• DIY Spring Wreath with Tissue Paper Roses Tutorial
    Interior Design,  Papercraft

    DIY Spring Wreath with Tissue Paper Roses

    Before I start, I’m going to apologise for the state of my nails in these picture, I had an unfortunate incident of nearly tearing my little finger nail off so couldn’t get my acrylics filled in – dark times. Anyhoo! It may still be rainy and cold but I’ve seen the sun a couple of times and now it’s officially spring! I’ve updated my wardrobe accordingly and now it’s time for a bit of interior design. You need: Tissue paper is various colours A polystyrene wreath Hot glue gun Scissors Ribbon 1. The flowers are made in the same way as the fabric flowers in my Hillary’s Country Crafts Competition…

  • DIY Valentine Decorated Cupcakes
    Baking,  Cake Decorating,  Tutorials

    Valentine’s Day Cupcake Decoration Ideas

    Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is the first gift giving occasion of the new year and it’s just around the corner. Homemade gifts always mean that little bit more (unless my boyfriend is reading this, in which case nothing means more than Mulberry!) and if you’re struggling to think of the perfect gift for a partner or a friend, cupcakes are a great way to go. I spent my weekend playing around with various options for creating some Valentine’s cupcake decoration ideas to share with you. 1. Piped Buttercream Roses This one’s lovely and simple, with a closed star nozzle, starting from the centre of the cupcake, pipe…

  • Fashion,  Nail Art,  Tutorials

    Rose & Polka Dot Nail Art

    Through the magic of nail art pens I’ve created a homage to the Cath Kidston shabby chic style on my fingernails. I used hot pink on three nails and used a Model’s Own white nail art pen to make the polka dots. For the remaining two nails I used a nude base and then drew the roses using nail art pens sourced from eBay. To create roses I drew a small hexagon with a pink pen and filled it in. Whilst still wet, use a lighter coloured pen (I used a nude colour) and swirl in a dot of colour into the pink. Repeat 2 or 3 more times over…

  • Cake Decorating,  Tutorials

    A Sugarpaste Rose by Any Other Name…

    I recently bought some FMM Petal Rose Cutters from partyanimalonline.com and couldn’t resist testing them out. First I mixed some Gum Tragacanth with sugarpaste to make flower paste and then coloured it with Sugarflair Pink paste. I made a small cone for the centre of the flower and stuck it onto the end of a cocktail stick and set it to one side.  Next I rolled the sugarpaste to roughly 2mm thickness and cut out one shape each with the 65mm, 75mm and 90mm cutters.  Taking the 65mm cutout, I scored the lines between the petals to make sure they were fully cut out. I then placed it onto a firm foam…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    First Make of 2013!

    I wanted to give my lovely friend Kate a 30th birthday present that was special and knowing she loves flowers I made her this rose. It’s made from 13 petals and 2 leaves cut from felt sheets (Dunelm Mill) folded and sewn around a 20-30cm long piece of heavy duty garden wire (B&Q). This was a relatively quick and simple make but an effective one. I hand embroidered the leaves with Kate’s initials and the number 30 to make it extra special and wrapped it in cellophane tied with a ribbon for a professional touch. Multiple roses could be made and presented the same way as a bouquet – a…