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What I Wore: Back to Front Frock

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I was scrolling through my phone and I found these photos from back in November of my birthday….so muchos apologies for the photo quality… it is entirely due to it being shot on my phone at Clapham Junction and not the fact that it was cheaper to buy posh fizz by the bottle than gin….

I was whisked to London by my wonderful husband and our friends to a burlesque club in the City. It was truly marvellous and of course, the actor in me wanted to feel like I fitted in…

I was most proud of this outfit because I wore the dress backwards…. and before you look at me like I’m a mental case…I do this quite often.

Sometimes I really don’t like the drop of a neckline or it’s too revealing for my taste and this particular dress that I bought in my first year of university has a SERIOUSLY low v neckline…so low that even in my uni days (*cough* 10 years ago) I used to safety pin it together else my lady front would actually be out on full view….and not even in a tasteful way.

b2f rear view what i wore

I unpicked the stratchy label and also folded under the pointless little sleeves to make them a more pronounced cap sleeve. I quickly secured them with a few stitches by hand to ensure they didn’t come unfolded during the evening. This actually changed the whole feel of the outfit and meant I hadn’t had to buy something new.

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I also got to wear my super towering high heels and feel glorious about it!

Have you ever tried wearing something the wrong way round? Intentionally of course!

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26 before 27 Update

Mint green shorts and a hair bow WIW

Well I thought it was time… 6 months in and here is my little update!

1: Get Married

7.WEEKS.TO.GO.PEOPLE.

2: Eat something grown in my own garden (Done)

3: Make over £150 profit from my little business (Done)

4: Spend more time with friends (Done)

5: Drive less, walk more (Done)

6: Finish decorating two rooms in our house

We did our lounge prteey early on… (Have a peek here!) but we have been really toiling on our garden…that counts right? The garden is a room right?

7: Make alterations on a dress

Nope…and although I have a dress lined up ready for this task I doubt it is going to occur now till post wedding!

8: Gain over 600 followers on Twitter

Not yet!

9: Have a fort movie marathon

Sigh…. getting Chekhov has meant that fort movie marathons are the thing of the past…he is a fort DESTROYER.

10: Write & schedule blog posts a week in advance

Bahahahahaha….I obviously didn;t realise how much working full time, running a small business, blogging, getting a ‘broken’ dog and planning a wedding would bugger up my timekeeping….oh well… Life is what is happening when you sit making plans!

11: Do at least 12 craft fairs

I have done a few already this year, but am now on a break till the wedding has passed. I have booked one or two extra bringing me up to 9!

12: Learn how to use P’s coffee machine (Done)

13: Share a room tour of our new home

YES! I did a wardrobe room tour! 😀

14: Try 3 new restaurants (Done)

15: Meet at least 2 blogger folks in real life

Not complete…and I am being a bit shoddy about it all. Booooooooo

16: Make 4 things from Pinterest

This one is ticking along nicely! I have made  3 things I can think of for the wedding from Pinterest and I will share those post wedding! Yipee!

17: Reread the Harry Potter novels

I bearly have time to scratch my rear, let alone read…. booooo

18: Host a Fancy Dress Party (Done)

19: Call my parents more often

Yes! I have been making sure I communicate a bit better with the fambly because I haven’t seen them in AGES. I haven’t actually seen my Pa since Christmas, so I am excited for the wedding so I can spend a little time with him and my Stepmumma.

20: Get new business cards (Done)

21: Go electronic free for 24 hours

NOPE! Bahahahahaha

22: Dance in the rain

Does trudging walking the dog count? No?

23: Take P to see his 3rd musical

We still haven’t found time to do this yet…le sigh…

24: Keep a finance book up and running

Bahahahahahahahahaha…no no no.

25: Send my little brothers something fun in the post

I still haven’t sent them anything, but they came to stay at easter and had a jolly good time.

26: Have a fully stocked pantry

No…this is harder than it sounds!

Not much more to finish! Phew!

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365 days later…

Love Birds The Pigeon's Nest Birthday

It has been a whole year since I opened my virtual doors to The Pigeon’s Nest and I can’t believe how much I have achieved since that fated day in a cake shop.

I want to say a big thank you to all of you who have bought one of my little creations…you are seriously my favourite people ever.

I relish every second I am making for the shop and I honestly would love this to be my real-pinch-me-is-this-my-life job. Each and every one of you who have purchased a little something have given me hope and taken me a little wiggle closer to that dream…. you are superheroes with pants on the outside…I cannot tell you how much I want to hug you all.

I’m off to pour a gin to celebrate…and I care not that it is pre-lunch…

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Pssssst…. you can looka t all the lovely things I make here at the website or here & like me on Facebook!

26 before 27 Update

Disgusting cardigan autumn multi wool vintage

So here we go! 3 months in and here is my little update!

1: Get Married

Still on it…. we are couting down the months till August. Have a lot to get on with for the actual event still…lots of crafty DIYs. Need to pull my finger out really.

2: Eat something grown in my own garden

Yes! I can tick this off. I found teeny wild strawberries in our garden and I munched them to see what they were (I take my life in my hands). Our veggie patch is on hold for a while till we remove our asbestos shed (yes…flipping asbestos…)

3: Make over £150 profit from my little business

Yes! Over Christmas I hit over £250 profit. Thank you to everyone who bought and who is still buying. It means a lot!

