• Ideas for JArs
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Things To Do With Jars

    Sorry for the hiatus folks, I’ve been working on a couple of exciting projects which has left OHD a little bit neglected! Rest assured I’m back, I’m inspired and I’m ready to blog! After the B&Q AW14 press day earlier in the year, I was really impressed with their attention to detail on the home furnishings front and the little extra touches. One of my favourites was this large jar which can fill a multitude of purposes! When I was lucky enough to be given the chance to choose my favourite piece from the collection to post about, the jar was a no brainer. What I really love about this…

  • Christmas Craft Calendar
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    Christmas Craft Events Calendar 2014

    Recently I was asked to contribute to a calendar of Christmas craft events for Chums.co.uk. I love Christmas, who doesn’t right? But not just for the presents and family time, it’s also an amazing time for anyone crafty. From decorations to homemade gifts, there’s so much to go at from a creative perspective. Whether you want to be inspired or buy some crafting essentials, you’ll find the perfect events for you on the Chums Christmas Craft Calendar. You can download a PDF of the calendar to print here: Chums Christmas Calender(1) If you know of any other awesome Christmas events please leave a comment 🙂

  • B&Q Easygrow Garden Plants
    Tutorials

    Easy Peasy Gardening with B&Q Easygrow

    I am not a gardener, of the many crafty pastimes I enjoy gardening, unfortunately, isn’t one of them but when B&Q asked me if I wanted to give their super simple Easygrow technology a try (and with the spectre of our poor, unloved garden floating in my mind) I said why not? The Easygrow bedding plants use Teabag Technology, the roots of the plant and a bit of soil is all contained in a teabag type bag that degrades naturally so all you have to do is dig a hole, pop it in and cover it up. That’s it – amazing! It’s also better for the environment too – you…

  • DIY Rucksack Sewing Pattern
    Fashion Blog,  Sewing

    DIY Backpack Pattern in Pretty Girls Sew Magazine

    A little while ago I was asked by the lovely Tabitha from Pretty Girls Sew to contribute to the first edition of their digital magazine which I was very excited about! Pretty Girls Sew is a fab sewing blog founded by Yetunde, Crystal, Tabitha, Jenell and Miesha and is a great place for sharing your sewn creations with other sewing enthusiasts plus getting inspiration for new creations. I was really honoured to be asked to contribute, the Pretty Girls Sew magazine is now available to read digitally and it’s so good, I can’t wait to read the next edition! As I’ve been lusting after a smart rucksack for a while…

  • Upcycle-A-Wine-Bottle-FI
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Upcycling A Wine Bottle with Spray Paint

    It’s been a while since my last post, I’ve been on holiday and also working on a couple of exciting projects that I’ll be able to share soon but I’m back now and back to crafting with a vengeance! One thing my holiday confirmed for me is that I really like wine, which is unfortunate because not only is it alcoholic so not acceptable to consume that often, it’s also the devil’s work when it comes to dieting (sugar overload). You can’t win them all can you? One of my favourite wines is a Rose called Mateus Tempranillo and its unusual shaped packaging is a great candidate for an upcycling…

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    Holiday

    Hello everyone! Just to let you know. I haven’t abandoned the blog but am on a much needed holiday! Back in the UK from the 25th with more tutorials and DIYs. Thanks for your patience! Lots of love, Cat X

  • AW14 Fashion Style Inspiration
    Fashion Blog,  Inspiration

    AW14 Style Inspiration

    As hard as it is to admit, summer is pretty much over and it’s time to start thinking about a winter wardrobe. I’ve started scouting for new season colours, fabrics and prints so that I can get to work whipping up a new AW capsule collection and I thought I’d share with you some of the my AW14 style inspiration. Tartan: Tartan isn’t going anywhere but this year, rather than the classic red, tartan is moving to darker colours with greens and blues becoming more prominent. Checks: Not to be confused with the tartan, grid print checks are going to be everywhere this season, from duster jackets to tailored trousers…

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    Baking,  Cake Decorating

    How to Decorate a Minion Cake #2

    Earlier this year I helped my friend make a minion cake for her little boy’s birthday and recently I was asked to make another one with a twist – a minion in a pirate costume! I’ve already written a post on how to decorate a minion cake so I won’t bore you with too many details but what I did want to show is that practice really does make perfect! Most of the techniques I used were the same as last time although there were a couple of changes I made: For the eyes I used pastry cutters to cut out the outer circle of grey and dusted it with…

  • Handmade Fair
    Inspiration,  Messages

    The Handmade Fair 2014

    Recently I was invited to attend The Handmade Fair that’s going to be taking place in Hampton Court on 19th – 21st September 2014 but unfortunately I’ll be sunning myself in Spain so won’t be able to go. It sounds like alot of fun though so I wanted to tell you all about it in case you can make it. The Handmade Fair brings together crafters from all over the UK alongside celeb DIYer Kirsty Allsopp to create an event for anyone who loves to craft. There are lots of things going on during the day including skill workshops, a “Super Theatre” with talks from craft icons life Cath Kidston…

  • Update-Denim-Shorts-with-DIY-Ice-Cream-Motif-FI
    Fashion Blog,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Update Denim Shorts with Ice Cream Applique

    Following on from my love of fruit motifs I’m also quite fond of food in general, particularly if it’s unhealthy! A while ago I saw Caitlin  from A Little Dash of Darling had posted this image on instagram and the ice cream cone was so cute and simple that it inspired this DIY! Ever wondered how to update denim shorts to make them a bit more fun? This tutorial is for you! I had some old denim shorts that I’ve upcycled here but you don’t need to update your denim shorts if you don’t want to, the design would work just as well on a jumper or a skirt or…