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Summer reads

Book cascadeWhat’s on your summer reading list? I love to read and find it so relaxing. In fact my bedside table doesn’t look too dissimilar to the image above! I’ve just finished Amor Towles’ ‘Rules of Civility’ which is on my book list for the year and am now working my way through a Jodi Picoult novel. I’ve never actually read anything by Jodi Picoult before so if you have any recommendations (for her books or any other authors I should check out) please do let me know.

What are you reading at the moment?

For some inspiration, check out the Guardian book blog.

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DIY upcycled foot stool

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I’ve been working on this project for a little while and am glad to finally be able to share it tonight.

My neighbour had her kitchen renewed recently and as she was clearing out her home, she offered me this foot stool as she no longer wanted it. As soon as I saw it, I realised that this was the perfect little project for me – something that would be a great addition to our home, but not too time consuming to complete.

Here’s what I did…

Firstly, I removed the leather from the foot stool. It was screwed into place so once I found my screwdriver it was a pretty easy job to take off the leather.

Then I sanded the legs and painted them with white primer. I had to do three coats to cover all the black paint on the legs, so this took a little while…

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Today I’m inspired by: gold accents…still!

Thank you for your feedback from the last post! The more I blog, the more I’m coming to see that it’s the honest and personal posts that get the best interactions from readers. Today I’m sharing a little ‘inspired by’ post. I’ve posted about gold accents in interior design before and I’m still loving the look. Pared with white, I think that gold can create an effortlessly feminine feel. I’m still trying to figure out a way to incorporate it into our home however. Suggestions on a postcard please…

Gold kitchenSee more of this home tour over on Style Me Pretty Living.

Image via Style Me Pretty Living

 

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Future thinking…

ChangeI’ve been thinking about changing things around on Celebrate Creation recently and so I wanted to write a post today to keep regular readers (and new ones!) in the loop. Recently I’ve been inspired by the Blognix blogging conference and also a short course that I’m taking that was written by the A Beautiful Mess team on blogging. I realised that since starting this blog 3 years ago, some of my passions have changed and also that I’ve developed as a blogger. I’m considering trying out some new posts on education and adult learning as well as wanting to include more lifestyle posts. What originally started out as an interior design and craft blog is evolving…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still passionate about interior design and also love crafting! However, due to my full time job commitments, I don’t feel that I can dedicate the time required to taking photos and posting DIY’s or craft tutorials. I’m ok with posting about projects that other people have done and promoting their work, but I also want to create more of my own content and post original work in the main.

So where does that leave us? Well, if you’re happy to, I’d love you to help me! Firstly, please do let me know in the comments section or via email any posts you enjoy on Celebrate Creation and also any areas that you would like to see more of or improve. Secondly, please keep reading! I’ll be trying out some new post ideas over the next few months, some of which will stay and some of which I’m sure we will both think don’t really work! But I’m learning, and I’d really appreciate your feedback along the way.

I feel excited about this change and am looking forward to planning and developing some new content over the next few months. Here goes…

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San Francisco travels

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TramWe’re back. We ate too much, saw some amazing sights and shopped till we dropped. A good holiday in my opinion! I have much to share and even more photographs to add but my camera phone needs some serious editing time first. In the meantime I wish you a happy weekend and look forward to seeing you here next week where normal blogging will resume.

Happy Friday!

Claire.

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Blogging holiday

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Hey there. Just stopping by to say that I’m taking a small blogging holiday whilst T and I are away in San Francisco. I’ll be recording our travels on Instagram however so it would be great to see you over there. You can follow me under Celebrate Creation. I’ll be back and blogging again in 10 days time so look forward to catching up with you here then!

Take care,

Claire.x

Image of Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco via first seen on Places2explore

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San Francisco home tour

It’s holiday time for T and I next week – we are off to visit San Francisco! I’ve always wanted to go and am so excited that our trip is nearly here. I’ve been researching restaurants, shopping and visitor attractions pretty frequently and even made a board over on Pinterest dedicated to the city. I’m a planner and half the fun for me is researching our holiday destination and planning what we might do when we’re there.

I’ve also been searching for home tours in San Francisco as I’ve heard that the city has a strong art scene and I’m interested to see how this influences interior design. I loved the industrial styling in this San Francisco home and so thought I’d share it with you today.

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Chic-and-Stylish-Old-School-Office-Interior-Design-of-Noe-Valley-Home-by-Lauren-Geremia-San-FranciscoThe home office is my favourite room in this house. It shows how you can create a look using just a few key pieces – the desk, lamp and bookcase in this instance. Throw in a large rug and some dark wooden flooring and you’re there!

