Welcome to Dainty Dress Diaries
My name is Catherine and welcome to my floral, painted, tea dress-wearing, creative corner of the internet. My blog is my place to share my love of all things creative. I am a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to creativity, from drilling to sewing, photography and videography, I do it all. My goal is to share what I learn in the hopes that it inspires you to flex your creative muscle!
I love to transform old into new and document it along the way.
I started blogging back in February 2014. I originally wanted to blog about fashion, but as I only ever wear dresses (hence the blog name), I didn’t have a direction. Later that spring, I had attended some furniture painting workshops and, then I rediscovered my love of all things creative. I also became more confident in my blogging abilities as I had a bit more of a direction. In 2016 I started the Dainty Dress Diaries YouTube channel.
I still share my outfit posts, but I stick to what I love, adorable tea dresses, with a vintage flair. I have also started to share more personal posts on my blog as I grow and learn as a person. I have added a travel and places corner to my blog as one of my favourite things is solo travel and, I love travel photography.
Running my blog and my Youtube channel is currently my hobby and, I do work full-time. However, I always aim to have a fresh piece of content for you every Thursday on my Youtube and website.
I hope to inspire you to create the home and life you want to with whatever budget you have. I believe that we can all create the life we want and, we can achieve this through creativity. I have tons of projects on this blog so, I hope you get lots of inspiration when navigating around my website and Youtube channel. I love seeing your projects so, do reach out on Instagram or Facebook to share your work with me.
As my blog grows, I aim to stay true to what my blog is about. I will always disclose at the bottom of my posts if an item is gifted or sponsored by a brand. As tempting as it is to take free items, I always only accept PR that I love and that I would genuinely purchase myself.
The past few years I have been delighted to collaborate with Laura Ashley, Marks and Spencer, Loccitane, Energia, to name but a few, if you are interested in collaborating then drop me an email by clicking the contact form and we can chat.
From time to time, I may work with brands and get paid to do so. I am also a member of affiliate networks, and I sometimes use affiliate links within my site.
I always declare using AD or “sponsored content” on posts where I have collaborated with a brand on a paid basis. If I have used an affiliate link, I will mention it at the top of a blog post under the fold. As my blog grows, I have been able to work with some of my favourite brands and will continue to work and endorse brands and products I love and ones I know you love too.
The revenue I make from my blog enables me to put the money back into the blog and increase the quality of my content, thank you for the continued support.
Get To Know Me
Dainty Dress Diaries FAQ
Below is some popular questions that I get in my inbox, from Youtube comments, and from my search analytics. I hope these help!
I started YouTube in November 2016. I am not the best writer, so I decided to use videos to show people my projects. Since then, we have grown our channel in size, and I still upload a new video every Thursday.
I started this blog in 2014. I cringe at my first blog posts, but we all have to start somewhere. Over the years, my site has grown with me, and I am proud to say that it has inspired thousands to reignite their creativity.
Unfortunately, I don’t do consultations. However, I have tons of resources on this blog. Click here for my paint guide, and here for this Ikea painting guide. You can also use the search bar at the top of this site to navigate.
Click here for all the details on my online sewing course. You can sign up at any time, and you have unlimited access to learn at your own pace.
The website daintydressdiaries.com, and YouTube channel, is owned by Catherine Carton.
Believe me when I say, if I don’t know what my relationship status is, then neither does Google, lol! As of January 2021, I am a spinster with two cats, and plenty of suitors, however, nobody special……. yet? This question is purely for the nosey buggers who I see searching this question from my analytics dashboard. Yes, people search for this each month. It is one of my most searched keywords that drives traffic to my website. There is no Mr Dainty, and sadly because of online intrusion, I am reluctant to share again when there is one.
I am an eighties baby! I was born in North Dublin in 1988.
In January 2021, I was made redundant during the pandemic, and I decided to work for myself. Before then, I worked for the Arcadia group for over fifteen years in various management roles and locations.
Unfortunately, I did have to remove my Linkedin last year for safety and privacy reasons. While YouTube and my website support me now, it can be very up and down, so I also do freelance creative work for companies to make up for any losses in income. So, in the future, I may change things up, but for now, I am enjoying being creative here.