Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition

I've been working hard in the evenings over the last few weeks on a new venture of pattern design for fabric and other applications! Getting back into drawing and illustration has been really great as it has been a long time since I did any. I entered my first Spoonflower Design Competition last week themed … Continue reading Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition

Foray into Surface Design – Patterns Galore!

It's all been a bit quiet on the blog here - I've been re-learning Adobe Illustrator and re-working drawings from sketchbooks into designs and repeating patterns for surface design! These I hope to print onto fabric for creation of many home ware and soft furnishing pieces. Working with nature based designs and animal illustrations plus … Continue reading Foray into Surface Design – Patterns Galore!

Succulent Maddness! Affordable Potted Plants For Easy, Low Maintenance Style

Oh no! Another post about succulents! I cant help it! Listen, I just got back from a quick trip to Homebase DIY store upon where I spotted some really nice succulents in sturdt ceramic pots. The plants are of a good size and pots are in a range of muted pastel and earthy shades, for … Continue reading Succulent Maddness! Affordable Potted Plants For Easy, Low Maintenance Style

8 Easy & Stylish DIY Alternatives To Christmas Trees

My flat is fairly small and we usually spend Christmas Day at our parents' so the need for a Christmas tree to 'keep presents under' has been fairly defunct for the past few years. I do decorate the flat, just no tree. This year I feel like I want somewhere proper for the presents to … Continue reading 8 Easy & Stylish DIY Alternatives To Christmas Trees

Simple DIY Indoor Log Store from Wooden Pallet – Tutorial

I needed to create something to hold wood logs which could protect the floor and walls indoors.Using wooden pallets collected for free I was able to make and quick and simple solution! Materials & Tools: 2 x Wood Pallets (I used one small and one large to fit in the space I needed) Crowbar Woodsaw … Continue reading Simple DIY Indoor Log Store from Wooden Pallet – Tutorial

Fanciful Animal Illustration Find

I recently picked up this great book at a Yard Sale in Brooklyn. 1300 Real And Fanciful Animals From Seventeen Century Engravings by Matthaus Merian.  It's filled with wonderful illustrations and pages which would look fantastic as framed pictures. However not all the illustrations would be something I'd want on my wall! Nice! Comment if … Continue reading Fanciful Animal Illustration Find

Indoor House Plants – Getting Started & How Easy It Can Be!

If playing The Sims has taught me anything, it's that having a plant in a room can increase happiness. Other more scientifically back benefits include cleaner air plus improved memory & productivity. Recently I visited a dear friend in Sweden, when I went into her flat it was brimming with potted plants. The atmosphere was … Continue reading Indoor House Plants – Getting Started & How Easy It Can Be!

Exciting & Easy Ways To Paint A DIY Feature Wall

I came across a blog post by The Crafted Life about 5 Non-Traditional Ways to Paint a Wall. She points out something obvious that many of us, myself included, simply don't think about when decorating. Walls in your home don't have to be painted all one colour.  The short blog post shows 5 easy ideas which … Continue reading Exciting & Easy Ways To Paint A DIY Feature Wall

Label Printer For Easy Retro Touch To Your Home Or Office

A super easy way to add a retro or vintage touch to your kitchen, office space or any storage is a home label printer from Dymo. These can be picked up for under £15 from online shops like eBay, Amazon or Staples. The labels come in several colours but I think the black labels give … Continue reading Label Printer For Easy Retro Touch To Your Home Or Office

Bookshelves Sorted by Colour – Follow Up Post

I posted a tutorial last week from At Home In Love on Colour Coding Books. I tried it out for myself and am really pleased with results. For some the very idea of sorting books by anything other than A-Z Authors Surname is paramount to blasphemy!  But many like myself do not regularly use the books … Continue reading Bookshelves Sorted by Colour – Follow Up Post