LET’S CELEBRATE NATIONAL CUPCAKE WEEK & GIVEAWAY

Who can resist a yummy cupcake?  No, me neither.  You can either get those aprons on, whisks in hand and bake those delicious cupcakes.  Or, like me you can always nip to the shop and just buy them!

 

Whatever you decide, I wanted to celebrate national cupcake week by giving you the chance to enter my competition to win this delightful handmade vintage cake stand.  It’s what I call a personal cake stand.  The reason is simple.  It’s a cake stand just for you.  No-one else!

 

Why not head over to my Etsy page to view some more beautiful handmade vintage cake / cupcake stands?

 

Perfect cupcake recipe

If you want your cupcakes to turn out perfect each time, I highly recommend heading over to this basic cupcake recipe here.  Following this will mean a perfect cupcake each time.

 

History of cupcakes

It is said that cupcakes originated in America.  They were once called number cakes because they were easy to remember by the measurements of ingredients it took to create them.  The American measurement was one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of bicarb.

 

Clearly, today you can get many ingredients in cupcakes and they come in all shapes and sizes.  Above all though, they are delicious and ideal as a treat!

 

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HOW TO DIY YOUR WAY TO A VINTAGE STYLE HOME

Who doesn’t love the vintage style? It’s the trend that seems to go on and on! However, buying genuine vintage items and vintage style handmade crafts isn’t always cheap, as such things are now so popular that they often come with a premium price tag attached. Luckily, there is a way you can vintage up your home without having to spend your life savings, and that is to create vintage looking pieces yourself. Read on to find out how.

 

Vintage Tea Cup Candles

 

Vintage teacup candles are an adorable craft that you can DIY in a single afternoon. Of course, it does mean you have to head out to the charity shop beforehand to find some vintage cups and saucers. Oh no! 😉 The good thing is that for these candles you will need singles of all different sizes, which are usually way cheaper to buy than full sets.

 

Once you have your cups and saucers at home, give them a thorough wash and leave to dry. Then it’s time to get on with making the candles. To make things easier, you can buy a kit which comes with everything you need. Although, don’t feel you have to as they are pretty simple to do from scratch too.

 

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First, you will need to collect your resources, you will need wax, a wick, a wooden BBQ skewer, a glass bowl, and some paper to put over your work surface to protect it. For the wax, you can use the end of old candles or by some specifically for the job. Paraffin wax works well, although soy and beeswax are less toxic.

Tie the wick to the middle of the BBQ skewer. Then place it in the clean, dry tea cup at the bottom. You want the skewer to rest on the top of the cup and keep the wick upright as the candle sets. Then break up the wax and add the wax to a double boiler, that is a glass bowl over a pan of hot water. Allow the wax to melt and add colours and scents of your choice. Most folks use essential oils to scent their candles as they release their fragrance as the wax warms when the candle is burning.  Mix thoroughly and then carefully pour into your vintage tea cup, leaving it to set overnight. It’s that simple!

 

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Vintage Boho Dream Catchers

 

For something with a vintage boho look why not make a pretty dream catcher or two? Luckily, these are super easy to make and then can really give a room a lift.

 

To start with, again, collect the materials and tools you will need. These include a wooden ring, a crochet doily, string or wool, and anything else you wish to use to decorate the project. Feathers, charms, small wooden letters and ribbon work well.

 

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Start with the ring, and take your doily, these are pretty easy to pick up in charity shops, or you can make your own by following the instructions here. You need to suspend the doily inside the ring so use the string to tie it on at equal points around the circle. Add a dab of hot glue on the back when you have the position right to keep it fixed.

 

Then create a hanging loop from string, ribbon, or yarn that you fix at the top centre of the ring. This will allow you to hang your vintage style dream catcher when it’s complete.

 

The next step is to add some string to the bottom of varying lengths. You can use ribbon, actual string, or yarn for this depending on the look that you want. You should also add things to the bottom of the strings like feathers and charms, giving it that boho feel.

