I was robbed in Soho. Hope that statement got your attention πŸ™‚ It’s been a pain changing keys, making a police report, cancelling cards AND having to re-do all the blog posts I had planned as the photos were all in my, now gone, phone πŸ™‚ So do forgive me for the drought in posting πŸ™‚

Anyway, back to the business of blogging:

The best (or worst!) thing about any kind of work is usually the people you work with and, as Β a DIY blogger, I’ve been lucky enough to find wonderful people like Evija of From Evija with Love to work with. We did a collaboration a while back and enjoyed it so much, we decided to do another one! Our last task was to create a DIY project which included marbling- a trend we’ve seen all over Instagram and social media. It was really interesting to see how different our ideas were πŸ™‚ Here’s hers and here’s mine πŸ™‚Β This time, the task was to upcycle something. To check out Evija’s interpretation, do visit her blogΒ πŸ™‚


When you are a crazy jewellery maker, you soon accumulate a crazy amount of beads – all of which need to be stored somewhere! Lucky for me, I discovered the delicious Susannah’s Sauces at Makers & Friends, my roving pop-up bringing independent UK designers & makers to the High St. I usually don’t have a sweet tooth- except for chocolate- but her butterscotch is so scrumptious I prefer it to her chocolate sauce (which is very good too!) And the bottles make great storage for beads!



What you need:

Empty glass jar- presumably washed!


A big bead


What to do

Place a dab of glue on the bottom of the bead, and place it firmly on centre of the lid of the jar. Leave to dry for 24 hours (I’m sure shorter is OK but I’m paranoid) and you now have a nice ornamental storage bottle! Fill the bottle with whatever beads you like- I chose yellow to go with the blue of the topper!




If you don’t have beads, you can try this with old toys. The fun doesn’t end there- there are a gazillion things to be made using old food jars, such as these little jars of happiness DIY

Written by Zen


From Evija with Love

Zen, pleasure colaborating with you again! I hope you are now all sorted after your terrible ordeal! I love your upcycle, it is super cute!!! Let’s start thinking about our next collab!! πŸ™‚ have a great week!! x


Can’t believe how long it took for my blog to show this comment!!! πŸ˜› Thanks Evija for the support and being so lovely to work with! Cant’ wait to see what you come up with for 2017!! πŸ™‚

Marco Lee

Sorry to hear you were robbed πŸ™
I tried the chocolate spread. It’s so nice!


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