern chocolate cookies from Say Yes are the ones for you.

Happy Halloween.

27/10/2014

Things I Love: October.

This month I love anything to do with arts and crafts apparently. I know I've already shared the Modern Arts Dessert book with you but I couldn't resist sharing it again, after all I think it's fair to say it's the inspiration behind this round-up. Van Gogh sunflower inspired socks, surreal Dali style candlesticks, a colourful scarf covered in brush strokes and a pretty button tin to store all your sewing bits and pieces in.

Modern Art Desserts, Sunflower Masterpiece Socks, Botanical Rabbit Print, Is This Surreal Life? Candlestick, I Am An ArtistCeremony Silk ScarfYoung At Art Paper DollsOn The Button Sewing Box, Craft-a-Doodle.
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24/10/2014

Diy Quote Banner.

Make your own Diy Quote Banner.


Today I wanted to show you this really easy tutorial for making your own Diy Quote Banner.

I love quotes. I have a whole board of them over on pinterest. I have this one from Albert Einstein in a frame on my desk and this fantastic copper foil one from Elise and Make29 on the picture shelf above the sofa. I was scrolling through my pinterest boards the other day when I realised I'd pinned the same Emerson quote over and over again.

'Be silly.
Be honest.
Be kind.'

I don't know about you but I think they're pretty great words to live by. I was trying to decide whether or not I really needed another framed quote in my life or if I should have another go at some hand painted watercolour typography and make my own when I remembered that fall leaf paper garland I'd shared with you and the idea for this diy quote banner was formed.

If you don't fancy making one yourself but love the quote as much as I do, please feel free to pin the image below.

Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind. Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Things you'll need to make your own diy quote banner
Things you'll need to make your own Diy Quote Banner:

Scrapbook paper or other decorative paper,
A printed quote or saying. I used the Blackout font, you can download it for free here.
Pva glue or mod podge,
Scissors,
Wool or string.
An eraser,
A pencil,
And some washi tape.

Make your own diy quote banner.
1. Print out your letters.

I printed out two different sizes, one with four letters to a page and another with eight. If you want to make more than one of these banners you may need to make a stronger template by tracing around your letters onto a thicker card or printing them onto a lightweight card stock instead of paper. This way they'll be easier to trace around and will last you much longer.

2. Cut out your letters.

3. Trace around your letters onto some scrapbook paper.

My current favourite is still the Maggie Holmes range for American Crafts. I love the watercolour circles and tiny birds. So far I've used it to make these origami boxes, paper bows, shipping tag notebooks and these origami envelopes.

If you're worried about pencil marks showing you can always trace around them onto the back of your paper, just make sure you put them face down so you don't end up with any backwards letters.

4. Cut out your pretty scrapbook paper letters and if needed rub out any pencil marks.

How to make your own Diy Quote Banner using pretty scrapbook paper.
5. Lay out your quote and double check you've got the right amount of each letter. If you're even a little bit like me you'll probably want to arrange your letters so the same pattern doesn't touch. I also tried not to have the same letter in the same pattern but I did end up with a couple of yellow E's. Oops.

6. Lay down some wool or string. Add a thin strip of glue to the back of each letter, press down and leave to dry.

7. When your glue has dried, flip your banner over and apply another layer of glue on top of the wool. You want to make sure your letters are glued down well, you don't want them to drop off a few days later. Leave to dry overnight.

8. Hang with washi tape and you're all done.

I ended up making two, I hung the larger one in the living room and the smaller one across the fireplace although it only lasted a few days there before I moved it and hung it above my desk.

How about you? Any favourite quotes or phrases you'd hang from the wall?

Diy quote banner hanging on fireplace

Diy Quote Banner


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14/10/2014

A Few Fall Favourites.

A Few Fall Favourites
I've been bookmarking and pinning so many fall inspired diys and recipes lately I thought it was about time I shared a few of my favourites.

1. Beautifully decorated pumpkins, no carving required from A Beautiful Mess.

2. Decorate your fireplace with a pretty felt fall leaf garland from Pam Garrison.

3. Get these printable fall gift wraps in plum or pumpkin from Lia Griffith.

4. Even to a non coffee drinker like me this pumpkin chai latte from Design Love Fest looks delicious. It's the maple whipped cream and clove caramel topping that really sells it.

5. No felt? How about this festive folded paper leaf garland from A Subtle Revelry.

6. Yummy pumpkin ginger snap ice cream sandwiches from Sarah Hearts.

How about you? What autumn inspired projects have you been tempted to try?

13/10/2014

Around Here: October.

Around Here: October.
Around Here: October.
Loving these bright blue skies.

And golden leaf lined paths in the park.

Wondering what to do with these gold gilding flakes and making a list of future projects.

Reading Modern Art Desserts. I got this fantastic book for my birthday, sweet treats inspired by modern art. Some of the recipes look a little complicated but I think the Castrillo Diaz inspired panna cotta and the Thiebaud chocolate cake seem like a good place to start.

Autumn leaves on my walk this morning. I love this time of year.

Green grass and blue skies from last weekend.

And delicious salted caramel biscuits that I've probably eaten far too many of.
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