Friday, 29 November 2013

The Happy List


Can you tell I'm feeling cosy today? I want to wear all of my jumpers at once and the wooliest socks available. How sweet are those birch cushions? And the the entire range of concrete jewellery at Cocorrina makes my heart ache - so beautiful! 

Also making me happy this week: 

/// This dancing penguin - he's loving it.

/// Animal Odd Couples on BBC. Possibly my favourite programme ever aired. 

/// This incredibly honest and important blog post by Bryony Kimmings calling for more transparency of earnings in the arts. Maybe it doesn't make me happy exactly, but I'm glad someone is voicing these things. 

/// Our new dehumidifier. Sounds incredibly boring but it has changed our world! No more chilly damp flat for us :) 

What's making you happy today? 

x Rachel 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Pointless Pretty Christmas: Reader Discount!

Just popping in with a little shop announcement! I've been working my early xmas socks off this week to get some special festive items up in my shop - and here they are! The Pointless Pretty Christmas range is full of lovely wood slices, moss, felt and of course big red bows. I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you here. 

I am so grateful for all the support you lovely readers have given me since Pointless Pretty Party opened a few months ago, and as a thank you I want to offer you 10% off all orders until December 20th! Just use the code PPTReader to claim your discount. 

Don't forget I do custom orders - so if something you see in the shop inspires you, or you'd like something personalised, just send me a message :) 

Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating it today! I'm lucky enough to have an American friend who threw a friendsgiving the other day... So much sweet and savoury goodness... 

Thanks so much everyone - lots of love to you all! 

xx Rachel xx 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Organisation Geek: Raskog Cart

I've had a new addition to my life recently that I think needs to be shared. I am in love with my Ikea Raskog cart - meant for the kitchen but I use it to keep my craft supplies in. I totally stole this idea from many other artists/crafters who have done the same thing - look at this collection on Pinterest!

I love that it's on wheels - very convenient - plus the colour is lovely! It's so useful to have everything to hand when I'm working, it's saving me a lot of time rooting around in boxes for bits and bobs. 

Does anybody else have their very own Raskog? Share your love here! 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Try It Tuesday: Pretty Tape Dispenser

Get ready for this week's #TryItTuesday everyone... It's so quick and easy I guarantee that you are going to want to go for it straight away! This tape dispenser makeover tutorial came from Erica from Caught on a Whim, a blog that is relatively new to me and that I am enjoying a lot. Erica has so many lovely ideas and tutorials, I have already drawn up a pretty hefty list of "must tries" from her DIY gallery.

Pimping out my tape dispenser was the perfect way to spend ten minutes this afternoon (that's right - just ten minutes!) and I am so pleased with the results. All you need is some pretty paper, and if you use something that's pretty sturdy then you won't even need to glue it in place - you just slot it in! 

If you feel like you haven't got time for a bit of DIY today, I say PAH! There is always time to add a bit of extra prettiness to your stationary. Speaking of which, next on my list is this pen personalising tutorial from Wrapped up in Rainbows - looks so easy but effective. 

Have you tried it Tuesday? Share it using the hashtag on instagram or twitter - I'd love to see :) 

x Rachel 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Etsy Love: Oh Gosh Cindy

I bought these Moonrise Kingdom prints from the sweetest Etsy shop - Oh Gosh Cindy - and I just had to share them. This picture doesn't really do them justice, the colours and print quality in real life is so much better than this! They arrived in beautiful condition, with lovely packaging and a little origami crane for company - so cute. I'm obsessed.

There are so many great prints to choose from - I have my eye on this one of Daenerys Targaryen (the talented Cindy clearly has great taste in TV). Pop over and have a look! If it wasn't a bit weird to fill my room with 20 prints by the same artist, I probably would... Still haven't ruled it out. 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Dream Interiors: Fairy Chic


I received a very sweet email from a reader the other day which has inspired this edition of Dream Interiors. She explained that she is currently doing some decorating with her 12 year old daughter, who wants her bedroom to be a grown-up mixture of shabby chic and fairies - a place that she can escape to. I just love this idea for a theme, and the fact that she has such specific ideas - reminds me of a twelve year old me! 

They already have some fabulous ideas of their own, my favourite being a dolls house renovated into a fairy house - with a moss roof and stucco outside walls - which may eventually be turned into a night light. How cool is that?! 

I think there is something about a fairy aesthetic that can appeal to both children and adults, and her request immediately made me think of the 1997 film "Fairy Tale, a True Story". I think that film totally encompasses the more earthy, enchanting and slightly grown-up look of fairy-land, and if I were decorating a room in this style I would definitely use that as my inspiration. It would be moss, vines and willow a plenty - with a bed canopy and twinkle lights thrown in obviously. 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Try It Tuesday: Reindeer Hoop

Phew - I barely caught the end of daylight with this one! 

It's #TryItTuesday and this week I had a go at this tutorial from Blue Robin Cottage. My version is slightly modified, but the process is basically the same, and it was so easy! I used felt as the accent material to get a clean edge with this slightly fiddly deer... I might add a bit of a border to it, but I do sort of love the simplicity of it as well. Maybe I will make another one to go with it, and next time use a fabric I can use stamps on like Sierra has done - hers is so sweet!

