Exciting news! My upcycled jam jar tutorial project is featured in Reloved magazine

Hello! I have some exciting news to share… my upcycled jam jar tutorial is featured on a double page spread in the Autumn issue of Reloved Magazine which went on sale yesterday… have a look out for it! It’s a fab magazine full of wonderful inspiration. πŸ˜€

Reloved Magazine

Recyled Jam Jar - Sarah Rhodes Designs for Wow embossing Powder

Recyled Jam Jar – Sarah Rhodes Designs for Wow embossing Powder


Beautiful Anniversary Card

Hi everyone, I just thought I would share with you the beautiful Anniversary card that my other half (Tom) gave me for our Anniversary today… isn’t it fabulous?


Also a quick photo that my wonderful friend, Emily took of the two of us together…Β You can see more of her work at http://www.emilyfrancesphotography.co.uk


And here’s the card that I made for Tom…

Anniversary Card - MadeByMyself.com

Anniversary Card

You can see the full tutorial on how to make this card here:Β https://sarahrhodesdesigns.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/lovebirds-for-valentines-day

Also, a big thank you to my Mum and Dad who sent a lovely card for us… lovebirds and buttons… what more does a card need?! πŸ˜‰

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On the subject of thank you’s… I’ve been meaning to share these with you for a while now (my second Mum bought them for me for Christmas and I can’t bear to use them because they are too nice!)… Super cute button soaps! How wonderful and lovely?! Thanks so much Viv. πŸ˜€

Button Soaps

Button Soaps

I was also treated to the movies last night and Tom bought me this fabulous over sized pencil sharpener pen and pencil pot that I have been eying up for a while! It goes perfectly with my big yellow pencil (D&AD reference for any designers reading this). πŸ˜€

Over sized pencil sharpener pencil pot Over sized pencil sharpener pencil pot 2Everyone knows me so well and I am one very lucky lady! Thanks everyone!Β  πŸ˜€

Ribbon Storage

Hello to all you lovely readers…

I have something slightly different from the usual ‘How to make…’ blog posts that I usually share with you. I have been organising my workspace recently… because frankly it was getting out of hand! The organising is going well and I can now find things when I need them which is always a good start! πŸ˜€ The problem that I found was I couldn’t find the perfect solution for my ribbons and after endless searching my partner, Tom, created a unit that was perfect for what I needed.

I wanted something that allowed me to store all of my ribbons together in a neat and tidy solution where my ribbons wouldn’t uncoil or roll away! I didn’t want the rolls of ribbon to hang from a pole and I wanted the unit to be able to mount to the wall but be able to take it with me to shows and demos. You can see the final result below… isn’t it beautiful?! All my crafting friends that have seen it, love it and he has been taking orders… so much so, he has decided to build these handmade custom storage units on request… I’ve included a link to his new Ebay store where you can custom order your very own! This one shown below is a 600 mm (60cm) wide rack and is perfect for my space but he can make them in different widths too! πŸ˜€

Ribbon Shelf Rack with Dowels - Craft Storage Solutions

Here is where you can custom order your very own ribbon rack…



Why I didn’t want the rolls of ribbon to solely hang from poles or dowels…

I knew that this wouldn’t work for me as most of the time, I like to choose the ribbon roll colour that I think I need and hold it in place over what I’m creating to test that I like the look…Β  I usually do this with a couple of different ribbon colours to see what works best and then will commit to the one I like the look of and cut the length that I need. Also, how frustrating would it be when the roll of ribbon in the middle ran out and had to be replaced?!

Ribbon Shelf Rack easy to use - Craft Storage SolutionsCreating a unit that is transportable for shows…

Tom set up and drilled a secure bracket on my studio wall and the unit easily hooks on and off the bracket so I can take it away to shows with me but then easily hang it back on the bracket when I return, freeing up valuable desk space!

I requested that I could have removable dowels so that when I was taking the ribbon rack along to a show, I could slot the dowels through and this would keep all the ribbons together neatly during transport and makes them easier to work with at the shows too. You can see from the photo below that the poles slide in from the right side. I remove the dowels when I am back to work in my studio!

