Thursday, 28 May 2015

Quick Crafts: Upcycled Decoupage Jam Jar Storage

Last year I took a decoupage workshop and have been dying to try it out at home. I have done a few little bits but this week decided to do something with empty jam jars I have been saving.

I have loads of part bags in my kitchen cupboard so I though I would take a crack at a storage solution.

Decoupage is really easy to do and very relaxing. You basically need glue and paper.

Now I am using decoupage paper but you can use paper napkins you just need to separate all the layers first.  I have to say I prefer the finish with the decoupage paper and my tissue paper always bunches but that is probably just me.

I am also using Mod Podglue which is awesome and seals and goes very shiny but PVA glue is fine.

All you do is cut up your paper in to squares, some people like to rip. 

Brush on some glue to the surface of the item you are decoupaging, place the paper on top and brush glue over that. 

You just keep going a little bit at a time and  you can do more than one layer if you wish. 

Once its covered I paint an extra layer of glue on top and then you just wait for it to dry.

Each lid took about 1o - 12 minutes.

While they were drying I got out my snazzy label maker that OH got me for Christmas and labelled them up.

I rather like them. What do you think?

Friday, 22 May 2015

Book Review: The Outsider by Emily Organ

Last year I read Emily Organ’s debut novel The last Day and I loved it. I even made it one of my books of the year. Emily is back with her second novel The Outsider and man is it good.

The Outsider by Emily Organ

Now I must declare that I do know Emily she is a blogging friend but I never recommend something if I don’t actually like it, plus she beat me in a blogging awards once so I am not totally biased!

Ok the blurb:

After the death of her mother, Yasmin Clark gets a job travelling across the US. In New York she falls for Daniel Ward and sacrifices her career to return with him to the UK.

Daniel’s wife, Lisa, died in an accident a few months previously. Richard Cohen, the village gardener, believes her death is suspicious. Having nurtured an unrequited love for Lisa, he wants to discover how she died. Not all of Daniel’s friends welcome Yasmin, and few of them are happy about Richard’s amateur detective work. Haunted by Lisa’s death and convinced someone is keeping a secret, Yasmin and Richard form an ill-fated friendship.

Torn between her love for Daniel and her desire to uncover the truth about his dead wife, Yasmin faces a challenge which has defeated a police investigation. Can she pursue it, or is the personal cost too great?

The Outsider is very different from Emily’s novel and I love that. Sometimes author’s books merge into one and there is no distinction.

It is brilliantly written and I found that I loved some of the characters and others I really disliked but I think that’s how you should feel about them. There are some twists that I didn’t see coming.

You question everybody and trust no one. I found myself desperate for more information and the truth.

I enjoyed the pace of the book it was neither too fast nor too slow that it drags.  

This book is so good I almost missed my tube stop reading it!

If you are looking for a summer read pop this on your reading list!

The Outsider is available on Kindle and she also has a free ebook to go along with this called Lisa’s Diary that I can’t wait to read.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

#LyricalInspiration Like The Way I Do

So this is the very first Lyrical Inspiration linky, I can’t wait to read all your posts.

The first prompt was the song tittle Like The Way I Do and I decided to write a bit of fiction.


Jenny’s blood turned to ice as she read the words on the florist’s card.

No one loves you like the way I do

It wasn’t sign but she knew who they were from, she knew that he had found her.  6 years and 9,000 miles hadn’t been enough to free her from him.

She remembered the first time Leo whispered those words in her ear.  “No one loves you like the way I do babe” She had believed him and he had not lied but he loved her too much. It started slowly, with a subtle dig about her choice of clothes, what had she done that day and who had she seen.  

The first time he hit her Jenny was so shocked she thought it must have been an accident. Surely her Leo, her soft, cuddly Leo wouldn’t have hit her. He couldn’t have done it on purpose and he was so apologetic, he cried in her arms and she forgave him. She believed the promises that he made.

“Look at you, you fat, ugly slag. No one will love you like the I way I do. Who in their right mind would love you? It’s just you and me forever babe, no one else will have you”

It was on Jenny’s sixth visit to A&E, this time with broken ribs that a nurse slipped her a card.  It stayed hidden in her bag for another five weeks before she worked up the courage to ring the refuge.

One sunny Sunday afternoon, while Leo was sleeping his liquid lunch off on the sofa. Jenny slipped on her shoes, picked up her shoes and quietly left the house.  She moved quickly and kept to the back ally’s so no one would see her and made her way to the refuge and towards her bright new futures.

Jenny stayed there two weeks and then moved onto the next two hundred miles away. For four years, she moved from town to town, working as many hours as she could to save. She knew she had to get away as far as she could. She knew that if she was still in the UK that Leo would find her. When she finally had enough money, she booked her ticket and flew to Australia to start her new life.

The past two years had been life changing for Jenny. She had a nice apartment, a good job and friends that loved and cared for her. She had a good life and she could let Leo take that away. She couldn’t go back to him.

She dropped the card and the twelve red roses into the bin and walk into her bedroom. 

She opened the cupboard and took out the old biscuit tin from the top shelf. As opened the tin and unwrapped the gun from the old duster and held it in her hand, she knew what she had to do.

Right now it’s your turn, add your links below so I can read or see your creation.

If you haven’t done yours yet don’t worry the linky will stay live until the end of the month.
Remember it doesn’t have to be a written piece, it can be a drawing, recipes, video etc