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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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Renegade Craft Fair

It’s been such a long time since I have posted, almost 4 months! I was busy with my new job for a while, and then I was sulking for a while because I made my own craft ironing board and took loads of photos of the process, well the short story is I’ve lost them, and I’ve lost hours of my life looking through my folders, my cameras, using photo recovery software and then came to the conclusion that they might be on another memory card- could I find that anywhere? No. I’m hoping it will show up eventually, and that they’re on there!!

Anyway, craft wise during that time I’ve made a few embroidery hoops and a few Christmassy things and I’ve been crocheting a blanket. I will post some pictures of what I’ve made, but if you follow me on instagram @josiemakes I post things on there more regularly.

Yesterday I went to Renegade Craft Fair in east London with So Joey and it was so great, full of small craft businesses. Jewellery, accessories, homeware, illustrations, papercrafts and much more! I think I took a business card from almost every stall and am about to go through them finding them all on instagram and etsy and filling up my shopping basket!!!

These are the beautiful things I bought!

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I saw this cute rain cloud necklace at the start of the day and had to go back to get it! I loved a lot of their stuff they had Christmas Jumper necklaces that I still have my eye on for Christmas but this was the thing that stood out to me on the day, it’s different from anything I have yet jewellery wise and I like to wear jewellery that expresses my moods!! Anyway I do like the rain, today has been such a lazy day, crocheting under my blanket watching Gavin and Stacey while it rains outside.

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Love Alice in Wonderland. This is a card, but they had a large print too which I want to get when I have my own house! (by LucyLovesThis)

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Had my eye on this craft brooch for a while now so glad to finally get it!! The panda is for a Christmas present… (Joey look away!!!)

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Got this amazing grumpy cat tape from Hello Harriet, she does amazing temporary tattoos and nail transfers too!

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Cute tiny little bird earrings and wooden hair pins!

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Happy Spending: Filing Trays!

I found these amazing trays for my desk area in T K Maxx. They match some drawers I have, and I do need to keep things organised! I can throw all my receipts in here until I have time to sit down and write out my expenses and filing. Boring!

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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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

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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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