#7 Vignettes for April

vignettes interiors addictI haven’t played #7 Vignettes on Instagram for a while, but i thought i’d jump on board this month and i am so glad i did! Hosted by Jen Bishop from the Interiors Addict, 7 vignettes is a fun game on Instagram, involving the creation of pretty pictures from a designated theme – one each day for seven days. Life Interiors was judging this month and i was chuffed to be chosen as the winner of Day 6 with my interpretation of the theme – Weave. I scored a $100 voucher from Life Interiors. Here are my images for the week –

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 1: Blush

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 2: Bloom

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 3: Light

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 4: Soft

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 5: Easter

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 6: Weave

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 7: Gold

If you’re interested you can join me on Instagram here. Happy Monday!

Bedroom Room Reveal: One Day Makeover

tufted headboardI love a good room makeover, especially one that doesn’t cost the earth and has maximum impact. The Block room reveals have sadly been postponed until tomorrow night, due to the cricket, so i thought i’d try and fill the void with my own room reveal. When we moved into our new home in January of last year, we couldn’t afford a proper headboard for our room. I was happy to hang our New York City print from IKEA over our bed as a temporary option as it looked fab. I was so pleased with it in fact, that I haven’t really looked for anything to replace it, until now.diy wall pennantWhile the NYC print looked great, it was pretty impractical as it provided no support while reading or crocheting in bed. Still, I didn’t feel moved to replace it until I saw the perfect headboard at one of my local furniture and homewares shops. SOLD! Hubby and I strapped it to the top of our prado and carefully drove it home. We only had to stop three times to adjust the ropes – clearly we aren’t brilliant at tying knots!! :) Tufted headboardI bought a few bits and pieces to help tie the room together, but most of the items I already had on hand. Shopping at home is the best!! Overall, I’m pretty stoked with how the room has evolved. Hubby said it’s not the manliest bedroom, but I did I include a couple of skulls to keep him happy. :)bedroom ideas and decor

Bed styling

Love Show Cushion by Kezz Brett from Jumbled

Tufted beadhead

Gold Mirror from Freedom Furniture

Bedroom ideas

Marble cross – Freedom Furniture

Bedroom stylig ideas

Pillow styling in bedrooms

Striped rectangular cushion from Big W

Side table styling

Framed card by Ali McNabney-Stevens

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Bedroom cushion styling

Gold Heart Cushion – hand stencilled and sewn by me.

So, what do you think? I love it. :)

We have a winner! #craftastherapy

@oliveandpickles crochetWe have a winner for the #craftastherapy gratitude giveaway. A big congratulations to Ryane from @olivesandpickles for her entries into the giveaway. Ryane regularly posts beautful crochet images under the #craftastherapy tag and is a worthy winner. The following two images are Ryane’s entries in the giveaway –

granny squares“I use the #craftastherapy hashtag because crocheting is my escape. Because some days the constant worry, the endless trips up and down the stairs, his crushed hopes and the never ending feeling of wishing you could do more to relieve his pain, takes its toll. Taking care of a loved one is a difficult task but I love him for better or worse, in sickness and in health and I wouldn’t trade my life for anything in the world.”

Crochet for #craftastherapy“I use the #craftastherapy hashtag because of the creative community I have recently discovered. So many people share tips, tricks, opinions and ideas. I am constantly learning and inspired by others tagging their photos and I hope to be able to do the same for someone else.”

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Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. Your beautiful images made it extremely difficult to choose a winner.

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Gratitude Giveaway for #craftastherapy

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I have put together a gift of thanks for one lucky crafter who posts to the #craftastherapy feed on Instagram this week. One crafter will be gifted everything you see in this image – all you need to do to participate is – 1: use the hashtag when posting your crafty images 
2: start your post with “I use the #craftastherapyhashtag because….” Your reason could be a simple one such as craft being a stress relief or for more serious reasons like illness and hardship. You can enter as many times as you like. There’s no obligation to follow me as this isn’t about increasing following, but more about building a bigger community under the hashtag – and saying thank you.

