1. I was sent this gorgeous tutorial by LDP (follow her blog! It’s gorgeous!) and new exciting things got in the way of posting for a while, so here you go, finally!  She has loads of other fab tutorials on her blog too, such as how to make amazing Dr Who converse!

    I would highly recommend this tutorial!  Books are the most commonly thrown away item given to charity shops in the UK.  If you are UK based there’s a great charity called Healthy Planet with various Books for Free shops across the UK, see locations here!

    https://healthyplanet.org

    "DIY: Recycled Book Planters

    This tutorial came complete with a mild existential crisis. I’ve wanted to make a craft project with books for ages now, however the thought of slicing up a tiny universe for my own selfish needs has always been too traumatic for me to bear. I eventually convinced myself that my charity shop book discoveries were only going to sit on a shelf until someone else threw them away if I didn’t buy them and use them, so why not turn them into something beautiful?
    1. Start by smearing wood glue along the sides of the book, to secure the pages together. If you plan on using more than one book for the planter, glue them together without putting glue in the area you intend to cut, as this will make it more difficult to cut through.
    2.Mark the area you intend to cut out, where your plant will go.
    3.Use a craft knife to cut out the marked area. It may be hard to cut through the cover of the book initially, but just keep going - it’ll slice through eventually. :)
    4.Once the area is as deep as you want it to be, glue the piece of plastic bag into the cut area, and trim the edges to be level with the cover of the book. This will stop water and dirt leaking into the book once your plant is inside.
    5.Put your plant into the book, and look after it as your new pot plant.
    http://ld-p.blogspot.co.uk/
     
  2. Just put my fancy ass bow ties up on Etsy

    Bow ties are my favourite right now =]

    (https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/180334357/clip-on-bow-tie?ref=shop_home_active_1)

     
  3. How to make Valentines cutesy tea bags with North Story!
    (http://www.northstory.ca/diy-valentines-tea-bags/)

     
  4. My latest obsession is instagram!  I’m a wee bit obsessed.  I love it.  If you like pictures of crafts/tea/rabbits, follow me here!

    (http://instagram.com/glitterbugbean)

     
  5. These toy sewing machines are so cute!  I used to have a little black one with flowers on.

    (http://tparty.typepad.com/the_tcozy/2013/04/collecting-1940s-toy-sewing-machines.html)

     
  6. Amazing button sculptures by Miami based artist Augusto Esquivel.  Absolutely stunning stuff!

    augustoesquivel.com

     
  7. Today I ran a snow globe making workshop for my local W.I. !  It was so much fun!  I still think there’s some things I need to tweak and perfect, ie, those red berries I used kind of dissolved a bit, too much glitter just makes a mess and the glue we used didn’t stick to glass well!  I went for fast drying glue as it was a workshop, but I’d recommend araldite for use at home.

    But the basics for you to practice at home are:

    -Sand down the inside of your jar lid to make it easier for the glue to attach to.

    -Glue down small objects with non-water soluble strong glue. You can use photographs, just laminate them first and cut around the laminated image leaving a laminate border around the image.

    -Wait for it to dry.

    -Fill your jar with distilled water (if you’re in the UK the sell de-iodised water in Wilko’s for 79p).

    -Put in a generous dash of glycerine (the more glycerine the slower the glitter will fall!)

    - Add glitter!  Don’t go overboard, as too much just looks hectic!

    - Put glue around the rim of the lid.

    -Screw on and leave upside down to dry.

    -Turn over and shake!

     
  8. One of my favourite stalls today was the embroidered illustration Cherry and Cinnamon run by Bridgeen Gillespie.  I’ve seen her work before online and believe I’ve blogged about it before so was really pleasantly surprised to see her there!  Her work is absolutely stunning and really stood out!  I got a lovely card of her work to put up in my new craft room.  Check out her blog for more of her fab work.

    http://cherryandcinnamon.com/

     
  9. Some of you may know that I have a house bunny, Sir Anthony Hopkins.  He’s amazing, but also a little devil!  Many crafters may know the drama of having many handmade things and a pet set on DESTROYING EVERYTHING.  So, I made a load of patches, cards and things inspired by this!  On etsy here!

    (https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/169895388/chewing-rabbits-patch?)

     
  10. How to make these gorgeous garlands from paint chip cards!