Friday, 25 May 2018

7 Summer Paper Craft Tutorials


One of my favourite things about this time of year is there's so many long weekends! Here in the UK we've had quite a few in that last couple of months, which i'm definitely not complaining about as i'm a huge fan of switching of that 6am alarm.
The slight challenge here is the weather never seems to quite get the same memo and the visions of spending a Monday lunchtime in a sunny park or beer garden is often more Instagram than reality.

So with a three day weekend ahead, i've pulled together a list some of my favourite summery DIY craft tutorials for you to have at the ready come rain or shine! Enjoy!

1. Bring some paper blooms to your home with this gorgeous crepe paper flower tutorial from A Beautiful Mess - i'd switch out the pinks for some bright yellow sunflowers as i'm having a yellow crush!

floral garland tutorial

2. If you're more of a cactus person than florals (me!) there's a great video tutorial from Good to Know where you can make these 3D cacti which are so bright and fun. The tutorial is so easy to follow too which is always a bonus!

cactus tutorial

3. Just in case you haven't already got enough notebooks, there's a great tutorial over at I SPY DIY to make your own gold leaf notebooks. Metallics are definitely a favourite on stationery and this is such a simple way to transform one of those notebooks you've got laying around...

make your own notebook

4. If you're going to be sending cards or letters, no doubt you'll have spent time choosing the card, so why choose a plain white envelope when you can make yourself a supply of these bright string-tie envelopes? I love this tutorial from Minieco

envelope DIY tutorial

5. Is there anything more colourful in the sky than seeing hot air balloons, this could be a mobile or a garland and is another creative tutorial from Happiness is Homemade

hot air balloon tutorial

6. With the mixed weather we definitely see a lot of rainbows and one of the recent craft tutorials at The House that Lars Built is this beautiful tissue paper rainbow! Incredible!

rainbow paper tutorial

7. And if you're going to be doing some baking over the weekend, why not add these fun tissue paper cupcake toppers from Tell Love and Party?

Hope you have a great weekend!
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Monday, 7 May 2018

Office Crush #73

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Friday, 4 May 2018

F is for...Flamingo!


After what has felt like the longest winter ever, it finally feels like we're getting some better weather! The blossom trees in my garden are in full bloom, daffodils once again making an appearance in vases around my house and my summer wardrobe is down from the attic!

This is one of my favourite times to go shopping too, as i love browsing all of the summer outdoor picnicware and planning for Saturday afternoons with friends (come rain or shine...). And once again, you can't go near a store without seeing the flamingo finally out of hibernation - i love the vibrant pinks and am so happy the flamingo has well and truly arrived in our stationery world too.
There's everything from flamingo prints to novelty stationery and accessories, and i've pulled together my top picks to share with you.

Happy Friday!

1. Set of Flamingo Paper Clips, Caribou Milk
2. Mustard Flamingo Pen,  Ryman
3. Printed Notebook,  Coconut Lane
4. Flamingo Print, duck & duffel
5. Flamingo Shaped Party Bags, Ginger Ray
6. Flamingo Hand Painted Pencils, Not Only Polka Dots

Thursday, 3 May 2018

What I Read: April

Hey there!

I still can't quite believe we're in May, summer is on the horizon and hopefully we're heading for a well deserved hot summer where we can move from sofas to picnic blankets to enjoy our favourite books in the sunshine.

Four months into my 2018 reading challenge, i'm still feeling pretty on track as i've read 17 out of the 50 books i've targeted myself to get through this year. Hooray! So what did i read in April?

1. Misogynation by Laura Bates (***)
"A collection of essays from bestselling author and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates."

This book brings together essays from the Guardian newspaper by Laura Bates and yep, this book definitely spoke to my feminist side. There's so much in the media at the moment highlighting many issues faced by women, whether it's gender equality reports from big corporations, the #metoo campaign, ongoing high profile court cases or just women speaking more openly with friends about everyday sexism, and this book brings together all of that and more. It definitely is a book that opens your eyes and is one you'll be reciting examples from to friends, because there's definitely still a long road ahead.

