Hand Stitched

I am fond of the idea of creating a patchwork curtain. The idea of collecting vintage handkerchiefs, lace off-cuts and beautifully embroidered cotton fabrics and piecing them all together to create a curtain or voile.

I think something like this would make a striking room divider…what do you think?

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Candle Cup

I love to have my home filled with the scent of burning candles.  I’ve been collecting vintage tea cups, cut glass tumblers and glass jelly moulds in the hope of getting round to making my own candles. Not only do they look cute, they also make the perfect gift for friends and family!

Here are a few simple steps on how to make your own and what you will need…

* A pouring pot or saucepan

* A thermometer

* 1 pound of palm wax

* Aromatherapy scents of your choice

* Candle wicks

* Fill the pouring pot or saucepan with the wax and heat until it reaches 85 oc

* Choose the tea cup or holder that you’d like to use for the candle
* Add your chosen scent to the melted wax. It’s lovely to mix different scents together
* Fill your tea cup or chosen holder to the top and wait for 5 minutes
* Insert the wicked into the middle of the candle wax 
* To ensure that the wick stays in the centre of the candle, use a bamboo stick. Make sure that you remove it after a few minutes to prevent an indent being create. The candle now needs to be left for a few hours until it is completely solid.
* The wick can now be trimmed to about 0.5”
* Light your candle and enjoy! 
{Images & instructions: Cupcakes & Cashmere}

Flying Birds

In the last few years, the quality and designs of wall stickers has improved ten fold and they’re easy to apply to painted surfaces. I adore this idea of incorporating vintage china into this bird and tree wall sticker – it gives the impression that the birds are ducking and diving inbetween the plates. Beautiful.

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Pretty Flower

Do you want to have a wall space that can be changed frequently and add a pop of life into your room? A floral wall is definitely the answer! You can create the perfect floral space using picked wild flowers and you only need tape or some string (if you want to construct a delicate garland) and you’re free to get creative. I think this is a perfect way of adding a unique touch to any party…

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Bloom

So, it’s almost the weekend and I’m off to a friends to celebrate the Bank Holiday. I always like to take a small gift with me when going to friends houses or parties, as a gesture of thanks for the invite, and I think a beautiful bouquet is perfect.

Check out the lovely instuctions below on how to make a scrumptious bouquet …

 You don’t need to do this with Peonies, but I absolutely love them and think they should be used whenever possible! There are several things that make them great flowers, but the best thing is they can be purchased quite easily when they are in season. However, once the peonies have bloomed out, they are somewhat delicate so look after them nicely! To do this bouquet you’re going to need the following:

 *A couple of meters of floristry ribbon

* Scissors

* String

* Peonies or any flower you like! (I’d go for 10 stems in a few colours)

*You need to get the flowers by re-cutting the stem on a slight angle and placing in a bucket of water for a few hours as this will prevent them from opening too quickly.

* Remove the flowers that will be inside the vase once you put them into water.

* Take a few flowers and place them in your hand and begin to group the remaining within the bouquet in groups of 3. As you begin to do this turn the bouquet to the left as this will manipulate the stems to spiral.

 * Tie the stems of your bouquet with the string.

* Now cover the string with your chosen ribbon and down towards ther bottom of them stem and you have a beautiful arrangement!

Perfection.

 {Images: photography/instructions by chelsea of frolic! via delightfully engaged}

Inside Story

Do you want to update or inject a little bit of colour it to your dull kitchen or bathroom cabinet? Why not decorate it with wallpaper or add a dash of colour with paint?

Cole & Son have a brilliant choice of quirky and chic block printed wallpapers which are perfect for such a task. You probably only need a role of paper (dependent on the size of cabinet you want to jazz up) so it’s also a good way of using up odd roles of paper that you may have lying around gathering dust from the last room you decorated.

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On Display

Do you ever have cute notes, favourite looks, inspirational quotes and photos that you treasure but have no where to put them? This might be the solution!

I really like the idea of creating a hanging inspirational wall. All you need is some lengths of wire or string and you can fasten your postcards, magazine tear outs, invitations onto it.

Simple but effective.

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