Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Dream Interiors: Gold

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Inspiration: Gold Balloons

This weeks Dream Interiors feels so glam! Gold is all over the place in home decor at the moment, but for me it is timeless. There is just something so cool about everyday objects sprayed or brushed with a bit of gold leaf. 

How do you feel about gold? 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Sponsor Spotlight: Crafter's Companion

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If you are anything like me and get genuinely excited by craft tools, get ready... I love promoting clever ideas on the blog, and that's why I'm so excited about introducing you to this months spotlight sponsor: Crafter's Companion. This UK founded company has taken the crafting world by storm over the last decade and have picked up numerous awards for their innovative products. 

The product in particular that gives me that "oh no I NEED IT" feeling is the Ultimate Pro (pictured above). It's a 10 in 1 crafting tool that you can use for hand-making cards, envelopes, boxes, ribbons, pop-ups, embossed paper... All neatly packed away in a carry case for easy storage and creativity on the go. I love that it also includes a paper trimmer and scoring tools - this video explains it better than I do. As a card maker and paper craft dabbler myself - I'm convinced! 

The website carries a whole range of crafting essentials like this from the clever brains of Crafter's Companion and other brands. Also on my wish list is these clever Rock a Blocks for stamping... So useful! 

Has anyone else tried any of these? What do you think? 

x Rachel 

This is a sponsored post - all words, opinions and geeky excitement are my own.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

New Garlands in the Shop

I finally added my new paper garlands to the shop! My favourite is the "Yay you're home" banner, which started as a welcome home for Jake but has stayed up in our living room ever since. And you've seen the orange alphabet before, it lives above my desk. I have plenty of ideas for more garlands, and I will also be accepting custom messages - so stay tuned!

I just can't get enough of bold typography in home decor at the moment... Has anyone else caught this bug? 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Weekly Art: John Breed

I have just discovered the installation work of John Breed and I am in love! My favourite is this installation entitled: Shoe Salon Breuninger - 145 shoes on multi-coloured legs. I love the shape of the piece as a whole, and how it seems to suggest so much movement even though the legs are static. The colours are fab too. 

 Take a look at the rest of his work too, I'm about to go and peruse some more.... 

x Rachel 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

10 Tips for Organising Your Workspace

Bit of a geeky post coming up.... Recently I had a sudden urge to give my work and storage space an overhaul. It was getting pretty messy and in turn was making me feel lazy and stressed. While geeking out on craft storage ideas, I discovered some pretty useful tips that have really helped me out, so I thought I would share some of them. 

1// Categorise and have a labelling system. Storage is much more useful when you can actually find the things you are looking for. If you keep things boxed in categories then it will save time when you are looking for specific things. I have clearly labelled my new storage boxes and also included a list of the types of things kept in there. It's saving me so much stress, especially as I am often working under time pressure. 

2// Use unexpected methods of storage. Storage can be creative. I like to use lots of different types of containers to house my bits and bobs, including: vintage suitcases, jars, old packaging decorated with washi tape... These things often tend to be cheaper options than purpose built storage too.

Pretty tins as paintbrush holders...

3// Display craft materials as decoration. Sometimes I think it's a shame to hide pretty materials away. When selectively done, craft supplies can double as decoration and really brighten up a room. I am guilty of going a bit overboard with this... Less is more - especially if your workspace is in the same room as your living space. 

4// Don't forget vertical space. It may seem obvious, but the more vertical space you can utilise with storage, the more usable workspace you will have. This can be achieved with stacking boxes, but I personally can't wait to have floor to ceiling shelves :)

some great tips here from Martha Stewart

5// Use inside drawer organisers. Drawer organisers are life-savers when you have loads of little things that are easily lost or tangled. You don't have to shell out on expensive purpose made organisers, just make your own out of little gift boxes, cardboard tubes and plastic wallets.

6// When you run out of things, make a note of it. Treat your supplies as you would if you were running a professional stock room. If you use up the last pot of PVA on a project, make a note of it on a running stock list. This is becoming steadily more important for me as I am doing more freelance work and growing my Etsy shop. It's a nightmare when you have an order come in that needs to be done quickly and you find that you don't have the right materials to make it... Keeping on top of things that need stocking up is a great way to become more efficient in your work. 

7// Think about what you use most often. Speaking of efficiency, how often do you cut corners because the specific tool you need to use is hidden in a box somewhere in a cupboard in another room of the house? I know I'm guilty! Think about the essential things that you use most often on a day to day basis, and store them as close to your work area as possible. This stops you having to break work mode to get up and look for something. 

some amazing storage ideas from IKEA.

8// Set up your space in a way that maximises efficiency. In an ideal world, I would have a studio space with dedicated areas for different jobs. I'd have a bench with my sewing machine set up and ready to go, a clear drawing desk, an admin and computer area... The wish list is endless. If you are lucky enough to have the space to dedicate work areas, it saves so much time and energy to have everything ready instead of constantly having to clear space to work. Although even if you are restricted to just a desk in your living room, keeping as much clear usable space as possible helps this process. 

9// Make it inspiring. Display your ideas and motivations where they will help to inform and push your work. In my dream "one day" studio I plan on having one of those full wall pin boards.... 

10// Make time to keep it that way! This is where I need to follow my own advice the most... Just take five minutes at the end of each day to tidy up your workspace, it makes the next day so much nicer. I'm even laughing at myself as I write this, because this just doesn't happen for me. But again in my dream life, that's what I do. 

I hope these tips inspired you to revitalise your workspace! Do you have any more tips that you use in your work? 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


This is where I have been... Things got pretty busy, and then I escaped to the beautiful Derbyshire countryside for a couple of days. It was lovely! Now I am back in London with a clear head and ready to get going again. 

Expect lots of crafty fun over the next week - I've got some DIY projects to share that I'm pretty excited about...

x Rachel

Monday, 2 September 2013

The Happy List

Elsewhere on the web....

>>> This post with a collection of book DIYs - I love the desk organiser idea. 

>>> I think this storage solution is amazing!! 

>>> Love this DIY birch lamp... 

And offline.... 

>>> Jake is back from Edinburgh! It is lovely to have him back home again. 

>>> Transfer deadline day is minutes from being over... any long-suffering girlfriends will understand. 

>>> It's September, which means that great in between seasons feeling!

What's making you happy this week? 

x Rachel 


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