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budget friendly wood finihses for beginnersPhoto by Keith “Shin” Schindler, 2017

Woodworking is one of the most rewarding hobbies, generally requiring hours to carve, lathe, glue, route, sand, and lacquer pieces. Finishing woodworking projects usually takes less time than the first however-many steps particular projects require. Properly finishing makes pieces stand out and make others think or say out loud, “That’s nice work. Where did you buy it?” As such, finishing is very important to crafting high-quality works.

Without further ado, let’s touch over basic tips to make your finishing jobs pop and spur most people who see your works say, “Where did you buy that, anyways?”

Carefully removing left-over glue

It’s difficult sometimes to use just enough glue to hold pieces together without excess seeping out, causing your works to look tacky. Fortunately for you, here’s one good way to remove glue residue without damaging pieces themselves.

Place a drywall scraper flush against sides with excess glue to protect against scratches and scrapes. Next, gently chisel away excess adhesive. Remember, it’s best to leave a little excess following scraping than forcefully removing too much glue. Next, wrap fine-grit sandpaper around a scrap wood piece lying around and carefully sand away any excess left after chiseling.

Quickly, manually age varnished finishes

You could wait years for varnish finishes to gain timeless, rustic looks, or you could use this trick.

Get a brown paper bag, like those from convenience or grocery stores, crumple it up and unfold it. Keep crumpling and un-crumpling the paper bag until the bag is nice and worn. Fold it in a square or rectangle one or two times. Next, rub the now-worn paper bag in circles against varnished finishes.

Congratulations, your work now looks semi-rustic without having to wait years and years.

Evening out splotchy, visually unappealing stains

Every wood worker accidentally drops excess stain over pieces at least once in their woodworking careers. You can fix these goofy gaffes by wetting an old, clean shop rag and evenly spreading it across the goofed-up surface.

Gently rub the rag back, forth, and in circular motions. These movements even out the dye stain to make it less noticeable. Lather on a coat of shellac, then apply desired stain.

Use coffee cans for finishing stands

Finishing both sides of pieces often proves difficult. We might ask someone else — innocent bystanders totally uninvolved with your projects, our wives, friends, or even strangers — to hold a piece up while we finish both sides.

Without help, you must wait hours for finish to dry, and nobody wants to wait that long to finish projects. With a little modification, coffee cans can be our best finish-helping friends.

Drill three holes in the bottom of several coffee cans. Next, place screws in those drilled holes. You can place projects across three or more coffee cans to hold them up. Screw tips are minuscule, allowing you to finish both sides without waiting for them to dry.

Implement these tips into your woodworking projects and your work look better, be better, and take less time. You can thank me later!



polka-dot-pattern-wfEach week I do this I find myself trying to stay away from the pink, a colour that I am completely obsessed with at the moment, but alas the battle was not won this time and I really don’t care but this pattern is super simple and effective. You could even mimicking this with a circle shape object to create a stamp. I love the idea of getting this one blown up too and put on my ever-growing pink gallery wall.  So Hope you are all having a lovely Wednesday, seriously where is the time going? How are we in July already, and how is it that at the end of July I have a two-year old…CRAZY GUYS!


Anyway enjoy your Wednesday’s all




How is it Wednesday again already? ANybody else think that the weeks are going by way too quickly? Anyway, I have a rather fun selection of patterns today, designed on photoshop, I played around with lots of different colour combos, I think these would be cute as possible wallpapers, but let me know what you think. Also if you want to follow along I’d love to see your patterns, use the #wflovespattern


Here are my other variations, I love the black and white one with the spot of colour. What are your thoughts?







I’m consider getting this last one blown up and framed.. if you like the idea of this too, make sure you check out my Society 6 shop!




Ok, so my office is very nearly finished, but after I was asked about doing a post on how I style special decor items, my immediate thought of what room to show was my office. Since buying our first house, I have loved bringing out my style, pushing boundaries (even Richards) with decor ideas and just showcasing our very many special things. So let’s get straight to it yes?

