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Our Summer Goals!

A & C: this summer we both have quite different goals/what we want to achieve, but its nice to have some plans on what we want to do over the summer months so thought we would share ours with you!

C: Obviously, if you are a regular reader of this blog you would know that I am pretty preggo now as I am due in September, so I am now on maternity leave – wahooo! So here is my list of things I want to do before my life is taken over by babies, feeds and dirty nappies!

1. Baking/Cooking! I never get time anymore to bake or spend an afternoon making a really nice meal. I am sure I won’t feel up to this all the time, but I can’t wait to actually have some spare time to make a nice cake or even make some jam/chutneys (which I love making!)

2. Read! No one ever has time for reading properly do they? I am hoping to make the most of the lovely summer weather (which probably will last about another week at the most realistically) and sit outside whilst I relax with some good books – recommendations welcome please!

3. Go to the beach! I love the beach, I don’t go in the water as I am pretty convinced I will die in a freak shark attack… but I love it all the same. Fish and chips, 2p machines, dinky doughnuts and walks in the sunshine? Yes please! I am determined to go this year before I get too tired out!

4. Take photos in the sunshine of some preggo OOTD’s! I am really disappointed in myself for not doing any of these yet. I would love to be able to look at other preggo styles/get some ideas on what to wear so I definitely need to do a few of these whilst the weather is perfect for photos! In fact I might get Annie to help me this weekend!

5. Finish unpacking my spare bedroom and therefore have space to do some crafts! I want to make some cushions for the nursery and some bunting – another project that Annie will have to help me with! Will definitely do some how-to posts on these badboys if I persuade her to help me!

A: I have a love/hate relationship with Summer, I love the warm evenings and days spent in the garden – but the super hot days just aren’t for me, so here are my plans/tips for staying cool!

1. Watch the sunsets. I’m well aware that this sounds soppy and ridiculous but we live in a part of the UK that’s incredibly flat which means the sunsets are epic. And our garden allows for amazing views because we are surrounded by fields. I love to end a hectic day sat down the bottom of our garden with a book, a cat and maybe (probably) a glass of wine. It’s super peaceful and so good for relaxing!

2. Slip and slides! Quite often on a weekend we end up with our niece and nephew playing in the garden, and after a full on couple of hours running around like crazies in the sun, what better way is there to cool down than a slip and slide?!

3. Wear orange lipstick! It’s one of my favourite colours to wear but it is pretty daring, especially with orange hair! But I love the way it looks so I need to push myself.

4. Go for walks. I really need to do this one, I’ve been eating healthily and being really good but I think going for some walks will make me feel even better. But I love being at home far too much and never want to leave the house!

5. Go camping. Another problem caused by not wanting to leave the house! We have a beautiful old campervan called Jeremy which we’ve used a couple of times this year, but we definitely need to have a few more long weekends away before it gets too chilly!

6. Last one I promise, but it’s an important one – make jam! One of my favourite things to do in the summer and if I’m lucky it lasts into the winter too! Will be posting recipes as soon as I make some!

What are your plans this summer? Let us know if you have any recommendations! #twolittleowls

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Blogmas 2014 – Day 18! This years gift wrapping!

What’s the gift wrapping looking like this year?

We love wrapping presents! We spent a whole afternoon sat by the fire, drinking snowballs and doing our wrapping! We also had a good gossip and Chloe ended up keeping most of the presents she had bought cos she got too excited and had wayyyy over spent on some people and not others! We both like a theme to our wrapping but don’t want everything to look the same, so we went for tartan, red, gold and reindeers! Super festive and here is the photo evidence:

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Hope you guys have had as much fun Christmas shopping and wrapping as we have! Let us know what you think #twolittleowlsblog

Jewellery Hangers

A: If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably have about 100 half started projects kicking around your house. I always get really excited about something then get bored of waiting for glue to dry/run out of glitter, then I get too excited about another project and start that one. But I’m pretty proud to say that I started and finished this all in one evening (with the added help of my hair dryer). So what is this wondrous project I hear you ask…

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Ta-da! I don’t know where I got this idea from, so I’m gonna take the credit for it – but as you can see, I have copious amounts of jewellery. This used to all be stored in a vintage wash basin on my dressing table. I used to get so annoyed at trying to find a particular necklace to go with an outfit, and now they are all hung up so I can see them.

I started by finding three vintage style wooden hangers on eBay, these cost £4.50 for all three but I was checking nearly every day for a couple of weeks to get such a bargain. Then, the night they were delivered I nipped to my local DIY shop and bought two different types of screw hooks (you’ll see a close up of them in a minute…so carry on reading!). These were 99p per packet and I bought two packets. As soon as I got home, I hunted out my bottle of PVA glue – used a cheap one from Wilkinson’s for this. I then went into my tissue paper draw (yeah I have way too much craft stuff) and chose three different patterns – one for each hanger.

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To apply the decoupage coverings and add the hooks, I took the following steps;

1. Lightly sand the wooden hangers, this helps the glue stick.

2. Shred the tissue paper into inch wide strips.

3. Apply the first layer of glue to one area of a hanger and add a strip of paper, continue this until the hanger is totally covered and then coat the whole thing in glue. This part can get really messy but it’s fun!

4. This is the boring part, waiting for the glue to dry (or get the hair dryer out like I did!). Once you finished the final layer of glue though, you can carry on with the other hangers.

5. Once they are dry you need to start adding the hooks. I didn’t work out the spacing on these properly (another example of being too excited) I just went by eye but I think they look okay. You need to start the holes with the end of a sharp knife to make sure they get a good bedding.

