DIY leather plant pot holder

Back in the summer, I stumbled across a full black bin bag of leather offcuts at a local car boot sale. These are hidden away in a blanket box in the lounge, it’s time to have a play to create a DIY leather plant pot holder. I love indoor plants, now the children have moved … Read more

Wrapped twig bouquet

Bring a splash of nature indoors with this fun and easy wrapped twig centrepiece, perfect for the table or mantlepiece. Twirly twigs and odds and ends of yarn are all you need for this upcycled craft. Slowly wrap twigs in yarn to create your own twig bouquet. This week has been a bit of a … Read more

DIY Autumn Garland

The weather here remains summer-like, I love it, any extra moments of warm sunshine are gratefully received. The rest of the family are loving the Christmas decorations appearing in the shops, busy planning the decorations they are going to make this year. But hang on its autumn!!  Time for some autumn decoration – let’s celebrate … Read more

How to organize a sewing room on a budget

It may take a little more time but organizing a sewing room on a budget can be great fun, the process draws on your creativity. There is no doubt I have spent hours contemplating the organization of a sewing room as I have gradually sorted mine out… With a low budget in mind,  I was sure there was an … Read more

Drawer Shelf DIY

I have to admit I have always fancied turning a drawer into shelves – I think they look super cool. So the opportunity to create a drawer shelf DIY tutorial for a magazine article was perfect.  The bathroom can be a little bland, a drawer shelf can provide a spot of colour plus a focus point. Transforming … Read more

How to make an easy DIY Headboard

Easy DIY Headboard, transform old planks of wood into stylish headboard, tutorial

This project has been brewing for quite some time, initially put off by a lack of woodwork skills I was prompted into action when Reloved magazine accepted the proposal as a project for their magazine! My neighbour Ray kindly offered to assist me in making the headboards – I learnt so much from working with … Read more

How to convert a bath into an upcycled garden chair

A few years back our neighbour updated his bathroom and he offered us the old bath. I have to admit he did look rather amazed when we said we would take it (as was I!).  The bath was added to the vegetable patch as an additional raised bed for our children to plant flowers in. … Read more

DIY Denim Cushion – Chevron

One of my go to fabrics is denim – it is so versatile and strong. Old jeans have endless possibilities for being transformed, upcycled into something beautiful. One of my all time favourite makes is a denim rag quilt (you can find the tutorial here). Recycled fabrics are my favourite materials to work with. What’s not … Read more

Upcycle Dining Room Chairs – Stain resistant seats

Upcycled Dining Room Chair, waxed stain resistant seats

I love mismatched chalk painted, applique covered dining room chairs. Upcycle dining room chairs to add personality to your dining room. You may remember I made some for our dining room a couple of years ago. Unfortunately with young children and messy eating the seats have become stained, despite the stain resistant spray I applied. … Read more

Apple crates as storage solutions

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 … Read more

Thrifty bathroom update #2

Do you remember my small toilet update? It wasn’t quite finished, needing a hand towel and mirror to finish the look. I picked up this mirror in a charity shop. I have been planning on trying my hand at chalk painting some fabric for some time. This was an ideal project to have a go. … Read more

Bathroom decor – have thrifty fun styling your small toilet

Do you have a small toilet? Ours received a lick of paint six years ago – I’m rather embarrassed to admit the kids had nicknamed it the minging toilet. It really needed a revamp. So I was delighted to be offered some tools by Ryobi – the perfect motivation to tackle the room. It’s small, … Read more