Last Minute Halloween Pumpkins ~ Five Ways

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If you’re looking for some last minute Halloween decor ideas and don’t have time to carve a pumpkin then fear not as you’re in the right place! There’s so much great inspiration around at the moment for beautiful and contemporary decor (without a ghoul or goblin in sight) and here are five of the best ideas for decorating pumpkins that have maximum effect for minimum effort.

Decoupage foliage pumpkin - Poppytalk

Decoupage foliage pumpkin ~ Poppytalk

sequin pumpkin by Sugar and Cloth

Sequin spotty pumpkin ~ Sugar and Cloth

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Hanging pumpkin ~ Fall For DIY

eek pumpkin - Lovely Indeed

Tiny message pumpkins ~ Lovely Indeed

Copper-striped-white-pumpkins - Homey oh my

Copper striped pumpkins ~ Homey Oh My


How are you celebrating Halloween? Are you carving pumpkins or trying something a bit different? I’m going to be working a late shift tonight so sadly won’t be in to see all of the trick or treaters and their spooky costumes.

For everyone who isn’t such a big fan of Halloween I’ve got the next instalment of my {Keeping it Real} series coming tomorrow (woo – bonus post day!) which has nothing to do with witches, ghosts, pumpkins or spiders.

Until then, happy Halloween!

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{DIY} Upcycled Brick Door Stop

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I’m a big fan of exposed brickwork in houses, especially when it’s from the Victorian era, but not every house is lucky enough to be blessed with such a gorgeous feature.

We have a big pile of bricks on our garden from when we had our French doors put in last summer. We tried (and failed) to build a barbecue from them and as a result they’re still just sitting there. I thought it would be nice to upcycle one of them and bring it indoors and came up with this DIY to make a clean and modern door stop. I think this would look great in an industrial-style warehouse loft apartment or in a cool and contemporary office.

What You Need:

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  • A brick, clean and dry
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (other matte paint will work well too, but I prefer the finish of Chalk Paint)
  • A bristle brush
  • Washi tape
  • Strong glue
  • Felt
  • An old sheet

How to Make it:

  1. Make sure your brick is clean and dry. Lay down the sheet to protect your work surface.
  2. Cut three long strips of wash tape. Wrap a strip around your brick then repeat, but this time double up the thickness. You can make as many stripes as you like, it’s up to you!
  3. Using the bristle brush, paint the brick using the chalk paint. Don’t feel like you have to get into every nook and cranny as I think it’s nice to let some of the texture of the brick show through.
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  4. Leave the brick to dry.
  5. Once dry, carefully peel off the wash tape. If any paint has crept under the tape you can scrape it off with a knife.
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  6. Measure a piece of felt to cover the bottom of the brick.
  7. Using strong glue, stick the felt to the bottom of the brick. Let it dry.
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  8. That’s it – you’ve just created an upcycled contemporary brick door stop!

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Upcycled brick door stop - Beak Up Crafts

Upcycled brick door stop - Beak Up Crafts

Upcycled brick door stop - Beak Up Crafts

I hope you enjoyed this DIY. I would love to hear if you have any other ideas for upcycling old building materials and if you have a go at making this door stop.

Lots of upcycling love,

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This post is my entry for the Able Skills competition as hosted by Claireabellemakes. Thanks for asking me to take part Claire!

 

 

{Five Minutes With} Samantha Schofield ~ Crafternoon Tea Hostess

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This is the second post in my {Five Minutes With} series where I speak to creators and makers who run their own business to find out a bit more about them and get some tips and advice. If you run (or are hoping to set up) a creative business, I hope this series and the inspirational women I speak to will help give you an insight into how other people started out and what pitfalls to avoid.


Today’s post features Crafternoon Tea hostess Samantha Schofield. Samantha is based in Derbyshire and hosts vintage craft parties fuelled by plenty of tea and handmade cake. Her vintage crafts are created using retro haberdashery and old fashioned skills, with all of the cakes made in in her five star hygeine rated kitchen from locally sourced ingredients.

Samantha is also a mum so has to balance running her business around her family life but she took some time out of her day to answer some questions.

