DIY: Pretty Push Pins

DIY: Pretty Push Pins

We were at the handmade fair last weekend and I found some gorgeous ceramic buttons from Kate Holiday. Now, what to d with them? The obvious choice would be to sew them onto a cardi to give it a little something extra but then I remembered this image of decorative push pins made with vintage buttons that I pinned years ago and thought, that’s it! I’ll make some fancy push pins.
DIY: Pretty Push Pins 3 WaysI’m a little embarrassed to call this a ‘diy’ because it’s so easy but here goes: I decided to create 3 different looks.
DIY: Pretty Push Pins 3 Ways1. Ceramic Buttons
You’ll need: Super Glue, Buttons, Plain pushpins.
Apply glue to push pin and attach button, hold until stuck firmly.
DIY: Pretty Push Pins 3 Ways2. Washi Tape
You’ll need: Plain push pins, washi tape in various colours.
Cut washi tape into thin strips of varying width. Stick on to push pins in fun colour combinations and different designs. For larger sections slice into the tape towards the pin to allow it to fold neatly over the edge.
DIY: Pretty Push Pins 3 Ways3. Pom Poms
You’ll need: Tiny pom poms in various colours, plain push pins, super glue.
Apply super glue to push pin and attach pom poms.
DIY: Pretty Push Pins 3 WaysThere you have it, 3 shockingly easy but effective ways to dress up a simple thumb tack. Add a little fun to your notice board.
DIY: Pretty Push Pins 3 Ways

 

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Every friday we share our favourite finds from the week...

Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

That’s all folks, have a lovely weekend!

Get the Look: Boho Chic Bedroom

Get the Look: Boho Chic Bedroom

I finally ordered a new bed yesterday, we’ve desperately needed one for a few months now, it arrives in a few weeks so I’ve been scouring pinterest for inspiration because a new bed deserves a bedroom makeover right? With winter approaching I want to make is as cosy as possible, lots of layers and cushions to sink into.
Boho Bedroom InspirationI’ve whittled it down to my two favourite images for inspiration. The first is from The Marion House Book and it belongs to editor Emma Reddington. There are a few versions of this bedroom floating around pinterest but this combo is my favourite, it’s such an interesting room with so many elements. That gorgeous rustic bed looks so cosy and inviting with it’s rich, warm tones and soft textures. The Fiddle Leaf Fig tree adds an extra bit of vibrance to the room. The second is from shop owner Jen Coleman’s house tour. I love this room, it’s so fun and bright. The neon artwork above the bed would definitely encourage me to get up in the morning and that headboard, wow!
I’m not sure of the technical term for this look but i’m going with Boho Chic. I’ve put together a little ‘get the look’.
Beddinginspo1 – Start with some neutral bed linens, grey, white, cream. From there you can add loads of colour and it’s easy to change things up! This set from H&M is perfect and quite reasonable
2 – This rope lamp is super cool and will make the perfect bedside lamp.
3 – Although I only discovered Kantha quilts about a year ago they’ve have been around for a while. Made from vintage saris, each one is unique and different. Perfect for adding a splash of colour and quirkiness to a room
4 – How about DIY-ing this cool trunk table for next to your bed, all you need to do is find a large tree stump slice and some hairpin legs.
5 – Now for some cushions to brighten up the bed, the kilim cushion is from etsy and the other two patterned cushions are from our shop. If your other half is anything like mine you can have two, max three cushions on the bed.
6 – Put your bedside table to good use with a few trinkets, a brass tray for all your bits and bobs and an elegant vase, perfect for little bedside posies.
7 – I just had to include this headboard because it’s the most amazing headboard I’ve ever seen and it’s available in loads of colours! I scoured the web yesterday to find where it’s from, Australia unfortunately, which means I probably won’t own one any time soon but I had to share it.
8 –  There’s something about having plants in a room that just make it so much happier. I’ve never been able to keep anything alive but since we’ve moved to our current house a handful of plants have managed to survive, not sure I’d risk getting a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree just yet but a girl can dream.
9 – One last finishing touch, a rug of course, surprise surprise it’s not a kilim! It’s a cute round jute rug from Zara home.

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

  • With all the buzz surrounding the Scottish voting, I just have to add my favourite Burnistoun video clip.
  • I came across art works from the very creative Angus Taylor, this sculpture made from thatch, wire and steel seriously blew my mind.
  • Every girl needs a Jimmy Choo, especially this kind!
  • Meanwhile near Valencia, a thristy man ties his Bear to a pole while he grabs a pint in the village pub.
  • As you may or may not know, it’s National Cupcake Week…try out this fabulous spiced pumpkin cupcake recipe with a whisky cream topping (in keeping with the Scottish theme).

We will be popping up at the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace this weekend, pop in and don’t forget your pom poms for the worlds longest pom pom garland!

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

Did anyone know it was national cupcake week? Vicky told me yesterday and I thought what better way to celebrate than with some seasonal cupcakes; spiced pumpkin with whiskey cream cheese frosting. Gary and I went to a pick your own farm on Sunday and I picked two beautiful butternuts, perfect for this recipe.
Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whiskey Cream Cheese FrostingIngredients
2 ¼ cup flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp chopped fresh ginger
½ tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup soft butter
¾ cup castor sugar
½ cup dark brown muscovado sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup milk
½ butternut or tinned pumpkin puree
Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whiskey Cream Cheese FrostingRoast your butternut at 200°C for about 50 min or until soft, roasting ensures it doesn’t retain any water. Now drop the oven temp to 190°C. Cream your butter and sugar with a handheld or free standing mixer until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time beating in between. Add pumpkin, milk and ginger and beat until incorporated.  Now add in all the dry ingredients; flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix well.
Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whiskey Cream Cheese FrostingPrepare tin with cupcakes liners and add the mixture using an ice-cream scoop (one scoop = one cupcake, it’s the perfect measurement). Bake for 25min. While your cupcake are baking, make your icing. I used this recipe and added 2 tsp (or more if you like) of whiskey for a little extra kick.
Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whiskey Cream Cheese FrostingOnce they’re out of the oven and cooled put a thick layer of icing on, sprinkle a light dusting of cinnamon and enjoy!