A Crafty Catch Up

Well we are into the beginnings of the new year that is 2017, so wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Like you all, I suppose I ate my way into a sugar coma and drank way too much.  If I see any more turkey sandwiches, i’ll throw up! I don’t do new year resolutions but we did manage to buy a Nurtibullet at the sales, so a major detox & some healthy choices are on the way, once the kids are gone back to school!

In between, I did manage a few projects …………………..

I won this little sticker pack from Happy Stickers on Instagram. You can find them on Etsy here  Really simple and easy to use, just peel and stick to your surface, these ones were personalized to my son’s name. Cute eh? Id love to try more in my craft room. Sorry for the last photo, too many little excited helpers!

Using stickers to update your kids bedroomsUsing stickers to update your kids bedrooms

I managed lots of crochet hats and scarves for some Etsy orders with my shop.  Here’s some.  I used a pattern from TLYarnCrafts, you can find her shop here. Toni has a great range of patterns.

Crochet Hat & Scarf Set made by meCrochet Hat & Scarf Set made by me

This scarf, I did for myself for a new coat, love this yarn so soft.  Its Wendy super chunky, I used some of this yarn before here and its a favorite for scarves.  Its a simple cowl and I must write up a quick pattern.

Crochet Scarf in Mustard

I managed to fit in some Embroidery, this kit is from Tamar Nahir Yanai , you can find her new website here.  I love her work and this little hoop is going on a feature wall I am working on.

Embroidery Kit

My love affair with Embroidery is continuing on, I really love it, I managed to get myself some of these hand dyed embroidery yarns from Jessica of Little Twig Designs.  I just need to figure out a special project for them now.  You can find Jessica’s shop here.


My first 2017 order came through and its a little crochet hat and booties for a newborn, so tiny so cute!  You forgot how small babies are.

Crochet Hat and Booties for Newborn

I have a few plans for my Etsy shop, I have been working on some wooden jewellery designs, I just need the kids to go back to school so I can sit down with no interruptions!  Also I have been working on a big embroidery piece.  Its one of the biggest pieces I have ever done & its causing me a bit of stress! Here’s a peek …


I am also working on a crochet blanket, the spice of life cal from Sandra Cherryheart, just taking my time with this. Love the colours. You can find more about this blanket here.


Finally, are you still with me? this turned into an epic post ha!

I am loving this fabric and planning on making more hoops using it,  this one was for my niece.

Embroidery Name Hoop

So what are you working on? anything interesting ? Any plans for projects in the new year?

Till next time !


Glitter Christmas Star Hoop Decorations

A quick Christmas project for you!

Glitter hoop Decoration : a quick how to ...

Who doesn’t like glitter and especially this time of year, its expected right?!  This project uses some glitter fabric, yes you can actually buy glitter fabric.  I get mine from this shop.


  • Hoops, I used 4inch
  • Fabric to match the size of our hoop
  • Glitter Fabric, it comes in a sheet
  • Wonderweb
  • Scissors
  • Shape you want to use, I used a cookie cutter in the shape of a star
  1. Cut your base fabric to match the size of your hoop
  2. Using the wonderweb material, mark out your shape & iron it  onto the glitter fabric, then cut out the shape.
  3. Peel off the wonderweb and place your shape on your base fabric, then you iron your star onto your base fabric.  The adhesive from the wonderweb helps to stick it.
  4. Then hoop it up, stick on a ribbon and its ready to hang!

Here’s some I made.  I have one pair left currently in my Etsy Shop, along with some other Christmas goodies.

Glitter Star Decoration : a quick how to ...



Till next time !


My Handmade Christmas

Is it safe to mention the C word yet?! Well its nearly upon us, so this is for those of you who are starting to think of their Christmas shopping.

This year, I have decided to buy handmade items for family members, ( whether they like it or not !).  I normally try and do something myself but I have been busy with my Etsy shop and other craft events, so I made a point of buying handmade this year to support other makers.

Some of the people I found through Instagram and some through the blog, its a great way to find other makers and to be honest, its a great way to support each other.

Here’s a couple of pictures of my purchases.  I have included the relevant links to their shops and social media accounts.

First up is Kasia from The Crafty Mummy blog, she makes these amazing crochet statement necklaces.  Her Etsy shop is here.

