DIY Gold Oyster Shell Dish

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DIY Gold Oyster Shell Dish
This is what must be the easiest DIY in the world. It involves only two things: some oyster shells and gold paint. After a few minutes of leisurely painting you will have created these dinky gilded dishes that will add whimsy and interest to a table setting, bedside or dressing table.

I am not usually one for decorating with sea shells but removed from an overall maritime theme the gilded shells look absolutely gorgeous! I use them as little salt and pepper dishes but they would also be fabulous as a bedside ring holder.

You will need:

- clean & dry oyster shells (any other large sea shells will be perfect as well) - gold paint / liquid gold leaf (go for food-safe paint if you are using these to store salt or pepper)

DIY Gold Oyster Shell Dish DIY Gold Oyster Shell Dish
All you need to do is paint the inside of your shells with a couple of coats of your gold paint, let them dry and then fill with salt (or rings, or whatever else you want to use it for). Because it is so easy and low-maintenance it is the perfect wedding DIY - the golden shells holding salt & pepper would look beautiful on the tables!
If you try this DIY let me know how you get on in the comments below!
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Budget find of the Week

Dogeared NecklaceAs we all hold our breathes for January's payday to arrive (best payday of the year if you ask me) this bargain of the week is a steal that costs mere spare change. In the style of the most beautiful, delicate jewellery brand 'Dogeared', our pals at Penney's have created a copycat version which could fool even the sharpest eye.Penney's Necklace

Various styles including wishbone and stars are available in matching earring & necklace sets for €3 (the price of a coffee!)

One of the lovely things here is that these sets come with a tiny envelope waiting to be sealed inside, such a lovely little gift and perfectly sized for posting inside a Birthday card.

B x

Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle

Essie Hors D'OeuvresIt finally arrived!!! I ordered a new Essie nail polish a while ago and it arrived last week. I'm not sure if you have already noticed but I am a bit of a magpie and love all that glitters - so this nail polish is a dream come true to me! Without further ado here it is: Essie's Hors D'oeuvres. It is a glitter polish with fine golden glitter and larger silver glitter particles mixed together - perfection!

This baby comes from Essie's latest Encrusted collection. There is six very pretty glitters in the collection but Hors D'oeuvres has caught my eye straight away. I love the combination of gold and silver (my Christmas tree is proof of that!) and it looks absolutely fabulous on the nails. Encrusted is the perfect word to describe it! My nails are very sparkly and the differently sized glitter particles give the colour lots of dimension (sorry for the weird hand shot below, I'm really not the biggest fan of my hands.... )Essie Hors D'Oeuvres

I am absolutely in love with this nail polish and will be wearing it throughout the festive season. As far as I know, this collection has launched in early December in the UK but I haven't seen any trace of it here in Ireland. I ordered mine through Amazon and it arrived within a week. If you are into glitter polishes this is definitely one to check out, one of the most beautiful ones I own!

I bought my polish here for £8.90.

A. xx

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Our Winter / Christmas Nail Polish Picks

Winter & Christmas Nail PolishesI have admitted it before, I have a slight problem when it comes to nail polish, I just can't stop buying it! I've had a look through my little (or some might say ridiculously big) polish collection and have dug out the ones that will be on my nails through December and especially the festive season.

The polish I wear most at the moment is Rouge Noir from Chanel and the Dior Diva one, which is a gorgeous black with gold and red glitter shot through it. Unfortunately it is a limited edition but they have a dark red one with golden glitter in their Christmas collection this year, also very beautiful. Depending on what I will be wearing on Christmas day (not decided yet) I will probably have the red glitter from Deborah Lipmann or Chanel's Quartz on my nails.

I haven't bought any new ones lately but I have my eye on a few. One of them is Essie's Hors D'evours, a beautiful silver and gold glitter and from the same collection a black glitter Essie's Belugaria. This collection hasn't yet launched in the UK and Ireland but I'm hoping I will be able to get my hands on it soon...

What are your favourite winter / Christmas nail polishes?

A. x

Christmas DIY - Beaded Heart Napkin Rings

DIY Beaded Napkin RingsI love making homemade presents and decorations - it's the Martha Stewart in me. That is not to say I am particularly good at it... I have no patience, I cannot write or cut in a straight line so my predispositions aren't great but I thought coming up to Christmas I will show you a few little and easy DIY projects. It's a great way of making lovely, thoughtful presents and decorations on a budget. There is lots of different beaded decorations on Pinterest but this one I found in a magazine. It's pretty and practical too - gotta love that!

You will need only a few things: thin silver or gold wire, a ribbon of your choice and small beads. The colour choices are up to you (I also made some golden ones). I went for a gold wire and silver beads as our Christmas tree and table will be themed around these colours. Other than that you will need scissors and depending on the flexibility of your wire you may also need pliers.DIY Beaded Napkin RingsThe first step is measuring out around 20 - 30 cm of your wire (depending on how big you want the heart to be) and bending it in half so it makes a V shape, like on the photo below.DIY Beaded Napkin RingsAnd now for the slightly fiddly part - getting the beads onto the wire. I just tip the beads into the lid and spike them onto the wire, it really doesn't take long. Make sure you make a little loop on the end when you are finished one side, so the beads don't slide off while you are studding the other side of the heart (I learned that the hard way - beads everywhere!!!!). Once you are finished and both sides look equal to you, tie the two ends together and shape your heart by pushing down where you tied the two ends together. Once you are happy with the shape make another little loop so you can slide the heart onto the ribbon.DIY Beaded Napkin RingsAnd that is pretty much it. It takes no time at all to make and looks absolutely stunning. I will be using these as napkin rings on my table this year but they would make a fabulous present as well. You could get some linen napkins and tie each one with one of these gorgeous napkin rings. They would also look gorgeous as Christmas tree decorations or tied over the neck of a nice bottle of wine you are presenting someone. I find that these would also make beautiful and inexpensive decorations for wedding tables, hen nights, etc. The possibilities are endless! DIY Beaded Napkin Rings DIY Beaded Napkin RingsLet me know if you enjoy making your own presents : )

A. xxx