• Washi Tape and Glitter Pegs on Ribbon
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Glitter and Washi Tape Decorative Pegs

    Having recently converted our box room into a craft room (I can’t really call it a sewing room anymore as I do so much other stuff in here), I’m still looking for cute ways to decorate it. This make was done with items I already had in the house, I didn’t need to buy anything new at all which makes a nice change! This idea is definitely not a new one so I can’t take any credit but it’s so effective and useful that it’s worth sharing! I got these postcards from Ikea a while ago in a pack of five, only two made it into a frame and these…

  • Wander and Huny DIY Statement Gem Necklace
    Fashion,  Tutorials

    Wander and Hunt DIY Statement Gem Necklace Kit

    I’ve seen the Wander and Hunt DIY kits feature on a few blogs and when I checked out their site I was really impressed with the projects they have. The Wander and Hunt DIY Statement Gem Necklace Kit is a collaboration with blogger SwellMayde. Statement gem necklaces are having their moment but I liked the idea of having one that I’d made myself and that I was unlikely to bump into anyone else wearing. There’s the option to buy the kit with or without jewellery pliers, I didn’t have any (I’ve never made any jewellery before) so I opted for them to be included. Whilst the kit contains almost everything…

  • Washi Taped Jars Tutorial
    Recipes,  Tutorials

    Gift Idea: Decorative Washi Taped Jars of Fudge

    Recently with decorating the house, making a Christmas party dress, prepping for Christmas and a million and one other things my blog posts have been few and far between. Happily, whilst I haven’t had time to post about my makes I have managed to squeeze in some crafting, here’s one of my recent projects… I’ve already admitted to my hoarder like tendencies but sometimes they do pay off! In this case, my reluctance to throw away coffee jars has helped me make cute homemade gifts for my friends and family. You need: Empty coffee jars of any shape or size – the are Nescafe Gold Blend Crema Jars Washi tape…

  • DIYCameraStrap
    Tutorials

    DIY Camera Strap Tutorial

    Confession time: I’m a bit of a hoarder… well, a lot of a hoarder actually and I have a hard time throwing things away if I think they might be useful later. Now I’m not talking old milk bottles and empty tins but I do keep alot of clothes that are long passed their sell by date. On the up side, this tutorial proves that hanging on to things isn’t always so bad when they can be turned into totally new (and useful!) things. In this make I’ve used an old pair of Primark jeans to make a strap for my new camera. The button fell off the jeans and…

  • Tutorials

    Cover Up: Covering A Binder with Fabric

    This is a really quick and simple one, add a personal touch to plain old ring binders by covering them in fabric. It’s also a good way of using up leftovers – you may recognise this fabric from the latest boiler screen. 1. You will need: A ring binder Fabric Scissors Spray mount 2. The fabric needs to be large enough to cover the binder when it’s laid out flat plus an inch or so allowance round the edges. Cut to size if you have too much. Mitre the corners for neat edges. 3. Spray the outside of the binder with the spray adhesive and then lay it flat in…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Spaghetti Straps Solved!

    I’ve always hated making straps, in the past I’ve even sewn two strips of bias binding together to avoid the painful turning process. No need for that anymore! I’ve found the secret to turning even the thinnest of spaghetti straps – a hair grip! 1. Stitch your strap as prescribed by the pattern then make a small slit in one end. 2. Attach your hair grip to the top section around one side of the strap and then feed both the prongs into the middle. Make sure you use a grip that still has the rubber stoppers on the ends so the fabric won’t snag. 3. You can now feed…

  • Interior Design

    Another Boiler Screen

    This one’s for a friend of mine. Her boiler is against the wall on one side so only needs two pieces. The fabric, ribbon and upholstery tacks are from Dunelm Mill. Hinges and wood from B&Q.

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Sorting Out: Fabric

    More work on the sewing room today, this time sorting out all my fabric. By rolling up the fabric and securing with burlap twine I was able to fit twice as much into the drawers. It’s also easier to see what’s in there and get a quick indication of how much of there is. I think it looks pretty too! If you wanted to be even more organised you could measure each roll and add a label for easy reference. Maybe one day I’ll get round to that…

  • Interior Design

    Sewing Room Decor Part 1: Desk Revamp

    This desk was made by my step-dad’s dad, it’s really solid and a super surface for sewing on. Luckily for me, when I bought the house from him it was too heavy to move. Unfortunately, it was pretty ugly. My solution? I spent a Sunday whipping it into shape! First I used my trusty Black and Decker mouse sander to scuff up the surface. Then I wiped off the dust with a damp cloth and let it dry. I painted it with plain old Matt emulsion. I was planning on buying multiple tester pots as a whole tin would be far too much but I discovered that in large B&Qs…

  • Interior Design

    Best Dog Bed Ever?

    I bought this vintage steamer trunk off eBay for £20. I had to buy a large one as our Bassett Hound is pretty sizeable! I had to measure his existing bed to make sure I bought one he’d fit into. It was important for me to give him his own space in our newly decorated shabby chic lounge but normal dog beds always look a bit rubbish! I saw this in a magazine and immediately thought it was perfect (as you can see, Horatio agrees!).