When asked to make and style props for an 80’s themed event last year for the Q Festival, it was an obvious choice to use items from my childhood. As it was an party it had to be music themed and if you’re as old as me you’ll remember taping the charts every Sunday evening … More Eighties Upcycling
A letter to my younger self on International Women’s Day. Dear Little Me, As I think about what it means to be a grown up and what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century, I’m thinking about what my dreams were back when I was younger and if I’ve achieved them yet. … More Letter to my younger self
After my post in January on feeling the blues, I’ve been trying to take stock and figure out the things that stress me out and I’ve been taking tiny steps to eliminate the triggers from my life, or find ways to deal with them if they won’t simply go away. Huge thanks to everyone who … More Styled vs Reality
As it’s over a year since I painted this little velour footstool with chalk paint, I thought it was about time I posted a how-to guide on it. I’d wanted to try painting fabric for a while, so looked into it on Pinterest and YouTube and it looked pretty easy, though I was sceptical that … More How to paint fabric with chalk paint
What if the New Year, New You posts are freaking you out? My social media feeds are full of inspirational quotes to be healthier, happier, skinner, richer, to live a calmer, less stressful life. Laugh more, love more, just be more…. Well, what if you just find it all a bit difficult as it is, … More January blues, stress, depression? All of the above?
Earlier in the year I joined forces with Emmaus UK to help spread the word on recycling and upcycling, (read here) and they recently challenged me again to work on their #SecondHandSanta project. The challenge was to create bespoke second-hand Christmas gifts using items from Emmaus charity shops. Christmas is about giving and by supporting your local charity … More Second Hand Santa with Emmaus UK
My long held dream of having a colour themed Christmas tree is slowly slipping away from me each year and our main tree this year was decorated by the boys in the house with baubles bought from Woolworths! They both find it hilarious to make me cringe when they literally throw tinsel on it. I officially … More My Amara Christmas
If you follow my social media you’ll know that I’ve been working on a project called #PinkCycled lately. Well this is what it’s all about. During October’s Breast Cancer awareness week my upcycling twin Lynne Lambourne of Love Nellie launched a joint project with the Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839) and Preloved to raise awareness … More #PinkCycled Charity Challenge
My Christmas tree is a collection of everything from the last 20 years and is now growing with handmade decorations made at school! Some people like to change their decorations yearly, they even have colour schemes! Oh to have a colour scheme, I try, then turn my back for a second and everything we’ve ever bought … More Baubles, Baubles, Baubles.
Marble is a huge trend at the moment in interiors from accessories to furniture, to huge expanses of marble flooring and tiles. It is, however, pretty pricey so I tested out a couple of techniques to help you recreate the look with a bit of paint and creativity. images sourced from pinterest, view my board … More How to marble two ways