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It’s that time again!

After taking the christmas decorations down the weekend just gone, I just could not bear to box up my pretty little fairy lights for another year. I love the dim warm glow they give off, so I decided to put them to good use in my bedroom. I know a lot of people make pretty patterns and stuff with their fairy lights but I hope my idea is a little bit different. My room feels transformed in the comforting light, 100% more relaxing and suited to snuggling up in bed with a good book, a cuppa tea and a cuddle.

Anyway, enough rambling, here is the finished product….

The Whole Scene

The Whole Scene

The Whole Scene... but a little bit closer!

The Whole Scene… but a little bit closer!

Little Heather flowers

Little Heather flowers

Flutterby!!

Flutterby!!

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Little Roses and such

Little Roses and such

Calla lily and rose  bundle

Calla lily and rose bundle

I used pins the same colour as the paint so they are “invisible”, pinned up the word love and then hit the local market. I raided the bridal section in the craft stall and bought a plethora of little bridal flowers, twisted them into mini boquets and then attached them to the lights. I also raided John Lewis for those butterflies, a bit more expensive than I would usually buy, but I absolutly fell in love with them!! I intend to add more flowers as I stumble across pretty ones, hopefully adding ones from different cities & countires as I travel about the place.

Anyway, apologies for the poor quality picture, my camera may need a doctor!! Also, braidal flowers from the market are CHEAP and this is a great way of making sure your lights aren’t wasted for 90% of the year in a box in the attic!!

Over and Out

xx

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Ooooh you tease ;)

Here’s a little tease of my latest project!! This one is going to take me a while so I thought I would tantalise your tastebuds (with the aim of keeping you interested so you don’t stray and start seeing other blogs behind my back).

Now what are the rainbow contraptions going to be.....?

Now what are the rainbow contraptions going to be…..?

In other news the sewing machine gods have been kind and my machine is fully functional again!! I will be finishing off all the half projects I began before it broke, including a tartan pencil skirt, home made lampshades MORE CUSHIONS and whatever else takes my fancy. Keep your peepers peeled.

Over & Out

xx

… P.s. I tried a new Tea today, Rosehip tea. TRY IT!!! I emplore you too.

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I hoped I wouldn’t disappoint….

I managed to finish (almost) the project I started WEEKS ago tonight, as hoped. This project started as any good project shold, putting the kettle on and making a massive pot of tea, it also uses that sneaky lil’ duvet cover I scoured from a charity shop mentioned right back in my first post! I used it as a backing for a pair of patchwork wall hangings. These wall hangings are a little bit naughty of me though and you’ll see why. All I have to do to the two is trim the edges and frame them, I have yet to decide how I would like them to be framed, this could take me months and i just could not wait that long to share them with you all!

This one is huge and will go on my living room wall.

This one is huge and will go on my living room wall.

I made this one by ordering a plethora of free fabric swatches from multipul different companies and the morality of doing so has been playing on my mind. If any one wants to replicate this idea then you can buy books of swatches for as little as £5 and there would be more than enough in there to make something along these lines. However, as I made this from what felt like hundreds of free samples which arrived on my doorstep after nothing more than a few hours clicking and trawling websites, this only cost me £2.50 to make. £2.00 for the fabric glue and I would guess that the white square of the duvet cover I used as backing was about 50p out of the original cost (probably even less really).

The benefit of using swatches is that you can use the really small off cuts of fabric that may otherwise be wasted, without having to buy half and quarter meter squares which you may not have any further need for. My colour scheme may not be to your taste but play around and see what you can come up with! I used flowers and birds for mine, and the colour scheme emerged when I noticed that the two main colours popping out of my cushions (which are on the sofa below the wall I am aiming to hang this on) seemed to be blue and yellow. I like the haphazard placings of the little tablets of colour and I also like that it’s layered and not quite perfect, it feels like mine and it feels like home.

