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A New Adventure

So this week has been a big one for me!! I moved to London and started a new job!I am loving it so far and learning a shed load but I appear to have turned onto even more of an old lady than normal and am super tired! I’ve been coming in watching Rosemary and Thyme with a hot choc and a poached egg before going to bed super early! So in the words of my mother who described one of my previous blogs as I quote “a bit lame really” (!) this week’s blog isn’t of the highest standard!

But as I was sorting and packing last week, I had an “I wondered were that had gone” moment when I found my peg bag!It was one that cost I think around 50p in wilkos back in the day before I started uni. Plain and simple but not very me! So I decided to jazz it up a bit with some gorgeous coloured shell buttons! The perfect way to be money smart but still infuse your home with things that represent you… like buttons!!!

All my love,

God bless,

Mim

xXx

Faith, Hope, Love!

Happy Friday everyone! This week I have been up to my eyeballs in boxes packing ready for part one of my move on Saturday! With this said, I have also sadly not had a lot of time for making new crafts but whilst packing I discovered these lovely embroidery hoop wall hangings. Aren’t they lush! And super simple to make…

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First up you’ll need some material, I just used some cotton, some buttons and thread and some embroidery hoops.

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I then chose some words to make out of buttons. I used 1 Corinthians 13:13 as inspiration for mine. Sew them onto the fabric using an assortment of buttons.

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Then pull the material taut before securing it within the hoops and trimming the material to size.

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And there you have it an adorable craft fit for every occasion!

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Hope you have a wonderful week,

All my love,

God bless,

Mim

xXx

Buttons, glorious buttons!!

As some of you know, I’m moving to London in a few weeks (eek) so It’s been a busy time here in Guildford! So for this weeks craft I have delved into my crafting past.

I love buttons! They are literally one of my favourite things! They’re just so pretty! One day around a year ago I was looking at my button collection (as any button obsessed person does) and started arranging them in themes and patterns. They made some pretty lush designs so I decided to use my glue gun to mount the buttons onto card and display the mmmmm in deep photo frames! Have a go! It’s genuinely very relaxing and makes some very individual, beautiful and personal gifts.

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Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

All my love,

God bless,

Mim

xXx

All About The Letters

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you have all recovered from all the festive fun! All the decs are (sadly) down and safely stowed away for another year and I have been busy sending out a few thank you letters. One of which was to my dear friend Emma. We just don’t write enough letters anymore! It’s becoming a lost art, but Emma and I have managed to keep the good old snail mail going throughout the years. Now I think it’s safe to say we both have a little obsession with stationary and have both been more than a little intrigued with Wax sealing letters. We had the same idea of getting each other amazing Hogwarts Wax Seal kits for Christmas. Here’s how I got on using it for the first time! It was every bit as lush as I was expecting!

Here is the kit I used…

First up, write a lovely letter to your nearest and dearest.

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Then  light your tea light (in a safe place!), hold your metal spoon over the candle until it heats up then hold the wax into the spoon and wait for it to melt.

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Then carefully pour the melted wax in the centre of the back of the letter over the seal. Try to keep this to a circular shape if possible.

Then as quickly as possible push your stamp own into the melted wax and hold it there until it dries (only a few seconds).

Then all that’s left to do is call Hedwig and your letter with be safely on its way!

All my love,

God bless,

Mim

xXx

Happy New Year!

I recently had a conversation with a lovely friend of mine, Becky . She suggested that I should incorporate a cup of tea into my blog. According to her everything is always made better with a cup of tea! So this week’s blog is inspired by and dedicated to her! Now I have to admit I’m not a tea drinker, I have tried to! It’s a drink I’d love to be able to enjoy mainly for what it seems to symbolise for many in England, a thirst quencher, a catch up with friends over afternoon tea, a comfort when receiving sad news. It’s the go to drink. My hot drink of choice is a Hot Chocolate. For me it is not only a snug comfort drink but something that reminds me of time spent catching up with dear friends and family, and also time spent reflecting and planning on my own. And what better time to reflect on a year gone by and to plan new adventures than New Year! There are some pretty big things on my goals list for the upcoming year already, starting with a move to London and the start of a new job in February. Eek I’m going to need a lot of hot choc to calm those nerves! So anyway here is a little creative idea to help kick-start your 2018 and to help you sit down, chill out and start planning some amazing adventures…

All you will need are some plain mugs, some old nail varnish, nail varnish remover, and a bowl you don’t mind getting dirty/ruined!!

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Once you’ve filled the bowl with water start drizzling in your chosen nail varnishes. Try to cover the outer aspects of the water too as these are the areas that will end up on the visible surface of your mug.

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Once you’re happy with your varnish, dip the mug in the water on a slant. Don’t worry if some of the nail varnish spills into the inner surface of the mug as whilst it is still wet you can use a cotton swab soaked in nail varnish remover to remover unwanted spills. Once removed, turn the mugs upside down to allow the excess water to dry off.

