How To Make a Twinkly Festive Wreath

Being a flat dweller, no one will see a wreath on my door! 

 So I made one for my window, complete with twinkly copper wire lights. To make your own, you’ll need: 

  1. Coloured paper of your choice (you could even make a pink one!)

  2. Embroidery hoop (mine is 12 inches, but you can make it as big or small as you want, I like the idea of a tiny one)

  3. Hot glue gun & glue sticks

  4. Scissors or scalpel, depending on how perfect you want to get

  5. Paint (I used gouache, but poster/acrylic would be perfect, too!)

  6. Paintbrush

  7. Ribbon or twine in your choice of colour

  8. Battery powered string lights

  9. Lastly, if you need a hand with leaf shapes, download my printable

Start out by cutting out your leaves and berries (this is where my Printable comes in if you need a hand coming up with some shapes). These can be anything you like - holly, oak, ginkgo, eucalyptus, or a mixture of a few things. I then painted them to add some texture, let them dry, and with a pencil curved some of the edges, and pinched some between my fingers to add dimension and make them look more “realistic”.

Now that all your leaves are ready, start positioning them around the embroidery hoop without glueing, so you can get the placement vaguely how you want it. Take a photo! 

It’s hot glue time! Start glueing and placing the leaves on to the embroidery hoop, make sure to put any excess leaves on the back as well, so it looks pretty from both sides! 

We’re almost done... next, tie a bow and add it either to the centre at the bottom, or the centre at the top of the wreath, glueing it so that it stays in place. Aaaaand finally! Wrap the string lights around the wreath, placing some in front and some behind the leaves - you don’t need to be too neat with this; wonky is cute!

*clap clap clap* ta da! Hang in your window, fellow flat dweller, and enjoy!

Favourite Outfits: November

I post my outfits in my mirror like its 2008

on my instagram account, called The Maple Armoire, but I defintely have a few favourites from each month. These are my favourites from November. 

Cozy cardigans, stripes and looking like a cliche cartoon French person!

Highlights:

  • Big cozy cardigan from H&M - last year

  • Black trousers - Uniqlo, cigarette cut

  • Pinafore dress - Monki, a few years ago

  • Beret - Charity shop, had it for almost 10 years

  • Red shoes - Marks & Spencer last year

  • Woodland embroidered shirt - McVerdi (from L’Habilleur in Paris, which I HIGHLY recommend for discount/previous years collections of amazing brands)

I tend to re-wear items a lot, be sustainable where I can be, wear things for years until they fall apart and only invest money in things I know I’ll wear forever. I used to follow a lot of style/fashion bloggers and get a bit sad when they posted things the average person (me!) couldn’t afford. It just wasn’t, and isn’t, relatable to the majority. So I now just take inspiration from a few of those people, instead! It’s a lot more fun.

How to Train Your Monstera: A Guide

Mildred has been part of the family (yes, she has a name) for a couple of years now. I’ve repotted her before (and propagated a few of her leaves), but this time she’s so huge I thought I’d treat her to a new pot AND something to climb up, to avoid the amount of horizontal room she’s currently taking up becoming overwhelming.

I thought I’d bring you along and show you how I repot a monstera:

Step 1: Gather all of your supplies together. You’ll need:

  1. A pot with drainage holes in the bottom, no more than 5cm larger than the pot your monstera is currently living in (you don’t want to put it in something much bigger because it will cause it to grow too quickly). I just drilled holes in the bottom of a zinc one I had already.

  2. Houseplant soil

  3. A larger decorative pot without drainage holes for the plastic pot to sit in

  4. A moss or coconut fibre covered poll for the monstera to climb up

  5. An old sheet or something to cover the floor with if you don’t have a garden, like me

  6. Cute watering can / cheeky cat are optional

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Step 2: Get your hands dirty. Pour some soil in to the drainage pot, I filled it about a third of the way up, and pack it down slightly, then put that in the decorative pot.

Step 3: Be gentle! Gently coax the monstera from it’s current pot. Organise and loosen the roots a little, leave space for the poll if you can and place in the drainage pot, pouring more soil in and packing it down as you go. For some reason I always imagine the mandrake root scene from Harry Potter when I’m doing this (facepalm).

Step 4: Stick in the steak. This bit is a little scary, I thought I was going to damage the roots, so I made a little hole with my fingers and moved them out of the way. If you do feel like you’ve damaged them a little, it should be ok, monsteras are very hardy - mine has been through a lot and it’s still going strong!

Step 5: The Pretty Part. Start to introduce some of the leaves and the aerial roots to the poll, wrap them around it and make it look cute! Pretty soon the roots and leaves will want to climb it, and mimic its natural habitat.

Step 6: Water it, DUH!

Step 7: Stand back and admire your work, you're done! You may have dirty hands and possibly cricked your neck while manoeuvring your body around its crazy stems and aerial roots, but you’ve definitely earned a cup of something hot, and your monstera looks beautiful.

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I’m planning on propagating a couple more leaves soon - if you’d be interested in a blog post about that process - let me know in the comments!

Ohh Deer Pillow Fight Competition

I’ve entered Ohh Deer’s Pillow Fight Competition!

This is something I’ve wanted to do for years but never felt confident enough. I’m so happy that I managed to enter this year with a few designs that I’m proud of. So far I’ve only entered 3 and it’s possible to enter up to 5, so I may enter a couple of new designs soon as well!

It would mean the world to me if you could take a few minutes to vote for my designs by clicking on the cushions below, signing up to Ohh Deer (if you don’t already have an account with them) and voting at the top of each cushions page! I always feel a bit weird asking for things like this, but I’ve been told I need to get over that, hehe.

Inktober 2018: Week 1

Last minute, I decided to try Inktober again this year.

I made a point of not buying anything new, cutting up some watercolour paper and just doing it. This week I’ve focused on UK Folklore/mythology.

Next week I’d like to improve my photos (I keep taking them after work at night), find my Sakura Microns (!!!!), and maybe use some larger paper. I also “cheated” and used my iPad on the 5th day - going to try not to do that again!

Who else is doing Inktober this year? Let me know!