July 3, 2015

Make it Easy | Painted Paper Basket

Fall For DIY Make It Easy Painted paper basket

I'm still struggling to clear out my life, become more organised and maybe even create a little more space (the dream) in my home. Problem is I fill up any spare inch of surface space seconds after it's cleared. I don't even know where this new layer has appeared from. But like 'poof' out of nowhere were back to square one.

One way I trick myself into throwing away more is to keep a bin close. The quicker I can get the condemned object out of my site and into the rubbish, the sooner it is also out of my mind. This is the key to successful purging. If there's any hesitation between the initial decision to throw. it. out! and following through on that resolution then inevitably the excuses will come.

"I can do something with that"

"You'll regret this later when you need this exact, obscure piece of metal that came from a place unknown and doesn't have an obvious use."

"But this fabric's so pretty. Maybe one day I'll have time to make a quilt from 800, 1" squares... maybe..."

Sound familiar? The solution is simple. Rubbish bins everywhere my friend. Keep them close by and therapeutically throw these things away. Clearing both the clutter from your home and from in your head.

To make it easier I'm making all my bins much prettier so I don't mind putting one in every corner of my home. Try it out for yourself and let me know how you get on.

Materials

Woven paper basket | Black paint |Paint brush | Masking tape

Wrap the masking tape horizontally around the basket a few times, pressing it firmly against the reed. Paint the top half of the basket using the bristles on the brush to work it into all the spaces between the reed. Leave to dry and peel off the tape. Repeat on the inside of the basket.

Have a great weekend everyone!

July 1, 2015

DIY Clay & Rope Pot

Fall For DIY Clay and Rope Pot tutorial

You can never have enough pretty pots to fill with pretty things right? In our case we never seem to have enough fruit bowls for all the fruit we need! Especially it this weather when there's nothing better than a fresh, cold fruit juice to wake you up in the morning. We need more room for the oranges! In true DIY style we make some. I'm using this pot for my fruit, but you can use it for anything you like. See the end of this post for some more ideas.

Fall For DIY Clay and Rope Pot tutorial materials

Materials

Air dry clay | Bowl | Roller | Thin Straw | Needle | Rope | Embroidery Floss

continue reading

June 28, 2015

Wear & Share | A Day in the Life

Fall For DIY Wear & Share

When Yumi asked me to share a typical day in my life with you, my first thoughts were all of the excitement. I'm always trying to find interesting ways to share more of my life on the blog and this was the perfect reason to let you into some behind the scenes action. But then I really started to think about what a typical day in my life looked like and I realised I don't have a regular routine or a schedule at all!

continue reading

June 24, 2015

DIY Marble and Granite Tassel Necklace

Fall For DIY Marbled and Granite Tassel Necklace

I'm so lucky that I've been working on a lot of projects for other companies, blogs and magazines recently. Six months in, I still sometimes have to pinch myself that I get to do this as a job. And even though I spend 90% of my time sat in front of a laptop, rushing to get photos edited against a deadline or meticulously making my way through hours of emails I still absolutely love this strange and unexpected career path I've carved out for myself.

The one and only small (tiny in fact) complaint I have is that being creative for a day job does not leave much room for creativity for leisure. I preach to all that will listen about stepping out of your comfort zone and experimenting with your creativity, but gone are the days when I could sit down to learn a new skill or technique without documenting the process or feeling the sickening pangs of guilt when I don't. Fortunately, I've recently I've found myself in a few situations that let me off the obligation to photograph and perfect a technique. It meant I could have fun with the creative process again and to lose myself in the moment rather than obsessing over how to style the finished product or if it's colourful enough for my Instagram feed.

continue reading