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How did you come up with the idea for Crafternoon Teas and what steps did you take from the ideas stage to launching your business?

I wanted to do something different after being a Mum, work for myself around family life. I started making crafts for craft fairs and after so many people asked me if I ran workshops, I came up with Crafternoon teas. I have been organising tea parties for family and friends and had all the pretty china. I came from a corporate event background so I put all of my skills together and Crafternoon teas was born!

What is your biggest milestone so far?

Being voted one of Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade 100 at The Handmade Fair this year was fantastic and when I reached the first 100 Crafternoon crafters through my doors.

What has surprised you the most about running your creative business?

I think the support out there for creative businesses through local incentives plus the huge community that supports you on social media.

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What does an average day look like for you?

I work part time as my little one is still at preschool, so I work mornings, a few evenings and weekend days hosting Crafternoon teas. I split my schedule into paperwork, social media planning, project development and networking. I enjoy the freedom to work at home but I’m sometimes tough on myself to get my deadlines done.

If you were to launch your business again tomorrow, what (if anything) would you do differently?

I think just to take more risks. It’s not a bad thing to say that you’re a new business. People like that. I was concerned that you don’t have a client base or testimonials at first but looking back I didn’t have anything to worry about.

What are your plans for the future with your business and what targets do you set yourself?

I am planning more themed Crafternoon teas, I have a French themed one called ‘Oh La La’ that I’m working on at the moment plus I’m developing more crafty projects for the workshops. I’m nearly fully booked up to May 2015. I set myself monthly goals against my budget and costs. I like to plan. Planning is good.


Samantha’s Quickfire Questions

Tea or Coffee – Tea, of course!

Crochet or Knitting – Knitting

Summer or Winter – Summer

Hot or Cold – Hot

Main course or Dessert – Main course

Pastel or Neon – Pastel

Strictly Come Dancing or X Factor – Strictly if my little one goes to bed!

Plain or Pattern – Pattern all the way

Chocolate or Cheese – Chocolate


I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into Samatha’s creative business. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than learning a new craft, drinking tea and enjoying some cake. Sounds totally perfect to me!

This feature will return in a couple of weeks where I will be interviewing a very talented illustrator and designer.

Until then, lots of crafty love,

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Find out more about Samantha’s Crafternoon teas here.

{Crochet Pattern} Olaf the Snowman from “Frozen”

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I thought it was about time I designed a new crochet pattern and with winter (and a Christmas craft fair) fast approaching, my thoughts ventured to all things snowy and festive. I liked the idea of designing an amigurumi snowman but decided to give it a twist and base it on Olaf from the film Frozen.

My friend Kirstie is getting married in December and is having hints of the Disney film in her ice and snow-themed winter wedding to keep the little people happy and occupied on the day. We’ve been talking about her wedding plans, colours and themes a lot (I love a good wedding!) and Olaf has slowly but surely crept into my consciousness. Plus I thought it would be nice to make some mini Olafs both for my craft stall and I love the challenge of designing something new.

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As you can see from the pictures, Olaf is made from quite a few pieces which all need stitching together at the end, but it doesn’t take too long and hopefully you think the result is worth it!

Olaf stands about six inches high and is a cute and little woolly companion for any Frozen fan.

This pattern is now available to buy in my Etsy store and also in my brand new shop via PayPal for a discounted price.

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I hope you like Olaf and I would love to hear from you if you make a small crochet Olaf of your own!

Lots of Frozen love,

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{DIY} Hallowe’en Trick or Treat Door Decoration

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It’s nearly time to dust off your cauldrons and witches hats as Hallowe’en is just around the corner. A night of tricks, treats, ghouls and goblins and of course lots and lots of pumpkins.

This DIY is to make a Trick or Treat Pumpkin door or wall decoration, which is perfect for showing that you’re in the Hallowe’en spirit. It’s a really quick and easy make and is perfect for doing with children as they can design the pumpkins’ faces, so without further ado I will show you how to make it.

