Friday, 31 January 2014

DIY: Washer Necklace


I finally jumped on the metal hardware > jewellery bandwagon! I made this necklace a few weeks ago as a little birthday present for Lauren and thought I'd share the DIY with you.

I'm sure you've seen tons of varieties and ways to make them, but here's how I did it:


Tip: Make sure your ribbon is much longer than you want the finished necklace to be, then trim to size once the washers are in place :)

Super fun to make, and I love the combination of the hardware and ribbon - I think they'd look great with hex nuts too.


P.S. This is my last blog post before moving flats - eep! I'll be back soon :)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Crafting: Hexagons


Remember how I said I keep switching from wanting to get crafty and then falling into a creative slump? Well, knowing that I should be packing instead has also been a big factor, but I just had to do something to keep my crafty mind happy.

So, hexagons. I know, I know. Crazy quilt lady in the making over here; I already have another blanket planned for this year but it's a secret - shhh!

I never thought I'd be into the whole hexagon style of quilting, but damn these are therapeutic to make. I've been pretty under the weather the last week with a nasty ear infection too so they have quickly become my new best friends.
In preparation for moving I've gone through my entire fabric stash and sorted it all out which left me with a nice little bundle of scraps perfect for these guys. I've been whipping them up in the evenings (accompanied by Orange is the New Black!) with no idea why I'm making them or what I'm going to do with them.

Any ideas?! I'm definitely not planning to make anything big with them, but there's got to be some way I can mix them into a small crafty project... answers on a postcard please :)

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Baking: Thyme Biscuits


These are a perfect snack for the afternoon; served with cheese, chutney and a little bit of salad - yum!

Ingredients:
• 100g Plain Flour
• 50g Butter
• 1tsp Salt
• 1tbsp Thyme

Method:
• Mix together all ingredients in a bowl and add a few tablespoons of cold water to make the dough smooth.
• Wrap the dough in foil and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
• Preheat the oven to 180°c.
• Roll out the dough on a floured surface to around 5mm thick. A trick I learnt recently is to use a sheet of baking paper on the worktop with a light dusting of flour; this makes working with gluten free dough so much easier.
• Use cutters or a stamp to cut out your biscuits, then place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
• Bake for 20-25 minutes.


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Rambling


January is long. Not trying to sound like a negative nancy or anything, and I know it's the month of resolutions and positivity, but I just don't get on with it. It drags!

In three weeks we are uprooting our home of two years and moving to a new place. I'm excited, nervous, stressed, devastated to be leaving the sea view, excited to have an outdoor space, worried about moving pixel, thrilled at the thought of having a desk space... etc. etc. It's exhausting!

I've predictably written tons of lists, and even floor plans to try and help me feel on top of everything. I also spent last weekend sorting through and cleaning out my things in a "New Year/Spring Clean" fashion. Now that's a part of January I can get on with.

I keep switching from having bursts of creative energy and frantically sketching up ideas and things to make for the new place, and then plummeting into those moods of not wanting to leave the sofa and whatever book I'm currently reading.

Whilst the rational side of my brain wins out and I know it makes more sense to make a creative mess once we've moved, you can keep up with my scrambled thoughts on pinterest. Anything goes over there at the moment - from floor cushions to gardening plans!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Crafty: Issue 10


Just a quick post today to show off "The Perfect Clutch" kit featured in this months issue of Crafty magazine - how cool!

Crafty have a competition running for a lucky winner to get their hands on the kit created by Duck & Duffel so go and get entering!

Don't forget you can buy the PDF pattern as well as the kit HERE.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Books to read: 2014


Here we go, another year of books to read!
I scraped through my Goodreads challenge from 2013 and read my target of 20 books - yay! However, I did avoid a few books that I shouldn't have (Wuthering Heights I'm looking at you) so I really need to make sure I plough through those this year.

The books above include a few Christmas presents which I'm super excited to read, and the bottom 3 are books that lauren gave me far too long ago. I'm determined to get through these and then pass them on - I really need to keep a check on which books are worthy of a place on my over crowded bookshelves!


I've also crammed my iPad full of options - many of which I've chosen based on Erin and Jennie's recommendations.
I love seeing what everyone has added to their shelves on Goodreads; it's such a good way to discover new books :)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2014


Here's to a year of creating, adventuring, growing, learning, achieving, listening, making, reading, living, laughing and most of all, loving.