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{Top Left – @deborah.brandon} {Top Right – @_riaparamita_}{Bottom Left – @melissablankets} and {Bottom Right – @coachhousepictures}

Old and new posters to the hashtag are welcome. I will choose a winner at 10am next Sunday the 1st of March and will base my selection on the image and/or the reason for crafting. Everyone is welcome – I will post to anywhere in the world. The package includes – 3 balls of Patons Cotton Blend, a sewing tin, 1 large and 1 small notebook, red and white bakers twine, stamp stickers, pretty envelope, Brittany crochet hook, 2 crochet flowers and 5 wooden pegs 💕💕💕Have a great week crafters :) :) :)

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{Top Left – @daintyanddevine} {Top Right – @lilychezmoi}{Bottom Left – @oliveandpickles} and {Bottom Right – @littlemittenvintage}

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{Top Left – @gigglemay} {Top Right – @byvintagedaisies}{Bottom Left – @melinda.szente} and {Bottom Right – @toni_edge}

Annie Sloan and Mr Darcy – a romantic chalk paint makeover

Country style dining roomI am so excited about my very first Annie Sloan chalk paint makeover! I have seen so many fantastic furniture makeovers online and read a great deal of positive reviews that I’ve been wanting to try it out for a while, despite my hatred for painting. Our dining room setting is beautiful, but the mango wood doesn’t quite match the other wooden elements in our home, and while i am not willing to paint the entire setting, I though just painting the bench seat white would help it to tie into the room better. Chalk paint makeoverI have a hatred for painting, so I thought a little of Mr Darcy in the background encouraging me would make the process more enjoyable. It did!! Why thank you Mr Darcy. This was the most romantic painting project I’ve ever experienced. :)Old white chalk paintHere I am in action – completing the first coat. I did two coats and one coat of soft clear wax. I found the paint goes a long way and I only used about 1/3 of my 1litre tin. Old White Annie SloanOld white Annie Sloan chalk paintI am really happy with how it looks and I love that the setting doesn’t look too matchy matchy anymore. I have a couple more projects in mind for this paint, which will help me incorporate more recycled pieces into my home. This might be the very first time I have enjoyed painting. :)Annie Sloan old white Bench seat

Fun Ideas for Fabric Stickers

fabric stickers DailylikeI discovered fabric stickers a little while ago and fell in love with them. They are so pretty and practical, which are my favourite two words when it comes to craft. I found these gorgeous crafty items online at Dailylike. Have you heard of them? I promise you this is an unsponsored post! I just adore the Dailylike store. You MUST visit their online store for a sticky beak. It’s a crafter and gift wrappers dream….i really had to restrict myself to items i needed….yeah, that’s right, i NEEDED fabric stickers. :) fabric stickersMy first fabric sticker project was to cover my iPad. Actually, i covered my iPad cover. It was bright pink and while i like pink, i wanted something a little more unique and i really, really don’t like paying for expensive iPad covers. And this way, when i get bored of this design i can just recover it again, at the fraction of the price of a new iPad cover. fabric stickers ipad coverI had a few sheets of stickers to play with so i prettied up this boring clipboard and attached it to my pegboard. I change my pegboard often and add new inspirational quotes or work related lists (boring) to my clipboards, so this will be perfect for when it is hanging bare in between new attachments.pretty pegboard craft roomFabric stickers are ideal for covering daggy old containers and glass jars.  The oval container was the packaging of a gift i received from a friend. I didn’t want to throw it away, so i covered it in matching fabric and now i’m keeping all my pens and pencils stored in it. pegboard office prettyI also dressed up an empty glass jar that i use for storing my paint brushes. With some of the smaller scraps i cut out shapes and decorated some of my paper bags.pretty paper bags There are so many uses for this versatile craft item. And i love that i was able to use the scraps for smaller projects, so that there wasn’t any waste. Yay!pegboard organisationFinally, i used some of the fabric sticker tape to wrap a loaf of banana bread for a friend. I can’t wait to use more of this tape in my gift wrapping. Please make sure you visit Dailylike and check out their stock – great products and super fast postage. :) pretty wrapped bread