Art & Photography

Creative ways to actually use your photos rather than keeping them unseen on your device

So, you’ve been on a lovely day out with your family, you’ve celebrated a special occasion or you’ve enjoyed the trip of a lifetime – and you took plenty of photos while you were there. But what do you then do with those snaps? Leave them languishing unseen on your phone? Maybe now’s the time to do something creative with them instead…

Blogging

Ideas for making money as a blogger, vlogger or influencer

If you’ve accumulated a loyal following through your social accounts, blog or vlog, that’s wonderful news. You’ve got an instant audience for anything you get up to, so why not tap into that resource and try to earn some money? That cash can help you to continue making content for your followers and give you the extra time and resources to do so – here are some ideas…

Birthdays

How to DIY a customised gift hamper for any occasion

Whether you’re heading to a wedding, looking for the ideal birthday gift or simply want to show a friend how much you care, a gift hamper is always a winner. It’s a thrifty way to treat that special someone AND it can be customised to suit their interests. Here’s how to make one yourself…

MONEY MANAGEMENT

How to make extra money from doing the hobbies you love

If you want to find a little more money to cope with the cost-of-living crisis, why not look to your hobbies to find a way of earning more while still doing the things you enjoy? Here are three ideas to get you started…

Allotment

How to build an insect-proof mesh tunnel to prevent brassica massacre

If you’re growing cabbage, broccoli or spouts in your veggie patch, you’ll know how difficult it is to keep the cabbage white butterflies (and the very hungry caterpillars they produce) off your plants. Here’s how to DIY an insect-proof mesh tunnel to prevent brassica massacre…

HOME DIY

How to maintain your flooring to make it last longer

Flooring is an often overlooked part of our homes but it’s also one of the things that really makes a room look tired if it’s not kept in good condition. Here are some tips to maintain your floors and save money in the long term…

Bathroom

How to build a bathroom when you’re on a budget

Five years on and my bathroom renovation is still going strong – and we revamped the room on the tightest of budgets. Here are some tips on how to save money when you’re decorating the smallest room in the house…

Allotment

Allotment love – Rebuilding an old greenhouse

I’m back with another allotment update and today it’s all about my new (old) greenhouse. It took quite some doing but we’ve been able to move the ivy-covered, cracked-glass frame to my veggie plot and have made some improvements…

Events & Entertainment

How to give your interior a regal feel all year round

The Jubilee may be over but there’s no need to bin the bunting just yet. In fact, royal-themed homewares are having a moment in the world of interiors right now. Here’s how to make regal style work for you all year round…

DIY

How to DIY an outdoor mud kitchen from pallet wood

Playing in the garden and getting really messy is one of the joys of childhood. So why not help your children to enjoy playing with sand, mud and water outside by constructing this DIY ‘mud kitchen’ from old pallet wood…

Home tours

Mid-century urban jungle home tour with before + after photos

Take a tour of Elle Collins’ mid-century style home, which became an indoor jungle after her houseplant collection thrived in the airy vaulted space. Here are before & after photos of her interior revamp plus lots of pics of her gorgeous cat Mia…

Beauty

How to make savings on your summer essentials

With the promise of a long hot summer to come, now is the perfect time to get your warm-weather essentials sorted. If you plan ahead, you’ll be able to find the best (and lowest!) prices on the things you need to survive the summer…

Art & Photography

3 Side hustles that make the most of your creative skills

Wouldn’t it be great to make some extra cash on side? Even if you don’t think you’ve got the skills to launch a creative business, I’m here to show you otherwise. Here are three side hustles you can try out and maybe make a bit of money from your creativity…

Events & Entertainment

How to plan a summer garden party for the Platinum Jubilee weekend

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations only a month away, many of us are making plans to celebrate with our friends, family and neighbours over the the bank holiday weekend. Here are some ideas for organising a decadant garden party on a budget…

Sewing projects

3 Ways to create unique clothing for your Spring wardrobe

If you’ve never considered DIYing your own clothing collection for Spring, here are three thrifty ways that you can achieve a unique look through creating your own custom designs, sewing and upcycling your existing wardrobe…

Love to shop!

