This time of year isn’t the time for me to be starting new craft projects as I’m in full-on preparation mode for Christmas market season! However, I knew that a quick DIY for a painted concrete plant pot wouldn’t take me long at all. So when Annie Sloan got in touch to tell me about their new paint colour and project with Oxfam, I made some time to get creative and tend to my Pilea plant!
Watch my video below to find out more about their Seed Project and how you can get involved by using the new Lem Lem paint colour. The DIY is ridiculously simple, but hopefully you’ll enjoy watching paint dry 😉
Have you tried the Annie Sloan paints? I love them for small projects in the studio. Anyway it was just a quick one today, I’ll be back with some posts on interior inspiration and Christmas decorating soon.
Thanks for stopping by!
*This is not a sponsored post. I work with Annie Sloan on a gifting basis so received the paint free of charge.
If you have watched this video on my YouTube channel, you already know about my rainbow pen obsession. So when uni-ball got in touch to ask me to share their new uni-Posca Pastel Packs, I couldn’t resist. Each pack contains Pastel Posca PC-5M pens (the paint pens that write on a ton of surfaces) and uni-ball Signo Pastel Ink pens – the dreamiest of gel pens!
The signo gel pens have an amazing pigment – I love love love these pens and have used them constantly since they arrived. Posca paint pens are my go to for chalkboard writing and ceramics too.
Just look at these colours!
The first project I used the pens for was a Bullet Journal page. I like to have a section on each weekly spread to doodle something that happened that week. I had seen a double rainbow on my trip to the craft store this week, so the pens were the perfect colour palette.
Using the gel pens in my bullet journal has been great as they dry quickly and do not show through each page.
The next DIY was to decorate some pen and plant pots with the Posca paint pens. I went for a sprinkles pattern on this pot which is now holding all the pens too.
The paint pens dry pretty quickly too and you can build the colour by adding a second or third layer once dry.
I also decorated these two cacti plant pots with a striped design.
The final DIY was to make some labels for my craft storage drawers. The gel pens were perfect for this, so I used gift tags and two colours on each one.
These drawers are so deep I can fit tons in and now I know exactly what is in each one. I got them from Amazon from this seller if you’re interested.
The lovely people at uni-ball have provided a pack of the Posca and Signo pens for one UK reader, so you can try out some DIYs.Just enter on the widget below to be in with a chance of filling up your pen stash! And if you win, you have to tag me in a post so I can see how you are using them 🙂 please note that the giveaway is open to UK readers only (sorry!).
I’m going to start this post with by admitting that I don’t like gardening. It just doesn’t float my boat. Every time my Dad visits, he’s always asking me why I haven’t used the lawn mower he gave me, and checking if I have weeded the patio. After spending Father’s day in Dad’s garden relaxing with him, I realised that he has created the ultimate space for relaxation when he’s not working. He has a hammock, a beautifully painted blue fence, solar lighting and even a shed designed just for his cat with special beds and cosy interiors (now you know where I get my cat crazy from). So even the cats are relaxed in their household.
When AXA got in touch to ask me to join in their #GrandShedProject campaign with Grand Designs Live, I realised it was the perfect opportunity to transform this sorry looking patio into a space we can relax in after a hard day’s work. G is pretty stressed with his job lately and I am spending a lot of time on the computer, so I wanted to make the patio a haven for us to take time out in. And by gosh did it need a makeover. We started with a huge amount of weeds (sorry Dad), a second hand table and chairs and a chimnea which hid under a tarp and never saw the light of day. I decided a new dining/seating area was in order and that bold colours were the theme!
The table and chair set was from Homebase and I found these super bright tropical themed cushions in Wilko. I also picked up a cover to keep the dining area dry when not in use. Our trusty old chimnea has had a clean and is getting ready for some BBQs and cosy fire time of an evening. I can’t remember where we got it from, but it’s similar to this one. As we live by the river, bugs are inevitable. I purchased this large citronella candle from Wilko and a pineapple tea light holder from Flying Tiger, to carry on the tropical theme. The pink tray and drinking glasses are also from Tiger.
I’m the kind of person who believes that party decorations should be for every day use (have you seen my bike?!), so I added this paper ball garland from Tiger to the external wall for another pop of colour. The cushions were just £10 each. They are waterproof and specific for outdoor use. Just gives us a little extra comfort when sitting! I am not a big gardener at all (just about keeping a couple of house plants alive at the moment), but I figured a lavender shrub and some succulents will be enough for now. They will give the patio a bit more greenery and colour and hopefully the lavender will attract some bumble bees too. The plant guy at our local Homebase is so brilliant and always stops to offer me advice about how to care for the plants I buy. I trust him because his actual name is Basil (!) and he sells plants, and he’s been there for years and years. I kept a peace lily alive for almost 5 years because of his advice. The chimnea accessories come by way of these easy logs. We love them because all you need to do is light the paper and the wood inside will keep a fire going for a couple of hours. Marshmallow toasting here we come!
The beautiful Denton Check Duck Egg Throw is from Laura Ashley. It’s huge and so cosy, perfect for cooler evenings when we want to stay in the garden.
My favourite part of the entire patio makeover is this epic hammock! Ever since I spent the afternoon in my Dad’s garden hammock, I knew it was something we needed for our well being – I felt SO chilled just laying in it. This one can hold two people up to 450lbs. I fear that no evening will ever be productive again and that I might fall asleep on my lunch break if I use it then.
I decided to add some solar lights to the adjacent wall to create a cosy and relaxed vibe for this side of the patio.
Patio makeover costs (for those of you interested!)
I’m not going to lie, I have way too many creative supplies in the studio. I’m thinking about having a big Instagram sale again to destash. One of the supplies I have a lot of is yarn! So I decided to make a DIY Tassel Wall Hanging from some really lovely merino wool that I had left over from a knitted hat project.
This is a super easy project and you can do it with any yarn or rope material. Find the full DIY on the Homedit blog here. It definitely got me thinking about how I can create projects to use up the rest of my supplies!
What have you been creating lately? I’d love to see your projects.
Guys. I can’t believe I’m typing this but, I KEPT A PLANT ALIVE! And it’s thriving. So I decided to make this DIY Copper Foil Planter so that my one plant to survive can feel special and sparkly. And because I wanted to use copper foil in a project OK?!
A friend gave me a Pilea plant for Christmas too so I’m making this corner of my studio into a little indoor garden. It gets plenty of light but not direct sun so I hope to keep it from dying.
You can find the full tutorial for this planter (which was once terracotta!) on the Homedit site here. They share a ton of inspiration for DIY projects and interiors.
I hope you’ve all had a good week and have some fun plans ahead for the weekend. I’m off to a water colour class!