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How To: Make a Comic Covered Notebook

Need to make a speedy pressie for a boy? Or a geeky man?

Here is an easy tutorial to create a one of a kind notebook!

I made this for a friend of mine, who is obsessed with comics, and who is leaving work to start training as a teacher. I thought this would be great for him to scribble down all his planning notes in.

What you will need…

 
A4 Ringbound Hardback Notebook
A comic of your choice (I had a vintage 50’s one laying about from a  car boot sale)
PVA Glue
Scissors
Duct Tape
 

Now before you all get your knickers in a twist, I didn’t chop up a 1950’s comic. I popped into work and took a few photocopies, and then gifted the comic along the notebook.

Cut around the edges of each frame. I tried to mix up sections of the comic too, so I had lots of different sections on the front and back covers.

Lay them out on your notebook in an attractive fashion, leaving a straight edge where the rings meet the cover and then begin pasting them down with PVA Glue. Ensure some of the edges of the comic reach further than the notebook cover so you can fold it them over and finish it nicely.

Do a layer of PVA glue on top of your pictures to ensure they are all secure and nicely finished. Leave all your loose frame edges sticking over the edges of the notebook.

Allow to dry overnight, folding your loose comic frame edges in and under whilst the glue dries.

Once all the PVA is dry, duct tape the frame edges down on the inside of the cover.

And Voila! A Comic Covered notebook.

I might make a few of these for other friends for Christmas this year using some other vintage style comics or newspapers. The Dandy anyone?

 

REVISIT – How To: Make Beautiful Bunting

Hi folks, I am on my way home! I thought as a little treat I would show you one of my  popular older posts which makes me very happy. I love making bunting. I love it. If I could spend all day at my sewing machine making little triangles of glee I totally would.

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Ok…I’m months behind the fever of bunting making that occurred in the UK due to the Royal Wedding, but I have to admit how much I love these little triangles of joy.

Perfect for any kind of party, indoors or outdoors, having your own handmade bunting to string up for all your occasions is something I think every person should have. I also think all celebrations should be how Enid Blyton writes about parties in all her children’s books…but hey…that’s just me.

Image found here.

Please, please, please for the love of a deity, don’t BUY bunting. With a little scrounging and putting by, you can make bunting for under £3. FACT.

Things You’ll Need

Fabric & Hemming Tape/Ribbon

First things first – you need fabric.  Got an odd pillowcase that doesn’t match anything else? An old t-shirt with a stain on one side? That shirt of his that you really can’t stand?

All my fabric is reused, rehashed, recycled and/or scraps donated by understanding and yet highly confused friends and family. The only thing that I have paid for when making my bunting is the hemming tape which cost me under £2 for 3 metres. You don’t have to use hemming tape, you can use ribbon or fabric cut to size. I simply used the first thing I grabbed from my haberdashery that looked like it would do the job.

Pinking Shears

I have a running stack of fabric cut into bunting triangles, thanks to my pinking shears. Pinking Shears are honestly a crafty girls best friend (after sticky dots of course) because they save you having to hem all the edges of each little triangle…which is very boring and very time-consuming, and I’d rather be drinking tea from tiny cups and talking to my bear….sorry…seems to have stepped into another Blyton day dream.

I got my lovely shears from eBay.

Pins

Don’t try to cut corners, you will need pins. Don’t think you won’t.

A Template

Decide how big you want each triangle to be, and cut yourself one out of paper.

I find the best method is to fold a sheet of paper in half, and then cut your ‘half’angle and then unfold it into a triangle. This means both sides will be symmetrical. You can get all bogged down with rulers and angles if you wish – it’s just not my cup of tea.

You can also find templates here and here. (They also do teddy-sized and doll house size – Mr Growly is going to be in for a treat!)

An Iron

Things are just more manageable when they are flat….

A Sewing Machine or Time & Patience

If you don’t have a sewing machine, never fear, you can do this by hand. It just might take you some time. If you know someone who does have a sewing machine – it’ll take about 5 minutes to whizz it through, so ask very nicely.

Now you are ready to get going!

Firstly, pin your template to your fabric.

