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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…

craft after.JPG


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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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.

Loft office

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 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


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.


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.


Et voila! Simple!


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.


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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Where Josie Makes!

I have had a lovely lazy Sunday, I haven’t had just a day at home for so long. Recently I decided to create a work space in the Summerhouse we have in our garden. Before this I had just been trying to do everything from my bed and it’s not a conducive working environment! It was being used as my brothers workshop where he did his airbrush paintings and stuff, but he hadn’t been in there for so long, it was basically being used as storage. One of the things that was stored in there was a big white Ikea desk, so that was where I started! I have one side of the summerhouse, the other side still has all my brothers things and its pretty dark and dingy, polar opposite to my side! The great thing about this is I haven’t bought anything for it, everything you see before you I found in my own house or shed, and just spruced up a bit!


The small square table is a card table, so it is dark wood with a dark green felt top. I just cut a piece of white material from an old bedsheet to cover the top with. The CD player is my dad’s and was also already down there, it’s so old it has a cassette player too!! Both sets of drawers and the wicker chair were things that we had around that weren’t being used.


As the shed was being used for storage too, I found amongst some old pictures a couple of noticeboards and white boards, I put up one of the white boards on the back wall and decided to make the noticeboard a bit more decorative by covering it in fabric. I will do a blog post soon about how I did it, I hope to do a series of blogs called #MIY Make It Yourself, so keep an eye out for those!


My lovely Spearmint green John Lewis sewing machine! (Yes we have lighting and electricity in this ‘shed’!)



For decoration, apart from the boards, I put up my My Sad Cat calendar, and a couple of cross stitches that I had done, I keep them all in frames so I can change them up whenever I feel like it. I also put up the cute pictures above which I got free in the last issue of Mollie Makes!! So all in all a very good, cheap workshop! One perk of still living with your parents, more space than I could afford on my own, and years worth of stuff that nobody will miss if I borrow!!

It’s really nice in there, especially in the nice weather we had today. I put on Britney’s greatest hits and had the doors and windows open, got everything sorted and even got a few pieces of jewellery made. Why does the weekend have to end?!



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I Got 99 Problems But A Stitch Ain’t One


Available in my etsy shop Josie Makes


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Josie Likes… Craft Cupboard


This is just exactly what I want, so I am on the lookout for a cupboard like this to customise!

Photo found here



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