Friday, 27 April 2012

diy potato printing

i have dozens of little notebooks that are strewn around different bags/around the flat that i scribble things in whenever they come to mind. potato printing was an idea that i wrote down ages ago, and when it came round to making my sister's birthday card i decided to give it a go.

now this might not be the most sophisticated diy, but it was so much fun! my sister is obsessed with doctor who, so with the tardis in mind i started carving away. i tried to keep it pretty simple, and worked either by engraving with a pencil or lino cutter depending on the lines i wanted. 
i actually made two designs- first printing the one pictured, and then carving the outside of the potato away to create another inverted image, but that didn't come out as well.
i was a bit unsure if it even looked like a tardis in the end, so couldn't resist adding a little dymo label to finish it off :)

i used to love potato printing and now i remember why- i'm definitely going to try out a few more designs like this!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012


a little bit in love with my new dymo label maker. (possibly one of the geekiest sentences i have ever written).

things are pretty crazy around here right now, i'm off on holiday on sunday and i have so much to cram in! i'm hoping to get another few posts in before then- i've got a few crafty ideas to post about :)

Thursday, 19 April 2012

wb harry potter studio tour

*just to let you know, this is a pretty photo heavy post! & if you don't want to spoil any surprises about the tour then look away now :)

on saturday, my sister and i finally went to the wb harry potter studio tour. i had no idea what to expect, but i came away totally mind blown. i know i'm pretty geeky when it comes to harry potter, but even from a general film lovers point of view, the tour gave a huge insight into the amount that goes into making a film. the detail involved is incredible, and we spent hours looking at the props and costumes, reading the concepts, and basically feeling overwhelmed at how hard everyone involved must have worked.
i think for me, my favourite parts were diagon alley and the hogwarts model. they were just incredible, and the sheer scale of them both was overwhelming.  
i was also really engrossed by the "graphics" cabinet, which contained all the books used in the films, newspaper copies, harry's famous hogwarts letter and the marauders map. there was even a handwritten letter from lily potter that is in the seventh book- it's not even used in the film!
i'd definitely recommend the tour as a day out, i can't wait to go again already :)

p.s. a huge thank you to my sister for the tickets, they were a brilliant christmas present <3

Sunday, 15 April 2012

paw prints

white nail varnish:camden market stall black nail varnish:nails inc & bundle monster dotting tools matte topcoat:e.l.f

some feline inspired nail art i've been meaning to do for a while. this was so easy & i think it looks really effective; i put a matte topcoat on which i think made them even better :)
i really love white nail varnish, but i'm never sure if it's a bit odd worn alone? maybe that's just me being silly, i think i'll give it a go next time. 
the bundle monster set was a christmas present from j's mum- it's pretty intense but i'm loving experimenting with all the tools. if anyone has any tips or advice on how to use them i'd be v.grateful!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012


a day out at the beach on friday, amazing birthday meal from j, back to the iow, watching hercules with my sister, surprise birthday present from erin, birthday face, amazing picnic hamper from mum, two new charms for my bracelet, an epic game of trivial pursuit, chocolate egg & soldiers, finally have the complete harry potter dvd collection, and a few birthday goodies.. i was totally spoilt! 

thank you to everyone who tweeted/messaged me birthday wishes, i had an amazing day & you're all wonderful :)

Friday, 6 April 2012

diy belt to bracelet

i dug this belt out of my wardrobe the other day and remembered how much i'd loved the buckle. i bought it a few years ago when i used to shop in primark, but it broke pretty quickly. i didn't want to throw it away, but it wasn't until the other day that i thought of a way to recycle it. 

this literally took a few minutes to make; a quick measure of my wrist, cutting the belt to length, and then adding new holes to fasten it with. i really love how it has turned out, and i'm so happy i managed to find another use for it! 

the strap itself is still quite weak so i'm not expecting it to last forever, but my plan b for the buckle was to thread some pretty fabric through it instead which i think i'm going to end up trying anyway.

i hope everyone has a lovely easter weekend, i'm off to the isle of wight tomorrow to celebrate my birthday with family <3