Feature Friday: Halloween!

Hi All,

Long time no blog! I’ve been terrible! However we’re back this week with a scary bang! Halloween is looming and we’re loving it.

Over here in England it’s not such a big Holiday, but that doesn’t stop us enjoying all the inspiration from across the pond.

Here’s a few categories and a few ideas to try for yourself.

1/ Decorate with a difference – Pumpkin decor.

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I’m a sucker for black and white and I love the idea of painting your pumpkin and making them pretty. They’d be great for table center pieces!

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Add props to make your pumpkin stand out. I love the candle holder idea and the animals are so cute!

2/ Deadly decoration

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Small touches like these are brilliant to add atmosphere to your Halloween party… how great are those candles?

3/ Scary snacks – Halloween food

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Can’t wait to try those black toffee apples!

4/ Deadly drinks – Halloween cocktails

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These cocktails look awesome no? I would love to try them all!

Lots of brilliant and creative finds this week. What are you planning for Halloween?

Look out for our scary Halloween costume/make up finds coming this week!

Take care,

Elisa Signature

 

 

 

Feature Friday – Collar Clips

Hi All,

Well it’s been a while! I’ve been on my holidays and Victoria has returned to school, so time has just got away from us. Fear not! We are back from our breaks and will be keeping you up to date with our finds and tutorials.

This week I have been a little bit obsessing over Collar Clips! I saw a set of these in Edinburgh and fell in ❤.

In case you’re wondering what they are let me introduce you to a few of my favorite finds, and if you are in the know then marvel at these awesome creations!

1// Balloon Collar Clip by @clustercuss (follow her on Instagram – she’s marvelous!)

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2// Washing line Collar Clip – Unknown but too cute to ignore!

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3// Classic Heart Collar Clip DIY tutorial by Lexy Levin

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4// Clip on animal Collar Clip by Minted Strawberry (with free printable template)

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5// Upcycled Collar Clips by Tigerlilly

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All so adorable right! I’ve got a whole long list of ones I’m going to make – it’s my new project!

Right I’m off to buy some shirts!

Take care,

Elisa Signature

Feature Friday: Fun with cement!

Hi all,

It’s that time again! Friday woo! Shamefully I am one of those people who can’t wait until the weekend. When that clock hits 5:30, I’m outta there!

So on my lunch break yesterday, and not when I was procrastinating… I stumbled upon such a cute little project using cement. This obviously isn’t a new material and it’s been creeping around the craft blogs for a while, but it’s something I’ve been meaning to use for ages.

It seems really easy to use and I like the juxtaposition of the industrial connotations the material has compared to the dainty projects I’ve been seeing.

So here are my favorite cement projects:

1// Concrete candlestick by Evenyaru.com

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2// Concrete ring bowl by Land of Nams

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3// Concrete quartz necklace by the uber talented Francesca over at fallfordiy.com

Seriously check out her page – it’s awesome and she has lots of different concrete jewellery tutorials!

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4// Cement Christmas (eek I said it) decorations by fellow fellow

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5// Cement key chain by sayyes.com

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Right so I’m off to buy some cement and some molds!

Enjoy the weekend!

Take care,

Elisa Signature

Feature Friday! Interview with Black Box Boutique.

Hi all,

Eeek it feels like I’ve been away  for ages! Victoria has been doing a great job while I’ve been tottering around the Scottish lands. I had a great time, thanks for asking. Lot’s of walking, seeing sandy beaches and fun family times! A much needed break!

I didn’t forget about you guys though! Whilst on my travels I was looking out for things to report back to you all and success! As I was puddle hopping my way around the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh (a place I highly recommend you all go. Now!) I stumbled upon a wondrous, almost magical, find: Black Box Boutique!

Black Box is the wonderful creation of Hannah and Sarah: together they have created this charming boutique shop, almost like a bricks and mortar ETSY shop!

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Situated on the winding West Bow street in Edinburgh’s old town this little treasure trove is stuffed full of imaginative and creative products. Not only was I in awe of the hand crafted jewellery, illustrations, cards and supplies but the interior was magical!

 

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I love these sort of finds; I love being transported into the world independent shops like these create. But rather than me gab on about it why don’t we hear from the lovely ladies themselves! I was able to ask Hannah and Sarah a few questions so I hope you enjoy!

