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tie purse

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Whenever I’m in a charity shop, I always have a rummage through the selection of old ties. Having acquired a few of the things, I figured I should probably start turning them into stuff.


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heart balloon cushion

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What with it being summer and ice cream weather, I was wondering what to do with the scraps of ice cream patterned fabric that I had leftover from a previous cushion. I started to cut out the individual ice creams and then tried spreading them out across different fabrics. It didn’t quite work, so I cut some fabric out to back them and started trying to group them together.

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cat cushion

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Another short post to join my other cushion posts, this time with a cat pattern on the front, instead of the usual ribbons, buttons and beads.

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wallpapered chest of drawers

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I have a fear of proper DIY. I can faff around with needles and fabric and small fiddly bits, but when it comes to larger pieces, I’m not too sure of myself. So today is about a craft project undertaken by my husband, Mr Cosycrafter. Obviously, I made all the superficial design decisions, but when it came to the hand-cramping sanding and dull repainting, it was all him.

A few years ago, I got an amazing book called House Proud by Danielle Proud. She’s a master in finding old furniture and revamping it in quirky ways. One of her suggestions was to use wallpaper to decorate a chest of drawers, which immediately interested me due to a very tatty, ugly one lurking in my bedroom. It was a hideous pink and white colour, but since it had been in my room since I was a very young girl, I couldn’t  bear to get rid of it. If there was a way of hanging on to my treasured chest of drawers without nearly gagging everytime I looked at it, then I was all for it. Read the rest of this entry

gold bead cardie

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Absolutely ages ago I promised that I would upload images of another cardigan I’d lazily sewed some beads on.  Unfortunately, my degree module started and before I knew it I was sunk in a mire of endless reading and assignments.  I kept promising myself ‘craft breaks’ but suddenly crafting seemed like such a slog compared to the relative ease of pressing buttons on a remote control…

Thankfully, I’ve made it back out to continue blogging about the veritable sea of crappy items that pass for ‘homemade craft’ in my house. Read the rest of this entry

baby hamper

It’s always a special time when a new life comes into the world. I think a nice gift to make up is a little hamper with things for the baby (and the parents too if you wish).

I got my basket from Wilkinsons. It already had the fabric on the inside, so I did a quick bit of customising by sewing a ribbon bow and pearl bead to each corner.

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of pearls and cardigans

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Plain cardigans can serve a purpose, I’ll admit, but isn’t it much more fun to jazz them up a bit?

In the spirit of lazy customising, I bought a box of pearl beads and proceeded to sew a few on to the front of a green cardigan I had bought from a high street shop. As a beginner, I couldn’t think of any fancy patterns, so haphazardly put them wherever I fancied. Hurrah for laissez faire sewing! Read the rest of this entry

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