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DIY Halloween spell books | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Halloween crafting continues apace here at The World of Suzy Homemaker and today, I bring you my handmade Halloween spell books.

Think Harry Potter.

DIY Halloween spell books | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Think Practical Magic.

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  • Michelle
    Michelle says #
    These are awesome! I love the 3D and the strap and the weird snakes n stuff. You did a very nice job.
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thank you so much, Michelle. Very kind of you to say :-)

DIY Halloween wooden sign | The World of Suzy Homemaker @SuzyHomemakerUK

Greetings weary traveller. *cackle* and welcome to The Cauldron Inn. Come! Sit for a spell. What's your poison?

Want to break a hex with Milk Thistle? Looking for love with Verus Amor? Need a cure for flatulence?

DIY Halloween potion bottles | The World of Suzy Homemaker @SuzyHomemakerUK

The Witch at OneandSeventy has it all. Mwaaa ha ha ha ha ha!

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  • Jennifer Grace
    Jennifer Grace says #
    This looks really great. The black vinyl looks so effective against the wood!
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Jennifer. I like it. Glad you do, too :-)
  • Joan Wallington
    Joan Wallington says #
    Bloomen hec is this amazing or what....fab girlie !!!
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Joan :-)
  • Moo
    Moo says #
    Love love! As normal the bar of excellence and imagination has been set!
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Moo :-)

Christmas Decoration Storage by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I don't have a "this is the easiest tutorial in the world ever" category but if I did... this would be in it.

Now I don't want you getting too excited. This is not rocket science, but I thought I'd share with you a neat idea for organising your Christmas decorations.

Erm, Sue? It's the middle of January?

Yeah, I know. But what with other demands on my time (I have a business to run, you know!), everything but the tree and lights have been sitting in my office since I took them down. Whilst it might be a little late, I still wanted to share with you this easy peasy storage idea, as it can be used for anything.

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  • Pippa
    Pippa says #
    Love it, SH, that's exactly what I've done with mine (although the boxes are bigger!). I've got mine labelled in categories (whit
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Ha! I fear I may, too, require bigger boxes for Yule! So happy to hear you have your very own Mr Homemaker Yule log; Beloved will

Christmas 2014 at The World of Suzy Homemaker

Beloved and I may not do Christmas, but we definitely do Christmas decorating.

Well, I do.

Beloved would be happy if he never saw another bauble again.

NEVER gonna happen!

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  • Nicki
    Nicki says #
    Really lovely and Christmassy Suzy considering you two are bah humbugs xxx Happy Christmas to you both xx
  • moo
    moo says #
    It looked lovely. I loved it x
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Moo. Glad I managed to get it all done before we cracked open the whisky! ;-)
  • Jenny B
    Jenny B says #
    Looks beautiful, you're doing an amazing job xxx
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Jen :-)
  • Holly H
    Holly H says #
    Lovely & inspiring as always Sue! Thank you for some great ideas, H x
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Holly :-)

If you're one of my Facebook friends, or you follow me on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter, you may have noticed a recent change here at OneandSeventy.

Hands up if you spotted it!

No?

How about another look...

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks so much, Shannon. I'm really pleased with it and I have you to thank for finally taking the plunge. The only problem is, it
  • Shannon Fox
    Shannon Fox says #
    OH Suzy it looks wonderful! I really love it... when I scrolled down I said out loud "oh my that looks good!" Don't fret, it's har

DIY Ouija Board - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I was a keen crafter long before the birth of The World of Suzy Homemaker. I was well-known among friends and colleagues for my handmade greetings cards and I've dabbled in all sorts of techniques over the years.

It wasn't long after moving into OneandSeventy that I got itchy fingers and started looking for things to make. One such project was a Ouija Talking Tray, which was inspired by this image that I found on Etsy.

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I've always been fascinated with Ouija Boards, not necessarily for attempting to communicate with the dearly departed (assuming you believe that's possible), but for their beauty.

