D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 2

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Hey folks! I hope you’re enjoying the…..ummmm….sunshine? Seriously, where has the sun disappeared off to this week….just when we were getting used to its warm sunny rays. Anyhooo, I hope this fun DIY will still bring a bit of summery cheer to all you folk in the UK

So, my second DIY for Laura Ashley‘s ‘Make & Do’ wedding series is now up on their blog. I’m showing you how to make this fun LOVE sign for your summer wedding; whether you want to jazz up your dessert table or use as a prop for your wedding photography….the choice is really yours. To be honest, you can make this for any occasion really especially if, like me, you have a thang for all things ice creams and popsicles!!

You’ll find the full tutorial here, where I’ve even given you guys templates to work with (so even less work!!). I hope you have fun with this one and I’ll be back for more in the coming summer months so do stay tuned! Oh and if you want to take a look at the last DIY on how to make floral place settings out of wallpaper, you’ll find more meets here. Enjoy lovelies!! xx

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**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 1

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I was beyond delighted when Laura Ashley asked if i’d be interested in contributing towards their fabulous ‘Make & Do’ series on their blog by introducing their first ever series of wedding DIY. tutorials…and in good Molu fashion I said “I do!” (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

The first of my wedding tutorials is on how to go about creating these pretty floral place settings out of their wallpaper (uh huh!) which I’m so excited to reveal that it’s now LIVE on their blog. So if you fancy making these, you can find the full tutorial over here. Oh and do stay tuned for more wedding DIY inspiration over the next few months and have a nosey at all the other fabulous crafty creations on there too by some other fab bloggers!

Have a wonderful week guys!!! I’ll be mid-air on my way to Washington DC when this post comes through so I will admit there won’t be a lot of action from me over the next 10days but I’ll def try and keep you posted on all the stateside shenanigans via Facebook, Twitter, etc….so come follow me there ;) xxx
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**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

D.I.Y. tutorial | Copper Candlestick holders

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-00What does a girl do when she has a lot of copper left over from shoots? Make them into candlestick holders, naturally! :)

So it’s been a while on the DIY front (sorry!) and this week I have a pretty cool project for you to try especially if you’re really into your copper as I am (I actually think I may have a problem…!) I had some copper wire left from the time of the two wedding shoots I worked on in the last couple of weeks and been toying with the idea of making a few cool accessories for the house. There were some nice candlestick holders that I had spotted in a couple of stores and even a few floating about online which I had initially looked into making for one of the shoots but then later scrapped because I never got round to testing the soldering gun. Anyway, with these ones…you need none of that but your hands and a couple of pliers! There’s no spray painting either being pure copper. It’s pretty simple and pretty darn effective to if I may say so! :)
MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-01What you’ll need:

  • Bare copper wire at least 4-5mm thick (I got mine from here),
  • heavy-duty wire cutters
  • pliers
  • long dinner candles
  • and perhaps a bit of muscle! :)

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Using the heavy-duty wire cutters, I roughly measured out and cut how much wire I needed to make the one candle holder. I made two and wanted them varied in height so the longest piece was roughly around 40cm and the second was about 30cm. MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-03

Now this next bit is where you need a bit of muscle ;) Using your hands try and shape the base of the candlestick holder into a nice loop shape. You want it wide enough for it to be stable and keep upright. I’d say, mind were about 10cm in width. And then you straighten out the ‘stalk’ part so its 90 degrees from the base. Don’t worry if you you don’t this part looking super straight….It’s all part of the handmade look, I say! Just sit it up on the table to see if it stands, and play/adjust accordingly to make it look somewhat straight and balanced! I’m not going to lie, there is a bit of trial and error playing a part here but it is all worth it in the end I promise you!MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-05For the top bit, where the candle would sit/be held…you need to create a smaller loop in which the base of the candle will sit in, and for this part you will need a couple of pliers to help mould the loop because with 4/5mm thick wire, it’s going to be a lot stiffer to shape. Mark about 7cm from the top, and with the use of your pliers, bend the wire almost 90 degrees at this point for you to then proceed with the gentle moulding of the loop.

