12 Handmade Pincushion Ideas & Tutorials

If you sew, embroider, have visions of one day being able to sew….. or even just pretend to sew, then you probably have a pincushion! Pincushions just kind of go with needles and thread. Which brings me to an important question… how many pincushions are too many?     The answer is…. … [Read more...]

10 Beautiful Doily Craft Projects To Make

The humble crochet doily has come out of moth balls and made its way from ornamental mat to a multitude of modern day uses…. Many of which would probably shock our grandmothers!! [Pin for later]   If like me, you are shabby at heart and would gladly spend a thrifting day scouring through … [Read more...]

Care Packages

You know you are going to love a book when a friend recommends it with this… “OMG… this book made me think of you. You absolutely have to get it!!” So of course I did… and yes, I absolutely do love it. The book is the recently released Care Packages by Michelle Mackintosh.   Michelle … [Read more...]

DIY: Cottage Style Faux Patchwork Trivet

Today I’m sharing an easy and very practical project… a fabric trivet. This is something we all need, but this one is perhaps a little different to others you’ve seen. It’s a faux patchwork trivet that you can whip up in about 30 minutes.   This post contains affiliate links for your … [Read more...]

DIY: Scented Shower Steamers

You know that I love making a handmade home. Not only is it fun to make your own products, but it is also reassuring these days to know exactly what ingredients have been used. Sooo…. following on from my tips for ‘self care’ that I shared last week, I thought today I’d share a recipe for the … [Read more...]

Sew Pretty Homestyle

I still remember the very first time I flicked through a ‘Tilda’ book. It was Sew Pretty Homestyle, which I think may have been Tone Finnangers first Tilda book. One of my students, a gorgeous English lass that was new to the class, brought the Tilda book to art class with her one night. … [Read more...]

From shabby scraps to shabbilicious garland

You know all those tiny scraps and off-cuts of pretty papers you have left over from craft projects… Don’t throw them out!! I have storage bags specifically for scraps… both paper and fabric.     It’s amazing what you can make using pretty leftovers. When I store the scraps I don’t … [Read more...]

Timeless White Styling

While I love my cottage colours and pretty pastels, timeless whites are still my go-to for shabby chic decorating. Whites are timeless, simple, clean and easy to look at!     I have collected a lot of whites over the years. Everything from jugs, ironstone, vintage plates, serving … [Read more...]

5 tips for styling shelf vignettes

In my younger days… (before children), like a couple of decades ago, I worked as an interior designer and visual merchandiser. I got to work with lots of lovely home décor and furnishings every day, which was no hardship I can tell you. In that line of work, even though you have to be across all … [Read more...]

Let’s have a chat about all things ‘shabby’

Hi shabbilicious friends, I always seem to be popping in with projects and DIY’s, so I thought I’d do a regular coffee and chat date with you here on the blog… You know, so I can keep you up to date on all the ‘little things’ that don’t warrant a post of their own, but still good to know. So grab … [Read more...]