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Upcycled vintage drawers

Apologies for the radio silence over the past couple of months; time has absolutely flown by! I was struggling with my MS as usual but we’ve also been planning for our honeymoon to Australia – not long to go now! But enough about all that, this blog post is long overdue as I painted these drawers a few months ago now.

I’ve always loved crafting but fancied a bigger project so I bought a solid wood chest of drawers from a charity shop in Leith with the view to give it a new lease of life with an upcycled makeover.

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Simple home storage solutions

Being organised is the best thing in the world, isn’t it? I am a complete storage fiend; from tupperware to IKEA boxes, I love everything to have its home and for its home to look fabulous.

Simple storage

Floral IKEA boxes

These storage boxes are one of my favourite ever IKEA purchases. They were only about £3 each and they look fabulous. I use them to store stuff at the top of my wardrobe, but I wish they were actually more on display somewhere.

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Easy DIY vintage IKEA drawers

Storage is one of my most favourite things, so IKEA is therefore one of my most favourite places. I imagine most people have had one of these IKEA chests of drawers at some point in my life. I got mine when I was about 11 years old and therefore my mum painted in silver and pink to match my bedroom. On a recent trip down to visit my parents I saw this in my old bedroom and decided to take it and give it a wee makeover.

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My Christmas 2013 in a Festive Nutshell

I love Christmas, not so much the day itself more just the run up to it. With just over two months to go, the air is starting to chill, Christmas catalogues are appearing outside shops and advent calendars are making their way onto supermarket shelves. I cannot wait to get into the festive swing of things. This year in particular as my boyfriend and I moved in together earlier in the year so it’s our first Christmas together in our lovely little flat. I can’t help but plan my way up to Christmas, so here are my next couple months in a nutshell…

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Have a felt Christmas

So a few weeks ago I wrote about my creation of felt Christmas decorations, this is an update.

I have been sewing away, experimenting with buttons, ribbon, wool, pom poms, pens, everything! My favourites are probably the Robin and Rudolph. I prefer the white felt eyes to the buttons eyes on others. So anyway I will keep making them, some for family for xmas, others just for the flat. I am also going to be making microwavable heat cushions from material and barley so watch out for it.

Felt Christmas Decorations

Felt + Buttons = Christmas

I love making my own crafty things, it is so rewarding. I like sewing and with Christmas only 2 months away (i know, it comes as a shock every year) it did seem a bit excessive to put up my Christmas tree so soon, so I decided to satisfy my Christmas craving by making my own decorations.

Off I went to Hobbycraft and after spending a good half hour there I decided on dark brown (xmas pud), light brown (gingerbread man), green (xmas tree) and white (snowball). After some poor attempts at free style cutting of a Christmas tree out of the green felt, I found my gingerbread man cookie cutter and with great success had my shapes:

Felt gingerbread man

I also bought this ‘tub-o-buttons’ from Hobbycraft. It wasn’t expensive and contains loads of random buttons that are ideal for the finishing touches for my decorations.

Buttons

For this gingerbread man I chose two matching red buttons and sewed them onto his tummy. I then attempted to stitch a smile an eyes using black thread, not ideal but as he is only 2 inches tall this seemed my only option. Thicker thread would have been better. After cutting a short length of thin red ribbon to hang him up by, I stitched the 2 gingerbread men shapes together round the edges with thick red thread and stuffed him with cotton wool as i went, and hey presto, my first decoration!

Festive gingerbread man

After the gingerbread man success there was no stopping me that evening. I then made a xmas pudding and a snowball (i think) with buttons (festive colours at least).

Festive felt decorations

I persevered and made a tree and a snowman. However, the snowman does look like a bird (i forgot his smile) and his eyes may be a touch on the large side! But I’ve learnt what I can do better foe next time.

Felt Christmas Tree

Felt snowman

I hope you all like my decorations and I’ll probably have made five more by the time you read this.