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Guest Post: Getting Crafty with Duck Tape Decorating

Who knew there was so much you could do with Duck Tape?  After a recent conversation with Ruth, who works with Duck Tape Colours; stocking a fabulous array of ducktape for all your crafting needs, I just HAD to get her to guest post on here.  Here are some inventive, colourful and creative ways of using Duck Tape in your household and interior crafting, look out for some more tutorials on Frugally Peachy coming up!  Thanks Ruth for your post – it’s inspiring!

Duck Tape has been known for years as something your Dad might keep in the garage for DIY jobs, but did you know the product now comes in all sorts of colours and patterns for crafters? It’s perfect for interior design on a budget. All you need is a bit of creativity!

I’m Ruth and I work with Duck Tape and I wanted to introduce you to a couple of the fab things you can now do with it. But first of all, the products. No more plain grey for this feathered friend – Duck is now leopard print, bright green, yellow, pink, zebra print.  It’s water resistant and can be cut or torn by hand so is also great for use with the kids.

Just some of the things that the Duck Team have been creating are…

 

Picture Frames

New ImageFor this you’ll just need Duck Tape, scissors, a
 ruler
and your picture to frame. If you fancy, you could add stickers and magnetic strips.

Step 1: 
Cut 2 x long pieces of Duck Tape and lay them both sticky side up on your work surface.

New Image1Step 2: 
Take one of the strips of tape and place it sticky side down on tope of the other piece of tape, creating a Duck Tape strip. Repeat to get 2 strips the same length.

Step 3
: Make two double sides strips that are shorter in length the same way as you did in  Steps 1-2.

Step 4: 
Form the picture frame with the 4 strips by placing the shorter pieces in between the longer pieces.

Frame 3 Step 5: 
Cut 4 x 1 inch strips and use them to tape the frame together where the long and short strips meet – these are called place holders.

Step 6: 
Cut a strip of Duck Tape slightly longer than your short strip and place it directly over the shorter side of the frame, covering the place holder. Fold the extra tape onto the back.

Frame 4Step 7
: Repeat Step 6 on the opposite short side.

Frame 2

Step 8
: Flip the picture frame over. Centre your photo face down over the frame’s window. Secure the photo in place using Duck Tape. Turn the photo frame round!
You could use stickers or extra pieces of Duck Tape to decorate or add magnetic strips to the back to hang your photo on a fridge. Attach string to the back to hang your photo frame, or make a standing frame by taping a piece of cardboard onto the back.

Frame 6You could also create this fab cushion, which is so easy and cheap to do.

Cushion - to useadccb56bf1cb7a73c69c111dd08d0624b551ad0d

b144fbd3811cf72629178fcbc1abea0dc4be7a341b2b8b73f192300eafd794190bf944490eb6471c4d1bc954577c836c5d28bddde365e9e4a1d25af9Check out these images for a quick how-to and don’t forget to check out our website for all your duck tape needs – we look forward to seeing you! http://www.ducktapecolours.co.uk

 

 

 

Guest Post: Summer Berry Sorbet

When it comes to Summer recipes, there is nothing I like more than a little sorbet (or skinny ice cream, as I call it)!  So, with the lovely hot weather we have been enjoying, I thought I’d share this wonderful guest post from Jess, who writes over at Jessthetics, a recipe for Summer Berry Sorbet.  Go check out her blog, she’s a fabulous seamstress too and a real lover of all things environmentally and ethically friendly!

1 Hello! It’s Jess here, from Jessthetics. I’m so excited to be guest posting on Frugally Peachy today. I have a confession to make – I’m not that fond of ice cream. It’s okay, but it’s not my favourite treat by any means. I much prefer sorbet! The good news is that sorbet is really easy and cheap to make, and it’s (probably) healthier than ice cream! My recipe is for summer berry sorbet because I’m in love with cherries right now, but you could substitute pretty much any fruit that you fancy, or that needs using up.

2You wil need: 1 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of rasberries, 1 cup of cherries, 1/4 cup of sugar and a blender.

3First, remove the stones and stalks from your cherries, and blend all of your fruit, except for a couple of berries which will make a nice garnish later!

4Next you need to make some simple syrup. As the title suggests, it really is simple! Pop your sugar in a pan with 200ml of water and stir over a medium heat until the sugar’s dissolved. Then bring the water to the boil and turn off the heat.

