I've recently painted the kids rooms all white (they were mostly pink and grey before) and have given them a bit of a freshen up. They look so much brighter and cleaner now, plus it's so easy to just touch up or give them another coat when everything is painted the same. I've bought a couple of new prints for their rooms, but the walls still looked a bit bare after the colour had been taken away. So when I was asked by Tiger if I would like to style something for my home, I thought it would be a good opportunity to brighten up their bedroom walls with some accessories and storage.
I loved these little house shelves above, which I used in Elizabeth's room. I stuck some patterned paper behind as she still wanted to keep a little pink in her room. I think they'd look pretty painted different colours on the inside too!
I used these foldback clips to make some little garlands, one for each of their rooms. I used some project life cards here, but they can choose and attach their own bits and bobs like photos, drawings, postcards or special tickets.
I love these cloud hangers, and simply hung a them as a wall decoration in Elizabeth's room. I added a few paper chain strips underneath to look like rain falling.
These printers trays are the kids favourite. The back comes off, just as a frame would, so it was really easy to customise them with different papers to fit with their rooms. They're a perfect place for them to show off any special toys or treasures they've found.
Painting driftwood // On my desk, love these hexagon erasers and ruler from Present and Correct // Weekend flowers // Planting seeds from the prettiest Ikea seed packets // A new mini greenhouse to home my succulents // Eucalyptus in my bargain car boot sale vase // Treasures // Some necklaces I made for my sisters birthday, using some beach treasures and silver shell charms // Forget-me-not. x
Our collected treasures from the last month... Blue plastic beach finds (three lost at sea flippers now) leaves (yes, took me aaages!) seed pods, driftwood, grey beach finds, cherry blossom, feathers, more plastic from the beach, pink beach finds, driftwood, pebbles, plastic greenery and chalk stones with holes.
I think plastic has become my favourite thing to find lately. I just love all the random little bits and bobs we discover. Some of it looks so vintage and old. I'd love to know were it all originally came from. I feel like we're helping to keep the beach cleaner too, holding on to the more interesting things whilst throwing away the rubbishy bits.
The Cherry blossom is picked from the garden. I love this time of year, when everything comes to life and flowers appear. I'm looking forward to creating more pictures over the Summer, with blooms we've grown or foraged. I must get a move on in the garden, I always leave everything so late. We did plant some veggies on the weekend, though the birds have completely pulled out all the peas - argh! I'm hoping to get out there and tackle it this weekend. Maybe a car boot sale too, if the weather cheers up... I do love car boot sale season!
Happy May! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. xx
Lazertran Decal paper is a great way of transferring images onto surfaces such as stone, wood, plaster, ceramic or glass. I used to love playing around with this stuff when I was studying ceramics at uni. I'd decorate plain plates and coffee pots with pictures of The A-Team or She-Ra. If the pieces are fired in a kiln they can be used and washed without the decal coming away. I kind of wish I had kept some now!
To make these bug pebbles I first gave them all a couple of coats of white paint. I used a silk emulsion that I had, but Acrylic would work too.
Using an Inkjet printer, print your images onto the smooth, chalky side of the Lazertran paper and allow the ink to dry for at least 30 minutes. Cut the image to size and soak in some water (about a minute) until the image comes away from the backing paper.
Next paint the pebble surface with a coat of real turpentine - turpentine substitutes or white spirit wont work. Carefully position the decal onto the pebble, smoothing out any air bubbles and leave to dry for a few hours. You could finish the pebbles with a clear varnish, though I decided to just keep mine as they were.
I made these dipped pebbles a few weeks ago (you might have seen them if you follow me on Instagram) Again using some emulsion paint, I wrapped a little tape around the centre of the pebble and painted one half.
I thought they would make sweet fridge magnets, so I simply glued some small magnets to the backs using a strong glue.
I think I'll make the bug pebbles into magnets too - I just need to get some slightly bigger/stronger magnets to stick on!
Have you used Lazertran or decal paper for crafting before?
Do let me know if you make anything similar, I'd love to see it! xx
Hello! Hope you all had a lovely Easter. Our was good, a mixture of adventures out and about and just spending time chilling at home. I've been trying to take my big camera along with me more over the holidays. I've got in to the habit of just relying on my phone, and whilst that's nice and easy it doesn't make for good blogging. I'd missed it too, I'll have to try a little harder to use it more.
I even took my old Kodak Duaflex along with me a couple of times. It still has a half used film inside. I often wonder what or who those pictures might be of, tucked away inside so many years later. I must look into getting it developed one day.
We went to Portchester Castle last week, the boy loved exploring there, bounding up all the steps leading to different rooms. Elizabeth hated it, getting increasingly scared the further up the castle we went. She just about made it to the top, holding on ever so tightly to my hand. I'm not sure if it was the dark rooms, the steep stairs or the old prison space that did it - either way she doesn't ever want to go back!
She did however love it at the forest of Bere, which we went to in the afternoon. They spent hours playing in the adventure playground filled with giant wigwams and play huts. We'll definitely be going back there another day.
I had a little play around making this giff of the dancing shadows in my bedroom. It's not great and I guess I should have used a tripod, but hey, its my first one! And finally, the kids hunting out chocolate eggs in the garden. Every year it gets a little harder to go and hide them all. They were on watch this year from the moment they got up, convinced they could see little paw prints on the window. I love how they look out for eggs for ages afterwards too, hoping one or two might have been missed on the day.