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Josie Makes’ Work Space

I sometimes find it hard to focus (OK all the time!) but especially when I have too many distractions. I usually work off of my laptop in my room while sitting on my bed, watching TV or trying to crochet a blanket. So I’ve set up an office in my loft, my brother provided the computer monitor, keyboard and mouse, and the desk and chair were already mine but not in use since I came back from university (not by me anyway). My brother had been using this room as a ‘games room’ as in he has 3 computers in a row and his friends would come round and they would sit next to each other playing computer games! He and his girlfriend have just bought their first house, and they’re moving from London up to Warwickshire.

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The room was done when I was a teenager and we had our loft extension. I was allowed to decorate it how I wanted as long as I decorated it. OK, so I had some help with the horrible bits, the sanding etc, but I chose the yellow and I painted it all. I have been brought up in a world of D.I.Y and cannot wait to have my own house, I already have a collection of things, but no place in sight just yet! Believe me when I do you’ll hear about it.

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Make a House a Home

I don’t know about anyone else, but I spend a lot of time imagining what my perfect house would look like! I live with my parents at the moment, but with my new job starting next month, I’m starting to think about getting my own place!

The best place I look for inspiration is Pinterest!! Here’s some of my favourite pictures so far.

If you want to see more, you can follow my Interiors board on Pinterest!

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Crafty Catch Up Club

Thursday evening I met with a great bunch of people at the Crafty Catch Up Club, organised by @ladybirdlikes (and if you want to get involved look her up on instagram or facebook). It was downstairs at the Hawkhurst Vault tea shop in Brick Lane.

I didn’t stay too long because I’d had a long day and was feeling really sleepy! It was nice to meet some other crafty types and hear about what they do, and I’m looking forward to next time!!

Zoe (aka Ladybird Likes) really sweetly made everyone a goody bag, and @creightonschocolaterie bought a chocolate lucky cat for everyone too!

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Make It Yourself- Fabric Covered Noticeboard

Welcome! To the first of my new series of blog posts called #MIY- Make It Yourself!

Ideas on how to customise or up-cycle simple things into something a bit more special while at the same time looking after the pennies!

A couple of weeks ago I turned our garden summer house into a craft work shop. I did this without spending any extra money, just moving my craft things out there, and using old furniture from around my house. My first #MIY was featured in that post, and it is my fabric covered noticeboard. Amongst the things I found stored in my shed were a few unused noticeboards, but if you don’t have one lying around, these are pretty cheap to buy. I also have stashes of fabrics that I have never gotten round to using, this one I had bought with a dress pattern, but still have no idea how to make clothes! So I thought I would make use of it.

You will need:

  • Noticeboard
  • Fabric of your choice (the size of the board)
  • Fabric scissors
  • A screwdriver/ plastic knife/ plastic model making tool or anything else with a flat but blunt edge.
  • Drawing pins
  • Picture hanging kit and hammer

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Cut the fabric slightly larger than the size of the noticeboard, including the frame.  If your fabric has a pattern make sure you cut it straight so it won’t look wonky! Iron the fabric to take out any creases. Place the fabric on top of the board, the right way up, and use your flat screwdriver or plastic tool to start pushing the edges of the fabric under the frame. Make sure it is pulled tight.

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When you have done this the whole way round, place a drawing pin in each corner to hold it in place. If the fabric seems loose, or the frame isn’t holding it so well, you can create a border the whole way round with your drawing pins.

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Et voila! Simple!

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Hanging the board is easy as it is fairly light so doesn’t need much to hold it up. I just used a pin from a picture hanging kit, and hammered it lightly into the wall, and then balance the frame of the noticeboard on top in the middle, so that it is hanging straight. If the noticeboard is heavier or won’t hang straight, you can use two pins to hold it up at each corner.

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This is my finished board! There’s more on it now, nothing in my life stays this tidy for long!!

I hope you enjoyed this first edition of #MIY Make It Yourself, and enjoy customising your own notice board. If you do make this yourself, let me know by instagramming or blogging and tagging it with #MIY and #josiemakes!

Happy making,

Josie xxx

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Spearmint Sewing Machine

So I finally treated myself to this John Lewis sewing machine I’ve had my eye on for a while. I was trying to make my cat a neck tie (!) with my old machine and I just couldn’t make it work so the next day I went out and bought this! It was only £99 and I had £30 voucher that I hadn’t yet used from Christmas. It’s really great, I’m sewing again!!

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So Joey Creates

My friend Joey also has a blog, which you should definitely check out! She does a lot of paper craft and scrapbooking. I just love these speech bubbles she makes!

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http://www.sojoeycreates.blogspot.co.uk

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