My fabric is an old Primark t-shirt that I had managed to splash with oil.

Then, cut around your template.

I managed to get over 16 triangles from half of this top, and the other half went in to P’s ‘useful rags for the garage’ bag.

The other spotty fabric you can see in the background of this picture was taken from some old pajama shorts that had long required binning.

Once you’ve cut enough triangles for your ribbon/tape begin pinning them in place. Fold your tape or ribbon over both sides of the fabric before pinning right through, encasing your fabric inside.

REMEMBER – Leave yourself enough ribbon on both ends to hang it up!

I ALWAYS measure using human measurements (like three fingers width) to measure between the triangles. I find it’s quicker, as I don’t have to keep reaching for the measuring tape. (That is also my excuse for doing three fingers of gin and then topping it up with tonic.)

How far apart you measure your triangles is up to you. It also depends on how much ribbon/tape you have and how big your triangles are. Lay them out first on the floor or large table before you pin, to save yourself un-pinning and re-pinning several times – like I did.

Once everything is pinned up together, it is time to start your engines. Also known as the iron. This is about the only action our iron ever sees.

Iron a crease into your tape/ribbon as this will mke it easier to deal with on the machine/in your hand. Mind the pins as you go.

This is also a good chance for you to iron your fabric too.

And then plug in your machine…

In a small straight stitch, in a suitable thread colour (I used white as my hemming tape was white), sew down your tape/ribbon from tip to tip, ensuring you keep your machining neat, removing all pins as you work and catching all the fabric triangles inside the tape/ribbon. (So your triangles don’t fall out when you lift it up!)

If sewing by hand, with the patience of a saint, keep your stitches small and neat as they will be on show.

I don’t hem the ends of my tape/ribbon, I use the pinking shears just to snip the ends of to ensure they don’t fray.

VIOLA!

As you canny readers will notice, this bunting is not the same as the one I have been cutting out and pinning previously. I finished this blue bunting (made from old jeans, fabric from an old satin lining and cotton scraps) 20 minutes before I realised I could do a How-To, and promptly began another string that will be given as a gift to a certain little lady at Christmas.

So here ends my first How To…. how did I do? x

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I hope you liked this REVISIT!

Josy Rose

Hello you gorgeous lot!

Today, I wanted to share with you a little gem that I have discovered. A diamond in the internet craft shopping rough if you will….. and they call her Josy Rose.

(I pronounce it Josy Rosy – but that’s because I like rhyming, and not because I can’t read…honest guv)

As you may have seen on my ‘What I have Been Making in April’ vlog, I spoke about  purchasing some metallic yarn for the toppers of my crocheted christmas baubles….and yes…yes… I cover what a crazy face I am in the vlog about ALREADY thinking about christmas.

Well I searched the internet and this lovely little site pinged back in my face with such wonderous-ness that I just had to purchase from it.

It arrived THE DAY AFTER I ordered it. Super speedy non? Just what you want!  And it was all wrapped up prettily in pink tissue paper and I call that a freebie for my papercraft drawer.

This metallic yarn was exactly what I wanted. It is a little hard to crochet with due to the texture (I was expecting this!) but the results are brilliant. You’ll get to see what I have been using it for later this month in my May ‘What I’ve been Making’ vlog.

I had to make my order for the metallic yarn up to £5, so I bought some of these gorgeous ribbons. Cannot wait to use the reindeer ones for christmas pressies – isn’t it the cutest Scandinavian style ribbon ever? I also chatted about the Tea one in my ‘5 things I am loving in April‘ vlog, so now you can actually see it in detail!

I am so pleased with my order and the quality of the products, I will heading straight back when I need a few more bits and bobs!

Have you bought from Josy Rose or another independent online shop, spending your hard earned spondoolies on pretty things? Isn’t it so MUCH nicer? I think so.

 

 

One week till D-Day….

Ok…I know I am probably boring you all to death with the talk of opening my little online shop, but it is only ONE WEEK TO GO PEOPLE!

I am absolutely terrified about sharing my creations with the big wide world, but the excitement is well and truly now setting in too. I love creating a little something from nothing.

