Treasure Trover: The Graphics Fairy

By | April 23, 2013

As I’m a very keen treasure trover, I wanted to share The Graphics Fairy with you. (Is ‘trover’ even a real word? I think it is now…) Curated by Karen Watson, the website is a haven on vintage printables for you to use in your own DIYs and is my favourite resource for graphics. paris map There are literally thousands of stock images (all believed to be copyright free) to use in craft projects. From maps to labels, sheet music and various ephemera, I promise you that you will be overwhelmed with the choice! vintage ephemera My most recent download has been these beautiful botanical prints (all the rage at the moment) that I’m stock piling while I build my Living Room gallery wall. (Went for the gallery wall option in the end – just a few more prints to go and it’ll be ready for sharing.) Botanical
Have you discovered The Graphics Fairy yet? Would love to know what’s taking your fancy from Karen’s massive collection!

Lauren x

DIY: Making Memories

By | March 26, 2013

I am a big fan of inspiration/mood/notice boards, so much so I have a lovely chicken wire frame that hangs above a vintage bureau at the back of my lounge. However, when you combine this with my tendancy to hoard, the finished result is anything but the beautiful sight you see below, and more of a jumble sale. inspiration board Image source:: Fleaing France

So last week I decided to take down all the wedding favours, pretty business cards and handwritten letters to try to create something a little less chaotic. I still wanted to be able to see the little treasures I had collected over the years so your average box wouldn’t do. DIY Memories Jar I took a simple Ikea storage jar, a chalkpen, some washi tape and my newly purchased Bombshell Pro font and in five minutes created a Memory Jar.

For the purpose of this post I’ve been a little stingy on the contents of the jar, but plan to cram them full of all sorts of trinkets. I’m not convinced that the chalkpen with withstand a good wash so it’s not an ideal technique for jars in your kitchen, but for areas that just need a quick dust it should be fine.

Yet another post including an Ikea storage jar! What do you use yours for? x

My February

By | February 27, 2013

After a month of hibernation at the start of year, February was a little more eventful than January (though just as cold!) my february

- February saw a week of events for the diary – Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day all in the same week. I bought the lovely ‘You’re the Gin to my Tonic’ card for Mr C from Made by Margo

- It was time to splash out and add a bit of colour to my wardrobe and home with lots of flowers and a snazzy neon necklace from New Look.

- One weekend we went treasuring troving to The Barn in Long Marston browsing over the antiques including the amazing bulb lit sign. On the way home we had a stroll through Stratford and drove past a stunning windmill at sunset.

- I celebrated a very dear friend’s birthday with what I like to call ‘stalker wrapping paper’ – gold hand stamped paper adorned with the birthday girl’s name.

- I spent three days in Barcelona with my Mum and Sister and had a tremendous time. I’m going through all my photos to build an Instagram city tour to share very soon.

- I helped out with the styling as the fabulously talented Wedding stationers Bonny & Clyde showed off their wares at a Vintage Wedding Fair.

- And finally I ticked off all the jobs on the February list and even gave a standard lamp a make-over too.

Let’s hope we finally see some signs of Spring in March! How was your February?

Lauren x

Makeover on Make-up

By | February 22, 2013

Recently I was inspired by this image from the Domestic Goddess that is Martha Stewart to have a little spruce up of my dressing table drawers. martha stewart drawer Whilst I would never dream of leaving the house bare-faced, I don’t have a huge selection of make-up. I cleaned out make-up bags full of the stuff that had only been used a couple of times when we moved house (seafoam eye liner anyone?) Since then I’ve vowed to keep the collection to a minimum but that hasn’t stopped it getting extremely messy. Make-up_Organisation_before A few weeks ago I decided enough was enough. I chucked a few congealed lipsicks and dry mascaras and got to work with the pencil sharpener. Make-up_Organisation_clean The most satisying part had to be cleaning my make-up brushes. Using a cheeky olive oil and hand soap mixture method found via Beauty Book Love, it only took minutes to clean through the brushes. I then rubbed down all tubes and handles with an antibacterial wipe. Make-up_Organisatio_group It just so happens that one of my slate floor tiles is a similar size to the inside of my dressing table drawer, and so I laid out everything in to tidy piles on the floor. Make-up_Organisation_line As I lined each of the drawers with fancy wrapping paper, Mr C used offcuts of wood to section off compartments. I then painted them the same shade of antique white as the rest of the dressing table using satin paint from B&Q. Make-up_after As always, excuse the quality of the iPhone pics. Here’s the final result, all neat and tidy and easy to find and does not make me highly strung in any way.

How do you like to store your make-up?

Lauren x

Still in Progress

By | February 20, 2013

After a few weeks silence in the guest bedroom, work resumed last weekend. You may remember that when we stripped the wallpaper, chunks of plaster came too. So recently we’ve been chipping away (wreaking havoc with the nails) to get right back to the brick.  Safety Goggles We weren’t particularly prepared for the job, but after a large piece of plaster fell on my sock I decided to get serious and break out the only piece of safety footwear I own. Dressed in my trainers it then became mandatory to adorn myself with a few more accessories namely the plastic safety specs and mask. Skirting Boards Mr C set to work removing the skirting boards with a hammer and screwdriver and as his glamorous assistant I was only too pleased to scribe on the back where they had come from. In progress We then set to work with hammers, chisels and screwdrivers to remove all the plaster from the walls. On the way we revealed a rather smashing specimen of retro wallpaper. Rubble Bags The half filled rubble bags soon became full and we’ve made our way through 30 bags so far! We still have another wall left to go but we’ve made good progress. The next job will to get the plaster board up.

Will keep you updated x