Much as recycling is important, re-using stuff is even better. This tutorial shows you how to prettify glass jars with paint. I can see these on my desk or craft table and the ‘how to’ is simple enough to do with the kids. Win!
Now that my garden office is becoming a reality (installation date booked – whoop!) I’m turning my attention to the inside. Yes, I know I should be turning my attention to clearing the old shed and rockery that are currently sitting where the office needs to go, but this is more fun.
I’m on a budget. A super-strict budget, truth be told, so most of my day dreams will remain just that. I don’t care; I’m beyond delighted that I’m going to have a room all of my own and I have the essentials (chair, desk, computer).
But a girl can dream. And Google. Ah-hem.
I like the vintage bits and bobs in this picture and the shelving unit looks very cute painted aqua. I’ve actually picked up a pine shelving unit similar to that one (but taller) from Freecycle that I was going to paint white; perhaps I’ll go wild and paint it turquoise instead.
[Image credit: decor8]
I’m planning to leave the walls plain white and I want to have my massive pin board on one wall (for plotting). Above my desk, I was thinking about narrow shelves and perhaps a wire or string with clips for pictures and photos. A few people have mentioned DEKA curtain wire from IKEA and I think that’s what has been used in the picture above.
[Image credit: DesignSponge]
Or, if I can find the right boxes, something like this would be brilliant.
[Image credit: The Vintage Valley]
I also love books-as-art and this is a nifty way to display them. It’s a £2.99 IKEA spice rack painted white. Bargainous and pretty.
[Image credit: IKEA Live]
I’ve got a soft spot for bookplates – they marry my love of books, design and stationery in one affordable package – and these are particularly lovely. If typewriters aren’t your thing (what?!) they do robots, too.
£4.95 for 12 from Mac and Ninny.
Good morning! Hope you all had a spiffing Bank Holiday Weekend. Since we’re all back to work, I thought I’d distract you with tales of my weekend. I know, I’m too kind…
On Saturday, I headed to Dundee with my daughter to visit the Funk Fair. It was stuffed with vintage and retro pretties but we were very restrained. Okay, some hair slides by Love From Alice jumped into my bag, but they were impossible to resist I tell you. Impossible!
Next, we headed into H&M to get jeans for my girl. She had her first ever ‘trying things on in the shop’ experience which, thankfully, was a pleasant one. Then we stroked the nail polishes in Boots and the stationery in Paperchase and listened to Kasabian loudly in the car on the way home. Having an ‘Oh My Gosh; Eleven Years Old’ daughter isn’t so bad when she is Made Of Awesome.
On Sunday, I got my geek on. We took a family trip to our local cinema to see this:
Joss Whedon is one of my favourite writer/directors and I’d heard good things (thank you Matthew and Alistair!) about this film, so hopes were high. In short, we all loved it. Lots of thrills, in-jokes, cool moments and, above all, laughs. It might be a big-budget commercially-minded film, but it definitely has the Whedon magic.
Plus, yanno, this:
On Monday, my lovely parents had the children so that I could write. I’m in
first zero draft mode on a new project that I’m super-excited about, so it was brilliant to have a few clear hours to work on it. I also edited a short story and wrote a couple of blog posts, so yay me.
How about you guys?
What could be inside?
Only the most perfect, giddy-making fabric I have *ever* seen.
My lovely brother and sister-in-law spotted this fabric in The Makery and surmised (quite correctly) that it would make me so happy I would very nearly throw up. Meep!
They also sent the makings for a lampshade and a soft feathery cushion pad so I know exactly what to do with the material… Once I stop stroking it in a
stalkerish loving way.
I mean, look:
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! xx
I’ve got a fair amount of ribbon in my craft stash and was thinking about adapting this idea with coloured ribbon (and, perhaps a few vintage butons). What do you think?