I thought to ease myself in slowly, I would share with you some sneak peeks!

So what do you think?

There is a lot more to look at over on my facebook page too…click here to see!

Making It: Haylee B and SugarHiStudio

Welcome to the first of my Making It interviews! So the deal is…I am running a weekly feature, here on my blog, showing off small and personal businesses started from the ground up by their owners, in the form of a feature interview, preempting the opening of my own little handmade shop in April! WOW -That was a mouthful.
I really love supporting small businesses and I cannot wait to join the community!

Today, I have the lovely Haylee B from Sugar Hi Studio, spilling the beans about her handmade business.

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Why and when did you first decide to open a shop?

I decided to start selling things regularly about 6 months ago! Friends, family, and even strangers on the street kept complimenting the accessories I made and wore myself, and asked if I would be willing to sell them a copy! I’ve actually sold handmade things before, when I was 14 years old I sold beachy jewelry over the summer to raise some extra money.

Why did you choose the name ‘Sugar Hi Studio’?

It actually came about by accident. I’m a writer and a poet as a hobby, and I love word play. I once wrote ‘sugar high’ as ‘Sugar, Hi’ instead, as if it were a greeting, and I thought, that’s pretty cute and sweet, it’d be great for my brand name!

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Where did you first decide to start selling your products, and why did you decide on that method?

I currently sell my items from-home to people who ask by word of mouth, and I travel with them to different events and parties. I do it this way right now because I can put my product out there for people to see in person, and I can actually only make up the amount I’ll need for the event. I plan to open an online store this year, soon, and start selling more items that way!

Where do you find that most of your buyers hear about you?

My blog, definitely, because I publicize it so well, and referrals. A lot of my friends wear pieces they’ve bought from me, and they tell everyone I made it!

What do you enjoy most about running your own shop?

I feel really proud when I see a big pile of things I crafted myself. I think, “Wow, that was all a bunch of fabric and buttons and whatnot before, but I turned it into something that will make someone feel very happy and beautiful.”

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What is the least enjoyable thing?

The repetitiveness. Right now, trying to start an online store, I have to make several versions of the same item, which can get pretty exhausting since I currently sew everything by hand, and I mean quite literally by hand, since I don’t own a sewing machine!

What is your favourite item that you have in your shop right now?

The rosettes! Big flower clips are my favorite way to instantly feel prettier. On a bad or lazy hair day, I just clip one in and feel like a classy woman, I think any girl would!

Is there anything you would do differently if you started the whole process again?

I would worry less about trying to be perfect and trendy. Mistakes happen, and sometimes you don’t like a design. If you don’t like it, people can tell, and you should make what you like, after all, it’s your shop!

Do you have any advice for those following in your footsteps?

Be true to yourself. Don’t just try to copy what you see other people doing. I started making my own accessories because no one was selling what I wanted. Go with what inspires you! Write things down, cut out pictures, sketch, draw, create your own style. No matter what you’re making or selling, come up with something new. Trust me, people are looking for what you have. Don’t drive yourself crazy comparing yourself to others. We all have our strengths, and yours is no less powerful just because it’s different!

Thank you Haylee for your fab advice. I do worry that my items won’t sell as they aren’t similar to those I have seen around in the market, but I think I just have to trust myself and carry on creating!

You can visit Haylee’s blog here and chat to her on twitter here.

A little something I don’t often wear…

I don’t often wear sentimental pieces of jewellery or clothing to the ‘office’. In my line of work I never know if I’m going to get a hug or a pot full of tea thrown at me.  Which means I have necklaces, earrings, and bracelets all dying to be worn, but I just can’t risk snapping or damaging something I love.

One thing I really wish I could wear more is a gift I got from P’s little sister this Christmas. She made it herself.

She chose the charms and the fabric for the wrist band, and connected all of it together with some gorgeous findings.

P’s stepmother is French (hence the tiny Eiffel Tower) and his sister speaks both languages fluently without an accent, which I envy beyond belief!

I really wish I could wear this more often. I love the fact that she spent time creating something just for me.

Do you have any pieces of jewellery you adore but don’t wear often?

