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Make, Do, Mend: Sweet little presents for the wee ones…

We have some pretty special little people in our lives. And there is nothing more fun than finding little presents to give them. Once again Pinterest is our best friend (surprise)!

Here’s few fun little pressie ideas that I crafted to our sweet little friends. Also because they are not wallet busting it doesn’t matter if these little people decide to enjoy them for 5 minutes before they move on to the next thing! :)

Mouse in a tin (I’ve lost the link to the original if someone knows it please let me know and I’ll link up!)

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Lolly Dollies (+in the name of fairness I had to add a few boy dollies too)

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These are both such easy ideas and require very little materials. Top tip for finding nice coloured masking tapes is Ikea – their papery goods department is off the charts :)

Hope you’ve had a good long weekend! (The biggest mistake I made was to start watching the Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon – so hooked now!!)

- Hanna xx

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Make, Do, Mend: DIY Moving Cards

MovingHouseCard

We moved house nearly a month ago now and because of my mammoth summer holiday I actually had time to rustle up a card to let our friends know our new address.

All it took was a little staging of old suitcases, camera on timer and us (or our legs) in the frame and there we have it. I added “we’ve moved” text on the front and arranged the back in a postcard style in Photoshop. If Photoshop isn’t your cup of tea then it could easily be done in Word or have you checked out A Beautiful Mess app where you can add text over photos? Easy peasy.

MovingHouseCardBackToF

It feels almost old school to send a change of address cards rather than an email but it’s always fun to receive things in the post, right?! Bring back good old snail mail.

Hope your week’s off to a good start!

- Hanna x

 

 

 

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Make, Do, Mend: Loose Tea Jars

loose tea

We love a good cuppa over here. Boxes of loose tea are filling our cupboard shelves and trailing tea leaves are all over the place. In my post-move huff I decided to put a stop to it.

spray painted lids

We had some jam jars left from all sorts of preserving so I washed and scrubbed off any sticky labels, dried and spray painted the lids black (I had chalkboard spray handy so that did the trick).

dymo

Now I had an excuse to get my beloved Dymo out and start making labels.

tea jars

tea jar

It’s so much easier to get the tea out of the jam jars rather than messing around with the boxes and bags. And maybe it’ll make me reach out for the green tea more often! ;)

-Hanna 

Ps. This project was inspired by a brief stop in a shop called Granit in Stockholm where glass jars were labelled with dymo tags. Check them out!

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Make,Do,Mend: From Tea Towels To Cushions – Guest post!

We have a very crafty friend called Sarah E. She makes all sorts of lovely things and has agreed to grace our humble blog with this amazing tutorial on how to make cushions from tea towels! Here it goes…

Tea towel Cushion Tutorial

A quick and easy tutorial for making two square, envelope style cushions from a supermarket pack of three teatowels!

1 Teatowel pack

Step 1. Find three coordinating tea towels (the pack I used was £5 from Sainsburys)

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Step 2. Pick a tea towel for your first cushion and lay it out on a flat surface, pattern side facing down. Fold it back on itself to make a square (measure your square to check!)

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Step 3. Take a second tea towel and lay it on top of your square with the pattern facing up. Overlap the two tea towels by about 3 or 4 inches and chop off the end of your tea towel that hangs off the edge of your square. This is what your cushion will look like when you’re finished.

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Step 4. Fold the whole thing over turning it inside out as you go. I found the simplest way to do this is to hold on to the middle point where the two fabrics overlap, and then flip it over. The front and back patterns should now be facing each other and the reverse of the tea towels are facing out. Double check that it’s still square!

5 pin and sew

Step 5. Pin your square and sew round the edge (you don’t need to sew along the side that’s folded). Leave a wide enough hem to make sure you sew through all the layers of tea towels (my tea towels weren’t all quite the same size).

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Step 6. Chop off the corners. This will mean you have nice pointy corners to your cushion. (make sure you don’t cut in to your line of stitching!)

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Step 7. Turn your cover the right way out and stuff it with a cushion (a 45cm x 45cm insert worked perfectly for me).

If your cover seems really baggy then turn it inside out again and sew another row of stitches inside the ones you’ve already done. This will make the cover tighter.

Repeat with your remaining tea towel and voila! Two smart new, coordinating cushions.

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Step 8. Smug.

-Sarah E.

Thank you so much Sarah!

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Make, Do, Mend: Will you be my pair?

WillYouBeMyPair

Though me and my husband are not huge fans of Valentines day we still tend to give each other a little card or a present, but don’t really make a fuss out of it. I don’t know about you, but the idea of sitting in a restaurant full of couples makes me want to run for the hills!

So in the name of keeping things simple I made a little card for him.

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I turned to our fruit bowl for help and took a picture of a pair of pears. I found some good free fonts through this brilliant blog and put them to use.  The line I ended up with was “Will you be my pair?” (it reminded me of primary school when we had to choose a pair to walk to the swimming baths with). The result is a super simple but sweet card with not much hassle at all.

We’ve said it before (Remember our Blue Valentine?) but I’ll say it again – in Finland Valentine’s day is called a ‘friends day’ so let’s share the love with all those special peeps in our lives!

-Hanna

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Make Do Mend: Christmas Garland

It is but a 7 days til Christmas! Which gives you plenty of time to rustle up some last minute Christmas garlands for your house OR as a pressie!

joy

I got a little excited about Christmas so made these in October… a tad too soon for Christmas decs!

All you need is:

Butchers Twine

Felt Balls (chuckle)

Cardboard Letters

Needle with a large enough eye

Threader

and … for the sake of your fingers… Pliers

I ordered my butchers twine and felt balls from Ebay and then cut ‘Peace, Joy, Love’ out of cardboard.

Thread the butchers twine through the needle (obvs) and then through the felt, that will be tough and without pliers take some time and perserverence.

I find that a Saturday night with a friend, wine and curry make for productive garland-ing!

saturday night

Add the letters when you want and hey presto!

garland

Add any words you like and make these as a little pressie for someone spesh this Christmas!

Happy shopping, wrapping, caroling!

x

Celeste

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Make Do Mend: Wedding Quilt for the best lady!

I have the insane priveledge of being a bridesmaid for my best friend, Julia! Jules and I have been besties since we were about eleven. We were born a day apart and we actually get on like a house on fire.

We have talked about boys til the early hours of the morning, lamented not kissing .. and then kissing, we watched ‘Empire Records’ fifteen times in one week, we decided to make some muffins for a lady we met randomly and we laughed til I had an asthma attack because we decided that the word ‘okay’ was somehow hilarious.

We have shared a love of cargo pants, Taylor Hanson, Counting Crows, John Mayer, beach time, Anne of Green Gables and sewing and now I get to share in the day we have talked about for so long. If you have read or seen AOGG then you will understand when I say that she is a kindred spirit… my bosom friend!

She is gorgeous, artistic, talented, sweet and funny plus she knows me so well even though we spend years a part at a time. I’m super grateful to have someone that knows me well and loves me anyway! She is a megababe and is marrying this man that’s a bit of a weapon from all things I can tell. So for her wedding gift I wanted it to be something lovely. It is something I love and have worked on for ages… even if there are more than it’s fair share of mistakes in it.

I decided to make her a quilt out of some of my favourite fabrics and also some of the . My first ‘wedding’ quilt and I am so glad it has gone to this beaut!

Happy nuptials Jules, you are one of my favourites in the whole world for ever. So excited to be a little bridesmaid for you, thanks so much for the privilege!

xx

Celeste

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