5Once your simple syrup has cooled, combine it with the blended fruit and put the mixture in the freezer. It’ll take hours to freeze, so I suggest doing this in the morning ready to eat in the evening, or leaving it in the freezer overnight.

6Once your mixture has frozen, blend it together until smooth and put it back in the freezer for half an hour.

And that’s it! Scoop out your sorbet, add a couple of berries on top and gobble it up before it melts. Much more refreshing than ice cream, am I right?

7Thanks for letting me guest post on your blog Emma, and I hope you have a wonderful month of writing!

Thanks Jess…I might be a little too distracted to write with this gorgeous recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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#CraftBlogClub – ‘You Complete Me’ Challenge Reveal…

craftblogclub badgeSo, I have a little confession to make before I get into trawling your wonderful makes!  I haven’t completed my project :(.  I feel like the worst host ever, but I was inadvertently left without a table on which to use my sewing machine for nearly three weeks, which has inevitably left me very little time to complete ANYTHING I need to.  I’m behind with my sewing projects already BUT, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Here’s my WIP so far…

The Scrappy Patchwork Chair

chair 1The purpose of ‘You Complete Me’, was to bring to light just how many WIPs us crafty lot have and really take the time to get ONE thing finished.  I blame external incidents for my unfortunate half-finished masterpiece, that and a particularly nasty delivery driver.  BUT, it has been fabulous to see so many of our #craftblogclub crew working so hard on projects they had near forgotten about, over the last few weeks – my Twitter feed has been littered with lovely WIP photos and posts and I can’t WAIT to see some finished projects.  So please, do link up below and share your work!

For my ‘You Complete Me’ challenge, I decided to challenge myself with some new crafting ideas and creating something of a statement in my lounge.  These old chairs were given to us me by some relatives who had no use for them anymore.  Though they were specifically ‘conservatory chairs’, at the time I really liked the shape of them and the comfort too – plus the footstool would be a great added extra for lazy knitting evenings sat in front of the TV.  They did, however, need a lot of TLC and I thought our ‘You Complete Me’ challenge would be the perfect time for me to get to grips with covering them.

patchwork close upAs I’m in the midst of painting and DIY-ing my house at the mo, I decided to try and make this chair a real statement in my lounge.  I had already painted a red accent wall and decided to trawl through my fabric and see how little I could spend patchworking the chair.  I had a lot of teals, turquoises and blues, which I felt would blend in really well with the red.  To finish, I decided to contrast the footstool by knitting a stripy cover using the same colour palette.  This would blend in with the blue hues on my sofa cushions and I even have a couple of knitted squares, ready for a sofa throw in the same palette too.  What could go wrong, thought I?  Well, to be honest, I’ve never patchworked a thing in my life.

Being the renegade crafter that I am, I thought starting off with big patches measured, ironed and sewn into place, couldn’t be too difficult – luckily I possess a lot of the ‘how hard can it be’ attitude, so the effect is already really starting to look great on the chair.  Being quite the sewing novice still, I decided to sew each of the top cushion sections and leave an open end on both.  I’m toying with the idea of hand-sewing press studs to secure the cover in place, but it does seem to fold and sit quite nicely without, footstoolwhich I’ll be thankful for when it comes to washing the covers!  I’ll get there, just not this month.  I did have to purchase a little more fabric, but the total spend on this project was just £11.98 – though I should replace the foam at a later date too.

I’m planning to get this baby finished as soon as I can, then I’ll post some finished photos and updates on my new lounge.  It has been a great way of working with patchwork and I do feel I’ve created something really unique for my home too.  I think it has a charm to it, the not-so-perfect patches, there is something quite fairytale-cottagey about it, which I think I quite like!  Just nod and smile.

So what about you guys?  What have you been up to and DID you manage to complete this project on time??  Stay tuned, I’ll be setting up a #CraftBlogClub makes board on Pinterest to showcase our wonderful work!

armchair 1Stay Peachy x

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Frugally Peachy: Jam Jar Tealights Holders!

fairy flirtIn keeping with my love of all things DIY, I’ve been experimenting with some simple ideas for lighting your garden space this week.  Having seen a rather inspiring and tear-jerking post from the delightful Hodge Podge Craft on DIY Wedding ideas, I was really taken with the simplicity of some large rope covered vases that were featured.  Needless to say….the mind started ticking.

