Friday, July 11, 2014

Waiting for baby...

So my due date has been and gone... It was only yesterday, but I'm already feeling very impatient! I'm struggling to get around at the minute as my bump is so heavy so feeling a little bit housebound! Fingers crossed that baby will come along in the next few days!

One thing I've been doing to pass the time is working on a new website for Patchwork Harmony and the blog. As you may have seen I accidentally deleted loads of my blog images recently, so I've made the decision to make a fresh start with the blog. I'm planning to add some of my archival posts but not all. 

With this in mind and our new arrival imminent, I think I'm going to leave you with this as my last post on this blog, and introduce the brand new blog once things have settled down here and I'm back to blogging! 

As I'm clearly baby on the brain at the moment I've spent a lot of time browsing the internet for gorgeous baby things and pinning them to my baby Pinterest board.. I can't tell you how hard it is not to go mad online shopping when you are sitting at home with not much to do! :) 

If you are interested and want to keep updated on the news on the new arrival, then follow me over on Instagram as I imagine that's where I will announce the news first! ;)

my baby wishlist
Coral Koskshi Doll, Sketch Inc, £20 / Bib, Bibaloo, £4.97 / Sleeping bag, The Kid Who, £50 / Crochet rattle, Molly Meg, £20 / Embroidered Dress, Zara, £9.99 / Stripe cloud cushion, Molly Meg, £60 / Noodoll, Molly Meg, £17.50 / Cloud cushion, Kokokoshop/Etsy, £32.93 / Salmon pink blanket, Molly Meg, £59 / Printed dress, Zara, £9.99

Lots of Love,
Caroline xx

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY: Cardboard mobile decoration

School holidays are just around the corner, so I'm sure lots of you are thinking about activities to amuse the kids with! This little hanging mobile decoration is simple and can be made with materials you've got lying around the house... the kids can customise it to their tastes, and will have a cute decoration for their bedroom at the end!

Check out the full tutorial I created over on the AO at Home blog...

DIY crafts for kids: hanging mobile decoration using cardboard
DIY crafts for kids: hanging mobile decoration using cardboard
 xxx


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bare plaster walls

When we were renovating our new open plan kitchen/dining area, we ended up with a few areas of bare plaster where lining paper had got pulled off by the builders which stayed like that for a while as we worked our way round the room decorating it. Weirdly both hubby and I commented on the fact we kinda liked it, although at the same time knowing that it didn't really suit the house and the fact it was only the lower part of the wall did look a little odd. When I posted a pic of it on Instagram saying that we were about to panel over it, I was surprised at the number of comments saying to keep it as it was! Perhaps it looked better on a small phone screen on Instagram, below is the pic...

Exposing plaster walls
While this rough, pared back look is nothing new - I remember posted about the Rough Luxe trend back in 2012 - I think that maybe it's becoming a bit more commonplace. Chances are that you'd get some comedic house guests enquiring as to whether you are in the middle of decorating, but in general as long as it's done well I think more and more people can see the beauty in this natural look...

bare plaster walls in bedroom with copper accents / 91 Magazine
photo by Freya Dowson
The shot above was from a recent shoot for 91 Magazine. The stylist Catherine Sprunt has bare plaster walls in her bedroom which I think looks really great, especially when contrasted with metallic details such as copper.

bare plaster walls - Sandra Juto's living room

bare plaster walls - Sandra Juto's living room

One of my favourite examples of a bare wall is that of designer Sandra Juto in her Berlin home. It creates such a simple, but textured backdrop for all her pieces of art and other quirky objects.

The bedroom below has went one step further and left some peeling wallpaper on the wall, and I love how they've tied the colours into the luxurious bedspread. I think that's what makes the bare plaster wall work - the contrast it creates against smoother, sleeker or shinier textures.

bare plaster walls, peeling wallpaper in bedroom
pic source

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Design Sponge

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Light Locations

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Design Sponge

What do you think? Could you do this look? I was too chicken and we've panelled over ours (I will share some 'after' pics soon) although I think if we had have been brave it would have been more work, as I think it would have looked best to have the entire wall exposed... I'd love to hear what you think!

xxx

Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY: Pom pom magnets

Pom pom making can be seriously addictive, so it's lucky there's so many things you can do with them - decorate gifts with them, make a garland, trim a blanket or cushion with them, even add them to a pair of slippers! This week I decided to give my new fridge a little pom pom love with some cute little magnets...

DIY project to make pom pom magnets, displayed on my Smeg fridge!


DIY project to make pom pom magnets, displayed on my Smeg fridge!

DIY project to make pom pom magnets, displayed on my Smeg fridge!

I think they look really sweet, and give a little bit of tactility to area which is mainly hard edges and surfaces. They are SO simple to make as well, you can follow my tutorial over on the AO at Home blog.

