Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sunday Favourites #315

It's that time of the week again...

This coral art piece by French artist Mlle Hipolyte is made by hand from paper, and the result is amazing.

I love this DIY scratch off travel map printable from Aww Sam. It would be fun to scratch off as you travel across America.

These brilliant funny quote Valentine's by Tell Love and Party.

How cute is this Palm Springs Mid Century House necklace from Finest Imaginary?! It also comes in blue.

Oh Joy's heart-themed living room is so lovely.

 This pretty DIY heart shaped pin board from Scathingly Brilliant.

I need a DIY felted rainbow trivet in my kitchen, like this one from A Kailo Chic Life.- even if I am rarely able to cook these days!

I LOVE this colourful geometric headboard, also from A Kailo Chic Life. So colourful!

I want to make A Beautiful Mess' amazing DIY felted macaron garland.

I'm also tempted to have a go at this spring succulent wall hanging DIY from Hobbycraft.

Beautiful art painted on wood by Forest Design. Naturally, the fox designs are my favourites.

This temporary tattoo by Jess Phoenix would make a gorgeous permanent tattoo.

And I love this unicorn tattoo by Sasha Unisex.

Lovely Links

♥ How can anyone be in pain that long? A question I've been asked so many times.

♥ 'If you think I'm looking well.' I may not do tomorrow. Or in an hour's time.

♥ How tech brings us together. A great, relatable post by Alyssa of Random Acts of Pastel.

♥ Florida school shooting: students share tales of heroism. What brave, inspiring people. 

♥ This student live tweeted the school shooting in Florida. I can't even imagine how terrified they must have been.

♥ Good bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Love this post by Amie, The Curvaceous Vegan.

♥ 'A women's refuge saved my family. Would we be given that chance today?' Terri White on the crisis hitting women's refuges today.

♥ I couldn't mourn my grandmother because I had my period. Can you imagine not being able to grieve the loss of a loved one with the rest of your family because you're on your period?! So fucking harsh. 

♥ 'When I woke up I realised two things were missing... my boyfriend and my entire left leg.' A harrowing and inspiring account from Leah Washington, one of the victims of the Alton Towers 'Smiler' rollercoaster accident.

♥ 112 bra problems men will not understand. Seriously, guys; they may look pretty, but bras are the worst.

♥ 85 adult problems nobody prepared you for. Yes, to so many of these!

If you'd like to see more stuff like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

What was your favourite part this week?

Friday, 16 February 2018

Hobbycraft Craft Haul

Last weekend, I took a rare trip out of the house so I could go stock up on craft supplies at Hobbycraft with my Mum. I went to shop for materials to make Easter pom pom wreaths, hoop art, and bandanas for Rosie (my dog), and left an hour later with a bag full of goodies, sixty quid lighter, but a happy little bunny.

I always find shopping for craft supplies and stationery as exciting and addictive as shopping for make up and beauty products. I just can't resist anything that allows me to get creative, and make pretty things with my own two hands, Craft supplies, art supplies, stationery, gift wrapping materials... I'm all over that shit like a kid in a sweet shop. I love crafting and getting creative, so Hobbycraft is like a treasure trove of wonders to me, as well as a store full of goodies that help me fill my time during all that time I spend on bed rest. I always get carried away and come away with bags full of supplies whenever I shop there, and if money grew on trees, I would probably buy the whole shop. Hobbycraft shopping trips are my favourite.

Before I begin using everything, I thought you might like to see what I bought, so I've put together a little Hobbycraft haul to show you today.

So, what did I buy?

Pastel Polka Dot Fat Quarters- which I'd like to use to make neckerchief bandanas for Rosie, hoop art, or Easter table favour pouches. Perhaps I'll just have to do all three? (Find here).

Satin Ribbons- mostly to use for gift wrapping presents for my family and friends throughout the year. I picked up four 15m rolls in pink, lilac, mint, and yellow for the bargain price of £1 each, but didn't realise they matched the fat quarters until I got home- it was purely a coincidence! I was just drawn to the lovely colours. I admit, I'm basically Monica Geller when it comes to ribbons. (Available here).

