Friday, 28 March 2014

Colour Boards: No 1: Pink, Green, Black and White

Inspiration image above from the artful desperado

Hello, I didn't plan on being away for so long. We are still working on our new house - the kitchen is going in this week. I started this mood board a couple of weeks ago but them my laptop broke and was in for repair for a week, I am very happy I didn't lose all of my work as I have not been backing up - lesson learned!

I have a new idea for bead bash, it's going to take me a while to get the idea up and running, with a new house and a toddler, so I figured I would share little bits with you without giving the game away. For one thing, I am not yet confident it will work so want to do more research and a proper business plan. One thing I do know is that I wanted to come up with some jewellery colour combinations that make you smile or put you in the party mood.

I took to pinterest to find some images with colour combinations that inspire me. I now have a crazy number of images pinned to my 'mood board' board! The image above really inspired me, I think it is fun and sophisticated at the same time. I have already experimented a little with the beads pictured on my mood board and will share once I have a final piece of jewellery and some decent photos.

Does this colour combination make you smile as much as it does me?

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Dylan's First Birthday Party








Last week was a busy week. We headed to Ikea in Edinburgh on Wednesday and Thursday to order a kitchen for our new house. I usually love a trip to ikea but this one was a little frantic. We took Dylan with us but he was sick and not on his usual top form. It also takes a long time to plan and order a kitchen when you have a sick baby needing your attention, so it's just as well we were in Edinburgh for two days and had a lovely B&B booked.

Friday was Dylan's birthday and we had a quiet day so Dylan could play after being stuck in his buggy for the previous 2 days and I could bake in preparation for his birthday party the next day. I made a carrot cake using my mum's recipe, it's really easy to make but took me a while because I haven't baked in so long. The recipe produces so much mix that I managed a big cake and 12 cupcakes.

I also made some ground almond cookies - they were bite sized because that is the size of the number 1 cookie cutter I found. On Saturday morning I went to town with the sprinkles, decorating the cake, cookies and making some marshmallows on sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.

I was really pleased with the outcome, it looked fab but I don't think I will be able to keep up that level of effort every year! 


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

All Things Bright and Beautiful





I had a bit of time today to get creative, I had put a ban on myself making any jewellery just now whilst we concentrate on renovating our house, but I bought a black and white polkadot shirt recently and wanted a short bright necklace to go with it. I had a look online and in local shops but couldn't find anything that fit the bill. So I decided to order some wooden beads and make what I was looking for.

I am really pleased with the result and as I had the paints out I decided to paint a few extra beads and make a long necklace too. I have been doing so much research on pinterest and interiors magazines for inspiration our new house recently and the colours that I have been pinning have crept into this necklace. Usually fashion is first and homewares follows on from that fashion but in my case my fashion taste has followed on from interior design.It will be interesting to see if my home has some of the same style when we have done the decorating. You can see my home decor pinterest board here with lots of white walls and bright colours!

What do you think of my latest creations? I love the hot pink and teal with the natural wood. 


Friday, 7 February 2014

Where I've been for the past 6 months


I have been missing from the blog for about 6 months so I thought I would share a post from my other blog - Pride of Place, that would go some way to explaining my absence. We moved back to the UK at the end of October and spent time house hunting. We found something pretty fast and have been crazy busy getting the keys and finding people to do work. Oh and Christmas was in there somewhere too! Here's the post...... 

So, it's been a while since I've provided an update on our house. We've been slowly getting things done, which is why it's been quiet on here. I definitely need to speed up on my papering and painting skills!

I spent the start of January looking for builders and by chance found some fantastic local contractors who usually install bathrooms but are able to do lots of other work too. Once I found them it was full steam ahead as they had a cancellation and wanted to start immediately. 

They fitted our new bathroom and ripped out our old kitchen leaving the sink so we can clean our paint brushes without having to use the lovely sink in our new bathroom. They also knocked part of the wall between the kitchen and dining area. It is so exciting to see things starting to take shape like I had envisaged. They also changed the internal doors downstairs, removed the facias on all windows which were mahogany UPVC, we have switched them to MDF that we can paint as we wish. They also moved a number of our radiators to under windows so we have more space for furniture on other walls.

We also had our new stove fitted in our living room, pictures to follow in a future post. It isn't quite how I had pictured because there was less space in the fireplace than I had anticipated and so the stove has to step into the room slightly, but I love it!

We have also been busy in the front two bedrooms, stripping woodchip wall paper, preparing the walls, papering the walls - (which was all done by me) and then painting.

And after all that ...... we have one room that is almost complete and ready to have carpet fitted. I have never papered before and it is a really slow process for a newby!

Anyway, I thought I would share some update photos room by room, just to tease you a little. So first is a room that we have done very little to so far - the master bedroom. So far we have painted a small part of the wall so that the radiator could be moved there. Moved the radiator and changed the facias round the window.  We still have to paint the walls and woodwork, remove the floor and have carpeted, paint the wardrobe and drawer unit and change the handles, make curtains etc. I have lots ideas for the really fun bit, once the shell is done.

That's it for now, I shall share another room with you soon.



Monday, 2 September 2013

Malaga Finds










I am on a much needed holiday in Malaga just now. If this post looks a little different from normal it's because I'm putting the post together using my phone.

So far I'm very impressed with the city. We are staying about 10 minutes walk from the old town. Together with my mum and sister we hit the shops today while my husband went for a walk with the baby. 

We found a lovely jewellery shop, that has really inspired me for when I get access to my beads again. It's called Uno de 50. Apparently there are lots if lovely bead shops here too so I shall have to seek them out too!

In the meantime, enjoy the inspiring images from Uno de 50.




Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Challenge accepted - make some paper jewellery







So, as I explained in my last post - all of my craft supplies are packed up. The only things I have access to just now are printer paper, scissors and tape. I thought I had wrapping paper but I must have packed it already. I set myself a challenge in the last blog post to try and make myself some paper jewellery using just these items. I feel like I have gone back to school exam times, any excuse for a distraction from studying (or in this case packing) and I will take it!

This is what I came up with. Not the most practical of items but a bit of fun anyway! I quite like the plain white one as it looks a bit arty and sculptural but I also coloured a couple of them in using the only other crafty items not packed yet - pens. If you fancy making yourself one or even just messing with the template to come up with a better design then follow this link for my template.

I am off on my holidays next week to Spain - another great excuse to not pack for a week! So hopefully I will manage to fit in one more blog post before the big move at the end of September.



Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Jewellery using just paper

image from Nel Linssen




I was trying to think of jewellery I can make now that all of my craft supplies are packed up. All I have available now is wrapping paper and tape. So my first port of call was Pinterest - a great source of inspiration. I have found some absolutely beautiful examples of paper jewellery. Most or even all are impossible to create with just paper and tape as I don't even have findings available to use just now but if I get a chance before our move I am going to set myself a challenge to make a piece of jewellery with just paper, scissors and tape!

In the meantime, I will soak up the above inspiration of jewellery made from paper. Any suggestions on what I could make?




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