When I saw this birthday can DIY from Oh Happy Day, I knew I just had to give it a try for myself. It’s a simple yet very effective idea! All you need to do is grab a can of baked beans (or similar) and use a can opener to open the bottom of the tin. You then empty the contents into a tupperware container so that they can be used another day, clean out the can and leave to dry. Next, grab some coloured paper or card and use it to wrap the outside of the can before inserting some small gift items for your birthday recipient.
Finally, use some washi tape to cover the edge of part of the can that you removed so that you don’t cut yourself and then tape the bottom back in place. I used sellotape to do this. I made a small gift tag and that was that!
I decided not to make the paper chains for the inside of the can as shown on the post from Oh Happy Day but you could do this quite easily if you chose to.
I made my birthday can for my sister as a small favour that accompanied another gift that we had already bought for her. I filled it with some nail polish, a miniature hand cream and some of her favourite lindt chocolates. I also really like the idea of filling the can with sweets or small toys for children. What would you put into your can?
Original DIY idea from Oh Happy Day.
Since writing this blog, I’ve seen my tastes in interior design grow hugely. I may have mentioned it before but I used to be so timid when it came to using colour in my home, or wearing it via my clothing. Little by little, I’ve been positiviely influenced by interior designers and stylists as I read their blogs or follow their work in magazines and been encouraged to try something new and a bit more daring when applying colour to our home. So much so, that our living room now contains a brightly coloured yellow rug. I would never have thought to do this a few years ago but am so glad that I have the confidence to go for it now!
My new favourite colour for interior accessories is mint green. I saw a beautiful grey wall paint that had a tint of green within it recently which started a mini pinterest and google image wander into the land of mint interior accessories and styling. Here are some of my favourite finds:
This chair is a lovely way to dip your toe in the water if experimenting with green. It’s a subtle way to introduce mint into a room without commiting to painting a wall or buying a larger piece of furniture in the colour.
Or, you could buddy the chairs with a striking ceiling pendant if you want to go for a more dramatic effect.
I love the colour of this wall. It makes the white trim of the window pane and picture frames look clean and crisp.
Proof that mint green can work with a variety of other brights!
Have you decorated with mint green in your home? If so leave a link to your blog in the comments section below if you have posted about it so that we can take a look.
Images via 1, 2, 3, 4
Good evening friends, how are you? I hope that your weekend has been restful. Although it’s currently raining hard outside as I write, there has been some moments of brilliant sunshine this weekend and it finally feels as if spring is on its way. I have daffodils in the kitchen and am already planning a few DIY posts for Easter. Now we just need some blossom on the trees and we’ll be there.
I’m grateful for my friends and family who have been wonderful this weekend in making sure that I’m busy and have company whilst Mr P is away. People are so important. I have a few thank you cards that I need to write now and also a surprise parcel to send in the post tomorrow to a friend who has just been through a stressful time at work. I’m paying forward all the kindness I’ve been shown this weekend! It’s a nice way to start off the week ahead.
Wishing you all a happy Monday.
It’s quiet in our home at the moment as Mr P has jetted off to Canada and the States for work. Funnily enough, lots of my favourite blog reads are from Canadian or US authors so he is in good company. My top three links this week are:
this gorgeous powder room makeover from Cupcakes and Cashmere.
A ‘get the look’ post from Lark and Linen.
And finally, this cute cake topper DIY decoration from the Skunkboy blog.
Have a great weekend folks. I’ve packed in as much as I can this weekend so that I don’t sit around and miss my Mr too much! I’ll be back to share snippets on Sunday.
Images via: Cupcakes and Cashmere, Maison-Hand on Lark and Linen, Skunkboy
I discovered an exciting new brand (new to me at least) at this year’s Home and Top Drawer exhibitions in the form of Bloomingville and am happy that I finally get to share it with you today. Founded in Denmark, Bloomingville’s interior accessories are a mix of Scandinavian inspired design and vintage style which makes for an interesting and visually inspiring mix.
I like the use of pastel shades and golden accents for the geometric patterns and 3d shapes in the image above. They work well to soften the bold lines of the products. I’ve not thought of combining pastel shades with gold before but now that I see it, I like it!
This side table is my favourite piece from Bloomingville’s Spring/Summer collection and would look just perfect in my living room I think…
This wire basket is another interesting idea for a side table in a living room or bedroom perhaps. This would be a particularly useful piece to use in a small room as the transparency of the table would allow for a feeling of space.
You can see more from Bloomingville’s Spring/Summer range in their catalogue and you can find a stockist near to you here. I’d be interested to know your thoughts – which accessories are your favourite?
Images via Bloomingville
Hello friends, how are you? I took an impromptu break from blogging this past week as I took a week’s annual leave. I wasn’t planning on the break but was very grateful for it! I’m back now however and have a few new posts lined up for you this week which I’m looking forward to sharing.
