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Family memories captured in pebble wall art

Family memories captured in pebble wall art
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Today I am sharing with you a pebble wall hanging made with pebbles collected on the beach. As a family we recently visited the coast on a cold winters day, the frost lingered on the seaweed despite the bright sunshine.

My daughter is not being that interested in being outside. To engage her on our trip out we set a family challenge, finding pebbles with holes in. This gave her focus, it encouraged her to look at the environment closely, to see the textures and colours and to have fun. She had a great time, as we all did.

Once home thoughts turned to what to do with the collected pebbles. Since we rearranged our living room we have a spare piece of wall. I decided to hang the pebbles as a piece of art using a garden twine/string.

My son had a great time organising the pebbles in a pattern, starting with larger pebbles at the top working down to small pebbles.

To make your own thread the pebbles onto the string wrapping the string through the hole twice, leaving a gap then threading your next stone on.

You may be lucky and find a branch of wood weathered by the sea, alternatively  strip the bark of the wood with a vegetable peeler. Hang the strings off the branch. You may find this easier if you position your branch over a couple of supports.

Lastly add some very strong string rope to hang the wood on the wall. I was surprised at the weight of the wall hanging.

The wall hanging is a family piece of art.

In the living room it brings back memories of days at the beach and family times together.

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Create your own shibori book marks

Create your own shibori book marks
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Have I ever shared how I love to read? I am a massive fan of my local library service, visiting almost weekly to pick up fiction books. I am almost addicted to reading at bedtime. Escaping into fiction helps me switch off and wind down for a good nights sleep.

I still have a small amount of shibori inspired dyed denim – remember the pencil cases I made?. It dawned on me that I could adapt this rather nifty technique for making bag handles to create a neat book mark.

Today I am going to share my various shibori inspired denim bookmarks.

Elastic bookmark tutorial

To make:

  • Elastic the length of the book plus 1/4″
  • Shibori dyed denim, the length of the book by 4″  (see this post for more information)
  • Iron on interfacing, the length of the book by 4″

Tip – of you have think denim you may wish to omit the interfacing

Iron the interfacing to the back of the denim

Fold the fabric in half lengthways right sides together. Press.

Fold the long length in half again wrong sides together. Press. Repeat for the other side.

Place elastic in the middle of the denim sandwich. Hold with a pin. Refold fabric.

Sew short ends.

Trim the seam allowance, this reduces bulk. Turn the fabric so the inside is now on the outside.

Poke the corners out. Press and finish with a top stitch all round the denim.

Use the same technique to create a bookmark with ribbon.

Or how about a different take on elastic? Lengthen the denim, create an elastic loop and add a button.

Personally this is my favourite – I am tempted to start a bullet journal, if I do this is the style bookmark I will use. Naturally you can use any fabric scraps you have.

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Apple crates as storage solutions

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We have lived in our home six and a half years We designed the living room to be timeless, so fairly traditionally decorated with neutral colours, old leather sofas, tall book cases packed with books, a wood burner plus a traditional rug.

We decided to update the feel of the room. I was keen to bring in a touch of originality, recycling, something that represented our personality’s.

After much discussion the furniture was rearranged, books sorted and parted with (most went to the Greenhouse Trust a local environmental charity). Our conversations revolved around a cube effect storage solution running below the long window. This gives us the ability to continue to close the curtains.

Thoughts ranged from Ikea to apple crates. Thankfully apple crates won – we played with a layout.DIY Storage solutions - apple crates

 

Then I remembered some wooden shweppes crates given to me by my Grandad (he packed me a tool box when I left home).

Apple crates as DIY Storage solutions

These add a variety of shape and design as well as the sentimental value. Once agreed on layout we then cleaned and sorted the boxes. Some were cleaned and waxed.

wooden crates as storage

Others were lightly brushed with thinned down chalk paint to highlight the texture in the wood.

apple storage painted with chalk paint, DIY storage solutions

The crates are sturdier than envisaged, so there is no need to bolt them together. This gives us flexibility for rearranging as and when the desire take us.

textured wood

We love the finished result.

The room feels spacious (it is a large room), modern and reflects our personality.

 

It’s great to change the look of the room for £50 worth of apple crates (thanks to ebay),

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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