DIY – paper flowers

It’s time for another DIY post!
The past few months, preparations have been started for my brother’s wedding in August. They’re getting married in this lovely, but huge, hall. The downside of this is that we have to decorate it all.
To save money, I’ve been experimenting with a lot of crafts, especially flowers and these are definitely my favourites.

Here’s how I did them:

1) Fold a diamond of paper in to a triangle
2) Fold two corners of the triangle into the middle
3) Fold them back in half in the direction you came from, to make a tulip sort of shape
4) Pull the folds up then flatten them out, to make a large diamond shape
5) Fold down the tops of the diamonds
6) Fold the diamonds back into triangles
7) Pull the ends round so that they meet in the middle, and secure them together
8) You need to make 5 of these in order to make a flower
9) Stick all 5 together and you should have something that looks like this:
10) Repeat again and again to make a whole bouquet!
11) Push a stick through the middle for a stem and secure with sellotape


Rimmel – Metal Rush #2

This is the second of the Rimmel Metal Rush varnishes I bought, but this one is in the colour, rather nicely named ‘Gold save the Queen’. Basically all of the colours have something to do with the monarchy. The four colours are ‘Gold save the Queen’; ‘Purple Reign’; Royale Blue’ and ‘Pearly Queen’. Someone got paid a lot of money for that.


Basically, it’s exactly the same as the other polish I bought (you can read my review of that here), expect that the two tone colour is a little less easy to see and looks more like a shadow.
Looking back now I wish I bought ‘Pearly Queen’ instead. If anyone has that varnish could you link a picture so I can see what it looks like?

Z is for …

Z is for … Zuche    (meaning ‘stump of the tree’)

Yes!!! Finally finished!
I don’t think ‘stump’ is really the right way of putting it. It’s more of a stick, but it’s in my room so it counts. 
My dad actually has a matching one for some reason. They’re just really nice to play with while you’re working and things.
And done! This challenge was actually REALLY hard! But I would still recommend it, so if you do do it, leave a link in the comments so I can look at yours.
To see the rest of the letters in this series, click here.

Y is for …

Y is for … Yankee candles

We’re almost at the end!!
And Y is obviously Yankee candle because they’re amazing. My favourite is this fruit smoothie because it’s a beautiful colour (that matches my room, again) and smells amazing.
It’s not quite so pretty anymore though, after I discovered that if you drop a lit match in one IT DOES NOT GO OUT. It will keep burning and set fire to everything around it, as you can see from the black marks down the right side of the bottom picture.
To see the other letters in this series, click here.

X is for …

X is for … Xenodocheionology         (bear with me on this one)

So Xenodocheionology means to have a ‘love of hotels’.
I discovered I have a love of hotels while on holiday in Turkey with a friend of mine, where we stayed in our own villa.
And … I also bought these bracelets in Turkey.
Okay, it’s a tedious link but it still counts.
To see the other letters in this series, click here.

Get to know me: 21 questions tag

1) How old are you?


2) What’s your middle name?

Elisabeth Ruth

3) What nationality are you?


4) What do you do for a living?

Scrounge off my parents mostly, but I work part time as a waitress

5) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

South Africa because I have friends who live there and they’re always showing pictures of how beautiful it is

6) What’s your favourite place to shop for clothing?

When I can afford it, Oasis

7) What shoe size do you wear?

6 (UK sizes)

8) How tall are you?


9) What’s your favourite colour?


10) Do you have any siblings?

I have two older brothers, and a sister-in-law, plus four more ‘honorary’ brothers and sisters

11) Do you have any pets?

No! I’ve never owned a pet because my mum doesn’t really like animals, but she did say I could have a turtle and I will hold her to that

12) Favourite make-up brand?

Estee Lauder, because my brother used to work for them (making their website) and they gave me loads of free stuff!

13) What do you do in your free time?

Usually paint, though nowadays it’s usually organizing things for my brother’s wedding

14) Do you leave the house without make-up?

Unfortunately I’m one of the very unlucky people who suffer from permanent dark circles under their eyes, and nothing will get them to go away, so I always have foundation over them when I go out, no matter what!

15) Favourite season?

Spring, because it’s so nice to have warmer weather after a freezing winter. It’s better than summer because British summer doesn’t necessarily mean hot weather and there are no exams in spring

16) What kind of music do you like?

Depends on the mood really. But anything from Mumford and Sons!

17) Favourite movie?

Inception … *mindfuck*

18) Favourite food?

Pineapple, but only if ALL the skin has been taken off

19) Favourite YouTube channel?

Jim Chapman. He just talks so bloody fast!

20) Tent or Hotel?

I do love camping. I go to a festival every year, which involves camping for 6 days (though I’m going twice this year, so 12 days … *gulp*) and after about day 3 the novelty wears off and it’s just uncomfortable and cold, and you have to have a 15 minute walk to have a wee, so overall, probably a hotel.

21) If you have one wish for anything you want, what would it be?

Obviously, aside for curing all illnesses, and poverty and world hunger, I would wish that I could have my own perfect family. But that I mean a husband who loves me and will never cheat on me, and to be able to have the gift of lots of babies.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post! If you do the tag yourself, please leave a link in the comments because I’m a very nosey person and I love to read these sorts of things!

W is for …

W is for … walls

I bloody love my walls.
I sat for two whole days, painting these – BY HAND – and it was totally worth all the pain in my arms from holding rulers, and masking tape stuck up my fingernails.
AND I did it all with tester pots which makes it a bargain too!
To see the rest of the letters in this series, click here.

T is for …

T is for … tissue box

Yep, a tissue box. This is actually one of my most treasured possessions in my bedroom. Maybe that’s because I just really love tissues? Though it might have something to do with what’s inside it. And no, it’s not tissues.
This box is where I keep a large pile of letters. When I was nine, my dad got cancer and has had lots of health problems since then, so he spent a lot of time away from home at various hospitals.
A lot of the time, he was too ill to see me so we’d send each other letters via my mum and tell each other about our days and draw each other little pictures. 
I keep them all together in that tissue box. Sorry for the sob story but it’s definitely worthy of being ‘T’
To see the other letters in this series, click here