I’ve also been planning some new blog series for the spring, one of which relates to sharing some more ‘magazine’ type blog articles with you here on Celebrate Creation. Most of these posts will be written by myself, however I’ll also share some articles from around the web that I’ve found useful or interesting. I’ve also started a new board on Pinterest called ‘Educate’ which I’ll be using to curate some of the material that is used as a basis for my new series and so please do take a look and join in via Pinterest if you wish to. If enough readers are interested, we could set up a public board that we can all contribute to. I pinned a great article today from The Everygirl blog entitled ‘4 questions everyone should ask themselves’ which I highly recommend to you – it sure made me think!
In the meantime, do let me know if there are any suggestions for a series that you might have for Celebrate Creation. I’m looking to add some new material to the blog this spring and would love it if my readers could have a direct influence over this.
Have a good Monday everyone,
Image via The Everygirl
Happy Valentine’s day! Here are some valentine inspired links for this week’s round up.
This plush monkey DIY from A Beautiful Mess is perfect for children (or child like adults) and contains a pouch for tiny love notes.
Forgotten to buy a card? Never fear, this free Valentine’s card printable from The Lovely Drawer should do the trick. Or perhaps you are at work right now and regretting not buying a card for a special someone? Go on, print this out and give it to a colleague!
Out on a date tonight? Take a look at this Valentine’s day inspired make up routine from Cupcakes and Cashmere.
Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s day today or not, I wish you a happy and restful weekend and hope that someone lets you know how special you are today.
Images via A Beautiful Mess, The Lovely Drawer, Cupcakes and Cashmere
Today I’m back with the second part of my goal update. You can see the first post here. As you may recall, I set myself 10 goals this year that I’d like to achieve and one of them is to read 12 books that have been on my Amazon wishlist for a while now.
Here’s the next 6 books on my list:
‘Dark Fire’ by C.J Sansom (I’ve read all the other books in this series so far. I really enjoy Sansom’s writing style and find that I get engrossed in these books pretty quickly. Plus I’m a bit of a history nerd and as these books are set in the Tudor period, it ticks lots of boxes for me!) I’m also looking forward to reading ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ by Elizabeth Haynes and ‘Rules of Civility’ by Amor Towles.
I’m currently reading ‘The Somnambulist’ by Essie Fox – another historical drama. Can you spot a theme here? I also want to read the revamped ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Joanna Trollope and ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ by James Thurber.
I’ve read 2 of the books on my list so far and am now on the third so I’m quite pleased with my progress! To be honest, I love reading though and so this isn’t a particularly difficult goal for me. I decided that I wanted to set goals that I would enjoy achieving as otherwise I knew that I wouldn’t stick to them. I have set a few others that I know I will find more challenging but that’s for another post…
Images via Amazon
Here’s a peek into some interiors images that I’ve been pinning recently…
This image caught my eye as it shows an interesting way to add some extra lighting to your bedroom. We still have fairy lights up in our room leftover from Christmas as it creates a lovely relaxing atmosphere when I/we are in there reading at night. I’m thinking of ordering some more of the ball lights above from Ebay though. I bought some a while ago for our living room and they are fab.
Proof that you can make the most out of even the smallest spaces if you put your mind to it!
We are on the look out for some white open shelving for our kitchen so I’m pinning lots of images at the moment in order to gain some ideas on how to style them. I like the look of one or two statement colours against the white in this image. It keeps it simple yet striking.
What have you been pinning recently? Any good finds? You can take a look at my boards here.
Images via: 1) Source unknown but found here. Please do let me know if you are aware of the original credit! 2) via, 3) Source unknown. Again, please let me know if you know!
This week we…
Had a birthday meal out for my husband. He really loves a polish restaurant in South Kensington which allegedly was used as a place for spies to smuggle information to one another. There was no smuggling of information whilst we were there (as far as I know), just lots of good food. The picture above was taken there last year when we went for a meal for his birthday. You can kinda tell that he really likes the restaurant now can’t you? Anyhow the daffodils were blooming last year but not so far this year…if you are in the UK and suffering from all the rain and flooding then my sympathies go out to you. Hopefully Spring is on its way.
I also spent two evenings driving into London after work to pick up my poor stranded hubby as he couldn’t get home very easily due to the tube strikes. They are due to strike again this week. Here’s hoping that they don’t!
We acted like children on Friday, took a day of annual leave from work and went to the Harry Potter Warner Brother’s studio tour. It was great If you get the chance to go then please do. It’s so much fun. I’ll share a few photos in the week.
So, after all that, the weekend was pretty quiet. Full of errands, watching movies and reading. I’ve read two books from my list of 12 already. I meant to share the remaining 6 with you last week, however, as usual work life was busy and as my blog is a writing project I do for pleasure, my day job has to take priority! I’m hoping to get that post written and blogged this week though.
What did you get up to?
Have a good Monday,