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Christmas Creativity & Calligraphy // Viking Arty Party!

Hi all!  How are you?  Feeling Christmassy yet?  Well I certainly am, since I went to the Viking Arty Party a few weeks ago!  Arranged by stationery and office supply company Viking, we were treated to a very festive day of getting crafty.  I absolutely love anything crafty, so this event was right up my street!

Event Room at Lambert's Yard set up for our day

Event Room at Lambert’s Yard in Leeds (photo credit: Matt at Search Laboratory)

We got off to an amazing start, as we were greeted with steaming glasses of mulled wine – the best thing about winter, in my opinion!  Viking had hired the lovely event space at Lambert’s Yard in Leeds, which was perfect for this event.  It was massive, so plenty of room for all us bloggers.  It also had lovely lighting for photos, due to the huge windows!  They had decorated it beautifully, with a big Christmas tree piled up with presents, and lots of twinkly lights.

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Home office makeover copper mint pink & copper memoboard noticeboard

Home Office Makeover // Copper, Mint & Pink + Memoboard DIY

Hi guys!  I’m so excited to share this post with you.  I’ve never been the best at interiors or designing rooms.  I like things to match and look pretty but I know I’m not a natural interior designer!  But I had so much fun shopping for a summer homeware haul and doing this little home office makeover.  I loved combining all my favourite colours into a summery scheme.

Ocean Finance very kindly offered me £50 to do an home makeover (this post is not, however, sponsored).  They set up this project to bring our homes to the fore this summer, and give them the TLC they deserve!  My drab office area certainly needed some TLC!

We have been in our house for less than a year, so most of it has recently been decorated.  However, I was desperately in need of a home office makeover!  My desk and computer had just been shoved in the corner of the living room, and was looking rather drab and dreary.

Home office makeover copper mint pink & copper memoboard noticeboard

Copper, mint & pink home office makeover

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Getting Crafty // Pinterest Inspired // Eyelash Picture in Box Frame!

Hi guys!

A few months ago, I remember seeing something similar to this picture I’ve made on Pinterest.  I didn’t pay it much attention but do remember thinking it was a cute idea, and perfect for the wall around your makeup/vanity area.  The one I saw was just one pair of lashes, but I liked the idea of three different pairs.

When I was in Wilkinsons recently and saw this white box frame, it popped back into  my mind and I decided to give it a go!

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I chose a simple white box frame which cost £4 from Wilkos.  I can’t find the exact one online but this one is very similar.  I already had the card in my craft kit.  Finally, I found a selection of false lashes from Wilkos and the pound shop.  I decided to go from a natural looking set, to a set with little diamantes on them and then finally to a very dramatic pair of lace lashes!  The diamante and lace ones were just £1 each in the pound shop, you’d be surprised what you can find there!


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Step 1: select a piece of card (whatever colour you want, depending where you want to hang your picture).  I chose a simple pearlised white card, to fit in with the walls at my new house.  Cut the card so that it fits neatly just inside the box frame.


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Step 2: open up your eyelash boxes and remove all the lashes carefully, trying to keep them in shape.  If they do bend out of shape, roll them gently between your thumb and index finger until they reform into the original shape.


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Step 3: I would suggest laying your lashes out on the card to check they all fit, and how much space you need between each and around the edges.  It’s easier to lay these down now and check, before you’ve added any glue!


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Step 4: now it’s time to stick down your lashes!  Because of the glue residue the lash bands already had on from being stuck in the packets, I actually didn’t need to add any glue to the first two pairs.  For the larger, lace lashes, I added a little eyelash glue to the outer edges and a dot in the middle, to secure them in place.  Leave them to dry into place before you put the frame back together.


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And there you have your original beauty-inspired artwork!  This cost me just £7 in total to make and I really like it.  I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I think it’s quite cute and fun for my vanity area once we move to the new house.


What do you think of this project?  Do you like doing crafty things?  Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Getting Crafty – See What I Made at the #HillarysCrafternoon in Leeds!

