Tutorial & Giveaway : Multi-Colour Tie Dye Sleepsuit with Dylon
*I received the Dylon for the purpose of this post – however all opinions are my own*

I absolutely love buying unique and unusual baby clothing for Aria, but, those unique and unusual baby clothes often come at a price, which is why I decided to up-cycle some plain white sleepsuits and create my own unique clothing. Aria now has a set of super cute, one of a kind sleepsuits which I think is super cool. I filmed a tutorial showing exactly how I used the tie dye method to give a sleepsuit a new lease of life. If you fancy up-cycling your own garments with Dylon be sure to scroll right to the end of the post for a Dylon giveaway.

baby wearing a pink, purple and blue tie dye sleepsuit - video tutorial and a chance to win Dylon yourself

Please note, that as these dyes weren’t made up following the specific packet instructions you may not achieve an exact colour match to the packet. Each packet makes up a large amount of dye, it is worth dying several items at the same time to avoid waste. 
Dylon have been super generous and agreed to send one of my lucky followers 2x hand dyes and 2x machine dyes in their choice of FOUR colours! To be in with a chance of winning simply fill in the below Rafflecopter widget. 

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T&Cs : The winner will be contacted by email, if I receive no reply within one week I will draw another winner. The prize will be posted by Dylon, I will accept no responsibility for items that are lost/damaged in the post. UK only. Over 16 year olds only. If you claim to have submitted an entry which you haven’t all of your entries will be disqualified. 

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DIY : White, Pink & Green Dining Set
I have been lusting after white, mint green & pastel pink dining table & chair sets for a very long time now. Instead of splashing the cash and buying one I decided to upcycle our existing set, we bought a plain wooden set from IKEA many years ago, it was a bargain at £50 but was very plain and just asking for some loving! 

Upcycled dining table & chairs, white table, pastel pink & mint green chairs

This project has been going on for a very long time, I started it when I was pregnant, then along came Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which meant that I had to stop, I couldn’t cope with painting as I couldn’t grip the brush properly and had constant pins and needles which made it a very difficult and uncomfortable task.

close up of pink chair with green polka dot cushion and green chair with pink polka dot cushion

Now that Aria is five months old I have finally finished my little project and I am so pleased with the results. Our house doesn’t let much light in so we are always looking for ways to brighten it up and this has worked a treat. The dining room looks a lot more bright and breezy now. 

white dining room table pink and green chairs with teacup and clear teapot

To make the transformation I roughly sanded the table and chairs, ours had no finish so didn’t require much sanding. I painted the chairs with Valspar tester pots, I had just enough in each pot to do two chairs to a satisfactory coverage. The paint on the chairs is Woolly Mint and Candy Kisses, they don’t do wood paint in the tester pots so I was advised against using these but it has come out just fine. For the table I used Valspar white wood paint, we were painting other furniture in the house so had this pot lying around any way, I finished with Ronseal clear gloss. 
The chairs aren’t very comfortable so I added the pink & green polka dot seat cushions to them to finish it off, not only do they look pretty but they are practical in that my bum no longer goes numb when I sit on the chair!
What do you think of this look? Is it something that you would go for in your house? Have you completed any upcycling projects lately? I would love to see them! 


DIY : IKEA Helmer Hack with Decoupage – 2014 Organisation
before picture in DIY tutorial for shabby chic IKEA helmer hack
after picture in tutorial for shabby chic floral ikea helmer hack
Carry on reading to find out just how I transformed this simple IKEA Helmer into a thing of beauty…

Quite a while back I decided to decoupage my IKEA Helmer. I made it look all pretty with floral paper and then just left it. I hadn’t labelled it and I hadn’t filled it. As part of organised 2014 I decided that I needed to finish this project. 

ikea helmer drawers with floral paper decoupage
The decoupaging was easy enough, I just removed the handles, glued the paper on, left it to dry and then screwed the handles back on. You can see what I use for my decoupaging projects here
ikea helmer drawers with floral decoupage and labels
I then used my Dymo Junior from eBay to label the drawers, yes, the cats do have their own drawer. 
floral white ikea helmer tutorial
This was such an easy ‘hack’ and I think the end result looks great. When I originally posted the photo on facebook I actually had friends asking me how much I would charge to do one for them! 


DIY : Upcycled Mirror with Decoupage
Spencer’s parents kindly gave us their old mirror when we first moved into our house five years ago, it was a little dated but we figured it would look good enough until we managed to replace it. We pretty much forgot about it until we came to re-decorate our living room. We were going to buy a replacement, something a little more funky, but I thought I’d try upcycling the old one first in an attempt to save some pennies.
I decided to use a mix of all of the papers that I received in past Crafty Creatives boxes to create a patchwork look. I cut the paper to size, painted the frame with my Decopatch glue, pressed the paper on and then painted a layer of Decopatch glue on top. 
I am so pleased with the result and best of all it cost absolutely nothing at all as I used items that I already had sitting in the house.
Bob enjoyed helping me too. The drawer that you can see in the corner is another decoupage project that I will be posting about soon.
Have you ever tried decoupage?

DIY : Simple Upcycled Chair
I’ve been busy upcycling another chair. This time I opted for decoupage and upholstery, I didn’t bother re-painting it as the paint work already on the chair was fine, I just wanted to pretty it up a little.
I picked up a few decoupaging items in Hobbycraft a while ago, including the glue and this gorgeous Decomache paper, the paper is currently on offer for 3 for 2. Despite being on offer the paper is quite expensive, I’m pretty sure I could have used any old pretty paper but as it was my first time decoupaging I wanted to use the proper stuff.
The paper is the Blue Roses one, though I would describe it as more of a green colour.
I applied glue to the chair and then stuck the paper on, cutting the edges off once dried. Some people prefer to cut to size first, I personally don’t. The way you do this is all about how you feel comfortable. Once I’d covered the whole of the area I left it to dry over night, it didn’t require the whole night as it dried really quickly. I then painted over the top of the area with the glue again to give it a protective coat.
For the seat I simply used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the underside. This is so simple to do and gives any furniture a new lease of life.
The most tricky thing about this upcycle was getting up close to the edges with the decoupaging, that being said it really wasn’t all that difficult. If I can do it anyone can. 
Fabric bought from local Inn Shops.