A roundup of of some easy but stylish Halloween DIY ideas and crafts from accessories, decorations to cakes and cocktails! The garish ,blood-spattered, neon coloured style of most Halloween decorations is just not my thing. I love a good horror film, so its not that I’m squeamish or dislike Halloween for religious reasons, I just don’t feel it. But that doesn’t mean I want to miss out the celebrations altogether. If anything, Halloween is an excellent distraction from the fact the clocks go back and the days start getting really short and the weather gray. So here is my roundup of some of the more elegant Halloween DIY Ideas from craft and design bloggers. Read more
Upgrade your bathroom with this luxe gold leaf beaded light pull!
My bathroom light pull was looking a bit grubby and had a functional, but rather boring, silver end. Having recently repainted my bathroom, I wanted something a bit more fun and I had been itching to do something with these chunky wooden beads for ages! There isn’t a reason for the gold leaf, other than it looking pretty. Read more
What is the difference between Gold Plated, Gold Filled and Gold Vermeil Jewellery?
Lets face it, gold is lovely but expensive. In looking for alternatives, you have probably noticed these terms cropping up more frequently over the last few years. But what do they actually mean?
My visit to the gardens, shops and galleries at Logie Steading in the North of Scotland.
I’m still getting Scotland withdrawal symptoms, so to cheer myself up I am going to share another lovely place I visited, Logie Steading. Located east of Inverness and 6 miles south of the Moray coast, Logie Steading is a small complex of shops and galleries set in the Logie Estate and also offers a gorgeous garden and river walks. Read more
There is an every increasing amount of different pliers available to help you in your jewellery making exploits, but when starting out, which do you really need?
There are three main types of plier you need to get started, each performing a unique function. There are another two that I’m including because I use them all the time and find they make my jewellery making even easier! Read more
These simple earrings are perfect for using up seed beads leftover from another project!
Seed beads are usually sold by weight, meaning you often end up getting more than you need. But then you only have a few left over, so what do you do with them? Make these simple bead and jump ring earrings! This is also a great beginner project which is great for practicing using pliers and jump rings. Read more
I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough storage. After coveting the many basket-weaving DIYs and inspiration over on Pinterest, I wanted to create something out of cotton rope, that was purely knotted and woven. Its perfect for storing everything from jewellery, washi tape to erm, tea!
Basketry is an ancient craft; archaeologists have found examples in Egypt dating from 12000 years ago! Here in the UK, examples of woven fences and vessels have been found at an Iron Age site near Glastonbury. Update this age-old technique with cotton rope from the DIY store. And because the rope is cotton, you can even dye it different colours! Read more
It would be fair to say that my idea of a perfect day out involves some combination of craft, tea and cake. So when my Mum suggested that en-route to visit a family friend in Prestatyn in North Wales we took a trip to Abakhans Mostyn store, I wasn’t going to say no!
I visited the area often as a child and back then, Abakhans just sold fabric, but in recent years has expanded hugely, and now has interiors, yarn and craft shops as well as a gift shop, cafe and workshop space. Read more
We have been having some very lovely early spring weather here in the UK, which has made me want to make some bright, summery jewellery! I came across these turquoise colour wooden beads and knew I had to have them! And paired with this coral thread, it just screams summer! Read more
Wander around RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr, near Harrogate in Yorkshire
Pretty flowers, craft and afternoon tea.
I am not the most green-fingered of people. My Dad has even been known to remove house plants from my possession for their safety! But I love being out in gardens and taking photographs of the plants and flowers. Nature has always been a big inspiration in my creative life and I would always choose going for a walk in the country over going to the gym. So when I was visiting my parents in Yorkshire, we went Harlow Carr, an RHS garden near Harrogate. Read more