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Christmas Stars!

Happy Friday lovely people! Eek it’s only 24 days until Christmas! Now I don’t have a whole-lotta space to decorate so I’m all about some small glittery little decs this year. And this week’s dec is super simple to make and the perfect combination of glitter and homely cuteness.

First up decide what shape you want to make and make a stencil out of card before cutting it out on some felt. I used a gorgeous glittery white felt.

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I then sewed a shell button into the centre to add to the shimmeryness.

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Then add a loop of ribbon to the top of your decoration before using a blanket stitch in wool to secure the two pieces of felt together. Once you’ve sewn around half way add in some stuffing to the middle before carrying on and finishing off the blanket stitch.

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And there you have it! A little sprinkle of subtle Christmas!

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All my love,7

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

 

That Christmas Feeling

It is less than 6 weeks until Christmas! Eek can you tell I’m excited?! This time of year is one of my favourites, the crisp winter air, snuggling up on the sofa with a hot water bottle and mermaid blanket whilst watching The holiday and Home Alone. Candles lit, lights dimmed, the Christmas decs up. Family and friends popping in and out, the smell of mince pies baking and crazy times with mum on the sherry!

Much to my disappointment mum and dad have not yet decorated our family home! Apparently it’s way too early. So this week’s blog is of a Christmas craft made for last year. I love how sparkly it is, plus I just love anything with buttons on!

I brought these plain cardboard letters in Hobbycraft.

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I first decided on a colour scheme, I chose some lush Christmassy ones, and then painted the letters with 2 coats of paint to ensure that the colours were nice and bold.

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I then started to arrange the buttons in a colour order before using a glue gun to stick them into place.

Then all that’s left to do is decorate your home!

All my love,6

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

Memories…

Hello November! I’m pretty sure these months are getting shorter, either that or i’m getting old and time is disappearing! There are only a couple of months left until Christmas which means it’s officially OK to talk about it, right?! This week I’ve finally gotten around to doing some scrap booking and putting photos from my travels in photo albums. This got me thinking about starting some handmade Christmas projects. So this months blog is all about how to personalise a photo frame, perfect for a wedding or Christmas present.

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For this you will need a photo frame (I got this lush one from Sass&Belle), Shells and a glue gun.

First of all arrange your shells in a pretty manor. (Make sure that the beach is not protected before you collect your shells – for an extra special wedding touch collect shells from the wedding beach for an even more memorable touch).

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The next part is a little fiddly! I might have burnt my finger tips a couple of times, but use your glue gun to position and stick the shells to the frame.

And there you have it an adorable present! 5

All my love,

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

A Little Bit of Glitter!

Happy Friday Everyone! This week has been a little cray cray to say the least! And what better of a time (sorry that’s terrible English – please forgive me, I’ve just finished a night shift!) to decide to cover your room with glitter.  Why is it that whenever I use glitter I manage to coat everything in a vague vicinity – including myself – with a layer of sparkle! Now before I dive straight into this weeks craft, I must introduce you to the latest addition to my succulent family! Meet Gertie! Isn’t she a beaut!

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Anyway for this weeks craft be prepared to get covered in glitter! To start you’ll need PVA glue, glitter, masking tape, a paintbrush and some kind of glass bottle or vase. First up section off the part of the vase/bottle that you want to cover in glitter.

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Then smother that section in PVA glue before pouring glitter over it. I left the bottom bare so that it didn’t stick to the table after!

Then let them dry before peeling the tape off slowly to (hopefully) leave a nice straight, neat finished edge to the glitter.

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And there you have it! Super simple and a great way to give a dreary day a bit of sparkle!!

All my love,6

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

Fabric Photo Frames

Hello October! Well didn’t you sneak up on us pretty quickly! It’s been a little bit of a busy week but I am pleased to say that I have officially started my Christmas shopping! It is after all only 80 days until Christmas day (Eek)! So with that in mind I have been thinking about handmade present ideas. This weeks craft is how to upcycle an old photo frame.9.1

I brought this padded photo frame from a charity shop but the material is a little old and in need of a little update. This way you can change the photo frame to match your colour scheme or room. I started by separating the front of the padded frame from the back, this can be a little tough and can need a bit of gentle force to make it happen!

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Once separated carefully remove the material from the foam padding.

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Then select a piece of fabric that you love and cut it to size – slightly larger that the padding. Draw around the central space within the frame.

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Take the material and cut into the corners of the centre. Then start to glue the back of the padding. I used Copydex fabric glue.

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Starting with the inside of the frame start to fold the edges in and stick them down. When it comes to the corners leave them until last to stick down.

