Tuesday, 30 April 2013

I Love My Personal Planner!

A little while ago I won a giveaway on Things You Remember (hooray - thanks Dilan!) and got to design my very own diary from Personal Planner. Now I have always been a loyal Dodo Pad girl, but who says you only need one planner in your life? My Personal Planner arrived a couple of weeks ago and I have been using it as a blog scheduler ever since - I'm loving it! 

Designing the planner online was really easy, and it was fun to be able to choose from lots of options for both the inside and outside! I love that I could upload my own design for the front - definitely the biggest plus. Also, I could choose which month I wanted it to start from, so it doesn't matter what time of year you order - great for me as I took ages to actually get around to order mine!

I chose the largest size (22 x 14cm) and it's perfect for planning out blog posts as there is plenty of room to write down ideas, little doodles and reminders - but it's still small enough to fit in my handbag. It also comes with a little detachable ruler and a plastic wallet to keep things in. Is there anything better than fun stationery?

x Rachel 

Monday, 29 April 2013

Weekly Art: Kirsten Hassenfeld

American artist Kirsten Hassenfeld builds these beautiful paper and mixed media installations. The colours and patterns, and the way light shines through them - GAH! I would love to see an exhibition of hers. Or better still, actually own a giant paper lampshade to hang in my room. Too much? Never! 

Happy Monday!

x Rachel 

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Photo-a-Day - April

Here's what April looked like for me! Inevitably I have stopped the #fmsphotoaday challenge.... I just found it hard to remember to keep up with the prompts! I am still taking a photo-a-day though, just following my own path for a bit! I might pick up the challenge again next month... Either way, it's fun to see the whole month in pictures all together - I love how the colours start to change from season to season.... 

x Rachel 

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Happy List

1//Beautiful Secret Garden Wedding Styling //2// DIY Constellations Runner //3// Fairy Lights in Wine Bottles?! Want! //4// Love this photograph by Ryan Kobo //5// Pretty Floral Ribbons //6// We go together... //7// Cutest skirt possibly ever! //8// Photo transfers on glass... Amazing.//

Elsewhere on the Web... 

>>> Color Collective - a new (to me) resource that I will definitely be using! 

And making me happy offline... 

>>> The sun shining in London this week, please come back! 

>>> My granny square blanket is coming on swimmingly. 

>>> Fun post days. 

>>> 3rd anniversary this weekend = date day with Boris Bikes :) 

The Happy List is one of my favourite posts to put together! Although, it's not terribly productive for my day, as I get so distracted browsing for pretty things... Such is life. 

What's making you happy today? 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

DIY Wood Slice Coasters

I am a big fan of using wood slices in craft projects! I love their natural rustic look, and mixing that with a bright and modern twist. These wood slice coasters are so easy to make, but definitely leave you with a lovely "chuffed-with-self" feeling of accomplishment. 

You will need: four wood slices around 10cm in diameter (you can get these in craft stores or online), masking tape, spray paint or acrylic paint. 

1// Mark out stripes on the wood slice with masking tape. I would advise giving them a quick rub over with sand paper too to give your paint a nice base (wish I had done that). 

2// Use your common accent colour for your first stripes (I used a gold accent for each coaster). Spray or paint on to each slice and allow them to part dry before removing the masking tape. 

3// Once the first colour is completely dry, cover over the stripes with more masking tape, leaving space for your next colour. Repeat with a contrasting colour...

4// My favourite part - remove the last bits of masking tape and admire your pretty coasters! If you like, you could varnish them to keep them water tight. 

Hope you love these as much as I do! They would make great gifts too, in a little pile tied up with string :) 

x Rachel 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Weekly Art: Bill Zindel

Collage is one of my favourite art-forms, to make and to look at! So these Geometric Collages by Bill Zindel are my perfect blog-candy for this afternoon. My favourite is the diamond.... Plus the circles remind me of globes, and it's Earth Day! Appropriate no?