Embroidery Hoops- to use as a base for the Spring / Easter pom pom wreaths I'm going to make. I bought one eight inch and one nine inch hoop, and each hoop will make two wreaths. (Buy here).

Wool- in lemon and golden yellows and mint and lime greens to make pom poms from, and also to cover the embroidery hoops with when I make the wreaths.

Felt Sheets- in baby pink, lime green, and mint green, to make felt tulips, daffodils, and leaves to go on the wreaths. I couldn't find all the colours I needed in store, so I've placed an online order for more of them in yellows and oranges.

Vintage Flower Bundle- which I found in the wedding section, and decided to buy to use as props for my blog photos. The flowers are so pretty, and look quite realistic, which is impressive for just £6 for a bouquet of six stems. (Find here).

Silk Daffodils- to add to the Spring wreaths... although, I might just keep them for blog photo props.  They were just £1 each. (Available here).

Tree House Colour-In Canvas- not to colour, but to watercolour paint, because I enjoy painting but am not the most confident sketcher in the world. The canvas was a bargain at just £4, although it's £5 online. (Buy here).

Tissue Paper- this is something I like to always keep on hand for wrapping presents for all occasions throughout the year. Hobbycraft make the best colourful tissue paper, and it's far better value than any you'll find in a card or stationery shop. (Available here).

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks- for various craft projects. I've been meaning to get my hands on a glue gun for ages so I can finish a couple of projects I began over Christmas, and to use for all sorts of craft projects in the future. This could get dangerous, guys! (Find the glue gun here and glue sticks here).

Double-Sided Tape- because I'd ran out, and use it for all sorts of things- present wrapping, crafting, journaling, etc. (Shop here).

Pastel Easter Chocolate Coins- which somehow fell in to my basket. I thought I might use them for this year's Easter table favours, although, I also think they'd make cute Easter photo props.

I may have also slipped a packet of Mini Eggs and Malteaster Bunnies in to my basket- my first of the year- but I also may have eaten them before I managed to take these photos. Oops...

I told you I get carried away when it comes to shopping for craft supplies! I just can't help myself. I don't feel guilty about it, though; it's money well spent in my eyes.

I'm so pleased with my little craft haul, and I can't wait to get started on some new crafts. I'm definitely going to make a few pom pom wreaths, dog bandanas, and polka dot hoop art from this little lot, and I'm considering making Easter favour pouches, a pom pom garland or two, felt flowers to add to Rosie's collar, and who knows what else! I also want to have a go at making Easter crackers this year, but I'm still on the hunt for the perfect kit or some pretty Easter card / paper to make my own from scratch. If you know of any good ones, let me know! I'll do my best to share photos of what I make as I go along, here and on my Instagram. and I might even share a tutorial or two if any of them go well.

I have since placed an online order with Hobbycraft for other things I needed that I didn't find in store, which I might share another day if you'd like to see what other craft supplies I've bought? The haul includes a wooden house shelf with lots of little nooks that I'm going to paint white (similar to the one I did in December) to display some of my nail polish collection on, and some colourful striped mint and pink storage boxes, plus lots of other little things. Let me know if you'd like me to blog it.

Well, that's my latest craft haul... what about you? Have you bought any great craft supplies or stationery lately?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to get crafting! Have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Wednesday Wish List

Happy Valentine's Day, guys,

I hope you're being spoiled rotten by your Valentine, or if you're single, you're spoiling yourself. If you're not, buy yourself flowers and a box of your favourite chocolates, run yourself a candlelit bubble bath, curl up in front of the TV with your favourite rom coms, treat yourself to something on your wish list, and be your own Valentine. You deserve to be spoiled today whether you're loved up or not. 

If you're looking for something gorgeous to treat yourself to, you might find something you like in this week's wish list. I'm certainly tempted to treat myself to a piece or two as a Valentine's Day treat.

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Erstwilder have just released an amazing 'Ocean Vibes' collection of ocean-themed jewellery, and I'm in love with them all. I particularly love the 'Big Blue' whale brooch (#10).

I love the look of the new Kirsten Leanne Kaleidoscope Eyeshadow Palette for Urban Decay. So many pretty colours!

