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Monday Muse – Pretty Gift Wrapping

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Gift wrap is one of my guilty pleasures; I am always picking up gift wrap everywhere I go, (it is starting to take over my studio!) 😂 but I can’t help myself. There are just so many beautiful designs. When I give someone a gift I like to it be a real treat so making it look extra pretty really does that.🎈There are so many different ways you can gift wrap and so many ideas out there I wanted to pick some of my favourites which will hopefully help you out if you are looking for some wrapping inspiration or just want to look at some really pretty pictures!!

1.Luxury Ink Design Wrapping Paper
2.Floral Printable Gift Wrap
3.DIY Abstract Pattern Gift Wrap
4.Spring Flowers Gift Wrapping Ideas
5.Shine Bright Gift Wrapping Idea
6.Confetti Gift Wrapping Idea

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Gift DIY – Fathers Day Wall Art

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With Father’s Day just around the corner I wanted to create a really unique gift that will make your dad’s Father’s Day really special.  I think homemade gifts are the best!! My dad is the most difficult person to buy presents for because he never wants anything!! So this year I decided to spare myself the torture and make him something instead. He is always fixing things in the house or helping me with a project and he really is an ‘expert’ DIYer (I have learnt from the best)😂. I decided I wanted to create a piece of art to celebrate his love for DIY and to tell him how amazing he is!!

When we were on holiday in the Peak District recently we stumbled across an antique collectors paradise. It was a shop full to bursting of everything known to man. I found a vintage saw which I knew would be perfect for this little project.
This diy is completely customisable!! If you’re not great at hand painting letters you could use stencils, stickers or chalk pens to give the same effect.
 I absolutely love how it turned out and can’t wait to give this to my dad on Father’s Day (not quite sure how I am going to wrap it though…)

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YOU WILL NEED
A saw (I found a vintage one but a wooden handled saw from a DIYshop will do)
Masking tape
Coarse sandpaper
Sanding block
Spray paint (I used a grey/blue colour or your choice of colour)
Spray paint primer
Acrylic paint (orange and white)
Different sized paint brushes
Ruler

1.Firstly start of by sanding down the blade of the saw, using the sanding block will help protect your fingers, but you still need to be really really careful. Once you are happy that the blades are blunt enough you will want to give the saw a good clean with a soapy cloth. Dry the saw really well after.

2.Next cover the wooden handle with masking tape to protect it from being spray painted I also used paper to cover the larger area of the handle. Then spray the saw with the primer-  you want an even coat on both sides. Let the primer dry for the time it says on the back of the can, as each primer is different.

3.Once the primer is dry you can now start spray paint. You will want to do thin coats to create a really even colour. Let the paint dry completely otherwise the acrylic paint won’t stick and it will be a nightmare.

4.Now it is time to start the tricky part which is hand painting your design. I went free style and didn’t plan what I was going to do – I just went for it. I would start by using the ruler to create the geometric lines with a thin paintbrush, let that dry.Then move on to the letters and start painting use different shaped brushes to create different font styles.

Top tip: add a small amount of water to your brush; this will help your brush move easier when doing curly fonts.

That’s it you are all done!! All that is left is to give it to your dad on Father’s Day and hang it on the wall!!

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2 Free Printable Summer Cards

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I hope you are all having a gorgeous summer!! This week so far has been so sunny and warm which really got me in the mood to design some summer themed cards. They are perfect for any summer birthday or occasion you have coming up! Most of my designs start off as hand drawn illustrations which I then turn into digital prints using Photoshop and this print is no different. I absolutely love the crispness and doodle look I can create digitally. These cards are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face…who doesn’t love colourful summer fruit! I am really excited for you all to see some of the new free printables I am creating. Let me know in the comments what you think of these designs and if you want more!!!

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The cards are size A5 and for personal use only see terms and conditions. I printed my cards on A4 matt photo paper and trimmed of the excess white card.