I've had some lovely emails, comments and messages from readers this week, it has made me smile a lot! So thank you all for that, and for continuing to read my little space on the internet. You're great!

x Rachel 

Saturday, 20 April 2013


Well this is exciting, my very first blog sale! I'm starting off fairly slowly with a few preloved and vintage pieces - just in time for some sunnier weather. Everything is in good vintage condition, ie. it is used but has little show of wear and tear. Sizes are shown in brackets next to the item - although most are size 10/12. I'm also offering FREE domestic shipping (please email to check international shipping prices). 

1// Classic L.B.D - H&M - (8-10) : £12
2// Vintage Floral Dress (10): £10
3// 1970s Wrap Skirt (can adjust to fit any size): £6

4// Topshop Crop Cardi (10) : £6         
5// Topshop Blouse (10-12 - ties at the waist) : £8          
6// Vintage Shift Dress (10) : £10

7// Vintage Pink Dress (10 -12) : £8         
8// Vintage Crop-Top (8-10) : £4         
9// Vintage Tea Dress (8-10) : £12

10// Vintage Red Floral Dress (10-12) : £8        
11/ Warehouse Dress (10) : £10        
12// 1960s Green Mini Dress (10) : £8

How it Works

>>> First come, first served! Once an item is struck through  it has been sold. 

>>> Leave a comment below stating the item you would like to reserve and your email address. 

>>> Shipping is FREE to UK readers (drop me an email at pointlessprettythings@gmail.com if you are international and I will work out your shipping price).

>>> Once you have successfully reserved your item I will email you payment details. Payments will be processed by PayPal. 

>>> Failure to pay in the time arranged will result in the item going back up for sale!

Happy Shopping :) 

x Rachel 

Thursday, 18 April 2013

How to Stop Panicking and Stay Happy

Building a creative career is hard. Especially when pesky money is involved, which it always is. I mostly feel really good about where my career is going... except financially. If I didn't have to pay rent and feed myself I would be doing great - but wouldn't we all? 
Last night I had one of those "I need a day job" panics. I got out my scatter gun and started frantically looking for jobs online with no real focus or direction. All that happened was that I turned myself into a little stress ball and I was no closer to achieving anything job related. 

Anyway the gist of this is that we all hit that moment of career anxiety from time to time, but it's the way we push through it that defines our success. As a naturally anxious person, I thought I'd share a few motivational pick-me-ups that I use (and should use more) in those "I can't do this" moments. 

1// Look to others for inspiration. My classic choice for a bit of happy motivation is A Beautiful Mess - those girls never fail to inspire me to keep pursuing my goals. Another new favourite of mine is Brittany from The House that Lars Built, an endless source of motivation! Remember that coveting someone else's career doesn't have to come from a place of jealousy - I find that looking at people who are really succeeding helps me to imagine myself succeeding. 

2// Make a dreams timeline. Start with where you want to get to and work backwards to now, adding the big steps and baby steps that will get you there. This definitely doesn't have to be a linear plan - it can be a tree with lots of branches and doodles. make it light hearted and work for you. 

3// Take stock of what you have achieved already and reward yourself! Everyone needs a pat on the back sometimes, and who better to give you one, than you? 

4// Plan your time efficiently. I find that time management keeps me calm and that the best way for me to stay on task during the day is to make a timetable for myself. I make a list of everything I need to do and how long each thing will take me, then I make a timetable for the day with scheduled breaks. This works for me because it's those moments when I am left wondering what to work on next that I fill with panicky thoughts! 

5// "Put the glass down". As Jake always reminds me; sometimes you need to stop worrying about whether the glass is half full or half empty and just put it down on the table - it's heavy! This always helps me when I get into anxiety mode. 

Here are some more resources that have helped me in the past:

>>> Alan Watts - what a man. This animation always puts things into perspective  for me! 

Are there any fellow panic-ers out there? How do you deal with stress and anxiety?

x Rachel

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Snapshot 17/4/13

Loving>>> Making homemade cocktails with friends and lighter evenings.

Watching>>> Game of Thrones - obvy. 

