My quick DIY – free autumn decor

 

IMG_5363After collecting acorn caps yesterday, I had a little crafting session while catching up on some YouTube. I’m sure there was a cup of tea, so lets say there was just to set the scene.

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It took me a while to make the ball of acorns but I plan to make more in the future – does this mean I’ll have to collect more?! Damn! Well, if I have to collect more then I’ll have to. It’s not like my favourite thing in the world, or anything.

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Wind chime of collected junk

 

A few months ago I finally made my wind chime, my sacred wind chime of rubbish I’ve collected from all different places, and of course it’s not and may never be finished.

I couldn’t actually start making it till I had enough stuff collected, not that this was a thought nor a plan, but in my mind I was building it every time I found a new treasure. I probably had enough items months and months ago though, to be honest, but it was June when one morning I woke up and decided to go collect sticks and start. And, like I said, there wasn’t much thought then either, and if you carry on reading you’ll see my failure in having no plan.

If any of you have seen the film Harriet The Spy (just to let you know I was completely obsessed with it as a child) this was inspired from the junk yard where they play. To think of all the things that could capture your imagination – it’s the freedom of junk.

Look up some photos, you’ll understand.

It hangs from my door and truly jingles. I want to move it but I haven’t got a place yet. When I have my own house I want to have it in my garden.

So what is on my wind chime?

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My Mum had collected old keys from past houses, old locks, or sheds etc, and I think I had a few from the past too. Why it feels so wrong to throw away keys, we will never know.

I dripped them into little pots of fence paint that I bought for 10p each (so it’s water proof). I did it on a very hot and sweaty June day (remember that heat rise?) and I struggled in finding ways for them to dry – as you can tell by the photos. I also got my first sun burn of the year, which was a massive cross on my back because of my bikini.

 

(I have photos of the process because I naturally document a lot of things I do, whether I share it or not)

I also have shells and a starfish from all different beaches from all different countries. I didn’t drill any holes, I purposefully searched for ones with existing holes. My favourite shell is the one in the first photos with sand stuck on it.

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And stones, one with a natural hole in and one without a hole.

I was experimenting with some shells and the hole-less stone that I picked up on a beach where my friend got married in Zante, and I ended up gluing the sting to the stone. Everything else is tied.

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When I was making my wind chime I also made this wall hanging below, just to hang in my bedroom rather than outside. It has the same collected junk on: keys, stones, shells and another real starfish. Because this one looked great with natural wood, I made my wind chime with natural wood originally. Which, if you’re ready for it, is the big failure!

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It was just so wrong! It’s from a horror film. I took so many photos, in different places, in different times in the day, from different distances, just to try and make myself like it. After everything was I just going to throw it all away?! So frustrating.

It reminded me Mexico’s Day of the Dead. I sent photos to a few different people and the stories I got back, oh deary me, one person said it’s like people have hung themselves, and another said its the keys from people who have died.

Like, great stories but nooo I wanted something pretty. Luckily, my friend (the one that got married in Zante) suggested painting it white and although I really wanted natural wood I just had to do it.

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Luckily, it’s perfect. In the imperfect sense.

I have so many stones and shells, with holes in, scattered in different corners of my life which I have yet to add, so in the future I hope to just keep tying them on.

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I also have lots of other stones, shells and bits and bobs without holes, and therefore will not be tied up. (I collect random other stuff too, one being corks). I’ve brain stormed some ideas of what I want to do with them, although I do like them just sitting around on my window sill and surfaces. The main idea was to fill a jar or vase with them, and write each location on each layer – but I don’t remember which things came from where anymore. That idea is gone, for now.

So I’ll have a think and if I come up with something you’ll know where I’ll come to!

 

Side note: don’t you think it’s weird that I’ve technically hung up dead sea creatures for decor?

 

 

Fixing what’s unsatisfactory

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Creating meaningful surroundings is important to me. I’m not a designer of any sort. I don’t have rules… I purposely like to kid myself that I’m breaking rules but I have no clue, I could be following a rule book unbeknown to me.

That’s what I was doing today. Concentrating on my room. It’s not done, this is where I’m up to. Everyday I view my surrounds as something to decorate, I suppose that’s just a creative mind, but I don’t always act on the urge, hence this post. There is a need in me to fix everything to what I find pleasing though.

