Friday, 28 February 2014

Giveaway - Last Chance To Enter!


Just a quick post to remind everyone that my Giveaway ends tomorrow at 1pm UK time! 

How do you enter? There are two ways.

Via Facebook

Head over to my Facebook page by clicking here and all you have to do is like the page, Like the post relating to the giveaway and then share the page or post. There's a picture with a reminder of what to do when you get there if you forget.
Via Instagram 
Head over to my Instagram page by clicking here or search Sallymakesart on Instagram and you will see the photo above. All you have to do is follow my account, re-post the photo (Screenshot it!) and when you re-post it, tag @sallymakesart in the caption.
And that's all you have to do!
Conditions:
  1. Only 1 entry per person. This includes on both Instagram and Facebook, you can't enter on both!
  2. The competition is open to anyone in any country and I will ship it to you at my own costs (excluding any taxes specific to your country)
The winner will be pulled out of a good old fashioned hat shortly after the closing time so Good Luck!

Monday, 24 February 2014

International postage in my Etsy Shop now available!


As my not so cryptic title states, I am now offering International postage! Hurrah! This is all good news (I hope!) for those of you who live outside of the UK and love handmade stationary and supplies!

I know it's been a long time coming but International postage seems quite scary to start with but I have done a lot of research and read the Royal Mail website from top to bottom and I think I have got it right. All of the costs are basic shipping costs that were quoted to me from Royal Mail so I hope you all have a browse and see what takes your fancy. 

For further details on my Shipping Policies and Prices head over to my Etsy page now.

Where are you based? What have you had your eye on in my shop?

Sunday, 23 February 2014

DIY Tutorial: How to decoupage drawers (Or other wooden furniture!)




So with the shop and hosting my first giveaway (How to enter here!) I have felt really busy but have managed to finally get round to doing this tutorial. I have had these drawers for at least 6 months, unused and plain just waiting for me to decorate them and finally I have done it! I'm also going to show you how because it's really simple!


What you will need:

1. Scrapbook paper or any type of paper you want to cover your draws in.
2. General pencil case - Scissors, pencil and rubber
3. Paintbrush 
4. Mod Podge or a strong PVA glue
5. Plain, untreated wood drawers - Mine are from IKEA

I also use a scalpel in this tutorial but it depends on how neat at cutting out you are as to whether you need it!


First you need to measure out your drawers on your paper. For me this was extra important because I wanted my image to be continuous and try and line it up over all of the draws. This isn't so essential if you are using different paper or are not fussed. If you have this exact set of draws then I can tell you that all 6 draws fit on a standard sheet of craft paper from a craft pad. So all you need to do is take out a draw and draw round the front edge.


Once you have drawn round the drawerss (you can just use the same one over and over if they are all the same side) You are ready to paste them onto the front of your drawers. You can see in the background that I laid mine out first so each piece was the right way around and everything match up. Notice that I haven't cut out the 'finger hole' yet on the front of my drawers. If you're good at cutting neatly go for it and skip the scalpel step further down!


Now you have all of your drawers done you need to stand them on the back face and add some weighted to the top to allow the glue to really set and stick. Then you have it to dry fully, don't be tempted to rush it!


This is the only slightly tricky part of the whole thing. Remember I mentioned a scalpel at the beginning as an optional tool? Well here are your options. If you are very good at cutting and measuring, you can go ahead and cut out your front shape using scissors and don't have to worry about having that pesky bit of wood that isn't covered because you went wonky! If you're like me, with the best will in the world sometimes your cutting skills aren't on point, allow a little excess and then trim the edges with a scalpel on a mat like in the picture above.
 

Then all you have to do it put the drawers back in (In the right order if it matters!) and fill it will lots of little things! Mine contains purely craft things so I have a draw for washi tape, a draw of little notebooks and 2 for stamps...you get the idea!

It's really easy to do and you could go further by painting the outside of the drawers and the unit or why not cover the whole thing? I will be doing a tutorial on decoupaging letters so if you want to know more keep checking back for that!


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Weekend in Bath


Last weekend my Boyfriend and I went to Bath to celebrate Valentines day and his 25th Birthday which is this week. I swore I would never plan another surprise after he has found out about the last 4 surprises I have planned for him but this time it was a total surprise! That and we have only spent 1 Valentines day together in the nearly 7 years we have been together due to me being at uni or working! Boo!



 We just went for one night, arriving on Saturday and that was probably enough for us to 'see Bath'. Pretty much the first thing we did was go and see the Roman Baths, you kind of have to do these things. Plus we love a good bit of history! Very pretty and quite hard to believe when you are walking around that the Romans build these buildings without machines, invented water pipes and dug down deep enough to expose near boiling water. Clever eh?