Reading>>> Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. 

Listening to>>> Bastille - how have I only just been introduced to them?!

Wearing>>> Something other than my massive coat - finally!

Looking Forward to>>> Styling a fun photo-shoot for a show in a couple of weeks.

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

DIY Flying Pigs

My first ever DIY post on the blog was this Little Paper Bird Mobile - and it's actually still my most popular post to date! Sadly all of my paper birds got lost when I was moving house (I was definitely more than a bit sad!) so I decided to make some more paper friends... 

How to Make a Flying Pig Mobile

You will need: Some light-weight card, pretty paper, white craft foam, glue, needle and thread. 

1// Draw the outline of a pig on to your cardboard (you could use an image from the internet to trace or just draw your own).

2// Cut the pig shape out and use it as a template to draw out the shape again on to decorative paper. Glue the pretty paper to both sides of the cardboard. 

3// Make another template for some wings and cut them out of white craft foam. 

4// Glue the wings on to the pigs body and bend them back on themselves to give them a bit of shape. 

5// Attach a length of thread to your pig so it can fly! Repeat for as many piggies as you would like for your mobile. 

Aren't they sweet? I think I want to try dinosaurs next! 

x Rachel 

Monday, 15 April 2013

Passionfruit Ads

I've been thinking of moving my advertising scheme over on to Passionfruit Ads for ages now and today I finally took the plunge. So far I am very impressed! It couldn't have been easier to set up and the maintaining of ads seems to be really straight-forward. 

My advertising packages have changed slightly in that I can now offer 4 exclusive Large slots which will take prime position at the top of the sidebar. Large sponsors gain maximum exposure through a dedicated blog post, tweets and the option to host a giveaway and/or guest post! 

I am also still running small Ad-Swaps free of charge! So if you fancy sharing some blog love, just pop over to my Ad-Swap info page and use the promo code ADSWAP to get the slot for free (don't forget to grab one of my buttons and return the favour). 

Thanks for reading and for your continued support of this little blog, 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Weekly Art: Anastassia Elias

I have a bit of a strange fascination with toilet roll art. I think it's because whenever I throw one away I feel like I should be keeping it for some creative purpose (I told you about my hoarding issues!)... 

Here is an artist who has taken the humble toilet roll to a much prettier level! Anastassia Elias creates these tiny tableaux inside discarded rolls using paper cuts and tweezers to manipulate them into shape. How cool?! I love them. Check out her portfolio as there are many more! 

x Rachel 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Making the Most of a Small Space

Being a designer naturally makes me hoard things... I just can't bare to part with things that I think might be useful one day! It is an affliction that I have learnt to accept about myself... But this makes living in a fairly small flat a bit of a challenge - especially as there are two of us to think about! Jake is very lovely about my "creative mess", but still we have had to find some solutions to keep the flat liveable. 

So I thought I'd share some tips we've picked up along the way on how to make the most of a small living space... 

Check out Cordelia's Hamster Palace! 

// Divide the Space.  This may sound like it would make the room seem smaller, but it really can work wonders. We recently bought a room dividing shelving unit (IKEA to the rescue), and it has completely changed the way we use our living space! Even though it has cut the room in half, it now feels like we have two spaces with their own purpose rather than wasted space. The living room now feels cosy and all of our bits and bobs that were just hanging around before are now on display where we can use and appreciate them. 

// Keep Work Separate. This is so important! I got into a habit of working on the sofa in the day and leaving all of my materials around the living room... not good. After we divided the space, I have started to use the dining table as my work space in the day and trying to keep the area as tidy as possible. I can't express the difference in my focus! I know it's a really simple tip that many people have said before, but separating work and play space is the best advice I have ever taken. 

// Use Working Storage. We are lucky to have quite a lot of storage in this flat. We have a big walk in cupboard that most of my crafting supplies live in. While this is great, it's sometimes quite annoying to have to get into the cupboard every time I need something. So I've started using a box that stays in my work area to keep everything that I am working on at the moment. It's great because I know everything in there is current, so it doesn't fill up with stuff I don't use very often. Every once in a while I will go through the box and move things I'm not using into the proper storage. 

