I love Elycia's style. She is brave with her outfit choices, which is really inspiring, and she always finds the most amazing and unique dresses that are super flattering. Check out her blog here http://www.loveelycia.com/ All the pics are from her site.
27 February 2012
26 February 2012
- Been loving reading this lovely blog post from Jenny and the Magic Feather. (one of my new very favourite blogs) Such pretty photos, and she managed to make a normal day at home sound really interesting. Cool idea too, I will have to give it a go at some point in a future post. (Pic source from the same link as above).
25 February 2012
So Tuesday was Pancake day. Here's how to make perfect pancakes...
Mix up batter, pour into lightly oiled, hot frying pan...
The perfect finished specimen
Add toppings, we went for classic lemon and sugar, but threw in some 'crazy' options such as orange and maple syrup!
Stuff into mouth until belly just about to pop! ahhh! (then mostly feel soooo sick from pancakes you simply cannot look at another one until this time next year!)
Mix up batter, pour into lightly oiled, hot frying pan...
Cook on one side, then flip....
21 February 2012
This weekend I had some lovely spare time and no particular plans so I decided to make something pretty for my bedroom. The room has the cutest little window, however it doesn't look as nice as I would wish. Making some new curtains is high up on my crafty projects list. But I thought an easy, quick way to brighten the window up would me to make these hanging felt stars. (By the way I do apologise about the photos on my blog, I have only got my camera phone so far, and I am still learning in terms of photography skills, so bear with me!)
For this Crafty Adventure you will need...
- 2 large squares of felt, in different colours if you wish
- Star shaped cookie cutter, or you can make your own from a paper template
- Black embroidery thread
- Sewing needle
- Fabric scissors
- I started by deciding how many stars I wanted on my hanging, I went for 5 stars. I therefore cut out 10 stars from my felt, 5 red and 5 white. I just drew round my cookie cutter using a pencil which marked the felt nicely. Do keep your stars close together to save on fabric, and I always keep felt scraps for tiny details that may be needed for future projects.
- I then cut a long length of embroidery thread and split it, so that I was using 3 strands for my sewing. The stitch I used for these stars was blanket stitch. To do this stitch firstly push the needle into the fabric, a few millimetres from the edge of the star from back to front. Pull the thread through but leave about 1 inch tail at the end. Push the needle through again, from back to front through the same hole, ensuring that you catch the tail end to secure it in. Again push the needle in from back to front, but this time move the needle a few places to the right and pull the thread though. Just before all the thread is through, when you still have a little loop, tuck your needle underneath the loop, from front to back and then pull thread tight. The effect is rows of neat stitching with a little running line along the edge of your stars. It is a useful stitch as it seals in the edges if you are using fabric that frays badly. Always try to get your stitches of equal distance apart to make your work nice and neat.
- A good tip when trying to teach yourself new stitches, whether sewing or knitting etc. is to use You Tube. I just type into the search the name of the stitch I am looking for and it will bring up loads of really good tutorials. I always find it much easier to learn from watching someone doing something than reading about it.
- I used blanket stitch to stitch together a red and white star. Complete all 5 stars and then sew them together with equal lengths of thread to make the hanging. You will only need a couple of stitches to secure the thread onto each star. Again ensure you catch your tail ends to secure your stitches.
- I then made sure I had an extra long thread at the top of my hanging so that I had enough to tie it onto my curtain rail.
I hope you enjoy making this crafty adventure, please do leave me comments if you have made your own, and I would love to see pics!
20 February 2012
19 February 2012
- Been enjoying a beautiful Valentine's day evening with my Mark. See my post here for more info and pics.
- Been loving this article... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2101933/Englands-lost-Downtons-Or-endless-homes-ended-bypasses-office-blocks-golf-courses.html (pic from here too) It is all about the lost stately homes of Britain. I find everything about the aristocracy in this country so fascinating, and I think it is really sad that all these beautiful old houses have been knocked down now. But it just makes the ones we still have all the more precious and it is soooo important to preserve them for future generations. The article is advertising THIS BOOK which is now on my Amazon wishlist.
18 February 2012
I ABSOLUTELY love Tatty Devine, have loved them for a very long time, since the first plectrum necklaces. They have never made anything I don't like and if I had lots of money I would go to their shop and buy it all. Of course eveything I wear goes with a Tatty necklace and I wear one each day. Hope you like looking at my collection.
16 February 2012
So Tuesday was Valentine's Day and I cooked my Marky a lovely candlelight meal with lots of his favourites. And of course it was another excuse to make some cookies. I do find there is always an occasion for baking cookies! I bought some new heart shaped cutters, in 5 different sizes for the occasion and decorated them in silver sprinkles and glitter. I will share my fool proof, amazing cookie recipe in a future post.
I was very lucky and got a lovely card, red roses and ice cream in return!
14 February 2012
I have a lovely evening planned for my Marky, sooo excited!