What You Need:

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  • Three orange paper plates (or you can paint white paper plates orange!)
  • A black marker pen
  • Green paper
  • Wool, string or twine
  • Glue dots
  • Scissors
  • Tape

How to Make it:

  1. Using the black marker, draw two eyes and a mouth on each of the plates and colour them in.
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  2. Cut two strips out of the green paper that measure 4cm x 15cm.
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  3. Decide which order you want to hang the plates.
  4. Attach two glue dots to the bottom of the top plate. Attach two glue dots to the top of the middle plate.
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  5. Press one of the green pieces of paper onto the dots, linking the plates together.
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  6. Repeat to fasten the middle plate to the bottom plate.
  7. Cut a length of wool/string/twine for hanging and knot it at the ends to tie it together. Using the tape, stick this to the top of the top plate.
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And that’s it! You’ve just made your very own Hallowe’en Trick or Treat door or wall decoration! All you have to do now is hang it on your wall or your door to show people you are open for Trick or Treating business!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy DIY. How are you celebrating Hallowe’en this year?

Lots of spooky love,

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{Crochet Pattern} Mini Halloween Skulls

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If you’re looking for a quick way to make some quirky Halloween decor then this pattern is the one for you!

Each skull is super-quick to make and I think they look great strung up on a garland or stitched onto a costume. And who said skulls have to be white either? I’ve got to say I’m loving this neon pink!

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Materials:

Stitches – in UK terminology (US in brackets)

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Tr – treble crochet (Dc – double crochet)
  • Dc – double crochet (Sc – single crochet)
  • Sl st – Slip stitch

Pattern:

Ch 9. Make a loop then sl st to join.

Ch 9. Make another loop then join to the first loop like a figure of eight.

4tr, 3dc, ch 11, sl st to join, 3dc, 4tr, sl st, dc. Weave in ends.

Finish off by spray starching and ironing with a hot iron to flatten them out (if required)

To make into a garland:

ch 15, sl st into the top of a skull. Repeat as many times as needed to attach your skulls to the garland.

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I hope you like this spooktacular skull pattern! What decor are you planning on making for Halloween?

Lots of spooky love,

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{Review} My Little Box

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It seems like the world has gone subscription box crazy in the last couple of years. You can get weekly snacks pushed through your letterbox with graze, sign up for box of handmade treats from Lucky Dip Club and there’s a whole host of beauty boxes to pick from including Birch Box and Glossy Box.

Well, there’s a new kid on the block now too, as My Little Box has made its way over from France to the UK and in my opinion it’s the cream of the crop. Every month there’s a different theme but the box will always contain some must-have beauty products, fashion and lifestyle accessories, a mini print and a couple of surprises. Oh and the box itself is a thing of beauty and not something you’ll want to throw away.

I stumbled upon My Little Box as my friend Stephanie posted a picture of her My Little Parisienne Box on Facebook. As Wayne and I are heading to Paris in December I really wanted it. The fact that a beautiful MacBook sleeve was included and it only cost £14.95 meant it was a no-brainer.

What was in the My Little Parisienne Box?

  • A polka dot MacBook sleeve
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  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – I’d been after a primer for a while but didn’t really want to spend £20 on something I was unsure of, so this was a real bonus
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse – A light and silky oil with a beautiful scent. I’ve been putting this on my face in the morning and I’ve got to say my skin is so much softer than it usually is at this time of year.
  • My Little Beauty Stylo Lumiere – The company has their own range of beauty products and this complexion brightening pen is lovely to add a glow to the top of your cheekbones.
  • A My Little Box cotton drawstring bag – Great for makeup on the move.
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  • My Little Carnet – A plain French-themed notebook (which I’m going to use as a travel journal for my trip to Paris).
  • Paris print – Paris needs no reason. It is its own reason. Quite!
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  • Paris stickers – A really cute touch.
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Before My Little Parisienne Box had arrived I had told myself it would be a one-off and I’d cancel my subscription. As it turned out I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality and range of goods that I couldn’t quite bring myself to do it.

 

It was a good job really as October’s box is just as good. It’s a box themed all around fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg and contains some really lovely things.

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What is in the My Little Box by Diane von Furstenburg?