The second one here, I have not quite finished gluing together but I think it looks to pretty not to share! I adore the robot fabric in the bottom corner and think when it is finished I may hang it at the top of the stairs as our hall is painfully dull. Please, excuse the orange and apparent abrupt nature of the ending of this post, I feel I have rambeled on enough now and so without out further ado, the picture and a goodbye.

Any comments berating me for being such a little fabric thief are welcome.

Over & Out.x

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NO!!! This blog had not been abandoned.

So, after a much earned and much needed Christmas break, I’m back!! I have loads of new ideas and loads of projects which are half finished (the curse of being too eager) so keep your eyes peeled over the next few days for something new popping up, the first which I am hoping to finish tonight is a 100% cheeky but almost 100% free addition to my home.

Over & Outxx

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Iiiiiiiiiit’s Christmas!!

Incase you hadn’t noticed I thought I would remind you!! I’ve been pretending that my painting skills surpass that of a toddler and decided to bake and paint my own christmas decorations. Cheap, easy and you can drag your friends down to the same level of childish insanity!!

Easy enough to make, just mix equal amounts of salt and flour and slowly add water until it reaches a nice consistency. Use the THREE HOURS it takes to bake the blooming things to run down to the shops and pick up your paints and paintbrushes. I decided not to make Christmas tree’s and stars and the usual stuff, I decided to make a woodland collection….. With a dash of polar bear. My housemate got a bit carried away and made a few Sonic the Hedgehog decorations but isn’t that what it’s all about? Getting together, having a chuckle and making good memories (Aswell as the presents, never forget the presents) Anyway here are a few pictures of my attempt at a Christmas craft.

Before the THREE HOUR slowww bake

Before the THREE HOUR slowww bake

Joel & Adam getting their hands dirty... for once ;)

Joel & Adam getting their hands dirty… for once 😉

My group of woodland critters, with their own accessories!

My group of woodland critters, with their own accessories!

Sooonic the hedgehog you can't catch what you can't see!!!

Sooonic the hedgehog you can’t catch what you can’t see!!!

This post is just supposed to be a bit of festive fun and not a showcase of any particular skills as I am aware my creations look a little….. Well…… The images speak for themselves haha!!

Anyway feel free to comment and what not. Have a lovely Christmas.

Over and Out
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When I first moved into this house, everything was a sea of clinical, boring white. I know if white is done right it can be interesting and beautiful, but just take my word for it, please, my landlord has it wrong, so so wrong!  My bedroom has this huge window, which was sadly donned in the most awful looking cheap off white curtains. I hated them. The theme which has occured a few times in this blog prevented me from changing “The Curtain Situation”…… SKINT!! So I had a think, measured my windows and hit the shops. I couldn’t find any ready made curtains in for less than around £30 and I simply wasn’t willing to spend that much money. I couldn’t dye the curtains because they are the landlords property and I have to leave the house pretty much as It was when we moved in, when we move out. Absolutly wracking my lil’ brain dragging my poor fella round numerous fabric departments and curtain shops I just couldn’t find anything that would fit the ethos and look I was aiming for. Until I looked at Voile fabric in a different way. I had been looking at it in the day but It was just too thin to block out the light even if it would have been my cheapest option. That’s when the brainwave hit me, i bought two packs of good quality Voile in the sale (as usual!!) for £9, less than a third of what I would have paid for new curtains, and simply tacked them ontop of the curtains I already had. This is what I have now!! 

 

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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These cutains solved all my problems in one fell swoop!! Image

 

Not only were they cheap and wonderfully easy to make, they will not damage the landlords curtains at all so if I pack up and leave I can just unpick the few stitches holding them in place, take the voile with me to use again (Whoooo recycling), while injecting some much needed colour into my bedroom. Easy on the pocket, Easy on the eye, happy landlord, happy Ginger!! 

Feel free to ask me any questions or make any comments! 

Can you spot me in my sexy dressing gown in the reflection of my window? There’s a treat for you all 😉 

Till Next Time, 

Over and Out

xx

P.s. For those of you not from Yorkshire Curtain ‘In ‘Ell translates to Curtaining Hell! Fitting, as that’s what finding a solution to my problems was…. Hell!