Hello lovelies! Today I want to introduce my awesome new sponsor: Maren from Average Pony DIY!
Maren and I actually met at university a few years ago. Back then she used to sell very cute jewellery and accessories on Dawanda (which is basically the German answer to Etsy). In April this year she expanded her business and created “Average Pony DIY”, now selling materials for making your own jewellery and accessories. The shop is still growing and at the moment also includes the cutest washi tape I’ve ever seen, covered buttons and hand-stamped labels for your handmade makes. All products are absolutely swoon-worthy and come at very affordable prices. You can make your own personalised (and very professional looking) jewellery for no more than 1-2€.
Hellooo everyone! After some server errors (sorry about that!), I’m back. Upgrading plug-ins can be annoying if they decide to break your website!
Hope you had a great week so far! London couldn’t decide between pouring rain and bright sunlight, so luckily my conscience didn’t make me feel guilty about playing stay-at-home in order to prepare this tutorial and update my FAQ page.
A little while back I recycled two leather coats into a bag for my little sister. From this project I had tons of leather scraps left and made a pair of black and silver feather earrings. I gave them to my sister (who loved them) after which my mum also wanted her own pair.
I made these cute little earrings and necklace charms for my friend’s birthday. She loves owls and books, so these were the obvious choice!
Heeeelllo! Hope you all had happy Easter holidays! Mine were awesome and I think I cannot eat any more chocolate for the next few years (I might change my mind by the end of the week). Before travelling to Germany for the holidays, I went konditorn [German for 'going out to eat confectionary like old ladies do'] with a friend (modelling the necklace above) and when we went shopping afterwards, she dragged me into an Oliver Bonas store. Man, I wanted to buy everything in there, but luckily I was out of money.
I managed to squeeze in a refashion project in my crazy busy week. While watching one of the most brainless shows on German television (it was a thursday night, guess what it was ) I embroidered the neckline of a simple grey tee I bought for £3.50 at Primark.
As you know, I don’t go clothes shopping anymore since I prefer to re-/upcycle or sew things myself. Occasionally, I go and buy a pile of basic shirts to wear under my sleeveless dresses, though. I just did this last week and bought grey, black and navy longsleeved tees.
A little while ago, I ordered some shrink plastic online since I’d seen so many lovely projects using shrink plastic.
Here’s my first go at using shrink plastic to make jewellery. I don’t really like how the bird cage earrings turned out, but I love the bobby earrings. I made them for my sister who was obsessed with them on her last visit.
It was easier than I thought, the main problem was figuring out how much the plastic actually shrinks in the end. I started working on some Alice in Wonderland themed jewellery, but I have to finish quite a few sewing projects first, before I can continue working on that
… with fabric from my stash!
Yes. I can’t believe it myself. Seems that I’m quite successfull with ticking off things from my resolutions list (so far). The sewing machine cover wasn’t officially on the list, but on one of the projects lists I have had in my head for months.
I had last Friday off (yay!) and was looking for a project that a) was neccessary, b) would be done in less than a day (no tracing of Burda patterns!), c) I could make from fabric scraps and fabric from my stash. After the cape, this is now my second project in the new year using fabric from my way too big stash.
It’s that time of the year again… So here comes a quick recap of last year’s Valentines DIY ideas and articles.
How about some cute Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards *made by me* ? Check them out by clicking on the picture below.
In case you’re looking for a cute DIY idea for your loved one – here’s one! I enjoyed making this one last year and Mr Thisblogisnotforyou loved it!
However, if you’re not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, this article might be for you.
Hi everyone! Yes – I’m still alive (and making handmade stuff)!
I was busy working and helping to prepare my brother’s wedding. My sewing machine is covered in dust and my to-sew-list keeps growing relentlessly. But while babysitting a few times a week I still get to knit quite a lot.
I’ve made two beanies, two pairs of mittens and a scarf so far. Working on socks and a third beanie at the moment. Enough wool to get started on a couch blanket is on its way
Yes, I’m still alive. And yes, I’m still busy and need to figure out my new work schedule, sewing and blogging balance. To prove to you that I’m still working hard on my 27 Dresses Challenge, I even took some pics of my Work In Progress *spoiler alert*!
But first of all I wanted to share some of the stuff I admired (and bought) at the Crafty Fox Market in Brixton last Sunday. Daniela from Ela Sews And Doesn’t Sleep invited me to come with her, which was super sweet and if she hadn’t asked me I wouldn’t have known about the Crafty Fox Market in the first place. The location was absolutely wonderful, but I forgot to take pictures.
I wanted to share something with you I made without using my sewing machine!
I love inspiring pictures and photographs and also keep collecting postcards from museum gift shops. I wanted to hang these up on the wall without having to make too many holes in the wall.
Here are three super easy and fun ways to decorate your walls with your inspiration or pictures.
I made this useing polystyrene sheets (these were left from the packaging material of our IKEA wardrobe) and duct tape.
A few weeks ago I went on my occasional shopping spree at Primark to find things to upcycle. What I found? White canvas shoes for 3 pound a pair. I was so happy that I bought four pairs. Yep, four. (I have to admit though, one for Mr Thisblogisnotforyou and one for a friend)
I still had tons of fabric paint at home (I used to paint bags and Tshirts before I bought my Marilyn (my sewing machine).
I customised a pattern using Photoshop and printed it out to use it as a template.
You probably haven’t noticed as you hopefully focus your attention on the dresses I make and not the dummy wearing them, but my dress form is now a curvier lady.
Actually, she’s got my curves as I customised my former dummy by padding her out, giving her exactly my measurements.
I don’t really have any ‘before’ pictures of her, since I normally photograph her wearing more or less pretty dresses, but I found a picture on Amazon (where I bought her April last year):
Wow, it’s been ages since the last “5 tip for the weekend” post, I know. It’s back again!
Btw, I recently noticed that some of your comments ended up in my spam folder – now I keep checking it regularly before deleting the spam comments (although that’s totally annoying…), but in case your comment went missing before I started doing that – I’m sorry! I love all your lovely comments!!! Maybe I just need to get a better spam-filter.
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“Coco before Chanel” 2009
Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend (if you had one)! Did you use the long weekend for something crafty? Well, I did. Nothing too crazy, but I got a few projects done that had waited to be finished for a while.
I was sewing up a cute summer blouse and while desperately trying to press the darts into a nice shape, I thought I finally needed to tackle the tailor’s ham project I planned weeks ago.
I found a brilliant tutorial by Kristiann (the Victory Patterns lady!) who did a great guest post over at Tilly and the Buttons. Check out her site for the instructions and the patterns.