[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

 [Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Two-tone felt Floral Crowns

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_Main-WEBLast month, I had signed up to Bethan and Michelle‘s springtime challenge where they encouraged bloggers around the world to join them in making floral crowns to officially mark the arrival of Spring. So, further to my post of my floral entry, I had promised to provide you guys with DIY tutorial on how to get the look. It really is simple to make and took me roughly 15 mins from start to finish! 

Here’s what you need:

  1. Crafting Felt
  2. Ribbons (these are courtesy of Jane Means Ribbons)
  3. Pen
  4. Scissors
  5. Circular Templates – I used a saucer and jam jar lid!
  6. Glue Gun

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INSTRUCTIONS:

[1.] Select two sheets of felt of your colour choice (preferably contrasting colours) and then trace round your circular template so that you are left with a guide to cut around.

[2.] Try and fit as many circles to avoid any wastage. If you are confident enough to do so, feel free to free hand draw these circles directly onto the felt sheets. I used two different sized templates so that the flowers vary in size ever so slightly.

[3.] Cut out all the circles of felt. Remember that two felt circles in contrasting/complimentary colours together make up one rose.

[4.] With each set of circles, start cutting about a centimetre in width, from the outside towards the centre…..in a spiral motion as seen here in the images.

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[5.] Now comes the slightly trickier bit but also the fun bit! :) Take the centre of the spiralled piece and tighly twist the felt around the centre so that it forms the shape of a flower bud. While you don’t have to be super neat with this stage, try and ensure that felt is still tightly wrapped around so to avoid it falling loose later. You may add bit of hot glue along the way to ensure it stays in place.

[6.] When you get to the end, add more glue to stick the ends down neatly. You will now see how the two colours add depth to the flowers.

[7.] Repeat this with all the cut circles to create all your flowers!

[8.] Next up, take some ribbon and roughly cut to size the amount you think you’ll need – make sure you have enough for it to cover right round your hear as well as allow for it to be tied up in a bow. I cut my green Jane Means stitched ribbon to roughly 1300mm (about 51 316 in) to accommodate all the flowers and allow for enough leeway for adjustment. Place the cut piece across your work surface and start glueing down your flower buds to the ribbon working from the centre out – this way, you are certain that the flowers are placed centrally on to your ribbon. The reverse side of the ribbon will look messy but don’t worry, you won’t see this at all!

[9.] You can even add a small dollop of glue between each flower for a more secure fixing however, don’t put too much as it will make the crown too stiff to bend around your head! Leave them to cool for a few minutes (making sure it’s not stuck to the work surface!!) and you now have yourself a funky felt flower crown!! :) MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_2-WEB

What do you think? Pretty easy right? And if I let you in on a secret…..the two tone-effect was completely unplanned! I was merely trying to speed up the cutting-out process by laying couple of sheets at time when I realised it actually works out to be quite effective by adding that extra bit of dimension to the flowers! So, through trial and error you never know what techniques you’ll come up with which is why these weekly DIY series of mine are her to encourage you all to just have a go with what you have and not worry about the limited resources!

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_7-WEBAnyway, I hope you enjoyed this and that inspires you to try this out yourselves. They’re perfect for all ages (even me!!) and ideal to make with the little ‘uns………By the way, don’t you just love my gorgeous little Goddaughter rocking my floral creation!!? :) So if you have a go, do remember to take some photos and share it with me on FB or Twitter with the hashtag #craftwithMolu.

Happy crafting lovelies! xxx

 

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

 

Sunshine in the City!

I don’t know about you but I thoroughly enjoyed my Bank Holiday weekend where I felt like I actually had time to do things aside from work and chores! Okay, so I did a bit in the evenings… nevertheless, I managed to find more time to do things I enjoy like exploring bits of London, checking out small independent galleries and weekend markets, doing a bit of craft work, finding time to socialise with friends (some new ones too! I finally met the lovely Michelle from Fox In The Attic over coffee…followed by vino) and most importantly….catching up on some ‘us‘ time with the hubby (seeing as we had been both working stupid late hours over the last couple of weeks – him more so than me that I barely saw him!) by going out for dinners, long walks and even cycling in the sunshine! This was the first time in a long while where I felt like I had a weekend….and more to the point…..a life! ;)

So here’es a peek into some of the things I did over the weekend. How did you spend your bank holiday weekend? xx

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[Sewing projects, Boozey lunches and strolls around Canary Wharf and the Thames]

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[Exploring Columbia Road Flower Market]

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[Cycling down the canals and ice-creams in Victoria Park (sore saddle bums the next day!) ]

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