We are staying in an Air b’n’b rental in San Francisco which looks gorgeous so I’ll be sure to share some snaps of the interior design used there too. You can follow me on Instagram if you’re interested in seeing other design lovliness whilst we are away as I’ll be posting inspirations over there next week.

Image via Californiamarkt Interior design by Lauren Geremia

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#Blognix14

Blognix titleOn Saturday I went to my first ever blogging conference – Blognix. It was held at The Custard Factory in Birmingham and is the blogging conference child of Elizabeth from Rosalillium. It just so happened that T had to work in Birmingham over the weekend so it made sense to travel up with him and go to the conference. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t recommend it highly enough to you! The bloggers who were chosen to speak are real experts in their field and I learnt so much during the day. I have  tons of notes in my notebook and so many new blogs, podcasts and you tube tutorials to check out as a result of hearing about some of the best blogging practice out there that it’s crazy.

Blognix 1One of the seminars I attended was run by Lucy who writes ‘Captured by Lucy’. She’s an amazing photographer and she shared some of her top styling techniques and photography tips. As someone who has zero experience in photography, it was incredibly useful. To be honest, a lot of the time I’m not happy with the images I post on my blog (the ones that I take I mean). It’s something that I’ve been looking to improve for a while. I’m hoping that by putting Lucy’s techniques into action, you will see some notable improvements in the quality of the images I’m sharing from my phone/camera! I’ll share more about Lucy’s workshop soon but it’s another post that I’m currently working on so I’m saving most of what I learned for another day.

Blognix 2In my opinion, one of the best things about a blogger event is that you usually find there is a really welcoming and friendly atmosphere and Blognix was no exception. Bloggers are nice people! I went to Blognix on my own yet I never felt awkward or out of place during the day as everyone was really happy to network, meet new people and make folk feel at home.

Talking of networking, the image above is of a conversation starter card that I snapped on my iphone. They were placed around the event as a way to engage people in conversation either in person or via social media. I posted this image on my instagram account so if you have an answer for me, find me over there and let me know! I’m thinking of making some conversation cards like this the next time we have people over for a party…

As well as learning about photography, I got some amazing advice from London Beauty Queen on working with brands and charging for blog posts (another post I’m now working on as I’ve not had much luck looking for answers in this area until last weekend). I also dipped my toe in the water of podcasting with The High Tea Cast. So many talented people in one room – all of whom were more than willing to share their story and inspire and encourage other bloggers. On top of all this, Blognix is an affordable day conference with full price tickets costing £50 – that’s about half of a regular conference fee. If you get in early, which I didn’t his year sadly, the fee is just £35. Bargain! If you are interested in finding out more you can look on the Blognix website or follow the hashtag #Blognix14 on social media.

I’m hoping Blognix will run again next year as I want to go back. Who’s coming with me?

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Celebrate talent – Chloe Harrison

I had a nice surprise the other morning when these cheery fellows popped into my email inbox:

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Owl cheeky mlI’ve featured the work of Chloe Harrison before as I’m a big fan of her work and her faux animal trophies always make me smile; so I was glad to receive an update on her work. These owls go on sale shortly and are presented in a glass case - you can find out further information over on the Studio Gnu website. Even if you’re not in the market for buying one at present, I recommend that you take a look at the website as Chloe’s other work is fabulous too.

Images via Chloe Harrison

This is not a sponsored post. I just really admire Chloe’s work and wanted to celebrate it!

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Friday links

Making plansWhat plans do you have for this weekend? I’m going to spend some more time on my ‘One little word’ project as we just received our prompt for June and I need to catch up on some of the other journaling tasks too. You can see my progress so far and the word that I have chosen here. I’m in the mood for making things this weekend. I’m hoping to bake and also to get my sewing machine out and sew a couple of sock monkeys for some friends of mine who are expecting their first child soon. I’ll try and take photos as I go along so that I can share a sock monkey tutorial in future. They’re so easy to make and are very cute!

I thought I’d share some links this week that might give you some ideas for projects to complete this weekend:

Coconut carrot slicesEasy bake coconut and carrot slice via BBC good food

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Make your own washi tape via Simply Creative

mason-jar-blog Spend some time spring cleaning the kitchen. This mason jar storage DIY from hgtv.com is a great idea.

Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy!

Images via Celebrate Creation, BBC Good food, Simply creative, HGTV.com all links in post.