My Christmas Gifts!

I’ve had a lovely Christmas with 11 days off work! I’ve been eating, crafting, reading, watching TV and films, seeing friend and family and just having a great time.

Back to work tomorrow 😦 so I thought I’d remind myself, and share with you, some of the lovely gifts I was given for Christmas.

I actually bought the Soap and Glory set for myself, it was£30 reduced from £60 in boots before Christmas.

People know me too well! I got two mermaid tail blankets, and I love them both!!

My mum got me a ticket to see Aladdin in the West End wich I went to with my family on the 27th December and that was great, very like the film with a few added songs and the animal characters made into human characters!

What did you all get for Christmas?


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Make a floral letter

Looking for something to decorate a nursery? A wedding gift? Something for your living room wall? How about making your own flower filled letter.

All you will need is:

  • Wooden/cardboard letter shape
  • Silk flowers
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

I bought all of mine from hobbycraft. The fillable wooden letter was £3.50, you could also try their cardboard letter to decopatch or stick onto, or how about this copper wire letter and attach a few flowers to it using wire (you can buy wired flowers in the bridal section).

I bought the flowers from their floristry and also their bridal section. These weren’t cheap and from the floristry section I had to cut all the stalks off. I think you could probably get cheaper silk flowers, and more of a colour selection online. So maybe worth shopping around if you have time. Also some of the flowers were shorter and tucked away under the larger ones, so make sure to really get in there and check all the buckets!!

I used the hobbycraft mini glue gun which is only £5 and you can buy mini glue gun inserts too. Just plug it in, let it heat up for a few minutes and then simply pull and hold the trigger for the glue to come out. Be careful of fingers and hands, the glue is HOT when it comes out! Probably not one for kids to use unsupervised.

Before you start gluing, set out all your flowers to decide how you want it to look. The glue sets quickly, use a generous amount, and once you’ve finished it should already be set and ready to go! This took me only about 15 minutes to do, so a nice simple craft that would be great in your own home or as a gift for a child or a wedding. You can also get the & symbol, so you could do this for a couple with both of their initials.

There are plenty of other things you could also fill this with such as pom poms or maybe even succulent plants!! Let me know how you get on by sharing in the comments, or on instagram- tag me @josiemakes.

Happy crafting!

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Josie Makes… a Keypsie!

Yes, a Keypsie. It’s basically a lanyard to hold my keys.

Keypsie Selfie

Last year I moved into my house, and spent the winter getting the inside looking perfect. Now the sun is coming out it’s time to get outside! I have a front garden and a back garden, but the only door into my house is at the side. This means when I go outside I have to remember my keys- or get locked out! Luckily that hasn’t happened yet, but because I’ve mainly been out there working (digging up the lawn etc!) I’ve always had a pocket. Now I’ve started going out there just to relax I haven’t always had a pocket, so I made a simple but pretty lanyard to keep them around my neck. This I’m calling a Keypsie!


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Josie Makes… a home!

I finally got the keys for my new flat in October 2015, after first seeing it in the February. With a lot of help from my parents, and a lot of DIY, I moved in in mid-November 2015!

At the start of December, I put up my Christmas decorations. Today, I took them down and the place looks very bare! Most of the time I have lived here there has been a Christmas tree, and it sort of felt like it belonged. I’m going to have to get to work putting some things on the walls.

I intend to do blog posts for each room to show how it looked when I moved in, through decorating and now, finished. First up will be the bedroom, once my new wall print arrives!

Until then, here are a few ‘before and afters’ of each room…

Bathroom photo

The bathroom doesn’t yet have a before and after, this is just what it looks like!

Bed before

Bedroom before…

Bed after


Wardrobe before

Bedroom wardrobe before…

Wardrobe after


craft before

Craft room (spare room) before…

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living room before

Living room before…

living room after


Dining before

Other side of the living room before…

dining after


Kitchen Before

Kitchen before…

Kitchen after


Fridge before

Kitchen cupboard (where the fridge did not fit) before…

Fridge after


hall before

Hallway and front door before…

hall after




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Dress Making Evening Class

I love crafts, I’ve taught myself to cross stitch to patterns, to design my own cross stitches, to embroider, to crochet and knit, but one thing I could never quite get my head around was making clothing. So I recently signed up to do a clothes making evening course at my local adult education centre to help me learn how to read and use patterns!

I have been to two weeks classes, and so far I’ve cut my fabric. It’s a lot more complicated than I thought, but it’s so much easier watching someone do it than trying to work it out myself, and have someone to ask when I’m not sure.

This is the pattern I’m using, I got it free in an issue of Love Sewing Magazine. It’s not a great one to use because it doesn’t have a great amount of detail on it like commercial patterns do and she’s teaching us all about that, but it’ll do, and I’ll get a proper one next time.

