Posted on August 3, 2014
If you’re throwing a summer party this would make super-cute cheap decor! Bunting has certainly had its comeback and one wonders have we not all seen enough? That said, recently we threw a baby shower and wanted something ‘blue-ish ‘ to be able to transform the room a little and so it did. We also thought this would also be a sweet present to give away to our Mom-to-be for baby’s room, so after scouring the web and seeing some nice-but-pricey stuff decided to get crafty. It cost £2.99; Here’s how to make!
You will need:
1 x large world map (kids drawings/home lifestyle or decor magazines also make great images for bunting).
This huge Collins map ⇓ was from Jespers in Harrogate, you can also buy from ‘The Works’ for the same price. It comes rolled up so open it our if you can, a few hours before making to allow the paper to de-curl.
Ribbon or String as long as you need it to be. We had this grey grosgrain ribbon in and so cost of the ribbon hasn’t been factored in to the £2.99. If you are buying your ribbon it may end up making the total a fiver!
Red would also have looked nice but as I was making the bunting double-sided, wanted a thicker ribbon.
Lastly, you will need a piece of thicker paper/card for a template, (can be a cereal packet or whatever else you have), scissors and glue
Decide on a triangle size. Ours was going to be put up in quite a tall room so wanted it reasonable big. We made it 18cm across and 22cm down to the point. Leave a ‘lip’ on the top of the triangle, deep enough to be able to fold over your ribbon and touch the paper again on the reverse.
Fold over the lip on the template and mark where the edges need to be cut to match your triangle edges. It should look like this ⇑ once cut.
Take your large world map, turn it over so the you are drawing on the reverse and starting at the top draw round your template. Make sure each new tracing of your template touches the one before (shown as F’s here). This not only makes cutting out easier but means you can use the upside-down triangles this creates as the reverse of your bunting should you want one. (Yes, they will be upside down but that doesn’t really matter.)
When you have finished you will have two piles. One (left) with the lip on it one (on the right) of all the ‘waste’ triangles that we are going to use for reverse.
At this stage, is you are unsure of how many triangles you need to cut and can lay out your ribbon on the floor, just do a mock-up on the floor between the two points you are going to hang your bunting. Allow a hand-width for spacing.
Use a ruler to create an edge whilst you fold over all the ‘lips’.
Now all the preparing’s done, the fun part. Glue your triangles (with lips) over your ribbon and if you decide you want, glue on your backing triangles.
I just used a hand-width as a guide for spacing; quick, and easier than measuring. Finally, hang!
One world map made seven and a half meters worth so it’s definitely value for money. Happy making and do let me know if you decide to try!
Posted on July 31, 2014
Happy Thursday bloggers! Hope you have had a good week and if you’re in the UK have been enjoying this warmer weather… Sooo nice! This week I’m going to mix it up a little (I know – living on the edge!), so today’s post is ‘what I’m loving this week’ and Sundays’ will be more of a feature post. Time restraints, life, school holidays are all responsible so we’re just going with the flow! Loving so much right now, where do I start?!
1. Schools out but these milk bottles are in! At the weekend we threw a baby shower. It was such a sweet event and more pics from that will be on their way. Meantime, I wanted to share these with you because if you are involved in hosting any little kids (or big ones) over the Summer then these ‘old school’ milk bottles with candy-stripe straws are super cute and look just delightful! I ordered these online for £13, inclusive of straws and delivery, check them out (here: click!)
2. Next up my little girl is LOVING this amazingly cute print dress by Mini Rodini from Herbert and Stella in Ilkley. I’m not one for buying branded clothes for the sake of wearing a brand, I only tell you it’s Mini Rodini so you know what you’re looking for! Herbert and Stella is a children’s clothing and toy boutique, they stock up to a size 7 so at nearly age 8 (and very tall) I was dubious as to whether I’d get away with this but it’s perfect and I think we’ll see at least a year/ 18 months out of it. It also comes in a T-shirt/PJ top, bottoms/leggins, rompers and goodness knows what else! The new season prints launched TODAY and it’s all very whacky circus prints, so if you fancy something a bit different for your little strong boy or girl then have a look at their online shop here.
