Handmade Christmas: DIY Mr & Mrs Elf

There’s nothing better than chillin’ out with a cuppa whilst reading a mag but lash a magazine freebie in the mix and I’m basically in my apple cart. I have an obsession with buying mags especially when their is a free gift involved. I bought a copy of this months ‘Homemaker’ mag ‘Handmade Christmas’ for £4.99 to give me some Christmas craft inspiration and gifted with the mag was a Mr & Mrs Elf cloth kit which was designed by the super talented blogger Stephanie Thannhauser over at ric-rac.blogspot.com. I thought I’d share my little friends with you all, maybe you would like to pick a copy up yourselves and try making Mr & Mrs’ Elf too.

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Included in the kit was a printed Mr & Mrs Elf cloth kit, a small spool of white cotton and four little gold bells and the other items I needed were some polyester filling, pins, fabric scissors and a sewing machine although they can also be sewn by hand.

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The instructions were on page 25 and here’s how I made it:

1. Unfold and press your printed fabric sheet. Use sharp scissors to cut out all of the shapes along the dotted lines, pair up the legs right sides together, holding the fabric to the light to make sure the print matches up.

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2. Pin and sew around the legs, leaving the top open. Clip the curves and corners, then turn the legs right sides out. Stuff with fibre filling (I used polyester filling) pushing the wadding right into the toes with a knitting needle (or the end of a pen) and tack along the top edge.

3. Match up the front and back body pieces and sew right sides together leaving the bottom edge open. Clip the curves and corners before turning right sides out and stuff the body firmly.

4. Turn in and pin the raw edge at the bottom. Position the legs between the bottom edges and over-sew the seam closed, securing the legs as you do so. Stich the bells to the end of each hat and hey presto Mr & Mrs elf are finished.

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Don’t they look super cute and adorable!!! I love how they have turned out.

Go get your copy of Homemaker now and have a go yourselves.

Make sure you tweet me a picture at KatieRoseLovesx. I’d love to see yours!

Seasons Greetings,

Love

Kate xo

Candlemaking Craft Kit – House Of Crafts – Review

 

Hey ladies!

This one is for the crafters and candle obsessives out there. I had so much fun yesterday making DIY candles with my actual own two hands using the Candlemaking Craft Kit from House Of Craft and I thought I’d fill you guys in and show you what I made. This craft kit was a gift from the boyfriend and I think it is probably the best thing he has ever bought me. Forget designer shoes, forget delicious cupcakes, this girl loves being gifted craft kits! Mikey’s a keeper! 😍

What is it?

‘The craft of candlemaking is a fascinating and absorbing pastime with an endless variety of designs, colours and techniques available. This kit contains all the materials needed to create an elegant and colourful selection of traditional and floating candles with added fragrance.’ – House Of Crafts.

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Contents:

Wax Pellets
Candle Moulds
Coloured Dyes
Fragrance Oil
Bulb Pipette
Wicks
4 Wick Rods,
Mould Seale,
Instructions (English/French/Italian).

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Suitable for vegetarians.

What did I make?

I made these: woohoo!

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I thought I would try make jar candles with the leftover wax after making the moulded ones and I actually liked the jars better, I just sealed one end of the candle wick to the inside of the jar using superglue and I then poured the wax into the jars, wrapped the wick around the little ‘lollipop’.

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I labelled 3 of the jars with chalkboard stickers, cut them to size and wrote on them with chalk pens. I love them! I really like the jar ones better than the moulded ones.

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I got my little jars here. I got the stickers and pens here. My lavender essential oil here, my rosemary essential oil here and my lemon essential oil here.

What did I think?

I loved it! I was browsing on Amazon UK for the individual stuff to make candles and I just didn’t know where to start or what to buy. This kit has give me the confidence and the incentive to buy all the essentials I need to make DIY candles. The instructions were easy to read and follow and it has lots of great tips for decoration too.

I didn’t like the fragrance which was included so I just used it in one candle to see how it smelled, at first it smelled like a strong aftershave but after lighting the ‘fragranced’ candle, it does smell lovely and floral. I used essential oils for my other candles and played around with the 3 dyes to create different coloured candles.

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There is a good amount of paraffin wax pellets too and they come packed in a resealable bag. I made about six candles altogether plus two small floating candles.

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I struggled with the candle wicks at first as I found it so tricky to pull it through, but after one or two go’s I eventually got the hang of it. Then disaster struck. I forgot to place the mould sealant (blu tak) at the bottom of the tray before I poured the liquid wax in and it leaked a little bit, so if you do decide to buy this, make sure you remember to seal it beforehand so you don’t lose any melted wax. If you have any jars, you could use them if you prefer!

