Sunday, 13 April 2014

Upcycled Bottles

A friend was selling off a lot of apothecary bottles so I grabbed a few whilst I could
I decided to upcycle them by using some chalk paint and napkins for decoupage!

I love how individual they all are because of their sizes and shape
Super simple to recreate so here goes

You will need
apothecary bottle (or any glass bottle), chalk paint, sandpaper, napkins, decoupage glue and brush, oddments of lace buttons etc
*Make sure the bottles are clean and dry before you start, then paint them with one coat of the chalk paint Leave to dry (I left mine overnight)
*Rub down with a little sandpaper over any embossed wording
*Using some pretty napkins remove the top layer as you'll only need that one (mine were 3 ply ones) you can either cut the flowers out like I did for a few of the bottles or cut out sections so your working a larger peice of napkin
*Paint some decoupage glue onto your bottle and  add some of the napkin, gently with the brush press down the napkin so the top is covered with decoupage glue also (be careful at this stage as the napkins can tear easily if they get too wet with glue)
Leave to dry

Leave them painted and rubbed down with a little sandpaper and tie a little ribbon and pretty heart around the neck
I have lots more bottles so I intend to add a little lace, felt flowers and buttons here and there too!

Told you it was super easy, you can use what you more than likely have in your craft stash and they make a great decoration for your home
The lights are just super pretty in my studio/office x

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Fun with Pottery!

Me and the little man had another pottery session this week and we had fun!
She has the most adorable cat called Puzzle which is always a pleasure to see because she really loves cuddles
Riley attempting the potters wheel himself
Once we'd finished playing there left to dry a little
Then we get to paint them and then we leave them with Stephanie for a couple of weeks whilst she fires and glazes them in her kiln

We have so much going on with Riley at the moment that taking him to places like this and spending fun quality time together can still be hard work! He likes very much to do his own thing, he likes very much to go his own way with his own direction in his mind! So when someone is trying to explain to him how to work something he's just not listening! Which sometimes is tough!
But luckily Stephanie is amazing, shes so patient and understanding that I cant thank her enough for her time

He was awarded the messiest potter though - ever!
 My creation from our first visit together - my hug a mug :)
 If you live local to Northamptonshire, Stephanie runs her pottery sessions from her home studio, she has chickens in the garden and her gorgeous cat puzzle is always around to say hello
Check out her facebook page here

Monday, 7 April 2014

Instagram Catch Up

I love love love instagram I do!
You can follow me here

Its now the start of the Easter Holidays so we have lots of crafts planned! The Boys are off to see Nanny for a week too so lots of household plans for me too!

Heres a peek at a little of what we did last week
-Date night with my little dude! his destination of choice! Mcdonalds
wobbly teeth and new teeth all at the same time!
M&Ms just because...
Lots of woolly and felt goodies on the go!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Mothers Day Smiles

Have a wonderful Mothers Day

Quote in my pinterest board here

Monday, 24 March 2014

Craft Destash

After running a few craft destash events last year and knowing how popular they were becoming, I've set up a few dates for this year too, but this time on a Sunday afternoon which seems to be an ideal day as the first event was this weekend and it turned out to be super super busy - phew
(I always panic in case I havent done enough to get people through the door)
I run these events as its a great way to declutter yourself of craft supplies that you no longer use and want and to refuel a new hobby you may have started

I was quite reserved this time around by buying only a few things! some large frosted bags for my shop as bags are always a must for sales, I shared a large box of scrapbooking goodies with a friend and the rest out of the box that we didnt want will be donated to school for the kiddies to use, and I got a few magazines etc

I can relax for a few months now before the next one - phew

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday Smiles

 More quotes can be seen in my Pinterest board here

Friday, 21 March 2014

Easiest of Easiest Meals - Tuna Pasta

Tuna Pasta is such a favourite in this house, each time its different as I put a selection of peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, anything really that is in the fridge at the time, theres no weighing out, all done by eye and then EAT

Add tuna to a bowl (I use tuna in springwater as I really dont like the brine)
Add what salad you have in your fridge, today ours was red pepper and tomatoes
Add cooked pasta
Add mayonnaise (or salad cream if you prefer)
Add a doorstep of fresh granary bread with butter

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Cake Prop

My best seller is the cake buntings I make, which is fine online but when you try to explain to someone at an event or in the shop what they are, they dont quite get it sometimes
I've been on the look out for a cake prop for some time then one day I came up with the idea of asking Stephanie, the lovely lady who creates the ceramics in my shop if she can help

So armed with a few printouts, sketches, sizes she went off to see what she could come up with
To say I am happy beyond belief is an understatement! I mean look LOOK at what she created for me
Cannot thank Stephanie enough
Heres a link to her facebook page Ceramics by Stephanie Beasley
Very happily she sells in my shop also The Gift Box

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

I won

Theres always so many giveaways going on in the social network world that I rarely bother to take part as a) I dont particularly want the item b) I just cant be bothered to have it posted on my feed wall

But - when the oppurtunity came along to win a fabulous make by The Fox in the Attic I had to give it a go
How excited was I to find out I'd won the Easter Bunny :)
She'll proudly be displayed in my new office when its finished (another very large project on the list)

Heres some links to The Fox in the Attic - do pop by and see what else she creates because there super fabulous
Etsy Shop

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Rubbish into Storage!

Oh my goodness, since we re done our kitchen, our under sink storage has never been the same! Due to having more piping underneath it meant I lost the shelf! Now you'd think this wouldnt be a huge problem, but honestly its a nightmare!
On my recent trip to Ikea, I got told about these Variera shelves and oh my goodness my life and cupboard situation has changed!

As you can see I recycle where I can for containers, the washing tablets I use are perfect for storage for batteries, tealights etc As for that gap, thats a cat food shop that needs doing!
All I can say is, I need to go back and buy more, many many more!!!
Thank you IKEA