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
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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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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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My First Wedding Order!

    As I’ve mentioned before on my blog, I run an online business selling bow ties. Well… last week I received my first ever wedding order! A couple contacted me, requesting 12 bespoke bow ties for their big day. I was absolutely delighted to help them out! After some discussion as to the fabric they would like, I custom made all 12 bow ties to their specification (including a double layered groom’s tie and 2 children’s ties). I was…

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