Monday, 26 March 2012

Yummy cupcakes

I made these yummy cupcakes ages ago, but found the picture when I was reorganising my pictures folder, and couldn't resist sharing it.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Car boot bargains

Today I visted the car boot slae, as it's been such lovely warm weather. I got loads of bargains! All this stuff plus a sports top and a next jacket, for about six pounds. Now that is what I call a bargain.

Here's a fridge magnet with a quote from Shakespeare - " There IS money, spend it, spend it, spend more" That sounds good to me. Also an eyeshadow and heart, which I'll make into a necklace- 20p each! The watercolour pad was the best deal for only 10p.

 These to bags were 50p each, and an amazing deal, since the one on the left is from Monsoon.
This dotty Union Jack box is perfect for storing my papercraft stuff, and along with the thread and pencil, it all came to £1.10
I also bought a beautiful ruffle top, which fits perfectly! All in all, a great day. And to make it even better, I'm hopefully going to see the Hunger Games tonight, which I'm really looking forward to. 

Tutorial- easy storage tins

Todays tutorial is based around two illy coffee tins I got from my dad, which I wanted an easy way to customize without the hassle of buying paint.

Decorated storage tins!

These are really easy and great for storing make-up, jewelry and any other random bits and bobs.


Pink paper
Yellow card
As many tins as you want to decorate
Tacky Glue
Two felt flowers big enough to cover the lid
Felt tip pen

First of all we are going to do the lids. Paint them with glue, and press down the felt brooch, holding it in place for abput 10-15 seconds to make sure it sticks.

Now cut out two long ovals from the yellow card, and write on them what you are going to store.
Cut a strip of pink paper long enough to fit round the tin, and wide enoughto cover it up whilst leaving a gap for the lid to screw down onto.

Put a dab of glue onto the centre of the sign, and stick it on to the tin.

Decorate the tin with buttons etc.

Fill the tin up, pop on the lid, and ta-daa! An easy storage solution.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Bedroom makeover

Today was the day I finally battled that horrific beast- the mess in my bedroom. Just to give you an idea of how messy it was, look at the picture!

Aaaah, paper patterns and hats everywhere!

My sewing area is a little bit of a mess...

As is the fabric underneath it!

You can't actually get in, there's so much stuff. My trombone, schoolbag, slippers, three other bags, P.E. socks, an empty P.E. bag, school books, two jackets, one raincoat, a hoodie, a pair of shoes, some trombone mutes, several books- that's just that tiny section.

Halfway through tidying, this is what my bed looked like. Seriously, and there was more heaoed on my table and chair. I have so much stuff!

And now we come to the afters. My sewing area, neat and tidy at last.

 All my crafty bits and bobs stacked nicely on the windowsill.

Beauty products galore!
I seriously have 28 nail polishes. Not sure why, as I can't exactly wear them to school...

Friday, 23 March 2012

Awesome old cars

I absolutely LOVE old cars. I think they look so much nicer than the plasticky, flashy ones of today. Like an elegant old lady. That was an odd simile, but never mind. I took this picure when I was staying down at my uncle's, and we were at a national trust property. This car was parked in front of it, and I thought I had to take a picture. Don't you love it?

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Random stuff involving cute lemons and cherries

I was thinking of renaming my blog lemons and cherries- like my tumblr one. This is for two reasons, the first being pinwheel has a lot of competition in search engines, and the second that I don't really even like the name Pinwheel! Well, I do but is was just kind of random, typing in anything as I set up the blog. What does anyone think?

Don't you think these pictures are AWESOME???!!! I do, at least. And would you believe I found them just by typing in cute lemons, then cute cherries on google!

I've been doing a lot of crafty stuff recently, but I haven't been able to show you any pics of it, because my camera is broken. The batteries may have just run out, but there is never any batteries in my house. Sad face.

Have fun crafting!

Monday, 19 March 2012


Today's post is all about the amazingness of pixlr.

Basically, you put in a picture, and you can add all sorts of vintage effects, like borders, tones and effects over the top.

I think that it can give really nice effects, but I wouldn't over-use it!

Friday, 16 March 2012

owl always love you card

Using the tutorial from bugs and fishes, I made this great card for my dad. I added a heart shaped button the the red felt heart, and it was a really easy and a great looking project.

Also, here's  a work in progess snap of my mothers day brooch. It's a bit of a rubbish photo- I couldn't hold the camera still!- and the beautiful turquiose comes out as just blue.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Mothers day!

