Bye wedding dress! Hello cushion!

So this July, mum and her husband have been married for three years. And for three whole years since, her wedding dress has been hanging on the curtain pole in her bedroom (because it won’t fit in her wardrobe!), collecting dust and getting in the way.

It was never going to be used again and I think in all honesty she just got tired of looking at it openly taking up so much of her bedroom. So last night, we decided to get creative and search the internet for creative ways to upcycle a wedding dress.

Unfortunately, Pinterest (for the first time ever!) didn’t help me out. There was an array of gorgeous Christening dresses that had been made, but we don’t have a baby – and anyone that knows me and my mother will know that we just do. Nobody’s got time to research and plan an upcycle!

So we swiftly gave up, grabbed an old cushion and a pair of scissors and there was no looking back! What we made I think looks really cool, keeps the integrity of the dress, is a lot more room saving and it makes a perfect addition to her bed.

What do you think??

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My brother, mumma and me looking very blonde!

lovelauren

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Love it or hate it, it’s Valentine’s Day on Saturday.

I’m excited because it’s my third one being spent with my boyfriend, Nathan who I adore – but before him I most definitely hated it. So I apologise if you’re one of those haters, but these ideas could also be adapted for birthday presents, Christmas presents or just as a general present because you’re feeling nice (so I’ll add some alternative ideas too!).

Oh, and they’re all cheap.

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Firstly, I’d like to take you back to a previous post of mine – 75 things I love about you.

20150108_130823-1This is by far the most mushy thing I’ve ever done for Nathan, but I love it and so did he. What’s great about this though as you could do it for your Mum, Dad, best friend – anyone and it’s a really fun thing to make.


Secondly, my chocolate bar message board. Now if you Pinterest this, you’ll get lots of different suggestions of messages that you can steal and adapt to make it more for you, but I decided to be brave and start mine from scratch.

I made it a little bit cheeky but sweet as well and had lots of fun trying to figure out chocolate bars that would fit into my sentences!

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All you need for this is:

  • The board to stick everything on (something sturdy works best – I used cardboard and painted it black)
  • Sharpies to write your message
  • Tape/Glue to stick the chocolate on
  • Chocolate!

These are also great for Mother’s/Father’s Day, birthdays, Anniversarys and really almost anything else!


Lastly (I got a bit carried away this year!), I decided to make a box of things to do. Now I don’t have a picture for this I’m afraid because I actually did this for our anniversary which was last week. But here’s what went into the box:

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  • Monopoly – His favourite game
  • Canvases/Paint/Brushes/Stickers – My favourite thing to do (Paint eachother a canvas!)
  • Beer
  • Popcorn

It was really cute and nice to do something that didn’t involve the TV! Obviously you could (and should!) do this other nights too though.


Hope you like some of these and try one of them out – they’re all so fun and easy to make. I think it’s nice getting something personal anyway!

lovelauren

75 things I love about you.

Now this is a cute idea for Valentine’s Day, but me and my boyfriend had an argument a couple of weeks ago (I snapped over nothing), and so I decided to give him this early as a quick reminder of how special he is to me.

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I compiled this list together of some of the things I love about him – some soppy, some not so soppy, some cheeky and some: I can’t even show you (I figured it would make him less likely to vomit if they weren’t all too lovey!). I then folded them all up and put them in a mason jar.

And do you know what, it turned out really cute and he was super happy with it.

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All you need is:

  • A mason jar or some other container
  • Paper
  • Sharpies in what ever colour you like
  • Scissors to cut out the 75 things/label
  • Glue to stick on the label (alternatively you could use a sticker)
  • Ribbon for embellishment (optional)

I then as a last minute idea also decided to add this tag which I quickly made from a piece of card, reading:
There are more than 75 things, but I couldn’t fit any more in the jar!

20150109_132509I think it looked so cool in the end and it barely took me any time, I only used things I already had so it cost me no money, and it couldn’t of found anything more personal to give him if I tried.

