The World of Candles

The World of Candles

Candles have been around for many, many years, but it was not too long ago that candles were just a means of getting some light in a room when the power went out, and they were a necessity for such emergencies. Nowadays, the role of candles has changed. Some are beautiful works of art which it seems a shame to light, others are a custom scented candle lit and used for relaxation purposes, with their perfume permeating the air.

Fabric Covered Hangers

Fabric Covered Hangers

Every girl wants order in her wardrobe, and these fabric covered hangers are as pretty as they are practical. You can add a lavender-stuffed heart made of the same fabric, or some fabric flowers, near the hook, too. Look out for the old-fashioned wooden hangers that have a hook that unscrews, as these are super simple to cover. Whilst you are hunting down old hangers, keep your eyes open for vintage hangers. Those with simple shape are easier to work with. Internet auction sites are a good source if you cannot see them at a car boot sale.

Making Your Own Curtains

Making Your Own Curtains

Windows are focal points in rooms so it is important that you think carefully about what you use to decorate them. Because a window allows you to show off your fabric over a large area, a curtain project is an excellent opportunity to make the most of your creative flair and imagination.

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Everyone loves a hot water bottle. The calendars and thermometers are not nearly accurate at announcing the arrival of cold weather as the calls for hot water bottles at bedtime. To make a beautiful and unique hot water bottle cover you can knit your own piece, but if you are seriously unaccomplished knitter, you can borrow somebody else’s knitting to achieve the same effect.

Vintage Remix’s Cake Stand

Vintage Remix’s Cake Stand

You can present your cakes in a suitably retro style using Vintage Remix’s cake stand. Search local charity shops (or online shops such as eBay) for vintage record. Good quality recordings from the 50s, 60s and 70s are ideal. Don’t use gramophone records as they are brittle and will break easily. You can search for matching vintage labels with quirky titles or a selection of favourite artists or songs.

Homemade tea cosy: Make It in Your Own Way

Homemade tea cosy: Make It in Your Own Way

You can brighten your teatime table with a cheerful and unique teapot cosy, which is both practical and easy to make. Teapot cosies are always popular, and those colourful examples will help make a fun statement on your stall. There is nothing so funny and interesting as serve a nice cup of tea to your friends and family from teapot “dressed” in a beautiful, individually designed cosy!

Making a New Furniture from an Old Drawers or Crate

Making a New Furniture from an Old Drawers or Crate

Upcycling is a huge part of making the vintage home, and it may be a great project for you to find a new ways of using old things. You can use old crates (wine crates, fruit or vegetable crate…) or drawers to make new shelves for your kitchen, study or childrens’ room, bedside cabinets, coffee tables or newspaper and magazine rack.

Four Rules on How to Choose Right Vintage Furniture

Four Rules on How to Choose Right Vintage Furniture

Whether you are after original period furniture or second-hand bargains to create your vintage look, there is always something out there that’s right for you. Just follow simple rules about planning, searching and selection, and you can find fantastic pieces of furniture for your home. And if they need a bit of TLC, check out some of the techniques for restoring and looking after furniture so it will last and last and give a wonderful vintage look to your home.

James Ward design: Friendly Beasts on Your Plate

James Ward design: Friendly Beasts on Your Plate

James Ward, a.k.a. JimBobArt, is a young UK based freelance illustrator who’s beautifully drawings moves from paper to different objects – plates, cups, walls, even a bath tub! After his holiday in Sweden he was inspired to start to draw on plates, as he found there is a lot of natural history prints on plates and furnishing. He uses a simple plates and he loves the idea of making cheap items such as blank plates into something a little more valuable.

Handmade Celebration Party Decor

Handmade Celebration Party Decor

Do leave plenty of time to make decorations for your celebration party. Remember that every last detail, from the venue itself right down to the drinks is a potential styling opportunity. None of it has to be expensive. As with styling your home, you can achieve a wonderful look for your celebration with a combination of second-hand shopping and home crafting.