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4: Spend more time with friends

Big yes. Since living in Horsham we spend a lot of time socialising with friends. It is seriously good times. I miss my girls awfully, we all have a lot going on in our lives meaning that I haven’t been able to see them in a while. Boooooo… but I am trying hard to be a better communicator (I suck at texting/calling)

5: Drive less, walk more

Big yes! Since being in Horsham we hotfoot it on foot a lot more. We missioned it to town, trudged over to friends and P is know trying to get me to walk to archery…with my gear…hmmmm

6: Finish decorating two rooms in our house

We have one completely done! Have a peek here!

7: Make alterations on a dress

Nope

8: Gain over 600 followers on Twitter

Nope

9: Have a fort movie marathon

Nope

10: Write & schedule blog posts a week in advance

Not consistently!

11: Do at least 12 craft fairs

I have scheduled 7 for this year already! WOOP WOOP!

12: Learn how to use P’s coffee machine

Yes! P taught me how to use it so I can bring him coffee in bed in the mornings. It’s a win:win. I get conversation in the morning, he gets coffee.

13: Share a room tour of our new home

I am yet to do this…mainly because it’s normally pitch black when I get home from work and I have been super busy at the weekends! I have the rumblings of a wardrobe room tour in my mind…

14: Try 3 new restaurants

Yes. we have been sampling the local fayre around our new home and we have found a few lovely places.

15: Meet at least 2 blogger folks in real life

Having already met the gorgeous Fran and Katie….I can’t really count them can I? Boooo… not complete…

16: Make 4 things from Pinterest

Why did I think I would be able to do this?! I have a few things that I think may come under this bracket that I am making for the wedding….so not yet…

17: Reread the Harry Potter novels

I am currently under the spell of my kindle and I am loving the ‘Jenny Pox’ books by JL Bryan and the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. I have been devouring all books in digital form recently….le sigh.

18: Host a Fancy Dress Party

YES! I dressed as Mary Poppins!

19: Call my parents more often

No…. I suck at communicating.

20: Get new business cards

Yes! I did…they look fancy!

21: Go electronic free for 24 hours

How hilarious…. not even close… 24 minutes maybe…

22: Dance in the rain

Does digging my garden in the rain count? No? Then not yet….it has been friggin’ freezing rain here.

23: Take P to see his 3rd musical

I am thinking Blood Brothers for number 3….. any other suggestions?

24: Keep a finance book up and running

Bahahahahahahahahaha

25: Send my little brothers something fun in the post

I am creating them a little package that I will share soooooon!

26: Have a fully stocked pantry

Nope….I am still trying…but we keep emptying it! 😀

 

I don’t think that is too bad for an update…I have done quite a bit already!

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26 before 27

Yes…I am wearing a birthday hat…that sings….because…. it’s only my chufing birthday today! HOORAY!

Today I turn 26, and I have pinched this idea from the greater wide web. Here are 26 things I would like to do before I turn 27.

1: Get Married
2: Eat something grown in my own garden
3: Make over £150 profit from my little business
4: Spend more time with friends
5: Drive less, walk more
6: Finish decorating two rooms in our house
7: Make alterations on a dress
8: Gain over 600 followers on Twitter
9: Have a fort movie marathon
10: Write & schedule blog posts a week in advance
11: Do at least 12 craft fairs
12: Learn how to use P’s coffee machine
13: Share a room tour of our new home
14: Try 3 new restuarants
15: Meet at least 2 blogger folks in real life
16: Make 4 things from Pinterest
17: Reread the Harry Potter novels
18: Host a Fancy Dress Party
19: Call my parents more often
20: Get new business cards
21: Go electronic free for 24 hours
22: Dance in the rain
23: Take P to see his 3rd musical
24: Keep a finance book up and running
25: Send my little brothers something fun in the post
26: Have a fully stocked pantry

I will keep you updated on how I get on.

I am off to enjoy the rest of my day.

Big love!

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!

2 Year Bloggaversary Giveaway

**************THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***************

So this here little blog turns 2…blimey…I have a toddler…. on the 18th of July and to thank you all for all your lovely support over the past couple of years I thought I would host a little giveaway.

It has been such an amazing experience writing this blog and getting to know all you wonderful folks, and I don’t see me stopping any time soon. Thank you for making blogging so easy to love.

So…let’s see what you can win eh? I filmed this on Friday after work, so excuse my troggy face.

The goods

A proper good Mug from Doris & Co – Quote reads “My hearts is fix’d, I cannot range, I like my choice, Too well to change.”

Two taster packs of TeaPigs tea – Chocolate Flake & Creme Caramel

M & D body goodies – A Vanilla Cocoa butter Bar & some Rose & Lavender Bath Melts

3 floating candles

A made-to-order Love Bird from the shop.

HOW TO ENTER

Mandatory Entry: – Be a subscriber to the blog and leave me a comment below telling me how you follow me!

Additional Entries:-

  1. Subscribe to my Youtube channel
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  3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave the link in the comment box below –  “I have entered @shinypigeon’s 2 year blog birthday giveaway! Have you? http://wp.me/pYZTt-Oa”
  4. Like my Shop on Facebook.

That is 5 chances to win! Please leave a separate comment for each, else they won’t be counted.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS INTERNATIONAL!

The giveaway ends at 6pm on Wednesday 18th of July 2012.

Thanks again beautiful folks…. you always make my day.