1/ Please introduce yourselves and your business.
Hello, I am Hannah, and I run Black Box with my good friend Sarah. Black Box is an independent design boutique based in the heart of Edinburghs Old Town. We stock a wide range of stationery, illustration, homeware and gifts, but at the heart of it we are a jewellery boutique. All of our products are made by British-based independent designers and small companies, with a few from a bit further afield. Both myself and Sarah are jewellers, and we have our workshop at the back of the shop so our customers can peek at jewellery being made.

2/ How did you start out and how did black box boutique evolve?
Black Box is a family run business, but to begin with we were starting from scratch. Our initial vision for Black Box was to be a sort of wonderland with the jewellery displayed in unusual ways, enabling the customer to feel like they were discovering hidden treasures throughout the boutique. So often jewellery stores are rows of endless glass cabinets, where the jewellery almost becomes lost. We wanted to have each cabinet tell it’s own story, and in turn the jewellery comes to life!

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We’ve come a long way from when we opened, and our designer base has risen from 25 to begin with, up to around 100 at the moment. It’s a constant learning curve, so we continually update our displays, and strive to deliver something fresh.

3/ You have so many amazing handmade goodies in your shop; what are you loving right now?
It’s so hard to choose, we love all of our designers! Wolf & Moon and AndSmile are going down a storm with our customers, as is the new collection from DeeLyn made from recycled guitar strings. Both myself and Sarah are totally in love with Yasmin Everley’s Entomology collection, and I might just have to treat myself to one of Myia Bonner’s new initial necklaces…!

4/ What or who inspires you most?
Black Box grew from a love of fairytales and secret things, childhood curiosities and particularly books like The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. It’s always been important for our boutique to mix the old with the new, so we source old furniture and objects to include in our displays. I’ve collected ‘antiques’ for years, not for their value (which is little) but for a love of imagining what sort of history the item could have had; who owned it, what sort of life did they lead, if the object could speak what tales would it tell? etc. There is such value in history, it’s all so fascinating, and really the only limit is your imagination!

5/ Do you have any advice for those creative people out there looking to open up a crafty business?
Make sure that your craft is your passion. Being a creative and a business owner is often difficult, as the two tend to be at crossed purposes in terms of motivation, but it can definitely work. I’d say that feedback is invaluable, because it’s always vital to gain a fresh perspective. Listen to your customers, and don’t give up. Persevere and believe in yourself – You can do it!

A huge thank you to Black Box Boutique for answering all of our questions! We hope you all enjoyed hearing what they had to say and if you’re in the Edinburgh area get your Google maps out, type in this address: 98 WEST BOW, EDINBURGH, MIDLOTHIAN, EH1 2HH, and get your behinds down there!

Take care,

Elisa Signature

Feature Friday ~ Back to School

Hello Me Oh Myers,

This week Elisa is off swanning around Scotland (I’m sure we’ve some great photos to look forward to), so it’s Victoria here with this weeks Feature Friday.
I love this time of year, going back to school for the simple fact I can stock up on vast quantities of stationary, post it notes, stickers etc. etc.

But rather than purchase run of the mill designs I want something individual and unique this year. So let’s get creative.

1// The Essential Equipment

Pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers… all essential whatever stage of education you are in, even in the workplace we all need them. Why have boring when you can have bright?

Create some of these super cute colour block pencils in colours of your choice by The Crafted Life

 

 

How about using the totally brillaint washi tape to make custom designed washi tape pencils. The possibilities are endless.

Or if you haven’t time to customise you own you would get someone to do it for you like Anna-Marie Loves. Perhaps add inspiration quotes to make you smile.

 

2// Note Taking

How about making your own up-cycled note books. I love these from Creme de la Craft.

 

They’re really easy to make, I made them with my Eco Art club last year and they loved them.

Already bought your books why not decorate and customise them?

How about creating a Pointillism Notebook, what a great idea from The Crafted Life

Or how about a chalkboard notebook like this one from Honest to Nod

or how about using stamps to create a custom design like Claireabelle Makes has done. Not only has she stamped the cover, she also make it.

3// Super Storage

We all need somewhere to store our stationary, whether at school, in the office or at home.

