Squiggly Biro Art

20140208_173816Okay so the title is pretty poor – I’ll give you that, but I found a new style of doodling that I really love. There’s lots of pictures on pinterest, blogs etc that have words which make a shape – like a heart made out of the word love in lots of languages, which are cute. But I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to try and make words out of shapes, and I am really pleased with the result.

You will need: colourful biro pens, paper, pencil and a rubber.

First of all draw out your word outline in pencil, you could write a name, a quote, whatever, just make sure it’s in bubble writing. This one is a lyric from a song we had at our wedding. Then start to draw little squiggles in one colour, varying in size, almost like zebra print. Use your other colours and do the same – I wouldn’t use more than 5 colours. 20140205_015927Keep adding squiggles to the picture, filling the gaps between each line with more lines. Make the squiggles around the letters more dense than the outside.20140205_021321 When you think you have done enough, hold the picture at a distance and see whether the words are readable, if they are rub out the pencil lines and that’s it.

Here’s a close up…20140208_211157This is a cute way to make pictures, and a lot better than spending a couple of quid on some tacky inspirational poster. Here are a couple more I have done. 20140208_17381620140208_173845

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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‘So Many Buttons’ Garland

20140204_213502I think I may have mentioned my love of buttons, and hangy things – so I made a button garland! A bit like those gaudy 70s bead curtains but with buttons – therefore awesome. This is a bit of a fiddly one, lots of tying knots with invisible thread but totally worth it. Make one for your door, your wall, your window – be creative! I chose to do a multicoloured one as our room is always needing a bit more colour but if you want to make one with coordinated colours you can buy packs of coordinating buttons from most craft shops. I recently bought a big job lot of buttons from amazon, eBay is also great.

You will need: scissors, invisible thread, wool (3 colours), a safety pin and buttons, large beads (optional).

Basically all you are doing is making a chain of buttons – to do this first of all chop a small piece of invisble thread (about 6cm) and tie one end through one whole of the button with a double knot. 20140121_223830Then tie another button to the other end of the thread. Carry on doing this until you have made a chain of about 10 buttons (this is up to you, if it is for a door curtain then obviously make longer button chains).20140121_223933 You can also tie some beads into your garland, just thread the invisible thread through the centre of the bead and secure it with a knot, then tie the other piece of thread through the centre and secure with a knot. Keep making chains of buttons until you think you have enough to cover your space. Hang them over the sofa or a chair to stop them from tangling.20140121_223643Marvellous, now for the main thread, I plaited three colours like I did for the Beaded Heart Garland you can find on my blog – for a quick reminder, cut three colours of wool into lengths just longer than the length of your space. Tie them together, safety pin it to something secure (like your jeans) and plait away! 20140107_173448Use drawing pins to secure the long length to your wall. Then simply tie your strings of buttons to the wool, at 5cm intervals with a secure double knot.20140204_215517So there we go, a lovely garland of colourful buttons – this would also be great for a kids room, providing the buttons were very securely tied and out of reach! I chose to hang mine above my Lots of Love Hearts garland, for a double whammy of sparkly, dangliness so you should definitely make one of them too – follow the link at the bottom of the page.
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Love, Mrs Gardom

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Lots of Love Hearts Garland

20140121_173518Remember way back in December when I showed you how to make Beaded Heart Decorations? Well I hope you enjoyed it because to make this awesome garland you are going to need a lot! There is something about dangling decorations that draws people, and a garland is a lovely way to brighten up a whole wall without any lasting damage! It is quite a lengthy process, but I find sitting and making a beaded heart watching the telly is a lovely way to relax and you get something fabulous out of it!

You will need: Invisible Thread, Metal Wire, Round-nosed Pliers, 2 Drawing Pins, Beads (as many sizes, shapes, colours as you can find!), Wire Cutters, Wool (3 bright colours), A Safety Pin.20140102_200451

Okay, so you need to make a lot of beaded hearts, about thirty, follow the instructions on my blog for Beaded Heart Decorations . As these are hung from each other the best way to finish the beads is to make a loop when you start, then thread on all your beads leaving about half a cm, make the heart shape and thread the left over wire through the other loop and squeeze it shut.20140107_143839When you are making hearts try and coordinate your colours, for example red, purple and orange or blue, turquoise and silver. Here are some examples I made.20140107_143855

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20140107_143932 Cut a length of each colour of wool to about 3 metres (or however long the wall you want to cover is). Tie the three strands together, use the safety pin to pin the knot to your leg or a sofa arm, and plait the colours together. Tie off the plait.20140107_173448Now tie a small length of invisible thread (5-10cm) to the bottom of one heart with a small double knot, then tie this through the top loop of another heart. Carry on this process to make a length of beaded hearts strung together with invisible thread, 4-6 hearts look best. Make as many of these lengths as you can. Tie a 5cm length of invisible thread to the top loop of the top heart of each length of beaded hearts.

