Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

For me, the New Year is a time of reflection and resolution, looking back on lessons learned in 2014 and figuring out how to take those lessons forward into 2015. It's about leaving the bad behind and going into the New Year with a mind focussed on achieving my new goals.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Craftmas Day 19: My go-to Presents for Hard-to-Shop-For People

We all have that one friend who either has everything or you just have no idea what to get them. Here are suggestions of presents that I tend to bring out when I'm lost for inspiration.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Craftmas Day 18: Presents Wrapped and Ready to Go!

Finally, I think I'm pretty much done with wrapping. Here's a little look at a small pile of pressies!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Craftmas Day 17: A Patchwork Christmas Card

A handmade Christmas card is always appreciated. Here's how I made mine for my mum this Christmas.



Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Craftmas Day 16: Christmas Nail Art

[This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own]

This year, mum got me the Ciaté 'Mini Mani Manor' and honestly I love it. All year, I've been telling myself that I shouldn't buy any more nail varnishes because it was becoming a bit of a problem, and now here I am with 24 of them to reward me for my patience! Every day I look forward to opening up my little door to see what colour nail varnish or glitter I get, and I decided that it was time to try some of them out now that I am off school and away from any uniform codes!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Craftmas Day 14: Lush Christmas Wishlist

For the past three days of Craftmas, I've been reviewing some of the things from the Lush Christmas range that I have tried this year, but there's still a lot of things from the range that I have yet to try out. Here's some of the things that I really want to get hold of soon.

1) Holly Golightly bubble bar (£4.75 each)
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I bought this as part of a Christmas present for my friend and was seriously considering getting one for myself. The smell is just divine and from other reviews I've read/watched, it's a wonderful bubble bar as well! Not to mention the glitter I can see on it - we all know that I luuuuuuurve glitter.

2) Northern Lights bath bomb (£3.50 each)
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This smells lovely (I've had a good sniff in the shop!) and is the same shape as the Sparkler bath bomb, which one of my friends got me for my birthday. I loved that one, and I'm pretty sure that I'll love this one too, as it gives a similar effect with the swirling colours in the bath water.


3) The Melting Snowman bath melt (£2.25 each)
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Come on, you know this one's cute. Almond oil and cocoa butter make for a skin-softening, divine-smelling blend, and I'm sure that this is one bath melt that I'll definitely be trying soon.


4) The Christmas Hedgehog bubble bar (£3.25 each)
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Another lovely-smelling and adorable little thing, this bubble bar promises to soften your skin and calm your mood. I'm looking forward to trying out this little blue hedgehog sometime soon (or keep one as a pet).

5) Drummers Drumming reusable bubble bar (£5.25 each)
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I love the smell of this one - it's sweet and relaxing. I also love the fact that you can make the bells drum on either side of it by twisting it! I think that this is a good idea, especially since it's reusable so will last you for quite some time.

Have you tried any of the Lush products here? Would you recommend them? Do you have your own Lush wishlist this Christmas?

Happy Craftmas!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Craftmas Day 13: Lush Christmas Reviews and Recommendations [PART THREE]

[This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own]

PART ONE | PART TWO |

It's no secret that I love Lush. They're environmentally friendly, cruelty-free, all the products smell amazing and feel great, and the Lush Christmas collection is no exception.

Here is part three of my thoughts on a few items from the Lush Christmas range.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Craftmas Day 12: Lush Christmas Reviews and Recommendations [PART TWO]

[This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own]

| PART ONE | PART THREE |

It's no secret that I love Lush. They're environmentally friendly, cruelty-free, all the products smell amazing and feel great, and the Lush Christmas collection is no exception.

Here is part two of my thoughts on a few items from the Lush Christmas range.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Craftmas Day 11: Lush Christmas Reviews and Recommendations [PART ONE]

[This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own]
It's no secret that I love Lush. They're environmentally friendly, cruelty-free, all the products smell amazing and feel great, and the Lush Christmas collection is no exception.

Here is part one of my thoughts on a few items from the Lush Christmas range.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Craftmas Day 10 - A Tour of Our Christmas Tree

I said in another post that this year our tree featured ornaments we've collected over the years. Here's a look at some of the things that stand out most to me:

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Monday, 8 December 2014

Craftmas Day 8 - Stamped Wrapping Paper

This year to make even the paper I wrap my presents in special, I've decided to have a go at using stamps on my wrapping paper.

I bought a few stamps from East of India in a local garden centre, as well as an ink pad and some brown paper.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Craftmas Day 7 - Christmas Wreaths

For years, I've wanted to make my own wreath for the front door and I finally gave it a go!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Craftmas Day 6 - Thrifty Gift Tags

Every year, we display our Christmas cards around the house on mantelpieces, on top of dressers, on stands, hangers, you name it. And every year, when we're taking down all our decorations (sad face) my mum saves a few of the cards and cuts them up.

