I have been a massive fan of Tatty Devine ever since I discovered them as a teenager. I dreamed of one day being able to adorn myself daily with all their pretty plastic creations. That love affair has continued well into adulthood and the Tatty pieces I own will forever be some of my ultimate faves.
So when the babes at Tatty Devine got in contact to ask if I wanted to visit their Brick Lane store to do a Halloween themed jewellery making workshop it felt like all my Christmasses (or should that be Halloweens?) had come at once.
On Tuesday evening Sophie, Ronnie, Lisa, Paige and I excited arrived at their shop just as it was closing for our private party. We were all sat around a table and instead of normal place settings there was a custom spooky glittery name necklace in each spot. I may have audibly squealed.
Ronnie even got TWO because they weren’t sure if she’d prefer Ronnie or Veronica.. and she got to keep them both! Jealous much? I should have casually mentioned in advance that I also go by the name of Kathryn… and Rock n Roll Bride… and Princess of the Manor…
I have a new obsession: Coloured contact paper. Since I’ve discovered I want to upgrade all of my inexpensive furniture items with it. It’s usually less than £10 a roll, easy to find (Amazon has an enormous selection and I’ve also seen it in B&Q and Wilko) and comes in a myriad of colours and patterns. It’s also the easiest thing to do, honestly if I can do it, anyone can!
You simply clean the surface you want to stick it, cut it to size and then carefully stick it down. I run a credit card over it as I go to make sure there are no bubbles or lumps. You then use a sharp blade to trim the edges. I was going to do a step-by-step DIY tutorial for this post but it really is that easy.
So far I’ve done the top of my desk in a marble effect (which I found at Wilko) and my IKEA chest of drawers in a copper metallic finish (from Amazon) and honestly it looks so good. Even Gareth, who’s harsh critic at the best of times, has commented on how great both of them turned out – praise indeed!
The hack will work on pretty much any hard surface so whether you have a bedside cabinet, a coffee table or even your kitchen work top that needs a cheap upgrade, I’d definitely encourage you to give it a go. It’s pretty hard wearing and really easy to wipe clean too. You really can’t go wrong and if it looks terrible you can just peel it right back off again. If we weren’t planning to redo our kitchen imminently I’d be covering our kitchen counter tops in a marble effect too believe me!
Sarah and Lukas’ summer wedding was held in a Barn in Oxfordshire. When they first met they bonded over a mutual love of Star Wars, so they added lots of Star Wars memorabilia to the day.
“It was fitting that the first wedding purchase we made were life-sized cardboard cut outs of R2D2 and C3PO!” laughed the bride. “They shared the stage with the band and spent the evening crowdsurfing during the set. We tried to make our day personal by including everything we love – bits of Star Wars, Middle Earth (specifically Bilbo Baggins’ 111th birthday party) pies, airstreams and of course, music.”
“Our wedding was over the August bank holiday, meaning we missed Reading Festival, so naturally our wedding took on a festival vibe. There were food trucks, live music and we spent the night camping in the fields surrounding the barn. We really wanted a laid back wedding where all our friends and family could relax and have a good time.”