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Blogmas 2014 Day 19 – Christmas Ornaments!

DIY Christmas ornament

C: I don’t really have any Christmas ornaments. And just as a side note, ornament is a strange word. I’ve written it 3 times now and it doesn’t seem like a word. But anyway… I just put up my Christmas tree, a bit of tinsel and some Christmas bunting!

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A: I have made some Christmas decs this year (click here to see how to make them!) which I am super happy with. They were so easy to make and look really effective too. I also thought I’d share one of my fave new decorations with you.

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They are SO cute and look perfect on our trees, thank you ❤

What’re your favourite Christmas decs? #twolittleowlsblog

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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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Annie’s Summer Wishlist

A: So Summer has arrived and hopefully the Sun is going to stay for a while. I thought I’d put together a wish list of all the things I’m lusting after at the moment because I haven’t done one in a while.

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Firstly, this Genie Lipstick from Barry M. I spotted this on The Oxford Owl’s blog and have been looking out for it ever since, she posts some really good product reviews – click here and check them out! Don’t worry – this isn’t green lipstick. Well, it is BUT is magically changes colour when it’s applied – to you ‘perfect personal shade of pink’. The formula adapts to the Alkali in your lips, to give you your own individual shade of lipstick. Clever hey?! It’s meant to be really long lasting too, so I’m looking forward to giving this a go! I’ve found it for £4.49 on the Barry M website here.

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Next, I’m after a highlighter. I really want to try out the ‘dewey’ look and I think one of the best ways to achive it is with a cream highlighter. I know I’m pretty late to the game with this one, but as far as I can see, Benefit’s High Beam is going to be the best. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!!

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I’ve been looking for a midi-length skirt for a while now, and I think this navy spotted one by The Whitepepper at Topshop is perfect. I love the button through front panel and the way that it sits – high and on the waist. It’ll be perfect for those days that I want to cover up but still be summery. It’s £48 and can be found here.

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Lastly, I am 100% going to be buying an ice-lolly mould this summer. I love making ice-lollies at home because you can make them exactly the way you want, and this Lollyring mould from Lakeland is adorable! You can make 6 rings in 3 different designs, and I know my nephews and niece will love making them. The set is £4.99 and you can buy it here.

What’re your Summer must haves? #twolittleowls

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Coral and Gold

A: Chloe and I are going to a ball tomorrow and I’m in full preparation mode tonight. I’ve exfoliated, toned, moisturised and preened, and I’ve just finished painting my nails.

It was a pretty tough decision on what to paint, I’ve got way too many polishes! I needed a pale-ish, not too vibrant colour which isn’t easy when all I buy is anything bright/glittery/a bit gross. This is what I decided on:

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A pale coral from Accessorize, a gold W7 glitter, a chunky gold Avon glitter, and a Body Shop clear for base coat and top. Firstly, I did the standard prep of file, buff and base coat. I then applied the coral to all of my nails in two even layers. After this was dry, I used the fine glitter to creat the half crescent shape on my ring finger and then the chunky gold on my index finger as another layer. I then used the dotting pen to add the gold stud to my middle finger.

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Im pretty happy with it, I like the mixture of patterns from the glitter and I love using these gold studs because they give a super professional look and they are really cheap! I bought these from eBay for about £2.50 for 50 pieces. Bargain!

The colours go well with my dress too, I needed a toned down base colour because my dress has a really pretty floral print.

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What do you think? #twolittleowls

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The best lemon drizzle

A: tonight I made my favourite lemon drizzle, it’s my go to cake because it’s so easy to make and everyone loves it so I thought I’d share it with you guys!

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Firstly, you need the following ingredients:

175g margarine
175g self raising flour
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs (free range if possible!)
4 tablespoons milk
2 lemons

Switch the oven on to 160 degrees Celsius, then mix all of the ingredients (apart from the lemons) together. I use a mixer and just put it all in and let it do it’s stuff. Once you’ve got a lovely, velvety consistency of cake mix, add the grated zest of the lemons.
Put the mix into a loaf tin which has been lightly greased and lined with baking parchment. Pop into the oven and cook for 30-35 mins, test it with a knife to check it’s cooked all the way through.

Whilst the cake is cooking, weigh out 100 grams of granulated sugar and mix with the juice of the 2 lemons. This makes the crystal glaze topping. Once the cake is cooked and taken out of the oven, pour this over the top and let it cool. This makes it extra moist and lemony!

Finally, make a cup of tea and enjoy a slice of lovely lemon drizzle!! #twolittleowls

Patchwork Update

A: Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!

I’ve been doing some more work on my patchwork blanket today, if you have no idea what I’m talking about click here.

I’ve done some simple appliqué work, taking some of my favourite fabrics and adding them to a calico backing to strengthen them.

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This bird fabric is from one of my old tops and it’s a lovely raw silk, I wore it to death and could face throwing it out when the time came, so when I said in my last post you can use anything to make your blanket, I really meant it! I’ve finished the edge with some cotton tape, this is a bit of a cheat really because it just means I won’t have to hem the edge!

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I did the same with this square, but placed the patterned fabric in the centre and finished both edges with cotton tape and added some buttons, one plain and one gold. All I need to do to finish these squares is use my sewing machine to see the cotton tape with a coordinating coloured running stitch. You can do this by hand if you want to. #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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