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**

Styling the Seasons | June


Gosh, it feels like ages since I last participated in the Styling the Seasons monthly challenge even if i did technically only missed last month’s….and nearly this month too due to work commitments. So here’s my very last-minute June entry.

So, June normally means the start of summer to me, which includes picnics, peonies, strawberries, summer frocks, sandals, Wimbledon, Pimms n’ lemonade, ice cream, ice lollies, iced tea…well, you get the gist! Sadly, I didn’t really get much time to style all those summer elements into this month’s post but instead, having added a new little surfaces to the lounge area recently, I thought it would have to do as I didn’t want to miss another month. Sorry! But hey, I guess it means I’ll do all the summery prettiness for next month! :DMbM_STYLING-THE-SEASONS_Jun1502

Between the two of us, there’s an abundance of architectural and design books and magazines, so much so we’re struggling to find places to store them nicely (our shelves, window sills and bedside cabinets are their limits now) so I decided to bring the Frosta Ikea stool from the bedroom and out beside the couch to house some of the overflowing magazines. I’d much rather have the Alvar Alto Artec stool I’ve always dreamed of but for now, this little stool does the job perfectly.

I stacked magazines both under the stool and on top, placing a couple of my favourite succulents that I repotted in some DIY concrete planters. The planters were made for a recent shoot I directed but I’ll share more about that later…. in the form of a DIY tutorial!! (stay tuned for that!!) Don’t they look the part though? Perfectly architectural/industrial in all its concrete glory which I thought was apt pairing it with all the architectural/design magazines. And it does go nicely with all the greens and yellow hues we have in our rather neutral lounge.

Well, that’s it really. Not the most summery but it’s definitely a new styled surface!

So if you’d like to join in on the fun every month, all you have to do is style a surface area in your home (or workspace) 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 all you Londoners are enjoying this cracking sunny weather we’re having this week!!! Enjoy! xxMbM_STYLING-THE-SEASONS_Jun1510

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**

[Summer Giveaway]: Here’s to many more days of sunshine!

summer-giveaway_main-image-(web)IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!! :)

I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for sometime and thought this glorious summer weather we’re having right now couldn’t be a better excuse for one. So to celebrate the summer and as a little ‘thank you’ to all my followers on both Twitter and Facebook I am giving away this bundle of screen-printed creations by moi; the first is a t-shirt bearing my ‘You & Me‘ design and the second is my ‘Shoe-a-holic‘ tote bag. These are limited editions (there’s only two of each that exist!) and seeing as we have weather to lounge about outdoors to soak up the sunshine, this t-shirt (UK size 10) and tote bag would be perfect! So folks – all you need to do to enter is  follow these THREE simple instructions below:

  1. Share this giveaway weblink on your Facebook and/or Twitter page with a brief description of the giveaway.
  2. To increase your chance of winning, ‘Like‘ and ‘follow‘ my Facebook and Twiter pages (if you don’t already!)
  3. Come back to this blog-post and leave a comment below to let me know you’ve shared it and that you are ‘following’ me.

DSC_3797-web DSC_3807-webDSC_3803-webThe competition is open till Monday the 29th of July and is applicable to International readers too. The winner will be drawn at random and I’ll announce the name of that one lucky chappy on the blog on Thursday 1st of August! So, go share away and spread the word for your chance to get your hands on these two personal favourites of mine! Good luck!!! :)


[From the Kitchen] Strawberry Summer Cake

I bought myself an electric powered 3-in-1 mixer (with beaters, dough hooks and a balloon whisk) by Andrew James to make cake-making a tad bit easier and quicker. So to put my new gadget to test I decided to whip up a simple cake…..and I opted to do something summery seeing as the weather here has been pretty atrocious with sleet, snow and gale wind all in the one week! I found simple strawberry cake courtesy of Martha Stewart Living which was perfect since I had heaps of strawberries in the fridge. Oh and the smell that floods the kitchen while the strawberries cook with the sugar…..it’s like being out on a strawberry field on a hot summer’s day!! Simply divine!! ;) Anyway….here’s the recipe, where I’ve tweaked/added some text in accordance to what I did, for instance, I used a shallow 12×12″ square cake tin instead of a pie plate. But more to the point……I was pretty pleased with my electric mixer! The texture of the sponge was a lot more smooth, fluffy and consistent in comparison to when I whisk/beat by hand. So, here’s to more baked delights!!

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  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate (I used a 12×12″ square cake tin). Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
  2. Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer the batter to buttered pie plate (or cake tin). Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
  4. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 160 C (325 F)  degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 50 mins to an hour. Use Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack. Cut into wedges, dust some icing sugar over it and hey presto! So simple and SO scrumptious!!! The cake can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered, up to 2 days.

ENJOY!!! xx