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??



My brother, mumma and me looking very blonde!


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.


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!


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:


  • 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!


Day 20: How do you usually express yourself?

31 Days of BPD

Through anything creative. I am a sucker for anything that can be made to look pretty. I love art. I love design. I love turning a blank piece of paper into something special, or a thrown out piece of rubbish into something gorgeous. I love how powerful words can be; how amazing a room can look. I love colour, I love black and white and I love gold. I love anything that hangs from the ceiling.

I love anything where you can visually express yourself.

art etc

It allows me to feel free and it allows me to feel like something good is coming out of all the negativity in my life. So often it’s all about feeling rubbish, but when I pick up a pencil or a paint brush, or look at an event space to design – everything comes together.

That’s the reason I thought about this year’s upcoming Mental Health Art Auction. There are so many people that suffer like myself, but that all have one thing in common – the creative flair that comes with the madness. So why not channel all that talent and goodness into something epic, that can raise lots of money and awareness.

If you’d like to take part, I’d be more than thankful and honoured to have you join the fight.


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?


Any craft ideas?



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!



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…

Got to love a lazy day! 

Photos of my creations will be up soon.

love lauren x

Calling all bloggers…

Hi there,

For those of you that have just stumbled across my blog by accident and don’t know me – I’m Lauren. I’m 23, I live in the UK and have Borderline Personality Disorder, Cyclothymia and severe anxiety. You can find out more about me here.

The one positive that comes out of all the pain I’ve suffered, is the creativity. My ability to create art and to design allows me a short time of freedom from my mind. It allows me to take a break from myself. Which is priceless.

But the things that I create are not.

I want to create a piece of art that encompasses how people really feel about mental health. The struggles and the positives. And then, I want to auction off this art and gives the proceeds to charity.


I want to gather as many bloggers as possible working together for this cause for one month later this year. The more bloggers that can come together, the more money and awareness that can be raised. This is what I will need:

  • For you to write a post about why you are apart of this cause. Do you suffer? Do you know someone else that does? Or do you just want to help because you’re an awesome person?
  • What does mental health mean to you? Sum it up in a few words.
  • A series of promotional posts for the art that will be auctioned.
  • Sharing your posts wherever possible. On social media, other blogs, charity pages etc.
  • Any suggestions/pieces of art from yourselves to make this project as big and brilliant as possible.

Every blogger that joins the fight will receive a members badge to feature on their blog showing the world that they were apart of this, and the satisfaction that you were involved in something massive. Your blog posts will also be shared throughout the month and everyone that takes part will be mentioned on my blog to spread awareness for your individual voices. 

Comment below if you’re in!

To Mumma, with love

Just a quick post today.

I had a really good Christmas and Boxing Day today with the family – I’ve been very spoilt as per usual. As mentioned before, my present to my mum was a painting for the kitchen. She redecorated around a year ago so she’s been wanting something to fill a blank wall since; as well as pestering me to paint something.

And as it’s now been Christmas, here you go – I can reveal it. My painting, with Swarovski crystals added (because if there’s one thing my mum can’t resist, it’s sparkle!)


Let me know what you think,

love lauren x

Day 13: Are you a perfectionist?

31 Days of BPD

perf100%. I like things to be perfect in everything that I do.

Perfectionism is completely individual though. It doesn’t mean you have to paint inside the lines – it just means that everything has to look as good – or as perfect – as it can.

I can become incredibly frustrated with people that don’t have the same mentality as me. Their writing is lazy and their presentation in everything is lazy.

If you’re going to do something, do it properly and do it to the best of your ability. And give yourself plenty of time because being a perfectionist inevitably takes longer.

But don’t be structured with it. Be creative and be daring. Do things that noones done before. Therefore, you can set your own standards for what perfect means.

love lauren x