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Thursday, 26 November 2015

For those of you who have been following my bedroom renovation updates you will know my latest idea to finish the room is adding a sofa. Well the Internet fairies heard my last plea and I have acquired a sofa - happy days!

When Wayfair got in touch to work together and I had a sofa's at the forefront of my mind I couldn't resist ordering the Santorini sofa in blossom. I was on a budget so went for the cheapest option, at just under £150 I wasn't sure what to expect but must say I have been pleasantly surprised. Now if this is going to be your main sofa I'd say hold off and spend a little more - for big ticket items that bring rooms together it's always worth saving up but for an occasional sofa or accent piece like this one it's perfect. I love the size, shape and colour and it has definitely enhanced this awkward corner of my bedroom.

Whilst I wait patiently for the big bedroom move round I have styled a cosy pre Christmas nook which is currently on the Wayfair Inspiration Blog, complete with a few new DIY projects which I can't wait to share. 

The sofa for this post was kindly provided by Wayfair - all photos, styling,  thoughts and opinions are my own.

five o'clock inspiration

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

I really enjoyed pulling my last five o'clock inspiration post together so here is another set of goodies I've found on my travels around the internet.

Orelia, Hoop Earrings - I'm feeling hoop earrings again, these simple ones are just perfect.

Earl Grey Chai Latte - I'm spending alot of time (and money) on coffee at the moment, these earl grey chai lattes might break the habit!

Sophie Abbott - One day I'll own proper paintings, I adore the colours in all of Sophie Abbotts work.

Cambridge Satchel Cloud Bag - A good handbag is never a waste of money, this cross body bag from The Cambridge Satchel company is top of my wish list.

Fantas-tisch - I came across this blog whilst researching for this months Styling The Seasons post, its so beautiful.

Candle making with Laura Ashley

Sunday, 22 November 2015

As everyday's a Sunday for me at the moment I thought I'd share a perfect Sunday afternoon craft with you all. Laura Ashley kindly sent me a Make Your Own Candle Making Kit, you can see the full post on their blog. Candle making is a craft I've wanted to try for a while been put off/slightly confused with what I need to buy, the kits had everything I needed including simple instructions and the little votives too. I loved that they really didn't take long to make and I still got the satisfaction have having made a proper 'thing'. Here are some behind the scenes pictures of the process. Happy making! x

Thanks to my sister for taking the pictures, you can follow her on Instagram here.

Thanks to Laura Ashley for providing the candle making kit. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

letting go

Thursday, 19 November 2015

I promised my best friends that I wouldn't turn my blog into a baby blog and I intend to stick to that promise, that said having a baby has been the biggest change to ever happen to me (obvs) and it has directly effected my creativity (in a good way). It's been such a crazy experience and want record it  and share my experiences here on my blog, not all the time just once in a while. What I have found out so far, isn't what I expected at all...

Most new mama's I speak to, talk about the sleep depravation being the biggest hurdle they have to overcome but for me the biggest hurdle I've found is letting go. My whole life I've been a planner, I love a good schedule and a deadline - they've always kept me motivated and feeling like I'm getting somewhere. Since my schools days, throughout university and as I've moved into managing adult things like jobs and home renovations a plan has made me feel safe - I like knowing that everything will work out ok if I plan ahead. Spontaneous, I am not.

Since Stanley's arrival I've just had to let everything go - being on time, forget it, answering emails, as and when, housework, if I feel like it (napping is always preferable!). It's taking a while to get my head around it but I am and I feel so free. I get to make the most of everyday, if the sun shines we go for walks taking detours down roads I've never been and if it rains we stay in and get cosy. Most exciting is the fact that my ideas are coming back, this year I've felt my ideas have become a bit stale and dry as a result of over scheduling and not having the time to let my mind wander. I'm letting old ideas and projects that I never got around to making or sharing go and getting ready to embrace the new. In a way its taking me back to the original intention of my blog which is to share quick projects for busy makers.

As Stanley grows I know my time will be pulled in different directions and there will be limits as to what I can do but for once I'm ready to just go with it.

How to create a flat lay photograph

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

In the spirit of the month's Styling The Seasons flat lay theme a DIY showing you how to create your own flat lay photograph. I was nervous about this months Styling The Seasons challenge so did quite a bit of research before I got started. The most important thing I found is picking the right backdrop. Popular flat lays fall into two camps, dark and moody or light and bright. Deciding which camp you fall into will help you prepare. Once you have your backdrop decided on the rest starts to fall into place, here are the steps I went through to create my flat lay photos.

Step 1 & 2. Prepare your back drop - texture is best. If you don't have a beautiful rustic wooden table or perfect marble counter top to photograph against, fear not it's easy to fake it. I made my wooden backdrop from old floor boards battened together and whitewashed for a light rustic feel. It took about 30 mins to assemble and it was time well spent, I don't know why I hadn't done it sooner. I went light and bright with my backdrop but if you want to go moody use a dark grey or inky blue paint instead.

