Gifts for Him with Uncommon Goods

Morning! I hope you’re all keeping well and that your week is going oh-so nicely for you. Mine on the other hand, is a tad bit haphazard, mostly playing catch up after being away for a lovely long weekend in the green isle. We were away for a family wedding and to celebrate my Father-in-Law’s 60th birthday, which was all very delightful – pretty chuffed at how much he enjoyed himself.

And speaking of Fathers….we have Father’s Day coming up this weekend! Have y’all thought of anything nice to do or get? Well,  inspired by the occasion, I’ve teamed up Uncommon Goods, to review and feature some of their products that cater to the fellas, especially as I know how hard it can be to buy for men, let alone fathers! Uncommon Goods are an online marketplace who have sourced and curated their collection of handmade, organic products from designers around the globe; be it emerging artists, artisans from low-income countries or the experienced designer-maker…to bring together a community of creatives for you to engage with, each with a story to tell. If you fancy reading up more about the company and their overall ethos, hop on over here.

As for the products – I’ve categorised some of my favourites under the different type of ‘Dads’ in the hope that it will be of some use to you if you’re struggling to find something unique for that special man/men in you life! (or if you just want to treat yourselves, fellas!). Just click on the links at the end of each category to take you to the details of each product. There’s plenty more online so do have a good nosey on there!!


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Beard Pack // Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Bow Tie // Coffee Press


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Fire Escape Shelf // Boxcar Planter Set


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Personalized Mixtape Doormat  // Baseball Game // Beeropoly Wood


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Minimalist Teak Wall Shelf // Bedside Essentials Pocket // Wood and Ceramic Tumblers – Set of 2


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City Prints // Evolution of Bicycles Pop Chart // Hemingway Literary Poster // “Hi” Five Print 



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Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit Square // Home Microbrewing Kit with Rye IPA Recipe Pack


So there you have it; ‘Gifts for Him‘ curated by moi that would be perfect for the fellas whatever the occasion. You can check out the full Father’s Day gifts range here, along with other featured collections for groomsmen and baby showers here and here.

Happy Browsing folks! I’ll be back with more this week! xx

**This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for all things handmade**

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


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


[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**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


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

[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

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

[DIY Christmas] Advent calendar roundup

calendrier-avent-montagnes-1[Wall Hanging Advent Calendar by Le Plus Bel Age]

I’ve never really got into the whole advent calendar thing. The idea of popping little cardboard windows for measly pieces of chocolate didn’t quite appeal nor excite me, and I’ve always wondered what all the fuss was about. Okay, so perhaps the fact that I’m not really a chocolate person might be behind all that….who knows, but each to their own right? ;)

That being said, in the recent years, with alternative advent calendar ideas spreading across blogs and Pinterest, I must say it’s definitely got me changing my tune. Firstly, I LOVE how there’s no chocolate involved and secondly, I LOVE how different and creative the ideas are getting each year; from pretty garlands and geometric wall hangings to funky streetscapes and woodlands settings It really does bring a lot more fun to the festive season! So while I’ve yet to take on the annual tradition myself (I will jump on the wagon next year simply for its creativity!), I can’t help but admire all the crafty, handmade goodness that’s about these days which is why I’ve decided to share a few more of my favourites again (you can also check out last year’s post here). I know we’ve only a night left till we officially kick off the Christmas countdown but thought you’d like a wee nosey at these or fancy a last-minute make. I think they’re brilliant for adults and children alike!

DIY-Advent-in-A-Jar-by-Penelope-and-Pip-Finished-1[Alternative felt ball calendar by Poppytalk]

A subtle revelry 2[3D Paper Number Pinata by A Subtle Revelry]

adventskalender_wichtel_02[Paper cup Santas by Raumdindge **free printable templates**]

Rosehip-Advent-Calendar-9[Paper Bunting Calendar by RoseHip]
LD printable-advent-calendar-12[Wall Hanging Calendar by The Lovely Drawer **free printable templates** ]Activity-advent-calendar-Growing-Spaces[Oh-so-chic copper advent calendar by Growing Spaces]

What I love about the felt ball and the copper calendar ideas is the way they’ve both incorporated ‘activities’ or ‘acts of kindness’ in place of gifts and chocolates which I thought was a marvellous idea that really gets you in the festive spirit… than just stuffing your faces with treats – you’ll be doing that any way over the holidays! If you need more inspiration on these advent activities, hop on over to Mum In The Madhouse blog!

Well folks, enjoy your countdown to Christmas….I can’t believe December is here already!! xxx

Love is kind, love is patient; Happy Friday!