Hey everyone

I was lucky enough to attend an event recently, which was arranged by Joe Blogs, along with Hillarys and The Crafty Hen.  It was hosted at The Riverside in Leeds city centre, and it was one of the best afternoons I’ve had in a long time!  I had so much fun.

Crafternoon Sign  Table of fabrics

Hillarys have launched a new range called Jewel: The Edit.  As the name suggests, the range is inspired by the rich tones of four precious jewels; Amber, Ruby, Sapphire and Jade.  Hillarys brought along lots of samples of their new fabrics, which we used to get crafty with!

Fabric close up     Scissors and card

The Crafty Hen’s Jana (who is great fun by the way!) talked us through our first project – making a jewellery box.  We were well stocked with everything we could need and had a sheet of instructions, with two Crafty Hens on hand if we got stuck!  We had a choice of fabrics from the Jewel range, so I chose a pretty watercolour floral style of fabric in muted cream and duck-egg blue shades.

Firstly we covered our box lids in fabric, then chose from an array of buttons and ribbons which we could use to decorate them.  We then moved on to making a divider for the inside of the box.

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Some people also made ring holders, but I ran out of time so mine is just divided into two areas (which I think will be handy to separate rings and earrings from larger items like bracelets and necklaces).  Once our boxes were complete, we had a quick coffee break before moving onto our next project… accessories!

First we were taught how to make a ‘suffolk puff’ (yes, really!).  You basically cut a circle from your chosen fabric, do a loose running stitch around the outside edge and then pull the thread tightly, which gathers in the fabric, forming the suffolk puff!  I was amazed at how easy they were, and also how very satisfying the pulling part was!

suffolk puff in progress     ribbons

You can use a suffolk puff either way around, so the smooth side of the fabric is showing, or so that the ruffled side shows (which I prefer as I think it looks prettier).  You can then add buttons, to cover the thread and the very centre of the puff.  I made a large and a medium suffolk puff, placing the medium one on top, and then added two stacked buttons.  Finally, I secured them to a large hair clip and added some gold netting, to create a fascinator!  I didn’t like the silver end of the clip showing through the net, so I also added some red and grey ribbon, to conceal it.  What do you think?

Finished fascinator

As I’m often stuck in bed due to my chronic illnesses, I don’t get chance to do things like this very often.  I was extremely relieved to wake up feeling well enough to go, and thoroughly enjoyed myself!  Sadly, when I got home I felt extremely nauseous and almost passed out from exhaustion – typical.  But I’m pleased I managed it, and will happily take the payback I got from my body as a result!  Here’s a few more photos of the finished results, as I’m very proud of myself!

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finished jewellery box

jewellery box bow close up    jewellery box buttons close up

Hillarys Crafternoon

Hillarys have also blogged about the series of events here!


What do you think of my jewellery box and fascinator?  Have you ever made (or even heard of) a suffolk puff?!  Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Simple homemade sugar body scrub

I had run out of body scrub and was going to order one online with my next Superdrug order, when I remembered the unopened bottle of coconut oil languishing at the back of my kitchen cupboard.  I had bought it when I read about how healthy it is to cook with, but never really figured out how to use it and just didn’t get round to it!  A vague memory popped into my head about being able to make homemade body scrubs using coconut oil as a base, so I decided to give it a bash!

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I simply emptied almost an entire bottle of coconut oil into an empty hair mask tub, then added sugar.  I initially added about 4 teaspoons and gave it a test on the back of my hand, but it wasn’t “scrubby” enough for my liking, so I added about another 3-4 teaspoons.  I tested the consistency again and it was perfect for my taste.  The only problem was that it didn’t really smell of anything (although at that point was still totally edible… random but true!)

Scrub during

I know people generally add in a few drops of essential oil for a nice scent, but unfortunately I didn’t have any.  So I simply added a few sprays of my gorgeous Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis cologne.  As it’s a pure perfume, it is very strong so it did not take much to scent the scrub.  Yes, a very expensive way to add scent, but it now smells amazing!!

I then added a very professional label to remind me what it was in the shower… (!)

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