Let me know if you give them a go! ;)

xxx

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The nursery makeover

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen a few little sneak peeks into our baby's nursery already, but as it is finally finished and all ready for our new arrival, due in a couple of weeks time (!), I thought I'd share some photos of the whole room.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
The room had been my office before, stuffed full of craft supplies, books, props, paperwork etc, so I've really had to downsize on that front and in fact the cupboard on the right hand side is actually being used to store a lot of that stuff. The wallpapered wall on the left used to be covered by a bank of ikea shelving that were there when we moved in. Hiding behind the shelves was a botch job of a partition wall, so we had this rebuilt when we had the builders in recently. Apart from that, in terms of decorating, all we've done is paint the walls and ceiling white, wallpapered and repainted the floor.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
I'm so pleased with the wallpaper by Ferm Living, which I ordered via This Modern Life. It is perfect for growing with our little one, as it's not babyish, but still a lovely nursery pattern. The cot is from John Lewis, please excuse the plastic covering on the mattress! The baby will sleep in our room for the first few months, so I've left that on there for now!

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

I bought the 'Whale in Paris' print from one of my fave shops, The Hambledon, on a recent trip to Winchester, and the honeycomb decorations are from Ikea. The fox cushion is by Sweet Reverie available at Society 6, and the little striped cushion was a lovely gift from a new brand based in Barcelona called Mint Banana.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
This lovely knitted blanket was handmade by my mum (thanks mum!), and the spotty one came from Gap.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
These drawers were a fab eBay find. The little pink turtle was handmade by Ooh La Lapin and the gorgeous moccasins are by Monkey and Mole. The toadstool lamp came from Bimbily - it's the only place I've seen stocking the gold version of this, so I was really pleased to find it.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
The curtains are a simple set of grey linen ones from Ikea, but I've customised them with a little bit of pink pom pom trim, which was so simple to do and I think really adds something to the curtains.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
I've blogged about the little cupboard before which I bought from the fab Goose Home and Garden. The huge pink honeycomb ball was another Ikea purchase, and the ice cream one is from The Hambledon. The 'My Daily Melody' print is by Audrey Jeanne, which I bought online from Tea and Kate.

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
I've had these little shelves for a while, I bought them in a charity shop for £5 and have just repainted them. The 'little girl' postcard and the elephant also came from Tea and Kate - I love how the elephant's pom poms match my curtains! The Polish wooden dolly was picked up at The Vintage and Handmade Fair which i visited a while back. 

I blogged about artwork for the nursery a while back so you might recognise some of these prints. The seal is from Isa Form, the elephant on the bike is by Ez Pudewa and the other elephant is by Seventy Tree. I've managed to frame all the artwork relatively cheaply, with a mix of Ikea frames for the standard sized prints and then some custom made frames by eFrame - which is a fab online resource, where you can enter in the exact dimensions of your print, what type of frame you want, whether you need a mount etc, and they are delivered to your door. I'm always really pleased with them and think they are affordable considering they are custom made. 

Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery



Patchwork Harmony: Our baby's nursery
The very last thing we added to the room was this light from John Lewis. It is made from plaster and punched with lots of tiny holes, so gives off a really soft light which is perfect for the nursery. Again, I like how it's not childish and will last for years to come in the room.

So there you go! The finished room! I've tried to keep it quite simple as it's a small room, but I'm sure it won't be long before it is filled with lots of baby paraphernalia, so it's nice to have a record of how it looks before the chaos takes hold! ;)

Just one more tiny thing to be added in a few weeks time! I'll be sure to give you an update when our little one makes her appearance!

xxx

Friday, June 20, 2014

10% off Calligraphy workshop

When I was planning my wedding, I really wanted to teach myself calligraphy so that I could handwrite my place names etc. I bought a little kit and tried learning from a book, but I couldn't believe how tricky it was, and got pretty frustrated, until I eventually gave up!

If it's something you've always fancied having a go at yourself then I would suggest taking a class in it rather than trying my method! If you are based in London, then I have just the thing! The lovely Quill London are hosting a modern calligraphy workshop on Saturday 19th July at the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker pub near Angel (see pic below, looks lovely) The Class costs £36 but Quill is offering Patchwork Harmony readers 10% off using the code PATCH10 when you book. The price includes an essential calligraphy kit which you can take away with you, plus a light afternoon tea. Sounds like a perfect afternoon out to me!

If you fancy it, you can BOOK HERE.

calligraphy workshop by Quill London
The Blacksmith and Toffeemaker pub, London

calligraphy workshop by Quill London

calligraphy workshop by Quill London
Ooh! and while you are in the Islington area, you should check out the brand new Cafe Smug. It's a new venture by the owner of Smug, the shop, situated in Camden Passage, one of my favourite streets in London. Beautifully styled with vintage furniture, enamelware and colourful ceramics, it will definitely get your creative juices flowing before heading to the calligraphy class! Just don't get distracted by all those lovely shops down Camden Passage! :) 

Cafe Smug, Camden Passage, Islington

Cafe Smug, Camden Passage, Islington

I'd love to be able to pop along to the class myself but I think I'm going to be pretty busy with the baby (arrival imminent!) but I'd love to hear if anyone goes along and how you got on! 

xxx

Saturday, June 14, 2014

DIY: Paper fans

Well, what a beautiful week of weather we've had in the UK this week, a mini heatwave some would say! The weekend looks set to be nice too, so if you've got some outdoor excursions planned then here is a great little DIY project for you to keep yourself cool in the heat. Oh and did you know it is National Picnic Week next week?! Pack your basket with some food and these paper fans and you'll be all set! ;)

DIY craft tutorial: Paper fans
DIY craft tutorial: Paper fans


DIY craft tutorial: Paper fans

You'll find my full tutorial and a template for making these on the AO at Home blog.

xxx
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