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Thursday, 24 July 2014

New In At Sawyer & Scout - Foodie Jewellery, Beaded Anklets, Hair Bows & Drawstring Pouches

sawyer and scout pizza bunting necklace
sawyer and scout hair bows
sawyer and scout patchwork pencil case
sawyer and scout anchor anklet
sawyer and scout drawstring pouches

I've added a variety of new products to the Sawyer & Scout range recently so I thought it was about time for another quick update. The new designs include colourful foodie jewellery, sets of pretty hair bows, drawstring pouches for your sunglasses/phone, back to school pencil cases and beaded anklets which double up as necklaces!

If you'd like to see more of the new designs you can visit or use the links below to go straight to each of the products shown above - don't forget to leave a comment below letting me know which is your favourite, I'd love to hear your feedback!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Let's Talk Something Different...


Today I thought I would take on a subject I've never really blogged about before... music! It's never really been something I'ver thought to write about as my collection mainly consists of the same things it did ten years ago and I'm terrible with keeping up with new releases. My iPod selection, although a somewhat strange mixture of things, is very limited!

Earlier this year I stumbled across a notebook with lots of my old gig tickets taped inside and it got me thinking about all of the bands I've seen, which ones were my favourites, which I'd like to see again and even those I never got to see. So, with that in mind today I'm posing three questions to myself, and all of you as well!

1. If you could see any band/artist you've already seen again who would it be? 
I'd have to go with Foo Fighters... actually I'm going to be cheeky and pick two answers for this one (its my question so I'm allowed to, right?!). Although I was lucky enough to see them live a handful of times I'd also really love to see Taking Back Sunday again - I'm disappointed I missed out on that earlier this year!

2. Which band/artist have you never seen live but would love to?
Definitely Incubus. I almost got to see them a few years back but they had to reschedule and unfortunately the new date happened to fall on my very first week at Uni so I wasn't able to go.

3. Which one band/artist do you wish you could have seen but will never get the chance?
I'm sure if I sat and thought about it for a while I could come up with a long list but I have to go with my first instinct and an obvious choice, Nirvana.

I'd really love to know what your responses to these questions would be so don't forget to leave them in the comments below! Alternatively feel free to run with the idea as a sort of 'mini tag' and post about it on your own blog - just don't forget to send me the link if you do! :)

Sunday, 20 July 2014

DIY Upcycled Stackable Storage Jars


Today's project is a cute and quick upcycle that's perfect for storing small bits and bobs. Not only are we upcycling the jars but we're also going to be using recycled papers to do so! As you'll see in the photographs below I've used my new trio of jars to store hairbands and clips but you can use them for a variety of things from cotton pads to paperclips! These jars are great space savers as they're stackable and will also look pretty sitting on your desk or vanity - what's not to like?!

You will need: stackable glass jars (mine are from Gü Puds!), a mini heart punch, patterned papers/wrapping paper, Mod Podge or PVA glue, a sponge brush, scissors, a ruler

diy upcycled stackable storage jars

1. First use a craft punch to create your mini hearts from your old papers. I've used old sheet music for my jars but alternatively you could use old newspapers, books, magazines or wrapping paper

2. Add small blobs of glue to the inside of your jar and stick on hearts. You can create a pattern here or just place them randomly like I have!

3. Once you have added hearts all the way around the inside of the jar, set aside to dry for 5 minutes or so then brush over the back of them with a little more glue to secure them in place and set aside to dry fully

diy upcycled stackable storage jars

4. Whilst they're drying prepare your coloured paper strips. I've chosen to use a plain coloured wrapping paper but again, you can choose whatever you like!

To make sure they're the right size measure around the outside of your jar. If you're using the same type of jars as I did you'll need these to be 1" wide and approx. 11" long

diy upcycled stackable storage jars

5. Add a layer of glue all the way around the inside of your jar, carefully stick the strip of paper in place and set aside to dry

diy upcycled stackable storage jars

6. Repeat the process for your other jars. Don't forget to think about your colours and how they will look once they're stacked up together!

Although they are stackable I found that just three jars worked well and wouldn't advise towering too many as they are glass and this may be dangerous!

7. Once dry fill with bits and bobs, stack up and proudly display your new upcycled storage!

diy upcycled stackable storage jars

For alternative glass jar decorating ideas check out my Tinted Glass, Wrapped Pencil Jar & Upcycled Jars tutorials!


As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you enjoy them please subscribe to my blog via Bloglovin' to make sure you don't miss any posts! :)

Happy DIY-ing!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

DIY Colourful Geometric Corkboards

diy geometric painted corkboards home decor project

A little while ago I shared a project idea for colourful drawing pins that would brighten up your workspace and today's post is another 'make organising more fun' idea. Instead of creating colorful pins why not change the board itself into something a bit more exciting?

By adding a fabric cover or painted design to the corkboard you can create a pretty patterned background for all of your memos and to-do lists! Its really simple to make your own with just a few supplies and today I'm going to show how to create these graphic/geometric style designs.

You will need: acrylic paints, corkboards, washi tape, a paintbrush & sponge brush, ribbon, a drawing pin

Tip! Don't have a corkboard? These round boards are actually heat-resitant cookware pads, designed to protect your kitchen surfaces against the heat of pans, however they work perfectly as mini corkboards and are easy to get hold of too!

diy geometric corkboards upcycle crafts bold modern home decor

1. Use strips of washi tape to mask off areas on your corkboard, creating a geometric style pattern

diy geometric corkboards upcycle crafts bold modern home decor

2. Use a sponge brush to carefully paint each section of the corkboard, making sure to try and keep within the taped off sections

diy geometric corkboards upcycle crafts bold modern home decor

3. Once you have painted all of the sections set aside and leave to dry completely

diy geometric corkboards upcycle crafts bold modern home decor

4. When the paint has dried peel away the washi tape to reveal your final design!

diy geometric corkboards upcycle crafts bold modern home decor

5. To give a neater finish for hanging, carefully paint all around the edge of your corkboard using a brush and set aside to dry

diy geometric corkboards upcycle crafts bold modern home decor

6. If you want to hang the board take a short piece of ribbon, fold into a loop and use a drawing pin to secure it in place on the back and your new corkboard is finished!

diy geometric corkboards upcycle crafts bold modern home decor


As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you enjoy them please subscribe to my blog via Bloglovin' to make sure you don't miss any posts! :)

Happy DIY-ing!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide To Modern Quilt Making

*Review copy c/o Netgalley, image via Goodreads

lucky spool's essential guide to modern quilt making

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide To Modern Quilt Making is a craft book filled with beautiful yet unusual ideas and designs for modern quilts.

Rather than just showcasing these modern and stylish designs, instead the book contains ‘classes’. The clever idea behind this title is that those unable to attend popular classes by well-known teachers will still be able to learn the techniques from the teachers themselves. The lessons come complete with templates, full colour photographs and all the information you’ll need to make your own versions. Topics include how to successfully use colour, improvisational patchwork, modern machine quilting and tackling tricky circles and curves. These are just a few examples of the wide range of lessons so there really is something for everyone.

The book is designed for intermediate quilters and therefore doesn’t include basic instructions and would unfortunately not be suitable for beginners. However if you are not an experienced quilter the books states that you can download a pdf guide including basic techniques from their website. Perhaps once you had mastered the basics you could then revisit the projects shared in this book at a later date.

This inspirational book is packed with information and is definitely worth picking up if you are interested in finding out more about modern quilt-making techniques and designs. Although I’m not yet at the intermediate stage myself I would love to pick up this book again in the future.