A Sunny Afternoon Read… ♥

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A good few months ago, I got given the chance to join in the excitement of this special edition magazine.  All thanks to Shimelle Laine (who is guest editor of this particular edition and runs a wonderful papercraft blog), I was very lucky to get behind the scenes and see what it takes to create such a beautiful magazine, as well as doing some contributing myself. Let me talk you through it, before you go and head to the shelves!

Mollie Makes is a magazine full of DIY tutorials, interviews with fellow designers, craft templates and overflowing with ideas from the kitchen to decor to presents. If you love to get your hands tangled in colourful thread and a glittery mess, then its definitely for you. Every month it is full of different things and new people, so your brain is always getting refreshed and inspired. In between months, you can follow their blog and Pinterest, so you are never without creativity!

In this Special Edition, it is all about photography! Now, if you’re like me who loves to snap away at every moment but always looking for more, its definitely a read. Not only does it cover the technical issues when it comes to photography, ie. lighting, it takes you through how to use vintage cameras for home decor or how else to use a photo instead of placing it in a simple frame, featuring many freelance crafters. What I like about this, magazine the most, is you really feel you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take a decent photo and thats a great message right? Every person can take a beautiful photograph with the right techniques. It doesn’t use complicated jargon or ridiculously long words. In simple photo steps, you are told everything you need to know!

If you are feeling the itch to go and purchase a copy, you can find it from newsagents, such as WHSmiths and if you can’t see it on their shelves, they can order you a copy. However, if you wish to do it from the comfort of your own home, whilst drinking a cuppa’ then check out My Favourite Magazines.

I guarantee you won’t be dissapointed!

Tutorial Tuesday: Handmade Treasures ♥

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My room is filled with tiny things, craft embellishments, random art supplies, those things I bought from Hobbycraft that I felt I needed but actually didn’t, and so much more! I always find them when I’m looking for something else and feel bad that I never put them to use. Here are just a few ways I decided to use them for and I hope you can get some inspiration to dig round your craft box (or in my case, a caravan) and make the most with what you already have!

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Who said dollhouse furniture was good for just decorating a room? Why not make a ring? There are so many dollhouse supplies out there these days. You can find tiny icecreams, hot dogs, cups, shoes, hobby equipment… and I think they are great for adding a personal touch on something. Here I have a cup, saucer and a silver, adjustable ring. All I used for this was super glue to hold all the items together and a very stable hand!

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These adorable earrings are so easy! I bought the earring attachments on Ebay ages ago. With a pair of jewelry pliers, slightly open the attachment hoop and hook your item on. Once applied, close up the hoop and you’re done! Always make sure that they are facing the right direction, so you don’t have two ‘lefties’ or two ‘righties’… It can be a simple mistake, trust me. And lastly…

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This idea would make a lovely embellishment on a tote bag or a garment! ie. a denim jacket. What you can’t see here, is the part that the popper would pop into, is on the back of the saucer. You would then sew the actual popper part onto where you wished it to be placed. I have to admit, I had trouble keeping the popper to stay in place, but it was nothing super glue couldn’t sort out!
The ‘with love’ is a scrapbooking embellishment I found, a long with a rose. However, the rose didn’t fit quite right so I went with the text instead. It already had a peelable sticky back, meaning I didn’t have to worry about how to apply it.

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Whatever you find in your house and say you don’t need, always double check with yourself and really think of how you could use it. Even with things already used, why not try and re-use them? Turn them into something else! When it comes to the imagination, anything is possible!

It’s a… ♥

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Today I am doing something a little different. Today is ‘BLOG-HOP’ day! Last week, I got a lovely long email from Kirsty Neale, regarding taking part in this ‘blog-hop’.

What is a blog-hop? Well, its simply hopping around loads of different blogs every week, that have been personally invited to take part. Its such a wonderful way to get the blogging network connected, and to share such brilliant work! (Also, to meet new people and to keep blogging very much alive!) Yay for the blogging world!

You can check out the lovely lass that invited me, Kirsty Neale, on her blog Ginger And George. Kirsty has recently released a book, Hoop-La!: 100 things to do with embroidery hoops, which I had the absolute delight of working for and has an upcoming book due out in a few months time! Her work is very much ‘all things craft’ and is definitely for you if you believe in cute creatures and embroidery. You shall also find on there, her blog hop post, along with 3 other bloggers for you to check out. Its a very back & forth type thing, however I believe that adds to the fun!