Ribbon Shelf Rack with Dowels - Craft Storage Solutions

Ribbons with different sized center holes can be stored on the unit…

I mostly used Berisfords ribbon as they are superb quality and manufactured in the UK but I do have other brands and sometimes these have a different sized centre hole. Usually they are roughly the same size of reel though.. approximately 103mm / 4 inches diameter.

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Larger reels can be stored on the open top shelf…

I have a few rolls of ribbon that are a larger reel size so I needed an area to store these. Tom created me an open shelf on the top so that these unusual sized ribbons could sit here. It was his idea to add the top decorative piece with the cut out heart… I absolutely love it!

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Here is my rack and you can see the dowels slot in as required…

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Various options for the decorative top piece…

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Ribbon Shelf Rack With Dowels - Craft Storage Solutions

Below is my first ribbon shelf painted in Vintage Matt White… is it terrible that I need two?! I think I might have a ribbon addiction! πŸ˜‰

2015 UPDATE: I now have four of these wonderful ribbon racks… definitely addicted!!

Vintage white ribbon unit without Dowels - Craft Storage SolutionsΒ Thanks so much Tom… you’re a superstar! πŸ˜€

He’s going to build me an embossing powder rack next… I’ll have to share an image of this once it’s complete as I’m sure it will be equally lovely! He will take custom orders too so if you have an idea for a storage solution that would make your life easier, then just let him know.

This is a link to the ribbon shelf


A lovely sign designed for my other half

Hello to you all,


I just wanted to share with you a sign that I have designed for my other half as part of his birthday present… his birthday is on 28th December and so I struggle every year to try and find nice things to give him for Christmas then a couple of days after that for his birthday.

This year I thought a nice little gift would be a sign for his ‘den’ also know as ‘The Batcave’! I based the sign around the batman logo and even managed to download the batman forever font for free and use that.

Here’s the design…

The_Batcave_SignI managed to find a wonderful company…

The company is called Sign-O-Matic and they produce many types of signs and also name badges and door signs

If you blog too, why not create your sign for free with them.

I’ll update this page with a photo of the sign when it arrives. πŸ˜€

Out of the Dark Ages…

Hello! I’ve been a little quiet lately… BT Problems meant I had no access to the internet at home (for almost 5 weeks)! You don’t realise how much you rely on it and I felt like I was back in the dark ages. Anyhoo… I’m glad to report that our phone line is finally fixed! πŸ˜€


Hole – part 1… when BT finally admitted there was a problem with our line (only 3 weeks after we had first reported the problem) !!!



Whoops… looks like this hole has been created in the wrong the place! Quick, call out the diggers – we need a new hole! (If only BT could dig the holes too…how long will we wait for the diggers AGAIN?!)



Hole – part 2… (Extended) BT technician arrives (with his own thermal cup… he obviously knows the speed BT work) Success! A working phone line… and only 5 weeks later!

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

I know that Christmas is over but I couldn’t possibly let it pass without having a photo session of our very first Christmas Tree. Even though we had to opt for an artificial tree this year, I still love it. The beautiful decorations from John Lewis and M&S may have helped! Silver and Champagne Gold, my colour choice for Christmas 2011 worked a treat!

With this story comes a tale of woe… lovely M&S glass baubles were not made to be robust and one bauble was lost in a helicopter flying incident (I wasn’t flying it at the time).

RIP beautiful Mercury Glass Bauble.

The OH says technical problems caused the crash landing into the tree… oh yes.. and the OH knows he has much making up to do! He’s making me a hot chocolate as I type this post! πŸ˜€

Happy New Year

Hello and a very Happy New Year.Β  I am in my studio and the sun is shining… πŸ˜€ Bliss!

It is the first day of 2012 that I can dedicate to design and after a lovely inspiring look on Pinterest, it is on with some work as the deadline is looming. I have an exiting project on the go at the moment… a new design for a lovely lampshade to (hopefully) present to the Mary Portas Team at the Interiors Show in Birmingham at the end of January… if all goes well I get to pitch to the Team and successful applicants have their products sold or showcased in the Mary Shop within House of Fraser! Exciting!!

Just before I get back to it… I wanted to share some words of wisdom for the new year…