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Use smaller pliers to forcefully bend the top part into a loop. You will find that the pliers leave scuff marks on the wire which you can file off later or you could put a bit of foam between the wire and the pliers to soften the indents you make. They’re all marks of your craftsmanship so I personally wouldn’t worry too much about it. Repeat the same thing with the second piece and you now have your very own handmade, organic copper wire candlestick holders! If you got the loop at the tip right your candles should fit nicely otherwise there may be a bit of twisting and perhaps the shaving off of some wax to get it sitting nicely ;) As long as it’s upright and stable…you’re good to go!MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-04

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It’s not perfect but I do love how they’ve turned out…..and the fact that I can even have them intertwined at the base was surprisingly unexpected! I am one very please copper addict! :)

Well, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this and let me know if you do give them a try someday as I’d love to see your creations or your own versions of them. If you do, please be sure to share them on any social media platform you use, and include the hashtag #craftwithMolu so I can easily find them. Enjoy the rest of the week and happy crafting/making! xxMbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-13

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Wedding Shoot 1 | For the love of copper

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As I mentioned before, I’ve got two big styled shoots coming up next week with only a week between the two so there’s been a lot of designing and physically making things (as I do!). I’m also kinda pushing the boat out with some of the designs as bespoke installations, decor and signage for events is an area I want to be focusing more on with the business, aside from stationery and the other graphic design work I do.

So yeah, I thought I’d share a little peek into some of the work in progress to date. There is a lot of copper involved. In fact, both shoots involve copper as one of the primary colours but both individually different it style and design approach. These are a few brush lettered pieces I’ve done for the first shoot, and I can’t tell you enough how much i LOVE using this copper paint. It’s so deep and rich….every brush stroke was incredibly satisfying!!

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Anyway, that’s really all for now. I’ve got a huge signage piece to work on over the weekend and a few bits and bobs which I’m sure you’ll see many sneak peeks of across other social media channels. I will apologise in advance for the copper overload (well, not really!) but it’s soo prettttyyyyy, you won’t blame me! ;)

Have a wonderful weekend folks and I’ll be back with more next week! xxx

[D.I.Y. FEATURE] Felt rose napkin rings

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Morning folks! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

If you missed it last week, I just wanted to let you know that I did another little DIY for the gorgeous B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle blog. This time, I’m showing you how to create some cute floral felt napkin rings that’s super fun and easy to do and will add a touch of springtime to your table setting. Not only is it perfect for the home but for weddings or any occasion! You can find the full tutorial HERE.

I do hope you like it. Happy crafting lovelies xx MbM_DIY-FEATURE_NAPKIN-RINGS-02

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**This is not a sponsored post but a collaboration with B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle. All words and opinions, including images, are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[Styling the Seasons] April, with {at}Mine

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I was pretty gutted I never got round to contributing for last month’s Styling the Seasons due to work commitments but with this month’s being a rather special one, I made sure I got organised early enough to go through the things I had planned. Plus I had quite a bit of left over flowers from my Easter post so it made sense to bring the blooms into this too.

Why is this month a special one, you ask? Well, as the title suggest, Katy of Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte of Lotts and Lots have another exciting collaboration and this time with {at}Mine (an online community for home and design lovers) who have come up with an exciting competition for us. There’s 13 Judges who will pick a winner EACH to attend an amazing spring floral workshop in London. All we need to do is style our surfaces at home, as we normally do, and show what this month means to us. And, fingers crossed, we might be lucky to win a place! Details on how to enter, are at the end of this post.MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_APR-05bSo what does April mean to me?

With Easter and the turning of seasons, this month for me is all about rebirth, new beginnings and hope. Everywhere around you, there are physical signs of change, fresh new start so to speak; flowers are blooming, trees are getting fuller, landscapes are getting greener, the days are getting longer, the sun shines a little brighter (when it does shine!), the air feels fresh and a lot milder, and everyone seems a lot friendly with that bit of spring in their step! ;) No matter how lousy a day you’re having, when you step out into the sunshine or simply admire the beauty that surrounds you, you automatically feel better and hopeful. It really is a beautiful time of the year!