Now I happen to be in possession of about fifty million recycled jam jars.  I love them.  I love to dress set, drink and bake all sorts of weird and wonderful concoctions with them.  So, when it came to thinking about cheap, cheerful and rustically-fabulous ways to light your garden, should you be sitting out at dusk, sipping on a cold beverage (from a jar), I grabbed some garden jute twine and set to work on these bad boys!  Great little tealight holders for sitting in situ in your garden and a snip of the price of a fancy tealight holder!

how toYou Will Need…

A selection of (clean) Glass Jam Jars (lids not necessary)

Garden Jute Twine

Some Super Strong-Hold Superglue – suitable for use on ceramics, glass etc.

Now Do This…

finished!To make a simple sitting tealight holder, glue a thin long line about a cm up from the bottom of your jam jar.  Unravel your twine and glue into place, ensuring that the end is sticking securely.  Once the bottom line is firmly in place, continue to wrap around the jar in an upwards movement, ensuring your glass is completely covered.  Be sure to add a little bit of glue every fourth wrap or so.  Keep wrapping until you reach about 2 1/2 cms from the rim of the jar and repeat the glue line, cut your twine and secure firmly in place.  Leave to dry for a couple of hours before using.

Now you’re done, I think this calls for a cheeky homemade cocktail and a makeshift BBQ, don’t you??

Stay Peachy x

Wilf...you flirt!

Wilf…you flirt!

#Project34 – Week 1- Cross Stitching, Across The Universe

cross stitch finish#Project34 Week 1: Cross Stitch Poetry

Time Taken: 3 x Daisy Naps

                     1 x Sex and the City Film (it was one of THOSE weeks)

               2 x True Blood Episodes – admittedly I was distracted at points!!!

       3 x Listens of the latest Pretty Reckless Album

If you have read one of my latest catch-up posts, you’ll be aware that I’m trying to take a little bit of time to get back into crafting for myself.  One of the best ways I thought I could introduce a little more craft and DIY back into Frugally Peachy was to create my own little #Project 34 – a project in which I create one thing per week (in the last 34 weeks of the year), for myself (or a gift).  I sometimes feel I babble on a lot about crafting and learning to make dresses, with very little evidence of doing so – the desire to do it is there, it really is sadly the time.  In between looking after D, I’m running the home, setting up The Gothic Librarian, Writing, running #CraftBlogClub, amongst other things – that can often leave little time for myself!

So, last week, I got a bit DIY creative around the house and made a start on reclaiming the space in my home.  My bedroom needed a bit of a facelift so I painted one red feature wall, put up some lovely red curtains from eBay (bargain) and treated myself to some much-needed new bedding.  The result?  A gothic-inspired haven of loveliness, my room feels comfy and reflects me!  It is still a little work in progress – I want to upcycle my chest of drawers – but my little home is starting to feel just like mine and I’ve got the DIY bug now!

I didn’t want to put too much on my bedroom walls, I have a little selection of postcards, but I decided I wanted a centrepiece for the wall behind my bed.  I’m all about positivity at the moment and I decided to set myself a little cross stitch project for my first week of #Project34.  What do you think?

cross stitch 2The words are taken from a poem by Tyler Knott Gregson, from his Typewriter collection.  This particular poem means worlds to me, for reasons I won’t go into here – so I thought it was important to have something wistfully romantic and positive to read every morning.

In keeping with the ‘Typewriter’ tradition, I tried playing with fading out the colour of each silk as I stitched the lower lines, as if the ink on a typewriter is fading.  I think working with block colours would have worked just as well, but I like the colour scheme on the finished piece.

From my early days on the Cross Stitch Train (a club I went to at primary school) – as much as I love it as a craft form, but it really is a labour of love –cross stitch 1 everything takes a lot longer than you think, but I’m really pleased with the outcome.  I love the simplicity of working with cross stitch to create words and I’m over the moon to have something personal on my wall again!

Do you feel like you need to take some crafty power back?  Why not join me on #Project34 – I’d love to see some of what you guys are up to!

Stay Peachy x

Hello May!

Buttercups

May indeed….I’d still like to know what happened to April!  One minute, I was clearing away the paper plates from Miss D’s BIG 1, then suddenly I blink and the sun is warmer, the days are longer and we are fast approaching the half way mark for my Frugally Fabulous Year!