I hope you have just as much fun following this round, as much as we have taking part! Below you will see the bloggers I invited, and I very much hope you will take the time to have a look, as they are all so wonderful and amazingly talented!

So, here we go…

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1. What am I Working On?

Currently, I am working on making an awesome career for myself! I can’t say I am doing some kind of HUGE project or working for a upcoming designer, because I’m simply not. (Unless, I count myself as the designer, then yes I am!)

I recently took on the challenge of making a dress, with a zip! Normally I skip all dress patterns that involve some kind of technical sewing. But, I wanted to push myself harder and thought a zip would be a good way to go… Can I get the zip in right? Of course not! Nevertheless, I shall not be defeated.

In September I shall be attending Bridalwear Summer School. My next, massive step into becoming a freelance Dressmaker! Until then, I shall be constantly working on my sketchbook and getting as much inspiration for my collections.

Over the last few months, I have done work for some really wicked people and I love that I’m constantly talking to new people from all over the world. You can look out for an article I did in the latest issue of ‘Mollie Makes’ magazine and please check out my previous work on www.shimelle.com.

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2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

I always try to make my work stand out from the others out there. I always try to produce a unique creative solution; depending on the project. I constantly push myself to learn new skills so everything I do has my own touch on it.

I rarely settle on one style of work. I think thats what makes me stand out a little, every project I do, I do differently! Whether it be the photography/the style… I don’t see the point of sticking to one way of doing things as after a while, you get bored of it yourself – and thats not what you want!!

Over the last year, I have had the best teacher showing me the ways of the internet world! As well as showing me that you can do what you love, she’s taught me too learn as much as I want, teach as much as I can and proudly show it off however I wish!

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3. Why do I write/create what I do?

The same reason as anyone else who does something they love. I love doing it! I love everything about it. The process, the creating, the creation, the feeling of achievement and it getting recognised. The sharing part is definitely one of my favourites as you get a sense of pride and am like ‘yes! I made that!’.
Everything I make, I do because I want to. I may of seen it elsewhere and wish to re-create it or an idea pops into my head and I then turn it into something physical. Enjoyment definitely plays a massive part!

I’ve always know that THIS is what I want to do with my life. Being creative, hands on, bringing handmade goodness back to light, showing everyone that you don’t have to have a boring job to make a living! Whatever your dream job may be, make it happen.

The whole reason for doing this today, is not only to introduce you to my blog, but to show you other bloggers that I love and want to share! So, enough chatter now and I leave you with these three darling people.

imageAbigail Beach is a student studying at Durham University. She used to be a paper scrapbooker but with the demands of a student life and budget she has turned to digital memory keeping. She loves documenting the everyday, rejoicing in the ordinary and trying out all sorts of crafts. She writes about this at Creating Paper Dreams. You can also find her on Instagram as @abibeach.

image Anna Fazakerley is dotty about crochet, jewellery making, sewing and more. She love to design and crafting is an extension of that. Anna is constantly adding to her list of things to make and learn. Blogging about crafty life is a great way to document the journey to look back on. You can check out her blog, Dotty Doily & follow her on twitter.

image Lindsey Portas lives and grew up in Essex with her family and creates her work in her extremely cluttered bedroom. She studied BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design at the University of East London and is graduating in November. She now hopes to find a job within the printed textile design industry whether it specialises in digital print design or screen printed design. Please check out Lindsey’s website where you can find her blog, twitter and pinterest.

You can see their ‘blog-hop’ posts on Monday 9th June. Make sure not to miss out! 

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Tutorial Tuesday: Summer Bunting! ♥

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Summer is on its way with a heatwave this weekend! So, whats the best way to make the most of the sun? Garden parties, BBQ’s and good ole’ fun! Today, I’m going to show you how to create a simple bunting to give your garden that summer pick me up!

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For this you shall need as many fabrics as you wish! (A perfect way of using up scrap fabrics). Ribbon or lace to place your triangles on and a bunting template.

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Place your template on fold of your fabric, and pin. By placing the template on the fold, when you cut you shall get a lovely folded triangle, which you will need to keep it in place once hanged.

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Cut carefully around your template.
Do this step and the previous for all your fabrics. You can cut using straight scissors of funk it up a bit by using patterned shears! Give it a bump effect or a pointy effect!

