home: made [ things to do at home ]

home: made [ things to do at home ]

Our lives have changed rather dramaticaly over the last few weeks, and this means we are indoors the majority of our day.

Once we have our daily work and chores out the way, it’s important for all if us to have some down time. Self isolation is not a fun position to be in on the surfce, but we can take some positives from being at home. Use this opportunity to slow down and become more productive in the home, and you will start to feel fullfiled.

Below are some fun and relaxing ideas of things to do to escape the crazy life we are all currently living.

Start painting

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Maybe you haven’t painted since school, maybe you had great plans of picking up a brush last year, but never did. Now is your chance to get your creating juices flowing. Head to Amazon or Hobbycraft for basic art supplies

Paint anything and everything. Just letting you mind wonder and find one escapism will do wonders for your mental health right now. A great starter book for daily exercises is 365 days of Art

Plant some seeds

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Spring has sprung and with the clocks going forward this weekend we can start to feel rejuvinated and enjoy a bit of sunshine. Of course we are not having a ‘normal’ Spring, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do the things we normally would.

Get yourself some plant pots, some seeds and soil, and get messy. Watch your seedlings grow over the coming weeks. This will give you purpose and an element of responsibility to help your seeds to grow. This is a great activity of you have kids. You can try growing anything from flowers to vegetables. Check out Amazon.co.uk for all you needs, including starter kits.

Odd jobs

We all have odd jobs in our homes that we never got round the finishing. Whether it’s a loose cupboard door, an unpainted wall or a putting up some pictures. Use this time to get these jobs done. You will feel positive from completing this tasks. All good for the mind.

Needlepoint and knitting

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Try something new like knitting or embroidery. It’s proven that these type of hobbies are stress releaving. Craft something for someone, or knit a blanket for your home. Whatever it is, you will get satisfaction in what you can achieve. And with time on our hands, you can dip into it for a little bit each day.

Make sure you all take time out for yourselves, and do a little something you love each day. We will get through this!

home: made [ Easter eggs ]

home: made [ Easter eggs ]

Easter weekend is upon and if you are entertaining or simply like to decorate your home over this period, then we have some cool egg decorating tutorials for you today.

Country Living share some really lovely paint techniques, silk covering, dying and lots more to create colourful and interesting eggs.

Head to countryliving.co.uk & countryliving.com for all the details.

home: event [ learning the basics ]

home: event [ learning the basics ]

If you have ever wished you knew how to properly tile a wall, change a plug socket or even hang a mirror correctly, than look no further 

The Goodlife Centre run workshops on all the basic know-how to feeling confident around your home. Their half day courses focus on one craft and you get advice, tips and practice, ready for you to recreate at home. 

Perfect for those who love a bit of DIY and want to gain more knowledge, and of course avoid paying someone else to do the work for you. 

Get tickets from thegoodlifecentre.co.uk

home: made [ painted pumpkins ]

home: made [ painted pumpkins ]

Halloween is around the corner and it’s pumpkins galore. We have found a lovely alternative way to decorate them with different paint techniques and colours – noone said pumpkins had to stay orange.

Get hold of some real pumpkins in various sizes or craft pumpkins [ craftmill.co.uk ] and some acrylic paint, then you’re good to go.

We have found some inpiring designs at homeyohmy.com.

So that’s your weekend sorted!

home: event [ ceramic painting workshop ]

home: event [ ceramic painting workshop ]

If you are in London on the 29th of June and looking for a fun way to spend the evening then consider this workshop, hosted at West Elm by illustrator Niki Groom.

This beginners workshop will guide you through the materials and techniques required for painting on ceramics. Included in the price is a West Elm plate [ which you will be decorating ], paint and brushes which you can then take home with you after.

Thurs 29th June

18:30 – 20:30

Click here for tickets [ £50 ]

home: event [ ceramic painting ] 

home: event [ ceramic painting ]  

Not to be missed, this great workshop at Heals, London, with ceramicist Amanda-Sue Rope gives you the opportunity to create a painted set of four coasters for just £25. 


THIS WORKSHOP IS AN INTRODUCTION TO CERAMIC DECORATION; HISTORY, TECHNICAL SKILLS AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.

Ceramicist Amanda-Sue Rope comes to Heal’s for an exclusive workshop. In this class she will teach her techniques for decorating pottery, and guests will paint a full set of coasters which they can collect from Heal’s after firing.

Amanda has prepared a set of 4 different ceramic coasters for each guest, made from white stoneware, red stoneware, grey stained clay and porcelain-slipped clay.

You will be introduced to different approaches to paint application including brush, sponge, stencilling and splattering. Amanda will discuss how to create a coherently designed set, and show examples of different methods of paint application and decoration across different makers, cultures and time periods.

Heal’s Tottenham Court Road

Sunday 23rd April, 12:00 – 14:00 

£25

home: made [candle holders ]

home: made [ candle holders ]

A massive trend at the moment is animal candle holders, everything from zoo animals to woodland creatures. We have looked at how you can create something just as fun but for a lot less money. 

There are two popular ways to create this look, and it basically comes down to size. You can either opt for a party candle [ great for kids birthdays ] or a larger table centre piece for a dinner party perhaps. Either way involves the same preparation and materials; the chosen animal [ for plastic zoo & farm assortments try amazon ], a drill and some paint [ They look great painted black, white or gold btw ]. 

Below are a couple of tutorials to follow.

rainontheroof.com 

thesweetestoccasion.com 

[ Tiger, Bulldog and Zebra pictured are all from johnlewis.com ]

home: made [ gold projects ] 

home: made [ gold projects ]  

With gold being one of this season’s on-trend colours, how about four easy, home projects to bring a little of this uplifting colour into your home. 

Dulux have come up with these great, simple DIYs. Produce either a gold enhanced table, tray, plant pot or frame! 

Plus if you’re feeling extra creative the table and tray ideas can be taken even further – design more elaborate patterns (go geometric or stripy) or add in an additional complimentary colour like lemon, copper or grey.