Hello all! Here’s my over optimistic contribution to the August Styling The Seasons posts. When I look at these shots they look so bright and Summery and then I just turn my head slightly to the window and see a whole different story unravelling outside. Enough moaning though as all the Saturdays in August so far have been sun filled and that’s all that really matters for the majority of us out there.
I posted this meal on Instagram a couple of months ago and said I’d rustle it up again for a proper blog post and recipe so here it is! I fell in love with the simplicity of this meal as soon as I made it for the first time. Few ingredients and little effort to make such a tasty meal. These chickpea flour tortillas could also be used savoury pancakes or a carb to go with curry as I’ve tried in the past, just add a pinch of cumin. So get creative and use to your heart’s content.
I hope you guys all had a fab weekend and much relaxation was had! My next monthly DIY is live over on Sugar & Cloth and this one is especially for Summer entertaining. You don’t need a whole lot to make these fun dipping bowls but they’ll make your table come alive, fiesta style! You may well be able to tell I have a bit of a thing for porcelain paint at the moment so go get your hands on some. Find the full DIY tutorial right here.
I’m also very chuffed to have been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award! I’m in the DIY & craft category so if you enjoy my DIY projects then would you be ever so sweet and pop over to vote for me here. It just takes a second and you’d make me ever such a happy girl!
Happy hump day! I’m bringing you an easy but effective DIY idea to fill some space on your wall. I do love myself some statement wall art and this only requires minimal supplies, so why not eh? Try hanging it with a cluster of other lovely wall prints or prop up on a shelf to add a pop! This project really will make you feel like you’re back in primary school, splattering paint all over the place and cutting paper strip brings back the nostalgia of making paper chains. I think it somewhat therapeutic actually! I’ve even made a little downloadable template to make it really simple…simple enough for primary school some might say.
Mount it in a plain black frame for maximum impact and match with other art from your home. I used to be all about white frames but the more I work onto white backgrounds the more I realise how well a black frame can finish off a piece. In all honesty I probably have enough white in my flat as it is (you may have noticed *blush*).
Last time I talked about making the jump to freelance and perhaps the word jump is an understatement, at least for what it felt like at the time. In this post I’ll talk about the day to day of setting up on your own and the great bits as well as the many challenges. Hopefully I can give a realistic view of growing your own creative business. As I’ve said before, these posts are coming from my own experiences and friends in similar positions that I’ve chatted to. Just because I’ve made the jump and come out the other end unscathed doesn’t make me an expert. Having said that I don’t really know what you need to qualify as an expert on any given subject. I definitely wouldn’t say a degree or even a masters or PHD could make you an expert in any field without years of experience living out the day to day of whatever it was you studied.
Starting out on my full time freelance journey, I felt liberated and that kind of nervous excitement you get that’s mainly powered by adrenaline. I finished work on a Tuesday weirdly enough and lots of people asked if I was going to take the rest of the week off before diving in, to which my answer was ‘no, I’m just going to get on with it’. As I said previously, I’d decided on what my days would generally be looking like with a bare bones structure but it was surreal hearing my alarm go off the next morning and knowing that I was officially the boss (eek). I set off on my walk around the park on my fake commute (I’m weird I know) and realised I could just take my time if I wanted. I started noticing parts of our neighbourhood I’d never had the time to notice before and actually finding inspiration all around me. It helped that it was a super sunny Spring morning, of course.
It’s pretty unusual that I ever stray into my bathroom on this blog, in fact I’m not sure I ever have. Having said that, I figured that, like us you may also have a whole lot of toiletries from face wash,to moisturisers, to exfoliators, to lotions and potions, mouthwash to make up. Just to put to rest any doubt, the make up is mine, not my husband’s! All of these goodies get shoved into our bathroom cabinet, that very conveniently came with the room but now it’s getting to the point where there ain’t no room at the Inn. When you get to the stage where a number of items fall out into the sink every time the cabinet door opens, you know something has to be done!