The paper flowers and hand-lettered piece I made for the ‘modern baroque’ shoot. And this is one of my favourite verses which was in fact read at our wedding….and one that I need constant reminding of! ;)

Happy Friday everyone!! Wherever you are, I sincerely hope it’s a good one and that you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Much love xx

[Image credit: ©Fiona Kelly Photgraphy]

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Easter Eggs with a touch of floral

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Easter-Eggs_MainMorning folks! How are you this beautiful Saturday morning? I hope you’re all enjoying your well-deserved relaxing long weekend so far. The weather has been amazing too which totally makes a difference! We’ve come over to the green isle to spend some family time over Easter and I can’t tell you how good it is to be away in the countryside soaking up every ounce of Springtime! he sun is out, the fields are green, the daffodils are out and we’ve even had the wee lambs skip and run across the fields this morning – so freaking adorable, it totally made my morning! :D

Anyway, I’ve got a little a little Easter DIY special today so that you all have something to try your hand at before Easter, tomorrow! I’ve basically conjured up a ‘decoupage’ technique but using scraps of fabric as oppose to decoupage paper (or any fine patterned paper) The results are just as good and seeing as I have stacks of vintage-inspired floral material kicking about, it just made sense to use them.

So here’s what you need:



  1. Eggs
  2. Scraps of fine-weight material (I used fine poly cotton)
  3. Fabric scissors
  4. Paintbrush
  5. Water-based glue (PVA)


INSTRUCTIONS: MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Easter-Eggs_1-WEB

  1. Empty the egg white and egg yolk using the ‘blowing-out’ technique so that you’re left with just the whole shell to decorate.
  2. If you don’t have white shelled eggs at home like me, then give the shells a quick white wash with either acrylic or emulsion paint. Put a skewer carefully through the egg so that you can paint the egg hands free.
  3. Set them aside to dry – this may take a couple of hours. If you can get hold of white shelled eggs then you can skip this part completely! But this is all depending on what colour material you’ll be using for this project. So if it’s white based material, then white eggs would obviously work better.
  4. Cut out the flowers from your chosen material
  5. Next up, apply some water-based PVA glue all over the egg, and then with a wet paintbrush spread it evenly and easily across. Dip the paintbrush in water if you need to if the glue seems thick.
  6. Take your cut-out fabric floral pieces and place them on the eggshell. Use the same paintbrush to brush the edges down. Apply more watered down glue across the material as this will give the whole egg a lovely glazed look when all dried.

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Easter-Eggs_3-WEB [Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

And there you have it – easy peasy project to give those eggs a touch of prettiness! :) I love how these have turned out, with a complete vintage-esque feel to them. Of course, you can use decoupage paper (any kind of fine patterned paper) or tissue paper if you haven’t got any fabric. Or even use washi tape! (it was only after I had done this, did I think of washi tape!) I love these decoupage ones done By Wilma and these ones using paper napkins by Martha Stewart Living.

So folks, I hope you have fun whatever technique or materials you choose to use but if you give this fabric-decoupaging one (as shown above) then let me know how you get on! I’d love to see your creations so if you would love to share it with me, post it on my Facebook page, Twitter or on IG but be sure to hash tag it with #craftwithmolu and #madebymolu just so I’m able to find them!

Enjoy your crafty Saturday and I wish you all a beautiful Easter!

Much love x x x



[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




[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… a spiral motion as seen here in the images.


[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]


[D.I.Y. Tutorial] A very eclectic Bib Necklace out of buttons!

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Button-bib-necklace-MAINIt’s Wednesday already!!!!! And that only means one thing…….. time for some DIY Tutorial loveliness from me!

Okay, so while this week may feel like a drag for some of you, I hope you find great delight knowing that it’s my ‘Craft with Molu time of the week! To break those monotonous mid-week blues, I’ve got this awesome ‘bib’ necklace for you to try, that’s if you’re into big show-stopping statement necklaces like me! :) I know this is another ‘necklace’ tutorial but this one’s much funkier than the last! I’ve always wanted to make one of these myself especially when I’m forced to steer away from them in shops because they’re either too expensive or too tacky. And when you have a surplus of buttons kicking about the house….well I think you know where this is going ;)

Righty ho folks, you will need the following materials:MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Button-bib-necklace-SUP

  1. Ribbon
  2. Crafting Felt
  3. Scissors
  4. Buttons – the assorted, the better!
  5. A template – of your desired shape and size for your ‘bib’
  6. Glue gun (or any adhesive that’s great with fabric….however, I won’t recommend Copydex unless you want a fishy smell to your necklace!)



