DIY: Simple Charm Bracelet

Simple Charm Bracelet

I’m a firm fan of simple jewellery – in fact, you’ll rarely see me wearing anything but my engagement ring, one extra ring and a pair of stud earrings. I often wear necklaces and a watch on the weekends, but I definitely don’t go overboard, and there’s a lot to be said for an understated look, especially when you’re like me and wear colours and patterns in your clothes. Something delicate can add just a special touch to your whole look, and a little personal piece definitely takes it up a notch. I’ve made a few bracelets over the years – friendship bracelets made of cotton threads or some little clay beads usually – so developing this a bit and trying new things is definitely something I like to give a go.This one is super easy and super purse-friendly, so if you’re looking for an extra gift for someone, then I recommend giving this a go.

Supplies

  • Threading cord – approximately 35cm for each bracelet
  • Charms
  1. Thread your charm onto your threading cord – you can either leave it loose, so it’ll move around, or you can keep it in place with a loose knot. Pass the left end of your thread over the top of the right end, to create one large circle.
  2. Pinch your bracelet where the two threads cross over each other. Create three loops by wrapping the right end of the thread over the rest of the thread three times. Then push the thread from left to right through the middle of the loops you’ve made. This will create a knot once you pull it tightly, which you can now do.
  3. Turn the bracelet over and repeat the same step, so that you now have two knots a short length apart. Pulling and pushing on the loose ends of thread adjusts the size of the bracelet, to allow you to pop it on your wrist and then tighten it to keep it in place.
  4. This is super customisable, so just change the colour of the thread and the charms you pop on depending on the recipient of the bracelet.

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Shopping for Inspiring Quotes

I have long been a fan of having inspiring quotes around my home, in all kinds of different forms. From t-shirts and art prints, to cushion covers and greetings cards, I find a lot of encouragement and motivation from an inspiring phrase or quote, and you’ll find my Pinterest boards covered in these kinds of sentiments. If you’ve got someone in your life who needs a pick me up right now, or if you need a push towards a bigger goal, take a look at some of the pieces here and let them inspire you in some little way.

Shopping for Inspiring Quotes

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DIY: Engagement Gloves

Engagement Gloves

It’s all very well getting engaged during the Summer (like I did) when your hands are conditioned, your nails are freshly manicured and there are no wooly gloves in sight. But for those ladies who get engaged during the Winter, it’s not so easy, or fun, to make it noticeable that you’re newly engaged, when your hands aren’t necessarily on show. These gloves combat that just perfectly – the most simple of projects, and it makes it abundantly clear to all those around you, that you have a new ring hidden under that toasty layer. These aren’t designed to last you months, just the first couple of weeks, when you want just about everyone you come across to know that you said yes!

Supplies

  • A plain pair of gloves
  • Nail striping tape
  • Decorative jewels, the kind which have adhesive on the back
  1. Grab your gloves, select the right digit and apply a strip of tape around the base, having them meet at the back.
  2. Attach a decorative jewel on the front, right in the centre.

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DIY: An Engagement Gift Basket

Engagement Gift Basket

It can be tough to think of a unique gift for a newly-engaged friend when there is so much choice out there, from prints and champagne to home decor items and wedding planners. You know by now that I love a well put together gift basket, so making one for a gal pal who has just said ‘Yes’ is a gift idea that’s right up my street. You can include pretty much anything you want in something like this, depending on the lady herself and what she likes, but I’ve picked out some ideas here for you in case you’re looking to put something together.

Supplies

  • A basket or container
  • A thoughtful card, to write a note inside
  • Wedding magazine
  • Wedding journal, for all her planning notes
  • Fragranced candle, to remind her of this special time when she smells the scent
  • Nail polish and hand cream, for showing off her ring (this nail polish is also called Diva Bride)
  • A cute mug
  • Strawberries and cream body wash
  • Heart shaped chocolates

Just fill the basket up with all the little goodies you’ve collected, making sure to write a thoughtful note in the card about why this particular lady is special to you and how lucky she is to be experiencing such a special time in her life. This is a chance to spoil her, so take the opportunity and run with it.

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DIY: Breakfast in Bed Tray

Breakfast in Bed Tray

If you know anything at all about me, you’ll know I’m not about big gestures. I won’t necessarily be impressed with expensive presents, if something smaller and more modest has had more thought put into it. I’m about the simple pleasures in life and spending the every day with those that mean the most to me, not picking out one day in the year when you’re meant to somehow ‘prove’ how much you love someone. My favourite gifts are the little ones, a gesture of someone doing something kind for you, or a novelty gift that a special someone knows you’ll just love. This Valentine’s Day will be spent casually in our house, a very lazy day I expect, with little fanfare. One of my favourite ways to spend a weekend is enjoying a long morning of lounging in bed, watching movies and eating breakfast whenever we want to. If someone was hoping to impress me, then a simple breakfast in bed like this one would do just the trick. If your other half is not into all that is Valentine’s Day, then try something like this, and you’re sure to keep them happy well into Valentine’s afternoon.

Supplies

  • A tray, or any flat service really
  • Favourite breakfast items – for me this is freshly warmed croissants with jam
  • A hot drink – my choice would be tea, but coffee would be many people’s favourite
  • Fruit juice
  • A treat – you can’t go wrong with some luxurious, tasty chocolates
  1. Carefully fill your tray with all the breakfast items your beloved enjoys. This could be toast, pastries, or anything else really. Go for something that’s a little less healthy – it’s a weekend, after all, and is about spoiling that person. Forget about the diet until Monday.
  2. Their favourite hot beverage, no matter what effort is involved. If they love a specific coffee drink, make it for them – this makes it even more special and really shows the thought you’ve put in.
  3. Some juice, just to start their day off with a little fresh and tasty fruit. Starting the day with an orange juice, pastries and a cup of tea or coffee reminds me of staying at hotels away from home, which makes the whole thing more out of the ordinary.
  4. And if you can’t start the day off with chocolate on Valentine’s Day, then when can you? Just a little treat to show them that you care.
  5. Bring the tray of goodies to them just as they’re waking up, starting the day off in the best possible way. Take your time and enjoy the laziness of breakfast in bed, Valentine’s Day doesn’t often happen on Saturday, so make the most of it.

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DIY: A Last Minute Gift Basket

Last Minute Gift Basket

I have been known to previously give out baskets of goodies as gifts – just this past January I made a care package for a loved one going through a difficult time, and I shared about it here. So, when I was thinking about what would make a good last minute gift for someone I thought about the idea of a gift basket and all the little stocking fillers that can come together to make a really great, thoughtful gift for a special person in your life. I think I’ll go into this in more detail another time, coming up with baskets that have specific themes for different occasions through the year, but for now I’m going to show you one that’s perfect as a last minute Christmas gift idea.

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To put one together is about as simple as it gets really.

  • Find a container – this can be a cardboard box you can wrap with pretty paper, or a more attractive basket or container you can pick up inexpensively at home stores.
  • Grab together a little bit of everything of what the person might like – set a budget for the whole thing, then start buying reasonably priced items and have them to hand.
  • Line the container with paper and / or confetti, anything to make it a little festive.
  • Place things inside, placing as you want to so that you can see most things but have to delve a little deeper to get to it all.
  • Wrap up the box as attractively as you like and enjoy the feeling of handing over something thoughtful and practical.

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