  • A DVF scarf in a hot red, pink and purple combo – This can be used as a headscarf or neck scarf or just to decorate your bag.
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  • L’Occitane vanilla-scented hand cream – This is made with super-creamy shea butter and has a soft and lovely scent.
  • Kerastase Laque Noire hairspray – An extra strong hold hairspray.
  • My Little Beauty Eau Micellaire makeup remover – With Aloe Vera and orange extract making it great for my sensitive skin.
  • A DVF-branded cotton drawstring bag – I think I’ll use this to hold some of my craft bits and pieces.
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  • A fashion magazine – Filled with inspiration.
  • An inspiring DVF print – Be the Woman you want to be!
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  • A DVF red lips brooch – Really modern and unusual, I love them!
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As well as all of this there are special promotion codes to give subscribers discounts on the brands included in the My Little Box by Diane von Furstenburg.

I think of all of the subscription boxes this is the one I’m going to stick with for a while. I can’t fault the quality, selection or brands and it’s so nice knowing you’re going to receive a box of treats every month of things you know you’re going to love.

I would love to hear what you think especially if you subscribe to My Little Box.

Lots of My Little love,

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I just love My Little Box!

Why Changing Your Blog Theme can Change Your World

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Last week I took the plunge and totally shook things up with my blog. I bought and installed a new WordPress theme and changed all of my branding. I did this because while I liked my old theme I was started to feel a bit restricted by it. I know looks aren’t everything (good job as I’m no supermodel!) but it had started to feel a bit clunky and it didn’t do things I wanted it to. The layout was fine but it wasn’t slick, there were some features I couldn’t change without mastering how to code in CSS and it just didn’t look, well, as good as I wanted it to.

Once I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about something I tend to fixate on it until I do whatever it is I’m obsessing over, so I just skipped to the end, found a theme I LOVED and piled in. And do you know what, I’m so glad I did.

Here’s why you should change things up if you feel like your blog theme just isn’t working for you anymore.


A New Theme = A New Start
I’m not saying your existing content will suddenly get 1,000 hits a second as a result of your new look (although I’m sure that must happen for some big websites) but a new theme, one that looks and feels how you want it, could help open you up to some new ideas. I had hit a bit of a creative roadblock using my old theme but since making the switch I’ve had ideas for a couple of brand new regular features which I’m really excited about. I’ve also hit upon an idea to take my Etsy shop in a whole new direction – I’ve got to say this is a lot to do with my site looking more ‘me’ and professional. It’s true what they say: A change is as good as a rest.

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Take a Holistic View
I realised while in the middle of changing all of my headers/cover pages and branding across social media and my shop, that the old branding wasn’t as consistent as I thought it was. An old header version here, an out-dated tagline there. Take the chance to get your new look consistent everywhere you appear online and get it right from the start.

Sort out a Naming Convention for your pictures – and USE IT!
While you’re making a new start, it’s also a great time to set yourself a new naming convention. After installing my new theme I decided to make my pictures ‘pinnable’ to Pinterest as it’s something that was severely lacking before (and I know if your pictures are pinned, the word about your blog will spread). I realised I hadn’t been naming my photos with anything search engine friendly AT ALL, just leaving them called image1.jpg. This isn’t great, as search engines won’t find them and when the image is pinned the text description will say ‘image1′ and not anything remotely searchable.

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I’m not saying to go through all of your old pictures and rename them (but do if you have time!) but start a naming convention and stick with it. Now I always include a short description of what the picture is in the Title and Alternative Text field and suffix it with ‘- Beak Up Crafts’ so it’s obvious where the photo originated from. Much better.


Things to be wary of:

Downtime
Be prepared to have things looking a bit messy for a while as you sort things out with your new theme. You might want to consider putting up a static front page for a day or two to tease your new-look site while you get busy behind the scenes.

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Formatting
Changing my blog theme threw my formatting out as columns didn’t work anymore and anywhere I had added a line to break up content just said [line] – not quite what I wanted!
I would recommend you set some time aside to go through your most popular and most recent posts to start off with and make sure your formatting is all fine. And while you’re there…

Photo size
This is something else you should consider when changing your blog theme. I found that when I made the switch my photos weren’t wide enough to fit the screen. This is because the blog post width had increased and it left my post looking a bit messy, with text wrapping here, there and everywhere. It look a bit of time to fix but I did so by either changing the size of my pictures from ‘Large’ to ‘Full Size’, or as a workaround, to giving them a central alignment. How your photos look is again something I would advise you check out on at least your most popular and recent posts.

