January 30, 2015

Fall For DIY Mollie Makes Takeover!

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If you’re a regular reader or follow me pretty much anywhere online you’ll probably already know that I took over Mollie Makes Instagram and Pinterest last week. It was such fun! Hello to all you guys who might have found out about this little blog through the takeover. It’s a massive pleasure to have you here! You guys are ace.

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Throughout the take over I posted a few pictures of me putting some of my crochet skills to good use. I love an evening spent under a blanket stitching away but I always set my goals to high and tend to give up on projects before they’re completed. I have so many odd granny squares lying around somewhere! That’s why I love these projects in this months Mollie Makes magazine. They are quick projects that are easy enough for a good Netflix filled afternoon crafting from which you will come away with a gorgeous finished item you can actually use!

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I also feel as if I really learnt a thing or two from both of these projects. I’ve definitely improved my skills. I’m planning on making many more of these hexi coasters and who knows, maybe one day I’ll have enough for that blankets… maybe.

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The crochet jar cover has given me the perfect home for all my crochet hooks. I really need one because I can never find one when I get the crochet urge! Does anyone else have this problem? It’s got me off to a great start working on all the ideas I’ve been Pinning on the Mollie Makes Takeover Pinterest board. I’ve been collating every useful organisation make I can find over there. Take a look if you need some lovely storage ideas of your own.

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January 29, 2015

DIY Dotted Wall Clock

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The clock face is definitely experiencing a comeback right now. I’m in dire need of a beautiful large face watch with a lovely beige strap. You know, if anyone reading just happens to make/sell them and wants to send one my way… I’ll take lots of pretty Instagram pictures… please!? Oh well,  shameless request over with. In all seriousness I really do love the new contemporary patterns and designs popping up on our time pieces in the past few years so I couldn’t resist giving one a go.

I’ve never done anything with clock mechanisms before so I decided to play around with an old clock and take the whole thing apart. This was actually loads easier than I was expecting it to be so if you’re wondering how you can get your hands on a mechanism try getting a clock second hand or a very cheap new one and taking it apart. Look out for hands that are clean and in the colour you prefer as they are the all important part that will be showing.

So, down to the real business here. How to make it! Pop over to Design*Sponge and see my latest contributor post on how to make this DIY Dotted Wall Clock from just a few easy to find materials.

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January 28, 2015

DIY Mark Jacobs inspired Pretzel Earrings

Fall For DIY and Brit+co Mark Jacobs Inspired Pretzel earrings

I’m absolutely loving foodie accessories at the moment. These DIY pretzel earrings are inspired by a gorgeous Mark Jacobs earring design that are now sold out! You can’t even buy them anymore. Fear not, because you can whip these little treats up in no time at all for a fraction of the price. Always a bonus! Then team them up with this Donut Necklace for the perfect sweet and savoury combo.. a little overboard, really? Ok. Alternate them instead.

You can find out how to make these earrings using the tutorial I wrote over at Brit+Co. YUM!!

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January 27, 2015

DIY Bright Tipped Faux Antler

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I’m a little late to the antler party. Living with the vegan boy means decorating the house with animal parts (for want of a better word) is pretty much a no go. Even though I always loved the natural aesthetic of stag antlers and animal hide it weighed on my conscious and it’s just something I don’t think I could live with but when it comes to making faux animal accessories I’m totally on board! But I’m guessing that doesn’t surprise anyone here, and while we’re at it why not make it a little more colourful?

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Materials:

  • Air dry clay
  • Paint
  • Masking tape
  • Water

Instructions:

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1. Using wet hands work a piece of air dry clay into a long point to create the main body of the  antler. Smooth cracks in the clay as you go.

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2. Make several of these in various lengths. These will be the branches so the bigger the antler the more you’ll need to make.

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3.  Blend the branches onto your base horn. Use water to create smooth joins and add extra clay to give the joins a realistic, organic look.

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4. Attach all the branches along the main piece coming off at different angles.

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5. Smooth down the whole piece sealing up any cracks in the clay.

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6. To get the antler to stand in position hold it in place and gently press onto the base to give the clay a flat surface to sit on. Think about how the antler is balancing to create a base that is sturdy.

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7. Leave the clay to harden over night. Once it’s dry lightly sand to create a smooth surface.

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8. Tape off the tips and paint in your favourite colours. Once the paint is dry peal back the tape.

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I’ve used my antler as a ring holder but you can decorate with these or create really cute coat hooks with them… I really want to do this now I’ve just thought of it! Where’s my clay?

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