 

Then it’s down to the really fun bit, where you can take your embellishments and add them whenever you want. If you can use a cordless glue gun for this. Like the one from Glue Guns Direct, as it can be a bit of a fiddly job getting right in there without getting the glue on anything else. Feel free to follow your own designs or add charms or letters along the side of the wooden ring. Leave it to dry overnight and then hand you creation with pride.

 

Vintage Style Bunting You Don’t Have To Sew!

 

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Lastly, a great vintage touch to any room or even outside for a garden party is bunting. You can, of course, buy this ready made, although the good stuff is expensive. You can also have a go at sewing it yourself, but if you are after the vintage look without being vintage yourself before you finish, why not follow this quick and easy guide instead?

 

The trick here is to use that iron on hem stuff called fusible webbing! It works like this:

 

First, chose some ribbon for the garland to be placed along. Grosgrain is often a good choice as it’s hardy and it gives that rustic vintage look.

 

Then pick out some fabric that you want to create your flags or shapes from. Here you can use scraps of vintage fabric, vintage style fabric or anything else you like really. Remember you can often buy packs of fabric for quilting that include small pieces of complimentary, but different designs which is great for this sort of activity.

 

Next, it’s time to make a stencil for your flags. Use a piece of thin card and draw out a triangle. Then cut it out and place over and pin to your piece of fabric. Use this as a template to cut around, and repeat until you have enough to fill your garland.

 

Then next step is to rough out where each flag will go. Make sure that you have the same distance between each one or things with look weird.

 

Then start fixing the flags to the ribbon with the fusible webbing. Just apply this to the top edge of the flag, place over the ribbon, fold over and iron on. You flags should then be secure and use some scissors to neaten up any rough or overlapping edges.

 

Continue this all the way along the ribbon until you have not more flags and there you have it. Your very own no sew vintage style bunting. Ready to hang wherever you see fit.

 

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Ways to add a touch of character to your bathroom

5 Overlooked decor touches to add to your home

How to DIY your way to a vintage home

3 Simple Tricks to add a touch of luxury to your bedroom

 

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FAVOURITE VINTAGE JEWELERY PIECES TO MAKE A STATEMENT THIS FALL

This post is also called “little treasures I find to sell on Etsy but find it difficult to part with”.  Autumn (or fall for those further afield) is well and truly underway here in Northern Ireland.  This is a time when I start switching the fairy lights on.  It is also time to light candles.   I wanted to share with you my favourite pieces of jewellery.  While it’s the time to wrap up warm, we can often put the jewellery pieces to one side and stick to scarves.  You don’t have to though.  I hope the following pieces inspire you as much as they have done me.

 

 

This is a one of a kind vintage repurposed necklace. It is made from a selection of 1970s leaf brooches and another 1970s flower brooch secured on a cooper colour chain. You will most certainly turn heads with this necklace. I have called it The Fall as my tribute to the season.

 

 

A stunningly beautiful vintage brooch / vintage pin from the 1950s. It is gold tone with green coloured crystals. A beautiful large flower design.

 

 

 

Period is 1950s and this is a stunning long vintage multi coloured autumn bead necklace. The beads are just lovely and in oh so many colours to match your outfit!

 

 

A stunningly beautiful vintage brooch from the 1950s. It is silver in tone and has citrine coloured crystals. It is shaped with little hearts around the brooch, such lovely filigree work.

 

 

Wow a stunning necklace from the 1950s. It is autumn brown in colour with three strands, you can see from the photo the lovely detail of each bead.

 

 

What are your favourite go to items of jewellery for fall / autumn?  I’d love to hear.

 

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AS SUMMER APPROACHES IT’S GARDEN PARTY TIME!  WIN A HANDMADE VINTAGE CAKE STAND!

I’m giving you the chance to win a handmade vintage cake stand!  Summer has arrived early.  I can tell you I am over the moon.  It’s a challenge getting up on the dark mornings, so when it’s the sun streaming through the curtains that wakens me, I’m truly delighted!

