Category Archives: Pinspirational

(P)inspirational- Bookmarks


Following on from my gifts for book lovers post last month, I thought I would list some of fun bookmark tutorials I found on Pinterest.

I would list my origami skill set as absolute beginner, I can manage a crane and heart, I dream of being able to make an X-wing figure,  but I think this tutorial for a cute cat bookmark/page marker, might be great for a beginner.

I have always loved Subversive Cross Stitch, their cute designs take traditional cross stitching themes and add some not so traditional ideas! I think this pattern would also look amazing in a frame on a bookshelf or in a reading nook. It’s also available PDF

Finally, I had to include a Harry Potter themed bookmark. These book-scarves are knitted using DMC pearl cotton on small needles, the great thing is the colours can be adpated for any of the houses at Hogwarts or even a Doctor Who scarf.


(P)inspirational-Bullet Journal II


When I started my bullet journal 18 months ago, I spent ages on Pinterest looking for ideas and inspiration (which I blogged about here), since then I still look on Blogs, Pinterest and Instagram for ideas, whereas I’m happy with the content of my journal, I love the idea of adding stickers to brighten up the pages, these are a few of my favourite stickers.

I love these Get Fit stickers from Paperchase, I adore the idea of keeping track of my water intake or if I eat five-a-day, however I doubt I will ever be able to do a Burpee!

One of the things I do keep track of in my journal is movie releases dates, when TV shows get added to Netflix or programmes I have to watch live (Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead), these cute TV stickers by FasyShop (on Etsy), save you writing the programme details over and over again. She does most the major shows for your viewing needs.

When my friend Ruth posted a photo of her journal on Instagram this week, and I adored her calendar tabs, and whilst it’s too late to add them to my current journal, this version from ELouiseArts (on Etsy), will be brilliant for next year’s planner.

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(P)inspirational- Bobble Hats

Maybe it’s the knitter in me, but I’ve noticed everyone seems to be wearing a bobble hat this winter! Hoping the trend might continue to next winter, I thought it might be fun to knit a collection of hats as gifts for next Christmas. So I took to Pinterest and Ravelry looking for inspiration.

The most popular hat on social media seems to be the Baable Hat (seriously there are over 3,500 photos tagged on Instagram), the cute sheep motif makes it an instant hit for knitters it’s as a lovely fair isle pattern also makes it an interesting knit.

Obviously, I love the Force Awakens hat by Mrs Luedeke. Which she designed to mark the release of the new Star Wars film last year, and I can see myself knitting one – once I decided in the ideal colour scheme.

The hat I decided would be the perfect gift would be the Friendly Fair Isle Hat, the simple patterns looks like it would knit up quickly and I like the ideas of knitting bright colours for little children. For the older kids, I might do their monogrammed version.

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Pinspirational – Pumpkin Recipes


Recently I have pinned a lot of pumpkin themed recipes, and whilst it is fun to try adding some pumpkin to my overnight oats or yogurt for breakfast what I really want it to bake some calorific pumpkin treats, these are some of the recipes I am looking forward to trying this autumn.

Macarons are certainly en vogue in the baking world, one of my favourite things about Paris (or Covent Garden) is getting trying all the flavours in Ladurée. This recipe from Tasty Kitchen used the pumpkin in the filling and the “spice” is added to the macaron.

Autumn is the start of my hibernating months – lazy weekends, binge watching my new favourite TV show into the small hours followed by a hearty brunch. Obviously the healthy diet goes out the window on these weekends, so I am looking forward to indulging in these pancakes.

This recipe for pumpkin bread from Sallys Baking Addiction, can also be adapted to make muffins which I think would work well as part of a lazy weekend brunch or for a quick afternoon treat with your pumpkin spice latte.

In the UK prepackage “pumpkin spice” isn’t readily available so I have found this recipe to make your own version.

EDIT: There seems to be an issue displaying the pinterest widgets, I am looking into this and hopefully will find a solution soon.

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(P)inspirational- Summer Crafts


As I have mentioned before I would decorate the house of any occasion, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Easter. Here in the UK we don’t really have a reason to celebrate in the summer (apart from the cheery weather). So our summer theme is normally just fresh flowers around the house.

Living in a flat, we don’t really have a garden – just a few flower boxes, so I have to buy flowers rather than, pick them from my garden, I normal get cheap flowers in the supermarket, they tend to be only a few pounds and normally last just over a week. Instead of using traditional vases I love upcycling old bottles. After seeing this pin, I started using my strawberry jam jars to hold pink or red roses.

Continuing with the upcycling theme, I noticed a trend on Instagram this summer of people trying to collect all the set of these Orla Kiely coffee jars from Douwe Egberts, I was lucky enough to find all three in my local supermarket – and can’t wait to start using them as candle holders. (They also make fabulous vases)

One thing that does scream British Summer to me is bunting; it conjures up images of village fêtes or street parties, over the last few years I have an excuse to hang paper bunting, (Football themed for the World Cup or flags for the Olympics), but this summer my hallway looks bear so I am thinking of making some with floral material.

