Things to Frame

This post will cover a lot of other ones that I’ve done in the past- a best of clips collection I guess! There are so many different things that look good in a frame and so many things that get collected and then put in a drawer/ cupboard that could actually be on the wall making you smile. Clearly there are loads more ideas out there for frame inspiration- however I only have so many walls/ shelves/ radiator cabinets to display them all!

Postage stamp art

This is one of my favourite things that I’ve made recently- it was a long time coming and required patience but the finished picture was worth all the effort! The stamps came from my childhood stamp collection and are mounted on accurately measured foam pads.

Pen line drawing artwork

This picture is an original piece of artwork by my Dad! My husband had been admiring my Dad’s sketches and drawings when we went to visit in the summer and this framed picture of the family home was one of his presents for Christmas. A lovely surprise and perfect for the mantelpiece.

Wall pictures

Here’s a few pictures that are on the wall in the hallway. The leopard cub is a birthday card, the picture of Prague is a postcard and the orchid drawing is from a natural history magazine. All things that would otherwise have ended up in a box somewhere or being recycled!

Framed vintage map

This is a close-up of a vintage map (it’s actually a brand new reproduction of an old map) of Hull, where we live. I could stare at maps of places I know for hours, especially old ones. Knowing which places have always been around and which are new, finding out what was there before fulfills a deep curiousity in the past and my present surroundings. I would definitely recommend buying some old maps to study and display.

Box frame memories

Again, this is a previous post on creating a memory box frame. The deepness of the frame means things such as champagne corks, shells and other trinkets can be displayed. The perfect way to remember a happy occasion/ great holiday.

Framed Wallpaper

The simplest and cheapest idea of them all- framing scraps of wallpaper. Either use some wallpaper left over from another project or do what we did and get some free samples at the DIY store of your favourite patterns! The clip frame is a bargain from Ikea. There are so many lovely wallpapers available online that would look great as framed pictures and most sites will send out a number of designs for free as test samples.

So which ideas have you already used in your house? Let me know of all the good ideas I’ve missed!



Personalised Coasters

One of my presents for Christmas were some glass coasters to put in your own photo or pretty paper.

Personalised Coasters

It’s taken me this long to get around to cutting out some pictures to put into them. I’ve had these roses pictures for ages, they were also given to me and I’ve used them already in a couple of different frames. I picked the best bits of the photos, drew around the guide picture that came with the coasters and then cut them out. The whole thing took about 10 minutes, I can’t believe it took me so long to get them done! Easy to change as well if I get bored with the roses…..

Rose Picture Coasters

Spring Flowers and Showers

The weather in the last month has been as changeable as any you would expect for Spring. No wonder it is a very British occupation to spend so much time discussing and fretting about what weather the day will bring.

Small Yellow Daffodils

In mid-March were the hottest days seen for a long time- I spent a good few hours sat outside in the backyard getting a few rays of sunshine on my pale Winter skin! This soon gave way (as is always the case) to overnight frosts and a return to snow in some parts of East Yorkshire. The past week has seen the typical April Showers appear, just as hosepipe bans are put in place across the country. Today has been especially bad with hail and rain and sun in equal measure.

Tulips in the Hallway

Oh, to be in a country where the sun always shines! But of course that would mean no lovely Spring flowers to brighten the house with. From tiny pale yellow daffodils, looking lovely against my new throw, to my absolute favourite flower the tulip, bright yellow in the hallway.


Just to complete the Springtime joy are these wonderful purple and pink hyacinths with their strong, fresh aroma. Luckily I had enough vases for all of them!

Butterfly Appliqué Pillowcase

After seeing a cushion in Laura Ashley with cute cups on it, I thought I could do something similar with some scraps of fabric I had bought ages ago when contemplating making patchwork quilts (as if that was ever going to happen!). Instead of making a cushion cover, I decided to use a plain pillowcase as it would require less sewing. So, along with the pillowcase and some scraps of different fabrics I used a pattern, pins, thread, scissors and a sewing machine (probably not essential, however it would take longer sewing by hand).

Laura Ashley teacup pillow

Firstly, I decided on a shape for the appliqué patches. As I have butterfly patterns on other things in the house, and it’s a simple shape to draw, I went for that. Alternatives could be the teacups mentioned above, hearts, cupcakes, flowers, birds, basically anything that is relatively simple to draw and then sew.

I drew the pattern freehand on some paper- only half the butterfly though as I could fold the paper in half and then cut out to give a completely symmetrical shape. I had a couple of attempts to get a size I was happy with- I guess with some careful measuring beforehand you could be more precise!

Butterfly applique design for pillow

I then traced around the pattern on the reverse of each of pieces of fabric, making sure the fabric was ironed flat. These were carefully cut out. I spent a bit of time positioning the cut-out butterflies on the pillowcase, making sure they were spaced evenly across the cover. Carefully pin the butterflies in place.

Applique butterfly pillow

The final stage is to sew the butterflies to the pillowcase. I used a contrasting blue thread and zig-zag stitch, but any stitch that will secure the butterflies in place is of course fine! Finally, I hand stitch the thread ends to neaten everything up. This should withstand going through the washing machine, as long as the fabric chosen is cotton.

New Throw for Spring

I picked up a copy of the latest M&S Spring/ Summer Home catalogue when I was in their Beverley store one lunchtime. I love flicking through the home catalogues (I also had the John Lewis one sent out last week) to see what the latest trends are and dream of rooms that look as lovely as they do on the glossy pages. At the moment the trends seems to be new takes on Scandinavian and mid-century design. Clean lines, bright colours, geometric patterns, pale wood and white.

Throw for Living Room

Anyway, what caught my eye was this lovely throw with it’s bright colours to banish the winter blues! On the internet at lunchtime I happened to notice that M&S were having a sale event on their home department and luckily enough the throw was 20% off. Really love it- brightens up the sofa and matches our lemon yellow walls. Since then, I’ve seen it recommended on both Ideal Home and Guardian- does this mean I have style?!