Making lately: Tees, Trips and Trainers

I don’t really understand where the last month has gone.  I’ve been so busy with work, and life, and hens, and birthdays, and a glorious trip to Florence (bragging) that I was again caught off guard with the deadline for my latest make for Minerva Crafts.  Why do I do this to myself???  This month I continued my tops theme with a simple V-neck top … Continue reading Making lately: Tees, Trips and Trainers

On top of the world in Viscose

I’ve just ticked a bunch of new skills off my list and I’m feeling pretty darn smug about the whole thing.  It all began with my latest make for Minerva Crafts – as I always I spend most of the month umming and ahhing about what to make and then I make a bunch of snap decisions and spend an afternoon sewing at top speed … Continue reading On top of the world in Viscose

DIY: Tie Dye Tea Towels

I love having colour and pattern all over my home. More more more is often my motto but as we slowly journey toward buying a place of our own I’ve started thinking about a cleaner more paired back design aesthetic. Which brings us to TIE DYE – or more specifically grown up tie dye. So grown up tie dye – what does that even mean? … Continue reading DIY: Tie Dye Tea Towels

DIY: Geometric coasters just in time for Mothers Day

It’s almost mothers day -that annual opportunity celebrating how excellent mums are everywhere!  I’m a bit of flowers convert for mothers day (normally accompanied by a card that’s a pleasing mix of sweet and sarcastic!) but I do love a handmade gift.  This year Homebase, with the creative help of Jane from Tea & Crafting are leading the march for homemade momentos for mums everywhere with … Continue reading DIY: Geometric coasters just in time for Mothers Day

My New Rock Lobster dress

It only took 6 weeks but finally my new dress is complete and I’ve blogged about it over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.  The fabric is a casual crab and lobster print and I am really really pleased with it.  Because I had so little weekend time available to sew I made this across a few sittings on various evenings and the odd sunday … Continue reading My New Rock Lobster dress

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

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

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

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