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Now this is the messy part! Cleaning up! Use something to scoop out the excess nail varnish, poor out the water and let the bowl dry. My advice would be to use a bowl that you don’t mind either keeping as scrap or to recycle it. I have tried before to clean the bowl completely and it got extremely messy!!

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You can also add to your design by dipping a paint brush into the nail varnish pot and adding some words of you’re choice.

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Once dry, be sure to thoroughly wash the mugs before use to get rid of any remaining nail varnish remover.

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!

All my love, 10

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

 

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Napkin Holders

Eek it’s almost Christmas!! I am loving how festive everywhere is at the mo! I was in Zara home this week and they had some beautiful festive napkin holders. They were gorgeous but a tad on the pricey side! It reminded me of last Christmas when mummy surprised us with some of her adorable homemade Christmas napkin holders! They are so simple to make and much cheaper than the high street, whilst adding that little special touch of homemade Christmas to the dinner table.

All you’ll need for this is some liquid glue and some wide wired ribbon with some wire into the edges. First of all cut the ribbon into your chosen size of napkin ring.

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Then glue along one edge before sticking it to the edge of the other. Then let to dry.

Then roll your Christmas napkins up before arranging them in the napkin rings! And there you have it! See I told you it was a simple one!

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Happy Christmas Everyone!

All my love,

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

Christmas Stars!

Happy Friday lovely people! Eek it’s only 24 days until Christmas! Now I don’t have a whole-lotta space to decorate so I’m all about some small glittery little decs this year. And this week’s dec is super simple to make and the perfect combination of glitter and homely cuteness.

First up decide what shape you want to make and make a stencil out of card before cutting it out on some felt. I used a gorgeous glittery white felt.

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I then sewed a shell button into the centre to add to the shimmeryness.

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Then add a loop of ribbon to the top of your decoration before using a blanket stitch in wool to secure the two pieces of felt together. Once you’ve sewn around half way add in some stuffing to the middle before carrying on and finishing off the blanket stitch.

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And there you have it! A little sprinkle of subtle Christmas!

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All my love,7

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

 

That Christmas Feeling

It is less than 6 weeks until Christmas! Eek can you tell I’m excited?! This time of year is one of my favourites, the crisp winter air, snuggling up on the sofa with a hot water bottle and mermaid blanket whilst watching The holiday and Home Alone. Candles lit, lights dimmed, the Christmas decs up. Family and friends popping in and out, the smell of mince pies baking and crazy times with mum on the sherry!

Much to my disappointment mum and dad have not yet decorated our family home! Apparently it’s way too early. So this week’s blog is of a Christmas craft made for last year. I love how sparkly it is, plus I just love anything with buttons on!

I brought these plain cardboard letters in Hobbycraft.

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I first decided on a colour scheme, I chose some lush Christmassy ones, and then painted the letters with 2 coats of paint to ensure that the colours were nice and bold.

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I then started to arrange the buttons in a colour order before using a glue gun to stick them into place.

Then all that’s left to do is decorate your home!

All my love,6

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

Memories…

Hello November! I’m pretty sure these months are getting shorter, either that or i’m getting old and time is disappearing! There are only a couple of months left until Christmas which means it’s officially OK to talk about it, right?! This week I’ve finally gotten around to doing some scrap booking and putting photos from my travels in photo albums. This got me thinking about starting some handmade Christmas projects. So this months blog is all about how to personalise a photo frame, perfect for a wedding or Christmas present.

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For this you will need a photo frame (I got this lush one from Sass&Belle), Shells and a glue gun.

First of all arrange your shells in a pretty manor. (Make sure that the beach is not protected before you collect your shells – for an extra special wedding touch collect shells from the wedding beach for an even more memorable touch).

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The next part is a little fiddly! I might have burnt my finger tips a couple of times, but use your glue gun to position and stick the shells to the frame.

And there you have it an adorable present! 5

All my love,

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

A Little Bit of Glitter!

Happy Friday Everyone! This week has been a little cray cray to say the least! And what better of a time (sorry that’s terrible English – please forgive me, I’ve just finished a night shift!) to decide to cover your room with glitter.  Why is it that whenever I use glitter I manage to coat everything in a vague vicinity – including myself – with a layer of sparkle! Now before I dive straight into this weeks craft, I must introduce you to the latest addition to my succulent family! Meet Gertie! Isn’t she a beaut!

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Anyway for this weeks craft be prepared to get covered in glitter! To start you’ll need PVA glue, glitter, masking tape, a paintbrush and some kind of glass bottle or vase. First up section off the part of the vase/bottle that you want to cover in glitter.

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Then smother that section in PVA glue before pouring glitter over it. I left the bottom bare so that it didn’t stick to the table after!

Then let them dry before peeling the tape off slowly to (hopefully) leave a nice straight, neat finished edge to the glitter.

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And there you have it! Super simple and a great way to give a dreary day a bit of sparkle!!

All my love,6

God Bless,

Mims

xXx