• Fashion,  Sewing

    Why Buy What You Can Make?

    This week I’ve been dedicating my evenings to a new sewing project – it’s been a while since I’ve spent any time with my sewing machine but it’s been a happy reunion. I’ve made a resolution that I’m not going to buy any clothes that I couldn’t make myself (inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee) so this is project number one. I had an idea for a biker jacket using luxe cream fabric for the body with leather sleeves so cast my feelers out on the internet for a suitable pattern. (Grandma’s vintage pattern stash doesn’t cater for rock chick chic!) Never one to make it easy for myself,…

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Cat Handbag Tutorial (Reblog)

    truebluemeandyou: truebluemeandyou: Reposting because photos disappeared from my blog post. What’s most popular on my blog right now? The DIY Knockoff Milk Cat Bag Tutorial. For more unique knockoffs go here:truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/knockoff DIY Knockoff MILK Cat Bag Tutorial and Template from Make My Lemonade here. This bag has been all over Tumblr and fashion sites. Top Photo: $237 (sold out) MILK Cat Bag here. Bottom Photo: DIY by Make My Lemonade. I translated the site from French to English using Chrome and it is running quite slowly. To see the bag in an outfit/GIF post go here. I’ve been looking everywhere for a new handbag, I’m in love!

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating

    Piped Flowers: Easter Daffodils

    Just a quickie – royal iced flowers are great for getting ready in advance. Add a bit of gum trag to the icing for strength and using a leaf nozzle pipe five or six petals in a circle onto a square of grease proof paper. Once dry, colour some icing yellow and pipe a built up spiral using a number 2 writing nozzle in the centre of the petals. Leave to dry and then carefully peel off the paper and stick to your cake with a blob of royal icing.

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Dip Hem Skirt (Reblog)

    scissorsandthread: Sheer Gathered High-Low Skirt | Prudent Baby I know it doesn’t look it, but this is a very easy sewing project to do! The combo of sheer fabric and elasticised waist also means it’s going to be comfy and cool to wear in Summer. Oh yes, plus I love the way this is styled with the gingham shirt, so cute! Love this – probably won’t bother with the dip hem as I think perhaps that trend has had its day but sheer skirts are so feminine and summery. It looks so good with the gingham shirt too. This is definitely one for my ‘Things to Make’ list.

  • Nail Art,  Tutorials

    How to Do Leopard Nail Art

    I’m not ashamed to say I love leopard print, Bet Lynch eat your heart out, but I don’t always want full on leopard all the time. This is a nice way to inject just a touch of leopard into everyday life. This nail art is super simple, all you need is a normal polish (this is Rose Pink from Rimmel) plus nail art pens in two different colours (I’ve gone for nude and black, the black is Model’s Own/Wah Nails and the nude is a generic one off eBay. The Model’s Own pen draws a finer line so is good for this.) 1. First start by painting your nails with…

  • Crochet,  Tutorials

    Crochet Doorstop Piggy Wig

    Crochet Pig Latest in the series of crochet animals comes the pig, a request from my mum as a present for a pig loving friend. I used the basic body shape that I’ve used for the cat, the owl and the elephant but this time with a Fab mottled pink and white wool. The entire creation is great for beginners as the only stitches used are single and double crochets. Using the following pattern I crocheted two ears and sewed them on to each side of the head: Ch2, 2dc in second ch from hook, ch1, turn, 2dc in second ch from hook, 2dc in next st, ch 1, turn,…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating,  Tutorials

    Making Sugarpaste Bows

    Tonight I made an icing bow to use on the christening cake I’m making for my assessment. Although the instructions are easy to follow it’s actually quite tricky to get the bow to look perfect (particularly with acrylic nails!). 1. Roll the icing out thinly. Mine is coloured with Wilton Rose Red and has some Sugarcell mixed in so that it will dry solid. 2. Using a ribbon cutter (or a knife) cut a strip of icing at the desired with – should be just over twice as long as you’d like the bow to be. 3. Now cut the strip of ribbon in half vertically. Dab the inside of…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating,  Tutorials

    The Power of the Crimp

    Last night’s cake decorating lesson was all about sugarpaste. We covered boards and polystyrene dummies with a layer of sugarpaste and also learnt about embossing and crimping. The picture shows my crimping practice on a test dummy. I’m still a beginner with the crimper but here are some tips that helped me improve: 1. There’s no need to push the crimper right into the sugarpaste, a milimetre or two is enough. 2. Hold the crimper as shown in the picture. Gently squeeze the crimpers together slightly – squeezing too hard makes the indent stick out and look silly and untidy. 3. Move the cake so the section you are crimping…

  • Fashion,  Nail Art,  Tutorials

    Rose & Polka Dot Nail Art

    Through the magic of nail art pens I’ve created a homage to the Cath Kidston shabby chic style on my fingernails. I used hot pink on three nails and used a Model’s Own white nail art pen to make the polka dots. For the remaining two nails I used a nude base and then drew the roses using nail art pens sourced from eBay. To create roses I drew a small hexagon with a pink pen and filled it in. Whilst still wet, use a lighter coloured pen (I used a nude colour) and swirl in a dot of colour into the pink. Repeat 2 or 3 more times over…

  • Fashion,  Knitting,  Tutorials

    Knitted Headband Tutorial (Reblog)

    truebluemeandyou: DIY Three Strand Knit Cable Headband Tutorial from Concreate here. This is a clear how-to cable tutorial using 8mm or US 11 needles and she tripled the yarn (instead of one strand she used three while knitting). *For lots more knitting projects (including more headbands) go here: http://truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/knitting