I seem to still be a little sporadic with posts at the moment.  I have every intention of getting there, please bear with me!  I guess, at the moment, I don’t feel as if I have much to say.  I’m still not spending – other than in cheap DIY stores and a tad on eBay – I’ve been vaguely creative in the kitchen, but everything has been overshadowed with adjusting to a new routine.  I feel a bit silly saying that, about twenty minutes ago I watched the most inspiring interview with Michelle Knight, one of the women held captive by Ariel Castro for over a decade, which really puts my minor niggles in my, otherwise lovely, new life in total perspective.  If you get a chance, and if you can handle some slightly difficult content, I would definitely recommend watching it – the strength and spirit of that woman is just out of this world.

So…what have I been up to for the duration?  Well, I’ve been busy prepping a few bits for my new brand, slowly adjusting to a new routine and I’ve been making little plans for big changes to my house!  On Tuesday, I took the plunge and painted a red feature wall in my bedroom.  Having always been drawn to the gothic – I figured a fresh coat of deep red and some lush new bedding from a local soft furnishings shop in Sherwood, would help to reclaim my space.  I’ve just won some fab curtains on eBay too and can’t wait to show you more of my handy work around the home.

new bedroomAnyway, as usual, May is shaping up to be busy busy with lots of exciting bits to look forward to!  This month, I’m hoping to get a little more in-depth about my second-hand wardrobe and I’ve been back in the kitchen conjuring up a few recipes – both frugal with a healthy focus – everyone’s a winner!

With all these recent changes, my own crafty mojo seems to have hit the fan recently.  I’ve had barely enough time to do all the bits and pieces I need to – I’m a little late joining in with MeMadeMay, so I’ve decided to take back a little bit of control and launch my own #Project34 on the blog.  To celebrate the last 34 weeks of my Frugally Fabulous Year – not that I have any plans to return to the High Street – and to continue to challenge myself in the crafting arena, each week I will be taking on one personal craft/DIY project and posting about my progress with it.  I figure, with the unexpected winds of change 2014 has brought my way, I can be forgiven for not being able to stitch a dress together right now, but it doesn’t mean my handmade lifestyle isn’t important to me.  So, with #Project34, each project could be as big or small as I see fit – something for the home, the wardrobe or even just getting on with a bit of overdue painting.  I think when you start crafting for a living, you need to take the time to enjoy it for yourself as well – so I aim to wow you with my handmade goodness over the coming months!  Look for for my first #Project34 post coming this weekend…here’s a little teaser for now!

cross stitchIf you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you might have seen a couple of subtle updates about my new brand The Gothic Librarian – a handcrafted brand that I’m launching in June.  After much deliberation, time-management planning and to-ing and fro-ing, I’ve decided to go ahead and start making literature and culture-inspired things to sell! gothic librarian I’m pretty excited about it, I’ll be telling you a little more about the premise of The Gothic Librarian in the coming weeks, but I’ll be running a blog alongside it to partly showcase some of my fiction writing – I do hope you’ll give us a follow and like what I come up with!

The end of May also sees our next Midlands Blogger Meet – this time in Birmingham, with a focus on beauty.  Kelly and I are busy behind the scenes putting together something spectacular for our attendees – we will be emailing everyone on our attendees list soon, but if you want to come along please do drop me an email at missemmaberry@gmail.com – the more the merrier!

#midsblogmeet Brum

With all this excitement, I can hardly forget to mention that in 16 days, I am going to see NINE INCH NAILS!  The one band I’ve loved for half my life, who I have never seen! I really can’t wait to go – I can feel the 16 year old me fighting swiftly to the surface, I’m just gutted I threw out my DMs and stripy tights!  I’m sure I’ll be insta-spamming the heck out of my evening!

I think that’s about it from me, for now, I best go get scheduling, planning and stitching away!  Wishing you all the very happiest of Mays…

Me piercedStay Peachy x

Winners…and Little Steps

2014 listWell, as expected my blog has taken an unintentional break – I do hope you’re all still out there reading my drivel!  I intend to keep posting as often as possible, but, in light of recent events, I’ve come to the conclusion that setting myself little, weekly goals, is the key to both inevitable world literature domination AND getting through the next few months and the inevitable changes to our family.

Things are grand, really, since my ‘Conscious Uncoupling’.  Last week I ventured out to see one of my favourite local blues acts (hell, I’ve missed going out),  I’ve had the headspace to contemplate quite a bit and get my head down (hence the lack of posts), I’ve had some phenomenal support from friends and family and little D has adjusted really well to our new set-up.  There has been a lot of picture hanging, test-pot painting and LOADS of list-making – but not all blog-worthy at the moment!

