• B&Q AW14 Press Day
    Interior Design

    B&Q AW14 Press Day

    Fresh from Glastonbury, on Tuesday I headed down to London to the B&Q Aw14 Press Day. On a lovely sunny day I was greeted at the door to the event by Father Christmas – all quite surreal in July! B&Q are aware that they’re currently perceived as a destination for practical help and advice rather than for interior style inspiration and their Christmas collection really demonstrates the work that they’re doing to try and change this. I dove right in to the full Christmas experience, first viewing the new collection of Christmas trees. The range this year has expanded from the traditional imitation trees to include more pre-lit and pre…

  • DIY-Mosaic-Upcycling-Wine-Bottles-FI
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    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
    Fashion,  Tutorials

    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…

  • Fashion,  Inspiration

    Fruit Print DIY Inspiration

    One thing you may not know about me is that I don’t like fruit. Ever since I was a baby I have hated the texture of fruit and veg and have never managed to find a single one that I could eat. Don’t get me wrong, I like the flavour of fruit but can only consume it in juice or smoothie form or in sweets and ice creams! So it comes as a bit of a surprise to me to say that I’m obsessed with fruit – fruit prints that is! Perfect for summer, the fruit print adds a whimsical touch of colour to any garment and is so prevalent…

  • 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
    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…

  • 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-Festival-Rhinestone-Headband-FI
    Fashion,  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
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    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…