First granny square

A granny square is a popular choice for beginner crocheters as they are pretty, easy to do and fairly quick projects.

I finally got round to attempting one myself and am extremely pleased with the outcome. I introduced new colours for the first time and have a head filled will pattern writing ideas!

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I am using DK yarn while I am still practising and getting used to this skill but I can’t wait to get some finer cotton to work with. Hopefully this will help me achieve a crisper finish with finer and professional detail to my projects.

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No more ‘nothing to wear’

The sun has been making a lovely appearence recently encouraging me to go shopping for new spring/summer wardrobe goodies. I’ve spent way over what I should have done but I am in love with my new pieces.

Following my start of year clear out of clothes in an attempt to have a more minimalist wardrobe, I have been more fussy and selective with what I purchase. I no longer buy for a future non-existing occassion and I wear my new items as soon as possible to prevent me from hoarding new with tag bits that end up on my ebay!

Because of spending too much I have decided to start photographing my clothes and possible outfit ideas. I will collect these and print them to make a handy outfit bible! This will encourage me to be more creative with how I partner up items, love my clothes more and save money by upcycling what I already own. So far I have been amazed at how changing one thing about an outfit can transform it!

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This gorgeous dress cost me £8 in the George sale. I love everything about it and as it is navy blue the colour combinations are endless making this a new staple piece for my wardrobe.

This little project has also identified my style. I never thought I had a particular dress sense but actually I am quite girly and romantic. I love floral prints, light floaty fabrics, simple designs like shift and a line patterns and I love a good elasticated waistline. This will come in handy for when I do go shopping as it should stop me from buying bits that just aren’t me.

With this collection of pictures I will never have the excuse of having nothing to wear!

Rag Lights

My scrap fabrics have got out of control and I need to clear some, but I can’t bring myself to bin things I know I can recycle and reuse.  A quick search on Pinterest found me this mini project which turned out to not be so mini!

All you need is some Christmas lights, strips of fabric long enough to tie a single knot, and patience.

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A little tip: Although it might be tempting to have nice and neatly cut strips of fabric, this really goes look nicer when it has a little bit of variety in size and texture. Don’t cut away the fraying edges either!

The Season of Red, Green and Tartan

I have seen a lot of ‘#DIYDecember’ which has been really inspiring and got me excited about different ways to keep myself busy in my free time.

This week I thought I would try the classic salt-dough decorations. It was such a quick and easy project which really got me into a happy mood. Just getting my hands into the sticky dough, rolling and kneading felt so therapeutic, I recommend it to everyone.

There are so many recipes to follow online and suggestions for cooking or microwaving. I thought I would just improvise and see how it goes.

1 cup of table salt
2 cups of flour
1 cup of water

I kept adding water and flour until I got a nice tough consistency which I then rolled out and used cookie cutters to create shapes!
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They almost look good enough to eat!

I made a lot of trees because I like Christmas trees – of course. After spending an hour painting them, I thread a nice tartan ribbon through (the choice was hard to make thank you HobbyCraft). So now I have a cute DIY Christmas Tree alternative to Bunting.
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I hope some of my craft posts might inspire others to make some projects and get in touch with their crafty sides this  December.

 

No Sew Bunting

This was tonight’s mini project, completed in 30 minutes.

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Sometimes the thought of getting the sewing machine all set up and spending ages cutting materials to make bunting is just too daunting and a quick no sew project is perfect for quiet evenings in.

To make this you will need:

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Scissors, hemming web, lace or ribbon, string, any fabric for the base triangle but preferably a cotton as it’s easier to work with, another fabric to add a different dimension to each flag.

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Start by cutting 6 or more triangles (mine were purchased pre-cut for this project – lazy I know!) and cut the equivalent amount of decoration fabric in strips.

Lay the hemming web on the flag and place decoration fabric on top. Iron on a high heat setting – I find no steam works best. Iron on the front and back to make sure it is well attached. Trim edges to fit flag.

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Add a layer of lace or ribbon again with webbing, fabric glue, or use self adhesive decorative tape. Trim to fit edges.

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Use mini pegs to attach each flag to some string and you’re done!