• Parenting/Baby Related,  Tutorials

    DIY Learning Tower | Ikea Bekvam & Odvar Hack

    With a DIY learning tower it’s so much easier to get your little one involved in the kitchen! A learning tower is basically a small step ladder with a frame at the top to prevent a child from losing their footing and toppling off. It is incredibly useful, especially if you have a toddler as inquisitive as I do! You don’t need much to make a DIY learning tower and it’s cheap too! The learning tower consists of two piece of Ikea furniture: the Bekvam stool and the Oddvar table. The stool is £20 and the table is £8. Add in the screws and you can make the whole thing…

  • Ikea Latt Makeover | Ikea Hack
    Lifestyle,  Parenting/Baby Related,  Product Reviews,  Tutorials

    Ikea Hack | Ikea Latt Table Makeover | DIY Chalkboard Table

    Ikea hacks are my favourite thing to do, I’m a big Ikea fan and I just love upcycling something that’s cheap and cheerful into a one off, unique piece. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how I did a makeover on the Ikea Latt Table and turned it into a DIY chalkboard table. The Ikea Latt table and chairs is a great little set for a toddler and it’s a real bargain at just £20. But let’s be real, it’s basic right? It can also look pretty shabby pretty quickly once it’s had a few grubby little fingers on it! By pimping it up a little it gives…

  • Baby Development Activity - Family Photocards
    Parenting/Baby Related,  Tutorials

    Baby Development Activity: DIY Family Photo Cards

    I’m super excited to share with you my first proper DIY tutorial since having Theo! This is a great little project for young children and babies to aid with their cognitive development. Theo is nearly five months old now and he’s much more interested in exploring the world and really playing with his toys now rather than just looking at them. I wanted to make something that would be fun for him whilst also helping his development and learning – everyone wants their child to be a genius right??   Another great thing about the cards is that they’re perfect for making tummy time entertaining (which can be a struggle…

  • DIY Baseball Top Sewing Pattern
    Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Back to Basics: Free Baseball Top Sewing Pattern

    Who doesn’t love a basic top? My two favourite staple t-shirts by far are the classic baseball top and a boat neck striped tee. They can pretty much be worn with anything and, as the dress code in my office is smart casual, are great for work or for play. Strangely, despite their iconic status, it can be hard to find the perfect version of either which leaves me frustrated. There are plenty of striped tops with round or scoop necks but not my coveted boat neck, the base colour is cream and not white, it’s skin tight instead of slouchy, it has embroidered logos or embellishment… the list goes…

  • DIY-Lanyards-FI
    Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Lanyards – Sass Up Your Work Pass!

    My latest DIY was a bit of antidisestablishmentarianism (that’s right!) and team morale boosting in one. Our company has branded lanyards for the various fascias it operates except for one, so rather than settling for a generic one I decided to bring a little bit of spirit to our team by creating DIY lanyards of our own. This is a really cheap DIY as all you need is some ribbon and lobster clips – they can even be hand sewn if you don’t have a sewing machine. 1. Cut your ribbon to a length of 1m 2. Double fold in each end of the ribbon   3. Thread the ribbon…

  • DIY Steamer Tutorial
    Tutorials

    DIY Steamer Tutorial

    I recently had to follow a recipe that called for a steamer but I didn’t have one and as I don’t eat alot of steamed food (or in fact any prior to this point) I didn’t want to rush out and buy one so instead I created my own diy steamer tutorial and it was surprisingly easy! You need: A large pan An empty tin An awl A plate or bowl that fits inside the pan 1. Wash out an empty tin. I used a small spaghetti tin – it has to fit in your pan with the plate and food on top and you should still be able to…

  • Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Upcycling Idea: DIY Lightbulb Pears

    This is one of my favourite DIYs because it turns something innocuous into a beautiful addition to the home. Who would have thought that it was possible to DIY an old lightbulb?! This upcycling idea creates cute ornaments perfectly for a shabby chic decorated home. They’re also pretty easy to make (as long as you don’t mind getting messy fingers!) You will need: Old lightbulb Mod Podge Matte Twine Paint brush Stalk of a bush/twig 1. Brush a light layer of glue onto the end of the lightbulb – there’s no point covering all of the bulb at this point because it’ll dry before you get to it. 2. Coil…

  • 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…

  • DIY-Camera-Strap-Tutorial_FI2
    Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Camera Strap Tutorial from Riley Blake Chevron Fabric

    Before I made the leap onto WordPress I had a Tumblr account where I posted my recent crafty projects, since then and even after porting it over to a new platform, one of my most popular posts has been this DIY camera strap tutorial made from a pair of old jeans. A year (and lots of use later) and I decided to make a new camera strap – a change is as good as a rest after all! I bought a remnant of this Riley Blake chevron fabric ages ago and haven’t been able to make up my mind what to do with it until now. To make the camera…

  • 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…