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.

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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

After!

Wardrobe before

Bedroom wardrobe before…

Wardrobe after

After!

craft before

Craft room (spare room) before…

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After!

living room before

Living room before…

living room after

After!

Dining before

Other side of the living room before…

dining after

After!

Kitchen Before

Kitchen before…

Kitchen after

After!

Fridge before

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

Fridge after

After!

hall before

Hallway and front door before…

hall after

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.

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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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Choccywoccydoodah!

My good friend Emma is getting married in 6 WEEKS!! I can’t believe it, so exciting! Last weekend we went to Choccywoccydoodah in London for an all you can eat chocolate buffet!!! There was cake, ice cream, sweets, chocolate, milkshakes, hot chocolate and soft drinks! We could NOT eat it all, but luckily they give you boxes to take stuff home with you do you don’t have to leave it.

The room was beautiful, it was a private event room, covered in fake grass, with a rope swing seat, statues, a flamingo and a sheep (not real!) lovely lampshades and garden items! It was a bit like being in Alice in Wonderland in the Red Queens gardens.

Here’s some pictures that will make you want to go there NOW.

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Gluten free lemon and almond cake with ice cream! It took me 3 days to eat!

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Beautiful people!

I’ve bought my dress for the wedding, but after all this chocolate it’s a little tight so I’m going to have to try and lose a bit of weight before then! Very excited.

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Alice in Post Wonderland!!

I am a big lover of all things fairytale and fantasy, one of my favourite stories is Alice in Wonderland. I love all of the imagery and imagination! I even am hoping to have a (subtle) theme of Alice in Wonderland in my new house, including plans for a Mad Hatters Cocktail Party housewarming 😀

Look at what my lovely friend Joey sent me.

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She’s amazing, she loves paper and pens and stamps and sending letters! Check out her blog if you love those things too~ So Joey.

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