 

Summer also means the opportunity to spend time in the garden.  Sitting back and relaxing is great.  While drinking a cocktail isn’t compulsory, it certainly helps!  You can read my blog post on making vintage cocktails here.

 

I also love to host parties in the garden during the summer, especially vintage themed ones.  You can read my ideas for a vintage themed garden party here.

 

To celebrate the arrival of summer, I’m giving away a handmade mini vintage cake stand.  All you have to do is enter below.  The draw will close on Friday 30th June and is open to UK entrants only.  There are several ways to enter so make sure you do all of them to be in with a chance to own this delightful vintage cake stand.

 

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STAY VINTAGE WITH YOUR BATHROOM UPDATES

The choices you make when it comes to upgrading your home will always depend on when you bought your house. If you’ve bought a home with original features, you’re likely going to be facing the retro look of times gone by, with terracotta tiles mixed with mint green accents – never a good look!

 

 

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There are some bathrooms that never go out of style and as the bathroom is usually the last room in the house to be changed due to its size, you’re going to have fun redoing it. If you have a bathroom with clean lines, white tiling and a white bathroom suite, you’re likely to spend time just updating the additions like photos, bathroom mats and towels.

 

A white bathroom is always really easy to accessorise. If you’re facing a bathroom that you think is out of date, don’t give up on it just yet. The vintage look is absolutely in right now, but that does mean you have to settle for swirly patterned carpet and raspberry tiles!

 

There are so many ways you can update your bathroom, no matter the size of it and it’s all going to depend on what you want to see when you walk in. You don’t have to remodel the whole thing, but if you do want to pull out the bath that is against the wall and add a claw-footed tub with freestanding taps, check out the options for pipes with Drainage Superstore and get some advice on what you need! If you want to achieve a vintage look, why not check out our tips for success:

 

Check Your Fixtures

An older bathroom has a charm that takes you through time, but that doesn’t mean you need to keep hold of the old, leaky faucets! Sconces that are out of date are also not a good feature. Changing the faucets on your sink or bath can make a huge difference to the entire look of a bathroom and these vintage fixtures could be the perfect change. Older tiles ooze sophistication and history, so don’t start digging them off the walls if you can help it. It’s different if they’re peeling or chipping, but if you paint the cabinets and walls to make the tiles pop, you’ll do the bathroom a world of good.

 

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Look Alive

A bathroom is used for showering and, well, toileting. But that doesn’t mean it cannot look beautiful and full of life. Add wallpaper, curtains and a pretty ceiling fixture to make the whole room stand out. Never be afraid to try out daring ideas in the bathroom. Sometimes the ideas you’d have wouldn’t suit a larger room but are perfect for a bathroom.

 

Embrace The Colour

A vintage, older bathroom can have pretty intense colours and the combination of those can be a little sore on the eye. If you don’t want to fully remodel the bathroom, learn to work with the colours and embrace them. Garish colours don’t have to be ugly – especially if you know how to accessorise correctly! If you accent the brighter colours with toned down towels in plain white, you can take the focus away from the brightness and add a little bit of balance.

 

Be Artful

Every bathroom needs a little talking point to make it feel homely. A perfectly placed piece of vintage artwork like this can make the whole room come to life, no matter how small it may be. Your bathroom can be the little room in the house but it doesn’t mean it can’t be big in décor and colour. It’s all about how you want your bathroom to feel and if your personality is splashed in the rest of the home, why not the bathroom, too?

 

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Beautiful Furniture

Pretty vanity units, shower screens and storage can change how a bathroom looks. Choosing shabby chic units and a squashy armchair – if you have the space – is always a great idea to make the bathroom look vintage. Adding pretty touches like silk flowers in jugs and a selection of toiletries can really make it pop.

 

How you choose to update your bathroom is always going to depend on how it looks to start. There are so many beautiful bathroom ideas out in the world but the best ones are those that you can come up with yourself. Home interior design is all about personality and it’s your opportunity to get creative and make something new that is different from what you find on websites like this one. Find something beautiful and make it your home.

 

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