DIY Keepsake Box

Memory Box DIY

When my childhood haunt, The Works got in touch and asked me if I’d like to play with some arty goodies from their awesome craft supplies section, I had the perfect idea for a DIY: My oldest friend has just had a baby and I thought it would be really sweet to make her a DIY keepsake box for little memories such as a lock of hair and the first tooth taken by the tooth fairy!

Storage Box c/o The Works
Acrylic Paint c/o The Works
Scrapbook Papers c/o The Works
Animal Stickers c/o The Works
Alphabet Beads
E6000 Glue
Screwdriver (optional)

Craft DIY
To start with a used a tiny screwdriver to remove the clasp at the front of the box so it would be easier to paint. It was super simple to remove and re-attach, just make sure you don’t lose any of the pieces! Once removed I painted the box one section at a time and let it dry. The paint dries quite quickly and sectioning it off allowed the box to dry without getting paint in all the wrong places.

Gifts for pregnant friends

Baby Memory Box

I painted the box brown to cover the red as I have a specific theme in mind: The jungle! My friend’s nursery has been painted with a gorgeous jungle themed mural by her Dad so I wanted to follow suit for this keepsake box. The Works had these adorable jungle animal stickers too and I picked out the baby’s name from a selection of wooden block beads I had in my stash. I thought they were a fun addition, like children’s building blocks!

Best Craft Glue

Storage Box Upcycle
I selected a fun green floral sheet from the scrapbook paper to represent the jungle leaves and cut it to size using measurements I took from the front of the box. I used E6000 to glue the paper straight onto the glass, laid it on top and gently pushed the edges under the box’s frame with a blunt pair of scissors.

Jungle Animal Stickers
The animals have peelable sticker backs, but I still added some glue for extra security. Make sure you decide on your design’s arrangement before you start gluing! When the animals were in place I glued on the wooden blocks at a slight jaunty angle as if they were placed by a child. Leave the glue to dry for 24 hours.

Homemade Gifts for Newborns

DIY Craft Storage Box

I’ve shown another idea for decorating your storage box above. For this one I opened the lid and removed the box and glass by undoing the prongs with pliers. Be gentle so you don’t break them!

I removed the glass and disposed of it safely, then I removed the ornaments from each section which was trickier than I expected; they’re glued on tight! I covered the glue residue with some scrapbook paper to match the box and pieced the lid back together so the sections are now accessible from the top.

I love this storage box because I can separate my jewellery supplies while I’m making stock instead of digging around for the tiny pieces!

The Works Craft Supplies
Which design do you like best? Will you be up-cycling a storage box as a thrifty gift for Christmas this year?

Loves x xx

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Beauty School: Spa & Relaxation

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, Relaxation

I cannot stress enough how important relaxation is for beauty, skin and health care. I find relaxing one of the most difficult states to achieve… my shoulders are always tense, no matter what. Whether I’m at work, having a fun day out or sitting home having some me-time I am always tense.

I’ve tried spas before to help me, but I have never felt so tense in a situation where my main goal was relaxation. Clinical, white rooms, undressing in such an awkward hurry my heart races, being essentially told off for the state of my skin and feeling like a disobedient child for how I take care of it, like I was being judged… these are not my ideas of a good time.

However in my experience it’s amazing what stresses are obvious to people through your skin. My spa therapist knew I was stressed and having too many late nights, just by taking off my make up. Has anyone ever told you, “You look tired?” Your tense body is telling tales on you!

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, Relaxation

When Lush Leeds Spa invited me to try out a mini spa treatment (c/o Lush) to celebrate their 4th birthday I was (understandably!) apprehensive. I went along, though, as part of my ‘exercise in confidence’ personal goals (where I am trying to say yes more).

I was lead down to the Spa that sits in the basement of Lush Leeds where I was greeted by an enthusiastic lady who asked about my day and invited me to sit with her at the kitchen table. I was poured a glass of freshly infused water as I looked around the dimly lit farmhouse style kitchen I was sitting in. We chatted about how our days had gone and she talked me through the products she’d be using for the mini treatment and I even got to smell and experience them beforehand so I wouldn’t be surprised and could focus on relaxing. By the time I went through to the treatment room it was like we were great friends.

The Synaesthesia Treatment
The Synaesthesia Treatment

The treatment was a facial massage with Full of Grace massage bar, Whoosh temple balm and hot and cold stones. Despite feeling awkward getting under the blanket and on the bed, I felt myself relax more and more as I was lulled by the sea shanty music and the beautiful concoction of smells. The cold stones felt amazingly unusual against my skin and the contrast of the then hot stones was soothing and comforting. I was then given a little fine tuning from the Sound Bath where gentle, calming notes are laid against your ears and chest with the aid of a tuning fork.

When the lady kneeled beside me and whispered she was done, I felt like I was woken up despite not have fallen asleep and been fully aware the whole time. She told me to take as long as I liked to relax and she’d meet me back in the kitchen.

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, Relaxation

Greeting me back at the kitchen table was a chocolate & biscuit cake, rose water – complete with a beautiful cocktail glass with some fun looking white fluff inside – and an adorable looking glass vial containing a roll of paper. The rose water was poured into my glass making a delightful fizz as it mixed with the fluff. I was then left to enjoy my goodies and I must say, I felt like bloody royalty! I had so much fun reading the beautiful note on the scroll and picking at my cake. I lifted the delicate glass and took a sip and good Lord what a unexpected joy was in that glass! It was like drinking a beautifully flowering rose, oozing a delicious nectar.

After I had a poke through the beautiful messages in the guestbook and wandered around the homely kitchen I was led back upstairs. I felt woozy and giddy and like I was floating on air. On the street it had been pouring with rain and I felt like I’d been in my own little bubble away from the drab afternoon outside.

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, RelaxationThe Spell Treatment

I was introduced to the other treatments by beautiful displays (and staff members!) on the shop floor. One in particular that stood out to me was The Spell. Not your average foot treatment, this works on your worries and anxieties to make them literally disappear in a puff of smoke – sounds too good to be true, eh? I was also intrigued by the Synaesthesia where you receive a specially brewed cup of tea to match your chosen treatment. How adorable? All the treatments sound so fun and each have their own special details and delights. Something that I keep coming back to time and time again with Lush is that they think of everything; Nothing is mundane and they transform even the simple things into a beautiful experience all round.

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, Relaxation

Before I was invited to spend Lush Leeds’ 4th spa birthday with them I was pretty meh about the whole idea of them having a spa, but they have completely turned me around on spas; teaching me that they don’t have to be cold and clinical and it’s actually incredible what wonders lay in the basement of that little retail shop on a busy street in Leeds City Centre.

Loves x xx

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