// Folding Furniture. Our flat is plenty big enough for just the two of us, but we love to have our friends over! We have collected a few folding chairs and lots of cushions that we keep in the cupboard and get out when we have people over. The room divider gets pushed against the wall to open up the space and we can comfortably fit lots more people in. It's great to have a space that can be sociable. 

Do you have any tricks for living in small spaces? 

If you want to see more of our little flat and advice posts about living in rented accommodation go here, here and here.

Also check out Graham Hill's apartment in NYC... he has taken multi-functionality to a whole new level! 

x Rachel 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Floral Top Restyle

This top was my Nan's from the 70s (like most of my favourite clothes) and it has been hanging unworn in my wardrobe for ages. I love the pattern, but there was something about the shape of the collar and sleeves that made it really unflattering... So I decided to do a little restyle! 

I cut off and hemmed the sleeves and reshaped the collar... It took me about an hour in total and I am so pleased with the result:

It's still a great statement piece but updated into something much more wearable. Also now I can wear it under a plain jumper and flip the new collar out to make a whole new outfit - Hooray!

Now I just need some warmer weather to show it off :) 

x Rachel 

Switch to Bloglovin!

As I'm a little slow on posting this, I'm sure by now most of you are aware that good old Google Reader is closing it's doors on the 1st of July this year. While everyone is choosing their new reader camps, I thought I'd use this opportunity to share my love for Bloglovin

I have been using Bloglovin for over a year now and it is definitely my favourite way to catch up with my favourite blogs. The interface is super user friendly, and the simple toolbar (above) allows you to peruse through blogs in any order you choose. I also love that as a reader it allows you to view blogs in their original design format - the way the blogger intended you to see it! 

So if you are looking for a new reader to replace Google, go for Bloglovin, I highly recommend it! They even have a handy import option so you can transfer all your favourites in one step: http://www.bloglovin.com/import/reader

You can find me on Bloglovin here

Happy Reading!

x Rachel 

P.S. This is not a sponsored post - I'm just in Bloglovin love! 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Easy Mirror Makeover

If, like me, you live in rented accommodation, you probably have some pretty boring fixtures hanging about that you are not allowed to change. This mirror in our bathroom was too plain in my opinion, so I gave it a little temporary makeover!

I used a couple of sheets of white craft foam and cut out little scallops, then I just stuck them to the mirror with blu tack. I used foam because of the steam in the bathroom, but if you have a mirror somewhere drier then you could use paper, fabric, card - whatever you like!

I love finding ways to personalise rented accommodation... This is one of the easiest restyle projects I have ever done, but it makes a big difference to an otherwise dull space!

How do you make your space your own? 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

DIY Earring Frame

I can't take the credit for this DIY... It's another one of Mum's clever projects! She has let me share it with all of you though :) It's a really simple and stylish frame to display earrings. There are lots of different versions of these floating about on Pinterest too if you are feeling inspired!

You will need: A photo frame (any size you like), some mesh - this rubber stuff comes in a roll from Ikea and works really well, backing paper. 

1// Measure and cut a piece of mesh and backing paper to the size of your frame.

2// Dismantle the frame and discard the plastic/glass front - you won't need it! 

3// Stretch the mesh inside the frame on top of the backing paper. 

4// Reassemble the frame and use the holes in the mesh to hold your earrings. Place where everyone can see and admire your clever handiwork. 

And that's it! Thanks Mum - isn't she clever? 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Thinking of Spring

//1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8//

Just a little collage to show my thoughts at the moment... dreaming about spring time! Admittedly this is definitely more of a dream spring rather than reality of rain rainy rain. but still, look how pretty!

I'm excited about starting a-fresh this month on the blog with lots of DIYs and restyle projects to share. Meanwhile I'm still in lovely Cornwall... 

Happy April Everyone! 

x Rachel 


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