Fabulous Florals!

Spring is in the air – Sun, Lambs, Easter and most importantly the flowers are out.

Here are some of my favorite florals for the home;

Pink Floral Gingham Metal Jug
   Pink Floral Gingham Metal Jug  http://www.heartsandhome.co.uk/pink-floral-gingham-metal-jug-443-p.asp
Blue Floral Gingham Metal Jug
Blue Floral Gingham Metal Jug http://www.heartsandhome.co.uk/blue-floral-gingham-metal-jug-448-p.asp
Handmade Cushion - Blue Floral http://www.heartsandhome.co.uk/handmade-cushion---blue-floral---shabby-chic-1101-p.asp
Handmade Cushion – Blue Floral
http://www.heartsandhome.co.uk/handmade-cushion—blue-floral—shabby-chic-1101-p.asp

All three of the above items can found at Hearts and Home.


I love the smell of spring and flowers (not so great if you get hay fever). But here are a couple of spring floral scented candles to give your home a fresh smell.

White Gardenia - Yankee Candle
White Gardenia – Yankee Candle
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Lovely Kiku Yankee candle

Yankee Candles are my favorite and my collection is forever growing.

I’ve found the best place for discounted and “Fragrance of the Month” candles to be Tempation Gifts.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my favorite florals, enjoy your Spring : )

Hayley x

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Solar Eclipse!

Here is my view of the Solar Eclipse at 9.25am this morning. This is a view from Dorset England, it  was bit cloudy but you can still see it pretty clear.

This photo was taken through a mirror to avoid looking directly in to the sun.

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Solar Eclipse Dorset 20th March 2015

Id love to see some of your pictures from different areas, please provide links in the comments below?

Thank you for reading.

Hayley x

Liebster Award and Nominations!

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Firstly I would like to say a massive thank you to Emily for giving me this award. Blogging is a new thing to me and to know that people are reading and are interested in what I write about is amazing.

The rules are simple and all you have to do is link the person who nominated you and answer the questions that they have given you. You then keep the award going by nominating some other bloggers that you like to answer your own questions.

So these are the questions that Emily has given me;

1. What job did you want to do ‘when you grow up? 

I always wanted to be an astronaut, as time went by I realised it wasn’t such a good idea and decided an air hostess would be better. (that didn’t work out either).

2. What is your favourite quality in a personality?

Humor – Someone has to make me laugh : )

3. What motivates you to keep blogging?

The likes and lovely comments from other bloggers and followers. It means a lot to know people are interested and actually enjoy what your blogging about.

4. Three good things about yourself?

I’m enthusiastic and will try anything once.

I’m a good friend.

I can cook.

5. And now one bad? (Because we have to acknowledge the bad too.)

I say what I think – not always at the right time :-/ 

6. Dinner date with three people, any three people, who would you choose? Just not Rupert Grint because he’s at mine.

Bear Grylls, Dan Smith (from Bastille) and Daniel Crag (but he’d have to come as James Bond)

7. Something you’ve discovered about yourself through blogging?

I actually have more hobbies than I thought.

8. Most important thing in your life at the moment?

I have 2 – My Boyfriend and my sausage Dog Minnie.

9. What is the craziest thing you’ve done?

I did a freefall skydive last year. I did it to raise some money for a charity really close to my heart. “Ups and Downs” – they are a charity that support children and families with Downs Syndrome in the south west. They have been absolutely amazing with my younger sister over the years and without their support she wouldn’t be the gorgeous young lady she is now.

10. Do you do your chores? (Asked by my boyfriend, as I’m writing this rather than doing the washing up.)

They always get done – they just might be postponed slightly due to distractions ;).


Here are my nominations for blogs that I have really enjoyed reading.

Charlotte Marie Photography

Think Naturally 

Beauty By The Bunny

Makeup by Amy Perrone

My Questions for you are;

1. What is your dream holiday destination?

2. If you could be a Disney character which one would you be?

3. If you had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

4. What do you see yourself doing in the next 20 years?

5. What inspired you to start blogging?

6. Cat or Dog?

7. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

8. Where is your favorite place to be?

9. What is your most prized possession?

10. What was your favorite blog post that you have written? (link please?)

Thank you for taking part and don’t forget to share the blogger love by letting your nominations know you have nominated them :).

Hayley x

Decopatch!

Decopatching is a brilliant hobby and a great thing to get your children involved with.