If you don't have wooden planks handy then use a natural textured fabric like linen, vintage linen works well and eBay is a great place to pick up napkins or tablecloths to photograph against.

Step 3. Gather your props - I imagine flowers or foliage will feature. If you're using flowers then pick blooms that look good from all sides. I also gathered other bits and pieces of a similar size that I wanted to include. I ended up only using the flower pot and candle but collected ribbons and other notions that I could use to create shape and movement. 

Step 4. Decide on your shape - I went for a circular wreath shape as it worked with the flowers. Other popular styles seem to be off centre scatters, clusters, items arranged in neat rows (I can't be neat so left this one!). I used wire fairy lights to create the shape and then used the pot and candle as a point from my flowers to grow from.

Step 5. Add your details - in this case I went for flowers moving away from the flower pot and candle and adding foliage to taper the shape at the top of the wreath. I added and removed items until I was happy with the overall look. 

Now all you need to do is photograph and share. I took lots of photo's on my phone and camera mixing up angles and zooming in on different details. 
I hope this has shed some light on how to create a flat lay photo, I'm no expert but has found this to work really well and is relatively simple to create at home. Having a movable back drop means you can easily move it about to catch the best light - its much easier than rearranging furniture every time inspiration strikes! Flay lays are also the perfect way to add a bit of creativity into your day they really don't take long and are incredibly addictive once you get started.

If you do take a seasonal flat lay then don't forget to use the #STSxmakelight hashtag to enter this months Styling The Seasons and Makelight competition to win a place on one of Emily Quinton's photography courses

Houzz home tour

Sunday, 15 November 2015

I'm so excited to share my home tour on Houzz.co.uk and let you know about a competition they are running to win the actual shelf I have in my bathroom - woo hoo! We've worked so hard on the house it's brilliant to see it finally come together. There are still plenty of rooms to share, this feature has definitely given me a push to get more rooms finished and photographed. I've also included never seen before photos of my kitchen if you want to have a little look - I promise to write up a full before and after post very soon. 

For new visitors to my blog (hi!) I've put links to all my home posts below. 

For styling ideas make sure you look at all my Styling The Seasons posts

You can see the full tour on Houzz here , thanks so much for having me. 

DIY - vintage diamante and flower necklace

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Ah ha, for anyone who thought I'd forgotten about jewellery making here's a very pretty new vintage necklace DIY for you. This year has been a crazy one and as much as I love making unique pieces of Jewellery and sharing them here my time has been pulled in 100 different directions and I just haven't been able too. That's not to say I haven't been out 'saving' the forlorn and unloved jewels of this world from charity shops ready to create new pieces because I have! This necklace is perfect for the time poor amongst us (e.g everyone) it uses bits of old necklaces so all that's required are a few jump rings and E6000 glue. It took me about 30 mins to put together and it's given me my jewellery making bug back, here's how I did it.

Step 1. Prepare your materials and colours. The starting point for this necklace was the plastic peach flower, I realise that this is a one off but have a look for buckles or brooches that could be used instead - you're looking for something with a flat surface that you can glue into. If you can't find anything then I'd recommend using leather to create a shape.

When it comes to gems I used a mix of odd diamanté earrings and gems from old pieces of Jewellery.

I normally stick to colours in a similar palette, these where all in creamy vintage tones. initially I wanted to go for something with peaches and orangy reds and an accent of green but ended up using just greens, peaches and metallic touches.

Step 2. Play with your design, I was just about to glue my gems when I knocked them and had to start again. I'm glad it happened as this version was much better. Mix colours and finishes to create your design and don't forget to leave space, sometimes less is more. Once happy snap a pic on your phone (or camera) and then glue into place with E6000 glue or a glue gun. Leave to dry.

Step 3. & 4. To create the chain I joined two existing necklaces together, I often find vintage necklaces to be on the short side. I needed to make add some extra length to the diamanté necklace so used a few links from another necklace. To join I cut the diamanté necklace in half and then took two complete links from the other. When cutting up necklaces make sure there is some kind of complete loop or gap so you can fix together.

Step 5. Depending on your base, how you create your connection to the chain will vary. For this necklace I used 8mm ribbon ends to create a connecting loop but you also use flattened cord ends glued to the back (see this tutorial) both work equally well.

Step 6. Join everything together with jump rings. I used a mix of 5mm and 7mm I used two jump rings per link when joining my chain together. Now all you need to do is wear.

I'm so happy with this, jewellery making is still my favourite hobby and I really hope it inspires you to try and make a unique piece of your own. Happy making. x
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