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(P)inspirational- Snail Mail ii


Since I first mention my attempts to send more snail mail in February, since then I have been sent into the fabulous snail mail revolution (and developed a bit of a washi tape addiction). As well as buying new stationary, I have been inspired by Instagram to make my own themed mail and found some amazing printables on Pinterest.

I adore the letter writing sets & matching stickers from Hema, but have also found several printable letter sets on Pinterest, this cute pen set by Wreck this Girl is one is one of my favourites.

One of the current trends in Snail Mail I had seen on Instagram was Mail Tags, the idea was started by Bianca Jagoe as a quick and easy way to get to know your penpal by asking quick fired questions, she has even created website devoted to the idea complete with example questions and printable to explain the rules.

Finally, once you have all your penpals – it can be tricky to keep track of all their details, this printable can help – with space for your pals address, social media profiles, likes and space to keep track of your letters once you have posted them.

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(P)inspirational- Snail Mail


As I mentioned in my last post I have been inspired by the Just a Card campaign to send more snail mail. Not just birthday cards but letters, “just because” notes and mini parcels. If you would like to receive some snail mail from me – I will try to send something that is both fun and creative, then contact me.

This series focuses is almost a beginner’s guide to snail mail – explaining the concept, how to find a pen pal, and of course the dos and don’t of snail mail. She also lists a few crafts on how to make your mail more interesting.

Kelly Rowe has also written an article with tips for writing more snail mail – her article focus more on getting started, a list of supplies and getting organised. I also adore her personalised notepaper (I’m looking to order some for myself).

I am amazed what this woman had managed to post (and yes she did post the bottle of school supplies), a sponge, flip-flops and a bucket & spade! Taking advantage of the US Postal Services under 13oz rule she (and her children) send extremely interesting mail for the price of a first class parcel! Unfortunately, the Royal Mail isn’t as cool with their rules as parcels here as they take into account the dimensions of the parcel as well as the weight.


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(P)inspirational- Galentine’s Day Gift


Some how Parks and Recreation seemed to pass me by, but last year, it popped up on my recommendations on Amazon Prime (I think it was due to my love of the Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy), so I thought I’d give it ago. I love Leslie Knopes’ enthusiasm and her quirky gift giving. One of her more fun ideas was Galentine’s Day (celebrated on the 13th of February), she’s gather all her girl friends for brunch and they celebrate their friendship. I noticed on Pinterest a rise of Galentine’s gift ideas – here’s hoping it becomes an real celebration.

These Waffle flavoured lip balm from Better World on Etsy, are a cute favour for your guests at your Galentine’s Day brunch. As Leslie says “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third

Love taking Selfies of you and your girlies, rather than keep them on your phone – why not share them with this Instagram frame. You can even change the hashtag to something cheesier to express your friendship.

What better cliché gift for your gal pal than a chick flick and chocolate! (Or a horror movie if that’s your thing). This tutorial from Allred Design, is great for wrapping a DVD, the gift box will fit a DVD or Blu Ray and has a pocket for a microwave popcorn pouch and large chocolate bar – as well as several printable quotes about friendship.


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(P)inspirational- Valentine’s Crafts


At the end of last year I became a little obsessed with peyote beaded rings, (I will show off some of my creations once I get around to take some photos), I loved the How Did You Make Thiss tutorials,  as they are both easy to follow and adapt, I would only make one heart bright pink against the white background.

I would hang decorations in the house for every major holiday,  given the chance. A garland over the mantel, bunting in the hallway, scented Yankee Candles, a themed table-cloth and centrepiece. I can’t seem to find the original source or English directions for this felt garland – but the photo tutorial is pretty straight forward.

The other thing I would love to do is display a seasonal wreath on my front door (which always looks so boring after Christmas), I also love that this project uses up scrap yarn (don’t we all love a stash-busting project), I also think this would look good in the autumn in gold and browns with leaves instead of felt roses.


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(P)inspirational- Easy Ombré


One of the obvious trends on Pinterest in Ombré, hundreds of tutorials on getting the perfect ombré hair colour or how to paint your chest of drawers or my favourite the easy ombré frosting on a cake!

The truth is I don’t have the time tone my hair or the patience to blend two colours to sponge on to my nails and I can just about ice a cake in one colour let alone five different shades. These are a few “easy” ombre crafts I have found.

If your anything like me every new shade of nail polish I buy is similar to one I already have! Painting each nail a different colour is something I loved doing as a child – for me using the same tone, is the adult version of this.

Using the free sample paint card from the DIY store and a paper punch, this card is so effect and easy. The design is also extremely versatile, but changing the colours or punch you can alter the occasion – shades of green and a Christmas trees punch for Christmas, or pinks and hearts for Valentine’s day.

I adore a statement necklace, and whilst I wish I could create complex beaded necklaces, all I can usually manage is to string a few beads on a thread – that’s why I love this necklace with it’s layers of strings, it has an amazing dramatic effect.

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