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Plugins
If you’re using WordPress.org, changing your theme could also be a great time to go through your plugins and work out which ones you don’t need anymore while also adding some new ones.

Here are some plugins I use and love:

  • Frizzly – To add Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook sharing buttons when you hover over your images
  • Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin – to make your blog search engine friendly
  • WP Super Cache – to cache your site and make pages load much quicker
  • Jetpack – To add a load of features, including subscription boxes and sharing options
  • Ninja Forms – Versatile and customisable contact forms for static pages and blog posts

Top Tips for finding a kick-arse blog theme:

  • Find some sites whose look and layout you love and plug their URLs into What WordPress Theme is that? Hey presto, unless it’s a site whose design is written from scratch or heavily customised you can find out what theme they’re using and go and check out the designer/get the theme for yourself.
  • Have a look on Etsy. There are so many talented people on there. I found 17th Avenue Designs there and fell in love with one of their themes but there are lots of others too. (In case you’re wondering, my old theme was the Isabelle theme by Blu Chic.)
  • Use Pinterest to gather ideas of colour palettes and fonts that you like. If you’re going down the route of having a new theme designed just for you this will be invaluable when talking to your designer.

So what do you think? Are you tempted to take the plunge and go for a new blog theme? I hope this post hasn’t put you off as it can really revitalise your site and I really do thing that finding the right look and feel for you is worth a bit of effort.

Also, I hope you found my tips and tricks helpful. If you would love to see more content like this every so often please let me know!

Lots of bright new theme love,

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(Disclaimer: I’ve written this from a self-hosted WordPress.org point of view as that’s what my blog is, but a lot of points still stand for WordPress.com, Blogger and Typepad too.)

{DIY} Fallen Leaves Picture

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I’ve always been a bit obsessed by the paint colour cards you get in DIY stores and I’ve always wanted to think of a creative way to make something with them. Wayne and I were in our local B&Q the other day on the hunt for paint samples to give the feature wall in our bedroom a new look and I took the chance to snaffle a pocketful of orange and coral shades.

(Side note: I still think that the job of coming up with names for lots of pretty paint shades is one of the best in the world – along with choosing road names – and for years I seriously wanted to do that as a career. What a job!)

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Anyway, I had a few vague ideas floating round in my head about what I could do with the colour cards but I finally had the flash of inspiration I was looking for when suffering from a bout of insomnia at five in the morning. Who says nothing good happens after 2am anyway?

Here’s how to make this pretty and bright Fallen Leaves picture which will add a seasonal splash of colour to your home!

What you need:

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  • Paint colour cards
  • A craft knife
  • A self-healing mat
  • A pencil
  • Glue dots/glue
  • A picture frame
  • A piece of white/cream paper

How to make it:

  1. Collect your colour cards and on the back draw a selection of leaf shapes. Try to mix them up for an interesting look.
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  2. Once you’re happy with your pictures, cut out the leaves using the craft knife. You can add texture and interest by cutting out the stems or making the edges a bit jaggy. TOP TIP: Cut out the stems first and if you’re cutting a jagged edge cut the card to the point. Also, it’s easier if you turn the card as you work so you’re not cutting at a funny angle!
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  3. Stick the paper to the back of the mount using wash tape.
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  4. Place your leaves onto the background paper and decide on your layout.
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  5. When you’ve decided what you’d like to go where, stick the leaves in place using glue or a glue dot.
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  6. Set the picture aside to dry before framing it and hanging it on your wall!
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I hope you like this bright and colourful DIY. I love autumn but I think this would look great all year round.

