Flower crowns always bring a smile to my face – probably because they remind me of summer and festivals! Making one from fresh flowers is the perfect way to add some seasonal colour to a photo like this and a great way to put your fading bunch of flowers to use. This was a spur of the moment DIY earlier in the week when I found myself with a bunch of chamomile flowers, a free hour and a sunny garden to work in…

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been working my way through Sara Tasker’s new e-course ‘Bloom & Grow‘ (you may already be familiar with Sara’s stunning Instagram account and blog Me & Orla). I signed up because Instagram had been leaving me feeling kind of flat for a while and I just felt left behind now that everyone seems to have found their style on this platform and are creating (what seems like) a never ending stream of imaginative and beautiful photos day in, day out. I consider myself pretty creative but when it comes to taking photos for Instagram, I just can’t seem to make the magic happen (I’m like that guy from the Lego Movie ‘Just tell me what to do, and how to do it’). I felt like my account didn’t really paint a picture of me, my life or my work… which is kind of the opposite of what I’m aiming for.


The course is about harnessing the power of flowers to create photos that are captivating, surprising, delighting, thought provoking and above all creative. I’m taking my time absorbing all the course materials and am slowly starting to put the things I’m learning into practice. Sara’s lessons are really helping me figure out the kind of photos I want to take and how to get there – you know how the best teachers don’t just tell you what to do but gently guide you so that you figure out the answer yourself and learn a whole load in the process? Yep, it’s like that and I wouldn’t hesitate to reccomend it to anyone who feels adrift on Instagram.

This is a round about way of explaining that if you’re wondering what a melting peony ice cream has to do with crafts, the answer is that it’s another type of creativity that I’m dipping my toe into. Jumping in with both feet in fact. These are the kinds of images I want to create and I’m really looking forward to sharing that journey here as well as on Instagram. 

If you would like to follow along on Instagram you’ll find me at @chloemullaneyuk. Don’t forget to leave your Instagram handle in the comments so I can come and find you too!


You can see what my other classmates and I have been up to (and share your own floral inspired photos) with the hashtag #bloomandgrow. I’m lucky enough to be taking the course with some truly fantastic photographers and I’m so happy to be a part of this community. I’ll be back soon with a few inspiring accounts for you to follow!


Most of my DIY projects are born out of necessity. When my optometrist advised me to spend 20 minutes lying down with a heated eye mask every few days I didn’t need much convincing. Later that day I had my finger poised to order a £12 rice filled eye bag from Amazon when I had a lightbulb moment and realised that I could totally make it myself!

I decided to make a tutorial as I think everyone should experience the delight of a warm eye compress. This tutorial is simple to follow and contains a free template that you can download as a PDF. The finished eye mask is generously sized and just the right weight – it even doubles as a warm neck/shoulder compress too! A heated eye mask is really good for the various ducts and glands in your eyes as well as being super relaxing. I like to take mine to bed and pretend it’s a spa treatment…

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A few days before I went into full blown labour with Emily I was looking for a sewing project to keep my mind occupied and found this tutorial for a tissue box cover by Brett Bara on Design Sponge… Continue reading