• DIY-Flower-Crown-Tutorial-2-FI
    Fashion,  Tutorials

    DIY Flower Crown Tutorial #2

    After my visit to Glastonbury I fell more in love with flower crowns than ever, they were everywhere, but it also highlighted that ALOT of people shop at Topshop or ASOS so if you want to be unique then you’ve got to DIY! As my first DIY Flower Crown Tutorial used pre-wired artificial flowers from a garland I thought it would also be useful to show you how to convert any old artificial flower arrangement into your own DIY flower crown. To make your flower crown you need: – Artificial flowers (mine are from eBay – just search for “fake flowers” or “silk flowers”) – Glue gun – Garden wire…

  • DIY Doily Envelopes
    Papercraft,  Tutorials

    DIY Doily Envelopes: Things To Do With Doilies #4

    I think this is my favourite use for my doily die that I’ve found so far, miniature doily envelopes. They’re super cute and can form part of a number of awesome craft projects – even better they’re really easy to make. To make DIY doily envelopes you need: A doily (I made mine with the DoCrafts Doily Die) Paper glue A ruler (Trumpton design optional) 1. Fold the sides of the doily towards the centre, use the ruler to keep the fold straight and even. 2. Fold up the bottom of the doily so it overlaps the two sides. 3. Place a strip of scrap paper inside the newly formed…

  • Furniture Renovation - Upcycling an Ottoman
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Renovation Sensation – Upcycling an Ottoman

    Excitingly, I was recently invited to take part in the Direct Blinds Renovation Sensation competition. The premise of the competition is to demonstrate that old, discarded pieces of furniture can be renovated and given a new lease of life. Which, for a crafter, is pretty much a given and I loved the concept as it’s an important message to share with the world! To buy my piece of furniture I went to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Warehouse in Sale – this place is AMAZING. It’s chock full of awesome furniture that’s been donated or picked up at house clearances and it’s all going for a song, not…

  • DIY Heart Bunting from Paper
    Interior Design,  Papercraft,  Tutorials

    DIY Heart Bunting from Paper

    The beauty of being crafty is that there are always lots of things to make and do to keep your environment fresh without having to spend any money. I’ve recently been suffering from tonsillitis which has meant I’ve been spending alot of time on the sofa, under a blanket in the living room watching TV and it made me realise that I’m a bit bored of the ‘welcome home’ bunting that I made a while ago and fancied a change so after dosing myself up with some soluble aspirin and a hot drink I made the journey up the stairs to the craft room and got started on some new…

  • DIY-Mosaic-Upcycling-Wine-Bottles-FI
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    DIY Upcycling Wine Bottles & Coffee Jars – Topps Tiles Mosaic Challenge

    Summer is finally here and it only means one thing (to me anyway) – barbeques! I am a true carnivore and barbeque is my absolute favourite food. Hand in hand with outdoor cooking goes outdoor dining and when I was invited to take part in the Topps Tiles Mosaic Challenge I thought it was the perfect opportunity to liven up my al fresco dining experience with some mediteranean inspired tableware. Mosaic tiles make me think of swimming pools and holidays so for me, they’re a perfect fit for an outdoor project. As I’ve talked about before, I find it hard to throw things like empty jars and bottles away because…

  • DIY-Daisy-Bun-Ring-FI
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    DIY Daisy Bun Ring

    I’m still on the theme of summer hair accessories and faux flowers: summer is so much fun and I love hot weather but it’s a hard time for hair styles. The last thing I want when I’m hot is my hair sticking to the back of my neck so it’s time to start thinking about up dos and this DIY daisy bun ring is perfect for keeping long locks out of the way in style. The great things I’ve found out about hair accessory tutorials so far is that they’re quick and easy and pretty cheap too which makes them incredibly satisfying projects! For this tutorial you need: Faux daisies…

  • DIY-Scrunchie-Tutorial-FI
    Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Scrunchie Tutorial

    I have two problems: I hate elastic hair bands as they always seem to get tangled in my hair and I have ALOT of scraps of fabric that I can’t bear to throw away. Good news is, I’ve discovered the solution to both of these dilemmas and, even better, it’s 90s themed! I’m not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed the 90s, from the ages of 7 – 17 I had a lovely time, I liked watching Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (check out my PJs on instagram) and Thundercats, I was a big fan of 5ive and who didn’t love mood rings? I never thought it would happen but…

  • DIY-Shed-Makeover---Beach-Hut-Chic-FI
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    DIY Shed Makeover – Beach Hut Chic

    With summer approaching (what little summer we have in Manchester), I’ve finally managed to convince my boyfriend to make a start on the garden. It has been sorely neglected over the last few years and now it’s time to get hold of it and whip it into shape. As I hate gardening, I was happy for Jon to take the lead on the project and his first demand was to do a DIY shed makeover. Not brown or green asĀ  you might expect, but like a beach hut! Our shed was fairly sorry looking, weathered and a bit neglected so I was happy to give it an update. So off…

  • Sizzix-Texture-Boutique-Beginners-Kit-Review
    Papercraft,  Tutorials

    Sizzix Texture Boutique Beginner’s Kit: A Papercraft Tool Review

    This week I received a lovely parcel from the darling people at Hobbycraft with a nifty new tool to try! The Sizzix Texture Boutique Beginner’s Kit is great for papercraft newcomers (like me) to get to grips with embossing, cardmaking and other papercrafting activities. Besides the machine itself the kit comes with a ton of extras – blank white and ivory cards and envelopes, 40 sheets of multicoloured cardstock, sentiment transfers and three embossing folders. If that wasn’t enough the machine itself is super cute and shaped like a handbag in a very fetching duck egg blue! I’m not one to make things easy for myself so instead of using…

  • DIY-Milk-Glass-Jars
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    DIY Milk Glass – Upcycling Coffee Jars with Paint

    Since Christmas I’ve continued to stockpile coffee jars waiting for the perfect upcycling project and this definitely fits the bill! Turning boring old glass jars into pretty pastel coloured pots is very satsifying and messy enough to be really fun too! Milk glass has been around for a long time and has become very popular with vintage lovers, becoming quite the collectors’ item. Whilst some gems can be picked up in charity shops and craft markets, it is possible to create the milk glass effect yourself in a number of different ways. The first way I’ve demonstrated in this tutorial (with more tutorials to follow soon). You need: Glass Jar…