Ombre Heart Corkboard DIY

After saving wine corks for the past two months from various lovely people, I have finally been able to complete this DIY for you!

I saw this a while ago and loved it.

All you need is approx. 60 wine corks from all different types of wines, so that the stain on the corks are different, some cardboard/paper and a hot melt glue gun, as well as something to hang it when you're finished (I used picture hanging wire).

I started by printing this heart half, and then printing the flipped version. I cut them out and then glued them together. If you're wondering why I did this, it's because I wanted a perfect heart, and my printer only prints standard paper size.

Next, I glued the heart to cardboard.

Then I cut the heart out. 

Then using masking tape, I taped around the edges of the heart, because when the heart is finished, if you look closely you can see the cardboard (I wanted to make it look a little less cardboard-y).

Then I arranged all my wine corks from lightest to darkest, and began at the top and started gluing them with a hot melt glue gun. I made sure I covered the whole bottom of the cork to make sure they would have a good stick.

Next, I started gluing some of the bottom corks, but you don't have to do this. I just had a lot more dark coloured corks, and was worried how the middle of the heart would turn out. 

Then once I had glued all of my corks on, I turned over the cork board, and glued on some picture hanging wire, so I could hang it on the wall.

Great way to reuse old wine corks!


My Trip to England!

I'm back from my trip to England! I had a wonderful time. Though it was short, Every day we had something different planned.

One of my first days there, we went to Arundel, which is known for it's beautiful castle, but there was also an art festival on. We had a cream tea over-looking this beautiful lake.

One of the highlights of my trip was going to the Warner Bro's, The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour. Seriously amazing, I would recommend going on this if you have the chance!
All the sets and props I saw were the originals from the film.
I also got to ride on a broomstick and try Butterbeer! 

Another day, we went to an antique fair, and then went to Kingston Upon Thames, which is very beautiful!

On one of my final days we went to Brighton. We went shopping through the lanes and stopped on the beach for a 99, which is a soft vanilla ice cream with a chocolate flake in the top!

On the last day we went shopping in one of my favourite places, Guildford.
The high street is blocked off from car, and it lined with shops.

I finished my last day with a cream tea.

Such an amazing holiday after a very busy summer of work, and many new ideas to bring to you soon!

Travelista: Travel Must-Haves

Travelista by emmacourtneyy

Today I am going on holiday to England so I thought I would share some of my travel must-haves and tips!

Perfect for carry-on luggage - stylist and fits all the necessities for the plane

Cute way to cover your passport and hold important travel details

The best, lightweight suitcases out there, and this one has four wheels to make it easier to pull and turn!
I have had mine for a few years and I love it!

Perfect for travel - watch videos, listen to music, read, store notes, take pictures, surf the internet on wifi hotspots and share memories. Definitely a favourite of mine for travelling because you have pretty much everything you could need from a laptop but in a smaller format.

Right now I am in love with this iPad mini folio, but it isn't available in Canada! I love that it is like a little book - like when people used to carry around a filofax (or at least that's what it reminds me of) and it's really cute too! Perfect way to protect your iPad.

Toiletry bags are essential to keep everything organized and fill with all of the cute mini sized products. You can pick up mini travel toiletries at drugstores and wal-mart.

Perfume Atomizer's are perfect to bring your favourite perfume with you on holiday.
Evolution of Smooth products are a favourite of mine because they are natural and hypoallergenic. These are perfect for travel and flights because I always get dry skin and chapped lips on flights. You can find these on the site below, and at Shoppers Drugmart and many other stores.
$3.29, $3.99

Hand sanitizer is great for travelling because you never know what you could pick up from people.
Sweet Pea is one of my favourite scents from Bath and Body Works.

Some other things that I find are very helpful on a flight are big comfy sweaters, and tall socks! I always freeze on flights, so the extra comfy sweater and socks really help warm me up! I also buy a bottle of water or vitamin water, airside (after security) that I can take on the plane with me so I have water when I need it and don't have to ask. I always try to wear flip flops or really comfy shoes, because when you're in a plane things swell, and if you wear really cute flats on the plane, even if they are comfy, they won't be with swollen feet when you land! I always bring a hair elastic because my hair get's very staticy and is flying everywhere the whole flight. I also bring my make-up essentials and a tooth brush (and toothpaste) to freshen up when I land.

Being in a plane dehydrates me, and also makes me very dry, so bringing cream and lip balm is important but try not to bring really scented creams which may bother you and other passengers after a while.

Simple Blondies

I've always seen recipes for blondies, but this is my first time ever making them and they are so delicious!
This recipe is from Inspired Taste
They have some great ideas of optional ingredients you can add in.

½ c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. flour
pinch of salt

½ c. chocolate chips
½ c. chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350°F

Soften butter, mix in sugar.
Add in egg, vanilla and salt, and mix until ingredients are combined smoothly.
Using an electric mixer is recommended - I used my new mixer! I love it!

Mix in flour, and add chocolate chips and chopped nuts (optional).

I used mini chocolate chips and crushed up walnuts - definitely a great choice!

Pour into an 8 x 8 baking tin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Print the recipe card here.

DIY Washer Bracelet

A few weeks ago I saw a picture floating around Pinterest of a washer necklace, after a few tries, my boyfriend and I made a washer bracelet and it is really cute!
The picture we used to guide I was from Nestled.
Sweet, simple and unique bracelet!