Bead Necklaces - Three Ways


I bought some geometric wooden beads off Etsy ages ago and I've finally gotten around to making something with them! I really love modern and fun jewellery and these necklaces are so easy peasy to make.

What you need

Wooden beads - I bought mine here
Acrylic paint
Clear varnish (nail varnish will do)
Paint brushes
Small bowl
Thread
PVA glue
Glitter

Marbled Beads

To make the marbled beads fill a bowl with water and carefully drop small amounts of acrylic paint onto the surface, use as many colours as you like but I suggest three. Stir all the colours gently together with a toothpick or the end of a paintbrush to achieve a marbled effect. Thread  each of the beads individually and dip them slowly into the water and lift back out. Hang them up until they are dry. Thread your beads using thread, silk or waxed twine.



Colour Block Beads

Paint each bead a different colour of your choice, as its nearly Summer I went for very bright colours. To archive a gem stone effect choice two similar paint colours and mask off the alternate sides of your beads. Paint the exposed sides with one colour and wait to dry. Mask off the other sides now and paint with the different colour. Thread the finished beads using thread, silk or waxed twine.



Glitter Beads

This gets messy! Mix equal parts glitter and PVA in a disposable cup or bowl and paint each side of your bead, you may need a few coats for a perfectly glitter covered bead. Thread your beads using thread, silk or waxed twine, this time I think that less in more with regards to the number of beads you have on your neckalce - one will do the trick!


Erie Basin

I have a thing for vintage jewellery, when I get married its going to have to be a 1920's / 30's ring or no dice. In all seriousness I think that is is a fantastic idea to buy vintage pieces, they have more soul, they usually come with a romantic or tragic story attached and if I'm being blunt - its a lot cheaper to buy vintage too.

Hence my excitement to have discovered the wonderful Brooklyn based jewellery store Erie Basin. Taken from their site.. "Erie Basin opened in 2006 and quickly became an international destination for its thoughtful and surprisingly modern selection of antique jewellery and furniture." Below are a selection of my favourite pieces.








The Best Floral Wallpapers

Perhaps its the fact that Summer is just around the corner but botanical wallpapers have really been catching my eye recently. I'm usually not much of a floral person but after discovering the beautiful Rifle Paper Co. collection for Hygge and West I was a changed woman. I've collected my favourite papers from around the web and hopefully if you're on the hunt for some florals you'll spot one here that you love. 









May Faves

Its May! This is the month where I start a lovely new day job and Summer truly begins. Here are a few inspiring design focussed images to ensure you'll be in the best of moods.



Nanushka

I recently discovered a wonderful women's wear brand called Nanushka. The label manages to blend casual pieces together with sharp tailoring to create looks that seem totally effortless and thrown together. My kind of vibe. Burnt orange hues, drapey blouses and kaleidoscopic accessories make for a very interesting S/S 2015 collection indeed. See my top picks below...









The Dales

Tonight I'm off to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District for a little holiday. I'm going to try and write a few blog posts whilst I'm there as I've had a request to write how to create origami clothes after posting this Instagram photo. Also, if you're interested, last year I wrote a pretty comprehensive guide on the Lakes and the Dales so please take a look if you're planning a trip.


Egg Decorating Ideas

I've collected my favourite Easter egg decoration ideas for you all. Perfect if you have some excited chocolate fuelled kiddies to entertain or you want your house to look festive for any guests arriving. I'm off for an Easter lunch and walk tomorrow with a bunch of friends so I may have to try all of these out and give them as wee Spring presents.




Let nature do the work. Apply egg white to the back of a leaf or sprig with a tiny paintbrush before dyeing to create natural silhouettes.


In my opinion, the only thing better than a monogrammed egg is a monogrammed egg coated with glitter. Use a glue pen and glitter or embossing powder to create this classic designs


Create gradient designs by using a wax-dipping technique. In this technique, wax is applied to the egg with a paint brush. The egg is then dipped in colored dyes. When the wax is melted off, it reveals all the colours beneath.


Masking means making a barrier on the egg so the dye can't get through. Do this with tape, lace, rubber bands, and other materials. When you remove them, you'll reveal the design.


Dip the sponge into watered-down acrylic paint, and dab the egg randomly. Start with light shades and layer on darker colours.

Images via Martha Stewart

New Housemate

Last Monday Simon and I welcomed a new addition to our small family. We have adopted a sweet Cavalier King Charles puppy! We've named him Max and he's seven months old. If I'm a little bit quieter than usual on the blogging and social media front its because we are either running around or cuddling this crazy little man.

Simon and I adore him and we can't believe that we are now proud puppy parents.


Kreafunk

Whilst browsing the internet searching for cool scandi brands ( self proclaimed Scandinavian obsessive over here ) I stumbled across Kreafunk, don't love the name but I love the products. Kreafunk are a tech brand that specialise in producing well made electronic products that blend seamlessly with our home life and interiors. I don't know about you but I need those headphones!




West Elm Leather Accessory Workshop


I wanted to let you know that on the 29th of March from 1:00pm- 2:30pm I will be hosting a leather accessories workshop at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road in London. Tickets are £25 and you will leave with a handmade leather keyring and a handy wallet, perfect for gifts or to treat yourself. There will be two styles of leather wallets to choose from.

I will teach you how to work with leather and metal hardware to leave with skills that will make it simple for you to make your own leather goods at home. A selection of high quality beautiful coloured leathers and faux leather will be provided so anyone can come along. This workshop requires no previous experience and any skill level can join in on the fun.

I hope to see some of you there! You can buy tickets here.