The 2nd Saturday MarketLin Design
Lin Design

I was in town on Saturday doing some book shopping with my Dad when he noticed a sign for a Saturday market. I’m a sucker for markets so we went around to have a look. The market is called The 2nd Saturday Market and as you may have guessed, it’s on the second Saturday of every month. We were lucky that that was the day we happened to be in the city. It’s in The Chocolate Factory on King’s Inns Street in Dublin and it’s worth a visit if you are in the area. There are lots of lovely handmade, homemade and vintage things to buy including food, jewellery & art. 

I bought the beautiful necklace pictured above from Lin Design. It’s made of concrete and I thought it was really unusual. They had all sorts of concrete designs from candle holders to jewellery and even Darth Vader molds. I love the necklace and can definitely see myself going back for more. I’m already kind of raging I didn’t buy a second necklace I was eyeing up and 1 of the tea-light holders.

You can check out some of the beautiful things Lin Design make and sell, on Facebook here. The prices were good and they’d make lovely gifts for others as well as yourself. 

Step 1

Step 1: Lay all of the items out exactly as you want them to look on a surface roughly the same size as the wall.

Step 2

Step 2: cover each item with a piece of paper of the same size

Step 3

Step 3: Add the pieces of paper to the wall based on where you want your frames etc, to go. Add your nail marks with a pen, Add your nails and…

Final step

There you have it….your new gallery wall.

I’ve wanted a gallery wall for so long but kept putting it off in case it went terribly wrong and looked ridiculous. you can’t undo holes in a wall you know?! I’ve been gathering frames and pictures and things for the last while so I decided to bite the bullet and get it done. I actually really enjoyed the process. It was really fun. I wouldn’t have known where to start without one of my favorite blogs – A Beautiful Mess. They wrote a blog post a couple of years ago about styling a corner gallery and I followed their lead. You can check their post out here

If you follow those steps, or even just base it on my photos above, it’s a pretty easy thing to do and it has completely brightened up my bedroom to have all of my favourite people (and pets) on my wall.

Savings Jar

Argh! I hate it when a plan doesn’t come together. I was starting to lose faith in whether the Create 52 project was even going to really get started, never mind get finished and then I thought…maybe I’m over thinking this! I went back to the drawing board and thought about what the purpose of Create 52 really was and the purpose was to encourage me to do creative things more often. Life is busy and that’s not an excuse but I still want to be creative. So sometimes my creative activities will be small things but I’m going to share them anyway. The best part of this whole project is that when I rushed to put the idea together, I didn’t set a time limit in writing, so obviously I had a year in my head because there’s 52 weeks in a year but realising that probably isn’t possible doesn’t mean I have to give up on the whole project.

Anyway, onwards and upwards. I’ve had a big old ugly plastic money box for about 6 years or more and it burst at the bottom a couple of weeks ago so I (with a lil help from my friends, okay family) counted the money and bagged it to lodge it into my bank account. Now I have to tell you, I was so grateful that ugly old money box was gone but then I had nowhere to save my money. BING! Light bulb moment! I’m sort of obsessed with jars (as in I can lose HOURS of my day checking Pinterest for cool jar ideas)  so I went to IKEA (duh!) and bought a big  jar. The I added some map alpha stickers that say ‘Adventure Fund’ and wallah….new savings jar. Because let’s face it, all anyone really wants to save for is to travel the world. My new rule is that every Friday any change that I have goes in the jar.

What do you save your coins in and what are you saving for?

Craft room

The box room of our house has been my office/walk-in wardrobe/craft room for years now but I really wasn’t using it the way I could have been. The room wasn’t the way I wanted it and wasn’t at all organised. If I’m completely honest, it was a waste of a room. Last October I tidied it up a bit and freshened up the paint (who am I kidding? Scratch that, my Mam kindly offered to freshen up the paint). The room was fine and you can see some pictures from that update here but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.

Towards the end of this summer the room got a big overhaul  and now I love spending time in there. It was painted again (guess who by? She’s a diamond, that mother of mine). We went with white this time. Its in the front of the house and doesn’t have the best natural light so white was the best we option. I also added a high wattage bulb and got rid of the light shade. I added a narrow vanity unit I already had as a type of desk which I plan to replace with a white Ikea desk at some point. The other big edition to the room was an Alex unit from Ikea. I am not lying when I tell you I’m obsessed with them. You can check them out here. I use it to store my 12×12 paper, stamps, inks, pens and scissors. I’ve arranged the new (to this room) vanity unit so that when I’m facing it in my chair I have my bureau open behind me with more desk space and some of stickers and other materials for working on my Project Life album. I still use my Ikea Raskog cart to store my Project Life kits. I also replaced the coloured storage boxes in the wooden unit with black and white ones. There was no reason for this other than I think they’re prettier. I’m also happy that I’ve made the best use of space, I have my Canon Selphy, my tripod and all of my wrapping paper (in an Ikea platic bag storage container) hanging on a coat rack on the back of the door. 

I mostly use my craft room for blogging, Project Life, some other little projects and now I intend to use it for sewing projects too. Do you have any tips for maximising the use of your craft space?

ribbon wreath 1

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I love simple, easy craft ideas that take only a few minutes to make. This wreath was made using a Styrofoam ring, some double sided tape and some ribbon. Simples.