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These cropped cardigans from Collectif would all be perfect for throwing on over pretty dresses.

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I'm loving Hell Bunny's new 'Strawberry Sundae' print, and the 'Rosa Rossa 50's Dress' and 'Cactus Cardigan' are absolutely gorgeous, too.

Last week, I finally treated myself to the Vendula London Russian Dolls cross body bag that I'd been lusting after for about a year, and the craftsmanship and embroidered detailing is so wonderful, I'm tempted to buy the Russian Dolls tote bag, as well. I haven't stopped thinking about it for a week, and it's currently on sale for half it's original price, so it would be stupid not to snap one up, wouldn't it?

I don't need another colourful eyeshadow palette- my dressing table is overflowing with them- but this Violet Voss Rainbow Palette is a thing of dreams. 

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The new Estella dresses from Lady Vintage are all so pretty- especially in the 'Fabulous Flamingos' print (#1).

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How cheerful is this bright yellow leather wallet and bag from Cath Kidston?! They'd certainly help brighten up these dreary Winter days.

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I adore Lindy Bop's 'Lauren Cherry Pie print playsuit', and I'm obsessed with the amazing 'Dachshund print Corrina dress'. The colour! The print! Those pockets! It's absolutely adorable.

And last but not least, this fox patch by Instant Rabbit is so lovely.

If you'd like to see more of the fashion and beauty pieces on my wish list, check out my style and beauty wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

What's on your wish list this week? What are your plans this Valentine's Day?

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sunday Favourites #314 Valentine's Day Special

Happy Sunday, guys!

Since it's only a few days until Valentine's Day, I decided to make this week's Sunday Favourites a Valentine's special. I've packed it full of the best V-Day inspiration I could find, including heaps of recipes, DIYs, printables and more to give you plenty of last minute ideas. 

Don't worry if you're single as a Pringle this year, or if you're just not a fan of Valentine's Day; I've basically just filled the post with tons of cute heart-shaped things you might enjoy any day of the year, whether you're single or loved up. Hearts are for life, after all, and not just for Valentine's Day.

Not feeling the love this Valentine's Day? Tell that person how you really feel with Oh Happy Day's punny anti-Valentines.

Lovely Indeed's gingerbread heart houses look amazing!

I love this Valentine's Day wall hanging from Sarah Hearts.

These white chocolate coconut cookie bars from Oh Happy Day would make a lovely Valentine's Day treat.

If you're the kind of person who loves to dress up her dogs in cute accessories to post all over Instagram, then you're gonna love this DIY Valentine's Day heart dog scarf from Sarah Hearts. I just bought the cutest pastel polka dot fabrics to turn in to bandanas for Rosie, but I want to make her one of these, too. 

These sweet DIY Valentine's postcards from The House of Wood.

These printable conversation heart lollipop holders by Make + Tell are too cute.

I love these free printable heart cupcake toppers from Tell Love and Party.

The Crafted Life have made the cutest free printable Valentine's Day postcards.

Oh Happy Day's funny punny Valentines made me chuckle.

I need some of these DIY gradient pillows from A Kailo Chic Life in my life.

Everyone needs a giant DIY heart doughnut pegboard in their life, like this amazing one from Aww Sam.

These DIY gem soap Valentines from A Kailo Chic Life are really fun.

These pretty pastel-coloured DIY conversation heart sugar cookies from Lovely Indeed.

Another great V-Day DIY from A Kailo Chic Life... these adorable DIY felt heart drink stirrers.

And their DIY gradient heart balloons look so lovely, too.

These gingham heart cookies from Best Friends For Frosting look too pretty to eat!

I'm loving this DIY heart planter from The Crafted Life.

I want to make a DIY conversation heart tassel charm, like this red one from Studio DIY.

And Lovely Indeed's conversation heart popcorn would be perfect for a Valentine's Day movie night with your besties or your other half.

If you're still in need of more Valentine's Day inspiration, check out my Valentine's Day board on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites: Valentine's Day specials here.

Are you planning anything special for Valentine's Day, or will you be avoiding all mention of it like the plague?
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