I’ve also been doing a little bit of spring cleaning about the flat too, in particularly our bedroom, trying to declutter and reorganise things so it’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional. With spring in the air, I wanted to bring that freshness into the room, by introducing plants and blooms of flowers….something I don’t normally do because no matter how much I try, I can never seem to either keep them alive (they wither way too quickly for my liking!) or even arrange them nicely. But this year I’m determined to bring more life in the flat, and hopefully through plenty of practice, manage to prune and style them successfully….wishful thinking perhaps, so lets see!MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_APR-14MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_APR-15Anyway, for this month I kept it simple and took my bedside table area to style. To be honest, it’s not much of a table as they’re two 35L storage boxes stacked on top of each other. I absolutely hate having them as our bedside ‘tables’ but with storage space at a premium we’re kinda stuck with those. They’re not that bad but obviously would much rather have some mid-century pieces there instead. I’m constantly crushing over photos I see of other bloggers with the perfect side tables and decor but until I figure out a solution (which I am currently doing) I’m going to have to make do with them.

I must admit, since the crafternoon session at Liberty’s back last year, I’ve continued to bring an additional DIY element to the styling series, with this month’s being a little wall hanging for the bedroom. As I said, it’s not my favourite of areas in the flat so I wanted to pretty-fy it someway where I could wake up to something inspiring. And with my growing obsession for typography and lettering, I knew from the outset that I wanted to bring that to this corner of the room. And so, I decided to create a 3D cut out of the word ‘HOPE’ which I hand-lettered and hand-cut out of white foam board (thankfully, all those years  of model making comes in handy!). I’ve been toying with this idea for a while as part of a few ideas I have for a wedding styled shoot coming up in May, so it made sense to try it out for this project…and I must say I’m happy with how it’s turned out even if it’s not all super perfect.

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What do you think? I did think about spray painting it a light pastel pink but then with the pink flowers I had, I didn’t want a pink overload….which I doubt the Hubby would be too impressed with either! So this was a perfect balance of minimal elegance and springtime romance ;) It also meant that, I could combine all kinds of coloured flowers at a later date, being a blank canvas. Not spray painting it meant that it showed up some of the pencil ketch marks but I guess that adds the whole handmade appeal. I just used a bit of twine to hang it on the wall above the bedside ‘table’ using a bit of washi tape. The great thing about foam board is that it’s light and versatile so the fixtures don’t have to be permanent! Adding the little bunches of flowers to either ends was my least favourite part to this process, because flower arranging isn’t quite my forte no matter how I try, hence the reason for keeping it simple. Now you can see why I badly need to win a place on the workshop just so I can create LOTS of beautiful pretty floral arrangements for the blog!! :D

Anyway, I hope you like the overall result. I’m relatively pleased with it, for the simple fact that it has definitely spruced up, what has always been a crappy, dull corner of the room for quite some time. It’s also a refreshing piece of inspiration to be reminded of every morning I get up and every evening I go to bed. With HOPE, you know you can look forward to each day knowing better things will come your way. There is strength in hope.

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_APR-09MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_APR-19Now then, if you’d like join in on the Styling the Seasons fun, and particularly want to enter this little competition, then please follow these instructions:

1) Style any surface in your home to represent what April means to you

2) Post a shot of your styled surface on any social media or blog about it by April 15th

3) Use the hashtag #StylingSpringAtMine so we can see your entry

4) You need to be free to attend the workshop on the morning of April 29th in central London.

The competition entries will close of April 15th, but for those of you not entering you can of course continue to post your entries throughout the month – simply upload your images on any social networking platform and include the hashtag #stylingtheseasons. MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_APR-12

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HAPPY EASTER

MbM_HAPPY-EASTER-15_01Whether you’re celebrating the significance of Christ’s resurrection, embracing Springtime, or just tucking into your delightful collection of confectionery around the table with your family and friends, let’s all take some time out to reflect on the true meaning of hope and rebirth that comes at this time of the year. Everywhere around you there are signs of new life so let’s definitely embrace the goodness that our lives and this world brings us.

I took this opportunity to do it a bit of styling with some eggs and wild flowers – hope you like it! Anyway, I wish you all a joyous and restful Easter. xxx

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[D.I.Y. Valentine’s Special] Six fun projects for you to try!

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Not long to go before cupid’s flying about with his arrows!

Well, for all you love bugs out there with a real love for DIY, I’ve scoured the web for some cute, not-on-the-highstreet, handmade Valentine’s projects for you to try; from love notes to ‘breakfast in bed’ kits. These tutorials all include free printables so simply click on the links shown below the images and get crafting!

