Our DIY Wedding

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OUR DIY WEDDING

When we got married in May we tried to make as many things as possible ourselves. This included most decorations, flowers, music, some of the food and last but not least, my dress (and hair & make-up). This allowed us to create everything exactly as we envisioned it and also save a lot of money. It took a lot of time and nerves. Although we had the help of friends and family, I did most of the projects myself, which was exhausting at times, I’m not gonna lie. So here are some of my favourite DIY projects for our wedding.

Wedding Accessories: DIY Floral Hair Comb

DIY Floral Bridal Hair Comb by thisblogisnotforyou.comOur wedding was almost 100% DIY, and so was my hair and make-up and some of the accessories. I did not want to wear a veil, but wanted some sort of bridal hair accessory matching our theme and my dress.

So today, I’m sharing a super quick and easy wedding DIY and will show you how I made a floral hair comb in just a few minutes. You can make one for yourself or your bidesmaids or one just to wear to the next summer garden party.

Refashion it! Golden Vintage Dress to Embellished Crop Top

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Hallöchen, ihr Lieben!

Hope you’re having a great week so far! I’m starting to get a bit stressed by the wedding preparations, especially with things involving the dress. A blog post was long overdue, though, so I’m trying to squeeze this one in between all the fittings and muslins and whatnot.

This is a really quick refashion project I wanted to share with you. It’s a loose-fitting embellished crop top I made from a dress that the Mr’s grandma gave me a little while ago. (scroll further down for before pics!).

DIY Star Wars: The Force Awakens Christmas Sweater!

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A quick word about the sweater I used for this project. It’s, what a surprise, handmade! This is the reason why I got the Agnes pattern in the first place! I wanted to have a simple shirt pattern that could easily be turned into a sweater.

I added about 2cm to the sleeve and bodice pattern pieces and also squared down the bodice for a looser fit. The close fit of the original pattern would’ve been unsuitable for the lettering. I always find it somewhat weird to have bold lettering right across the bust if the shirt’s a tad too tight. I used a slightly heavier jersey knit fabric in taupe which I bought in a little sewing café in Germany last winter.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Knitting and Sewing Souvenirs from Iceland and the Faroe Islands

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Honestly, after a couple of weeks of vacation and laziness, it’s hard to get back into crafting, photo-editing and blogging mode.

So as not to overwork myself I’ll start by sharing some of my souvenirs from Iceland and the Faroe Islands with you! Apart from two books these were all sewing or knitting related (of course!)

Icelandic and Faroe WoolFirst of all, the wool! You won’t find many craft shops on the Faroe Islands, but when you find one it’s a knitter’s dream! Most people live on sheep farming and as you can imagine, Faroe wool is pretty awesome. I bought a 100g ball of 100% sheep’s wool in a natural colour in a little shop call Igloo, in Torshavn, the capitol of the Faroe Islands.

Sew Cute To Cuddle [Book Review]

Sew Cute To Cuddle review by thisblogisnotforyou.comHi everybody! Today I want to share with you a book that I pre-ordered on Amazon a couple of weeks ago. And since I got it last month I’ve been making plush animals!

And if you’re asking whether making plush animals is different from making clothes: Oh my, yes it is! But more on that later.Sew Cute To Cuddle review by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The book “Sew Cute to Cuddle” by Mariska Vos-Bolman includes 12 easy soft plush animal patterns and step-by-step instructions to make them. The book came out 8th September this year, so it’s basically brand-new! The patterns are full-size and in the back of the book. All you need to do is copy them and then cut them out, some bigger pattern pieces will also need to be glued together.

Paper Ball Decor: Recycling Book Paper

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book paper ball decor by thisblogisnotforyou.combook paper ball decor by thisblogisnotforyou.com1. For the book paper balls get some old book from the flea market or your own shelves. Draw a circle onto the paper using a glass/jar/cup and tracing it with a pencil.

Say Hello to Average Pony DIY!