First lets talk about my statement wall. If you look back at this post you can see my many ideas for my wall including the one I finally went with. Because this is my office, I wanted bright bold colours and patterns that inspire me everyday. The aim for the office was to be eye-catching and a conversation piece, and I definitely think this hits the spot.


Pink is a big colour in my palette at the moment, and so the pops and different shades of pink just make the area super fun. With built-in storage to the left, I am able to display some special items. Because in my opinion anything special you have  should not be hidden away. On my storage shelf one of the most precious items of mine is the gold glass box. But it’s not the box more the contents. It holds Polaroids pictures from the last ten years. Its family members, special events, pictures of Archer growing up, precious memories to me, and I love having them out and being able to go through them and think back to all the good times I have had.  I then have the large oversized photograph that I took of the tree in the rented house we lived in before the house we are in now. This is special to me because I was pregnant in this house, and it will always be Archer’s first home.  To me photographs are some of the most precious items I have, and I want to be surrounded by memories constantly. Sometimes displaying pictures in a box and leaning a large frame against a wall or shelf can add a really nice dynamic structure to a room.


Next I have my bar cart, which is just an Ikea bookcase with spray painted legs attached to it. I will do a big post on this once it’s completely stocked. Now I know what your thinking, how is this sentimental and why a bar cart in the office. I think everyone should have a bar in their office and this idea goes back to my Grandma and Grandads old house. My memory of my Grandad was him sitting in his study, surrounded by photographs, books, his writing desk and his bar. His old school bar was amazing, and I even have a few items on here which my Grandma gave me when she finally moved. The ice bucket down in the left corner box was theirs, it’s a beautiful rose gold inside, and I have a couple of cocktail bottles that she gave me too. The rest of the items of things I have, I have collected over the years, just waiting for the day when I would have my own bar in my home. I have a beautiful wooden flamingo (obviously) that my mother brought me, and hand sourced items from all over. The pink glass bowl was a charity find, and the cactus are planted in old beer cans, which suits the subject beautifully, no? The bar still needs more things added but I love the variety of height and texture, always try to vary height when placing objects on the shelf. I also love adding texture via glasses, all my items which are still available will be listed at the end.


Adding objects on different heights gives a greater sense of space, and uses the layout nicely. Trying puting objects on books, and finding items in a variety of heights and textures.


Don’t forget a neon sign for a fun element too, it is a bar after all.


office-wall-statement-wall-Here is another look of the back of my office, I went for a salmon pink and a light teal green to give a really fun Miami beach hut effect, keeping with a similar theme I brought some bar accessories in pink and white tones, and used the green of the cactus to contrast with pink. I am in love with how this is turning out, and I am hoping the rest of the office will be finished soon to show you.

I got a lot of inspiration from Havenly. I am quite confident when it comes to making bold decor decisions but if you’re not to sure they have a great design service which could really help inspire you, so go check them out.

Here are the links to where you can find some of the items I have shown.


1.  Neon circle vase, Urban Outfitters,  2. Pink felt letter board,,  3. Grace: A memoir, Grace Coddington Amazon,   4. Crystal head vodka, 31 Dover,  5. Capture your style, Aimee Song, Amazon,    6. Oil slick cocktail set, Hello Blush,   7. Celebrate everything, Darcy Miller, Amazon,  8. Oh Joy, Joy Cho, Amazon.


Sadly the rest of the items are no longer available but here are some cheeky tips on where to get some beautiful pieces. Check back on Anthropology regularly because there sales are amazing, I got quite a bit of my glass ware and cute pink coasters for a fraction of the price, also the sales on Urban Outfitters are great too. I wanted that vase for a month of so and kept checking back until it was on offer, thankfully my gamble paid out. And never forget charity shops and car boots, go hunting for your unique pieces.


Thanks for reading all!