  1. For the ‘bib’ part of the necklace, you first need to determine a template to which you can work with. You can either free-hand draw this or use something to trace around which is what I did by using another necklace I had. Now, you can pick something much simpler in shape and size. I personally liked the half-circle which I thought would work better with buttons. Anyway, use your template to draw out your ‘bibs’ in felt. You will need two of them.
  2. Cut neatly around the outline,
  3. The first felt piece will be the one that you will stick your buttons onto. The second piece will be the backing piece which will conceal all the mess (if any!) and reinforce the entire ‘bib’ once the buttons are stuck.
  4. Roughly start laying out your selection of buttons onto the felt piece just so that you get a feel for how the fit together. Do this in small sections; i.e. group a few together and once your pleased with, then stick them down. Also, if you’re quite the meticulous type then you may find this part taking slightly longer especially if you’d like to get them all sitting relatively neatly around the outer edges.
  5. Cover the backs of the buttons with glue before sticking them down. If you are using a glue gun just make sure you do this neatly as the glue tends to be quite stringy. You don’t want to have any signs of glue seeping around the edges or through the holes. And obviously, do be careful not to burn yourself either!MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Button-Bib-Neclace_2-WEB
  6. Although some of you may find arranging the assorted buttons together bit like a jigsaw puzzle, just remember not to let it take the fun out of this project. Be a little carefree if you have to! If there are any odd little areas, find a way to cleverly overlap them with another button or use smaller buttons to fill in the oddly shaped left-over gaps. Besides having it look too perfect loses the handmade charm….well, that’s what I tell myself! :)
  7. Pick out your choice of ribbon which will basically act as the ‘chains’ to your necklace. You can either pick something bold and colourful that compliments the colours of your buttons or be much more discreet and select one that is the same colour as the felt. You will need 35-40 cm in length for both ends (this allows you to tie it in a nice bow around your neck) so make sure you cut out two sets of the same length. This will include the bits that will be stuck to the back of the ‘bib’.
  8. Take roughly 4-5 cm (1.5″) of the ribbon and stick/fasten this with glue to the back of the ‘bib’. Do this on both ends.
  9. Take the second felt piece (i.e. your backing piece) and stick it neatly to the reverse side of the front piece. Press down on it gently to ensure the backing piece is firmly adhered. Try to keep them aligned so that you have a neat finish,
  10. And there you have it! You’re fun and eclectic bib necklace made out of assorted buttons is ready to be rocked with either casual or formal wear! Perhaps you could wear this out for your Valentine’s Day dinner? ;)

I must say, I had so much fun making this and delighted at how well it’s turned out so I really hope that you enjoy it just as much as I did! This literally took me about an hour to do so its a great project for those limited with spare time. Like I said before, you can downsize it a bit to suit your style/taste or even to make the task much easier. Either way, if you do give this a go, please do share your creations with me on my Facebook page just by posting your photo with the the hashtag #craftwithmolu.

Happy crafting folks!!! xx

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Button-Bib-Neclace_3 [Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Making felt swirl brooches

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Jan_1-webWell folks, as my new years resolution, I’ve told myself that I would be extra organised with my blogposts on here and to do so I will be scheduling weekly and monthly posts in the hope that they are easier to accomplish even when things get a little too manic on the work/life front. After doing quite a bit of festive crafting last year, I think it prompted me to raise the game a bit and start getting more done….especially when it’s the one thing that keeps me sane! So, my first 2014 mission is to provide you with weekly DIY inspiration in the form of tutorials and it will take place every Wednesdays as a kind of ‘mid-week refresher’ so that it gives us all the spur of creativity we need! The intention is that all of the tutorials are my own but if I do have that odd week were for whatever reason I am unable to deliver, then I will see that I find you inspiration from other fellow crafters I admire. Sounds like a plan…..or is it more a challenge? Hmm ;)

Anyhoo, these felt brooches are super easy to make and I started making them after finding some leftover scraps of felt from when I made the Notebook Sleeve as a Christmas gift for my father-in-law. Rather than chucking them away, I decided they could be turned into something…..and the results were far better than expected where you end up with some pretty nifty (and professional looking) brooches! So, here’s what you will need:


  • Crafting felt – you can buy these from any craft stores and even online
  • Scissors / Stanley knife – to cut out the strips of felt
  • Glue – any good crafting glue that works on fabric or better yet, glue gun for extra strength!
  • Brooch pins – preferably with a flat backing bit to it so that it stays on more rigidly.



