• Craft

    15 Valentine’s Day Gifts (DIY) – the best craft tutorials on the internet

    Valentine’s Day Gifts can be tricky to get right. Do you want to show your other half how much you care on Valentine’s Day? Show them how special they are? What is the best gift you can give them? Hint: It is a finite resource that is the most precious thing you have. I am, of course, talking about your time. Spend as much time as possible with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day but really melt their heart with a hand made gift. No matter how crafty you are (or are not) there is a great creation for you to make. This article will show you some of the best…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Lavender Bag Hearts to sew for Valentines Day Gifts

    This Valentine’s Day why not show someone how much you care for them by making them a beautiful gift? These gorgeous lavender bag hearts are really quick to make but look gorgeous. You could make one really special one or a collection to wow your loved one! They can use them to freshen their clothes and think about you every time they open that drawer or perhaps sleep with it under their pillow. Lavender helps you sleep! If you want to know more about the possible benefits of lavender read this informative article. This tutorial has everything you need to make your own special lavender bag hearts including a free…

  • Craft

    Re-cover a lampshade – coordinate your room on a budget.

    Re-cover a lampshade! When you re-vamp a room you want your lampshade(s) to match but they can be so expensive. You have painted the walls, bought new furniture and soft furnishings but what about the lighting. It is so expensive, even for new lampshades. Getting lampshades to match perfectly is often impossible. So instead of buying new what about upcycling the ones you already have. This tutorial will show you exactly how to re-cover a lampshade to match your new decor. This lampshade is being covered with a beautiful burgundy fabric to match my bedroom curtains (that I made)! Tip: If you buy your curtains ask if they have fabric…

  • Craft

    How to make a folded napkin arrowhead

    In this series of napkin related posts I have been guiding you to make your own fabric napkins which can be found here and to fold them into a rose which you can find here. This post will show you how to fold them really quickly and easily to form a folded napkin arrowhead. These are great if you need your napkins to lie quite flat or, like me, you like symmetry in your displays. They will help you make a stunning table display especially if you have double sided napkins like the ones I am using. You will need: Fabric or paper square napkins   Step 1: Make sure…

  • Craft

    How to fold a napkin into a rose

    In an earlier post I showed you how to make double sided napkins really easily. You can find that here ‘Fabric Napkins Tutorial‘. Well, now I am going to show you how to make a folded napkin rose. Your table will look fabulous and your guests will be so impressed. I won’t tell them how easy it is! These roses really do look impressive especially with the double sided napkins. Quick and easy to make and easy for your guests to unravel. So, jump in and get started. You will need: Fabric (or paper) napkins Step 1: Take a square napkin and fold it in half to form a triangle.…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Fabric Napkins – Make your own in minutes!

    There is something very sophisticated about fabric napkins. They are so much more stylish than paper ones. Perhaps you use them every meal or save them for a special occasion. Either way it is really easy to make your own double sided fabric napkins to match your decor or table setting. You can also make as many as you like so if you are entertaining a lot of guests you can make enough for everyone to have a matching napkin. You can use any fabric you like. Just remember that you need to launder them and they need to feel nice when you use them. Cotton is the easiest and…

  • Craft,  Xmas

    Christmas Wreath DIY – Super Simple Indoor Wreath

    A Christmas wreath is a great way to decorate for Christmas / Xmas. We all see many outdoor Christmas wreaths made from holly and ivy and sometimes a whole lot of tinsel. Well, indoor wreaths can also look beautiful and really help with the festive feel around the home. This particular one is quick and easy and you can make it any size you like just by scaling it up or down. No sewing, knitting or crocheting required – just good old glue! So gather your resources and have a go – you will not be disappointed. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use…

  • Craft,  Xmas

    Christmas / Xmas Button Tree Decorations – DIY

    These tiny button tree decorations are so quick and simple to make. You can complete one in a few minutes. The hardest part is deciding on which buttons to use! So raid your button jar or buy an inexpensive selection pack of buttons and have a go. You could get the older kids to make these too. A blunt needle is all you need to thread through the buttons. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You will need: Buttons Embroidery Thread Needle and scissors   Step 1: Select…

  • Craft,  Xmas

    Christmas / Xmas Decorations for Knitters – DIY

    These really are the perfect Christmas /Xmas decorations for knitters. Make them for yourself or for the knitters in your life. They will love these to decorate their tree and it will show them how well you know them and how much you appreciate their knitting. You can easily put one of these together in under 30 minutes. This tutorial shows you how to make them but adapt them to suit your requirements and what you have available. I did! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust.   You…

  • Gardening

    Plant a lasagna bulb pot for fantastic spring colour

    You may or may not have heard of a lasagna bulb pot but I assure you that they are fantastic. For a little bit of work in the autumn (fall) you can guarantee weeks and weeks of spring colour in your garden / porch /patio/ etc. The idea is that you plant your various types of bulbs in layers (kind of like a lasagna) so that your pot will have a succession of bright flowers throughout spring. So easy but incredibly effective! This year I am also doing it with an old wheelbarrow so a little bit of upcycling too. There are no rules about what you can use as…

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