Father’s Day gift bucket

For Father’s Day, Woodie’s asked me to put together a DIY themed gift basket [or gift bucket as I like to call it] filled to the brim with handy repair items from their store suitable for DIYers of all levels. The idea came about as Dad’s more often than not are tough to buy for. So we thought why not get him a bucket load of little things he loves or needs? 

I also shared a really simple tutorial with tips for how best to make and display a gift bucket of your very own. You can of course fill it with whatever you like! I find the best thing is to choose a theme and run with it. For example, a couple of DVDs, a bag of popcorn, some chocolate treats, a Netflix subscription and his favourite drink for a chillaxing evening or two on the couch. 

Check out Woodie’s Facebook and / or Twitter to see how you can be in with a chance of winning this gift bucket INCLUDING a 100 euro Woodie’s gift card! But the piece de resistance – you also get a tiny piece of chalk from my very own curated collection to write whatever you like on the bucket. I know. I don’t know how I do it either. 

xx A

DIY Friday – painted outdoor rug

As and from yesterday and just in time for summer*, my latest DIY project for Woodie’s has gone live – how to DIY your own outdoor painted rug! Perfect for making the most out of your al fresco dining this year that’ll also bring a little bit of indoors out. It’s a very easy tutorial and you can choose whatever rug colours and pattern you like – I kept it simple as a black and white rug to show how even the most basic design can have a huge impact. Not to mention it’s a perfect little project to encourage you to make the most out of your backyard. 

Check out all the details and the full tutorial for the painted outdoor rug here

Happy Friday, homies, and cheers to the weekend.

*Hey, will someone please tell Ireland it’s now June and I shouldn’t still be needing my electric blanket every night. Thanks. 

Woodie’s ‘Get the Look’ guide

On Wednesday afternoon I was busy working on my latest DIY project in Woodie’s Carrickmines [more on that later!]. While I was waiting for some paint to dry, I saw their new brochures so I flicked through them to kill some time. Lo and behold, there on the last page was me and my Woodie’s projects staring back at me. Ha! It was a lovely little surprise to be included in their Get the Look guide. And along side none other than stylist master extraordinaire Ciara O’Halloran of Style Serendipity. That girl has some serious skills and I’m forever oogling her work. You can see a glimpse of her skills in the Woodie’s Summer Lovin’ online magazine.

Speaking of summer loving, we’re due some cracking weather this next week [the weather lady mentioned TWENTY ONE DEGREES at one point], so I hope you spend some quality time outside with a beverage in hand this weekend. So get off your electronic device! And get outside. xx A

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