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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DIY Christmas Jumper
in Christmas, Christmas crafts, recipes and festive inspiration!, DIY + Crafts, Mens Fashion, Sewing

Simple DIY Christmas Jumper

One of the unavoidable clues that the festive season us upon us is the mass of Christmas jumpers popping up everywhere! The high street, the supermarket, on television, photos on Facebook, sometimes even at work… everywhere! To celebrate this growing trend, I had a go at crafting my own DIY Christmas jumper. Well, I say “Christmas” jumper, but the tree design I’ve created would be great to wear through the autumn too (meaning I can get a few more months…

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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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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
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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
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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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