Thursday, 11 January 2018

DIY: Upcycled sweet tub

Well, I can't believe how quick Christmas and New Years came around for me it was quiet and uneventful. I ended up collecting a few sweet tubs. I hate throwing the tubs away as they make excellent storage containers, especially for baking and storing my tat.

I decorated one of the tubs to store my hair accessories. 

I found this tutorial, on Pinterest, it's so addictive. It stimulated the creative synapses. 

This one of the sweet tubs I decide to decoupage or the posh way of saying glueing paper on to a surface to make it look decorative. 

I used a black and grey print wrapping paper from Tiger to decoupage. I carefully tore the around the pine cones to retain their roundish shape. and placed them into a gloopy mixture of water and PVA glue solution ( I didn't measure it I just guess it ) I attached it to the tub.

This is the tub drying. 

I use my handy seam raper blade to neaten the edge on the lid.  I would be in trouble if my sewing tutor saw how I miss using my dressing making tools. Anyway, it works effectively leaving a neat edge. 

The top of the lid. 

I added a mixture of matt varnish, Pva glue, and water. I added a sticker ribbon around the edge and a chalk label.

It contains all my tat. 

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Charity shop Haul

It feels like a long time since, I did a charity shop haul. I've been trying my best not to purchase, as much. I 've definitely became more discpline. 

I've always shopped secondhand ever since a friend introduced me to them, where I discovered a wonderful array of treasures and tat for little money.  I remember there was always a stigma shopping second hand but it never bothered. Also, thifting meant I could create a goth wardrobe on a a teenger I had limited money. Now, I aim to get most things second hand all but shoes and electronics (just bad experience). I love charity shops as they tend to be cheaper, I know my money going to help a worth a cause, I never know what I will find and it means less thing is ending up in a landfill.  

 However, I find thrifting can be addictive, and  I probably spend money unnecessarily. I 'm trying to curb my spending and prioritising saving. Back in November, I was very good but in December I binged shopped.  

So this is Decembers's haul:

I found some pocket dragons for 99 pence each so score. There was quite a number of these little guys they were in bad condition which was a bit sad. 

I found more Pocket Dragons the charity shop in a Durham this is a rarity.
 I tend to find them more like once a year or less. It shows you just never know what one will find. 

I found these when I went to Morpeth.I put them in the sitting room. The wall decor is meant to be copies of animals that are carved in Lincoln Cathedral. They were £4 for the pair. I liked the pair, especially the little bat, which compliments my gothic display cabinet. 

I also found burgundy faux flowers and placed them in my bedroom. I love how realistic the roses look.

I found this cat sign that suited my kitchen cat decor . I think it sums what's necessary for life. 

The  book stand keeps my chopping board up against the wall.  I just couldn't resist the adorable black cat.

This is the best bargain of  2017. I wanted a bread bin for ages I saw the exact same one for £12 in B &M Bargains. I thought I would hold on I found this one the local community shop; I bartered for 50p, since there some damage at the back, I can't see it. It suits my kitchen decor. 

I found these in Whitley Bay, when I met up Jane.  I found two picture frames and a hook and shelves. I'm not sure whether to paint the shelf black but it's going in my bedroom with the frames. I've already spray painted picture frames black, look so much better. 

I found these things a couple of picture frames and necklace stand which I've painted gloss black, look much better. 

This what it looks like painted black. 

I found another jewellery hanger for a pound and spray painted black.  

I found this jug vase for more black faux flowers in the hallway.

I found the picture frame on sale for 5 pence each and the metal candle think. I not sure whether to remove the metal hoops thing off or find some glass for them. I'm not even sure where to hang it off. 

 I haven't found much in regards to clothes.  I'm not sure if  I'm getting pickier or the selection of clothes available. I found a ruffle blouse for 99p. The only thing is there is a bit of gape. 

I think this was the best finds of 2017, its a Per Una skirt love the witchy hem it was half price so it cost  £2.25. 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Farewell 2017 and Hello 2018.