Sometimes these little goals are all you need to kickstart things again though, I have two steaming, unfinished manuscripts to work on AND I’ve taken up an obsession with trying needle-felting.  I’m looking forward to a week in sleepy Somerset to catch up with my family and put a few more plans in action – home improvements, handmade gifts and, of course, our #CraftBlogClub challenges at the end of the month!  For now….I have a few WIPs, I shall share a little more later in the week!

hanging heart 1Today, I mostly wanted to announce the winners of my handmade giveaway for Mother’s Day.  It was lovely to see pictures of some of the Hanging Hearts my lovely readers made for Mother’s Day – my Mum loved hers and I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the tutorial!  Well, as promised, I have TWO knitted hearts to give away and the winners are….

ELLIE AINDOW and SARAH CLARKE!

Please drop me an email with your addresses and I’ll get your hearts shipped out in the next few days!  Congratulations!

Well I guess that’s about it for now – wishing you all a Happy Hump Day and I look forward to catching up with some of my favourite blogs (one of those little goals) and showing you my needle felting progress soon!

Stay Peachy x

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Lately: Lows, Highs and DIYs

dreyfus cafeLast week was a bit of an impromptu blog break for me – apologies for taking a bit of time out but, as you will see, it was really quite needed!

We had a bit of a whirlwind week, with the aftermath of Daisy’s Birthday, a trip to White Post Farm and my lovely Mum staying with us all week!  Top that off with a much excitable young Miss Peachy spending her FIRST WEEKEND away from the babe and taking a trip down memory lane to London – what more could you ask for???

daisy cakegoatWell…more on the trip itself to come, I’m sure.  With the sudden change in weather patterns and all, I was really feeling the need for a change up in the wardrobe department – not at all easy when you’re on a year long spending ban and still in-between sizes!  So, armed with a little bit of Christmas money I had saved, I took myself off to eBay and the incredible charity shops in Hockley, and I got a few bits of vintage and second-hand loveliness to tide me over and bring a little more ‘me’ back into my life!  In typical secret-goth fashion, I’m bypassing the pastel trends of Spring and embracing my love of leather skirts with this gorgeous vintage leather skirt from eBay – just £10, fits like a glove and goes with just about everything!

leather skirt comboI couldn’t resist a breton stripe top too to go with it – I’m a sucker for a Chanel-inspired stripe and my wardrobe has been seriously lacking in my usual stripy staple for a while, so I pulled a great £3 bargain from eBay!  Having always been a fan of dresses, I decided to really start embracing the idea of separates and picked up this amazing red polkadot shirt from Sue Ryder for just £5.  That’s right, a whole new wardrobe injection for less than £30 and all perfect for all weathers!  That’s my kind of Frugal Fashion!

Not only that, I got one step closer to a little bit of DIY wardrobing with this rather fab velvet skirt.velvet skirt  Simply cut from an old tunic that is both too short and too low cut, I thought something black and velvet would suit everything in my wardrobe – specifically my ‘new’ shirts.  After cutting the desired length of the skirt, I tacked in a thick piece of elastic to hold the skirt in place.  Et Voila!  A whole new use for something old AND another addition to my unique wardrobe.  I have a burgundy tunic I’m considering chopping up – perhaps a future tutorial to follow – once my sewing looks a little more professional!

So, as you can see, there have been plenty of highs and a little bit of DIY….but with the irony that was National Happiness Day, came a little bit of sadness in the Jeffberry household.  As of Thursday Mr J and I decided to separate.  I’m not one to go into the gory details but, after taking some time to work on things, we have simply decided that we don’t work anymore and, for the sake of our family, feel we would be better off as single parents.  So, whilst I’ve been basking in my new charity shop finds and jogging some wonderful memories in London, it has also been a very painful time coming to terms with one big ending and just how I aim to forward from now on.  So do forgive me if the posts drop a little, I’m still out there NOT High Street shopping and have even more reason to support the Frugally Fabulous way of life now – but I have a lot to put in place and a little bit of time out never hurt anyone!  It’s all still business as usual – but my focus is Little D and starting to plan a new future for us, so bear with me whilst I deal with all the tough stuff.

I would, however, like to thank everyone for their support and messages of comfort and to all the lovely people who tweeted me the things that make them happiest last Thursday – like I said, you have no idea how much that meant on that day!  I’ve got through the first few days…it’s onwards and upwards from here!

fearless and free

 

Stay Peachy x