Floral Friday - Garden Inspiration

Friday, 29 August 2014

Slowly, slowly the inside of the house is feeling more like home. However, the garden is a different story - all the local cats use the front garden as a litter tray and our resident fox likes to use the back garden as his own personal toilet/dining room - nice. There are some really established shrubs and roses but the rest of the beds have been neglected and are gradually being taken over with bind weed and brambles. As an avid flower lover I can't wait to get out there and start growing beautiful blooms but being a complete novice it feels like such a daunting task. 

As I have no clue what I'm doing I thought I'd start with how I want things to look and then work backwards. Unsurprisingly I'm veering towards a bright english garden. I love anything with a wispy tumbling feel with added potential of being able to be cut and put in vase - i'll keep you posted with the results. Have a super weekend xx 

DIY - bow tshirt

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A simple DIY for you all today. A T-shirt very similar to this caught my eye when I spent the evening at Liberty and I knew I just had to give it a go (I'm sure there are a ton of similar DIY's on the internet but I couldn't find any when I was looking). It doesn't take very long to put together or require any fancy materials just some ribbon and needle and thread. For adults I think black and white works best otherwise it will become too sickly but if you wanted to make with little ones coloured t-shirts and contrasting ribbon would work perfectly well. Here's how to make.
You'll need - A plain t-shirt (not the really stretchy kind), 6mm ribbon (approx 2m long) and needle and thread.

Step 1. Tie bows in your ribbon (how to tie a bow) you'll need 8 - 10. 

Step 2. Place your bows on your t-shirt and pin into place. Its worth marking where the centre of your boobs are, avoid putting bows directly in the centre as it can look a little odd! 

Step 3. Stitch into place and give everything a little press

See - so simple! I've worn mine here with my favourite black trousers and think it looks best when it isn't worn too girly. Happy Making! x

Thanks to Jo at The Only Place for the photos

Worn with - Gold Leather Wrapped Bracelet DIY, Trousers, Mango

Instagram - summer

Monday, 25 August 2014

I feel like I've been squirreling summer memories away this past few months. I made a very conscious decision to have more time 'off' to enjoy all that summer brings. There have been weddings, weekend trips away, more work on the house and plenty of teaching. Sitting here wrapped up on a cold bank holiday I can't believe summer is coming to an end but for the first time in a long time I feel rested and relaxed and ready to pull my socks up get going again for autumn. 

You can find my on Instagram at LottsandLots

Handmade - 1940's chain earrings

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Despite the fact that I write one or two new tutorials a week I rarely make pieces for myself anymore. Before I started blogging everything I made was just for me - I could go off on a tangent, not worry if steps are easy to follow or if I could capture the method in the right way, I won't lie I've missed it a little bit. In my head designing a piece of jewellery is very different to writing a tutorial, which I absolutely love doing. When I make for myself I love to mix different colours and textures and tiny little details that no one apart from me will notice but have such a big impact on the overall look. 

I made these earring a few weeks ago for a friends wedding to match the colours of the dress I was wearing. I used really special vintage beads that I bought at Tinsel Trading in New York. They're from the 1940's (I think) and still have their original packaging. The navy wire I picked up years ago and chain is just from my odds and ends box - I'm really happy with how they have turned out, its put the thought of selling jewellery back in my head again. 

On a completely separate note I'm not sure I'm totally happy with this back drop but I am happy with my new (secondhand) macro lens - look how clear all the chain is! Looking forward to playing around with it a bit more and writing some new tutorials very soon (I promise).

styling the seasons

Thursday, 14 August 2014

An exciting project announcement today that I'd love you to be part of. I've teamed up with the always fabulous Katy from Apartment Apothecary to start a new blog series called Styling The Seasons. 

Katy and I were chatting about how fast time passes without us even noticing - its so easy to get caught up in the continuous rush everyday of life that we barely notice the change in season. For this project we want to challenge ourselves and you to celebrate and embrace the change each month brings by styling a surface in your home to reflect what the month means to you. It can be any surface from window sill to bookcase, to bedside table to mantlepiece, if you have a surface you can style it! 

I have had a little practice with my recent coffee table DIY - I'm currently all about holding onto the lasts pieces of summer, these petals are from the beautiful billowy roses from my garden that I keep until the very last second and of course summery coloured jewels that make me think of turquoise seas and sunny skies. 

We'll be 'officially' kicking off Styling The Seasons on the 1st of September and invite you to play along on your blog, Twitter. Instagram or Facebook page. Don't forget to use the hashtag #StylingTheSeason so we can see all your lovely posts. 

Make sure you hop over to Katy's blog, she's sharing her inspiration for Styling The Seasons too (I've had a sneak peak and its gorgeous!)

You can find us at the following places
Instagram @LottsandLots 

Instgram @AptApothecary

Can't wait for you all to play along with us.

DIY - coffee table makeover

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Is it strange to buy a coffee table before you've even started looking for a house? Probably, but it didn't stop me. I found this table in Alan's cabin at my local tip about 2 years ago for ten whole pounds. I knew that one day it would make the perfect coffee table so until a few months ago it was stashed away at my parents house until I had the room/house to put it in.

Once moving day was looking closer the table arrived at the house all covered in hideous brown varnish. I tried a few different ways to remove the varnish; varnish stripper which worked a treat on the beams in the hallway but not so much on this table and then a good sanding. Both techniques didn't quite give the look I wanted (natural wood) so I called in Col with his plainer to completely strip it back. 

Here's Col giving the table top a complete plain, I was a bit intimidated by the blade so left it to the expert...
...but then I couldn't resist giving it a go so I gave all the legs a plain. Turns out plaining is alot of fun. 
 ...I  finished it off with a layer of Briwax, I'm not sure if this is the right stuff but I had it for the hallway and couldn't face another trip to Homebase to buy another product.

It still looks very fresh so I'm looking forward to it ageing over time but for now its perfect, in fact its so nice I leave all my stuff on the floor around it to keep it clear! Most of the furniture for the house has been upcycled in some way so I'll be sharing more of these tutorials as time goes on. Happy Making! x

Featured - Jewelry Affaire

Monday, 11 August 2014

Some recent press today, I was contacted ages ago by the lovely people at Jewelry Affaire to contribute my leather stud necklace to their summer issue (available here) and here it is! I'm still amazed to see my work in magazines, it takes me by surprise every time. Leather has become one of my favourite materials to work with - especially this lovely gold piece. Its so versatile and a little goes such along way. I have pulled together some of my favourite tutorials if you want to have a go, happy making! 

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