  1. Cut out 1cm width strips of felt from your chosen colours and then roll each strip tightly into these little swirls. You can dictate how big you want them from how much of the felt you use up. I made an assorted bunch of sizes so when it came to making the smaller ones, I just cut the strip to my desired length. This can be done prior to rolling or while rolling. to secure the end of the strip, use any good craft glue for fabric or glue gun. I used the latter which gives a much sturdier finish.
  2. Once you’ve made up all the swirls, roughly place them next to each other to configure your desired pattern, or just play it by ear as you are gluing them together. Again, use the glue to fasten it all together in place – just be sure to do this part neatly as you wouldn’t want any strands of glue visible on the ‘good side’ i.e. the side that will be exposed. To ensure that the back of the felt swirls is nice and flat, use the worktop as guidance but obviously make sure you don’t leave it there for it to get stuck to the surface! The glue gun would be perfect here as it helps reinforce the joints a lot better and dries a lot quicker as long as you apply a thin coat without burning yourself! Leave it to cool and set for a couple of mins.
  3. Once your felt swirls have cooled and set, place it on another scrap piece of felt, slightly bigger than your design and with the ‘good side’ facing up. This will become your backing piece onto which the brooch clip will be fastened to and it acts as another piece of reinforcement! Try to use a subtle colour for this piece or one that was predominately used in your swirls so that it blends in and discreet – you don’t want it to distract from the main swirly pieces. Now, to get the exact shape to fit your design, trace around the design with any kind of pen (one that wont leak into the material)
  4. Then cut out the backing piece and stick it onto the reverse side of your felt swirls using your glue. Press down onto it gently but firmly so that the it sits flush with the edges of the swirls. Again, try to be neat when doing this so that you keep the brooch from any unwanted signs of dried glue because felt does show this and it doesn’t look pretty! Once dry, take the brooch pin (with the flat backing to it) and add a dollop of glue onto it before fastening it firmly onto the back of the felt piece. Do check that you are happy with the pin alignment before you fix it to the back i.e. its the right way round so that when you wear your brooch it sits correctly.

Et Voila! You have you’re very own bespoke brooch ready to wear! It took me about 20-30mins to make this brooch up and really pleased with how well it turned out for such a simple method so there’s nothing stopping you making your own little version. And what I love about this technique is that the designs are endless….you can create headpieces, pendants, earrings, and any kind of embellishment really. So go dig out some felt and try this DIY project out! And if you give it a go, then I would LOVE to see what you come up with so please do post a photo of your final piece on my Facebook Page and tagging it with #craftingwithmolu  – that way I can have a nosey and perhaps even pick out a favourite for a little surprise treat? Now if that aint an incentive to get you crafting then I don’t know what is! ;)

Happy crafting folks!!! And do remember to share your images!!! x x

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Jan_7-web  [Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]

[What’s On] This weekend: The Renegade Craft Fair, London 2013!


london-renegade-snowflake-finalOne more sleep till the Renegade Craft Fair here in LONDON! woo! :)

This will be my first ever visit! Having heard soooooo much about the Renegade Craft Fair (massively renowned in US, hosting events in several cities since 2003 and now on our shores holding their 3rd event in London!) I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to dropping by tomorrow afternoon to check out all the wonderfully talented designer-makers that will be showcased there. There will be a few friendly faces I hope to catch up with again (And Smile, The Fox In The Attic, Make Thrift London, Zeena Shah to name a few) and of course, meeting new ones too! :) I will also be on a mission, looking out for some potential Christmas gifts so let’s hope I don’t get into a coma from scouring through all the amazing handmade goodies! ;)

To learn about the Renegade Craft Fair or to find out more on all the autumn-winter events being held this year (see which one’s are near you!) and a list of makers for each city, then do have a look at their website. Once you’re on their homepage, simply click onto the hosting city that you’re interested in which you will find on the top of the screen. (as seen below)
renegade-craft-fair-websiteFor details on London, take a look here where you can also find a list of makers that will be showcasing this very weekend! renegade-craft-fair-website-2

So then…. if you’re in London and looking for something to do this weekend (9th and 10th of November) then pop along to the Old Truman Brewery, in Bricklane (East London). There’s going to be lots of makers, workshops and entertainment on both days……and it is free to enter! Seriously….how can you possibly not have this penciled into your diaries?! ;)

Oh and if you use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook be sure to follow all the creative antics using #renegadecraftfair and for when tagging your own images and posts too!

Have a lovely weekend folks whatever you chose to do!! x


[Image credit: The Renegade Craft Fair]