Pencilcases? Anyone still use those? I love this glittery number from Vivid Please! You could follow the tutorial or if you’re really lazy just buy a plain pencil case, then glue + glitter = awesome. How easy an effect to achieve right?

I love these dinosaur and animal storage jars from Room to Bloom. Definitely the next project on my list  of classroom makes.

 

How about reusing some of those jar you’ve had stored away? A bit of chalkboard pain, perhaps some washi tape and bang! Chalkboard storage jars ready to fill.

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Well I’ve hope you’re feeling inspired. Have a creative weekend.

Enjoy!

Victoria Signature

Feature Friday ~ DIY outdoor party ideas!

Hi all,

I’m so chuffed at the response to my previous Feature Friday: Fun with Fruits! Thank you all so much for the likes and the comments, it’s so nice that people are reading our blog and liking it!

I thought I’d carry on with the summery theme (even though it’s raining today) and concentrate on outdoor parties. I know Victoria has done some ideas on Summer BBQ’s and I wanted to add a few bits.

You see it’s the manfriend’s birthday coming up and we’re headed to an empty field for a camping/BBQ party and I wanted to make it a bit more special. So this week I’ve been looking into some budget ways to do that!

Here’s what I’ve found:

1// DIY party sign.

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Loving this simple and easy to do idea. You just need some wood and some paint! I’d have it directing people to the games, BBQ, restroom, tents etc. I think it would make a really nice touch to the entrance of the party.

2// DIY games

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3/ Handy DIY ideas for the table.

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Love this idea! I think it’s so messy having the bottles and pots of sauces so this is a great, neater dispenser idea! A must!

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4/ FOOOOD!

 

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Again a definite must! This is the one I’m most excited about!

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Loving this idea for the soft drinks. Why should the soft drinks be so boring when you can sproose them up like this! Amazing.

5/ DIY lighting.

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As well as the standard candles in jars I wanted to look at other ideas and found some really nice glow stick ideas. Loving the balloons!

I will definitely be taking some of these inspiring ideas for the party… I’ve already started collecting tins!

Take care,

Elisa Signature

 

Feature Friday ~ Fun with Fruit!

Hi all,

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We’re loving the summer weather over here in the UK! The sun, light and warmth really makes everyday so much better: I love it!

I love how it brings people outside and it get’s people socialising. We’ve been throwing a couple of barbeques lately which, in my opinion, is the best way to eat.

This summer seems to have bought the tropical out in people and I’ve been seeing some really great projects involving fruit! Pineapples, pears, watermelons and lemons have been filling the pages of the blogs I’ve been reading and I have to say it’s all great! I’m loving the vibrant colours and overall ‘freshness’ the projects evoke!

Here are some of our favourite fruit diys:

1// DIY Pineapple Pinata from Studio DIY

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This is a great tutorial with the added bonus of a great Ikea hack!

2// DIY Fruit welcome mats by The house that Lars Built

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We love these mats! What a cute way to greet your guests!

3// DIY Watermelon bowl from madame citrondiy-bol-pasteque-5

This is a brilliant diy! So easy to follow even though the site is in French and wouldn’t it make such a pretty gift?

4// DIY Strawberry Garland from studio diy

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Such a good idea to decorate for a summer party or BBQ! Loving the colours and the tutorial!

5// DIY Watermelon place settings and favors by ohhappyday

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6// DIY fruit slice umbrella by studio diy

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This is my personal favorite project. I love them and I want them.

Please take a look at these blogs and these projects and find inspiration in them! We hope you like them too.

Take care,

Elisa Signature

Feature Friday ~ Outdoor BBQ Decor

Hi all,

Victoria here for this week’s Feature Friday post. I’ve been longing for a summer BBQ this year and now that the school holidays have arrived here in Great Britain it’s time for teachers all over the country to let their hair down. So my theme this week is *drum roll please*, Do It Yourself outdoor party ideas. 

Once I’ve tided up the house, I plan to use these Feature Friday finds to make decorations for the BBQ this evening. Excited!

No 1// Washi Tape

Washi Tape has become an essential part of my craft kit. So many designs, so many possibilities. Here are a few ideas to help you decorate with washi tape. 

Use coordinating tape to decorate the straws and create simple coasters for your guests. 

How about some simple but super cute bunting?

