Why DIY?
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Why DIY?

I often get asked “why DIY?” or “why go to all that effort, when you could just buy it?“. Crafting and making things has always been important to me; from my childhood, through University and now. It’s no coincidence that I run a crafting blog! The purpose of this post is to share the main driving forces that compel me to the crafty life – hopefully it will inspire you to give it a go too. Make something unique The…

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DIY Hanging Fabric Wall Art
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DIY Hanging Fabric Wall Art

Here in the UK, the spring is just around the corner! I love winter, but I’m definitely ready for this dreary grey weather to end. Pretty soon, the rain will stop and the clouds will clear, the sky will get brighter and the days warmer – well, that’s the theory anyway! The sun will also be rising earlier, which always makes getting out of bed that little bit easier! Roll on spring! 🙂 Since the spring season is all about…

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Learning to knit
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A new challenge: learn to knit

In a recent interview with the awesome Confessions of a Refashionista, I mentioned that I’ve challenged myself to make a knitwear jumper from scratch. This might not sound too impressive, but let me clarify: I’ve never knitted before in my life. Not even close. I’m a badass with an ordinary needle and thread, or a sewing machine (yes, I said badass). But knitting? No no no, I’m a complete rookie. To be totally honest, to learn to knit has never…

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Beginners Sewing Tutorial: DIY Drawstring Bag
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Beginner’s Sewing Tutorial: Simple DIY Drawstring Bag

I remember a few years back, when I got my first sewing machine. I eagerly threaded the machine, filled some bobbins, ran a few practise stitches on scrap fabric… it felt weirdly powerful. I had at my fingertips the equipment to create more than I’d ever been able to before. I was hooked. Only problem was – I didn’t really know what to make, nor how to make it. Not ideal. So I started small; slight adjustments to clothes, little…

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DIY Leather Passport Holder
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DIY Leather Passport Cover and Notebook Holder

This post was created in collaboration with RelayRides, a car rental service with a real focus on peer-to-peer car sharing. They recently got in touch with me after being inspired by a few of my crafty blog posts. Eager to see what I was made of, they challenged me to design a simple DIY project that could be used when traveling or going on holiday. Of course, I was up for the challenge! I thought I’d go for something practical, so I designed a…

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My Top 5 Craft and DIY Tips

I was recently approached by blogger Sheri Pavlović of Confessions of a Refashionista to share some of my top tips for crafting and DIY projects. Sheri’s blog is brilliant, packed full of projects and tips for recycling, upcycling, customising, thrifting, repurposing and refashioning anything and everything into something completely new. It was great to hear that she’s also a fan of my blog and the craft projects that I’ve shared! Have a read of the full feature (including my top…

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Dexter the cat with his handmade bow tie
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Thank you & Happy New Year

So that’s that – Christmas and New Year are over for another 12 months… rubbish! I hope you all had a blast, ate lots of food and recharged for 2015. As the hangovers (or food comas) clear and we step forward into January, it’s easy to get a bit gloomy. So to raise your spirits a little, I thought I’d share some photographs of my friend’s cat Dexter, suavely modelling one of my handmade bow ties! I made this splendidly…

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The New Year resolutions of an ambitious crafter

I saw a post on Instagram the other day (sorry, I’ve lost the link!). It was one of those cheesy motivational New Year posts, saying something along the lines of: 2013 was warm up. 2014 was rehearsal. 2015 is the real deal. I don’t usually pay much attention to these inspirational quotes, but this one stood out. I quite like it, not least because it kind of applies to my situation right now… Warm up: In 2013, I began blogging…

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