3. Lastly, I posted this picture on Instagram this week. It’s homegrown, allotment veg and it tastes blooming lovely! The sentiment behind the post you can read below:
Ah you know those lovely people who have feeds or timelines full of all things earthy/ au naturel that you think ‘oh too sweet but whose life looks that effortlessly fab’?! He he, #score!
My Father asked if I wanted any veg from the allotment when they came to visit which I said we would. He walked through the door with it just like this… A wee #trug which was so picture perfect I was so grateful! There on the bottom left is a #rose he’s grown too called #Audrey.
Incidentally, the day previous we’d been treated to dinner by my sister (another gift). After they’d all gone home I thought about this #GIFT. I mused that sometimes it can be the finished meal all ‘wow’ cooked for us and served by waiters that we receive, and then sometimes it’s in it’s rawest form, complete with slugs coming out the lettuce… Yet both gifts were just that, a gift and so special in their own way that each were appreciated equally.
It’s not the size or cost of what we give in life, it’s the heartfelt outward expression on giving of ourselves, our time, our love, that matters… What do you think?
Posted on July 24, 2014
Earlier this year we visited the Natural History Museum London. Aside from the incredible specimens of history it holds within its doors (over 80 million items!), the building itself is a phenomenal structure and it’s that I want to share with you this week.
We wandered for a couple of hours in and out of zones and rooms, the kids bypassing anything which did not interest them. To be honest, dead things in glass cases doesn’t particularly excite me either yet I LOVED the experience because I was simply in awe of what an incredibly beautiful building it is. The angles, masonry craft and varying uses of stone. It is quite something.
As we ascended to the upper levels, the conversational sounds of people below us, rose as almost whispers. It was quite ‘cathedral like’, almost spiritual and there was a feeling of being removed from the bustling hubbub of the museum.
If you are in London this Summer a visit is highly recommend. Entry is free, it’s something to do with the children and if, at all, you enjoy buildings and structure… you’re going to like it for reasons other than the ancient life it holds within.
Posted on July 20, 2014
Hello Summer! Well…almost here at Beau HQ though I know for many it has already begun. The warmer weather in Yorkshire has been most welcomed and the life that it enables us to live is such a delight. I love all seasons but I think I’m really mostly absolutely a summer girl…. What about you?
1. First up on this weeks favourites is exactly that summer vibe; warmer and lighter nights! This week my girl and I after a post-school shop in nearby Harrogate, decided to turn the car round on the way home and go back into the town for supper. We both simply wanted to stay out longer in the evening warmth and had the most beautiful time just talking away like ‘big girls’. We went to the newly opened Lucia’s which has lots of al fresco dining… Highly recommend! Didn’t get a photo from the frontage this time but there’s a post I wrote earlier on Facebook here.
As we left and walked back to our car through the town houses pictured here, we found ourselves amidst a reading festival and surrounded by people just…doing.. life… ahhh so romantically gorgeous.
We passed this handsome heifer on the way home too… perfection.
2. Next up True Grace candles. Normally associated with colder nights and snuggling in, but after a friend gave me one of these for my birthday I just had to buy another fragrance because they are such a summery delight. True Grace candles I have long been a fan of but never owned. Till now. The fragrance (when they are not even lit) wafts under your nose when you least expect and are so gorgeously scented, I’d highly recommend as a gift. We have Chamomile (which isn’t like the herbal tea, ie kinda nice but tame….) and the one I’ve just bought is Lemon Tree… Soooo amazing and very summer. You can buy online from Noras (here)
3. Thirdly, as temperatures rise, eye makeup that doesn’t budge! I came across 24 Hour Colour Tattoo (by Maybelline) about a couple of months back and immediately bought in 4 shades… It is amazing and half the beauty is you don’t need to be too precise! Darker all-over the eye shades often require you to be needing long enough to apply i.e. night out for Moms or twenty-something with lots of time to experiment with application! This… Not so. It ‘blends out’ really well meaning you can kinda swoosh over your eyes and it looks good!