Or you could even use it to reduce waste or washing up. Simple apply some tape to each glass or cup and guests simply write their name on it. Easy, colourful and reduces waste. 


No 2// Outdoor Lighting

When the sun starts to fade, the fire comes out. We love out fire pit and chiminea. However they don’t light the way in the dark. Light is always needed whether you’ve a small or large garden. 

Starting simple, you can always pop tea-light candles into jars. But come on, let’s make it a bit more decorative. How about these?

Simply tie fresh lavender or dried lavender around the jars using twine or string. 

Got floating candles? Fill the jar with water and add a variety of fruits and herbs, with the right combinations they can even be used as insect repellents. 

Finally why not use jars to hold your own DIY candles. These mason jars would look splendid in a variety of colours. 


No 3// Keep it cool

Guests never like a warm drink.Here are some decorative ways of helping your guests keep cool. 

Why not pick some edible flowers from the garden and freeze them in ice cubs. You could even add some fruit if your unsure of what is safe in your garden arrangements. 

Use frozen fruit to decorate cocktails. Simply place fruit on mini-skewers and freeze. Pop in your drinks for a sophisticated look. 


Finally use your garden equipment for decoration with a purpose. That old wheelbarrow can make the perfect drinks cooler. 

Hope you get plenty of opportunities this summer to enjoy your outdoor space with friends and family. 

Vx

 

Feature Friday ~ Fabric Printing

Hi all,

On my hunt around ETSY for the previous blog post (ESTY finds: pretty in pastel) I stumbled across some really nice items made from really lovely fabrics, for example:

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Which incidentally all fit into my obsession with Scandi Style!

Anyway I got really inspired and started to imagine designs for purses and bags but unfortunately in England we don’t have such an aery of geometric fabrics (if anyone knows of anywhere that would be brilliant)! So with these ideas spilling out of my head and no fabric to execute them with I decided to research different ways to print your own material!

So for today’s Feature Friday here are my top tutorial finds:

1// Potato printing –

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2// Stencil screenprinting:

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3// DIY your own stamp:

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4// Bleach printing:

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5// Fabric Painting:

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I’ve done some stamping before but not on fabric. Wish me luck and I hope you also feel inspired!

Take care,

E x

Feature Friday ~ Ombre!

Hi all,

This week I’ve been playing with pastels: it is everywhere from clothes to cakes so I thought I’d jump on the band wagon and join in. Here are a few snaps from this week!

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My pretty pastel thread that was on offer!

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Some new bracelets I’ve been working on this week using my pastel thread.

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Beautiful Ombre cake courtesy of Cocolicious in Cranbrook

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My DIY cork board.

I’ve also noticed a lot of people are using pastel colours to achieve some really, really nice ombre crafts so I thought it would be a perfect Feature Friday! Here are some of the great ideas and tutorials I’ve found:

1// DIY Ombre cement candle holders by Homey oh my.

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A really cool project with amazing results. I love these and I think they would make for a really great gift as well as a great feature in your own home. Such an easy tutorial; all you need are the right tools!

2// DIY Ombre Cloche by the crafted life.

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So, so simple! All you need is a spray can. The crafted life use this as way to display photo’s but I think it would great in a cluster, or hung from the ceiling, or even as a light fitting.

3// DIY Ombre pendant lamp by design love fest.

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Talking of light fittings these are so pretty. This would really take any plain light fitting and make it into a really nice feature with hardly any effort.

4// DIY Ombre lampshade by P.S – I made this.

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I love PS -I made this! She has gone ahead and made it even more simple by making this tutorial a video. I’m always looking for ideas to upgrade the decor in my home and this is a really effective way to make what might be a boring lampshade into something great.

5// DIY Ombre tights by Brit + Co.

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Ombre can be so versatility in that it can look great across a variety of mediums: decor, fashion and beauty! These tights are awesome!

6// DIY scallop Necklace by Craftaholics Anonymous.

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Love how pretty this is. You could make this in leather, plastic, and wood and it would look great.

7// Ombre nails.

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Will definitely be trying this one out… do you think it’ll work on my tiny nails?! I’ll probably end up just making one giant mess, but that’s the fun in trying these things out – sometimes great things come from the mess!

Have a great weekend all and take care.

E x