How To: Make Plaited Rug Bowl

My plaited bowl rug really came about by accident, I was aiming to make another rag-rug trivet for hot-from-the-oven dishes on the dining table, but due to how I sewed this bad boy, I’ve come out with a handy little fabric bowl for my overflowing bangle collection.

This bowl began as one of P’s old tshirts that had past its prime, I made a small snip in the hem and ripped it around and around, spiralling up the tshirt (more luck than skill!) to make one really really long strip that I then cut into 3 shorter.

I then plaited it together and began to hand sew it on itself around and around like a snail shell. It wouldn’t lay flat, so I decided to go with it and create a bowl.

I guess the lesson I learnt during this little project is to be adaptable! Things don’t always turn out the way you expect.

Sunday Saviours #19

Ok…yesterday I meant to post my pics of the Devon wedding (Part 2) but my laptop and I had a full on disagreement. So they’ll hopefully be up tomorrow, or me and my laptop with be having words (with a large stick).

A Beautiful Mess of Hair

I’ve tried this look out twice this week. Attempt 1 was a absolute FAIL and it only stayed in for about one lesson at work, but on Attempt 2, using shorter grips, it held up quite well, even getting me through an hour and a half of archery, an hour drive to Miss Lauren’s and lots of Flashdance related behaviour (don’t ask!).

Babies in 2011

This made me a little bit sad and nostalgic.

What Birds Do

The fabulous Jenny Robins (find her on Twitter – @jennyrobins) artist extrodinaire, linked this up on twitter this week and it made me chuckle.

Fire

I want this more than you will ever know.

Fabric Knot Bracelet DIY

Something to have a go at onan Autumnal evening from the Blue Eyed Owl.

Snappy Coin Purse

A little something to make and give at Christmas? Perfection from this lovely sewing blogger!

 

Sunday Saviours #18

Hello!

It’s that time of the week again! Hope your weeks have been less stressful than mine. Thankfully got a call yesterday saying that I wasn’t needed for my early shift today, so I have a weekend off 2 weeks earlier than I thought!

Disney Make-Up

The amazing Robyn over at Stay Beautiful has done some make-up looks based on Disney characters. What are you doing? Why haven’t you clicked the link yet?!

Eat Fit

My wonderful friend, Olof posted this on facebook last week. I couldn’t stop smiling for days after.

Should I Text Him?

P found this and it has amused us all week! Something every girl should read to sort her face out!

Show Me Your Sewing

I’m featured over at the beautiful Claire’s blog – HearthandmadeUK. Check out some of my peers VERY impressive sewing projects!

The Glassblobbery Studio & Gallery

I champion all creators of beautiful things, but none more so than those making a living out their crafts.

Whilst on the family holiday (yep…I’m still rolling out posts on North Wales!), we visited the beautiful Glassblobbery in Glan-yr-afon, and met one of the amazing artisans, David, who produces some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

We were received with a hearty warm welcome, and told in ‘two ticks’ he’d give us a demonstration of his craft.

Within seconds of him beginning we were transfixed!He explained everything he was doing as he did it, and within 5 minutes we were looking at a beautiful camel, that he had poured out of his imagination and into the glass.Unfortunately this little guy wasn’t for sale, he was a commission!

The Glassblobbery also has an upstairs studio where it sells lots of other local artisans work. There were some Welsh Slate wine racks in the shop that I fell in love with….that I may just have to have in my life. Thankfully, they have an online shop on their website! So that still may occurr….despite my purse screaming no.

David had us in awe, and seeing the care and craftmanship that went into his designs and creations, we just had to buy a thing or five….


We also bought a gorgeous ceramic lizard for Mama Pigeon as it was her birthday whilst we were away, and a secret pressie for P’s Mumma to give her on her birthday in late September. It is gorgeous and I will post it up as soon as we’ve given it to her!

So, if you are ever in North Wales, I highly recommend popping in to The Glassblobbery. You’ll get to see some really cool stuff , and try your hardest to resist reaching for your wallet! I dare you!

The Glassblobbery also has a blog – http://www.glassbloggery.com