Bedroom Makeover: Wall Art

I’ve recently painted my walls the loveliest shade of grey (insert 50 Shades jokes here), but there was something missing.  My room has a little cubby hole, where I used to have a mirror.  When I painted the walls, I took the mirror down but needed something to go up in it’s place.  I decided that some wall art would do the trick and found this dandelion one at Abode Wall Art.  I debated about getting it in black, but eventually decided upon charcoal grey instead.

I’m really impressed with the finished result.  For the price it was, I was expecting a shiny sticker that would just peel off and stick to the wall.  This one used a backing and a layer of transfer paper  to stick the separate parts to the wall.  Although the process took a bit longer, it defiantly was worth the time.  The transfer is so flat that it looks like it’s been painted on.  The charcoal grey colour ties in perfectly with the rest of my room and looks much more understated than it would in black.

It is never bright enough in my room  for well-lit photos, so excuse the poor quality of the pictures.

Primrose Bakery Cupcakes

I love baking, even though it often ends up as a disappointing mess.  I recently got hold of a copy of Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery and thought I would give it a try.  I decided to start out with something simple (mainly because I was too impatient to go out and buy extra ingredients) – the vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream icing.

The cookbook is adorable, with lovely pictures and cute illustrations.  The recipe was easy to follow and the end result was a light and fluffy sponge and a creamy, chocolaty icing.

As you can see, I have a lesson or two to learn about icing cupcakes.  But practice makes perfect so maybe next time!  I’m excited to try some of the more adventurous recipes (I’m liking the sound of the Earl Grey cupcakes).

How-to: DIY Cork Coasters

I’ve already shared my cork stamps, but what I haven’t yet posted is what I actually used them for.  I needed a set of coasters for my room and seeing as I had a sheet of cork to spare I figured that would be the perfect material to make them from.  After a failed attempt at creating stripes on the coaster shapes (if someone could tell me what I’m doing wrong that would be great), I decided to flip them over and decorate them with my stamps instead.  For a project that I was about to abandon, I think they turned out pretty well.  Here’s how you can make your own:

What you need:

  • A sheet of cork board
  • Something circular to draw around (I used an old drinks coaster)
  • A craft knife
  • A sheet of felt
  • Stamps and ink for decoration
  • PVA glue

How to:

1.  Draw around old coaster or something the right size/shape onto the cork board.

2.  Cut around the template with a craft knife (it was pretty difficult to create a perfect circle, but I like mine despite being imperfect).

3.  Get stamping!

4.  Cut a slightly smaller circle out of the felt and attach to the back using the PVA glue.

The Little Things…

The last few weeks have been a bit of a disaster for me.  I’ve had a couple of painful and scary encounters with angry wasps, got caught out without a jacket or a brolly in a sudden thunderstorm and was attacked by the forest when I attempted to exercise.  Despite all this I’m still staying positive.  Here are a few of the little things making me happy at the moment:

Amazing heels that I can actually walk in and only slightly kill my feet during a night out.  I’m so glad I bought these while killing time ‘window shopping’.  If you look close enough, you can actually see where I got stung!  

Sitting on the lawn on a sunny afternoon enjoying blogger Emily Schuman’s book, Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease, which has finally arrived.  She has such amazing style and taste.  I can’t pretend that I’m not jealous of her beautiful life, though.

Sipping a cup of frothy coffee in my pyjamas on a Sunday morning.  Bliss.

Coming home to a Topshop package always brightens my week (it isn’t a weekly occurrence though, promise!).  I’ve also decided to keep the lovely brown spotted packaging to reuse as wrapping paper.