Have a beautiful day, whatever you are doing! x
I am a HUGE Kat Von D fan, loved her since she was in Miami Ink, then of course watched every single episode of LA Ink, got all the DVD's and her 2 books. (stalker alert! hehe) I think she is great, and has amazing talent. It is one of my many ambitions to get a Kat Von D tattoo. I think she always looks great, I might not actually want to wear most of her outfits myself, but they look good on her! Check out her website HERE.
(Pics are all quite old and mostly just from typing 'Kat Von D' into Google, so have not got original sources, sorry! I know it's naughty and I do not do this anymore, these old pics were already saved on my computer.)
13 February 2012
There are SO many wonderful things and places to visit in my little city of Carlisle. This is going to be the first in a blog series showcasing the best this fine city has to offer and the many things I love about it. This weekend my mum and I spent a lovely day browsing round the shops, visiting the local museum, lunching and generally having a lovely day together. I was very surprised to hear that she had never been in one of my very favourite shops, an old, quirky, secondhand bookshop called Bookcase. It really is an amazing place. There are so many little rooms to get lost in and it's all housed in such a beautiful old building. I love the smell of old books! Be sure to visit if you are in Carlisle!
12 February 2012
11 February 2012
I recently spent hours scanning a lot of old family photos. I love these tiny little old photos of my grandma, they perfectly capture her romantic sensibilities. These photos are so delicate and some of them are torn and tatty, it scares me that they might get lost or damaged so I wanted to ensure that they were saved forever. I have lots of these photos so I will share more in future posts.
8 February 2012
For Christmas I got my first, very own sewing machine. My first project was a Maisy cushion. I have a HUGE obsession with all things Maisy and could not resist this fabric in a little craft shop in Cambridge, all the other fabric was just patterny and floral but tucked in the side was some Maisy fabric, it was FATE! I did let out quite a big girly squeal! So here are the steps I followed to make my cushion...
- Bought my cushion pad and laid it on the fabric to judge how big to cut the cushion. Always make sure that your fabric is bigger than the cushion pad to leave room to sew onto.
- I then cut out 2 identical sized squares of fabric.
- I bought some ribbon for the edging, just regular, thick ribbon and I folded it over. I then pinned it round the edge of one of my squares of fabric, to the Maisy side of the fabric. I then used my machine to firmly sew the ribbon on.
- I then measured a length of ricrac round my cushion and used pins to help me secure it in place. I then used the machine to sew this onto the square of fabric. It was certainly a test of my machine skills to keep to a very straight line, especially on the thin red ricrac.
- To finish off the detail I sewed pretty buttons onto the corners. I did all the detail before I made the cushion up, this just make it easier and gives a better finish to the cushion as all the messy ends are hidden inside.
- I then put the fabric squares together, Maisy sides facing inwards and pinned them in place.
- I used the machine to sew right round the squares. I went along slowly, ensuring that I stuck very closely to the lines where I sewed my ribbon on. Going over these lines would mean not being able to see the ribbon edges.
- I left one edge part open to enable me enough room to put in the cushion pad.
- After the sewing was complete I turned the cushion right side out and checked all my edges.
- I then ironed my cushion so it was all neat and lying properly.
- I then stuffed in my cushion pad and hand sewed the open edge neatly trying hard to hide my stitches as I went along.
I am super pleased with the finished cushion, It is a perfect 'Jo' cushion and contains so many things I love, Maisy, bright primary colours, ricrac, ribbon, polka dots and buttons. I am also just very pleased that I completed my first sewing machine project successfully. My cushion now sits pride of place on my little sofa in my little loft flat.
7 February 2012
6 February 2012
I have kept a scrapbook for years and years, I love cutting out pictures from magazines of looks that I love. When I need some inspiration I always go back to these books and they never fail to make me happy and full of ideas. (I will share some pages from these books in future posts.) I will never stop scrapbooking, I'm old fashioned, I think I will probably always prefer 'real' books and magazines over websites and digital copies but recently I discovered Pinterest and goodness it is addictive! So Pinterest gives me a place for my digital images and my scrapbooks for my printed ones, so all in all double the pretty pictures collection! Yeah!
So my second Style Crush is Fearne, I have been collecting pictures of her in my scrapbook for a while, I just seem to love everything she wears, great mix of rocky, and girly. Hope you like the pics! And check out my Pinterest.
(All these pics have copyright logos on them back to their original sources, most have been found on celebrity, newspaper or gossip websites, but as they are quite old images I no longer have specific website sources - sorry!)
5 February 2012
- been discovering a great new blog. I love it when I find a great blog that appeals to me aesthetically but also content wise. Meredith seems super nice, and how she is using her blog to boost her self confidence is really inspiring. (Pic is from http://onesheepishgirl.blogspot.com/)
- been drooooooling over the new Tatty Devine Fine collection. Check it out here: https://www.tattydevine.com/shop/by-product/collections/fine.html (Pic is from this site too). I have been a massive Tatty Devine fan from the beginning, the new silver stuff is super exciting!