Saturday, 28 April 2012

Wall decor ideas

This is my bedroom wall, and I just thought that you'd like to have a look at it. My tips for decorating are:

1.  Be bright, bold and colourful
2. Put keepsakes up on your walls. I prefer it to a scrapbook, because I can see them all the time!
3. Do what you want! It's your own unique twist that makes your space interesting.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Rose bracelet

This cute little bracelet is made for my friend's birthday- ler's just hope she doesn't read my blog!!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Soldier Windmill

This is from a National Trust property that's full of awesome stuff, just like this. This picture really inspires me, and I shared it with you in the hope it will inspire you too.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

5 things I love- Birthday cards

I seem to have a thing for birthday cards this week...

Birthday Card - You Celebrate Your Birthday Once A Year - Ugh, How MainstreamAnyway, this post is 5 of the best birthday cards I've seen around etsy. Lots are one of a kind, so if you want them, be quick!

This is great, a really funny card- maybe suitable for the fashionista in your life.

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Cupcake Birthday Card

What can I say? I love cupcakes!

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Birthday Card
This is a great idea, and I love the colour scheme.

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Set of 4 French Macaron Birthday Card
I think that this is really sweet!

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This is a lovely card that would do for absolutely anyone!

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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Card photoshoot

Yesterday I was messing around with my camera, and I decided to take pictures of the cards I'd made, in the beautiful fading light in my backgarden. These are the results (After a quick session of Picmonkey photo editing!)

Do you like them?

Friday, 20 April 2012

The most amazing sewing room EVER!!

Today I'd just like to show you an utterly amazing sewing room that looks like it came straight out of an interior design magazine.
Visit it here, at Ruby Jean
(No copyright infringement meant by showing these pictures)

There's loads more pictures on her website. I may go and spend the next hour staring at them and thinking if only...

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

3 things which made me smile

These 3 things all made me smile yesterday. First was my yummy purple convers, together with bright colour-pop turquoise jeans, and my cute as a button trench coat. Next was the slightly mad red leaves in the front garden- they do know it's not autumn? And finally it was the open sign for one of the many, many cafes around me. Great idea, simple rustic, and perfect!!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Remake a folder

This is super easy! Simply take an old, clear or coloured folder, a bottle of tacky glue, a paintbrush, a load of fabric scraps and a few vintage buttons. Spread the glue over a bit of the folder, using the paintbrush (so much easier than squeezing it out!), and stick down a few of the fabric scraps. Repeat until you've covered the whole folder. At this point you could cover it in sticky back plastic if it's going in a schoolbag or leave it be if you like the textures of the fabric. Stick one large button in the centre of the front- decorative, but also to remind you which side the front is, since it's pretty hard to tell. get smaller buttons, in all different shapes and colours, then stick them down the spine. Leave it to dry and you're finished!

Monday, 16 April 2012

More projects with book pages

Today I want to show you some of the projects I've been working on using an old book. I really love the look of yellowed old book pages- kind of sad, that they are in disrepair, but also the perfect material for making things for booklovers!

 These bookmarks are really easy to make- just cut out a rectangle of card, cover it with scraps of old book pages, punch a hole through the top, thread a ribbon through and tie a nice big secure knot.

The bunting is a little trickier. I designed it with a union jack (should be union flag, I know, but union jack just sounds better) because of the upcoming jubilee and union jacks are a popular design right now.

Basically, to make one flag, cut out 3 triangles from the book pages the same size, wash 2 with watercolour paint- one red and one blue. Cut out a diagonal cross from the plain triangle, and stick it onto the blue. Cut out a normal cross from the red and stick it on top.

Make about 9 or 10 flags, then thread a needle with ine ribbon, and stich your way along the row. Tie knots at both ends and blutack up. Done!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Bookpaper-bead necklace

This necklace uses old book pages as paper for beads. I got the project from Kirstie Allsop Craft, and it's great for any booklover! You can also use different paper for a different feel- make one to match your outfit. I made this from an old copy of arabian nights that has been nicely yellowed by age. I think it looks much nicer than stark white new pages. Hope you like it!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

5 things I love- cupcakes!

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, I've been down at my grandma's! But now I'm back, and with another of the things that make me long to buy the product.... cupcakes. As well as cupcake emblazoned bags, scarves etc, I adore the little cupcake shops that are springing up everywhere. There is an especially nice one in Whitstable, whose name I have forgotten, but their cakes look absolutely amazing. They even sell cupcakes in ice cream cones. How cool is that?

Anyway, on with 5 things I love.

Set of 9 Sweet ATC CupCAKe, CaKe, baKEry BaCKGRouND PaPeRs ViNTaGe aNTiQUe DiGiTaL CoLLaGe sHeeT aLTeReD HaNG TaGs BooK JouRNaL SCRaPBooKiNGThese are cute background papers for scrapbooking, which have tempted me into trying to scrapbook!

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DELICIOUS CUPCAKE HAT - newborn hat - size 0 to 3 months- wool - photo prop
It's a cupcake. And a hat. What more could you want?

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Set of 2 Felt Cupcake Bobby pins - Felt Cupcake Hair Accesories - Felt Cupcake hairclipsThese cupcake hairclips are soo adorable, and totally handmade.

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Sleep Mask // Red Velvet Cupcakes // Sweet Dreams // Hand SewnMy sleep would be very peaceful with this cupcake sleepmask.

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Make Cupcakes, Not War - pin back button, badge, cabochon or toppers - 1 pinThis is going to be my motto for the rest of the week!

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Thanks to all the awesome etsy sellers who make these goods!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Guest Post - Ricki from rouge baby boutique

Today I have a guset post, with these yummy muffins.

Hi! I'm Ricki from Rogue Baby Boutique! I am a wife, mama, crafter, blogger, and cooking enthusiast. I love to make custom diaper wipes cases, hair pretties, and baking! Today, I'd love to share with you one of my favorite new recipes. Bananas gone coconuts muffins! Yumm! For other yummy recipes and fun stuff, please visit my blog at

In my house, we tend to always have bananas in the house. We all like them when they are still a tinge of green, so once they start to get those brown spots, they are destined for banana bread or to be frozen for protien shakes. But not anymore! Those bananas have found a new purpose.
Introducing... Bananas Gone Coconuts Muffins!

These sweet babies are made from just about as "scratch" as you can get. And are pretty easy!

Here's what you will need:
3 cups flour
3 ripe bananas
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 sticks salted butter (melted or room temp)
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (evaporated or coconut milk would be a good substitute)
1 cup shredded coconut
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas. beat in sugars, eggs, and butter. Then blend in flour, baking soda, vanilla extract, and milk. Lastly mix in the coconut.
Makes 24 standard cupcake size muffins. Boo Boo calls them cupcakes, and my hubby agrees, a good homemade cream cheese frosting would turn these quickly from "muffins" to cupcakes! )

Ruffles galore!

I loved the blue ruffle bag so much that I made another one! This one didn't turn out quite as well, being smaller and the back being inside out, but I like it anyway.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Brooches and Pincushions

I love this pincushion and brooch. I found the pincushion at a car boot sale (Like so many awesome things) and the brooch was a christmas present. Is it an owl? A cat? I don't know, but I love it anyway!