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Hello lovelies! Today I want to introduce my awesome new sponsor: Maren from Average Pony DIY!

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony

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€.

Make Your Own Soap!

Make your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comAhhh, our flat smells heavenly! One of the many benefits of making your own soap. I love making soap because you can create the perfect soap bar with your favourite fragrances and ingredients. And, believe me, picking up the finished soap bar for the first time and smelling it is such a bliss!

You can make soap-making as easy or hard as you want. I decided to go the easy way, inspired by the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess and bought a goat’s milk soap base. If you want to make soap the hardcore way you can create your own base; there are some fab recipes out there. But it’s much more complicated and you will need a lot more ingredients. If you are trying to make soap for the first time, I would recommend starting with a melt-and-pour soap base. Make your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comMake your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comMake your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.com

There’s a tree branch in our living room. Let’s hang it on the wall.

tree branch wall decor by thisblogisnotforyou.comThere’s a tree branch hanging on our wall. At first I was afraid this thing could attack me by falling down, but I didn’t (so far) and I love it. Here’s a selfie of our shabby couch with our new (not so new anymore) roommate.tree branch wall decor by thisblogisnotforyou.comI found this nice little guy when I went running after a day of stormy weather. Out of pity I picked it up and carried it home. I thought Londoners would be used to so much weird stuff that they’d ignore this, but they stared anyway.  (The branch is about 1.5m long, our couch is just so big, that it makes it look tinier than it is)
tree branch wall decor by thisblogisnotforyou.comMr Thisblogisnotforyou was a bit surprised but was willing to help me find a place for it. We hung it on the wall with two small nails and a few bits of string. tree branch wall decor by thisblogisnotforyou.comI was planning on decorating it with white mini origami cranes and just hung this necklace there for the time being. But we liked this so much, we kept it like that. tree branch wall decor by thisblogisnotforyou.comIt has a great effect and it’s such an easy and really simple DIY decor project. I love tree branches because I love wood. That’s probably why I chose to live in a place with this:tree branch wall decor by thisblogisnotforyou.comAnd…this:tree branch wall decor by thisblogisnotforyou.comThis hole in the floor has eaten so many pins that I stopped counting. And a battery. But it hasn’t stolen any of my chocolates yet, so I can live with it.tree branch wall decor by thisblogisnotforyou.com

DIY Leather Feather Earrings

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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.

DIY Lace Collar Necklace (Oliver Bonas knock-off)

DIY Lace Collar Necklace by Thisblogisnotforyou.comHeeeelllo! 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.

Refashion it! The Bambi Shirt & Tips for stamping fabric

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hand stamped Bambi tee by thisblogisnotforyou.comhand stamped Bambi tee by thisblogisnotforyou.comI recently bought a white tee and refashioned it for my best friend’s birthday (yes, the one who also was lucky enough to get a made-to-measure bridesmaid dress for Christmas!).

I bought a tiny Bambi stamp on Amazon. I have loads of textile paint left from the time when I spent my days stamping totes and tees (pre-sewing machine days!) and used a basic black paint for light fabrics which I bought in Oslo years ago. This paint is tried and tested many times and I know that it lasts forever without loosing its colour.
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Refashion It! Embroidered Shirt – Super easy project for ‘refashion beginners’

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Hi there!

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.

Shrink plastic earrings

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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.

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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 🙂

I finally made a cover for my Marilyn…

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… 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.

Valentine’s DIY ideas

Free Printable Valentine's Day Card by thisblogisnotforyou.comHi everyone!

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.Free Printable Valentine's Day Card by thisblogisnotforyou.com

 

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!

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However, if you’re not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, this article might be for you.

Pretty in pink: handmade owl mittens and a beanie

handmade knitted owl mittens by thisblogisnotforyou.comHi 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 🙂

Crafty Fox Market & my October WIPs

Kayleigh O'Mara

Hi everyone!

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.