Monday, 20 April 2015

Flow - Book For Paper Lovers

For my birthday this year I felt so spoilt and received such lovely presents from my favourite people, one of which was this incredible book from J.

Flow is a beautiful quarterly magazine that I am dying to get a subscription for, but they also release special editions such as this Book For Paper Lovers which is in its second issue.

It's impossible to encompass how awesome the book is in just a few photos, but I tried to pick out some absolute favourites.
The styling is just amazing, and the huge book is packed full of DIY envelopes, illustrations, invitations, stickers, colouring in pages, gift cards, flags, pull out scenes, postcards, wrapping paper... the list is endless and every single page is just perfect.

I cant wait to get stuck into using the book although I know I'll have the initial fear of ripping into it! It really is a beautiful collection of work and crafty/stationery goodness and I know it will sit proudly on my desk for a long time to come.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Birthday Snippets

This past week has been amazing and super busy, so today I'm curled up on the sofa with Pixel and reminiscing the day away.

I've always loved having a birthday around Easter time as it usually means I get to see my family a little more and last weekend was no exception.
On Wednesday I woke up to a beautifully wrapped stack of presents from J and spent the morning in a wonderful birthday haze. We then went for an amazing lunch at Food for Friends - their food is always top notch and I'm always in awe of the amount of gluten free options.
Bellies full, we wandered down to the beach for an afternoon snooze before heading up to London to go and see Matilda. The book is one of my all time favourites and I re-read it a lot as a child as well as watching the film, so I was a little nervous about seeing the show. It was very different, but I really enjoyed it and absolutely adore going to the theatre anyway so it was always going to be fun!

After such a great day, the rest of the week was just as good and involved lots of catching up with friends, eating too much and nattering away to my hearts content. I love days like these <3

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

DIY: Makers Gonna Make Tshirt

I know I've said it before but I'll say it again; if you're ever in a creative slump, just grab a plain old tshirt and a fabric pen and get doodling. It works wonders.

I've seen a few different DIY's using this crafty ode to Taylor Swift and thought a tshirt would be perfect for it - it's quick and simple to do, but be warned you'll be singing Shake it Off repeatedly whilst wearing it.

First, draw out your chosen quote onto a piece of paper using a felt tip pen. Stick this to a cutting board and place inside your tshirt.

I used a vanishing marker to outline my letters - this is optional but made things a lot easier.

Working over the vanishing marker I filled in the letters using a fabric pen. It was fiddly trying to keep things neat working on jersey, but working slowly and not dragging the pen across the fabric helped. Once finished, iron to set the ink in place...

...and then proceed to dance around to T.S. This is a DIY that's totally good for the soul!