My post is about my batfit, reflections for 2017 and goals for 2018, so I combined into one posts. 

As John Lennon said, "another year over and another one begins".

 We're in 2018, now, I can't believe how quickly 2017 has passed. Personally, 2017 wasn't exceptional or terrible but this is the last one I celebrate in my twenties. Before I hit the big three zero, I used to be terrified, now I  feel apathetic about it.

The biggest thing of 2017, I joined the workforce again as a healthcare assistant. I don't  like talking about work too much its close to home, I do 12 hours shifts which allows me more free time. The downside is working weekends; I mainly work half weekends its ok. It means, I'm missing out on a lot of nights out due to my work schedule including Noir Castle. I also had to deal with the physical and mental problems after having a year out from work. Also, the specific challenges of working in health care. 

 On personal, I've been in a depressive period and having odd mood swings where I haven't felt like blogging for a while. So, I have been contemplating whether to continue blogging. If I'm even contributing to both blogosphere and the goth community. I'm coming out of my moods I've decided I enjoy the blogging process mental challenge and stimulation blogging offers me since I struggle with written communication because of my dyslexia.  

I don't have any major life goals or resolutions for this year as such. There are a few things I've slowly introduced into my life last year and I want to aim to achieve.  

With working again, its meant  I can start saving again. I'm trying to save £300 each month. It's not always working. I think this year, I want to become more disciplined with my spending and keep track of it. I need to create a budget using a spreadsheet and use cash rather than my debit card.

Over Christmas, I spent too much purchasing more crap from the charity shops. I have a feast or famine personality where I tend to either avoid the charity shops or go on spending spree it might only be on second-hand stuff but the pounds add up, a lot of the time things end up back in the charity shop. On a positive note, One I think I have noticed is I'm becoming more picker about what I purchase from the charity shops and starting to release I only have so much room for in the house. 

I want to make more of my own things, from scratch, in all fairness I have been doing everything from clothes to food, hair accessories etc so I want to go on further. I feel like this is more of gradual lifestyle change that will take time rather than quick fix option. 

Instead of purchasing new things I want to rediscover and appreciate the things I presently own. By wearing things in wardrobe and getting my display cabinet organised. This includes finally getting the rest of my Pocket Dragons from my mam's loft. and other misc rubbish I have stored there.  

On that note, I also, want to finally finish the jobs in the house, especially my craft room. Originally, it was the horrendously plumbed in a bathroom that was continually leaking intern caused damage to the plasterwork downstairs. The craft room needs new power point plugs and a new light fitting before I get them installed I need to replace the electrical box. I now have the money to get the work done, I'm waiting for the quote. I want the whole room replastered, new skirting boards, flooring and doorway. I want the hallway and backyard relandscaped. I need to wait till we sell the boyfriend flat. Fingers cross. 

Finally, I want to try and meet up with a friend more often as I feel this so important for my mental health. Sometimes this always possible but I want to make more of an effort to keep in contact with people. I also, been thinking of joining up with the quilting group again.

Wishing everyone all the best for New Years 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas

I thought I would share a Merry Christmas greetings to my blog presently it I'm in bed having an early night as I'm working all Christmas its healthcare you get used it. 

All I wanted to say, I've met some wonderful people during over blogosphere and despite not meeting in person or me communicating over FB messenger, seriously rubbish at keeping contact with people. Either way, your support and comments and interaction mean a lot to me I'm just crap as saying it. So, I'm now. The community means a lot to me if I have a rubbish day at work,  your comments help me turn it around on my break. It makes worth me blogging from the exchange of idea, stories and experiences, it helps, me to realise I'm not alone. There a big vast world out there. It just the community has meant a lot to me. I would like to thank you to everyone who read my blog and comment or just likes looking at it. 

I hope you wonderful and awesome people have happy and safe Christmas, Yuletide or festive time and to spread a bit of our positivity out into the real world. Take care big hugs to everyone out there. I look forward reading your blogs soon. 

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Paint It Black; Beside drawers.