Brutal, I know.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Craftmas Day 5 - Handmade Christmas Garland Inspiration

As explained in an earlier post, I have lots to do schoolwise at the moment, so until the Christmas holidays I'm going to have to put off excessive crafting for a bit. However, that doesn't mean that I can't have a quick sneaky peak online at some inspiration, does it? Garlands look really festive, whether they're draped over a mantelshelf, wrapped around a banister or decorating a tree, so whatever your tastes I hope you can find something to have a go at here.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Craftmas Day 4 - Handmade Christmas Card Inspiration

Unfortunately, I've got about six major deadlines and assessments coming up in the next few weeks before the end of term to focus on, so I won't be able to make all of my Christmas cards myself this year. However, I've been scouring Pinterest and found a few little ideas that are pretty cute, so here's some inspiration in case anyone out there was thinking of making their own cards this year! It's a great idea, because people really appreciate little things like this - it shows that you've taken time and care and thought.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Craftmas Day 3 - The Christmas Tag


I saw this over at 'Amylou's' and decided to give it a go! You can read Amylou's post here.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Monday, 1 December 2014

Craftmas Day 1 - Hello December!

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So it appears to be December already. In my head it is still March (then again, in my head I am also still twelve so time has stood still for me for about four years).

Friday, 14 November 2014

Feminism


I have called myself a feminist since I knew what the word meant, and Emma Watson's speech at the UN has stirred something up to me. It's not enough just to say "I'm a feminist." It needs to go further than that.

Friday, 7 November 2014

'Five Favourites' Fridays: Music Artists

This month's 'Five Favourites' Friday is all about my top five music artists (today!) I have included the links to my favourite songs from each of them as well. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Things I want to do before I turn 18

Today's my birthday, and that means I'm sixteen. I know this is stupid, but that feels really quite old to me. When I was a little girl I used to think of sixteen-year-old girls as really, really grown up, and I guess that idea has stuck. Which kind of scares me, because I am not particularly grown up.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Baking: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Sometimes when you're done carving your pumpkins, all the stuff inside goes to waste. Here's how you can use it to make some cupcakes!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Cats in the Style of Millie Marotta

For my art GCSE, it's important that I take inspiration from artists. I'm so glad that I do, because this has enabled me to look at the work of Millie Marotta and try to do something similar. These little pieces are not actually for my sketchbook, they're just for fun, but let me know what you think! They were inspired by my two cats, Belle (the top one) and Lotte (the bottom one), as well as the work of Mille Marotta, in particular her elephant drawing.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Spanish Music

Sometimes in my Spanish lessons in school, my teacher plays us some Spanish songs. She says that they're great to help you learn the language better (and also that she'd be told off if she played music that wasn't 'educational'). As I have jotted down the names of a few of these that I particularly enjoy listening to sometimes, I thought I'd share a few with you. You might just fall in love with one of them! :3

Sunday, 19 October 2014

How To: Halloween-Inspired Bunting

I always like to try a few new ideas for Halloween decorations, and this is one that I've been having a go at recently!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Baking: Vanilla Cake Pops

Today, a bunch of my friends and I decided to watch the final of this year's 'Great British Bake Off' together. We'd been told to do a bit of baking for the evening, so I made some vanilla cake pops - and they're pink! (This is exciting okay stop judging me.)

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Songs on Repeat

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So lately I've had a lot of songs on repeat, listening to them constantly because I just love them that much. I wanted to share them with you here.

Friday, 3 October 2014

'Five Favourites' Friday: My Decopatch Papers

Over the past couple of years, I've amassed quite the collection of Decopatch papers. Here are my favourites, all of which are available to buy here.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Craftmas!

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If you spend as much time on the internet as I do, it's likely that you've seen YouTubers participating in the Vlogmas challenge: filming what they get up to every day of advent.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Why I Love Autumn

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I'm currently sat in my room 'doing homework' while wearing a beanie. The sun is shining outside, and I am messing up my hair with a woolen hat with a furry pompom on top. Why? Because I'm trying to make autumn come sooner. Autumn here will officially start in two days time, and to welcome it, I thought I'd share ten reasons why Autumn is hands-down my favourite season.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

How to: Cute, Unique Gift Tags

My mum came up with this idea for some cute gift tags that I think are super sweet - gone are the days of boring presents!

Friday, 5 September 2014

'Five Favourites' Friday: My Fabrics

On the first Friday of every month I'm writing about my five favourites in a category. First up is fabrics I own.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

My Back to School Essentials

So the summer holidays are almost over *starts sobbing quietly* and a few of my friends and I decided to stock up on supplies for the new school year! This is mostly stocking up on the stationary that seems to vanish halfway through the year (where does it go?!) but there are some other little things in there as well.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Saturday, 23 August 2014

How to: Bunting

Colourful bunting has a way of brightening up any room. You can find fabrics to fit your colour scheme, or make the colours and patterns completely random (this looks great in the garden or hanging from a caravan or tent). Here is a simple way of making some yourself. Remember that the measurements can be whatever you'd like - you can make the triangles whatever size you want and add more triangles or take some away to change the length of the bunting you're making.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Variations of my Patchwork Cushion Cover

Yesterday I uploaded a tutorial for how I make patchwork cushion covers (which you can read here), and today I'd like to show you a few variations of that to give you some inspiration for your own projects!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

How to: Simple Patchwork Cushion Cover

I've been spending a fair bit of time recently making patchwork cushion covers. I love the effect of using lots of different colours and fabrics, and thought I'd share my method here.