I think they look great considering it was my first time making DIY candles and I do love the funky shapes and especially my little jars! After lighting them I just sat back and admired my handy work, I was so proud of myself and my apartment looked like a cathedral. I loved it! Haha. They burned slow, so they lasted quite a while and they smell so beautiful too and look pretty when they are lit.

Who I’d recommend it for?

Definitely beginners! This is not a kit for someone who already knows the ins and outs of candlemaking but it is a great starter kit for those new to candlemaking and it would make an amazing gift for anybody who loves candles, DIY craft projects and those wishing to learn the basics.

Where to buy it?

On Amazon UK – I got mine here.

Who would love to make their own candles?

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: This craft kit was a gift from my boyfriend.

How To Turn A Cardboard Box Into A Fabric Covered Storage Box

 

I shop online quite often and I suppose you could say I was a lazy cow, ahem… a very busy woman.

Online shopping is fast, you get deals, promotion codes, have an in-depth view of what’s on sale and you don’t need to trek miles and miles to get your shopping. Not to mention getting spotted by the girl you try to avoid because you know she can talk for England and you got shit to do, places to be. Then, you have tons of shopping to carry all the way back home. I’d rather get someone else to do my dirty work. 😂

Plus delivery is often free too, (or around the same price as travel costs) so what’s to lose.

Having an online shopping addiction can get embarrassing. I get deliveries every single day and the delivery man must think I am a millionaire with the amount of stuff I get delivered, little does he know I have spent a whole months wage on complete junk and I’m living off beans on toast for the rest of the month, but I play the game and I let him think I am rich… 😂 Online shopping is wonderful thing but the piles of cardboard boxes which I have to tear up and recycle each day has become a pain in the bum!

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The moral of the story is: I have a-lot of cardboard boxes, little bin space, no room left in my recycling bins and neither has my neighbour who still hasn’t found out who the box culprit is, I’m a cheeky cow! He-he!

So with the boxes I’ve been stuck with, I thought I would up-cycle, transform and revamp a few of them into trendy storage boxes.

 

 

RESULT:

From this:

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To this:

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This WAS a kids bike box which was bought for my niece and now look at it! The gorgeous Chevron fabric  I used was sent to me by My Fabrics. It is £5.90 per metre. I have curtains to match too & cushion covers what I made with the left-over fabric.

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Like the fabric? Get it here!  If you subscribe to My Fabrics Newsletter you will receive a £5 money off voucher plus fashion students get a further 10% off on all fabrics.

How to make a DIY storage box?

Watch this video tutorial on YouTube: (same method for all size boxes)

Who’s going to make a storage box then? 😘

Love

Katie x

 

Handmade Gifts: How To Up-Cycle Old Coffee Jars Into Pretty Little Vases

Girls, girls, girls….

When I first started this blog just over a year ago, I had intentions of mainly posting about sewing, craft and DIY projects but somehow my blog has turned into an all beauty, all skincare blog, how did that happen, eh!  I love beauty blogging but craft is a BIG hobby of mine. I have just been browsing through my huge list of drafts and came across this little post about recycling coffee jars and turning them into pretty gifts. I thought I would post it anyhow even though it has been sitting in my drafts folder for a whole year, just waiting to be published.

Now, thanks to YouTube craft vloggers and Pinterest, I am the type of girl who throws NOTHING away and in my boyfriends own words I am an obsessive compulsive hoarder who needs psychological help, ha-ha! He does exaggerates just a bit and the fool has joked too many a time that I should choose him or the ‘junk’. Well, Michael… it’s safe to say you are still here and so is the ‘junk’, so one nil to me, sunshine! He-he!

I do tend to keep jars a-lot and I find it so hard to throw out food and coffee jars once they are empty as I always think they can be recycled and will come in handy one day.

I simply wash them out, take off the labels and store them away for when I’m feeling creative. Maybe, it’s true and I am a hoarder but I’ll tell you one thing, I have the best times ever when I am ‘creating’ little masterpieces.

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I made this sparkly jar for my beautiful Mum and she loved it, she said it looked very pretty and I agree. I washed and dried an empty Mellow Birds coffee jar. Measured around the jar and cut a few diamante ribbons to length to fit. I brushed a bit of Modge Podge glue along the length of the diamante ribbon and placed it onto the jar, holding it for a minute so it stuck, then I just wrapped a gift tag around the neck of the bottle and put some flowers into it with a little water at the bottom. My Mum loved it! Especially because it was a hand-made gift which have more sentiment than store-bought gifts, don’t you think!

