Permission to fail – refashioning

I love the concept of restyling clothes, creating a new item out of thrifted old clothes. The process of refashioning can be fun, creative, challenging, this in itself is motivating. Plus of course the finished result is unique, fits you and your style. However it doesn’t always go to plan..! Give your self permission to … Read more

Egg Shell Easter Table Decoration

Easter is around the corner but you still have time to make an Easter table decoration. Personally Easter is about spending time with family, creating new traditions, eating, crafting. My son particularly loves the rhythms of the seasons, decorating the house.  Table decorations are not my strong point but even I can manage this egg … Read more

Family memories captured in pebble wall art

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 … Read more

Create your own shibori book marks

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 … Read more

Creative Upcycling Competition

Have I ever told you I’m a last minute person? Today is the closing date for an upcycling competition being held by Korbond, with a prize of a sewing machine its got to be worth an entry! This week I read a great article “It can take an incredible 2700 liters of water to produce … Read more

Shibori Trend – DIY Denim Heart Pencil Case

Who doesn’t love a new pencil case? As a child I used to love the ritual of shopping for stationary as part of the back to school routine. Today I am going to share this gorgeous heart pencil case tutorial – combining shibori, upcycling denim and my love of stationary! I confess to spending far … Read more

Ideas for upcycling old keys

Upcycling Old Keys, have fun making creations/animals with keys

My husband surprised me with a gift of a rather large collection of old keys. My kind of present… It has led to contemplation about DIY projects involving keys.   On a rather wet and miserable day, my husband and the children had great fun creating animals for the keys. I love the sculptural animals. … Read more

DIY Sweater Hot Water Bottle Cover

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Today I finished all Christmas makes.. a bit overdue. A friend asked me to make her a sweater hot water bottle cover for her friend Rick. She created me a template out of paper with the promise of a cover to come. I have used a cotton rib jumper, having failed to find a wool … Read more

Large Fabric Pompom Tutorial – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

Large fabric scrap pom pom. DIY upcycled christmas decoration

Today I am sharing with you a tutorial for making fabric pompoms – strung together they make beautiful garlands, they can be placed together to form a wreath or hang as baubles from a Christmas tree. I don’t know about you but time fly’s by and it’s almost Christmas!! I love this season but I’m … Read more

How to make chalk paint gift tags

DIY Cereal Packet Gift Tags, chalk paint gift tags

This is my annual gift tag plea… there’s nothing worse than trying to remember who gave you which gift in which paper, or attempting to find a name scrawled in biro!! Trust me!! This year I am enjoying wrapping gifts in the discarded paper from delivered parcels. A press with the iron and the paper … Read more

Handsewn Christmas decorations

How to make rustic Christmas decorations

Today we finished trimming up, adding lights to the pallet Christmas tree I created last year. I love the addition of lights, they add the missing sparkle:) If you would like to make a pallet Christmas tree the tutorial is here. However I neglected to share how to make the fabric handsewn Christmas decorations. So … Read more

How to line a picnic hamper (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

Lining a picnic hamper adds a splash of personality, modernising the hamper. I picked up this old picnic hamper in a charity shop, but let’s be honest it’s seen better days. It is transformed by relining. I found licensed Volkswagen fabric with a quick google search, I love it 🙂 If you would like to … Read more