Has anyone else had a go at some crafting today? 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 16 November 2013

DIY Moon Wall Hanging

I'm quite excited about sharing this tutorial with you today - mainly because this idea has been sitting in my notebook for ages and I've finally got around to it! This is slightly more long winded than my usual tutorials, but still not too difficult - if you find yourself in a sewing mood on a rainy afternoon this is for you. 

You will need: square of calico/canvas material 75 x 75cm, 1m square black or grey fabric, black fabric paint/ink, silver spray paint, fabric pens, sewing machine, 2 pieces of wooden dowel (75cm), red string/jute to hang with. 

1// Iron the canvas fabric and lay it out on a flat surface. Tie a pencil to a piece of string approx 60cm long and fix it to the centre point - use this to draw a circle. 

2// Find a picture of the moon to draw reference from and copy the details out roughly in pencil. You can be as simple or as detailed as you like with this!

3// Paint in the moon craters with fabric paint (I diluted mine with water to get different shades). You can kind of use whatever medium you like for this as it's unlikely that you will need to wash your wall art. I used a mixture of fabric pen, paint, ink and little splatters of silver spray paint. It all adds to an interesting texture!

4// Cut out your moon and appliqué it on to the black backing fabric. I used a sewing machine, but you could definitely do this by hand. A little word of warning - try to choose a backing fabric that solid and not too stretchy. I made this mistake and it is a right pain to get the moon to stay circular if you are working with stretchy fabric! Make sure you pin it securely in place before you start sewing... 

5// If you are using a sewing machine, lower the teeth settings that feed the fabric through the machine to allow you to go freestyle. Then you can effectively draw with your thread and go around the crater details to add even more texture. 

6// Hem the top and bottom of your backing fabric, leaving enough space to feed your wooden dowel through. You could also hem the side edges, but I left mine with a raw edge as I kind of like it that way. Attach some jute string or ribbon and hang on the wall with pride!

I'm pretty pleased with the way this turned out! I wanted a big moon print for ages, but I love the fun crafty look of this appliqué version. It's pretty scruffy and not perfectly round, but has a certain charm don't you think? 

x Rachel

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

I Love Renegade Craft Fair

On Sunday I met up with the lovely Kate, and after a bit of lost wanderings around (you'd think I'd know my way around Brick Lane by now) we ventured into Renegade Craft Fair. I think I would have to wager that we spent more time browsing than deemed normal - we just couldn't get enough! 

What I love about Renegade is the consistent high quality of products across the board. There were SO many beautiful things by some amazing artists! I have been loving reading other bloggers' write ups about it, because I'm still discovering things that I didn't see in our many circuits around the fair. 

The other thing I love about Renegade is getting to meet so many talented artists and bloggers - some of which I have been reading their online adventures for ages! Stall highlights were: Ella Masters, Oh Squirrel, Hello Harriet, OhNoRachio, Ladybird Likes, Blank Inside... Oh there were so many! 

It was so great to have Kate as a shopping team mate for the day! We could share in the excitement overload when faced with so much prettiness, and do typical blogger things like taking selfies in mirrors. We also spent a lot of time carefully crafting newspaper props for the Make Thrift London / LookLook photobooth and feeling very pleased with ourselves - look at that paper-chain necklace - what a pro! 

All in all, a brilliant day. I came away feeling so inspired to - as it says on my new Oh Squirrel tag - "Just bloody get on with it". 

Any other Renegade fans reading? What were your favourite stalls? 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Try It Tuesday: Cosy Craft Inspiration

It's #TryItTuesday again, and unfortunately I am trapped at work with no craft materials and no natural light to photograph with (WHAAAA??). But it's ok, because I am keeping in with the spirit of crafty sharing with this little roundup of cosy tutorials. 

1// Paint Swatch Christmas Tags - by Leanne from Knit me a Cake. These are so sweet and different - I love the colours against the brown tags. 

2// Knitted Necklace by The New Craft Society - I think this is next on my try it list - so perfect for winter accessorising. 

3// Crochet Pin Cushion by Anna from Crafting Fingers. I've seen this little beauty in real life so I know first hand how adorable it is. And apparently very easy too! 

4// Leaf Garland by Davina from The Making Home - this is such a simple idea but so effective. I'd love to style an autumn event with loads of these hung across the ceiling.... 

5// Indoor Den by Trends With Benefits. It's a fort - what more is there to say?! Childhood me is excited. 

So if you are looking for something easy and fun to try today, have a go at one of these! Want to know more about #TryItTuesday? Go here and here

Also if you are crafty and at a loose end in London tonight, there is an amazing event going on at Drink Shop & Do called Craft with a Conscience (run by Save the Children). There will be tea and cake and mini jumper knitting galore! I can't make it tonight sadly but it looks brilliant and I will be looking at the pictures with jealousy. 

Happy Tuesday, 

x Rachel 


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