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For these two jars I just used what I had in my craft box, more diamante ribbon, thick ribbon, thin ribbon and a Lipsy ribbon which I got with a dress I bought, also I had a pink leather One  Direction bracelet which I got for my niece but it was way too big for her so I cut it up and added that too. See… you should never throw things out because everything can be recycled. Ha!

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What I used & where to buy:

A recycled coffee jar.

Pretty daffodils.

You can get some Modge Podge here.

Thick ribbons here.

Thin ribbons here.

Pretty printed ribbons here.

Diamante ribbons here.

Gift tags here.

For those wanting to know I bought the 1D bracelet here.

 


 

I hope you have enjoyed reading my post. I am definitely going to be posting more sewing, craft and DIY projects in the future!

 

Love

Katie x

 

 

How To Make Japenese Kanzashi Fabric Flowers | Searchpress Books

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Hello lovely crafters! 😘

Today, I will be showing you all how I made this little Japanese Kanzashi fabric flower. If you would like to make a flower yourself, I have included a step by step guide below. Hopefully you will have as much fun as I did making them and will be pretty surprised at how easy they are to make!

I had my six year old niece helping me too, which goes to show how easy Kanzashi flowers are to make and although I obviously did the grown up bits such as gluing, cutting and sewing, she was very proud of her cute little self once the flower she helped to make was completed.

One of my favourite hobbies in the world has always been DIY crafts. Making little handmade crafts gives me a great sense of accomplishment. No matter how small it is or how easy the craft is to make, once I have finished making something myself, by hand, it is definitely a very proud moment for me. The fact that I can make something wonderful from scratch makes me feel like a genius! 😂

So, as you can probably imagine, I was so thrilled when Searchpress sent me the Japanese Fabric Flowers book, which was written by the French artist, Sylvie Blondeau.

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The book has 65 kanzashi flower designs to choose from and each flower comes with photographs and easy, simple instructions. Kanzashi flowers are so beautiful and there are so many wonderful ways to use them for fashion items, jewellery pieces, home decorations and many more.

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The flowers are so easy to make and you will probably have everything you need to make these flowers lying around your home. They are great for passing time, combating stress as well as letting your creative side come out and if you have children, it is a fun activity to do together.

Do you have old bed sheets you no longer use? Or maybe a t-shirt that no longer fits… Just recycle and re-use the material to make the flowers. Waste not, want not eh! 👍

If you would rather use new fabric, I highly recommend myfabrics.co.uk. They have a huge range of beautiful fabrics and sell lots of haberdashery accessories too. (They currently have a big sale on at the moment too, with up to 80% off.) 👌

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Whatever fabric you intend to use, be it old fabric, newly bought fabric, curtains, clothes or bed sheets; I guarantee that these kanzashi flowers will look perfect.

I was so excited to start making these beautiful, little, fabric flowers. They look so pretty and to be honest, when I first seen the photographs I thought they would be so hard and complicated to make. But, I was wrong…

With the help of my niece 😉 I made my first one in under 15 minutes and I was very impressed with the end results.

For the first flower, we picked our favourite one in the book, which is the pretty ‘flower number 7’.

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I’m going to show you step by step how I made this flower and hopefully you can follow my instructions at home and make your own.

What You Will Need ❤

💚 Seven 8cm (3 1/4in) squares of fabric
💛 One felt circle 5cm (2in) (I used paper)
💙 One button at least 5mm (1 1/4in) in diameter
❤ Needle & Cotton
💜 Scissors
💚 Glue
💛 Measuring tape or a ruler

The size of the finished flower will be about 8cm in diameter.

How To Make A Japanese Kanzashi Flower ❤

Steps 1, 2 & 3

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Step 4 & 5

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Steps 6, 7 & 8

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Woohoo! See how easy they are to make… if you need any help at all, do leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you! 😊


So below is my finished Kanzashi Flower, which I sewed onto my homemade PJ’s to make them look prettier! 😍

Keep a look out for my upcoming post ‘How To Make Your Own PJ’s’. 👌

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My PJ’s below featuring my Kanzashi Fabric Flower!!

Happy sewing girls… ❤

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I’d love to see your Kanzashi flowers over on my facebook page. 😊😊😊😊😊

What Katie Rose Loves

If you would like to buy the book ‘Japanese Fabric Flowers’ by Sylvie Blondeau which features many more Kanzashi flower designs, then head over to the Searchpress website. They also have a wide range of various art and craft books available to buy too so take a look! 😊

Shop For Art & Craft Books – Searchpress Website

Searchpress on Facebook

Thank you for reading!

Lots of Love

Katie Rose ❤

Contact: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com