Revamp an old lampshape

Do you have a ‘classic’ lamp and not sure what to do with it? Something like this?

Lamp shade before








Without having to get rid of the lamp, you can refresh the look of the lamp by simply recovering the shade with new material. Something modern that will fit in with the rest of the room. I bought some pretty material and recovered the lamp using only a glue gun.

Lamp shade after








To finish off the edges on the inside nicely, I glued some rafia ribbon onto the edge:

Lamp shade edging inside







As easy as that! Within a short while you will have a brand new lamp!


Bag and basket in one!

I found this great pattern and instructions for making bags that look a bit more like baskets – called bagskets.

They are especially handy for when going to the beach with all the towels and sunscreen, books and cold drinks. They can also be used for kids toys, crafting material, all the shoes that need to go along on holiday, or about any use you can think of!

On the inside there are various size pockets to store a host of smaller items. This is really a very useful bag!

Bagsket butterflies and polkadots

Hearts all around

I’ve always wanted to have one of those long rectangular cushions for our bed. After browsing some pictures, I got the idea of making a white cushion with 4 different hearts on it. Using different colours of material, embroidery thread and buttons this is the end result:

Rectangular cushion with hearts applique

Rectangular cushion with hearts applique

A beautiful loving addition to our bedroom!

Pistachio flowers

After enjoying some pistachio nuts, have you ever wondered what to do with those shells? Well here is a nice idea that can be combined with other mediums or used on their own!

Try and gather as many shells as possible, then you can make some pretty pistachio flowers. The more shells you use, the bigger the flower.

Pistachio shell flower

Pistachio shell flower

Starting with 4 shells, take your glue gun and glue them together. They will overlap each other a little, this is fine. Then working in circles, glue more of the shells onto each other until you have a flower that you are happy with. You can make different sizes.

Pistachio shell flowers combined with quilling on small canvas

Pistachio shell flowers combined with quilling on small canvas

I glued the flowers onto a square canvas, and then added some quilled leaves and swirls for colour and variation. The flowers can be dyed if you want to, and you can add moss or bark or anything you want to for the background.


There you have some pretty flowers after enjoying some tasty nuts!

Hessian door stops

If you have some pieces of hessian and batting or pillow stuffing laying around, and maybe some small pieces of material, then this is a nice project that can be given as gifts or to add some personality to your doors!

Hessian door stoppers

Hessian door stoppers


I started off by decorating the front pieces of the bags with some buttons and birds cut out from left over material. I then hand-embroided the edges. 






Next you sow the two sides together, outsides facing each other. You can add the rope as well, just make sure the loop is on the inside of the two pieces of hessian. Leave the one side open so that you can place the filling bag inside.

Leave one side open to place the filling bag inside.

Leave one side open to place the filling bag inside.








For the filling, I just took a normal plastic bag, added some stones as well as some left over batting to add some softness and puffiness to the doorstop.

Use a plastic bag and put stones and left over batting inside.

Use a plastic bag and put stones and left over batting inside.











Now simply insert this bag into your hessian bag, and sow the side closed.

Plastic bag with stones and batting to fill door stop.

Plastic bag with stones and batting to fill door stop.









The final size was about 17cm x 10cm. A really inexpensive doorstop that is unique and will work nicely as a gift!

Heart of the home

I find that fairy lights adds a bit of magic to any room or area where they are hanged. There was a spot in our kitchen that needed just a bit extra light, and I decided to make use of an unused string of fairy lights to brighten it up a bit!

By taking some wire and shaping it into the form of a heart, I twirled the string of lights around the wire heart. To hide the green wire, I used some leftover ribbon and wrapped it all around the exposed string. But something was still missing…it needed some colour.

So I made some small flowers out of leftover felt, using a small shiny bead at the centre of each flower, and then glued these onto the fairy light heart. This made quite the difference, and this is what the final product looks like:

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Pretty little pictures

I would just like to share an idea of a way to display many small pictures, paintings or artwork together, without having to hammer a number of nails into the wall!

If you have an empty bookcase or display case, this is great for this purpose. The small items can be displayed for everyone to enjoy and look at, without all the holes in the wall!

Shelf with images 2