Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Eight & Sixteen in September

I can't believe I'm writing up a round up of Eight & Sixteen September posts already - where has this month gone?!
This month saw our first Readers Projects post, and it's been awesome having tweets and emails full of crafty makes that readers want to share. There's nothing like spreading the creative love :)

If you're interested in submitting any of your creative makes - whether based on one of our DIY's or not, then feel free to email or tweet us!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

We're Getting Married #2 - DIY Cactus Terrariums

This is definitely the strangest DIY post I've ever written, for a few reasons. For one, potentially this DIY won't be finished for a whole year (!) and for another, slightly more worrying reason, I have no idea whether it will even work. Eek.

Anyway, I've decided to go ahead and write this post in good faith, and I guess even if it all goes horribly wrong then this post might act as a warning to anyone else who wanted to attempt it.
Fingers crossed though eh?!

So, I found these demijohns abandoned outside of someones house a few months ago, and despite them looking pretty grim (I almost uploaded the before photo, but couldn't quite bring myself to!) I knew that they just needed a little tlc. A few washes and a scrub with good ol' fairy liquid fixed them up, and then I started plotting about how to use them.

Table decorations for the wedding seemed like a good a place to start as any, and my thoughts soon turned to creating terrariums.
The thing is, every other example of a glass terrarium has involved a much wider opening at the top, but I'm hoping that after the initial awkwardness of filling the jars, this won't be a problem.

I filled the bottom of the jars with a layer of stones (collected from the beach with J!), followed by a layer of soil that I had to funnel in with a rolled up piece of paper.
I then used a knitting needle to get into the jars and even everything out.
I'd bought an assortment of cactus seeds which I divided between the three jars, and again used the knitting needle to mix the seeds into the soil; I have no idea whether this bit worked as the seeds were tiny!

And for now, that's it! The jars are now sitting on the sunniest windowsill in the flat, and with instructions not to water them for several months and an expected two months before anything could happen, I really am clueless as to how this DIY will turn out!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Crafting: Crochet Make Up Remover Pads

I've had this amazing pattern for crochet make up remover pads bookmarked for a while now, and coupled with evening films and TV shows, I've started building up quite a collection.

As I'm trying to spread my ethical ethos towards clothing into as many other areas of my life as I can, these crochet pads are total winners. I use cotton pads almost every day, and in all honesty I'm a little ashamed that it's taken me so long to come up with a reusable alternative (I keep telling myself it's all a learning curve!).

My crochet skills are really basic so it took me a few goes to get this pattern right, but now that I have the hang of it (and since taking these photos!) I've added half a dozen more pads to the pile.
The wool is all leftover from previous projects and is 100% cotton so super soft, and I love that I can now just throw these into the wash and reuse them over and over again - big thumbs up!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Green Man Festival 2014


All photos marked * by Davy Evans

It's already been 3 weeks since Green Man; I miss it so much!

Camping with friends, napping in fields in the most beautiful setting, hiding from the rain, excessive layering, dancing to new music, and that buzz that just surrounds you. It's magical.

Though there were some unfortunate lowlights (food poisoning at a festival is pretty much my worst nightmare) the highlights outweighed them by far.
New discoveries include Angel Olsen, Mutual Benefit and Hockeysmith (pictured above) who were all awesome and have found themselves in my day to day playlists.

Absolute favourites were First Aid Kit (v.blurry picture above!) who played an amazing set and shared a particularly beautiful moment with the crowd singing along to Emmylou, along with Beirut, Nick Mulvey, Sharon Van Etten and countless others.

It was such a beautiful festival in every way, and watching the Green Man go up in a sea of flames and fireworks on the final night was a perfect way to end it. Maybe see you next year?