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  • Jen
    Jen says #
    Can you edit it? Would love to make an invitation out of it.
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Hi Jen. Why sort of edit do you need? I'm sure I could help! Sue x
  • Sarah
    Sarah says #
    I just used your awesome ouija board template for a cake. Are you instagram? I would love to credit you there in my post!
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    That's fantastic Sarah, I'm honoured! Yes, I'm on Instagram and would love to see your creation. My Social Media profile is @SuzyH
  • Sarah
    Sarah says #
    Just shared your link on my little blog. Thanks so much! I will follow you on instagram as well.
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Fantastic! I'm a bit of a Halloween fan myself, so I'll pop on over x
  • karen
    karen says #
    Can I use this on my website. I have a page on paranormal terms and would like to show a ouija board. I will link back to you...
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Hey Karen, go for it! I'd love for you to post the link here, so I can pop on over for a read! Beloved and I are interested in the
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Jessi. I'll do my best!
  • Jessi
    Jessi says #
    Love it, hope to see some DIY posts for Christmas too

The making of a personalised DIY house sign by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Every home needs a name.

The previous owners of OneandSeventy had theirs carved into a beautiful piece of wood, which was still hanging over the door when we moved in. After a year of looking at it and wondering how to make it ours, I finally had a brainwave. 

The making of a personalised DIY house sign by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Using some good old-fashioned carbon paper and a (fairly) steady hand, I upcycled this weather-beaten monstrosity into a gorgeous personalised house sign, which now takes pride of place at the front of our home.

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  • Antonia Ludden
    Antonia Ludden says #
    Ah, that's brilliant - very professional looking indeed! What a great way to get the lettering on, I must remember that and thank
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    I can't believe I didn't think of it before! I reckon carbon paper could be used for fabric, too, using a fabric pen and paint, of
  • Wayne
    Wayne says #
    Looks great hun, you have done a fantastic job
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Wayne. I must admit, I'm pretty pleased with efforts!

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

You may remember how during the Guest Room makeover, Beloved moved the vertical blind to the kitchen.

You'll also no doubt recall how, although we knew the two windows were the same width, we didn't think to measure the length... and ended up with a blind that overhung the sill.

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Whooops!

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  • Mooney.philomena@yahoo.ie
    Mooney.philomena@yahoo.ie says #
    Whate is the name of the glue.
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Hi Philomena. All the details are in my reply above, to Claire. Hope that helps! Sue
  • Ellie W
    Ellie W says #
    I'm doing this in reverse as bottom has become soiled from running along the sill so hopefully will be o.k and stitching NOT using
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Hey Ellie. Good luck with your blinds. Do come back and let us know how you got on. The glue I used has been absolutely fine. It's
  • peter
    peter says #
    thanks you very much for the help i was going to try and sticth them but glue gun was lot quicker thansk again
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Wonderful news, Peter! Glad to be of assistance :-)
  • Claire
    Claire says #
    Hi, can you help me please... the slats at the top of my blinds have started breaking, due to being in the sun for years. I have
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Hi Claire. I used a hot glue gun and the stiff fabric has held up really well. You can pick up a glue gun at most craft stores. H
  • moo
    moo says #
    methodical and you ..... nah just doesn't sit right.
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Ha ha ha!

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Even before The World of Suzy Homemaker was so much as a twinkle, I could be found in the aisles of Hobbycraft, searching for bits to play with, as Beloved trailed forlornly in my wake...carrying the basket!

These days, the baskets have wheels, but Beloved's "HELP ME!" expression remains.

You gotta feel for hubby, right?

It was during one such long-forgotten expedition, that I discovered mache letters and ever since I brought them home, they've been staring at me from the corner of my office, challenging me to do something with them.

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  • Priyam
    Priyam says #
    Oh how lovely! I am also your newest follower...
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Priyam and welcome aboard! :-)
  • shonee
    shonee says #
    Turned out beautiful! Love the final layout that you went with! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Hope you will join us agai
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Shonee. I hope to
  • Charlotte Henderson
    Charlotte Henderson says #
    Ha ha love it. Get crafting and writing....really enjoying your blogs x
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Charlotte

Replacing a headboard for free with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Beloved and I LOVE our Super King bed. Not only is it really comfy, it's so fabulously large it's like sleeping on a football pitch.

"Hellloooo over there!"

[Echo]

"Hellloooo over there!"

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Julia. Now that I've cut my teeth, I'm definitely up for recovering some other items! I think, perhaps, I'd probably go for
  • julia
    julia says #
    LOVE this idea! I have done this with an ottoman that I wasn't fond of, and it is the best idea for a headboard! Julia
  • Erlene
    Erlene says #
    Great job on transforming your headboard for FREE! Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    My pleasure, Erlene. Thanks for inviting me! I hope to have some more projects to share soon!
  • Amy | Canary Street Crafts
    Amy | Canary Street Crafts says #
    Love this! It's amazing how with just a little fabric or paint you can totally transform something.
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Amy