Enjoy enjoy enjoy! MWAH xx

[Styling the Seasons] January

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-main I can’t believe I’ve left this to the very last-minute with literally a day and a half left of this month but not much I could do with a busy start to the year… so I guess it’s better late than never! :) Well, January, is kind of like September for me;  you get another chance to start fresh with new goals, perspectives and projects, not to mention a newfound desire to get super organised, spruce up and de-clutter everything around you….I’m sure many of you will relate to this too!  However, this year is particularly new and huge one for me with all the recent changes that’s taken place in the last few months. If you remember this post of mine from back in November, you’ll know I wasn’t exactly in a good place with all the distress that came with ‘change’, ‘uncertainty’ and the inability to see clearly. The much-needed recuperation over Christmas holidays was just the thing I needed to pull myself together and….excuse my french…actually make s**t happen. MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-12One of the main things we decided to do (I say we, because, while this was predominantly for my benefit, this decision was for both myself and my husband, with his support of course!) was invest in a studio/work space. We had talked about this a few times before but with most studio spaces in East London being outrageously expensive I continued working from home. So little did we expect to find something actually affordable, just a few blocks from the flat! Granted, it’s not as fancy as the ones you find in Shoreditch or Hackney, nor do we have the entire place exclusively to ourselves but it does the job perfectly and the best bit is that I don’t have to worry about travel fares being so close to home! I honestly can’t tell you how much a difference it’s already made just having that designated place to go to and work. While it may not be as warm and cosy as our flat, or is a far cry from the all-white, industrial, Scandi-style studio I’ve dreamt of (more Wes Anderson-esque!), I’m just SO incredibly grateful to find somewhere I can call my own. It’s my little space I go to every morning where there isn’t a bed, couch or any housework in sight to distract me! It keeps work separate from home which has already proven to be beneficial to us both, and there’s other people to talk to as oppose to speaking to myself or the wall at home. ;) I’ve had a great productive start to the year in my new space, working flat-out on a couple of projects…..so all in all, it’s been the best move and I cannot thank my husband enough for that. Just need to get the work (and the money) rolling in now! :D
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So anyway, for this month’s Styling the Seasons it felt right to share my new workspace seeing as it symbolises a brand new start for me this year. I’ve still a bit to do, injecting my style and personality to the space but that’s something that will happen over time. Aside from our table tops (that were made by friends) the rest of the furniture were all Gumtree and eBay hauls to keep costs down. I then accessorised the space with bits and pieces I’ve bought, made and collected over the last year or two. The quote “she’s a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibilities everywhere” was something I knew from the start, I wanted to add to the space as it could not be a better description of me and my outlook in life. As you can see from the main image, I hand-painted the text onto some scrap MDF board I found at a local DIY store and whitewashed….and yep, it did take a lot of patience doing that but I loved every minute of it!! With my growing love for typography and hand-lettering, this is something I plan to do more of as part of my creative services and obviously wanted this piece to represent that.

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I love that the table is big enough to accommodate both digital and traditional work without having to pack up one or the other to make room….unless of course it a big piece which I’ll no doubt have to take over hubby’s desk or perhaps even use a bit of floor space. But the main things is all the work is happening in the one place and not in various corners of the room like I used to! And I don’t have to worry about making a mess, spilling ink or paint, etc which is soooooo liberating and helps get the creative juices flowing! I’m hoping over time, the wall space becomes a big mood board of various pieces of inspiration…..partly because I’m desperately trying to cover up the horrid green walls! Maybe if I’m there long enough I could suggest painting the walls white or a neutral colour of some sort…..it would make taking photographs a lot easier!! hmm, lets see! ;) MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-11 MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-15 So there you have it! I’m finally excited for the future and I there’s no denying how much this space has helped me feel like I can move forward. Let the adventures begin! ;) If you’d like to partake on the styling fun, all you have to do is style a surface area in your home or studio and post a photo or two on any social media or blogging platform you’re on. Simply add the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons (preferably even tag Katy and Charlotte) with your entries so that it’s easily found. You honestly don’t have to be a pro at styling or photography (as you can clearly see here) to join in. It’s just a great way to get you motivated, inspired and embrace each month. In fact, there’s some great tips from Charlotte here if you need a bit of a nudge. Happy styling folks and I hope you all have a fab weekend ahead! xxx

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-16 The two prints above pretty much sum up me and my new beginnings. The modern calligraphy card is by the lovely Imogen Owen who I took calligraphy classes with last year courtesy of Quill London and the ‘craft is in my blood‘ illustration is by my good friend and creative genius Viktorija of And Smile Studio.

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