6. I then started screwing in the hooks. I used two hangers for open hooks to hang necklaces and bracelets, and one hanger for closed hooks to hang earrings (the pink, orange and gold patterned). Whilst screwing the hooks in, I made sure they were all facing the same way when finished. I did use a pair of pliers to make sure they were tightly secured.

7. Hang them on your wall and start filling them with all of your goodies!

So for a total cost of £6.48 I’ve got a really unique storage system, which I can easily add too if I need to and change to suit the decoration of my bedroom. If you have a go at this, you can let your imagination run wild and add glitter, ribbons, buttons or whatever else you can find. I think I may start making them for presents!

What do you think to my jewellery hangers? #twolittleowls

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Todays Competition Winner!

A & C: So we had our first competition on the twolittleowlsblog today! We are super excited about it as the prize is a tie-dye t-shirt made by us and we have spent the whole day tie-dying and making the best clothes ever. 

So…

The Winner is:

The lovely Clare from clurrrrr.wordpress.com !

Hope you enjoyed our competition guys and photos of our tie-dying day will be coming your way soon! 

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Patchwork Update

A: Hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday evening (if you’re anything like me I’m totally ignoring the fact that I’ve got work tomorrow)!

I’ve spent the day making a roast and doing some more work on my blanket, today’s is pretty simple but really effective I think…

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I’ve made a pattern out of lots of different buttons, I want my blanket to have lots of different textures and although these buttons don’t match all of the colours in the fabric for this square, they will pick up on the colours in other squares. I’ve also placed them just off centre, I use this as a bit of a cheat to be honest because when the blanket is sewn together some fabrics may pull more than others – this might affect the central points in some of the squares. If you place the design in your squares off centre, this won’t happen as they aren’t meant to be central. In the art world, there is a sum to work out the off centre line or ‘golden section’ -artists use it as it is deemed to be more aesthetically pleasing!

Hopefully it’s given you some inspiration, what projects are you working on? #twolittleowls

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Patchwork Blanket

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A: I don’t know about  you but I always think that January is a bit of a rubbish month. The weather is always cold and rainy and I’m normally on a post Christmas diet after indulging way too much!

This year is no different so I have decided to start a new project to keep me occupied and away from the chocolate! I will be posting my progress, tips and how – tos, just in case you’re feeling the same and need a project of you’re own!

The Patchwork Blanket

First of all, you need to think about what kind of size you want your blanket to be. I’m making one for my double bed, which is pretty ambitious but I think it’ll be worth it. Once you’ve decided, measure out the rough size of your total blanket.

So I know now that I need 169 6″ x 6″ squares to make a double blanket. That does sound pretty daunting I know, BUT most of the squares will just need cutting, pressing and sewing together! Choose your fabric. Now this doesn’t need to be done all in one go, if you see some nice fabric whilst you’re out shopping then go for it! And have a rummage through your linen cupboard if you have one! I am very lucky because I am a self-confessed hoarder and have a huge stock of fabric in my linen cupboard. I tend not to throw anything away, whether it was part of an old dress or some bedsheets as I’m sure they will come in handy for something in the future – and now they have!

Remember, this project does not have to be expensive, use anything you can lay your hands on – I am even using some pretty vintage pillowcases I used to use when I had sleepovers at my Nan’s house so my blanket will have some sentimental value too 🙂

Make a template of the size you need your squares to be – remember to add on some space to allow for the seams! I need my finished squares to measure 6″ x 6″ so I have made a template for 7″ x 7″.

Once you’ve got your template ready you can use it to cut out as many pieces of fabric as you need. I’m cutting my fabric as I go, and i’m not planning too much in advance, just doing a few squares when i get a free half an hour or so in the evening or at the weekend.

*TIP* press the squares as you cut them, I ALWAYS use spray starch when I’m doing anything like this, it makes the fabric stiff and it smells nice too!!

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If you’ve got a particular fabric you like, use it as many ways as you can. Here’s the first square I made, using the fabric I mentioned earlier which was my Nan’s.

 

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I cut out a simple heart shape then pinned it to a plain, unbleached calico square and used a coordinating colour thread to do a running stitch and then do three large cross stitches in the same thread. I’ve also used the same patterned fabric to make some squares. I’m not going to add any embellishment to these as i want my blanket to be a mix of decorative and simple – but you can do whatever you want, that’s the beauty of DIY!

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I’ve used a plain calico again as the background for this embellished square (if you need to buy some plain fabric for your blanket, this is the best type to buy – it’s durable, heavy and cheap! most haberdashery shops sell it for around £2.99 a metre!).

I am a firm believer (C: NOT Belieber…) in being thrifty, and to decorate this square I used an old head tie I bought for a 70’s fancy dress. I loved the little daisies so kept in my (overflowing) sewing box, and I thought they’d be perfect for the blanket.

The white fabric was cut from some left over fabric from making a cushion, I then added a couple of rows of yellow running stitch to secure it in place – and then I secured the daisies with a couple of tacks in the leaves. I’ve got some daisies leftover too, so I will put some more in when I make another square. 

C: Hope you enjoyed Annie’s post, the next couple of steps and square ideas will be up in the next few days so keep checking (or give us a cheeky follow for updates) #⃣twolittleowlsblog

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Annika & Chloe: two heads are better than one! Welcome to our blog, about all the things we love; from nail art and baking to crafts and jewels! We want to spread the word on all the tricks and secrets we have learnt and are still learning. Reviews and posts will be made by the both of us, so you get two sets of ideas and reviews in one! #twolittleowlsblog

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