My top 4 non-physical & consumable gifts for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day fast approaching at the end of March, now is the perfect time to start shopping for something special for your mum. My approach is always to find a non-physical gift that can be enjoyed over a prolonged period so here are some present ideas that do just that…

HOME DIY

How to add authentic texture to your interior with wallpaper

Now, I’m not talking wood-chip wallpaper here although, that said, embossed pattern anaglypta wallcoverings ARE making a comeback in period homes. Instead, I’m talking about bringing subtle, natural textures into your room with a variety of contemporary finishes, all of which can be achieved with wallpaper…

MONEY MANAGEMENT

Things I wish I had known when buying and maintaining my first car

I love a bit of hindsight and today I’m sharing some of my own in the hope that it might help new
drivers or first-time car buyers to find a safe vehicle and get a better deal. Here are some of the
things I wish I had known when I was buying my first car…

HOME DIY

10 Things every home should have to improve your wellbeing

Your home is not just a roof over your head, it should also be a safe place and a sanctuary. It’s one of the main factors that affects your health both physically & psychologically so how can you create a cosy home that also improves your wellbeing?

Kitsch Kitchen

My thrifty kitchen makeover – how to save money on flooring

After years of talking about it, months of planning and weeks of installation, my newly remodelled kitchen is complete! Of course, I tried to save money at every stage of the renovation process so here’s how I got the floor of my dreams for a fraction of the cost…

Sweet Treats

5 Indulgent foodie gift ideas for Valentine’s Day

If there’s one way to anyone’s heart, it’s through food. Valentine’s food gifts are guaranteed to get the heart of your Valentine racing – if only because these delicacies are positively mouth-watering! Here are five indulgent foodie gifts I would personally love to receive and I’m sure your partner will, too…

Events & Entertainment

3 Romantic ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day at home

Sure, it’s nice to go out to celebrate Valentine’s Day but sometimes you just want to stay at home. It’s certainly a money-saving option, as you can enjoy lovely food and a cosy ambience at home for a fraction of the price of your big night out. Here’s how to create your dream Valentine’s date from the comfort of your own home…

Bathroom

4 Design tricks to make a small bathroom feel bigger

Even though I’ve got a very small bathroom compared to many other homes, we’ve managed to make it a bit feel more spacious with some easy design tricks that give the impression of a bigger room – here’s how…

Happiness

New year goals: How to prioritise your wellbeing in 2022

Today’s blog post tackles some of the more ‘traditional’ new year’s resolutions that many of us make – to be more healthy and to make time for self-care. Here’s how to make sure you keep up those great wellbeing goals all year round…

DIY

5 Reasons to choose wallpaper over paint when decorating your home

Painting feature walls has been a popular option for a very long time but, recently, the usage of wallpaper in interior design has increased – I’ve seen more patterned wallpapers on interiors Instagram accounts than ever before. Here’s why it’s become such a popular choice…

Happiness

New year goals: How to declutter and organise your home this year

Today is the 4th article in my series of blog posts to help you achieve your New Year’s goals and it’s all about clearing your home of clutter and getting better organised this year (one of my personal goals!) Here are my top tips for creating a tidy and peaceful home this year…

Home buying

New year goals: How to buy your first home this year

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to save a deposit and buy your own home, this article will help. I’m going to talk you through all the things tips I discovered when buying my first home so hopefully, you’ll be able to achieve your goal this year…

Art & Photography

New years goals: How to be more creative in 2022

If your new year’s resolution is to be more creative, here are some ideas to help you bring more craft, art and creativity into your lives and boost your mental wellbeing in 2022!

Cassiefairy's News

Happy new year!

I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and a very relaxing break. I just wanted to wish you all a happy New Year and here’s to a wonderful 2022 for us all!

HOME DIY

2022 Decor trend: How to add sparkle to any interior with glitter wallpaper

Okay, I know it sounds like I’m encouraging you to turn your home into the set of Strictly Come Dancing (and who doesn’t want that??) but I’m not suggesting you make your walls as glitzy as a glitterball. The new trend for glitter wallpaper is so much more subtle than you might imagine. Let me explain…

FRUGAL FUN TIMES

How to DIY your own custom sequin party hats + PDF template

Whatever the celebration, a party hat is the ultimate accessory to get the party started! I’ve made a template that you can download and use to DIY your own party hats in any colour and finish to suit your theme. Here’s how…

Festive

Unique gifts from small indie businesses and crafters

Whenever I’m looking for gifts, whether at Christmas or throughout the year, I always head to local and independent businesses first. If I can find a special present while also supporting a small biz or local maker, all the better! Here are some gorgeous gift ideas from crafters and small brands…

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