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Having applied more glue underneath, then fold the corners over and stick them down.

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Using the same glue, cover the frame backing before applying this to the back of the padding. Hold together until secure.

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And there you have it! A super simple present idea!

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All my love,9.1

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

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Pretty Little Ears!

Bonjourno! Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have had a lovely week! 

I had the absolute pleasure of attending a dear friends wedding in Cyprus last Friday (hence no blog post last week)! It was so beautiful and I had the most amazing time dancing bare foot in the beach sand!

 

Here is a pic from the lush day! Aren’t they the most gorgeous couple!

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I was feeling super summery in the sun and started thinking of these adorable earrings that I made my sister last summer and thought I’d share them with you. They are super simple to make too!

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All you will need are some pretty flat backs, a glue gun and either blank earrings or hair clips.

Select the flat back designs that you want to use and use your glue gun to stick it to the blank earring. Then make sure to let the glue dry thoroughly before you start using the earrings.

And there you have it! It really is that simple and makes such cute little gifts! Hope you all have a lovely week!

All my love,

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

 

A Happy Little Upcycle

So last weekend was a whole heap of fun! Those of you who know me will know that other than crafting my other love is Obstacle Course Racing! I just love mud! And last weekend my usual OCR buddy Jo and I introduced some of our other friends to all the glorious mud that the Nuts Challenge offers! And it was pretty epic! They all absolutely smashed it!

Here are a few pics from the day…

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Now in contrast from all that mud, this week’s craft is super pretty! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while and finally had a spare afternoon to give it a go. All you’ll need are some empty glass bottles or jars and some acrylic paint.

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First of all give the bottles a good clean and if necessary give them a soak to remove all the sticky labels.

Then over something you don’t mind getting paint all over, pour some acrylic paint in the glass bottle, gradually swirling the paint around the bottle, until the entire inner surface is covered. Then turn the bottle upside down and allow to drain. I have learnt today that you need a lot less paint than you think you do to cover the inner surface you just have to be patient and wait for gravity to draw the paint down around the bottle.

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Then allow the bottles to drain and fully dry for around 12 hours or so.

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Then fill them with beautiful flowers!!

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All my love,

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

 

 

 

Hello September!

Well can you believe it’s September already! Where is this year going?! It’s crazy how time flies and before you know it this is my 26th Blog post! I have honestly loved doing these blogs so far but to say it’s been a breeze to come up with new ideas would be a tiny bit of a lie I think! I love the creative challenge it brings each week but for some reason this week I seem to be a little creatively inept! So for this week I have taken things right back to basics. Combine a good old bit of wax candles and watercolour paints and you have a little super simple craft that takes me right back to my childhood.

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First you gather some water colour paper using a wax candle like a pen, create a design on the paper.

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Then using the watercolours paint over the page and gradually watch your picture come to life!

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I love the way the wax repels the water colour.

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I hope you have an amazing start to September!

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All my love, 6

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

Happy Hair Ties!

Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week! I have been busy blogging and packing today as a couple of friends and I are off for a little weekend trip to Bournemouth this evening. I have never been a light packer, (I inherit that from my mother!), and this occasion is no different! Whoops!

So this weeks blog craft is how to make these adorable hair ties! They are super cute and really easy to make.

First up, all you’ll need is some elastic, a needle and thread and some pretty fabric.

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I then cut the elastic to around 17cm long, and the fabric approx. 30cm long and 5cm wide.

Then fold the fabric in half length ways and good sides together. I then hand sewed down the length of material.

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Once sewn, then turn the fabric in the right way.

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Then attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and feed it through the middle of the material. Then sew the ends of the elastic together. After this, fold the ends of the material in and sew them together.

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And there you have it! A super cute and comfy hair tie!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!6

All my love,

God Bless,

Mims

xXx

Party Time!

This weekend we celebrated my Daddy’s 60 birthday! It took some convincing but Mum agreed to let us have a little party. And naturally she put me in charge of decorations. I don’t think my Dad was too up for too much pretty-fying of the garden but I might have gotten a little carried away!

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Dad produced these adorable ‘wine’ and ‘beer’ signs that one of his friends made.

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I made some bunting for the garden and from the food table…

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But I decided to cheat a little for some bunting around one of the gazebos. I brought some ribbon and a few bunting packs from Tiger with pre-cut fabric triangles in. I then used some fabric glue (I used copydex) to stick the triangles onto the ribbon.

We had a lovely time celebrating!

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Even old Mr Bear was in the party spirit!

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And of course flowers played a big part!!

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I hope you are all having a lovely summer!!

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All my love,

God Bless,

Mims

xXx