You can decopatch pretty much anything and I love love love the finished look.

Any of you thinking what on earth am I talking about and what is decopatch?

Well …

Decopatch is a paper craft using a specific type of paper and glues. I guess you could say it is similar to paper mache but a lot more modern and prettier to look at.
You use patterned or plain papers to create a collage effect over any type of object.
I’ve taken to giving bottles and jars a new look but you can buy plain mache shapes and objects to decorate.

Here is a mache heart that I started one evening.

Mache heart decopatched!
Mache heart decopatched!

Follow my Decoptaching Tutorial to find out exactly how to begin and see how I decorated a couple of bottles.

Hayley x

How to Decopatch!

Here is my little tutorial on how to decopatch.

To find out more about what decopatch is click here.

Things you will need.

  • An object to decorate
  • Decopatch Papers
  • Decopatch Glue or PVA Glue
  • Decopatch Brushes
  • Decopatch Clear Varnish to finish

Step 1

Choose what item you would like to decorate using decopatch papers. Pretty much anything can be decopatched. Ive chosen to use an old wine bottle but you can purchase ready made paper mache items in a variety of different shapes from hearts to even a dinosaur.

Step 2

Pick your design. You can use plain or patterned papers and you can mix and match your designs depending on the finished look you want to achieve. Its is important that you use the proper “decopatch” papers, they are more durable and won’t rip when you put the glue on. Normal papers tend to tear when they get wet.

Decopatch papers.
Decopatch papers.

Step 3

Tear or cut your paper in to different sections. Tearing will create more of a “collaged” effect. Try to keep your sections together so when you put them on your item the patterns can still roughly match up.

Torn pieces of decopatch paper.
Torn pieces of decopatch paper.

Step 4

Using glue you can then put a layer on to a small area of your object. make sure the area covered is bigger than your piece of paper.

You can buy “decoptach” glue but I find PVA mixed with a little water works just as well.

Using your decopatch brush, pick up a piece of paper and place it on to the glued area. Once stuck, apply another layer of glue over the top making sure that all the edges are covered. The glue will dry clear so don’t worry how it looks for now.

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Glue pieces of paper using the decopatch brush.

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the whole of your item is covered.Make sure you don’t miss any areas.

Step 6

Leave the glue to dry completely. This is when you can decide whether you want to do another layer over the top or leave the item as it is.

Apply a layer of Decopatch Clear Varnish. This seals the paper and gives a glossy finish.

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Decopatch Clear Varnish.

This was my completed bottle after 1 layer. I then decided to do another layer over the top as I wanted more of the flowers to show up. This isn’t necessary though, it just depends on what you want your finished piece to look like.

One layer of decopatch on a bottle.
One layer of decopatch on a bottle.

Most of the items needed to decopatch can be purchased from a variety of different websites and craft shops.

My favourites are;

Hobby Craft

The Arty Crafty Place

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial and I hope this helps.

Hayley x

Get Site Control!

I’ve recently discovered this fab website that helps you create and add widgets to your own website or blog. I have already used it on my Hearts and Home Blog and I’m definitely going to use it on the website.

Its perfect for anyone that wants to add promos, share buttons, feedback and fancy widgets to your site but doesn’t understand the coding.

Get Site Control creates the HTML code for you and explains where to insert it on your page. It even lets you preview your new widget before going ahead with it.

Get Site Control can be found here www.getsitecontrol.com.

It has really improved the look of my sites and blogs and is really easy to use so why not check it out for yourself.

I hope this helps and thank you for reading.

Hayley x 

Hand made decorations!

Decorate your home with a variety of different items that you probably already have lying around your house. Give them a new look and create something lovely and unique.

Teacup Candles

Candles are really easy to make (tutorials coming soon). This one is made from wax with a light honey colour and scented with vanilla. This particular one is a miniature bone china tea cup candle but you can use pretty much anything from mugs to jars and tins.

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Handmade Miniature Teacup Candle – Vanilla Scented – available to buy at Hearts and Home

Decorated Storage Jars

Use buttons, shells, material and lace to give old jam jars and storage jars a totally different look.

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Decorated Storage Jars DIY jar via photopin (license)

Painted Furniture

Give wooden items a lick of paint to change their look completely.

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Hand Painted Dressing Table Mirror

Hope this gives a little bit of inspiration, I will definitely be doing some candle making tutorials and when they weather is a little nicer, some painted furniture tips.

Hayley x