DIY - Star Stud Earrings

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A few weeks ago I shared a slow statement necklace project, this time I am sharing a really quick and simple earring project. I made these star stud earrings for Cut Out and Keep, they use fancy findings which is such a good/cheats way of adding detail to a project without having to do any additional work - fabulous! I bought these star earrings from Bijoux Beads in Bath and the dyed jade from Beadies in Amsterdam. I love to collect treasures on my travels, being an experienced bead buyer I'm always on the look out for the unusual and unique, like these stars. If your are a beginner I recommend buying tear drop beads with the hole running the length of the bead, so you don't have to do fancy wire wrapping at the top. 

Step 1. Thread your beads onto the head-pins and cut the wire approx. 1.2cm from the top of the bead. 

Step 2. Create a loop in the wire - you can see a more detailed tutorial here 

Step 3. Gently open the wire loop and fix to the earring stand. Close the loop.  

I really love how these chaps came together, they are a perfect beginners project and ideal when you don't want too much razzle dazzle. Happy making! x 

Inspiration - safomasi

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

To avoid being distracted and bringing a suitcase full of bindis and henna back from India I was doing some research on things I might be able to buy that I actually need. I started my search at Jade Jagger's beautiful home in Goa and then tumbled through the internet until I came across Safomasi. It's a site full of Indian inspired home furnishings but with a fresh and modern twist. I really love the quilts and the Keralan inspired cushions, I think they'd be perfect for adding a dash of colour to any home.

For the full collection visit the Safomasi website.

Jewel Haul No.2

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The question I get asked most frequently is where I find the materials for my projects. From Ebay to charity shops, traditional bead shops to forlorn sale jewellery stands, I can find treasure anywhere. It's an addiction that I can't break but the materials I use are my biggest source of inspiration. I fall head over heels for a brilliant shade of blue or get completely seduced by vintage sparkle, none of it really fits a theme I just have to love it wholeheartedly. 

I have really been gathering treasures this past few months but there has been such good stuff out there. Starting with the top photo's a bought a few sweet pieces from Beadies, Amsterdam. It is such a lovely shop and had some really unusual charms in all my favourite colours. Hidden at the back of the photo is a massive stash of seed beads I bought from my favourite bead shop and lunchtime hideout that was sadly closing down. These coloured beads are perfect for my jewellery making workshops. 
Someone had donated a lifetime of vintage brooches and vintage chains to my local charity shop. I snapped up as many as I could afford so I can make a few more of these statement brooch necklaces
Every few months I look for leather scraps on Ebay. I found a wonderful multicoloured suede packet for under £10 just after Christmas. I really love the blue shades and have already used the the peach, pink and apricot colours in this leather statement necklace.

I was kindly given this leather cord from Endless Leather and I love it. The rose gold is such a joy to use (see projects here and here). It's not often I get given materials to play with but this stuff is amazing and I love it, it's definitely a staple in the collection. 

DIY - floating driftwood shelf

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

I can't tell you how excited I am to share this floating driftwood shelf DIY with you all. I didn't know it was possible to love a shelf as much as this. The best bit is, is it really doesn't take long to make and put up - I think it took me about an hour in total. Combining this months Styling The Seasons and my bedroom project I wanted to start to add some detail to the room. I love the feel of driftwood it reminds me of holidays and I am slowing incorporating it into every room in the house. I found my piece of wood on the beach complete with rusty nails, if you're not near the coast then you'll need a piece of wood about 5cm thick and 12 cm deep (the length will depend on you!)  you could always rough up a bit or give it a simple whitewash for a more rustic feel. 
You'll need - A piece of wood, drill and 16mm wood bit, normal 6mm drill bit, rawl plug, large screws, (mine were approx 10cm). 

Step 1. I prepped my wood by cutting to the correct length (mine was 45cm long). I then marked my drill points 12cm in from either end of the wood. 

Step 2. Drill the holes in the wood. Make sure you drill far enough to make the shelf secure but not so far you go through the other side. I kept checking the length as I was drilling. 

Step 3. Mark on the wall where you want the shelf to hang. I mark the top of the shelf and the centre. From the centre measure outwards to the distance of the centre of the drilled holes. Make two more marks and then drill into the wall using a normal drill bit. Hammer in the wall plugs and then screw in your long screws.

Step 4. Keep checking the length of the screws against the shelf as you want it to sit flush against the wall. Once happy that the screws are far enough in the wall add your self and admire! 

I must mention (before I get a call from my Dad) this method works really with with small light pieces of wood like this. If you are using heavier and longer pieces of wood then I'd recommend using proper floating shelf brackets but you will need to chisel a dip at the back to cover the bracket. 
What do you think? I completely love it, its so handy for displaying bits and pieces. I think I've moved things around about 10 times since I've put it up! Happy making! x 

five genius ways with wallpaper

Saturday, 14 February 2015

There have been so many amazing and creative entries for our Styling The Seasons competition with Laura Ashley. I have absolutely adored seeing all the different ways all the lovely bloggers have used the Laura Ashley products - there have been quite a few 'damn, how did I miss that?!' moments. What has completely blown me away is the innovative use of wallpaper, I have to admit I struggled to think of what to do with mine but some of these are just genius, take a look 

Above - I love Cate St. Hill's flower wall, such a simple and effective idea. It'd make a great back drop for a party, wedding or just because...

The Vintage Good Life - the whole post is amazing but I really love the origami birds (keep an eye out for the tutorial)

Made by Molu - More birds! These birds look so lovely strung together (and how nice is that vase?)

Lapin-Blu - these wonderful origami shapes add such a gorgeous touch to her beautiful shelf.

The Villa on Mount Pleasant - these vintage suitcases were made for this paper. They look wonderful.

There is still time to vote for your favourite entry on the Laura Ashley blog to be in with a chance of winning a £50 Laura Ashley voucher. Voting for group one closes on 15th Feb and group two 16th Feb. Good Luck! x

Chanel Couture, Spring 2015

Friday, 13 February 2015

More flowers today, this time its of the fabric kind.  I like to dabble in looking at the shows as its always good to know what's going on in the world of high fashion. The details from the Chanel couture show completely blew me away, I first saw the chiffony flowers on Sam McKnights Instagram feed and immediately thought 'DIY!' Then after some investigation I fell in love with everything - the flowers, the embroidery, the stage!

Even better than all of that I discovered the Chanel YouTube channel and can see how the flowers were actually made. It's too much I've watched the clip more times than I should and now all I want to make is chiffon flowers...
I hope this inspires you as much as it does me, I'm sure I was a couture beader in a past life! Have a great weekend. x

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Styling The Seasons competition with Laura Ashley

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope your week is going well. I'm stopping by for a mid week post to remind you that the Styling The Seasons and Laura Ashley competition is now open for voting. 

To be in with a chance of winning a £50 Laura Ashley voucher hop on over to the Laura Ashley Blog to see what some of mine and Katy's favourite bloggers have been styling this month and vote for your favourite. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! x 
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