2016 In Projects

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It’s no secret that I love to get my make on, and while projects may have been a little fewer and farther between in 2016, I still love to look back and see how my creativity has presented itself. Here are a few of my favourite projects from the past year…

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Family Photograph Wall Hanging

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Coconut Nutella Bites (recipe here)

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Cropped Blouse, and the first time I ever did cuffs!

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The first three knitting patterns I designed myself

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This simple reminder that you are loved

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A cropped roll neck vest I’d been visualising for months

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The marble sticky plastic desk transformation

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A cropped roll neck jumper (there’s a theme here!)

I definitely spent the majority of the latter part of the year knitting, and I’m not sad about that at all. My love for knitting has really manifested itself this year, and I’ve been able to make some awesome, classic knits – I think I might have found my niche!

I hope 2017 will bring plenty more projects for me to get stuck into and keep my creativity inspired!

 

Simple Snood Knitting Pattern for Knit Aid

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If you’ve seen my last post, or noticed my absence over the recent weeks, you might know that it’s because I have been working hard and doing what I can to raise awareness about the refugee crisis. As part of The Worldwide Tribe I have had so many amazing opportunities and have been able to see first-hand how opinion has changed and how grassroots movements can make a massive difference! One of these such movements is Knit Aid, which has given an outlet for those of us who want to help by channeling our creative passions into something good!

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With simple online patterns to follow, as well as workshops in the London area, Knit Aid is the perfect way for people all over the country, and even the world, to know that they are doing something to support those in need. There’s nothing better than knowing that something that you put time, effort and love into can make someone’s life a little better, and help them to survive the winter.

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I’ve rustled up a few simple snoods and wanted to share the pattern with you. They only take a couple of hours to make, and are simple enough for beginners, too, so why not get stuck in!

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You will need:

  • 1 ball of seriously chunky wool (I use Seriously Chunky from Sue Ryder – the money goes to charity so it’s a win-win!)
  • A pair 10mm knitting needles
  • A wool sewing needle
  1. Cast on 13 stitches.
  2. Knit one, purl one until the end of the row. You’ll start and finish on a knit stitch.
  3. Continue with this pattern, always starting and ending the row with a knit stitch, until a couple of feet of yarn remain.
  4. Cast off.
  5. Use the loose end of yarn to sew the two ends of your knitting together.
  6. Weave in any loose threads and trim any excess.

Voila! A simple cowl / snood that will keep someone a little warmer throughout this winter!

You can send your finished snoods (or scarves or hats!) to:

Knit Aid

37 Pembury Avenue

Surrey

KT4 8BU

United Kingdom

Thanks for reading, until next time!

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{ Do It Yourself } Hand Stamped Stationery

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I love stationery! Isn’t it just the best when you get actual real-life post? And isn’t it even better when it arrives on nice stationery? Well, I think so at least! I love a hand written letter or thank-you card and I enjoy taking the time to put a little effort into creating something unique. I’m going to show you the most simple DIY for creating your own striking stationery that you can send out to your friends.

You will need:

  • Plain paper or card
  • Stamp
  • Tester pot of paint
  • Newspaper or old sheet

Paper paint and stamp

Here’s what to do…

Lay out the newspaper or sheet to protect your working surface

Grab a piece of card and fold it in half to create a notecard

Brush just a small amount of paint onto your stamp (I used this fun bicycle stamp from Bazaar) and press gently onto your page

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Pull away carefully to avoid smudges and repeat until all of the card is covered. Try experimenting with overlapping the edge of the card to stagger your pattern, or placing your stamps at more ad hoc angles for a different finish

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Leave your card to dry for a few hours, and you’re ready to write your note!

I also experimented with adding headers and footers to writing paper, and you can play around with your envelopes too!

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Will you have a go at this simple DIY? Do you have any other stationery DIYs I can try? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, until next time!

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{ Do It Yourself } Fabric Covered Noticeboard

before and afterWhen you rent, it can be quite difficult to put your own stamp on where you live. With beige carpets and white walls it’s easy to feel like your personality is getting lost amongst the neutral, which is why it’s so important to add touches where you can. Even though you’re renting, you still want your space to feel like home!

One of the first things we noticed when we moved into our house was the big, red, fluffy noticeboard hanging on the kitchen wall. It might be useful, but it’s definitely ugly! So I came up with a simple DIY to re-vamp it and create a fun, focal point for our to-do’s…

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You will need

  • Noticeboard
  • 1m fabric (choose something that really reflects your personality – I went for a quirky cow print for a bit of fun!)
  • Push pins
  • Scissors

Method

First thing first, give your fabric a quick once-over with the iron to get out all of the creases, so it sits nicely

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Starting with the top left corner, pin the fabric to the board, leaving about an inch around the edge

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Continue to pin the middle and corners of the fabric to the board

Now you can see where to trim the excess fabric, allowing about an inch all around the noticeboard

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Next, starting back in the top left corner, fold the fabric under so it sits neatly just inside the frame of the noticeboard, and pin

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Continue to pin every couple of centimeters, keeping the fabric straight, until you’ve covered the edges all the way around

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And there you have it, a super simple DIY to turn an ugly old noticeboard into something fun and full of personality!

