Styling The Seasons - October Review

Friday, 31 October 2014

It's been another fantastic month for Styling The Seasons, everyone who has taken part has filled  my screen with beauty and happiness every single day. Our Instagram hashtag is overflowing with pumpkins, golden leaves, feathers and candle light, its truly amazing to see how everyone has interpreted the theme. Like last month it's impossible to choose a favourite but here are some that have inspired me. 
Lapin Blu - I love how Sarah- Lou captured the golden light of October so beautifully.
A Quiet Style - I'm quite in love with Emma's blog, the flower arrangement she created for the month is  just gorgeous, look at those beautiful hydrangeas!
Cate St Hill - After admiring Cate's serene and orderly bookcase I promptly reshuffled mine. Seeing how real people organise and display their treasures has been such a good influence. 
 Freckled Fennel - I adore everything about this (I think it could be my favourite), the tumbling flowers,    the chest of drawers, that blue lamp...perfection! 
Really Pretty Useful - This is how to do pumpkins - no gimmicks, no fuss just letting nature do it's thing. 

You can see all the wonderful blog posts below -  

Thanks as always to everyone who has joined in, I can't wait to see what November means to you all. I'll be back on Monday with my monthly inspiration.  xx

Deal, Kent

Friday, 24 October 2014

Happy Friday -  we've made it through another week - whoop! I meant to share these photo's last week but it wasn't a good one so here they are today. 

A few weekends ago I tootled down the M20 to spend the weekend with my best girls. We went to Deal, Kent for a few days and had such a good time - loads of laughing, eating, drinking and dancing. If you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know how much I love a sea-side town especially when all the tourists have gone for the summer. My friend found this perfect apartment - allotment apartments - right on the high street and really close to the sea. The weather was patchy but by the time six of us and a baby had got ready and eaten brunch we'd missed the rain and the sun came out - fab! 

Deal is such a pretty place, all sherbet coloured cottages, weather beaten fishermen's huts and a two castles! We headed to Walmer Castle for a cream tea and a wander round the gorgeous gardens, deciding that we'd turned really old. Nevermind, we reverted back to our younger selves by the evening - mixed a few potent cosmopolitans and danced to our own very special play list. Some photo's aren't for sharing here so I'll leave you with these pretties instead, have a great weekend everyone! x

DIY - brass and bead necklace

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I'm normally a statement necklace kind of girl but I wanted to make something simple to wear at weekends. I saw a brass necklace a while back and thought it'd be perfect to try. For this necklace you really need to use heavy beads (no plastic or acrylic) like brass and glass as I've used here, this will ensure it has a good weight and hangs well. The rest is really simple...
Step 1. Cut a piece of tiger-tail 30cm long and thread your beads. Make sure you mix them up. 

Step 2. Once you're happy with the design, you're aiming for a 20cm length of beads. Add a calotte and crimp to one end. Squeeze the crimp closed and then close the calotte over the top, repeat on the other side. 

Step 3. Cut a length of leather 60cm long. Add a crimp to one end loop the leather over on itself and squeeze the crimp closed. Repeat on the other side. 

Step 4. Fix the leather to the beads with a 5mm jump-rings


 I love these necklaces - sometimes its good to be simple. Happy Making! x

Images - Siobhan Watts, Bless the Weather

Styling The Seasons - A few tips

Monday, 20 October 2014

Image - Renee Richelle Design via Instagram

The beautiful photo's and posts for Styling The Seasons just keep coming in - there has been such an amazing array of talented people take part, our Instagram feed (#StylingTheSeasons) has well over 200 entries and is gorgeous! 

Today I want to give anyone a nudge who is thinking of taking part and hasn't yet. For me I've found it a great exercise in practicing styling and photographing, whilst I'm not the best by any means I feel like having a monthly photography project makes me plan and prepare which is something I wouldn't necessarily do. Giving myself time to take photo's improves them, I can play around with my camera settings, wait for the best light, try different compositions to find what works best for me. This ultimately makes me takes better photos and better photo's improves my confidence which is always my biggest hurdle. From looking through all the entries, here are some tips I have picked up along the way,  I hope these help you in getting started.

Keep it personal - If you need a starting point pick an item that you absolutely love and work from there. I love hearing the stories behind an object. 

Keep the palette simple - I find using a palette of just a few colours makes a photograph easier on the eye. 

Use nature - nature helps soften hard edges and creates unity. Plus using nature means you have to go outside and thats never a bad thing! 

Don't try to be like everyone else - let others inspire you but always stay true to what you love. 

Try your best and have fun - from the beginning Katy and I wanted to create a project that everyone could join in. It doesn't matter if you have a window sill or a ballroom to style, everyone is invited and everyone is different so go and grab yourself a handful of nature, a vase and a special something and have a little play. You'll be surprised at the results and before long Styling The Seasons will become a way of life! 

Make sure you use the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons on any social media channels you use so we can see them. 

DIY - jewelled cuff

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

I'm excited to share this jewelled cuff diy - it's sooooo easy to make and I just love these photo's Siobhan has taken. I had a huge clear out when I moved and was left with a pile of jewels that I no longer wanted to wear but couldn't get rid of. I saw an amazing jewelled bracelet on instagram and knew I had to convert all my old treasures into something special. Here's how I did it. 
Materials - Plain bracelets/cuff, old jewels (I used a mix of bracelets, earrings and necklaces) and epoxy resin (or any other strong glue)
There is only one real step - remove the backs off any earrings with wire cutters and then glue onto your bracelet. Leave to dry, wear! My bracelets kept moving around so I made a tube out of card to keep them still.
I told you it was simple -  I just love how these have turned out! I have more winter jewel tutorials planned for upcoming months so come back soon for more, until then happy making! x

Beautiful photo's - Siobhan, Bless The Weather

what to wear with...statement tassel earrings

Friday, 10 October 2014

One question I quite often get asked is how I wear the jewels that I make, its very rare that I'm without something I've made myself, everything I make becomes incorporated into my day-to-day wardrobe. Lately I've not stopped wearing my statement tassel earrings - I love them so much! I don't think you have to look like a crafter to get a bit of DIY into your everyday, I've been updating my autumn wardrobe recently (apart from the gorgeous coat) here's what I've been buying and wearing my statement beauties with. 

River Island Black Skinnies - they're keeping their shape well
Cos Silk Tshirt - such a perfect drape, I went for cream
Dorothy Perkins Pink Jacket - less wolly than a cardi
Topshop Leopard Coat - just because leopard and autumn go hand in hand
Office Leather Boots - simple (a bit dull) but needed

Have a great weekend x

DIY - Crystal Statement Necklace

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

This statement necklace has caught me surprise, it's a tutorial I wrote for Jewelry From Home, I didn't really plan it I just went to the bead shop looking for inspiration and then all sorts of statement greatness happened! This version is a necklace I made for Emily's Floral Friday Competition, made with cord instead chain I love how you can mix colours and textures to create something unique each time. 
Not only is this a really fun piece to make, it would make a fab introduction to jewellery making class. I'm looking ahead to 2015 at the moment and really want to get some more classes running as Lotts and Lots, if you'd be interested in attending classes or can recommend some studio space that is reasonable to hire either central or east London then get in touch, by email i'm lottsandlots@gmail.com but you can find me on Twitter and Instagram

I'd like to start running hen/or general parties too so if you're looking for a stylish activity that you and your friends will actually wear and use after then get in touch. 

Happy Making! x
 
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