I wonder why when something is important to me, like decorating and styling, I don’t become more knowledgeable on it but rather I allow it to be what it is. It’s an natural interest, I like stuff, but at the same time I am particular on what I have. I like to collect things from different places, I like to make things, I don’t need my possessions to scream what interests I have but I like them to portray my personality. That’s why it’s homely to me. That’s why I feel comfortable in my room.

And how does pleasing me work? How do I ‘find’ what is pleasing? I suppose, I say reluctantly, that must come down to some sort of rule – the juxtaposition of the objects. It’s like pretty faces are usually symmetrical. I don’t know. I’m just not sure, there’s probably a science behind it. With people who are Doctors. Hello, I’m a Doctor of Style. You wouldn’t believe them though, would you. You’d just think they’re being cocky.

My room is divided into two categories; things I’m satisfied with and things I’m not. I wasn’t aware of this till recently and all it comes down to when I have a feeling that something isn’t right. Which is an okay problem, I suppose, but it occurred to me that I could just fix them. Anything that gives me a sinking feeling just correct it till I’m all chill inside.

That’s obvious isn’t it. When you live in a space you don’t often see that though.

So here I am fixing what doesn’t satisfy me and I’ll update you in the future whether these changes have worked.

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This is where I kind of gave up and had a walk, food and a bubble bath. I’m an easily distracted creature. This one was a tough one though. I still don’t think it’s right but I think I’m done playing for today so I’ll sit on it a bit and see if my dissatisfied senses tingle.

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Pineapple Infused Vodka

Today my partner in crime and I are infusing vodka with pineapple for Christmas gifts. Ohhh yes, preparing for Christmas already – I’m one of those people. 

It’s an experiment. I have read a few posts floating about on the internet, inspired by this post by Champagne or Lemonade?, but like I’ve said previously I prefer to learn from my mistakes and just do it, forgo the research. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. 

In about a month we will try it, and if we like it we will make jars and jars more and be drunk everyday and eventually stop eating or drinking anything but pineapple Vodka! Yay! 

So, to be continued…

My new canvas 

Keyrings are easily collected knick knacks that take up room if you’re not using them for their original purpose. I could keep the 25 years worth in storage. Or I could throw them out, they’re Keyrings after all. But they’re from ALL OVER THE WORLD, my brain shouts. Okay brain. You win. On canvases you will go. Huzzah! 

Painting Made Easy

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How many times have you wanted to paint and been discouraged before starting, or stopped half way through because it isn’t what you envisioned? Story of my painting-life! I am not a painter, I’m not an artist, paint doesn’t always do what I want it to do and I can get so frustrated. But paint is so much fuunnn!! Come on it’s not fair! Muummm plleeassee.. Wow, sorry, flashback.

To help myself and my sanity I’ve created a few different ways to make painting easy for myself. AND NOW FOR YOU!

Side note: It may be too late for my sanity.

This technique is so simple, so simple, and versatile. And, dare I say, fool proof. You need watercolour paint, watercolour paper and a waterproof pen.

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After deciding what quote or word you would like to do, draw it very lightly on the paper with a pencil. For this one I chose ‘me time’ for my Mum, as she needs reminding to think about herself. Then on top of the pencil start drawing swirls with the waterproof pen. Maybe practice on another sheet of paper first, join them up, do random sizes, let them swirl in different directions, and keep them touching each other.

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At this point you can rub out the pencil. Then keep building on the swirls till you’re happy with the shape you’ve created.

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Time to mix up some colours! Woo. First decide what colour/colours you want. If there is a little bit of thought it generally looks better than willy-nilly choosing every colour on your pallet. One colour but all different tones is pretty cool, I think. For this one I choose different shades of blue and purple/pink.

Start blobbing the paint into the swirls. As it’s a waterproof pen, it wont run or leak. And you’re done, and your painting need is satisfied! How easy is that?! 

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This is one that I did for myself. I just really like the colour orange. Simple.

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I’m going to keep playing with this idea. It’s relaxing drawing hundreds of swirls and not having to think, and you’re guaranteed something that looks good because it is so easy. Have a great day!

Over and out, Emily x