Tuesday, 29 November 2011


yesterday i logged into blogger to find my reader count at 100.
now, as a self-confessed hopeless romantic and general emotional extremist, i could go on forever about how much this means to me, but i shall try and keep it brief.

basically, this blog has been a little haven during this year. i have already mentioned on twitter several times that i believe this to be the worst year of my life to date. however, the optimist in me can find a positive for every negative- and this blog is now one of those positives.
i love being able to write about all my diy's and hopes and general ramblings of my day, and i genuinely think that this blog has pushed me into keeping creative as much as possible. i've finally started the journey into my own shop, and as small as it is now, i plan to keep building on it all the time.
the fact the so many people now read and comment on here is just mind blowing- i've said it before, but being able to meet people through blogging is definitely the best part. i've started talking to so many amazing people and think that you're all awesome- so thank you.

i hope that wasn't too much for anyone! i'll be posting again very soon with a new diy- i've been making craft clay christmas ornaments and they're taking longer than anticipated to dry!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

catch up

sorry for my little disappearance this last week. thank you to everyone who commented on my last post, i really appreciate all of your words. 

things have been pretty busy lately, a feeling that i associate with christmas time- although i am now making bits for the shop as well as all my family's presents. i wanted to post about what i've made for them, but i have a sneaky feeling that my lil sis reads my blog & then the surprise would be ruined! 
i've also been working on a few commissions of this snood that i posted about. i've been debating putting it up in the shop as a special order- they take me a long time to make so it would be on a pre-order basis... let me know if anyone is interested. 
the scarf in the top photo is one that i made for j about a month ago now, it's about 6 feet long!
i've also been collecting boxes for the last few months, and have started wrapping them in christmas paper for everyone's presents. i thought it was going to be an easy task, but it's actually pretty fiddly! hopefully the effect will be worth it- i'm trying to find some pretty shredded tissue paper or something similar to go inside so if anyone knows where i could find some i'd be very grateful! 
and lastly, just a quick snap of my nails at the moment- plain and simple, but such a perfect colour. 

Sunday, 20 November 2011


to my beautiful simba, 
thank you for the most amazing 10 years.
thank you for keeping my toes warm, and sending me to sleep with your snoring. 
thank you for making me laugh, for the cuddles and kisses, and for always making me feel better.
thank you for being a part of our family, you were our little brother, and we won't be the same without you. 

i will love you forever x

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


i'm going home to the isle of wight for a few days.
if you follow me on twitter, you'll know that my cat simba has gone missing. i need to be there to try and find him, and i need to be with my mum. 
i know there are people out there who probably think it's a bit extreme- if you do, then i'm guessing you've never had a pet. 
he's my best lil buddy, and i need him to come home and keep my feet warm over christmas.

in other news, i've added the new christmas cross stitches to the shop. any orders placed in the next few days will be sent out as soon as i get back.

and another thank you to the lovely michelle for doing the most amazing post on "i am hand-made" over on her blog. easily one of the sweetest girls i've met through blogging, everyone should read her blog :)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

christmas crafting

these cards are based on this amazing idea by my lovely friend sam over at polka dot dreams. her tutorial is really good & her luggage tags look awesome. i'll pretend i was going for a more child-like look with my trees- j actually commented that a child could have done better, but hey ho. plus, as sam pointed out- who doesn't need an excuse to eat some chocolate for materials sake!

i've also been working on some christmas ideas for the shop. this is the first one, and i'm actually really chuffed with how it looks- i think it would look perfect hanging on a tree or over a fireplace at christmas :)

Monday, 7 November 2011

shop update

i've updated the shop with lots of goodies that i've been making over the weekend. 
antique lace & button brooches and hairclips, and sleepy phone/ipod cozies :)
these are one-off pieces all made from antique and recycled fabrics, so once they're gone- they're gone! 

Saturday, 5 November 2011


dress:camden market top(underneath):h&m tights:gift from mum boots:new look coat:asos

i literally just finished taking these photos of what i was planning to wear to the fireworks tonight and my fireworks buddy has text and cancelled. annoying!

ahwell. i'm gonna float around the flat in this beautiful dress for a while and then admit defeat and hop back into pj's. mum bought it for me on that trip to camden and whilst i know that there are a million different animal print style pieces out there, this is definitely my fave. 
the tights are another pressie from mum. i'm most likely to be seen in dark & neutral colours, but every now and then i just have to have something ridiculously bright- enter perfectly autumnal mustard tights :)

and finally, a sneak peek of my new winter coat from asos. i'm particularly fussy with coats, my main issue being that all the ones i love never seem to have hoods- what is with that?! i adore hoods, and since moving to brighton i have vowed never to risk using an umbrella again- they're just too lethal in coastal winds!
anyway, this coat was part of asos's 50% off winter warmers deal that they had running on their facebook page. i've been hunting for months for the perfect coat in charity shops, and whilst i'm not admitting defeat just yet, this coat is definitely a good substitute. am i the only fusspot when it comes to coats?! 

i have some exciting news to share soon, and i'm also trying to fit in making new pieces for the shop- if you follow me on twitter you may have seen some little snippets :)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

sweet dreams are made of this

just a little d.i.y to help ease the pain of migraines and a bad nights sleep. the fact that it's reversible is an added bonus :)
what do you think? are you a fan of eye masks? 
(i honestly didn't think i'd ever use one, but i'm pretty much in sleep-heaven now!)