Before I began writing this blog I had my first blog Teahab. One of my most popular posts on Teahab was this tutorial, so I thought I’d also show all of our new readers over here as well! What do you think?
It has been non stop around here lately. The whole direction of my life seems unstable as if it’s been changing day to day. Sometime scary, sometimes exciting and sometimes just plain exhausting. In the past year I’ve definitely taken on more than I can handle, and I’m starting to get to a point where I’m assessing my options and weighing up what is really important to me. I’m still working on getting the balance right. I don’t know if I’m ever going to get that down. I tend to live in extreme highs and lows when I’d really just… Read More
I’m a fiend when it comes to learning new skills. The thought of taking on a new challenge and learning something different gets me out of bed everyday. I’m so lucky that I get to do this in both my (new) job as community manager for Hobzy and when writing my blog. I think it’s why I enjoy writing a DIY blog and teaching other people my skills. I want to give another person that feeling of achievement and fulfilment I get when I’ve been shown how to do something I’ve never done before. That “oh yeah!” feeling. This is… Read More
In this tutorial I’ve combined my love of anything lacey with a big old chunk of metal to toughen it up a bit, or alternatively to give hardware a lovely, softer edge… whatever you’re in the mood for I guess. This is another tutorial that uses pipe from a DIY store so I’m using up my leftovers from this tutorial along with some lace scraps, which makes this project super cheap. Instructions: Measure out and cut piece of pipe to the size you would like your ring. Ideally use a pipe cutter, and watch for sharp edges. File down all of… Read More
I taught myself to crochet around 10 years ago now whilst I was studying. At the time I was really into cross disciplinary work and I wanted to broaden my range of skills, but I found I really took to crochet, and since then I must of made thousands of granny squares for multiple uses. One of the things on my ever growing (thanks Pinterest…) list of objectives was a crochet fabric rug. They’re so easy and simple to make, and it’s a great use of that stash of fabric you are keeping because “one day” you’ll use it… USE… Read More
These sandals are inspired by THESE amazing strappy bad boys. I’m a big sandals fan. I think maybe because they always remind me of holidays and summertime. I get a bit excited each year when the weather is just about warm enough to walk around, toe baring, without looking like a crazy fool! I want to wear these everyday. Lets just hope it doesn’t rain… Instructions: Cut a strip of gold ribbon to fit the size of the strap. Using a blade or needle mark the points to punch holes going through the ribbon and into the leather. Carefully line… Read More
This is some serious hardware right here. The chain is a necklace that’s just slightly too long, but too strong for me to alter. Perfect for the bag handle. I’m one of those horder types that never throws anything away. So I have around 5 broken black leather handbags. So I decided to start using them in DIYs. Good bit of upcycling for you right there. Instructions: Cut a 30cm strip from an old leather handle or broken belt. Split the two sides apart creating a tube. Starting about 1.5 inches from the edge, use a scalpel knife to cut… Read More
This week at Checkmybox HQ we’ve been getting a bit carried away planning for our stand at Shambala Festival. Nice thoughts of making carnival themed attire sat out in the sun with cocktails in hand. All fun and games until it comes to day four of windswept, dried out, rained on (lets hope not) beer covered, spray dyed, dry shampoo overkill, crazy lady hair… no-just me? This year I’m planning ahead. I’m making like, a hundred of these, just in case, and because it’s dead easy too. ps. The sunglasses aren’t just a nod to festival sun. It was so… Read More