• DIY-Scrunchie-Tutorial-FI
    Fashion Blog,  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
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    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 as  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
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    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…

  • DIY-Flower-Crown-FI
    Fashion Blog,  Tutorials

    DIY Rose Flower Crown: A Summer Festival Essential

    Flower crowns took the fashion pack by storm last summer, becoming a festival essential. This year they’re going to be everywhere – bigger and better. Whilst last year’s crown was subtle and delicate, this year bigger is certainly better with floral crowns of full and oversized blooms. If you’re not interested in making your own, Rock N Rose have an amazing range of beautiful flower crowns that you can buy but, if you want to create a bespoke flower crown of your own, read on! I’ve actually ordered some silk flowers from eBay to make a pink rose garland which are shipping from China, I’ve tried to be patient in…

  • DIY-Doily-Dress-Card-FI-a
    Papercraft,  Tutorials

    Things to do with Doilies #3: DIY Doily Dress Card

    Whilst in my recent pink post I said that I wasn’t such a girly girl, I do (and have always) loved dresses. In particular, I love wedding dresses. My dream job, as I may have mentioned before, is to be Thelma Madine and make enormous extravagant wedding dresses for a living. As I’ve also recently learned that I love papercraft and my new doily die, this little project fits in perfectly! For the doily dress you need: A doily (cut using Xcut Vintage Notes Doily Die) Scissors PVA glue Pink paper or card For the card you also need: A blank folded card 2 mini pegs A black pen or…

  • DIY-Festival-Rhinestone-Headband-FI
    Fashion Blog,  Tutorials

    DIY Rhinestone Festival Headband

    The countdown is on! Glastonbury is 5 weeks away and I want the campervan to be packed with handmade goodies to get me through the weekend! This headband is my first festival DIY this year. This summer is going to be all about hair accessories! From flower crowns (watch this space) to customised headbands to hair chains, this is the season to style up your hair. Hippie vibes are Glastonbury’s bread and butter and I like to think this super simple embellished festival headband adds just the right amount of hippie chic to my handmade outfit. (Details of the dress shown in some of these photos can now be found…

  • DIY-Inspo-Liberty-FI
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    DIY Inspiration: Liberty and a Quick Tip for Personalised Ceramics

    Sorry blog friends for my radio silence over the last week, work has been crazy and over the weekend I travelled to the big smoke to the amazing Blogtacular event (round up post of this coming soon). Whilst I was down there I managed to make time for a trip to Liberty, one of my favourite places of all time and a great source of inspiration for DIY projects. There were a couple of sections that really caught my eye: Monogram Plates Monograms are making a comeback in a big way and there are monogram DIYs popping up all over the place. I love these plates, each letter is made…

  • DIY-Your-Wardrobe-with-Upcycling-FI
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    DIY Upcycling An Ikea Wardrobe with Fabric

    Furniture ain’t cheap, that’s what I’ve come to learn so when it finally came round to redecorating the spare bedroom I was most definitely on a tight budget. When it comes to furniture though, budget usually means devoid of personality which is a problem so sometimes it takes a little bit of TLC to turn something basic into something special. The Aneboda wardrobe from Ikea is £60 (cheap!) and is the stalwart of rented apartments everywhere, I’m not a fan of the semi-transparent plastic though and think that it looks messy when you can see the clothes inside. I came up with the idea of removing the plastic panels and…

  • DIY Monster Co-ord Nail Art
    Fashion Blog,  Nail Art

    DIY Quickie: Co-ord Monster Nail Art

    Co-ords are so cool at the moment, patterned suits, matching skirts and tops are all in vogue. So why not go one step further in co-ordination and hook up your nails with your phone case? I saw this Monster iphone 5 case from ASOS and fell in love, especially because silicone phone cases are much better for protecting your phone as they wrap around the front of the phone so protect the screen if you drop it. As I’ve finally had my acrylics put back on after the torn off nail incident, it’d be a total missed opportunity not to make them up to match my new case! I used: Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish…