Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY: Pom pom magnets

Pom pom making can be seriously addictive, so it's lucky there's so many things you can do with them - decorate gifts with them, make a garland, trim a blanket or cushion with them, even add them to a pair of slippers! This week I decided to give my new fridge a little pom pom love with some cute little magnets...

DIY project to make pom pom magnets, displayed on my Smeg fridge!


DIY project to make pom pom magnets, displayed on my Smeg fridge!

DIY project to make pom pom magnets, displayed on my Smeg fridge!

I think they look really sweet, and give a little bit of tactility to area which is mainly hard edges and surfaces. They are SO simple to make as well, you can follow my tutorial over on the AO at Home blog.

Let me know if you give them a go! ;)

xxx

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The nursery makeover

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen a few little sneak peeks into our baby's nursery already, but as it is finally finished and all ready for our new arrival, due in a couple of weeks time (!), I thought I'd share some photos of the whole room.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
The room had been my office before, stuffed full of craft supplies, books, props, paperwork etc, so I've really had to downsize on that front and in fact the cupboard on the right hand side is actually being used to store a lot of that stuff. The wallpapered wall on the left used to be covered by a bank of ikea shelving that were there when we moved in. Hiding behind the shelves was a botch job of a partition wall, so we had this rebuilt when we had the builders in recently. Apart from that, in terms of decorating, all we've done is paint the walls and ceiling white, wallpapered and repainted the floor.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
I'm so pleased with the wallpaper by Ferm Living, which I ordered via This Modern Life. It is perfect for growing with our little one, as it's not babyish, but still a lovely nursery pattern. The cot is from John Lewis, please excuse the plastic covering on the mattress! The baby will sleep in our room for the first few months, so I've left that on there for now!

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

I bought the 'Whale in Paris' print from one of my fave shops, The Hambledon, on a recent trip to Winchester, and the honeycomb decorations are from Ikea. The fox cushion is by Sweet Reverie available at Society 6, and the little striped cushion was a lovely gift from a new brand based in Barcelona called Mint Banana.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
This lovely knitted blanket was handmade by my mum (thanks mum!), and the spotty one came from Gap.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
These drawers were a fab eBay find. The little pink turtle was handmade by Ooh La Lapin and the gorgeous moccasins are by Monkey and Mole. The toadstool lamp came from Bimbily - it's the only place I've seen stocking the gold version of this, so I was really pleased to find it.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
The curtains are a simple set of grey linen ones from Ikea, but I've customised them with a little bit of pink pom pom trim, which was so simple to do and I think really adds something to the curtains.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
I've blogged about the little cupboard before which I bought from the fab Goose Home and Garden. The huge pink honeycomb ball was another Ikea purchase, and the ice cream one is from The Hambledon. The 'My Daily Melody' print is by Audrey Jeanne, which I bought online from Tea and Kate.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
I've had these little shelves for a while, I bought them in a charity shop for £5 and have just repainted them. The 'little girl' postcard and the elephant also came from Tea and Kate - I love how the elephant's pom poms match my curtains! The Polish wooden dolly was picked up at The Vintage and Handmade Fair which i visited a while back. 

I blogged about artwork for the nursery a while back so you might recognise some of these prints. The seal is from Isa Form, the elephant on the bike is by Ez Pudewa and the other elephant is by Seventy Tree. I've managed to frame all the artwork relatively cheaply, with a mix of Ikea frames for the standard sized prints and then some custom made frames by eFrame - which is a fab online resource, where you can enter in the exact dimensions of your print, what type of frame you want, whether you need a mount etc, and they are delivered to your door. I'm always really pleased with them and think they are affordable considering they are custom made. 

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery



Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
The very last thing we added to the room was this light from John Lewis. It is made from plaster and punched with lots of tiny holes, so gives off a really soft light which is perfect for the nursery. Again, I like how it's not childish and will last for years to come in the room.

So there you go! The finished room! I've tried to keep it quite simple as it's a small room, but I'm sure it won't be long before it is filled with lots of baby paraphernalia, so it's nice to have a record of how it looks before the chaos takes hold! ;)

Just one more tiny thing to be added in a few weeks time! I'll be sure to give you an update when our little one makes her appearance!

xxx

Friday, June 20, 2014

10% off Calligraphy workshop

When I was planning my wedding, I really wanted to teach myself calligraphy so that I could handwrite my place names etc. I bought a little kit and tried learning from a book, but I couldn't believe how tricky it was, and got pretty frustrated, until I eventually gave up!

If it's something you've always fancied having a go at yourself then I would suggest taking a class in it rather than trying my method! If you are based in London, then I have just the thing! The lovely Quill London are hosting a modern calligraphy workshop on Saturday 19th July at the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker pub near Angel (see pic below, looks lovely) The Class costs £36 but Quill is offering Patchwork Harmony readers 10% off using the code PATCH10 when you book. The price includes an essential calligraphy kit which you can take away with you, plus a light afternoon tea. Sounds like a perfect afternoon out to me!

If you fancy it, you can BOOK HERE.

calligraphy workshop by Quill London
The Blacksmith and Toffeemaker pub, London

calligraphy workshop by Quill London

calligraphy workshop by Quill London
Ooh! and while you are in the Islington area, you should check out the brand new Cafe Smug. It's a new venture by the owner of Smug, the shop, situated in Camden Passage, one of my favourite streets in London. Beautifully styled with vintage furniture, enamelware and colourful ceramics, it will definitely get your creative juices flowing before heading to the calligraphy class! Just don't get distracted by all those lovely shops down Camden Passage! :) 

Cafe Smug, Camden Passage, Islington

Cafe Smug, Camden Passage, Islington

I'd love to be able to pop along to the class myself but I think I'm going to be pretty busy with the baby (arrival imminent!) but I'd love to hear if anyone goes along and how you got on! 

xxx

Saturday, June 14, 2014

DIY: Paper fans

Well, what a beautiful week of weather we've had in the UK this week, a mini heatwave some would say! The weekend looks set to be nice too, so if you've got some outdoor excursions planned then here is a great little DIY project for you to keep yourself cool in the heat. Oh and did you know it is National Picnic Week next week?! Pack your basket with some food and these paper fans and you'll be all set! ;)

DIY craft tutorial: Paper fans
DIY craft tutorial: Paper fans


DIY craft tutorial: Paper fans

You'll find my full tutorial and a template for making these on the AO at Home blog.

xxx

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Issue 9 of 91 Magazine NOW ONLINE!

Firstly, thanks so much to everyone for the comments, tweets etc on my last post regarding losing my blog images. It seems they are well and truly gone, and it would take me months to reinstate everything... I've therefore taken the decision to start afresh with a new blog, and just import my favourite archived posts... it's really gutting that I've destroyed 6 years of work, but hey, sometimes these things happen for a reason, so that is why I'm taking it as a sign to work on a new site. For the meantime I'll continue to post here, and I will keep you updated on the changes when they happen.

Anyway, in other, more happy news, the lastest issue of 91 Magazine has hit the interweb this morning, and I hope you will take a mo to pop by, check out the preview and then, if you haven't already, subscribe! ;)

A single issue costs just £2 to download, or an annual subscription (4 issues) is £7. The digital issues are yours to keep - they do not disappear once the new issue goes live or anything, so you can continue to look back on them whenever you like.

Here are a few spreads from inside to give you a taster, but click here to see the full preview or go straight to Magzter to download the full issue. We also have a 91 Magazine app now too! You can download your issues here to Apple News Stand, and will receive updates on any special offers or as soon as the new issue is online.




Anyway, do let me know what you think of the latest issue, we love to hear your feedback! :)
More info about 91 Magazine is on the website.

 xxx

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A bloggers nightmare

So this morning I discovered I've done something really really stupid. It literally makes me want to burst into tears with embarrassment of my stupidity and also the nightmare I now I have to sort out.

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Last week, Google was telling me my account was running out of space and I needed to delete stuff from either Gmail, Google Drive or Google pics. The easiest and quickest way to me seemed to be to delete images from my Google pics (Picasa) folders.

I know, I know *facepalm*.

This is why all my blog images have disappeared. When I was doing it, I did wonder about my blog, and checked it as I went along, but everything looked fine at the time... perhaps it take a day or two to update, as on opening my blog this morning, it is a complete mess, with the majority of my images missing...

At the minute I'm in a state of despair as it's the last thing I need right now, with trying to finish my work before our baby is due in less 5 weeks, and I honestly just feel like deleting my blog completely...

I was planning on moving my blog away from Blogger anyway, and now wish I'd done it earlier. If anyone's got any ideas of what I can do other than sit and go through every single post and try to reinstate images...? Or perhaps I use this as I sign to leave Blogger now, set up a new blog and add only my fave archive posts to it?!

I can't believe years of work have disappeared like this, and I've only got myself to blame... :(

Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIY: Liberty print luggage tag

So June is now upon us, and many of us will be looking forward to a few days away in the sun! We don't have any plans at the moment, as we have another big event happening this summer (only 5 weeks til my due date now!!) But if you are lucky enough to be getting away, make sure you can spot your suitcase on the airport carousel with this pretty handmade Liberty fabric luggage tag...



 Follow the full tutorial over on my AO at Home page...

xxx

Monday, June 2, 2014

Top website for cushions

As we all know, swapping out your cushion collection is an easy way to update your interior. You can change them with the seasons, or just when you get bored. I thought I'd share a fave website of mine for purchasing cushions covers, which is not only super affordable, jam packed with 1000's of designs, it is also quite an interesting concept. Society 6 produce the cushion covers (amongst many other products including shower curtains, iPhone cases, rugs, t-shirts and prints for your wall) on behalf of the artists/designers. So rather than the designer having to front the money for printing costs, dealing with packing and shipping etc, they literally upload their designs, and Society 6 do the rest.

This was one of my recent purchases from the site, and despite being US based, orders seem to arrive quite promptly to the UK. This design is from Sweet Reverie.


There really is an insane amount of designs on there, you could get lost for hours, so I've picked out my top 20 designs to tempt you! Most of my faves are quite graphical or illustrative, but you will find so much more on there if this isn't your thing... All cushions are priced the same no matter what the design, and vary from $20 for a 16"x16 cover only up to $35 for a 20"x20" with cushion pad included. Oh, and you can choose between indoor and outdoor cushions! The only problem is, there are so many designs on there, you might not be able to find the one you liked again! Make sure to pin them, I lost of a few from my selection I'm afraid so apologies for some missing links...!

Top L: Georgiana Paraschiv / Top R: Amy Hamilton / Bottom L: Allyson Johnson

Top R: Wesley Bird / Top L: Alice Rebecca Potter / Bottom L: Her Art / Bottom R: One Happy Mess

Top L: Sweet Reverie / Bottom L: Very Sarie / Bottom R: RK//Design

Top L: Ninola / Top R: Isaiah K. Stephens
Bottom R: Rebecca Allen

Top R: Beth Thompson Top L: LinnMaria_ink
/ Bottom R: Kelli Murray / Bottom L: Tangerine-Tan
Visit Society 6 to find your own favourite designs.
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