Thanks to Henrietta at Cox and Cox for sending me these lovely new autumn/winter pics – you’ll have to wait until September to order these treats, but let’s have a little look at some of the stunning new stock…

I love these mercury glass number votives – they’re going to be £14 for three. And check out these cute motif tealights which will have a £15 price tag for three…

If you’re having a wedding, you’ll love these gorgeous monogrammed cards and funky favour badges…

Ooooooh, I’ve got a real THING for mercury glass at the moment. The more I look at the top image, the more I like it! – Ellie

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I’ve just discovered an amazing website: Crafty Shapes. It sells plain, unfinished wooden shapes ready to paint, varnish, embellish etc – and it’s opened up a whole world of crafting possibilities! I’m going to get the wooden napkin rings (just £1.95 for four), then paint them with blackboard paint (£10.99 for 750ml, International Paints) and use them instead of place cards or to add quirky messages to table settings.

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Napkin rings, Colloco, but now discontinued, so get crafting! Image: Living Etc

I am so excited about this. Maybe I need to get out more!? These blackboard napkin rings would be great for handmade gifts too – you could put six in a little box with a pack of retro chalk (95p for 12 sticks, Dotcomgiftshop) for a cheap and designer-style present – or make loads for wedding place markers/favours. Craft JOY! – Ellie

We have a treat for you today, to brighten up your Monday! These three lovely retro slogan posters are featured in our new August issue, and the best thing is…they’re free to download here from the Ideal Home website. Hurrah!

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The August issue is packed with lovely coastal makes from our style team…check out the tablecloth project below – it’s made of four tea towels sewn together. Simple, cheap and chic!

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I love these nautical plates made using transfer paper from Lazertran. This is a great way to display your favourite photos in an original way.

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And how sweet are these little painted pebbles and shells? I think these would make fabulous wedding favours or place markers at a dinner party.

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If you’re feeling inspired and you’d like the full instructions for all these projects, see the new August issue of Ideal Home. – Ellie

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