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Are you going to give this DIY a go? Have you got any other tips on adding personality to a rented home? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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{ Do It Yourself } How To Cut A Crop Top

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My Dad has a wonderful tradition of buying us gifts each time he takes a business trip, and over the years I have accumulated a wonderful collection of relics from all over the World. One thing that tends to be repeated is t-shirts, and while they often have cool designs, the fit is always boring and definitely not my usual style! I have taken to altering and customising them myself, cutting off the sleeves to make low side cut vests or, as in this case, chopping off the bottom to create a cool crop top. Trust me when I say that it is really easy, and pretty much anyone can do it!

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You Will Need

  • Your t-shirt
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Dressmakers chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread (optional)

Method

  • Start by ironing your t-shirt. The flatter it is, the more likely your finish will be even.
  • Turn your t-shirt inside out and put it on. look in the mirror and see how long you want your crop top to be (often this is the mid-point between the narrowest part of your waist and where the bottom of your bra sits) and mark the point with dressmakers chalk.
  • Take off your t-shirt and lie it flat, matching the shoulders and side seams and making sure there are no creases.
  • Measure from the bottom hem to where your chalk line is, and work across the whole of the t-shirt marking small lines at the correct distance.

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  • Carefully cut along the lines, making sure to keep both sides of the t-shirt together and even.

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  • Turn the right way out et voila! A super simple crop top!

Now for the optional part! I also wanted to turn up the sleeves of my t-shirt for a cooler look…

  • Fold the hem of each sleeve over twice.
  • Press with the iron to hold in place.
  • Stitch a small tack at the top and bottom of each turn-up to keep in place.

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There you have it, a cool crop top from a boring t-shirt in just a few minutes! Have you tried customising your clothes? Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to read them in the comments!

Thanks for reading, until next time!

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#BEDM Challenge: Passion Projects

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My passion is creating. Whether I’m recreating a handmade card from Pinterest or sewing up a dress from a vintage pattern I’m definitely at my happiest when I’m producing something with my hands. I feel super rewarded when I have something in front of me that I know I have made from scratch myself. Being able to turn a flat piece of cotton into a dress, or a piece of card into an origami cat is awesome to me, and that’s my passion!

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I’m so lucky to have creative people around me in my life, my Mum is totally fantastic and has been a huge source of inspiration for my creative drive! My friends are awesome role models and the best people to brainstorm ideas with. I was even gifted my new (old) sewing machine by one of my beautiful friends and I couldn’t be more grateful!

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I love being able to walk around my house and see things that I have made in action, from the cushions on the sofa to the noticeboard in the kitchen, and when I head out for the day wearing one of my own creations it feels brilliant. I would 100% encourage anyone to make something. Start small, get inspiration from Pinterest and don’t worry about messing up! It’s all about taking part, and the sense of achievement you get when it all comes together is worth the little struggles along the way.

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What are your passion projects? Do you like to get hands-on creative? I’d love to see if you’ve made anything yourself!

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#BEDM Challenge: Wishlist {Sewing Edition}

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I love to sew! There’s nothing more satisfying than wearing something you have created, that you have put time and effort into. It’s a labour of love. Sometimes it’s a breeze and sometimes a project can be left unfinished for months, but either way it’s fun and totally rewarding. So, here’s my sewing wishlist of the things I’ve been daydreaming about!

1. Janome Sewing Machine: I’ve always used my Mum’s sewing machine, but since I moved out a few months ago I’ve been craving my own. I don’t want a super expensive one, but a few stitch variations is great and, most importantly, the 1 step buttonhole!

2. Olfa Rotary Cutter: There’s nothing wrong with some good old-fashioned scissors, but the ease and speed of these rotary cutters is enough for me to want one!

3. Prymadonna Polka Dot Dress Form: Who doesn’t want a dress form as an amateur sewer? I’ve always wanted to be able to fit things properly, as opposed to twisting this way and that trying to fit on myself, and with its polka dot print, this is just a beauty!

4. Blue Deco Geometric Buttons: I always tend to opt for gold buttons on my projects, but these geometric ones are just too cool! They are the kind of buttons you’ll design a project around!

5. Woven Monkey Custom Fabric: I found this website recently, and I’ve been dying to try it out! It’s super simple to use, and you can create the most beautiful fabrics. This is just an old Instagram snap of some flowers, repeated and mirrored to make a pattern, and I love it!

6. Vintage 1950s Sewing Pattern: I absolutely love all of the reproduction Vintage Sewing patterns. It’s great when you find originals in charity shops, but this way you know that you’re getting the right size, and the instructions should be pretty clear.

Do you like to sew? Have you got any additions to my wishlist? Let me know in the comments!

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