DIY mosaic effect wall art - 1985 by George Orwell
in DIY + Crafts, Home décor, Interiors, Paper

Make mosaic effect DIY wall art with Polaroids

I don’t talk about it too much on the blog, but I’m a bit of a literature geek. I love the old classics, from H.G.Wells’ sci-fi and Jules Verne’s adventures, to the romances of Jane Austen and the Brontes. But my favourite of them all, is 1984 by George Orwell. I must have been about 16 when I first read it, and it absolutely amazed me. I’d never been so compelled, so in awe and yet so ultimately terrified by…

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Scandinavian geometric art print 2
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DIY Discoveries: Scandinavian Art Prints

Since making this Nordic inspired wall art the other month (get the DIY here), I’ve been majorly obsessed with Scandinavian prints. (Oh who am I kidding, I’ve been obsessed for ages!). The interlocking geometric shapes, the minimalist designs, the simple colour schemes… SO MUCH YES. Anyway, here’s my little ode to the brilliance of Scandinavian-inspired design, as told through a handful of art prints I’ve found on one of my many Etsy binges. Get the links to all of them…

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The best iced coffee recipe ever
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The best iced coffee recipe

It is hot. The sort of hot that makes everything slow down. Even the most basic of chores becomes a mountain to climb – wouldn’t it just be easier to kick back and relax in the sun? This mini heatwave just goes to show that summer is well and truly here! And with it, come those lazy summer days and hazy summer nights, when the pace of life slows and everyone smiles a little bit more. With weather like this,…

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Michael from Craftive handmade leather jewelry
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Man Crafts: Craftive handmade leather goods

I’m excited to welcome Michael Rinkovski from Craftive to the blog today, to talk about his online craft business. First launched in 2013, Craftive sells rustic, handmade leather goods such as jewellery, card holders and key rings. Michael runs his craft business alongside a full-time career as a teacher, but he says that leather is his true passion – he’s aiming to go full-time with Craftive within the next two years. Let’s hear what he had to say when I caught up…

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Upcycled coffee table from old drawers
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Upcycle old drawers into a DIY coffee table!

I’m loving woodwork projects lately, I’ve been trying out loads of DIY ideas – I’m hooked! When I spoke to DIY expert George Oliphant the other week, we got chatting about making coffee tables. He’d just finished making one from an old games table, whilst I was midway through making the one you can see in the photos. I actually started making this table a couple of months ago, so it’s been in progress for ages! This isn’t because it’s…

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George Oliphant interview
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Interview with renowned DIY expert, George Oliphant

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to chat to the Emmy® award-winning DIY expert, George Oliphant! George is the host of NBC’s George To The Rescue, where he teams up with design and construction experts to rescue a family or community in need of home improvements. In addition to having his own TV show, George is one of the most renowned names in home improvement and DIY – his work has been featured in the New York Post, the New York Daily News and…

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No Tomorrow festival Nottingham
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Hello Summer!

My weekend has been full of live music, cold beer and sunshine. That’s right, I’ve been to my first festival of the year! You know what that means… summer is here!! No Tomorrow festival is a pretty small festival tucked away in the beautiful grounds of Nottingham’s Wollaton Park. But, despite it’s size, the lineup was pretty damn good: John Newman, James Bay, Jessie Ware, DJ Fresh, Blonde, Soak, Karen Harding, Hannah Wants, MNEK, Kwabs and loads more, crammed…

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DIY Nordic geometric wall art
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Make your own Nordic wall art

Since moving to a new flat last month, I’ve had a really annoying blank space on my bedroom wall, just itching to be filled. I initially planned on buying a large art print from Etsy or at a local craft fair, but the DIY bug bit me again and I decided to make my own (of course!). I’ve been really inspired by Nordic designs lately, everything from Scandinavian food to the more ubiquitous Ikea innovations. There’s just something so quirky, yet…

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