Ok, so I say routine, it’s been a couple of  weeks, but thinking positive and all that jazz. Archer’s new wake up time is 5, so my new wake up time is now 5. YAY. Seriosuly slowly killing me, but I am striving to get used to being an over-achiever morning person. I mean I found the 6am start a struggle. Let’s just hope it stops at 5am. Seriosuly is this kid even ours? Me and Richard could happily sleep in til 1..not very productive. But hey we are totaly sleep bunnies. And due to Richards shift work, and me being overly awesome/the stay at home mum, Im one up playing trains on the floor at 5 am.

Anyway, this isn’t just my new routine of getting up, I’ve also decided to try and make some use of the early morning rise. So me and Arch have started going out running. I find I need to do something otherwise I’d lay on the couch in a half slumber, which isn’t great for my energy levels, and it tends to lead to Arch sneakily covering him self in pen while I pathetically watch him with one eye closed. So yes we have started running. Well, a jog like jaunt with walking in between.

I got into running the summer before my last year of uni, and got to the point I was able to run for a good 40 mins at a nice pace. Since then I have tried to get back into. Cue a sprained ankle the following year, then cue pregnancy with a bunch of morning sickness next. I got out of running due to a super hectic 3rd year schedule and meeting Richard. I managed to gain a couple of stone in the first 6 months of being with Richard, due to large portions and generally being happy and comfortable. So anyway, back to my morning runs.

I’ve just finished my last run of this week, which was run for 90 seconds walk for 90 seconds x5. But the last run I did for 2 minutes just to see if I was able, as tomorrow its the big run for 2 minutes, walk for 2 minutes. I’m following this program below, but I edited it a little. I started off with week 2 where I took the walk down by 1 minute, and with week 3 I took the walk time down by 90 seconds just to try and improve my recovery time. So I did run 1 minute walk 2 x5, then run 90 seconds walk 90 seconds x5.

So I’ve been running for a couple of weeks, and it’s quite a nice way to start my morning. Though pushing a pram while running is pretty tough. I finish with a  cool down, where I walk home and let Arch out of the pram so he can have a run around too. He seems to enjoy it. Plus there is no way I could run in the middle of the day…you all enjoying the heat wave!!??

Here is the program if you fancy giving it a go.




I get asked this question a lot by close friends, who either want me to help them with decor, or to know if an interior designer is worth hiring. Firstly, I am not an interior designer, I have a love for all things interiors, I love planning out a room (styling) and decorating the room, but interior designers go way above that. So let’s talk some deets.

An interior designer can be great if you really have no idea of how to put your ideas together, or if you renovating/building a home and literally have no idea where to start. A designer can help take your many wacky different ideas and come up with a cohesive plan for the layout, style and decor of your rooms. They can also liase with contractors/builders etc. on placement of certain features. This is where have a designer from the get go is a good idea.

But first things first. The most important thing to consider is your budget . Each designer will charge according to their experience, so if you are looking for designers who have been in the business for a few years, you should expect to pay quite a bit for their service. But getting someone who is just starting out, although they may be new, will be cheaper while they are building up their portfolio. But remember everyone has to start somewhere.  But you need to take into consideration how much the designer will costs, and the decorating budget too. The last thing you need is your finances going into the red!

If you have decided that an interior designer is the right choice, do your research. Each interior designer will have their own distinct style. Some designers might prefer to use furniture from Danetti and other modern brands, which use light colours and contemporary shapes. while other designers might prefer to create vintage-inspired rooms and source their furniture from flea markets or antique shops. To get a good idea of the look a potential designer will create for you, take a look at their portfolio to see the rooms they have styled in the past. I personally would love to use someone who can create an array of different looks and feels. This will show that they can take any brief and wow it.

Once the designer is picked and the date booked, why not go visit family or find an  alternative accommodation while they get to work. This way you won’t be bashing heads with carpenters/decorators/designers etc.

