True story

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago. We were visiting my parents one weekend and when I first arrived I spied something unsual in my mom’s art room. I went in to inspect. There, hanging in the corner of the room was a branch suspended by two pieces of twine*. 

Oh I really like what you have going on here, mom“, I called out to her. 

Oh. OH! I HAVE TO SHOW YOU THIS!” my mom said, running for a magazine. “I was flicking through the last Image Interiors & Living when on page 69 I saw a room that had a branch hanging from the ceiling. I really liked it and thought it would look great to hang my paintings from. I kept flicking through the magazine and there on page 135 was a tutorial for how to hang a branch of your own. Oh! I thought, how lucky am I! It was only after I hung up my own branch that I noticed that the tutorial was written by an ‘Alex’ … Then I realised IT WAS YOUR TUTORIAL IN THE MAGAZINE“.

My mom is hilarious and was so excited, we were literally holding our faces because our minds were so blown. My mom DIYed a project she found in a magazine and later realised it was written by me. True story. 

You can now find my ‘Branch Out’ tutorial from the July / August issue available online on!

*As it’s in their conservatory, it’s not suspended from the ceiling like in my tutorial because, well, there is no ceiling so my mom improvised. 

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  1. September 24, 2015 / 21:41

    Love this idea, I'll be checking out the tutorial. I've done my son's room in a woodland kinda style and this would be perfect as the base for a mobile over his cot….if he was a nice civilised baby and not a rowdy monster child intent on destroying everything I hold dear. He would definitely find a way to eat it.

    • September 25, 2015 / 15:33

      Hahahaha, love it!

      It would make a really beautiful mobile actually! I hadn't thought of using it in that way. You never know – it could bring out your sons inner gymnast! You're welcome in advance 😛

  2. September 27, 2015 / 18:02

    That's completely brilliant!!! I would have been ridiculously excited by something like that – it has to be one of the coolest things ever! xx

    • September 28, 2015 / 18:38

      We were beyond ridiculous. It was quite funny to witness – Robert and my dad were concerned about both our well beings. We were almost, dare I say, ROFLing.

  3. September 28, 2015 / 02:53

    Hilarious! I literally just did something similar for my necklaces. So cute that your mom is still trendy!

  4. September 30, 2015 / 12:12

    Oh my god that's amazing!! I love this story and I love that your mom is so cool!! xxx

    • October 2, 2015 / 10:09

      My mom is so cool. And I've heard this story has gone around II&L HQ, to which my mom gleefully giggled at the thought of! 😀