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DIY Twine and Wood Christmas Star Decoration

It’s the last week of November; Christmas is very much on its way! For most people, that means mince pies, Christmas movies and putting the decorations up. For me, it means festive crafting! (alright, it also means those other stuff too…!). Last year, I began the Seasonal Crafting Challenge, my new Christmas tradition. It’s a challenge I set myself to create an extra special decoration every Christmas and every Halloween, so that I’ll build up a great handmade collection over…

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in DIY + Crafts, Halloween, Halloween

DIY Decorated Halloween Pumpkins

Is it just me, or are decorated pumpkins everywhere this autumn? I’m loving this trend; it’s a refreshing alternative to traditional pumpkin carving – not to mention, much less messy! I had a lot of fun with this DIY. You can let your imagination go crazy with paint, marker pen, decoupage, Washi tape, embellishments… whatever you want to make your own decorated pumpkin! Here’s a few mini pumpkins that I’ve decorated… let me know what you think. 🙂 Washi Tape…

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in DIY + Crafts, Other

DIY Hair Pomade

I’ve had the idea of creating my own hair pomade in the back of my mind for a while now… and I’ve finally found a chance to give it a go! Traditionally, hair pomade differs from hair wax in that it gives a more slick and shiny appearance. Just think of the classic slicked back hair styles of the 1950s (or the somewhat more wacky ducktail, pompadour and quiff!) – these looks were commonly achieved with hair pomade brands such…

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DIY Insomnia Eye Mask
in DIY + Crafts, Sewing

DIY Insomniac’s Eye Mask

I’m a bit of an overthinker. I like to be productive and busy, I always have something on my mind, I don’t like wasted time and I’m forever writing lists. Like many overthinkers, I also suffer from occasional bouts of *gasp* insomnia. I’ve tried all the usual tricks of falling asleep (for example, these and these). Some of them have worked, some of them haven’t. However, one of the really simple things I find helps me to nod off, is…

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DIY Customised Leather Notebook
in DIY + Crafts, Leather

DIY Customised Leather Notebook

My previous DIY tutorial for a leather-bound notebook continues to be one of my most-viewed projects (thanks to everyone who’s reading!) – so I thought I’d follow it up with another leather notebook DIY. This one’s a bit simpler, as it starts with a pre-made notebook and just involves customising it. What you’ll need A leather notebook (or faux leather) Leather awl Waxed thread What to do Choose what you’re going to write or draw. Initials? A quote? Geometric patterns?…

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Handmade bow ties
in Life

A Bespoke Wedding

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I run an online shop selling handmade bow ties. (If you don’t read my blog regularly, then you now know this too!). In addition to this, I also welcome bespoke bow tie orders. A short while ago, I blogged about my first wedding order! Well, the official photographs from the big day have recently been delivered to the bride and groom – and they’ve kindly emailed some to me. Doesn’t it…

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in Life

Faux Taxidermy

As I’m sure many of you have noticed, there has been a real growing trend lately towards faux taxidermy. Taking inspiration from the 18th century fashion of displaying stuffed/mounted animals within a home, faux taxidermy is a modern take on this traditional activity. I’m really not sure how I feel about conventional taxidermy, when it is used decoratively (ie outside of museums or similar). Part of me finds it pretty grotesque to mount a dead bear head on a wall,…

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