2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (****)
"Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone? Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love."

I bought this book so long ago and it's been catching my eye on my bookshelf for some time. I even remember picking it up to read it several times and putting it back because i wasn't quite sure i wanted to fall into a YA love story just yet... And i'm glad i kept it for when i was feeling poorly, because it's a really cute pick-me-up kinda book. It's not just text either, there's diagrams and lists and IM dialogue which are fun and bring the story to life. You just want Madeline and Olly to make it, and i definitely felt the anxiety of will he break her hear or is the risk with first love! I won't spoil the ending, although i did feel it was a bit of rush to the finish line, but then again i'm the one who read this in one sitting...

3. The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden (***)
"Jeff Haden knows what many people don't: that success is less about searching for motivation and more about muddling through until you achieve something motivating. (Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg)"

I really really wanted to love this book. I mean i liked it. I just thought i would feel a little more motivated finishing it...or perhaps that's not the point!? The first few chapters were really useful, and i found myself challenging my own perceptions of what motivation is. What Jeff Haden is trying to change in our minds is that motivation is not a spark that you need to go achieve your goals, but that you can do it already. It's about breaking it down into smaller milestones to achieve as stepping stones to the longer term goal. I took away some useful notes from the first part, however i couldn't help feeling like i'd heard the second half of the book before from other reading.

4. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton (****)
"After pursuing him for nearly four years, Agatha is finally about to marry James Lacey, the handsome Colonel next door. But there's just one little problem."

Another month and another Agatha Raisin story! I'm still trying to work my way through the series in chronological order and i had to wait patiently for this one to become available in the library. Totally. Worth. It. Finally, Agatha and James are getting married! As confused as i was as to how the 'little problem' came about, and a little annoyed as Agatha Raisin is anything but was a really fun story once again. If you're looking for a light hearted read, i can definitely recommend the series.

So onto May, and if you head over to my Instagram you'll see the first book i've already started this month...

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

A New Arrival at Kikki K


Happy 1st May! It's crazy how fast it feels like this year is going, but i do love the month of May.

This month always feels like the start of the summer and also a chance to start new things, in the same way January is...just with more daylight and less frosty mornings. I'm going to be spending this month reflecting on how i'm doing with my goals for the year and kick-starting some of those habits again (more on that next week...)

Whilst browsing for all the essential tools, with an obligatory stop at Kikki K for beautiful yet practical journals i never knew i needed, i spotted that they are also expecting a new arrival very shortly...a whole new range of super cute, ever-so-handy new baby stationery called So Loved.

Seriously, it's really really cute...

Kikki K

Kikki K

There are so many adorable items in the range too, from gifts to cards, memory boxes and journals - definitely great ideas for any baby showers or a treat for new mums out there.

new baby journal

Because one more journal to record the whole journey to look back on never hurt anyone right?

baby advice cards

I've already got these advice cards jotted down as a gift for my cousin's baby shower as soon as they're available!

congratulations card pom pom

This is my kinda congratulations card - it has pom poms...

milestone cards kikki k

I'm pretty sure there isn't an Instagram mum out there without milestone cards - love the prints on these ones!

bunny gift bag

I could just have this bunny gift bag hanging up at home right? That's not that weird?

spotty wrap

Yep this wrap will look great on all my birthday gifts this year please

baby journal

I really love the idea of writing down a positive affirmation, or a good feeling each day, and i think this daily journal is a great gift for friends or family to document their pregnancy

feeding sleeping journal
And for anyone who wants to document their lack of sleep, a rather colourful feeding and sleeping journal

letters to my child

I know i've watched too many movies but there's something about writing letters for the future, which is so nostalgic. No shoe box time capsules buried in the garden here!

funny new baby card

Well this is card is both very amusing and very terrifyingly true

As a huge fan of Kikki K, i'm really looking forward to the So Loved range launching in the UK and having some super cute and very useful gifts for friends and family who are expecting this summer!

Monday, 30 April 2018

Office Crush #72