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!
I love our London flat in so many ways! It’s small but perfectly formed with high ceilings, white walls and abundance of natural light, but one thing I would really love to change are the carpets. Being in rented accommodation means this isn’t really an option unless we were happy to lose our entire deposit in one fell swoop. I won’t lie, I regularly dream of ripping it up to discover beautiful floor beds which I then coat in lashings of white paint. Aaahh…dreams. For now the only option is to cover the largest sand coloured expanse with a giant rug.
I was a big fan of our previous rug but it had certainly seen better days. If you ever need a helping hand in ruining a rug or your carpets for that matter then I’m your lady! I charge by the hour although it will only take a few minutes in my company. Our last rug was also pretty flimsy which meant it was often getting rucked up under people’s feet / embarassingly tripping people up. Not the best welcome. I was over the moon when Carpetright got in touch to show me they’re brand new range of rugs soon to be launched. Here’s a little sneaky peek of a few.
Wow! I was just thinking I first started ‘Something for your screen’ freebies nearly two years ago! I remember sketching out some patterns while I was on holiday in Turkey and working them up on my laptop on the plane ride home! Perhaps when we two years exactly I’ll have to do some kind of extravaganza!
This month I fancied drawing some sunglasses (as you do) and it all stemmed from there. I hope you can put these Summery wallpapers to good use in the coming few months. It’s been amazing to actually meet lots of people over the past few week that tell me they’re using my freebies each month and look forward to each new one. That was my aim and I hope that continues. Sometimes it’s easy to put things out there and wonder if any one really is using them so I thought it would be great if you are using one of my wallpapers and you take a photo then do use #somethingforyourscreen if you upload to instagram! It would be ace to share some of them myself too.
Well hello and welcome to the most colourful post I’ve ever done, courtesy of Blogtacular. It’s pretty much in the name but incase you’re unfamiliar with that, it’s a fab blogging event in London organised by Kat & Kat. The day began at 7am on the Southbank for those of us lunatics that had signed up for the photowalk. While you were all still tucked under your duvets we were out galavanting for a couple of hours of unashamed colour and creativity. As you can imagine it was eerily quiet with the whole of London still in bed but that just meant lots more photo opportunities without a stranger’s leg, head or hand showing up in the corner of our pictures.
The walk was lead by the talented Xanthe Burkley and Sammee lapham and it involved balloons, brights and an abundance of pattern! It was so fun to have the space to get creative and try out some new things. It’s amazing how I do such a creative job but never really get the chance to be creative just for the sake of it anymore. Such is life.
Today spells the last of this weeks ‘Affordable Home Tips’ in association with Keep Moat. Each day I brought you simple and inexpensive DIY projects to liven up your home, often using things you already have. Today is the simplest of the bunch! This statement cushion doesn’t involve any sewing and can be whipped up in less than an half an hour. If you have any plain cushion covers that need a revamp then this is the DIY for you. There’s even a free printable template to get you started.
Hello! Well I’m excited to release four of my seven new prints today! They were all originally made with ink and watercolour (my obvious favourites). I really love creating new prints and having a license to go crazy with reams of paper….all over our dining room table. I’m the kind of person who loves coming up with loads of ideas and versions at once and then coming back to the pile the next day with a fresh head to select the ones I scan in and work up. That seems work for me.
Hello, me again! I’m aiming to be posting a lot more regularly on here in the lead up to Christmas as I just have so much content in storage or in creation that aint gonna work post Christmas. Gingerbread houses and Christmas trees will not have a great reception in January!
I hope you’re all enjoying a long bank holiday weekend! Nick told my outright that if I was even thinking of doing any work over the bank holiday (which I might have been) that he wouldn’t let me get away with it. So that’s that then. I thought I’d just break into the long weekend for second and leave you with a simple little DIY idea. You can even give it a whirl this weekend with the extra time you have.
I’ve been eyeing up this metallic patterned paper sheet up in Paperchase for a while now and have finally got around to thinking up a project in order to buy it. You can actually use any patterned paper you want, but if like me you’ve gone gaga for this beautiful art deco style pattern, you can find it in the paper and craft section of most Paperchase stores at the moment.
- A plain tray
- Patterned paper of your choice
- Mod Podge glue (the outdoor version may be more hardwearing)
- Gold metallic spray paint
- Foam brush
- Washi or masking tape
- Scrap paper
- Firstly cover the inside of your tray with scrap paper to fit. Tape down if necessary.
- Spray paint the tray ridge and under side and leave to dry.
- Then measure the inside of your tray and cut your patterned paper to fit.
- Tape around the inside part of the ridge to prevent glue from getting on the metallic areas.
- Using your mod lodge and sponge brush, cover the inner section with glue and then press the patterned paper into place carefully. Smooth out any air bubbles and then leave to dry under some heavy books to keep it flat. If you are worried about wrinkling you could spray mount your paper to a sheet of card the same size before glueing it to the inside of the tray.
- Once dry apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of the patterned paper and leave to dry.
- Then apply another 1-2 coats to properly seal the paper and make it water resistant. Leave to dry in between.
- Once totally dry you can peel away the protective tape and get piling stuff onto your new tray!
This pattern might look a bit familiar and you’d be right! I liked the dabbed paint affect from the DIY phone pouch so much that I thought it needed to make it’s way onto a cushion too. This kind of painting takes minimal skill and therefore minimal time. That’s the kind of DIY I’m sure we all like.You’ll need…
- Wool in the colour of your choice
- Plain white cushion
- Cushion inner
- Black fabric paint
- Paint brush
- Cardboard scrap
- Needle and white thread
- White paper
- Firstly take the inside of your cushion cover with your cardboard to protect the under side and then dab on strokes of black fabric paint with your brush. They don’t all need to be exactly the same size and shape but try and keep them roughly evenly spaced. Leave to dry.
- Draw around a glass to make a circle. I used a champagne flute as this was the right size for my desired pom pom size. Then draw around something smaller to create the hole for the middle. Cut around both circle marks (you may need a scalpel for the middle). Then repeat so you have two.
- Place one disc on top of the other and start wrapping your wool around. Wrap the wool round until it looks like the above disc. The hole in the middle should now be quite small.
- Then cut another piece of wool and slot it in between the two cardboard discs. Tie this in a tight knot.
- Then pull the discs away from each other so that the pom pom is released and then you can trim any excess bits of wool.
- When the cushion cover is dry, iron over the pattern with a piece of plain paper in between. The heat will fix the paint.
- Then thread your needle and sew a pom pom in each corner, threading through the centre of each one to make sure it’s secure.
- Then fill the cover with your cushion inner and find a home for your new make.
I hope you enjoyed this revamp of an oldie but goodie. Perhaps something to try over the weekend. Have a lovely one!
Here we go people…I’m going to confront you with a whole face full of colour! I need something to wake me up a bit, maybe this will do the trick. I’m a total Zombie this week even after a very chilled weekend and an early night last night. I nearly fell asleep whilst eating breakfast yesterday which is really saying something as it’s my favourite meal of the day.
Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram then you may remember me posting a photo of a rather lovely painted sandwich board I saw on the pavement a few weeks ago. Well that’s what inspired this months desktop TLC. Inspiration comes from strange places sometimes! Download them for free right here and enjoy your colour blast.