An Accidental Wreath | An accidental wreath

Oh happy accident! Don’t you just love it when things are just too easy?

I bought some greens from the florist as extras for the post on herbed Easter eggs. For the photo of the eggs I quickly wrapped the greens into a circle and secured with a bit of florist wire and oh happy accident I got a fabulous little wreath. Two minutes… tops. Grabbed a few flowers from another arrangement and viola! Love this.

Natural greens

Green wreath

Green wreath with white flowers

Marbled Mugs | Marbled coffee mug

Marbled coffee mug

I really love it when I can take a traditional craft and use it in a way that’s not stuffy. I’ve been admiring marbled papers a lot lately but they look so very traditional and staid in most uses. Then I stumbled upon a whole lot of tutorials on both Pinterest and Youtube for marbling with nail polish and had an aha moment. These mugs use the same basic method as paper marbling but the end result is anything but ordinary and I did them all using dollar store mugs and the cheapest nail polish I could find at the drug store. In about an hour I had some beautiful one-of-a-kind mugs in my favourite colours.

Marbled mugs

Supplies:

  • Plain, smooth ceramic mugs (mine are from the dollar store)
  • Whatever nail polishes appeal to you (two colours seem to work well, I chose the cheapest polish at the drugstore)
  • A disposable container deep enough to dip the mug into or one that you will use for this purpose only.
  • Toothpicks

Marbled mug supplies

Method:

  1. Fill container with warm water
  2. Carefully drop or pour first nail polish colour into the water. Try not to pour too quickly because the polish will settle on the bottom and you want it to remain floating on the surface of the water.
  3. Pour the second colour of polish into the first and swirl it with a toothpick. Note: You’ll have to work pretty quickly at this stage because the polish forms a film on the surface and becomes useless.
  4. Dip the mug straight down into the water and polish and lift straight back out.
  5. Repeat process for each mug. Clean away any stray blobs and film of polish with toothpick in between dippings.
  6. Dry on newspaper, clean and sip away!

Marbled mugs

 

Nailpolished marbled mugs

Marbled Paper Love | Marbled paper look

I’m really loving marbled papers at the moment which led me to start looking for other marbled items.  Marbling paper is an ancient craft but if used in a fresh way it can be current and contemporary. It was originally meant to mimic the look of actual stone but with the ability to control the colour combinations and it delivers all the style with a fraction of the cost and effort.

How much marbling is too much? A coaster? Or a whole wall?

Jonathan Adler Coasters

If you want just a little touch of marbling try a set of coasters by Jonathan Adler available from Amazon so you can have them pronto!

I’m not sure I’m ready for this yet but if you’re willing to make more of an investment or a big commitment try a whole room of marbled wallpaper. The cost isn’t nearly as high as a wall of actual marble but still pretty labour intense.

Marble wallpaper

The stunning Strata wallpaper above is from West Elm. The photo of the similarly marble wallpapered bathroom below is from Lonny magazine.

Marbled bathroom wallpaper

The definitive word on marbled wallpapers seems to belong to Calico Wallpaper, click through to their site to see the whole range, it’s gorgeous. The photo below is from Calico wallpaper.

Calico marbled wallpaper

South Korean company Metafaux makes this great marbled stool, the photo below is from their site. They have a whole range of colours but this green is fantastic as a wonderful pop of colour, it almost looks like it’s made of playdough.

Metafaux marbled stool