With that in mind I wanted to create some storage bags to house all the extra bits and bobs whilst keeping them relatively organised and pretty. It’s all to easy to buy unattractive storage but when somethings functional and adds something to the aesthetic of a room, I’d say that’s a double win!
Happy Friday lovely readers! You may not know but I’m a SMP Living contributor which I was very happy about back when I was asked as the Style Me Pretty wedding blog was the very first blog I poured over, way back when, to get inspiration for the big day! When the asked me to do a ‘Behind The Blog’ feature I was excited to think through the long list of questions they sent me. You can find out more about me and life behind the scenes over on Style Me Pretty Living now. I hope you enjoy and I’m looking forward to sharing an easy DIY project with you on Sunday so keep an eye out!
I just made it! It’s nearly the end of the month but July’s free desktop wallpapers are up! This time around I decided to brush letter some encouraging phrases to spread some creative love. It’s always nice to be met with something inspiring when you face your screen at the beginning of the day…or the middle…or the end for that matter.
You can download both of these designs for no pennies at all right here. I hope you enjoy using them and as I said last month, if you do instagram the wallpapers in action then use the hashtag #somethingforyourscreen and then I can have a peek.
I had hoped to get this styling the seasons post shot before I went away on holiday but that was beyond optimistic to put it mildly! Having said that it all worked out quite well as my holiday served as the inspiration for my styling this month. I made the most of the good light and styled up one of our built in shelves which doesn’t usually get much photo action as they can be a tad dark. We went to Egypt for 10 days which was just what I needed. Scorching sun, relaxation and a taste of the culture. Sorry to disappoint you if you thought I would thus be including a nod to the pyramids and a camel figurine in this post. We were in the Sanai desert so Ive incorporated this little desert plant friend in this fun cup I picked up from a charity shop. I’ve styled this up with a book as part of what I loved about being on holiday was having so much time to read! I have a renewed commitment to incorporating it into my lunch break before bed each day, instead of having my eyes glued to my phone. And then my sunnies are thrown in there for good measure because oh boy…there was enough sun to replenish my vitamin D reserves for the next year.I’m guessing all of you lovely readers probably have holidays booked particularly as we’ve now hit school holidays! That’s certainly what I start thinking about when July comes. I hope you all have a lovely time and find it just as rejuvenating as I did. I’d been functioning at 100 miles an hour, working way too much and not making enough time for relationships particular the most important one with my Husband. It’s been really good to take stock and realise how being obsessed with work totally clouds my brain and gives me tunnel vision. It’s unhealthy and I need for that to not sit right with me each day or at least listen when my husband tells me to slow down.I hope you enjoyed my little slice of Egypt. If you fancy joining in styling the seasons you can easily style a corner of your home and post it on your blog or twitter or instagram and useing #stylingtheseasons. Don’t forget to tag Katy and Charlotte who head up this whole concept. Then they can see your contributions.
Well it’s about time I shared another DIY isn’t it?! I actually created this to fill a space on my own wall so I thought the obvious thing to do would be to share it as a DIY tutorial for all of you to join in with the fun. I wanted something minimal, with a dream catcher vibe but with a little more to it. You barely need any materials for this project so there’s no excuses not to whip one up of an afternoon.
You may well remember this post from last month. I had a little rant about our old, bulky, brown sofa and announced the wait for a much more stylish alternative from Habitat. Well, delivery day came and I literally jumped up and down in anticipation. I can safely say they weren’t lying about it being easy to manoeuvre into tight spaces. Our last sofa took five men and a lot of knocking on our brand new neighbours door on a Saturday morning to gain more space to push the beast. This one however, went in like a breeze!
Well you can’t get much more summery than this!! The lovely ladies over at Bespoke Bride are currently running a month of all things tutti frutti and when they asked me to design a free printable I was very happy to oblige! I came up with these free printable notelets for wedding guests to write their words of advice and ‘well wishes’ on. For the full post and a chance to get your hands on this fruity array, head over to Bespoke Bride.