Monday, 5 October 2015

DIY Round Up

I've been so inspired by the incredible online craft community recently. There are so many amazing people creating and sharing beautiful things, so I thought I would tell you all about my current favourites. First up comes from one of my all time favourite blogs, 'Studio DIY'. If you need a quirky and fun fancy dress outfit she's your gal, she also provides the goods on the crafty front. I absolutely love this rainbow dog lead. I think I know what Olive is getting for Christmas...

I've also included a DIY from the lovely Caroline at 'Burkatron'. Her blog is full of great DIY projects for the home. I've also tried her DIY clay planters recently and they went very well. She's got amazing style, and I could scroll through her Pinterest all day. I love this vinyl clock, I've been looking for a good DIY clock for a while as I've got a big blank wall in my kitchen that's calling out for a new creation. 

I love this funny little tote bag from 'Fall For DIY' and definitely need to give it a go. Along with all her unique and style DIY tutorials Francesca from 'Fall For DIY' has just launched 'We Make Collective' which is an online trend materials kit and creative community. Definitely check it out if you are crafty, or looking for the perfect gift for a creative friend. 

Last but not least, are these knitted planters from Mollie Makes. They are featured in their new book and I think they are super cute. I'm currently propagating about 15 succulents so I'm going to need plenty of these beauties when they grow big and strong. 

What are your favourite craft projects at the minute? Leave me a comment and let me know! I love finding new blogs and ideas from like minded people. Happy Crafting!

Friday, 2 October 2015

DIY Paisley Shirt

From left to right: River Island, Miss Selfridge, Topshop

I have been absolutely loving paisley print recently and it's been scattered all over the high street. Above are some of my favourite pieces that I found, especially the mustard skirt! I wanted to add a little paisley number into my wardrobe and I found some lovely fabric down at my local market so I thought I'd give sewing a shirt a go. 

The shirt was probably the most complicated thing I've made so far. There were about a million pattern pieces to keep in order, but with a lot of time and concentration, I managed. I learnt lots of new sewing techniques, like sewing a collar, sleeves and cuffs. It is a bit of fiddly garment to make, but totally worth it if you fancy a new challenge. I've actually gone on to use my shirt pattern to make a mustard cord shirt too. Lovely stuff! 

Has anyone else sewn a shirt before? Leave your links below if you have. I'd love to have a nosey!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

How To Crochet A Flamingo

This has been a project that has been travelling with me over the past month. It's been from Leeds to London (and back again), to Dorset and Nottingham. I am so happy to have finished her, as she's my second crochet project for me to complete. We were contacted by TOFT to see if we wanted to have a go at a crochet project from their new book 'Edward's Menagerie: Birds' by Kerry Lord. The book contains 40 birds to crochet and are grouped by difficulty and include step-by-step technical guides for beginners. This book is perfect for all crafters with varying abilities. You can also crochet all the birds in different sizes, meaning you have 160 feathered friends to create. 

I think my favourite thing about this book is the quirky descriptions of all the birds, you learn all about their personalities which really makes them all come to life. I chose to crochet Sophia the flamingo with gorgeous TOFT Alpaca yarn in their sophisticated colour palate. I can't wait for my next feathered friend to fly off my crochet hook, I've got my eye on Alan the Magpie. 

If you want to get yours hands on this lovely little book, just head over to the TOFT website. You can also get all of your yarn supplies there too. I think these little fellas would make super cute Christmas presents, so I best get cracking really! Let me know if you give any of them a go! 
Happy crocheting!