Lots of fallen leaves love,

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{Five Minutes With} Sophie Davies ~ Oh My Clumsy Heart

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Today I’m launching a brand new and shiny feature where I speak with creators and makers who run their own business to get tips and advice. I love hearing success stories of people who have given up their day job to pursue a creative career and thought it would be interesting (and very helpful) for other people who are hoping to do the same to see how they went about it and what pitfalls to avoid. Everyone’s story is different and what works for one person might not work for another, and while going out on your own is undoubtedly a very scary thing, I hope this series and the inspirational women I speak to will help to show that you CAN do it!


The first amazing designer-maker to be featured is the super-talented Sophie Davies of Oh My Clumsy Heart, which is a small independently owned and run online jewellery brand located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

Sophie is originally from Kent but moved to an apartment and studio in Birmingham where she spends her time making pretty things, growing plants, reading lots of books, and blogging.

Sophie does everything from designing, making, packaging, posting, and promoting all the lovely things you see in her online store so she is one busy lady, but she took some time out of her hectic schedule to tell me about her story and  share some words of advice.

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How did you come up with the idea for Oh My Clumsy Heart and what steps did you take from the ideas stage to launching your business?

Oh My Clumsy Heart started as a hobby shop on Etsy and evolved organically into a fully-fledged business.  I had never intended to start a business; I was enjoying making things and being involved in the handmade community. It was only when the shop started getting more attention and orders increased, that I realised, if I worked really hard, this could become my job.

How difficult was taking the step from running as a hobby business to a full-time operation and how did you do it?

It was A LOT of hard work; I worked a day job alongside working on the business in the evenings.  I didn’t know anything about running a shop so alongside designing, creating, and making products, I also had to learn the logistics of how to run a business.  I spend a lot of time teaching myself the skills I would need to make Oh My Clumsy Heart a success.  I wrote a post on how I quit my day job if you’re interested in reading more about Oh My Clumsy Heart.

What has surprised you the most about running your own creative business?

Part of me thought a little bit of magic would be lost when you do the thing you love as your job but it doesn’t. It just gets better and better.

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What does an average day look like for you?

I’m an early riser so around 7am I wake up, shower, get ready, and sit down with a cup of coffee but I don’t start work until 8 or 9.  I take a bit of time out in the mornings to catch up on blogs, listen to the radio or podcasts, and read whatever book I’m currently reading.  Then I write a daily task list, answer emails, work on admin, and prepare customer orders.  At noon I go to the studio and work on customer and wholesale orders, prep new products for photography shoots, and deal with any other studio-based tasks. Around 3, I finish up in the studio, take orders to the post office, and return to the apartment to check emails and finish any admin work.  My work day ends somewhere in between 5 and 7pm, when I turn the computer off and relax for the evening.  Working two jobs for several years made be realise how important it is to enjoy time off and get enough sleep.

If you were to launch your business again tomorrow, what (if anything) would you do differently?

I would write a business plan.  This is something I didn’t do until last year and it made an unbelievable difference to the way I view and run my business.

What are your plans for the future with and what targets have you set yourself?

My Big Plan was to quit and become self-employed and that happened a lot sooner than I had expected!  So I’m still working on what the next big step is.  There are a few questions I need to ask myself: how big do I want the business to grow?  Do I want to hire a team?  Do I want to be stocked by major retailers?  Right now, I don’t know the answers but I’m working on it.  I have both personal and business goals; I’m someone who likes to set goals and achieve targets.  In 2015 I want to increase Oh My Clumsy Heart’s stockists two-fold and introduce a new range of designs.

Finally, do you have any offers or discount codes that you would like to share with my readers please?

Yes, if you sign up to the mailing list you will receive a 10% discount on all orders.

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Sophie’s Quickfire Questions:

Tea or Coffee – Coffee

High fashion or High street – High fashion

Autumn or Spring – Spring

Tropical or Ice – Tropical

Main course or Dessert – Main course

Silver or Gold – Silver

Book or Film – Book

Hallowe’en or Bonfire Night – Hallowe’en

Wool or Cashmere – Cashmere

Flowers or Foliage – Foliage


I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the life of Sophie and her business. Her minimalist jewellery is absolutely gorgeous (as is her studio – just look at that light!).

This feature is going to run fortnightly on Mondays, so tune back in then for some more business advice and inspiration.

Lots of savvy love,


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