Black and White Calendar Wrapping Paper

November 18, 2014

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Last Christmas, I started the tradition of wrapping gifts in Stendig Calendar paper. I love black and white as a colour scheme and I had a November sheet kicking around, so I gave it a go and really liked the look. Unfortunately, I only had one sheet to play with, so I couldn’t get contrast of the black and white sheets under my (tiny) tree. From January of this year, I started saving up my Stendig sheets as I tore them off, and now I’ll have 11 sheets for wrapping. This year I’m going to pair my paper with brown string! It’s is a lovely way to get a little more out of the calendars.

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Linda & Harriet must have had a similar idea because they’ve design a large calendar with that dual purpose in mind! This is the 2015 Gift Wrap Calendar– it’s perfect to store up your sheets year-round and use for birthdays or Christmas. It has very sweet patterns with a little calendar on each month. I prefer the Stendig as a calendar, but this is a really beautiful alternative– either one makes lovely wrapping paper.

Sometimes you fail…

November 12, 2014

Sometimes dear readers, you fail, and that’s okay. I made a plan to do some DIY posts this week, and when I did them over the weekend, they were ugly. Did it take me a couple of hours? Yep. Did I waste about £30? *shudders* Yep. Failing is just a fact of life.

When I’ve done job interviews, they sometimes ask what your biggest professional failure has been, and I always struggle to answer. Not because I think I’m perfect, but because typically, I don’t look at life in that way. As corny as it sounds, I see each “failure” as a learning opportunity. You only fail when you give up at something, but if you learn and make adjustments, its more of a process than a failure.

Here’s a little reality for you to make you feel better on a Wednesday:

– Sometimes I do hideous DIY projects that waste money and never make the blog.
– Since my shop has opened, I’ve made only 2 sales. TWO! (Though I’m super pleased about them.)
– Sometimes I walk out of meetings with important people and realise that half of my lipstick is gone and I have a weird ring of colour on my lips. You know, like, all lip liner and no lipstick.
– Sometimes I completely lose my temper before I’m able to catch myself.
– I’m not nearly as tidy as I should be, and I think my husband would agree.
– I stress over things way too much.
– I do/want too many things and don’t focus enough on what I’m already working on.

Sometimes (and frequently) I fail… and that’s OKAY.

Paint by Numbers for Your Art

November 7, 2014

Guys, I need to talk to you, and I’m not even joking. I ran across the top image and stopped in my tracks because it’s basically amazing. Don’t hold me to it, but I am pretty sure that at least some of the paintings in that photo are paint-by-number paintings. It has all of the tell-tale signs– kitsch content, a small colour range, and bold blocks of colour. I haven’t done one of these since I was about 10 years old, but now I’m obsessed with finding and doing one for my gallery wall!

All of these thoughts occurred within a two minute span, causing me to look around for some good paint-by-number kits and examples of them in homes. Pickings for good kits are slim. It looks like some of the best designs are vintage, and there are some beautiful pre-painted examples on Etsy for cheap! I haven’t found any vintage designs that aren’t already painted, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

This is a really affordable and fun way to build up a gallery wall or add colour to a room. I’ve seen kits range from £4-50 depending on size. Obviously, you have to choose carefully so you don’t go overboard on the kitsch, but this is a great project for anyone, even if you aren’t artistically inclined.

I think I’ve settled on a design to paint first, so I’ll share it if I go ahead and purchase. I’m keeping a blogging schedule of Monday/Wednesday/Friday right now, so if you ever want to see what I’m up to on off days, follow me on Instagram! Sometimes things make it there before they hit the blog.

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The Moroc Stool: Finished!

November 5, 2014

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The stool project that I mentioned last week has come to a happy conclusion. It’s very tricky to photograph, so I hope you’re getting a good idea of the colour. The original guiding light for the stool was the triangular shape of the top and bottom, but the crowning glory is the ultraviolet shade of blue.

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted the stool to be a flat-packable design, and it is! It’s also very light. It’s so light, I could pick it up with one hand and chuck it across the room, but of course I wouldn’t because I love it too much. The triangular top is an unusual shape for a stool, and when I settled on that idea, it only made since that Moroc should be a tripod joined together with stabilising bars in a triangular shape. I didn’t want the stool to come across sharp, so I asked my lovely furniture builder to round off edges where possible. Without his knowledge, there’s no way this could have come together so well, and he did a very good job of interpreting my unclear design requests. (I ended a few emails with “I’m not sure I just made any sense.”)

My husband and I are super chuffed with the result, and I’m feeling brave enough to try more projects like it. I have an idea kicking around for a door wedge that I’d like to sell in the shop, so we’ll see!

New Stationery for Under £5

November 3, 2014

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I ran across some stationery recently that was so adorable, I had to find out where it came from and how to buy more. It turns out that the company is based in the US, so I’ve bought in some stock for the shop so you can fall in love with it as well.

I’m constantly writing things down or drawing pictures to illustrate a point, but when I’m on the move, that tends to happen on some random scrap of paper in my purse. I’d love to carry a giant notepad around with me, but I’m already busy carrying around giant books or a giant wallet, or giant piles of crap I should throw away, so I never bought one. These are about the size of the palm of my hand and are perfect for me to carry around. They work well for jotting down notes at your desk as well, of course.

What makes these cute is that they say cheeky little messages. On the cover, one reads “STUFF TO DO (if I feel like it)” and the other says “NOTE TO SELF (that means you)“. Then inside they have tick boxes with sassy options for how to organise your note like “burn”, “laminate”, etc. I also got in a full-sized notepad that looks adorably retro. It has options at the top of each page to specify “whatever”, “whoever”, and “wherever” you’re writing about. Why not smile a little while you take down your notes?!

If there’s any one thing my shop and blog is about, it’s having good design in your life at a price you can actually afford. I’ll never put anything in my shop that I wouldn’t actually use myself. These are super handy and super cute, and the best part is that they’re only £4.95. Win-win-win.

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