Floral Friday - in the orange groves

Friday, 19 September 2014

I was reminiscing about the summer this week and its been a good one. Its felt long (in a good way) and I've worn all my summer dresses which is always a sign that we've had many a sun filled day here in the UK. However, I can't deny that the dark mornings we've had this week and the chill in the air is signaling the change in season. I want to share these photo's from Mallorca before summer comes to a complete end, it's been a year of little travel but staying up in the oranges groves has got to have been one of my favourite memories, at first I'd sneak into the owners shed to get oranges to juice for breakfast then I found it was much more satisfying to pick them straight from the tree. Have a great weekend everyone, let's make the most of being outside whilst we can! xx 

More Mallorca posts here and here 

DIY - statement tassel earrings

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Ooh I'm excited about these statement earring beauties. I feel like I have got my jewellery making mojo back these last few weeks so I'm giddy with excitement to share this new earring tutorial with you all. Inspired by the amazing Dolce and Gabanna versions I have seen floating around the last 12 months - go to Pinterest and search Dolce and Gabanna earrings, to see what I mean. I really love how they have been playing with different mediums to create wrong but right jewels. I made these mixing up my favourite materials - leather and coloured jewels (I used a mix of vintage, recycled and new) and a basic earring connector. Here's how I did it.
You'll need - Mix of jewels, don't be afraid to cut pieces of jewellery up to get what colours you want, silver discs, leather, cord ends, 4mm & 5mm jumprings, E6000 glue, earring connectors, earring stands.
Step 1. Make a tassel, I had some peach tassels left over from my tassel bracelet, use step 4 as your guide. I then glued tiny coloured diamante around the tops using stones cut from old necklaces. 

Step 2. Glue your stones onto the discs, making sure you don't cover up the holes

Step 3. Flatten your cord end and stick to the back of the stones - you could also just glue these to the discs as step 2. 

Step 4. Glue your stone to the earring stand, cutting off any excess loops beforehand. 

Step 5. Decide on your arrangement, its best to hang the largest stone/tassel at the middle and then decrease in size outwards. Fixing to the earring connector with either 3mm or 5mm jumpings. I like to keep the jumprings as small as I can to avoid too much gaping. 

Step 6. Add the earring to the earring stand with a jumpring. I used a diamante earring stand to match the sparkle on my vintage jewel.

I started wearing these last Wednesday and have worn them everyday since from work to drinks, from drinks to the garden centre - they work for all occasions with the added benefit of putting the razzle into the dullest of days, this is definitely a tutorial to try - Happy making! x

Instagram - Styling the Seasons

Monday, 15 September 2014

Happy Monday everyone! I'm starting the week full of inspiration by rounding up some of the beautiful Styling The Seasons Instagram entries. I have loved seeing how everyone has interpreted the the theme each entry is so individual and personal, it's definitely made me look at my house differently. The house has come to a bit of a standstill of late there are so many unfinished rooms that you learn to live with, I feel this project has given me new eyes. As a result I have been cleaning and clearing and making space to add more seasonal pieces, sorting dumping grounds and generally make the whole place feel a bit more loved - I can definitely feel this becoming a way of life! 

If you want to join in tag your photo's and blog post with #StylingTheSeasons so Katy and I can see your wonderful entries.

Images (I can't work out how to link to Instagram accounts, so have included blog links where poss!)
Top row - A Quiet Corner / Instannnnagram / Circle of Pines
Middle  row - Cate St. Hill / A Quiet Style / Heather Young
Bottom Row - Heather Young / Giggle May / Jayne1971

DIY - one seam skirt (version 2)

Friday, 12 September 2014

This version of my one seam skirt has been the gem of the summer, I takes me from work to drinks with no effort at all. My sister bought this fabric for me a few years ago (I think its polyester), the fancy print makes stops it from looking homemade and the open metal zipper stops it looking frumpy. I love it  and will definitely be keeping it in my wardrobe for the cold months ahead - you can see the full post here. I hope you all have a good weekend planned, I have a few home projects that I really want to get done and a hot yoga sesh booked, can't wait! xx
Other tutorials featured - gold leather wrap bracelet and cord and bead bracelet 

Photos - Siobhan, Bless the Weather

Featured - Mollie Makes front cover Gift and subscription offer

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

I'm so excited about todays' post, its got to be one of my proudest achievements to date - one of my tutorials has only gone and made it to the front cover of Mollie Makes magazine - gaaah! The lovely team provided the kit and I came up with the design and photographed all the steps to go with. I don't really share too many behind the scenes posts but thought you might like to see the work in progress. A massive thanks to all the Mollie Makes team for making this happen, it is a real dream come true. The  team has kindly given me a reader offer to share with you all, so make sure you scroll through to the bottom of the post for all the details.
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Mollie Makes issue 44 is out now. You can buy it online here or in any well stocked supermarket or WHSmith (I've spotted it so far in WH Smith, Sainsbury's and Waitrose).  

Styling the Seasons - posts so far

Monday, 8 September 2014

Since kicking of Styling The Seasons last week there have some amazing posts, I can't believe how different they have all been. I can't pick a favourite so here are a few snippets of what has been happening around the internet this past week. 

Above - Teri, The Lovely Draw
Tamsyn, TamsynMorgans

If these have inspired you (they have me) then play along with make sure you tag any photo you take with the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons. Thanks to everyone who has taken part so far (as I said these are just a few of them), you are all amazing. 

DIY Love - Late Summer

Friday, 5 September 2014

Some DIY love for a Friday, I have the whole of Sunday afternoon scheduled for some making and I can't wait. If you're looking for inspiration this weekend then take a look at some of these beauties to get you started.

These knots from Kollabora caught my eye, I don't like to say it but about this time of year I start thinking about my Christmas wrapping (sad I know) I think these knots could look great incorporated into gift wrapping.

I love this ink dyed purse from The House That Lars Built, that coral coloured lining that really gets me and I can never resist a purse. 

I haven't made a long necklace in a while so would like to give this brass version a try, it seems perfect for jazzing up weekend jumpers. 

My wedding band is a twisted ring so I absolutely love these golden versions from Fall For DIY.

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