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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A One Hour Marble Craft Box DIY #PHWinterWorkshop





 
 
 


A big trend at the moment is marble. I've designed a marbled wooden box tutorial which you can also create with a wooden box from your local craft store, some nail varnish and paint primer in about 30 minutes (plus  a little prep). I got the inspiration for my box from Oh Joy! Marble Bead Jewellery. The effect is immediate and so quick to create.

For this post I've partnered with Parcel Hero to support their online auction for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Parcel Hero are looking to raise £1500 for G.O.S.H. this Christmas, so please do give generously to the link below. Thank-you guy's for sending me the box to DIY and then gifting towards the appeal.

For this DIY, you will need-


- A wooden box with a close fasten clasp (for dipping and the lid staying on!)
- Duck tape
- Three matt nail varnishes
- One glitter nail varnish
- One skewer
- One plastic bowl to dip the box in
- Paint primer or matt undercoat
- Fine sandpaper



Take your box and give it a light sand, Then paint it and let it dry before giving it another coat. When the box is dry tape the edges up with masking or duck tape so they are water tight.




Then it's time to get ready for marbling. Take your plastic tub and fill it half full with tap water and place on a protected surface.


Then add your nail polish starting with the lightest one first. Add a few drops of each and then stir with your skewer. You have to be super quick as the varnish dries really quickly.



Hold the box around the taped sides and dip it. The varnish will stick to the primed painted surface and ta-da it's marbled!



I let the box dry before I peeled off the tape and painted the edged with glitter polish.


And leave to dry before closing.

 
And my box is finished. I really love this technique, it reminds me of marble inks at school.



For other bloggers creations check out the #PHWinterWorkshop  tag on social media. You can read more about the Parcel Hero support of G.O.S.H click  here .

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

A Little Bit Of Christmas Mindfulness With Weleda*

 
 
 
 
 
 
Today is the 14th December, so ten whole days before Santa (the big man) arrives. I have the most excited five year to put to sleep every night and like most families things are crazy!
 
So, I was delighted when Weleda asked me to join them and sample their new Mindfulness Colouring Book and Bath Set. I went along to their Derbyshire offices to meet Lizzie Hobbs the artist and had a moment out of everyday life to colour in, drink herbal tea and relax.
 
time out at Weleda
 
meeting Lizzie
After feeling totally energised by my morning of colouring in, I realised that this would be a lovely activity to do before bedtime with my little girl. So we have coloured in, chatted about our day and then had a lovely bubbly bath time with the pack's body washes.  Now Little L is at school, I'm looking for activities to do together that she is not tired out to do.
 
oooh pencils
So for the last month, we have been working through the colouring book then matching bathtime with the body wash relating to the picture. I have to say this pack is a perfect dual present for a little girl and her Mummy. It's time out together to make, create, chat and learn about flowers.
 
 
Here is our Turkish Rose page, we coloured in together and enjoyed a little bit of mindfulness in the run up to Christmas.  I would also take this pack away on holiday, so if you know someone travelling over Christmas and New Year, this is a perfect little £17.95 gift.
 
Mummy time as well...
 
After school colouring in
 
And we are still using the pencils

I want to thank the lovely people at Weleda who gifted me the pack and invited me the launch morning. We have loved the pack so much.
 
The gift pack includes a beautiful designed colouring book by a talented local artist Lizzie Hobbs and four treat sized body washes including my favourite Wild Rose.
 
If you can't wait until Christmas you can always buy your own here .
 
Happy Crafting,
 
Samantha
 
* This is a sponsored post
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