Drifting: Where did the time go?

We’re halfway through January – half way.  These last few weeks have passed in the blink of an eye: back to work, back to the gym, back to making and blogging? not so much.  To be honest I’ve been so busy at work, and trying to kickstart a new fitness routine (I’m doing the Kaylas Itsines workout guide – it’s pretty hardcore) that the time I’ve … Continue reading Drifting: Where did the time go?

DIY: Copper and wood side table

I have been itching to try my hands at making something using copper piping for months, and the Christmas break seemed the perfect time to tackle a more demanding project.  I always think winter is nesting season i.e. the perfect time to make some changes round the house, throw some clutter away and restyle your living space.  My go to for this is making new … Continue reading DIY: Copper and wood side table

17 goals for 2017

Happy New Year everyone! Normally I use this post to go through my big old list of new year resolutions, as well as checking off my list from last year (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, realising just how many I didn’t quite manage, how many dropped by the wayside in January and how many were really just pipedreams that were never going … Continue reading 17 goals for 2017

DIY: Festive Felt Garland

My final make of the year is up on Minerva Crafts and handily it’s a no-sew last second Christmas garland! Made simply with fabric and felt, and linked together with some pretty lace ribbon from my stash, this is an easy make with lots of room to create your own design. Check out the full tutorial here and have a very Merry Christmas!!  Continue reading DIY: Festive Felt Garland

DIY: Calligraphy Giftwrap

Less than a week less than a week less than a week to go! So hopefully by now you’ve bought all your gifts, located your Christmas jumper, christmassified your house, and wrapped your presents to an instagrammable level of beauty… No? No problem. Here’s an easy DIY to give your Giftwrap a little personality. I started playing around with hand lettering and calligraphy in the … Continue reading DIY: Calligraphy Giftwrap

Christmas Jumper Hacks with John Lewis

Who doesn’t love a Christmas jumper? Whether it’s silly, stylish, scandi or sparkly John Lewis have got the jumper for you (just look at them here). Recently they invited me to a festive night of fun where we not only got our very own Christmas jumper from their collection to take home but also had the chance to craftily customise our choices – just in … Continue reading Christmas Jumper Hacks with John Lewis

DIY Festive Orange garland

This year I’ve been really looking forward to making my flat really cosy and ready for Christmas and I’ve been finding lots of inspiration in more natural decor. I spotted a beautiful orange slice garland on Pinterest and, of course, had to make my own. This garland is really simple to create and the best bit is that your house will smell amazing while you’re … Continue reading DIY Festive Orange garland

DIY: Fit and Flare dress

My latest make is up on Minerva Crafts… and this one was a right old drama!  After following the pattern initially I finished the dress and it was laughably huge (I promise I measured it properly).  I increased the seams once, twice, three times (lesson learned – if your dress is laughably huge be bold when taking it in so you don’t have to do … Continue reading DIY: Fit and Flare dress

Making Lately: Fittings and Festivities

I still view myself as a fairly new sewist – particularly when it comes to making clothes. Although I’ve got a secret (not any more mate!) aspiration to be able to take part in Me Made May I’ve got a long way to go before I can quickly and successfully whip up a new garment. I also have a bit of an issue with finishing … Continue reading Making Lately: Fittings and Festivities

DIY: Leaf brooches

This DIY came about while I was stuck inside hiding from the rain.  I love a quick project and now I’m layering up pins and brooches make perfect accessories.  What’s lovely about the leaf design is that you can adjust the shape and colours in any way you fancy – golden browns, dark rich greens, or fiery oranges… love those autumn colours!  I don’t think … Continue reading DIY: Leaf brooches

Book Review: Rag Rugs, Pillows and More

A few years back at The Handmade Fair a completely stunning rag rug wreath caught my eye.  It was made by Elspeth who founded Ragged Life in 2014 after getting into rag rugging as a teenager.  I really love Elspeth’s style and fun, colourful takes on the rag rugging technique – she’s also been on my blog talking about her favourite projects, and we hung out when … Continue reading Book Review: Rag Rugs, Pillows and More

Rings and things…

I’ve started getting back into jewellery making recently – kick started by creating lemon earrings for a fancy dress party… but that’s a story for another time… I find jewellery making really relaxing but it’s been ages since I sat down to do any.  I’ve been much more focused on sewing projects.  So when I saw that Minerva Fabrics also sell a really great supply … Continue reading Rings and things…

Pumpkin 101: It’s in your eyes…

It’s time for my final pumpkin DIY  I hope I’ve given you all some spooky inspiration!  There’s nothing quite like that creepy feeling of being watched is there… combine with some silly crafting and you get this eye-tastic beast! All you need is paint for the base and googly eyes – I had to create at least one golden pumpkin didn’t EYE.  Paint, stick and go! … Continue reading Pumpkin 101: It’s in your eyes…

Pumpkin 101: Walking into Spiderwebs

There’s just one week left until Halloween – plenty of time to transform your home into a gothic dream!  This glamorous pumpkin hack was inspired by the Sharpie Mugs trend and was a great excuse to finally use the silver paint pens that were tucked up in my Viking Arty Party goodie bag.  All your need is acrylic paint for your base colour (you could also … Continue reading Pumpkin 101: Walking into Spiderwebs

Pumpkin 101: The Glitterati

Another day, another pumpkin and the Halloween countdown continues!  This is probably one of the simplest ways to create a fun autumnal pumpkin centrepiece and all you need is GLUE and GLITTER! Drip, dribble or pour your glue over the top of your pumpkin – hell you could even create an awesome dip dye effect by painting half of your pumpkin with glue, and then shake … Continue reading Pumpkin 101: The Glitterati