My Handmade Christmas - Chunky Crochet Necklace

These ceramic stars are from Maple Tree Pottery , aren’t they gorgeous?!. I found Karyn on Instagram and her work is amazing,  if you want to order, click here.  I am hoping to see more of her work at The National Crafts & Design Fair.

My Handmade Christmas - Ceramic Stars

This little pin is from one of my favorite makers, Teresa from Shirley Rainbow.  I thought this would make a perfect gift for my son’s playschool teacher.  Teresa blogs here and her shop is on Folksy

My Handmade Christmas - Felt Brooch

Another favorite, and its Joanna from Adventures and Tea Parties.  I love her shop and she makes really quirky accessories.  This personalised handkerchief  is for my sons, well for their granddad, whom they call Pop. Joanna has shops on Etsy and NOTHS

My Handmade Christmas - Personalised Hankie

Next up and its Aideen.  Aideen is a Galway girl ( can you hear the song now ) and her blog is called Pieces By AideenShe has a pretty cool YouTube channel here and she also is on the Prima Design Team, please do check her out.

She is amazing with weaves and she made me one a while ago which I was meaning to gift but I loved it so much, I kept it! Sorry Aunty Mary …

My Handmade Christmas - Weaving
This really wasn’t a gift, well I suppose it was a gift to myself ! a personalized wooden sign from Things We Left Behind,  what a great name, love to know the story behind that.  Darren made this up in no length and it just makes me happy when I see it.  Like I’m legit now or something ha!

My Handmade Christmas - Personalised Sign

That’s it, I hope you like the pieces and maybe you will give them a shout out or a visit.  Of course there are loads more I could mention and I hate leaving anyone out but there is a limit to my

Happy shopping, till next time!


PS here’s my link to my Etsy if you want a peek, I have updated it with some bits, like these ….. and I post daily updates on Instagram

My Handmade Christmas - hoops by theMessyBrunette

A sexy Hairpin Leg Bench Workshop

At this stage you know I love love love workshops in Kyle Lane, you can read my other post on their upcycling workshops here

Hairpin Leg Bench Workshop

Well Joanne has a new one out now, called simply The Hairpin Leg Bench Workshop This was definitely my cup of tea. I signed up straight away !

As usual, Joanne supplied all the parts and this workshop was broken down into little segments like …. how to paint your hairpin legs, information on the foam that was used, some techniques on upholstery and applying upholstery buttons to your piece, if you wanted and finally attaching those legs!

All Joanne’s workshops have a theme and she dresses up the shop for it.  We got treated to a movie night theme, so there was popcorn of all types, some Coke Cola, way too many nachos which I happily muched on all day! sweets of all sorts, crackers and cheese, teas and coffee.  If you are dieting then you need strong will power because I couldn’t stay away from the treat table!

Here’s some pictures on the day …………

Hairpin Leg Bench Workshop


Hairpin Leg Bench WorkshopHairpin Leg Bench WorkshopBench10Hairpin Leg Bench WorkshopThis bench is 37inches wide and 13inches deep, perfect for the end of a bed or a hallway.  Mine is sitting in my hall.

Hairpin Leg Bench Workshop

Hairpin Leg Bench WorkshopI have to say this one was my favourite of all the workshops.  You can have a peek at her workshops here.

Till next time .. !


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Make your own Lampshade!

One of my favourite  upcycling shops, Kyle Lane does these little workshops on how to make your own lampshades. I was lucky enough to spot she had a special offer on them  & was able to attend.

Here’s a picture of the kit you get, its for a 30cm drum.   You get the rings, some sticky backed paper & double sided tape, a little comb thingmebob & your instructions.  Joanne also supplies the fabric for these workshops so you don’t need to bring anything.

lampshade kit

Then onto the making…. following Joanne’s instructions and in a nutshell, we peeled, stuck down and smoothed out the fabric, tucked in bits and poked around and then finally done!  Little bit tricky in places but overall very easy to do.

Here’s mine, I just love this fabric, kinda retro & in lovely shades of grey with pops of colour.

Lampshade DIY

It’s now hanging in my craft room. Result!

lampshade diy - finished result

I got another kit from Joanne & did this one myself at home  with some Cath Kidston fabric I had in my stash.

Make your own lampshade with a kit

Click here, if you want to find out more on Kyle Lane’s lampshade workshop.

