September's orders


Sentimental September

Hiya, September was a really busy month with lots of you getting in early with your orders for Christmas. I just want to share some pictures of some of the teddies, frames and crafty makes from this month. 

I am now booked until December for Christmas orders but don't panic as if I get through orders early I will take more on. 
Click the contact button if you want to place an order or enquire about an order. 

Have a peep below and let me know which crafty make is your favourite?

Thanks again for keeping me busy!
I really appreciate all of your orders. 

Chat soon,
Catherine. 

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Petite Autumn jackets with Dorothy Perkins


Petite jackets for Autumn

I am so excited it is finally Autumn, I am even more excited that I have got my hands on a some coats that will fit me!
My fellow petite ladies will know the struggle is real when trying to find a jacket that fits our smaller frames, You know the struggle! Arms can be too long, shoulders too big and we look like we are wearing our mammy's coat. 

Today I have three jackets from dorothyperkins.com and all are from the petite range but fear not my taller ladies some of the are also available in the normal range. 

Have a scroll below for a peep at the three jackets and hands up who is dying to wear their bobble hat? I have a cute one at the end of the post so scroll down for the link.

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My cottage garden

I caught the green finger bug!

What a difference a year makes in the garden. It may be Autumn but there is still plenty of life and blossoms in the garden, I love seeing the seasons change and the changes that happen in the garden. 

This time last year I decided to clean up the garden, I am two and a half years in my house and with all the furniture painting and decorating I had neglected the garden.
So I focused on the front garden, I wanted it to look like a little cottage garden, full of trinkets, flowers and a home for bees and insects. 

You might remember last year I started it off by painting the ugly pebble dash wall white, despite everyone telling me not to paint pebble dash I couldn't look at a grey wall any longer so out came the large pots of Sandtex brilliant white and we got to painting. 
This made a huge difference as the white wall makes all the flowers pop out, its the perfect backdrop. 

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Painting fabric?

My hand painted fabric chair.

Hi Guys I just wanted to pin this post back to the top of the blog as it was one of the most popular diy tutorials and I get asked lots about this pink chair when I post a pic on Instagram, people are shocked to find out that its actually painted and not upholstered pink, so have a little read at the post below. 

Yes nothing is safe now! I painted a fabric chair and love it!


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Blondies diy up-cycle cat bed.

Hi everyone.
Today I have a fun upcycle project for you and also a review of the wee red boutique chalk paint mix. 
 I picked up this Ikea dolls bed after seeing them up cycled into pet beds on Pinterest.
For ages I have been wanting to give it a shabby face lift for Blondie and I decided to test the chalk paint mix on it. 
Read on below for all the details on what I used and how I mixed the paint and also a quick link to purchase the chalk mix.  

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We made it to the shortlist.

 # IBA16

Well everyone we made it! A huge thank you as if it wasn't for all your votes I wouldn't be going over to London in October. 
My flights are booked ( however the race in on to get my passport renewed) and I am so excited for the event next month. 

I really mean it when I say thank you as I know how long it takes to go and vote for someone and fill in the forms and email addresses so a massive massive thank you. The five blogs in shortlist had to get the most votes to get in so I can't thank you enough. 
When I got the email about being nominated I didn't think I stood a chance against all the other amazing blogs, I was over the moon when the shortlist email popped up on the screen. 
I am really excited to have my blog judged by interior professionals and to get some feedback from them too as one day I would love to be able to work within the interior industry and grow my blog. 

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Hand painted cottage chic upvc door.

Hiya!
I am pinning this popular post to the top as I had a lot of requests about my painted front door. 
One year on its is doing amazing and I haven't had any chips and it has survived the Irish winter and summer. 
Have a peep below and let me know what you think. 
The post was originally written back in August of last year.

Chat soon,
Catherine. 



Hi everyone, 
So today I have a diy post for ya. This week I ( I say I, I mean we, as I am still on thumb rest after my operation so I was the gaffer giving the orders but not allowed paint), anyway We painted the upvc door from its original white color to this warm greeny/grey shade.

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The apple slice recipe

Little slices of heaven.

Hiya everyone, 
You might have seen these little apple slices on snapchat the last week, Mr Dainty came home with a big bag of cooking apples from somebodies garden and turned them into these tasty apple slices. 
I finally got some pics of the apple slices before I ate them all and I have the recipe. 
They are sooooo easy to make and very little ingredients. 

Now to disclaim! I don't cook but I certainly love to eat, especially pastry's so this recipe belongs to himself. 


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Memory hearts.

Sentimental sewing. 

Hi everyone, today I want to share these memory hearts that I made recently. 
For those of you who follow me you'll know I am kept busy in the teddy factory making memory bears. I was asked to make some hearts and I was so pleased with how they turned out that I will now start making these to order. 

I think they are a fab idea as I know not everyone wants a memory bear /cushion or sometimes they might not have enough fabric to make a bear from. 
I was thinking these would be really sweet to add to the Christmas tree as a little keepsake. 

Just click on the mail icon on above to email me and place an order. 
The frames are 25 euro (postage extra) and the hanging heart on its own is 10 euro and 12 euro if you want a personalisd message on it. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Catherine.

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Floating tea cup tutorial.

Hiya!
Have I got a fun tutorial for the teacup lovers today!
So I got lost in Pinterest and stumbled across some 'floating/flying' teacups.
A lady in a shabby chic group I follow on Facebook had also made one and I had to try it.
This one below was my first attempt and I was surprised by how quick it was to actually make.

If like me your already thinking about Christmas presents then this would be a gorgeous gift for the teacup lover.
These would be perfect also for weddings and tea parties
How adorable would these be on tables.

** I have since made a youtube video if you'd like to check it out. 




What you will need?

A tea cup of your choice.
A fork, wire or cable.
Some artificial flowers, pearls or anything you would like to stick on.
A glue gun or strong glue such as no more nails. 

I am a teacup addict so I had plenty of cups to choose from but check your local charity shop or buy and sell page and get a cheap second hand one.


You can get artificial flowers from the local pound shop or Ikea have nice ones.



I used a fork but on Pinterest I seen others used some cable, I went with the fork as it was all I had.
Bend your fork and position it on the saucer, when happy use your glue to stick, I used a hot glue gun. 
Then glue the top of the fork to the tea cup.
I highly recommend the glue gun for this as it dries quick. 

The picture above was my first attempt and a little tip, center the fork more on the plate than I did, mine was slightly off balance as I didn't center my fork.
Also for my second attempt I positioned the cup lower on the fork and this made it much more stable.
It might be a bit trial and error depending on the size and weight of the cup.
The picture below was my second attempt and that was much more stable and didn't topple over. 

Don't worry about being neat with your glue as it will all be covered with flowers.



Start covering the fork with your flowers.
I started with the leaves and built up the the rose buds.



Don't forget to cover the back and sides and have fun gluing it all together. 
I just used flowers but adding old jewellery like pearls and some bling would be stunning, you could even add some lace fabric if your making them for a wedding. 



Here is a little tip, if like me you went wrong and your cup is slightly off balance, glue some pennies to the base of saucer and it will stop it falling over. Make sure to glue the pennies were there not going to be seen. 






I think these look like something from Alice in wonderland! Perfect for anybody having a mad hatters tea party.
I love finding new ways to use old china tea cups. 
I hate seeing them hidden in peoples attics. 
Please share your tea cup up cycles and let me know what you think. 

Don't forget to tag me in your projects and leave the link to your blog in the comments section for me to check out. 

Chat soon,
Catherine. 

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