So it's Mothering Sunday this sunday! I thought I would make my mum a felt brooch, in a kind of orchid shape embroided with different colours of embroidery thread. Unfortunately, I can't show you any pictures, because I've lost the memory card of my camera. Sad, sad, I know. But I was wondering-

What are you making for your mum?

Saturday, 10 March 2012

It's the little things in life...

It's funny how even the smallest things in life make such a big difference. Today I'm going to show some of the little things in my bedroom that make me smile.
 My mum gave me this bag, and though it's battered, I love it to bits.
 The sequins are really amazing, and when this bag finally wears out, I'm going to steal them!
 This letter A is from my aunty, and the dotty spottiness makes me feel happy whenever I look at it. It's so bright and fun!
 I really love the art deco cards, so when I saw this calendar in a sale (mid january!) I had to get it.
 I painted this little japanese china doll at my friends birthday party, and her serene little smile is so cute and happy. It's meant to be painted the other way round, but I thought that this way loked much better.
 One of my othere friends bought these head dots for me from little India. I can't bear to use them, so I just keep them in their casing, and look at them every once in a while, when I'm feeling a bit gloomy. Their ornateness is really rather wonderful!
 And of course, my sewing space. It's a little untidy...

Friday, 9 March 2012

Thursday, 8 March 2012

New bag

Today I made myself a lovely new bag, out of some gorgeous silky material. As it was a prototype, it was bound to go wrong, but that's the way the cookie crumbles! It's a messenger bag, and I used the tutorial by mmmcrafts. Click here to try it out.

The button I used is absolutely amazing. It goes so well with the fabric, and really gives some oomph! On the tutorial, it says to decorate the flap, but I didn't for two reasons.

1. I wanted to let the fabric speak for itself.
2. I'd probably mess it up, what with it being a prototype and all.

Of course, I did mess up the flap. I sewed it in the wrong way round, meaning that when I joined it up, the flap was stuck inside the outside and lining. I had to cut a hole to get the flap through, and then sew it up again. So, all in all, ot the most succesful bag ever, but I'm pretty proud of it! That's because it's the first boxed bottom I've ever tried. (Do you call it boxed? I'm really not sure!) I expected it to be really difficult and mystical, but in fact it was really easy!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Giveaway winner!

Today I'm announcing the winner of the giveaway. It is...
MadWild, with the comment:

Okay, I just wrote a really long comment and pressed post, but it still says 0 comments. So I'll give it one more shot! My most recent favourite sewing-related buy was a lovely piece of fabric with images of feathers, mushrooms, eggs and all sort of natural things on, that I intend to turn into a bag. Your book marks are very cute, by the way, I'd love to win one! M x

Thanks, and please contact me so I can post them.

P.S. This may be a desperate plea for attention, but please subscribe?

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

5 things I love - bunting!

As you may of been able to tell from the abundance from it on my cards yesterday, I just LOVE bunting! Whether on cards, bags, purses, or just bunting, it's guaranteed to suck me into buying it. (You may have noticed that a lot of things suck me into buying them. Hmmm..) So, of course, I had to do a 5 things I love bunting. Of course I did.

Multi Coloured Spotty Bunting                                                 
5. Multicoloured spotty bunting from the cotton bunting company is rather amazing. It's just so spotty! And triangulary! Is that even a word? I don't care!

Pencil case, zippered pouch, Bunting
4. It's a pencilcase... with bunting. I am longing for it, longing for it's far superior ability to hold pencils.

3. Mini pennant fabric banner - bunting in pink, turquoise, and yellowAaah, the multicoloured amazing properties of multi coloured bunting. doesn't it just lift your mood after a hard day?

2. Nautical Bunting Necklace : Handmade kitsch British seaside Jewelry pendantBunting jewelry? Count me in! I love the nautical feel of the colours. It looks great, and the ceramic look is great.

1. Stationery Thank You Cards with Bunting Flag in RainbowI think these notecards look awesome, and the colours look really vibrant agaisnt the brown.


Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, 5 March 2012

a little reminder

Just wanted to remind you that the giveaway is still open- win a tree bookmark! Also that anyone who wants to guest post is free to contact me at

Mmmm... custard creams!

Don't you just love custard creams? The way the two crunchy biscuits are sandwiched together with a smooth layer of delectable, cream, the way you can gollop them down in one or nibble the top, and lick off the cream. (Or maybe the latter is just me) Anyway, to cut to the chase, today I made some custard creams. I've always wanted to, and I used Nigella Lawson's recipe.
I used some lovely cutters, the kind with a plunger in the middle where you can mark shapes onto the biscuits. And, guess what? The homemade custard creams taste even better than the shop bought ones!