If you are more of a buyer, then you can buy a finished lampshade there too.  Or if you want to try the kit & have a go yourself Joanne supplies the kits too,just have your own fabric to hand.

Great project to try & even better you can personalise it to your room.

Till next time ..!

Oh and if you want to read more on Kyle Lane’s workshops, see my posts here on her furniture techniques and chair workshop and here for the HairPin Bench Workshop

Make your own lampshade with a kit

I just wallpapered my floor !

So hello! First post and all that so please be gentle!

Going to chat today about wallpapering your floor, yep that’s right I said wallpapering your floor!

I am in a facebook group and wow the amount of feedback and queries I have had on this subject was great so I decided to kick off my first post telling you all about it.

So here’s a few pics to give you a visual aid.

Pic 1 – yep pretty crappy floor there, it was just a cheap laminated floor, nothing special, it wasn’t really kept well, lots of marks and paint stains …. hey don’t judge my housekeeping skills.

Wallpaper Floor - Before


Pic 2 – This was the final result. I love love it! So clean and bright looking, it totally transformed the whole room.  This room is now my craft/office/hiding space. Yes it’s my space, no kids, no husband allowed!

Wallpaper Floor Tutorial, yes it can be done !

Wallpaper Floor - Before

So here’s how I did it.

Gather your supplies

  • Wallpaper of your choice.
    I got mine in my local store, nothing fancy about it, just really liked the pattern.  Also spotted it in B&Q.  It was called distressed wood. I used 3 rolls and had some left over.
  • PVA
    I used Contractors Grade PVA adhesive and sealer. It came in a 1litre bottle.  I mixed it with some water before I applied it to the floor.  This bottle was enough for my whole floor. You can get this in your local store.
  • Knife
    I used this to cut the wallpaper if it was needed at any angles or any funny corners that needed trimming.
  • Paste Brush
    I used this brush to apply to PVA to the floor.  It’s a wallpaper one but you could use any brush really.
  • Wallpaper Brush
    This was used to smooth out the wrinkles and any kinks when laying down the wallpaper.
  • Varnish
    I used polyurethane floor varnish.  This was a water based varnish in clear satin, not a fan of gloss.  Extremely tough & hard wearing so it says on the tin! This is what I wanted, plus its non-yellowing.
  • Roller/Brush & Tray
    I used the roller to apply the varnish but I also used the brush, kinda went between them. I felt with the brush it was soaking in more and I was able to get into corners and angles.

Here’s a nice picture of the supplies!


Wallpaper for the Floor



Next up, my method so here goes

  • Prepare your floor, I just washed it down and hoovered it, made sure there was nothing sticking to floor, no dirty sticky bits.
  • When the floor is ready, measure up your wallpaper. I just got himself to hold wallpaper down the length of the floor and cut across.  Nothing fancy, no measuring tools used here, we winged it!
  • Now you apply the PVA to the floor and spread it out, then lay your wallpaper down. Make sure wallpaper is lying flat, no bubbles, no kinks.  I had help with this process. Got himself to hold the wallpaper while I spread the glue and smoothed it out.  Ok Ok he was on the floor doing the grunt work while I issued instructions from above.  Sure I had to hold the paper straight!  We did this in stages going down the length of floor.
  • At the edges you can cut and smooth any bits level to you skirting boards.
  • When the floor was all covered with the wallpaper, I left it to dry overnight.
  • Final process! Get your varnish out and lather it on. On the first coat it just soaked into the paper. I let this coat dry completely. I did 6 coats of varnish in total, making sure each coat was dry before I did the next coat
  • That’s it! Move your furniture back, sit back & admire your handy work!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did this and so far so good.  No tears, no bubbles.  I have some heavy bits of furniture in that room and I was wondering if they would tear the paper when moving back, but no everything held.

So in a nutshell, result! This project didn’t cost me a lot, and took the guts of a week.  It was a pain in the backside moving all the furniture out and back in again though

I am wondering will it last long term.  So maybe in a couple of months i’ll post back with a follow up.  What you think?

Costs involved
Wallpaper : I used 3 rolls @ €24 each
PVA : 1Litre bottle @ €6.75
Varnish: 2Litre tin @€33

Here’s more pictures of the finished result.

Wallpaper floor tutorial ! yes on the floor!

All done !

Wallpaper Floor - After

If you have any comments or if you did something like this, please do comment and tell me. Thanks for reading !