 

We then went to see some more of the cities famous sites including the Royal Crescent, one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK. It originally was 30 terraced houses but now it includes a hotel, museum and some flats and offices. It's a really impressive site and I wish we could have stayed in such a fancy hotel! If only money was endless!


Sunday was a glorious day for weather; forget the rain and the grey of recent weeks the sun was out and shining and lets be honest, everywhere looks even better in the sunshine doesn't it? We mainly spent the day shopping and walking through little streets. I love cities that have lots of little querks and history and Bath is definitely one of those cities. We then went to see the Pulteney Bridge and walked along the (very full) river. Perfect end to a lovely weekend.

I would highly recommend Bath if you want a relaxed city break. It's a very compact city so everything you want to see and do is right in the centre so I would recommend getting a hotel as close the centre as possible so you can just walk out and don't have to worry about driving or transport in and out. Hopefully we can go back in the warmer weather sometime!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Giveaway!

 
 
So for me and anyone else who works in schools it is half term (Hurrah!) and what better way to start it than with the chance to win some prizes!

After reaching 100 likes on my Facebook page I decided to host my very first giveaway with some of the items from my Etsy shop!

What you could win (In the photo above):
  • A 'I heart....' card -  If you live in the UK you can chose your location, if you live outside the UK you will get a London card.
  • 2 Wooden music tags - 1 heart shape and 1 round shape
  • 1 set of pretty pegs
  • 1 set of square map envelopes
If you want any more info on the items visit my Etsy shop for all of the dimensions and specifications of each item!

So how do you enter? There are two ways.

Via Facebook

Head over to my Facebook page by clicking here and all you have to do is like the page, Like the post relating to the giveaway and then share the page or post. There's a picture with a reminder of what to do when you get there if you forget.

Via Instagram 

Head over to my Instagram page by clicking here or search Sallymakesart on Instagram and you will see the photo above. All you have to do is follow my account, re-post the photo (Screenshot it!) and when you re-post it, tag @sallymakesart in the caption.

And that's all you have to do!

Conditions:
  1. Only 1 entry per person. This includes on both Instagram and Facebook, you can't enter on both!
  2. The competition is open to anyone in any country and I will ship it to you at my own costs (excluding any taxes specific to your country)
  3. The competition will end at 12pm (UK time) on Saturday the 1st of March. The winner will be pulled out of a hat and announced later that day.

Good Luck!



Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Month in Pictures

So January has been a good month, full of new beginnings! I know it is a little into February already but I don't know where the time goes these days! A sign I am getting older. So on with this month in pictures...

1. I finally opened my Etsy shop! (Link at the top of this page!)
2. Started my new job at school and I LOVE it!
3. Enjoying the perks of the job.
4. My first DIY project of the year - No Sew Bunting!
5. Launched my Sally Makes Art Facebook page to keep everyone up to date on my blog and shop!
6. Shipping my first online orders! I love packaging!
7. Any excuse to get kids crafting
8. My new favourite thing. Ever.
9. The lovely get together and celebrations for my best friends birthday!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Valentines Wishlist



1. Mug - Paperchase - Already gone from their website!
2. Heart Factory Sculpture - Etsy - £31.47
3. Sleep Shirt - Forever 21 - £8.90
4.Chalkboard style cushion - Etsy - £22.66
5. 'You are all I ever dream about' Pillowcase - NOTHS - £12.50
6. Card - Paperchase - Not available anymore! 

So February is upon us and that means one thing....love is in the air! I apologise in advance if you are not a fan of the holiday of romance but I LOVE IT! I am a huge soppy romantic all year through but this is the one day of the year that I can be unashamed and put hearts everywhere!

So I thought I would do a little dreamy wishlist of items that I would love to give or receive. So once again I put my little wishlist together a mere 3 days ago and Paperchase have already taken 2 of the items off their website! So instead I have linked up the gift and card section instead because of course they have lots of lovely, similar items.

2, 4 and 5 are all decorations for the house and I wish I could justify seasonal decorations all year through! If I had lots of money my house would change with the seasons but I can dream ay? I love the song You are my Sunshine so anything with the words on I instantly want! 

As for the Paperchase mug, I love tea and a lot of cards and things I buy are tea related! There are lots of cute mugs with catchphrases on in the same style still on their website but this was my favourite!

I came across number 3 on Forever 21's website and I laughed out loud. I thought it was quite a novel thing and I love Pyjamas!