Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

  • Today I am going to start our picks off with possibly the cutest animal in the world, that not many people know about, is sadly endangered and seriously cuddly …the lli Pika!
  • We have been working hard to get our homes and gardens ready for spring, all that is needed now is a freshly made spring wreath, wreaths are not just for Christmas!
  • One of my favourite books is being made into a movie and I can’t wait to watch it…Little Woman.
  • From Little Woman to Pretty woman…Here are five things you may not know about the movie Pretty Woman, what a great movie!
  • Are you looking for a couple of easy recipes for Easter Breakfast?  Easter Quiche is always great and so easy to make, in fact Abi has a great quiche recipe on our blog.  Easter is not complete without Hot cross buns, this Easter I have begged Abi to make us a giant hot cross bun.
  • James Cordon has made it to the late show, I couldn’t think of a better host…see for yourself.

Have a wonderful weekend all, enjoy your spring cleaning and pruning.

Spring Wishlist

Spring Wishlist

The tree in my back yard is filled with blossoms, same as the rest of the neighbourhood, spring has arrived but the weather just won’t play along! So while I sit here in the office under a blankie I’m dreaming of sunshine, bbq’s, beach holidays and cocktails!
Spring Wishlist
one – How cool is this bright chartreuse crocheted handbag. So much fun!
two – I love all the prints from Inaluxe but this one is the happiest! Just what you need to brighten up your living room after the long cold winter.
three – Isn’t this just the cutest planter ever?
four – I’ve got two beach holidays planned this year so a new bikini is definitely in order! This fun floral print number is just right!
five – I love all the pieces in anthropologie’s new furniture range but this chair is definitely my fave, I mean – wow.
six – Wedding season is just about here and with two weddings to attend this summer I’ve been searching for the perfect dress, I think I found it.
seven – And of course the perfect shoes to match
eight – I’m a big Rachel Khoo fan and her new cookbook looks packed full of summery recipes. Need this in my collection!
nine – The perfect Chambray t-shirt to get in on the denim trend.
ten – Quite possibly the coolest cocktail shaker, this mason jar will be the perfect addition to my bar. I’m just imagining all the signature cocktails I’ll be mixing up!

Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

That is all for this week, keep your eyes peeled for the Super moon tonight and have a great weekend.

DIY Sunglasses Case

DIY Sunglasses Case

Sometimes I think the best DIY’s come from necessity, see I like small handbags and usually I can just about squeeze in everything I need: wallet, phone, keys but summer is nearly here and and I need a safe place for my sunnies! I really needed a soft bag that could get squashed between everything else but still protect my sunglasses. I had a look around for a soft sunglasses case but couldn’t find anything I really liked so I thought, this is an excellent DIY opportunity!

DIY Sunglasses Case You’ll need
different coloured felt squares, at least one large piece of about 30 cm x 22 cm in your main colour. (you won’t need as much of the other colours, they are just for the lettering and design etc.)
lining fabric  – I used a piece of scrap cotton I already had (about 30 cm x 30 cm)
embroidery thread in chosen colours (I used light blue and yellow)
batting (optional)
1 x press studs
DIY Sunglasses CaseMeasure out the lining against your sunglasses, it should be a fairly snug fit but not too tight. Cut to size, remember to leave extra fabric for seam allowance, about 1.5 cm. Pin the fabric in place and sew around the edge, trim your seam allowance and your lining is done! You’ll finish off the remaining raw edge at a later stage.
DIY Sunglasses CaseCut the felt to size, for the width I just cut the 30 cm x 22 cm piece I got from Hobbycraft in half lengthwise and it was the perfect size but of course all sunglasses are different so check to make sure. To find the length of the case pin the two sides together and cut about 2 cm bigger than your sunglasses, remember to leave extra fabric on one side for the flap, mine was about 5cm. Now that you’ve determined the size unpin the two sides.

DIY Sunglasses CaseThe most time consuming part of this project was definitely cutting out the letters for my design, I drew them in pencil first. Of course you can just do shapes or any design you like but I thought the ‘hello sunshine’ wording was cute. Once you’ve cut out your letters/design in your chosen felt colours, play around until they’re perfect, pin them in place and start stitching them on to the felt, I didn’t use any fancy stitches I just tried to stay fairly close to the edges. Above is a photo of how I finished it at the back. I also stitched a little cloud on to the flap for an extra bit of cuteness. Tip: Embroidery thread comes in 6 strands, you’ll only need to use two at a time so cut the length of your thread and separate two strands from the other four and save for later. Always make a double knot at the end of your thread.
Once you’ve finished your design you can pin your two side together and start stitching, I used a blanket stitch. If you don’t know how to do a blanket stitch, here is a tutorial.
DIY Sunglasses Case When you’ve stitched all the way around, turn the case inside out. Measure and cut your batting to be about 1cm smaller than the case. Anchor it in the corners with a few light stitches, be careful not to go all the way through the felt or you’ll see it on the right side. This step is optional, the felt is already fairly sturdy and should be strong enough to protect the glasses, I just like to be extra cautious.
DIY Sunglasses Case With the wrong side facing out, take your lining bag and pin a 1cm seam around the edge, iron it flat. Push it into your felt case, wrong sides facing each other and pin the top edges together. Blind stitch the lining and the felt together. Here is a tutorial for blind stitching. All that’s left to do now is sew on the snap fastener and you’re done! There hasn’t been much sun recently but my sunglasses case has come in really handy on the few sunny days we’ve had!

Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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Ever Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

Have a wonderful weekend all and don’t forget to spoil your mums on Sunday!