You will need:


~ A cushion pad (the one I'm using is 40cm x 40cm but it can be whatever size you'd like)
~ Some fabric
~ Fabric scissors
~ Tailors' chalk (a pen does the job too!)
~ Pins
~ A sewing machine (you can also sew this project by hand but it's a lot quicker to use a sewing machine if you can)
~ A zip
~ An iron

1) Measure out the squares for the patches. For a 40cm x 40cm cushion pad, I would usually use 10cm x 10cm squares, leaving about 1cm seam allowances on each edge. As I am using four different fabrics, I need to cut out 8 patches for each.


measure 10cm x 10cm, leaving
a seam allowance of 1cm
Eight patches from each fabric











2) When you have the patches, lay them out on a surface in the arrangement you'd like. This will make it easier to track your progress once you start sewing.
Lay out your patches in the
arrangement you want them
3) Take the first two patches you want to sew together. I usually go from the top left corner and work my way along a row.
With the right* sides together (*the sides you want to be able to see on the finished thing, usually the pattern is paler on the 'wrong' side), pin along one side and sew. 
Put two patches on top
 of each other, right sides
together, and pin along one side
4) Take out the pins and open up the two patches. Place the next square along on top and pin along one side again. Sew these two together, unpin and open up again. You should now have a row of three patches. Continue in this way until you have reached the end of the row.
Sew a row of
patches together
5) Iron the seams flat by opening a seam and ironing along it. This will make the overall finish much smoother and neater.
5a) Open the seam
5b) Iron along the seam
to keep it open













6) Do the next row down in the same way, and then sew both of these rows together along the long edge. Then, iron the long seam flat in the same way as the seams between the patches.
Sew the two rows together
Iron the long seam flat











7) Continue in the same way until all the rows are sewn together. This will be the front of the cushion cover.
8) Do four more rows in the same way, and then sew two of them to each other. Sew the other two together as well. You should have two large rectangles.
Two large patchwork rectangles
9) Take a zip (for a 40cm x 40cm cushion I would usually use a 36cm zip), and place it right* side down (*the side with the slider on) along the long edge of one of the rectangles. Pin this into place and sew. I find zips notoriously tricky to sew, so a couple of practice runs might be helpful if you're new to them. Remove the pins and open it up.
Pin the zip right side down
When the pins have
 been removed and it 
has been opened up, it 
should look something
 like this.














10) Place the other rectangle on top of this, right side down, lining up the edge with the zip, so that the zip will end up in the middle of the two rectangles when you have opened them up. Pin along this and sew. Remove the pins and open it up. This is the back of your cushion cover. At this stage you can sew up the gap between the two halves of the cover.
Pin the other rectangle
to the zip as well
This is what it 
should look like
once the pins a
re
out and it has 
been opened.















11) Place the front of the cushion cover face-down on top of the back. Pin along three edges and sew them together. Reaching up inside the cushion cover, open the zip, and then pin and sew the final edge. The sides that you want to be visible should be on the inside of the cushion cover and the zip should be open.
 Be sure to leave one side
open so that you can reach in
and open the zip!
12) Turn it inside out (technically the right way round!) by pulling the fabric through the open zip. If you want really sharp corners, you can use a pencil or a knitting needle to poke into the corners.
The back of the empty finished
cushion cover
The front of the empty finished
cushion cover













13) Put the cushion pad inside the cushion cover and zip it up, and you're done!
Stuff the cushion pad
into the cushion cover!
(this is the fun bit...)
The front of the
finished cushion!
The back of the
finished cushion!















Of course you can always change this method by using different measurements, shapes and so on, and if you wanted you could even adapt it for things other than a cushion cover. If you do, let me know so I can have a go too! I hope this tutorial helps you!

Thoughts? Questions? Leave me a comment!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My (completed) Decopatch Projects

These are the Decopatch projects I've completed so far, to give you a feel for the variety of things you can do and the effects you can have.

An Introduction to Decopatch

Two Christmases ago, my mum and I were sat in my aunt's living room as she showed us her latest addition to the room: some gorgeous model elephants. They were fairly small and lightweight, and covered in animal-print papers. I loved the style - the exotic feel to the colours and patterns translated well in the room - so I asked where she'd got them, only to discover that she'd made them. Of course, I wanted to know all about it, and she gave me a quick beginner's guide to something that has become one of my favourite crafts: Decopatch. She showed me her favourite papers, her brushes, the special 'Decopatch glue'* she'd bought online and some upcoming objects she was planning to revamp.

Welcome

It's official: craft is back, and honestly, I couldn't be happier about it.

Ever since I was a little girl I have enjoyed nothing more than admiring collections of buttons, fabrics, papers and other assorted crafty gems,