Thanksgiving Mini-Pumpkin Centrepiece

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I’m supposed to be writing an essay, so typically I’m looking for other ways to spend my time.  We had this mini-pumpkin lying around from Halloween (no time to carve it), so I grabbed a paint pen and started doodling.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and think it might make a pretty little centrepiece for Thanksgiving, especially when paired with these cute golden leaves cut out from a tomato puree tube.

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Bedroom Makeover 2: Wall Art Picture Frames

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll probably have noticed that I’ve been a little bit obsessed with pretty walls full of picture frames lately.  I’ve been collecting cheap box frames and colourful postcards in order to make my own version, and thought I’d share the (kind of) finished result.

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I filled the frames with pretty postcards I picked up at Paperchase (and used the Fitzgerald inspired frame I made a little while ago), found some picture hangers and a hammer, and got to work.  It was much harder to get the frames level than I had anticipated, but I don’t think it looks too bad.

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I think this will remain a bit of a work in progress, and switching the pictures will be an easy way of updating my room.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying the colour and brightness that they bring to my walls.

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DIY Galaxy Print Shoes

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I have been dying to have a go at tie-dying with sharpies ever since I stumbled across this awesome tutorial for galaxy print shoes.  It took a bit of effort to track down rubbing alcohol (which I discovered is called surgical spirit in the UK – and they sell it in Superdrug), but this was so much fun it was worth all the confused looks I received when searching for it in the shops.  I found a super cheap pair of white canvas trainers and got to work.

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Time for Tea has a great step-by-step tutorial that is really straight forward to follow.  It basically involves drawing on the canvas shoes with the sharpies and dripping over the surgical spirit (open a window – this stuff makes you dizzy!).  It didn’t seem to matter that I made some mistakes getting the technique right, as any ugly bits can be covered up with the next layer.

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It is a good idea to start with the lighter colours and add the darker, brighter ones later.  It took about 6 layers to build up the colour, and you need to wait for the shoe to dry completely before adding subsequent layers.

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Once dark enough, I added white spaces and stars with acrylic paint.  I used the end of the brush to create most of the big stars, and a toothpick for the really small ones.

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I’m pretty much in love with these, but I haven’t worn them out yet as I’m afraid that the unpredictable Scottish weather will ruin them and I will end up with purple feet!

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‘Things go glimmering’ Picture Frame

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My theory is that when a whole lot of people get together in the best places things go glimmering all the time’ –  F. Scott Fitzgerald, ‘Absolution’.

I’ve become a wee bit Fitzgerald obsessed this year, and figured my room needed a little bit of him to remind me of the months I spent studying and writing about his short stories.  My mum received a silhouette cameo for Christmas, and also kindly bought home a cheap picture frame for me to dismantle, so we set about cutting out some letters and circles and this is what I came up with.  I definitely prefer it to the original glittery butterflies.

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Basically, I took the frame apart and peeled the butterfly picture off the backing board.  I then re-covered the board with some black paper and decorated it with the letters and circles made using the silhouette cameo.

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Simple, but I like it. (Also, the glass on the frame is so shiny it acts as a mirror and it was SO SO difficult to take pictures of).

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DIY Sharpie Mug

me and my ‘moustache’.

I’m an avid Pinterest user (read: completely obsessed).  While it is a great way to get inspired and to discover new projects I also find that I tend to spend hours pinning great ideas only to forget about them the following day.  However, I am determined that my time spent on Pinterest should not go to waste.  As it is finally summer and uni work is no longer taking up all my time I have decided to actually try a few of these projects.

I’ve been loving the look of the sharpie dishes floating around on Pinterest and also lusting after Urban Outfitters’s Moustache Mugs, so decided to combine the two ideas in order to make my own moustache mug using the Sharpie technique.

I followed the tutorial from A Beautiful Mess which basically calls for drawing on the dish with the Sharpie and then baking in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees  (180 Celsius).  I just printed out a suitable picture of a moustache to use as a template

Here is the finished result:

my finished mug.

Although the finished result is pretty successful (after baking the pen didn’t rub off), I’m still a bit iffy as to whether it will hold up to numerous washes so I have decided to use the mug to hold my makeup brushes where I can avoid washing it all the time.  I’ve since gone out and purchased Marabu Porcelain Painter Pens, which are supposed to be dishwasher safe, and I will definitely be trying this project again in order to make a more heavy-duty mug.