Sew a wrap skirt, easy sew with no zips, simplicity pattern 8606 | AD

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Sewing a wrap skirt using Simplicity pattern 8606

I am buzzing as I type this blog post as I have made my very first wrap skirt. I have teamed up with the guys at Hickeys Fabrics to share how I made my skirts in today’s post. I am not a pro at sewing and I don’t have much experience with dressmaking but I was thrilled when I was able to put together a skirt by myself. Last year you might remember I made a dress with Angeline Murphy, You can catch that post here. I remembered some of the tips she had taught me and I used them when making my skirt. Dressmaking and reading patterns can be scary but honestly, when you break them down they are not. If I can make a skirt then you can too! All of the items I used in today’s post are from Hickeys Home focus. I got my Simplicity pattern from their store in Mary St Dublin. This project is perfect for beginners to but I would recommend you have basic sewing machine skills. If you are a complete beginner then why not check out my previous post with Hickeys on how to make an envelope cushion, you can find that here. 


Vlog | Chelsea flower show and London trip

Chelsea flower show and cute cafes in London

Well, what a week it has been this week. On Sunday I flew to London for the Chelsea flower show. I decided to take an extra night so I could do some rambling and exploring the city. I remember last year watching the Chelsea flower show and saying to myself "next year I am going to be there". I asked around every PR I knew to try and get a press pass with no luck. Then I applied online through the RHS website for media accreditation. I was thrilled when they accepted me for the press day. I have two vlogs on my Youtube channel this week. The first is a Vlog sharing my day at the Chelsea flower show and the second is a Vlog sharing all of the cute places I visited in London. 
London came alive with floral displays. I walked up to Covent Garden and admired the pretty Jo Malone car as well as the floral displays above the shops. I treated myself to a Fortnum's and Mason picnic basket too! At the moment there is a real trend for the cute floral cafes in London. I tried to visit as many of them as I could. I popped into Elan cafe, Saint Aymes and Fort Mason. I also enjoyed the sunshine and strolled through Hyde Park. Just like in the last London Vlog, I stayed in the Kensington and Chelsea area as this was close to the Chelsea flower show. This is my favourite area was I just love the little mews houses and courtyards. I find it nice and quiet there compared to some of the other parts. 

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Host your own Summer bottomless brunch

* Items gifted 

Summer garden brunch with Laura Ashley

Hi everyone, the ladies over at Laura Ashley let me pick some gorgeous pieces from their Summer range and I thought I would style them and show you how you can create your own at home bottomless brunch. At the moment there is a huge trend for bottomless brunch. I have to say I have experienced one or two of these bottomless brunches and I was a little worse for wear after all of the bottomless mimosas! They can also be a bit expensive so why not host your own and have the girls over to your house and host your own bottomless brunch. Save your pennies and use the money you save by treating yourself to some pretty tableware or even a pretty new outfit instead. 


How to make a flower wall, cheap and budget friendly

Paper flower wall DIY

Nowadays, a party is not a party without a flower wall. Flower walls have become so popular, from weddings and Communions to festivals and pretty bars you are guaranteed to see a floral display. I wanted to make my own for an upcoming garden party but I didn't want to break the bank. Flower walls can be so expensive, whether you are considering renting one or making one from faux flowers they can be costly. I am pleased to say that the one I made in today's post was really cheap and all it cost me was time. I have also put together a Youtube video showing you how I put the flower wall together and I will link it at the bottom of this post.


Ikea Rug Hack, turn the Tanum rug into a pillow

Ikea rug hack

I am planning a fun festival-style garden party for this Summer and I wanted to start making some fun pieces to style my garden for the party. When I was in Dubai I got really inspired by their decor. What really inspired me was their use of texture and print. One of the evenings at the beach a car pulled up, out popped these gorgeous girls and they set up a cosy spot on the beach to watch the sunset. They had a gorgeous patterned rug and loads of pillows. They created a cute picnic style set up and the red patterns popped against the bright sand. I wanted to create something similar for my garden for Summer. So! Today I am starting with the big cushions. I wanted big pillow style cushions that would be comfy to sit on but would be thick and durable in the garden. When I was on the hunt for a rug I stumbled across the Ikea Tanum rugs, I decided to use them in today's DIY and the best part is these rugs are €6 each. I also used one of the Signe rugs and these are only €2.50, even better.  I also made a Youtube video sharing how I made these and I will link it at the end of the post. 


Planting succulents in old tea tins

Succulent planter DIY

I am obsessed with succulents lately. You might have seen my Vlog from Dublin design night were I went to a class and I learnt to make my own terrarium. Well, since making my terrarium I have been obsessed and I have been binging on Youtube videos and Pinterest posts on how to care for and plant succulents. In today's post, I am going to reuse some vintage style tins and I will transform them into mini planters. I will also share a few tips that I found online for caring for your succulents in today's post. 

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