Friday, 26 September 2014

No-sew winter curtains - in minutes (and they're beautiful!)


Morning autumnal poppets! Hubby's away at the moment so I've been having a good clear out, and I'm starting to cosify the house ready for autumn. So before I forget I wanted to remind you of a video I made last year, which has proved really popular with 40,000 views ... it's a short tutorial on making thick, warm winter curtains, without the need for sewing. If you can't see the video just clear here




So if you want to save a little on your heating this year don't rush buy new expensive winter curtains - This project takes minutes to do, you only need a couple of things and it costs very little money. It's looks much nicer too I think! 

For more tips on winterfying your home click here


JM x



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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Pressed wild flowers in glass frames


A little while ago I wrote a piece on pressing flowers, well now it's time to unleash those bad boys and bask in their floral glory! if you haven't any pressed, here's my simple guide to pressing flowers. Once you have your flowers pressed all we need to do is pop them into a glass frame. The following projects can take 5 minutes, or 40 minutes, depending on how complex you want to make it. You'll end up with a beautiful piece of art that takes no time at all, but looks like it does! Wildflower frames makes beautiful gifts, and it's a lovely way of displaying wedding flowers after the the big day ... it's also a great project to do with kiddies, since there really is nothing to it.


How to make: Pressed wild flowers in glass frame



Easy Pressed flower project

This is the easiest of project. Press a Hydrangea petal for a few weeks until dry, then pop it in a tiny glass frame ... or display a simple stem in a postcard-sized frame

Time taken: 5 mins.




Pressed wild flowers in glass frames Pressed wild flowers in glass frames


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Friday, 12 September 2014

How to make Blackberry jam


How to make Blackberry jam



I made jam for the first time this week. Now you know I'm a self-confessed terrible cook. I can make a hash of the easiest of recipes so it's no wonder I haven't attempted Jam before. But then I found out how you make it ... put berries in a pan + splash of water + lemon and sugar = pot of jam. I had no idea it was that easy. So under the guidance of my crafty jam & jewellery-making pal Yidan, we made jam!

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Friday, 5 September 2014

My little red shoes


I love my little red shoes. The belonged to my 2 year old self. I keep these shoes on my dresser, to remind me of who I once was - a spirited little girl, running through puddles with an eye for adventure and imagination to boot.  I try hard to retain those qualities now - the ability to daydream, to see wonder in things, to appreciate simple things ... of course it doesn't always come easy, as life, news, work, chores, health and worry can dampen a spirit in a heartbeat ... so I keep these little shoes nearby, because in times of trouble they always remind me to try.

JM x


My little red shoes


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Thursday, 4 September 2014

How to make: Fabric and lace edged guest towels


How to make: Fabric and lace edged guest towels



This a lovely, super duper easy project for both beginners and experienced crafters. Fabric and lace-edged guest towels make gorgeous gifts for all occasions; birthdays, christmas and especially weddings! If you can sew in a straight line on a sewing machine, then you can do this. I churned out 8 towels in one afternoon, all of which are going to be christmas gifts for loved ones.

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