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Once you have cut all your triangles, you need to start putting your ribbon/lace in the middle of each triangle. Be sure to measure the space in between each triangle to get a even finish. Pin down the ribbon.

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Time to start sewing! Simply start from the top of the edge of the triangle and sew round. Do this for each of your triangles and they will all be safely kept in place.

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And there you have a beautiful bunting, perfect for all your garden occasions and looking wonderful in the sunshine!

If you wanted to personalise, you could add letters to each bunting, creating a name or word. You could embellish it a bit more with pegs and hang photos/decorations off of it or for the night time, wrap little fairy lights around it – giving your garden a summery glow!

Weekly Event: Hair Competition! ♥

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When I sign up to do something, I always regret it straight after but can’t bring myself to pull out. This leaves me in a bit of a pickle, right? However, this time, as scared as I was, its definitely something I won’t forget!

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I’ve always heard of hair competitions and know a few people who have done one in the past, but still wasn’t sure what to expect. Even the lovely lady I was doing it for had no idea. (Kind of reassuring knowing I wasn’t the only one!).

The day started with each stylist and model in front of a glass mirror, setting up their stations whilst eyeing up the competition. I have to say, I didn’t realise how competitive I am until that moment. As soon as we were all given the go ahead by the judges, it was a rush of who could get to the sinks first! Luckily, we won that part! Hour and a half later, all the models, including myself are all dressed, hair styled to perfection and make up smoothed on, ready to go.

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What came next is the part that nearly made me RUN! I had to catwalk…
I’m not one for posing, showing off, strutting my stuff at all. I feel the fact that we all got choreographed beforehand really added on the pressure, not forgetting that it was in front of quite a big audience! eek!
About 30/40 of us all queued in a tiny space backstage, all shaking with nerves, praying we didn’t fall over.

Despite it being quite a nerve wracking experience, I’m definitely glad I said yes and need to say yes more often to everything I’m given the chance to do! Whats the point in turning something down because its scary? It gave me so much confidence and a little life boost!

Next time someone says ‘hey, wanna do me a favour?’ or ‘I’d love to do this, would you be up for it?’ instead of letting those anxieties take over, take control and say ‘yes!’

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Weekly Event: Pick Me Up! ♥

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This Saturday (3/5/14) I got taken to a ‘Pick Me Up‘ – a Graphic Arts Festival. As I am not a graphic designer myself, it was nice to see for myself what it truly is and to discover new artists.

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The exhibition was based in Somerset House, Londons host to a whole variety of wonders from film festivals to ice skating. This festival ran over a course of three weeks with different events happening every day and weekend. Some days would host workshops for budding designers, talks for the studying designer and always members around for the people who don’t know much when it comes to graphic design aka, me.

The day I went was the start of ‘Childrens Weekend’ & I worried that it would be full of children creating havoc, high on paint fumes and wacky drawings – luckily, I was proved wrong. There was still a very ‘adult’ atmosphere and at no point did I feel like I didn’t belong.
Some exhibitions you go to, you can feel a divide between people and I’m normally the person staring at a painting with a thoughtful face, when in actual fact I have no idea what I’m looking at. Everyone seemed very welcoming and up to talk to you if you had any questions or thoughts.

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I really felt it was a great exhibition. It certainly wasn’t boring. The amount of colour that surrounded you definitely put you in a happy bubble.
I think what made this exhibition stand out, was the fact that as well as being able to look and observe artists work, some artists would want you to get involved with letterpress machines or let you watch them work. You wasn’t restricted by barriers or have security guards watching over you, you felt completely free to really get involved and take a closer look at what was in front of you.

Over one floor were lines of stools with the artists work and the artist themselves. The variety of creativity stood out brilliantly. You could pay to get a drawing done of yourself by a ‘mystery artist’ in a photobooth, or have a photo taken in cardboard cut out frames; all designed by the designers themselves. And most importantly, a cute tea/cake part in the middle, to rest your bursting imagination.

It definitely was an eye opener for me. There is no limits when it comes to design and if you have an idea, create it how you want it. Every style is different and its constantly evolving. Don’t Hold Back!

 

paper: pretty paper. true stories. {and scrapbooking classes with cupcakes.}: Sewing with Alice:: The T-shirt

Check out my ‘Simple T-shirt’ blog post on www.shimelle.com!

Thank you!

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paper: pretty paper. true stories. {and scrapbooking classes with cupcakes.}: Sewing with Alice:: The T-shirt