How to Decopatch!

Interiors and Crafts

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…

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Remove this from your Bucket List, NOW

This is really worth a read everybody. We need to protect these amazing animals and stop things like this happening.

LarrissaHuggard

Plenty of my closest friends, family and Facebook friends have put up awesome pictures of their awesome holidays in the awesome continent of Asia. I myself have not got there yet and until this week one of the major things to do on my bucket list was ride and bathe an Elephant.

Now before you get defensive, it does look like an awesome and fun thing to do, because of course the Elephants are happy right, they’re tame so it means they were brought up this way, and everyone else has done it so it has to be fine! This sheep mentality of western tourists is to blame for the increasing amount of Asian elephants dying from over exhaustion, and maybe even depression.

An elepahnt that has died from exhaustion source: Twitter An elephant that has died from exhaustion source: Twitter

I’m going to keep it short, because I imagine that by now, some people have clicked off this…

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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

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 

Happy Pancake Day!

Its that Tuesday of the year again – PANCAKE DAY.

Scotch Pancakes with Syrup Silver Dollar Pancakes via photopin (license)
Scotch Pancakes with Syrup
Silver Dollar Pancakes via photopin (license)

Making pancakes is actually really simple and there are plenty of different toppings and fillings you can go for. They don’t just have to be for pudding,I’m going to have savory pancakes as well as sweet : )

Don’t forget the main ingredients;

  • Plain Flower
  • Eggs
  • Sugar (for Scotch or American pancakes)
  • Milk
  • Pinch of salt

Pancake Recipes

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2054636/scotch-pancakes

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/basic-pancakes.html

My favorite pancake fillings/ toppings;

  • Cheese and mushroom
  • Bacon and Syrup
  • Syrup and Blueberry
  • Nutella and Banana
  • Lemon and Sugar

Enjoy your pancakes everyone.

Hayley x

Gorgeous Roses!

Ok, so slightly still in keeping with the Valentines Day theme but I received some really pretty flowers and it seems a shame to let them go to waste.

Here are some of my favorite rose photos. There’s nothing better than having fresh flowers in your home, they smell great and look wonderful.

These were my valentines flowers;

My Valentines Day Flower Bouquet
My Valentines Day Flower Bouquet

It doesn’t need to be valentines Day for you to have roses in your house, here are some bouquet inspirations.

Pink Roses Roses via photopin (license)
Pink Roses
Roses via photopin (license)
Vintage Pastel Roses La Petite Folie via photopin (license)
Vintage Pastel Roses
La Petite Folie via photopin (license)
Pinks Roses Sentimental Surprise Mother's Day Flowers via photopin (license)
Pinks Roses
Sentimental Surprise Mother’s Day Flowers via photopin (license)
Deep Red Bouquet  via photopin (license)
Deep Red Bouquet
via photopin (license)

Id love to see any of your flowers you have in your house at the moment? Please feel free to post and comment.

Hayley x

Family Time!

Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday but I was enjoying some family time with my younger sister. She is currently studying at Foxes Academy in Minehead, a catering college for 16 – 25 year olds with learning disabilities. We had a great day having lunch, going bowling and playing in the amusements.

Here is a picture of a hand painted sign I made for her. I will be doing some tutorials soon on hand painted signs and hanging hearts. The bottles in the back ground have also been hand decorated using a “decopatch” pattern. There will also be tutorials coming for those too : )

Hand Painted Hanging Heart "Catrin" <3
Hand Painted Hanging Heart “Catrin” ❤