Who needs real candles!!

So my new favourite thing at the moment is LED flickering Tea Lights.

There’s no flame and no smoke which makes them a perfect and safe alternative to candles and tea lights.

The led tea lights shown below can be found at Hearts and Home and are only £3.95 for a pack of 4.

Set of 4 Flickering LED tea lights
Set of 4 Flickering LED tea lights

Here is an example of the LED lights being used in a cute tea light holder also available at Hearts and Home for only £7.99

Metal Heart Tea Light Candle Holder with Glass
Metal Heart Tea Light Candle Holder with Glass

Let me know what you think and I’d love to see some other designs of LED candles.

Thank you

Hayley x

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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

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