Think about your timeline. When I decorated my mother’s room it took me a good few days doing it on my own. You need to think about how long a renovation might take and if you have deadlines like the holidays or before someone comes to stay? If so, you need to let your interior designer know that they need to work to a tight timeline.


hopefully this might have helped a few questions you might have..hope everyone is enjoying the currently sat with my feet in a paddiling pool.





Ok so I will give you one guess what I had for dinner yesterday that influenced my doodling this morning..Eggs eggs eggs. But on a serious note, poached eggs are one of my all time favourite foods. I have them at least twice a week I’d say. Probably more. Adding to my obsession of eggs with this pattern, it also features pink. A colour that has taken some major control over my life the last year, and many others. It’s the year of the pink that is for sure. But anyway. I hope everyone’s Wednesday goes quickly, it’s my Birthday tomorrow and I turn 28. So far my birthday plans include taking Archer to tumble tots and then a family day to the pool. Which I am pretty excited about. Can’t beat family time and here’s hoping there may be some cake too.

But I will keep you guys updated because obviously you’re dying to know how my Birthday will be spent..



There’s no better time than summer to get some awesome craft projects underway. The kids are off school, the weather is fine, and the days are long. But these aren’t just for the older kids, have fun with your little ones too. Arch loves doing little mini projects, and we have an array of pretty pictures and different crafts that we have done together. These are great too if it’s raining, or if you just aren’t feeling a mummy and toddler group. Also I’d recommend checking your local library, ours offer a craft day once a week, and during the holidays they do lots of fun themed crafts too..great for the little ones. Even if it only keeps Arch entertained for 10 minutes! Anyway on to the crafts.

I’ve collected a few things over the last few months in a box, crazily known as the craft box. Original I know. In the craft box we have felt, buttons,paints, paper, pom poms…and you get where I am going with this. I actually pick up bulk sets when the sales are on. Because let’s’ be honest I don’t think our little ones are going to care if the craft pack is ‘last seasons’. Obviously I keep tools like scissors, glue and spray adhesives out-of-the-way in a cupboard, and I use these when doing certain things..though Arch is just about getting the hang of glue.

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There’s nothing more summer-esque than building a den and playing outside all day, watching the stars at night and nothing is as tasty than a smore! Grab a sheet, a bunch of pillows and fill your day making daisy chains and going on nature hunts. The kids are sure to have fun!


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Next we have a fun DIY which is super colourful, fun to make and should last a fair bit of time too. DIY chalk for your kids to draw some masterpieces on pavement in your back garden or on your street. Fun to make and fun to how cute do these look..lolly pop shapes. This is also a fun activity for kids all ages and a great one for the little ones in helping them learn colours.

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Oh the wonders you can create with a cardboard box, how cute does this look? The possibilities are really endless!


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For the unicorn lovers in your life, this is super cute right and who knew you could create something like this from an old toilet roll. This is sure to keep the unicorn loves entertained!


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These are so cute right? Perfect for those sunny days! Also a great one to do with the little ones.

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This last one is great for the older kids, and helping them with their spelling. Plus its a fun activity finding the pebbles and painting them to look pretty!


So there you have it, just a few ideas to keep your kids entertained this summer! Hope you all had a lovely weekend!


With all that’s been going on in the world, I thought today my pattern should be one of colour and hope. So I simply did a rainbow. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Manchester and all affected by recent events.






Totally been doing this for a month now! wooo.. I have to say it’s rather fun setting down some time either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to just create something, just trying to decide what to do with them all..maybe I’ll make prints or maybe cushion covers…that could be fun. ANyway i’ll stop waffling as I know this is meant to be a nice short and sweet post for your Wednesday this pattern literally took me like 5 minutes. A few clicks on Photoshop and an obsessive grid lover nature and above is what I came up with…I would love to do this pattern for my big bathroom upstairs….it would be so much fun no?? What do you guys think?


Anyway happy Wednesday everyone and remember to tag your patterns with #wflovespatten!