But the problem with being an eager-beaver is, now I have to think of something equally cute for Valentine’s Day…
(that’s not even taking into account that it’s also our two-year anniversary in February!)

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lovelauren

Ted always delivers… my crafts

20150108_205155So I’ve found a use for my massive Ted Baker box that my new handbag came in. I really didn’t want to throw it out because it’s so much card and it’s a beautiful purple and green that I really like, so I blogged about it the other day trying to find some inspiration!

Anyway, my arts and crafts stuff was in the smallest box and it’s been overflowing for quite some time, so I’ve decided to use my lovely Ted box to sort it all out. It’s going to be so much easier to find what I need now! Here’s a little sneak peek at what’s inside:

  • Glue gun set – Because there’s so many things to glue.
  • Mason jars – Because there’s so many things you can do with them!
  • Acrylic paints – My favourite style of paint for bright, impactful colours.
  • Watercolour paints – Gorgeous for softer-style paintings
  • Pencils – Every type for every type of sketch.
  • Ribbons – In lots of colours!
  • Paper – For each different type of paint.
  • Crayons – Because sometimes I like to pretend I’m a child.
  • Felt-Tip pens – Because sometimes I still like to pretend I’m a child.
  • Modge Podge – The best sealant for crafts.
  • Paint brushes –
  • Glue sticks – That I never use because the glue gun’s too much fun.
  • Crystals – Every girl loves sparkle.
  • Sequins – Because why not?!
  • Sharpies – Because they should be a staple in every single thing you should do.

What to make next?

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Any craft ideas?

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23 inches wide, 13 inches deep,  7 inches tall

So when my beautiful Ted Baker handbag arrived earlier, it came in this box which I love. The bright green and purple are absolutely gorgeous and it just kills me to throw it away. But here’s the thing – It’s massive. Like ridiculously huge. So I can’t just store it away in a cupboard waiting for something to do with it.

Therefore, I’m in desperate need for suggestions please, creative people of the blog-osphere! Things to put in it, things to make it into… what ever. I don’t mind keeping it exactly it is or cutting it up into little pieces. I just don’t want to throw it away because the colours are gorgeous.

Get your thinking hats on and let me know!

lovelauren

Hobbycraft.

Hobbycraft is literally my favourite place in the world. You find the need when you walk in there to buy things you never knew you wanted. Like sticky-back felt. And paper mache animals.

As I’m sure you’re all aware, anything creative or pretty – or anything that you can make yourself gets me excited.

Anyway, I have a few upcycling and DIY projects that I want to complete soon, so I’ve just purchased a lovely random mix of Hobbycraft goodies. I bet you’ll never guess what they’re for!

  • A glue gun kit
  • Gold, silver and bronze Sharpies
  • Some Modge Podge
  • A glass cube vase
  • Some gold lid mason jars
  • Some red satin ribbon

And best of all, because of the fabulous thing that is the internet, I purchased all of that whilst looking like this…

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Got to love a lazy day! 

Photos of my creations will be up soon.

love lauren x

Pinterest-ed Bedside Table

For those of you that know, I’m a student – and my new bedroom is in desperate need of a bedside table. 

Therefore, I ended up with this bargain from a charity shop which needed a bit of love to cover up some tea stains, but overall was perfect, and cost a tenner.

tableAnyone that knows me, knows that I love Pinterest more than – well, more than anything. It’s my source of inspiration for everything I do. It makes me want to make things and change things for the better, so I love checking it out everyday hoping for something to catch my eye. 

Therefore, I thought what better, than to transform my table with a mood board of my favourite Pinterest pins. Not one of these photos are mine, but I love them all and so staring at them everyday is definitely going to spark my imagination.

All it took was the photos, some PVA glue and an old paint brush, and I love the result! I made sure to only pick pins with a muted champagne/gold/beige colour scheme as these will best compliment my new room. But other than that, it’s a big mixture of events, lighting, interiors, food and all sorts! 

table 2Let me know what you think,

love lauren x