Painted Magnetic Bookmark DIY

Painted Magnetic Bookmark DIY

Grab your paints and make some fun abstract art that you can turn into something stylish and practical with this magnetic bookmark DIY. This pretty painted watercolour design also make a great planner marker!

I will admit to being a page folder. I know many of you will be gasping in horror, but I always lose bookmarks and if I am being honest, there is something I like about the physical mark that the turning over a corner leaves. I usually buy second hand books from charity shops or have them passed on to me by friends and family, so often they books I read have already been read many times before. I like seeing the little traces left behind by previous readers, the coffee stains, bent spines and yes, folded corners. Read more

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Painted Edge Notepad DIY

Painted Edge Notepad DIY

You can never have enough notepads. Even now we have smart phones, iPads and Google home at the ready, sometimes you just need good old fashioned notepad and pen.  This fun and simple notepad DIY project is so simple and can be made in whatever colours you fancy!

I’m using paint pens and markers here rather than normal paint from a tube for a couple of reasons. One; for the paint doesn’t bleed into the pages, creating a neater finish and two; it’s easier than mixing paint and water to the right ‘flicking’ consistency!

I’m also slightly obsessed with the pastel colour Bic Cristal Fun pens at the moment, and I *may* have chosen the green paint to match the green pen. Ahem. (Not an ad, I just love them!)

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Decorative Plate DIY

Decorative Plate DIY

Ease yourself back into crafting with the super simple Decorative Plate DIY! I bought these awesome tropical stickers from Jacqueline Colley way back at last years Blogtacular conference, and did that thing of putting them to one side intending on making something awesome, only to forget about them. When I rediscovered them just before Christmas, I knew that they would be perfect to create some decorative plates to cheer up my house post-Christmas decorations!  Read more

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How to Make Envelopes from Wrapping Paper

How to Make Envelopes from Wrapping Paper

I love giving people handmade cards, but I don’t always think to check that I have an envelope to fit my finished card, and often end up putting it into a very boring office envelope. Kinda ruins the effect doesn’t it? Especially hen you have chosen gorgeous wrapping paper for the gift.  So why not create matching envelopes from wrapping paper, even if you don’t have the correct sized envelope to use as a template! Read more

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Wood and Brass Jewellery Holder DIY

Wood and Brass Jewellery Holder DIY

One day I looked at my dressing table, and realised as a jewellery maker, it was sightly ironic that I hadn’t got a decent jewellery storage solution. I had a single jewellery box whose contents had become so tangled over time, that I just never used it! This meant my table was covered in necklaces and bracelets. Sounding familiar? Yeah. Taking inspiration from some jewellery tree stands that I had seen at places like Oliver Bonas and Anthropologie, I came up with this Wood and Brass Jewellery Holder DIY tutorial! Read more

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Needle Felt Cactus

Needle Felt Cactus

If, like me,  you struggle to successfully grow house plants, how about making a needle felt cactus? I have given up trying to grow houseplants; the cats chew any bits they can get hold of, my house doesn’t get enough light and I am crap at remembering to water them. So, I’m concentrating on making artificial versions instead!

Never needle felted before?  Pop on over to my Basic Needle Felting Tutorial first! Read more

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Wire storage basket

Wire storage basket

Along with everybody else in the world, one of my new years resolutions was to spring clean the house. I am the first to admit that I am not the tidiest person! Along with getting rid of all the stuff I don’t need, getting the stuff I do need in some order was on the list. That means storage shopping! And storage can be expensive, especially the cool, industrial style wire storage baskets I was looking at. But you can get galvanised wire mesh on a roll quite cheaply at the DIY store, garden centre or even at the pound shop, so why no make your own?! Read more

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