20140121_193839#1Hang the wool plait on your wool, securing either end with a drawing pin. Then tie each length of beaded hearts to the plait with a secure knot at 15cm intervals.20140107_220659There we go! You have a beautiful beaded heart garland! You can keep adding hearts and lengths of hearts to the wool as and when you fancy. I think these look really lovely and you can choose to use a mix of colours or colours that complement your colour scheme.20140121_192152

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Bohemian Bedroom

I love our flat, I really do, the location is amazing, the layout is good and we have tonnes of space. However it is a generic rented flat, white walls, ikea furniture and beige carpet and me and Sam aren’t really generic people. Over the last year and a half we have been slowly but surely putting our own stamp on this little place, hanging some of my paintings, adding a bit of furniture and a fluffy green rug, however the bedroom has been kind of ignored. I had this idea in my head of a bohemian bedroom, somewhere really quirky,with an eastern feel, lots of clutter and various eccentricities, reds and golds and fabrics and beads. The only problem is that the flat is rented so we can’t do anything drastic and unchangeable. So I will share with you my inspiration and keep updating the blog on our bohemian bedroom and how this idea in my head actually turns out.

So, inspiration… here are a few spaces which I really love.

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Pinterest is a great way to see how other people have designed their rooms.

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Call me nerdy all you like but I adore Firefly, it really is one of the best sci fi shows ever made. I love Inara’s shuttle, the draped fabric, candles, lamps and red and purple colour scheme.

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Music is a big deal in this house. We have far too many guitars and a rather large record collection so I love these old vintage feeling recording studios, the bright colours and crazy wall coverings.

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There is something about old orthodox and coptic churches that I find really inspiring, I love the colours, the sumptuously painted icons and the gaudy over the top decor.

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I also want to add a hippy feel, inspired by the 70s, the peace and love movement and Simon and Garfunkel. Why not?!

So there we go, an internet moodboard if you will. I will keep you updated on progress, I have just bought a giant indian wall hanging which needs photographing!

Love, Mrs Gardom

My Wonderful Bookshelf Shoe Rack

20140107_135514I have a confession – I am shoe maniac. I refuse to count how many pairs I have. I just love the way the perfect pair of shoes make you feel like you can take on the world (though totter somewhat). However, we live in a one bedroom rented flat and this makes storage rather difficult. I remember watching house programmes when I was younger and thought ‘why do all those boring people get so excited about storage space? how dull!’. Unfortunately as a reluctant adult I have realised that actually it’s kind of useful to have places to put things. This big old bookshelf was in my mum and dad’s house, I think it belonged to my great grandma, and is the perfect size for our hallway. I love the antique wood and the dark colour, and it makes a feature of all my wonderful shoes, instead of dumping them in the wardrobe, I must admit, some do get dumped in the wardrobe, there isn’t quite enough room for the whole collection. So anyway, this is one of my favourite things in our house. Why use a bookshelf for books anyway?

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Beaded Heart Decorations

20131219_151216I made these beaded heart decorations for our christmas tree this year and used red, gold, clear and pearl beads. They would also be lovely to hang as decorations all round the year, in colours to match your room.20131219_134421You will need wire, thin enough to thread beads onto, round nose pliers, wire cutters, invisible thread and beads. Beads can be quite expensive from haberdashery shops so I would suggest buying cheap jewelery with small beads from shops like Primark and using those beads, also try stationery shops like The Works, who often sell nice sets of beads for a couple of pounds.

20131219_134724Choose a set of colours, no more than 4 to keep it simple and measure about 20cm of wire for large decorations, and 15cm for smaller decorations. Cut your wire and fold it in half, using your pliers to squeeze the middle into a neat V shape. Start threading your beads, make sure you use a variety of colours and sizes.

20131219_140741Thread the beads on one side of the heart, leaving about an inch of wire free, use the pliers to squeeze the wire, stopping the beads from slipping off. Do the same for the other side of your heart.20131219_144711Then join both ends of the wire with a twist and bend into a heart shape.

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Twist the ends of the wires tightly together and then fold the twisted wire into a loop, securing it by squeezing the loop with the pliers.

20131219_150615Tie a loop of invisible thread through the wire loop you have created and bend the heart into shape again. And thats it!

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You can try different wire shapes, like stars, but hearts are easy enough to shape and look lovely.

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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