I've been upcycling some drawers.  I purchased them last year, originally they were meant for my bedroom but the drawers were too wide. I was planning to get rid of them and I popped them in my guest room for time being. I was planning on purchasing something new and the boyfriend suggested upcycling them. The drawers are decent quality and make of solid wood.

Originally, they painted a duck egg blue-grey with chalk paint hadn't been waxed. I forgot to take a picture, doh, I'm getting worse for not taking a photo. I love the bottom round bottoms of the drawers. I lightly hand sanded using p100 grit sandpaper and I washed the cabinets down with a damp cloth soaked in soap.

I found the gorgeous rose appliques on eBay a while ago, I ordered two with intention of using them on the drawers at some point. 

I glued down using PVA glue and a clamp to keep it place. 

I painted with a coat of Wilkinson furniture primer it dries within 30 minutes. 

I was feeling lazy and I used spray Wilko's Satin spray paint. However, I wouldn't recommend this method as its some of the areas are a bit patchy. Honestly, I think they look far better than they did and there only for the guest bedroom, and we're not planning to have too many guests. 

To complement my wardrobe and natural theme in the guest bedroom.

 I stencilled the front drawers in white using a floral stencil. I used the same stencil on my dressing table.  I stippled using a stencil paintbrush as I find the method easier and most effective. There are no right or wrong methods for stencilling its all down to personal preference. 

The handles I purchased from Home Bargains one pair for £1.99 I liked the white and silver contrast.  I love the silver filigree detail. 

The final reveal. 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

DIY; Floral Headdress

So at the moment, I'm loving the whole sort age of  Aquarius vibes with the bohemian and hippy fashion taking precedence. In both alt and mainstream fashion headdresses seam to be everywhere. I've sort have been admiring this trend from afar.

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Evil Queen Horns Beads & Black Roses Headband by Restyle

Black Sailing Ship Fascinator by RQBL

 There are some gorgeous headdresses to buy.  Yet, the cost is anywhere from a few pounds to more elaborate handcrafted ones going to the hundreads. Its out of  my budget at the moment, espcially since I want my craft room decorated. Anyway, I admire and respect these independent artisans who are creating beautiful items, however, I understand their prices needs to reflects their labour, time and materials. I try my best to purchase from independent sellers, presently my budget is the quite tight so it's going on my wish list..

So, I decided to diy one a  floral headdress with the assistance of Angela Benedict tutorial on how to create a floral headdress. The video was really good for instructions. I've tried to explain to my best of my ability. If you like me sometimes a visual Youtube video is far more effective. I'm too lazy and tired to make my own.  

I purchased a headband for 30p from Home bargains, I picked up another  two for another project.   I had some black faux flowers from a cheap shop for a pound and some gorgeous green leaf trim from Tiger, I love this shops. All materials came to £2.30 and a couple of blisters.  I used a glue gun. I got mine from Asda for £5 - £6 and refills are 60p ( from Asda). 

I measured the trim by placing around my headband to get the right size and cut it.

I used the hot glue gun to glue down the ribbon every few centresmetres. I left it to dry. 


I started in the middle and glued the rose onto the band at a slight angle to allow for maximum hold. Before glueing down each rose I positioned the rose to get the right appearance before glueing it down once I was happy I placed a blob of glue place it on to the band, I held the rose on the band for 10 seconds and allowed to dry. In place, 

I add an extra few dobs of glue to the rose to help stabilise flowers. 

There was a few gab so I filled these with the black leaves to hide the wholes I glue these down. 

I wasn't happy with how messy the back of the headdress looked, so I  hand sewed all the petals together to hid the glue dobs. 

 Warning be careful while using the glue gun I got blisters.

This is the final reveal. 

I wore this out last month when the boyfriend and I went to Castle Noir. I got some lovely compliments about my headdress. I forgot to take photos as I was feeling ill and looked like death. It was a good night.    

DIY: Upcycled sweet tub

Well, I can't believe how quick Christmas and New Years came around for me it was quiet and uneventful. I ended up collecting a few swe...