Free Watermelon Printable

Free Lemon Printable

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DIY Felt Cactus Party Garland

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One of the biggest trends at the moment is Cactuses. People have really gone cactus crazy (me included). If you go one my pinterest party board you will see a whole heap of cactus party inspiration pictures!! I wanted to create a party garland which would be perfect to have at a tropical party. The garland is so simple to make and a great party DIY for anyone to try!!!READ MORE

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Guest Post: Super Easy No Sew Bunting

Hello, I hope you’re weekend was wonderful?!

You’re probably thinking, where’s Ella? We’ve traded places for today & guest blogging on this fine Monday! In case you haven’t stopped by before, I write a Vintage Lifestyle & DIY blog.

Much like Ella, I adore DIYs & getting creative, which is where this collaboration have spun from really, with that in mind I thought I’d bring you today, a super easy bunting DIY!

I actually have posted something similar to this one on my blog, when I first started blogging actually, but I’ve given it a bit of a revamp for you!

I made this bunting specifically for our kitchen, so it’s quite small in terms of length but you can alter this easily to achieve your desired look, also to match my kitchen I’ve chosen a pink gingham fabric, again you can change this to suit your tastes, I just love gingham!

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DIY Copper Guttering Strawberry Planter

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I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things about summer is STRAWBERRIES!! Last year we had a go at growing them and it didn’t really work out. So this year I was determined to grow them again and to get lots of delicious sweet strawberries. I also thought it would be the perfect time to create a little DIY planter for them as why not have them looking good as well as tasting good. I went straight to Pinterest and looked up different ways you can grow strawberries. I had seen people using guttering on the wall to grow lettuce and I thought this would be perfect for strawberries as they would be at the perfect picking height!

All the pictures of the guttering planters I was looking at showed them with the original plastic colour which is white or black but I didn’t think that it was very attractive so I decided to figure out a way to paint them without having to do anything complicated. Thank goodness for the internet as I found out that using sand paper is a simple way to help spray paint adhere to plastic and it worked perfectly!! The planter is now hanging proudly on the fence in our garden centre stage. I am so so…so…so happy with how it turned out!! Obviously you don’t have to plant strawberries as you can use this as you would a hanging basket and pack it full of colourful plants. If you have a small garden or don’t have planting space in the ground this is the perfect way to add some life and colour to your garden space. Also having fruit or veg growing on the wall prevents pests like slugs and anything else that might take a liking to the strawberries.
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The Easiest Summer Picnic Canopy DIY

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Last weekend was so beautiful and sunny, so the family and I decide to have a lazy weekend gardening and diying. I love picnics and thought why not have a garden picnic. So I made a little DIY canopy tent, which was probably the cutest thing I have ever made!! The picnic really rounded off the perfect summer day. I made the tent really comfy by adding some squishy cushions and a little cuddly animal … because why not!! I also added a soft grey blanket, which was originally a throw and it made the perfect picnic blanket. The little canopy would be perfect for a kid’s summer party as well as a picnic. I raided our party box to see what decorations I could find and I hit the party jackpot with the gorgeous honeycomb balls and felt garlands. This picnic canopy really brought out my inner child. I remember having such lovely picnics with my family when I was younger.

I made a huge jug of iced lemon, lime and cucumber water; it is so refreshing on a hot day – we went though it so quickly. I sliced some yummy local tomatoes up to go with my sandwich that I made with some barbecued sausages and spinach in crunchy fresh French bread – it was so delicious!!! Now it’s time for the super easy DIY canopy …

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Fun And Colourful DIY Planter

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The other day I was out in the studio and found some terracotta pots I bought a while ago and decided to give them a little fun make over. As you probably already know I absolutely love house plants but sometime I just put them in a plain pot and it doesn’t really add anything to the room. So I wanted to create something which would add a bit of fun, colour and pattern. Don’t be afraid to mix colours and prints with accessories you add to your space, it will leave you with an interesting space which will be to unique to you. So now it’s time for this very easy and simple DIY!!READ MORE

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