Fresh Prints delivery

Today I got an exciting delivery in the post … A lovely box of hot off the press copies of my new book Fresh Prints. This is my fourth book for Quadrilles Simple Makes series (and maybe my fave, but then I say that about each one I do! Definitely my fave title. Thanks for the inspiration Will.)

Print was my favourite medium to work with when I was at college and the print room was my favourite place to be so I loved getting my hands dirty and smelling of printers ink once again to make the 20 + projects for the book.

I had lovely photographer Keiko Oikawa shooting the pictures and yet again she made all my projects look lovely, clean and fresh.

I think my favourite project was this one …

ALphabet cards

circus letter wooden postcard

or this one?

Botanical cards

botanical greetings card

or maybe this one ….

gift boxes

but then this one is really nice.

mushroom mayhem cushion

Mushroom cushion all photos copyright Keiko Oikawa

Here’s a little more information about the book and to ‘look inside’ visit amazon.co.uk (maybe you’d like to buy a copy too?)

FRESH PRINTS

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things i love book

This is a good book. It’s a big book full of good stuff by interior stylist Megan Morton. It’s a book which I fully intend to one day sit down with a cup of tea and some biscuits and read from cover to cover (it’s probably number 10 in the queue of books waiting for that glorious day).

It’s a book that when maybe you’ve just got a little tired of amazing pictures of beautiful homes …

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you turn the page and get a section of perforated cut-out-and-keep postcards full of witty slogans and pretty pictures (which is quite frankly blowing my mind as I want to use the postcards but can’t bare to tear them from the book) …

Megan-Morton-Postcards

Moving on, there’s a chapter of interviews with inspiringly fabulous people …

Megan-Morton-interviews

Then one full of helpful hints to make your home look like it’s from the pages of a magazine …

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And to top it off at the end you get a gatefold section (who doesn’t love a gatefold)  showcasing Megan’s Styling Manifesto which actually now I’ve read this page is a bit twee and nothing groundbreaking but it looks good and really isn’t that all that matters?

Megan-Morton-Manifesto

Megan-Morton

Buy Megan’s book here and visit her website here

christine year planner

I have a bit of a problem with diaries, every year I buy one, get all stressed about filling it in incase I ruin it by spelling something wrong or writing in the wrong date and then by February I give up entirely and frustrate my friends for the rest of the year by never being entirely sure what I’m doing when.

I got a bit better when I invented my month-to-view printouts that I used to design every three months typing in each date individually and then carrying the A3 printouts round folded up in my bag or clipped to a massive clipboard…

my calenders

This year I thought maybe a year planner would be my best bet, something so big that I would always know where it was and could quickly see how my year was panning out. I found some really nice ones online …

doodle yearplanner

Doodlelove £12.50 Love the little sayings at the beginning of each month but couldn’t quite get my head round the months going from top to bottom rather than left to right.

doodle

Lollipop designs £14 Love this but ditto the above

present and correct yearplannerPandC closeup

Present and Correct £11 how cool is the idea that you tear off the days as you go but the year seems to work backwards which made my brain hurt a little

 
crispin yearplanner

Crispin Finn  £12.50  Crispin colours everything he does in a limited palette of red, white, blue and brown paper and what’s not to like about that.

but none were quite right … so I made my own.

sewyeah year planner

Granted it almost drove me insane drawing all the boxes and typing in the numbers and I did waste most of January doing it but it’s just the colours I want and now I’ve done it once it’ll be easy to update for next year. It cost me £10 to get it printed at the local print shop and hopefully, maybe I’ll be more organised from now on.

Ikea is a wonderful place. Meatballs, cakes made from Dime Bars, those clippy things for half opened bags of food that you buy Every Time You Visit. Oh and the odd piece of furniture. Eight years ago I bought a simple wooden cabinet to provide some much needed storage in my old house. I’d always planned to do something ‘jazzy’ with the doors but as it was hidden behind my sofa I never got round to it. Fast forward to the New House and the cabinet is being used as a TV stand and is much more on show.

cabinet before

I felt now was the time to get the paints and wallpapers out and give it a little make over.

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It only took an afternoon of painting, I used a variety of paints, ones that I already had in the house. The yellow is a really high shine gloss and the others are all satin finish emulsions. If you are using matt paints – maybe left over from painting your walls – then using a clear varnish or wax will give a nice sheen.

cabinet2

HERE’S HOW TO DO IT
1. Remove the doors and give them a wash and a light sand.
2. Masking tape all round the sides of the doors to avoid drips.
3. Prime with an acrylic undercoat and primer in one.
4. When this is dry paint with your chosen colours, I used a small roller to avoid brush marks.
5. If required finish off with a wax.

If you don’t fancy doing-it-yourself then these pieces already have the paint job done for you.

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Oliver BonasMavis Chest £515

leonard

John Lewis sideboard by Leonard Pfeifer £650

Though I love my cabinet and its jazzy doors I found just the sort of cupboard I was looking for the other day. Of course it wasn’t quite right as it was so it’s currently being ‘Dad Hacked’ in Dads Garage. I reckon it’ll deserve its own post pretty soon.

P.S. If you’ve not visited the Ikea Hackers website go now. It’s full of inspiring projects to turn your run of the mill Ikea goods into unique one of a kinds.