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The other great thing about going to the class is that we can get practical help from our tutor, she took my measurements and my bust and waist are one size, and my hips come up 3 sizes bigger! This is one of the problems I find when trying to make (or generally wear!!!!) clothes. So she is going to help me adjust the pattern and fit it to me. So far I’ve cut out the fabric and am working on making ‘tailors tacks’ along the dart lines, which are marks made using contrasting thread, rather than pen or nothing at all. Who knew sewing could be so technical!!

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Got to do the rest of the tailors tacks now, as homework, so I can start sewing next class!! Just about to get that done while watching a nice Sunday afternoon film- ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Haha!

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Celestial Bedroom Moodboard

In very exciting news it looks like I may soon be getting my own flat! So I’ve been daydreaming about all the decor and D.I.Y I will be doing!!!! So I will of course be blogging about it all. To start with I’m making moodboards for each room, here’s my ideas for my bedroom. I’m going with a magical/celestial theme.


Clockwise from the top:

  • On one wall, I will have some narrow shelves with some of my favourite things, including my Harry Potter replica Time Turner, and my Luna Lovegood wand from the Harry Potter studio tour.
  • Also on the shelves I will have this amazing illustration I’ve just bought by Oh No Rachio! ‘Be Kind’ is my motto in life.
  • I love this fairy illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. I like the black and white theme. I have a set of black and white tarot cards I bought from ebay after reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern and I intend to put a few of these in frames on the wall.
  • Winking Eye Pillow Set from Urban Outfitters.
  • Glitter paint by Craig and Rose to go on top of…
  • Dark blue paint on one wall. To look like a starry night!
  • Example! Photo from Pinterest.
  • White Sun and Moon Throw to go over my bed.

It will be interesting to see what the finished room looks like, and whether I change my mind before then!

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International Women’s Day- Women Who Inspire Me

Today is International Women’s Day. I think it’s a really important time to think about how women have shaped the world, past, present and future. Also to think about the injustices that still face women around the world and what we can all do together to change that. To find out more have a look at the International Women’s Day website.

I want to share a list of women that inspire me and who I look up to, so here goes!

1. Malala Yousafzai

Malala is a young Pakistani advocate for female education and now the youngest ever Nobel prize laureate. She was shot in the head by the Taliban just for going to school, and miraculously survived. Her story shook the world, and she has used that to continue to speak out against the Taliban and for girl’s education around the world, seeing education as a way to empower women out of poverty. She has had to leave her home and everything she knew. She is fearless and amazing!

2. Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline was the founder of various women’s organisations to fight for the right to vote. Literally fighting in some cases, as she founded the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) also known as the Suffragettes, who threw bricks through windows, started fires and went on hunger strikes in prisons. During the war they halted their cause to join the war effort. Married women or women who owned property were first allowed to vote, then women over 30, but she didn’t give up and just a few weeks after her death women were granted equal voting rights with men.

I recommend her book ‘My Own Story’ which details their efforts up until the war broke out, and shows just how long it took, how much opposition they faced, and just how militant they became!

3. Nicki Minaj

Despite what many people think about Nicki Minaj she is a very intelligent woman, and she is passionate about women and the inequalities she see’s, especially in the rap music industry. A lot of what people don’t like about Nicki is the way she acts, much of which is just how the men in that industry act. She talks a lot about being seen as a bitch when she acts in a strong powerful way, where a man might be seen as a boss. I just like her! I think she’s funny, she is unapologetic, she is body positive and she is outspoken, all things that women are often told they can’t be. Here’s a Buzzfeed article with some great quotes by her.

13 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be More Like Nicki Minaj

13 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be More Like Nicki Minaj

4. J K Rowling

Because Harry Potter. I love the mix of characters in her books, and the stories, it’s just my childhood! She wrote some really strong women in the book, as mothers, teachers, fighters, sportspeople, politicians. Successful, intelligent, beautiful, evil, good. And also, because she fell off of the Forbes Rich List as she gave so much money to charity!

5. April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation)

April Ludgate is my spirit animal and my alter ego. She says all the things I would want to say if it was socially acceptable. Buzzfeed!

The 20 Most Relatable April Ludgate Quotes From "Parks And Recreation"

6. Lucy Holmes

Lucy began a petition to ask The Sun’s editor to remove page 3 photos of topless girls from the ‘news’paper. Since then she has gathered huge amounts of supporters and opponents. Much of it has come in the form of abuse and online trolling, even at times from the ‘news’paper itself. Where I feel I might have given up and hidden under a rock, which is what they want, she hasn’t done. She has grown the campaign, organised protests, and continuously answered ignorant and boring questions from people. Read more about the No More Page 3 campaign and like them on facebook if you want to get involved.

7. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

Jane had an abusive childhood, no family, sent away to a boarding school where everyone is really mean! She ends up working as a teacher in the school she went to. She advertised and got herself a job as a governess in a large house, she made prospects for herself. She was plain and quiet but she wasn’t going to be treated like she was worth nothing.

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”

8. Grumpy Cat


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