• DIY Christmas Jumper
    Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Christmas Jumper with Felt Pug Motif

    You know I love a crafty competition and when I was invited to take part in the Turtle Mat Thrifty Christmas Jumper Challenge I knew it was right up my street, they sent me a lovely cream jumper and gave me £5 to spend on making it into a Christmas special! As it happens, it’s Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow so I’m just in time! I wanted to make something a bit out of the ordinary rather than stick to a traditional theme plus I love Pugs (and hope that Andrea wins the X Factor this weekend) so decided to combine the two! Here’s the tutorial for making…

  • Upcycle a Mirror
    Inspiration,  Interior Design,  Tutorials

    DIY Vanity Table: Upcycle a Mirror

    I’ve been holding this in for a while but I’m excited to finally tell you about the project that I came up with for Wayfair.co.uk! I was able to choose an item from their site to upcycle and then put together a tutorial on how to bespoke it into something extra special. I decided to upcycle a mirror into a multipurpose vanity table using glass jars and hose clips. You can read the full tutorial on Wayfair’s site here! Hope you like it, let me know what you think!  

  • Topps Tiles Yuletile Challenge
    Recipes,  Tutorials

    Topps Tiles Yuletile Challenge

      This is my first Christmas post of the year! I love Christmas so hard, not just because of the family times, the gifts, the copious amounts of food or even the films (Muppet Christmas Carol and Santa Claus: The Movie are my faves) but also because of the endless opportunities for DIY! The lovely people at Topps Tiles invited me to take part in their Yultile Challenge competition and sent me two blank tiles and some crafty supplies and to help me create my own Christmas designs. Tile 1: For my first tile I decided to use contemporary colours to create a Christmas recipe board for mince pies, leant…

  • 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…

  • Update-Denim-Shorts-with-DIY-Ice-Cream-Motif-FI
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    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…

  • Katharine House Recycling Centre
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    Katharine House Recycling Centre, Stafford’s Best Kept Secret

    As any keen DIYer knows, finding the perfect piece of furniture for upcycling is tricky, particularly if you’re on a budget. Luckily for me (and now you) I have stumbled across the most amazing place and, being in the Midlands, it’s pretty accessible! This upcycling mecca is Katharine House Recycling Centre – it is full of incredible bargains like a grandfather clock for £80 or a solid pine cot for £25! It has a big selection of all types of furniture, from wardrobes to sideboards to sofas. There’s also an awesome collection of crockery, ornaments, board games, DVDs and the list goes on! The recycling centre works on donations from…

  • Furniture Renovation - Upcycling an Ottoman
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    Renovation Sensation – Upcycling an Ottoman

    Excitingly, I was recently invited to take part in the Direct Blinds Renovation Sensation competition. The premise of the competition is to demonstrate that old, discarded pieces of furniture can be renovated and given a new lease of life. Which, for a crafter, is pretty much a given and I loved the concept as it’s an important message to share with the world! To buy my piece of furniture I went to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Warehouse in Sale – this place is AMAZING. It’s chock full of awesome furniture that’s been donated or picked up at house clearances and it’s all going for a song, not…

  • DIY-Mosaic-Upcycling-Wine-Bottles-FI
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    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-Shed-Makeover---Beach-Hut-Chic-FI
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    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
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    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…