Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Love Heart Cushion

As I was browsing Pinterest, I stumbled across the loveliest cushion and like many other sewers I immediately thought to myself..."I want to make this". I do this with just about everything I see, but very rarely actually end up following through. But this cushion was just too cute to not replicate. So I just had to go to my local haberdashery to pick up all of the materials I needed.


I picked up some hessian for the front section and decided on plain red cotton fabric for the back. I also made sure I picked up plenty of red ribbon and red zips, as I wanted to make four to go in the lounge. As I have only recently got back into sewing, I want to keep my first few projects quite simple and these definitely were just that. I do need to dust up on my zip inserting skills though (oops) and threading ribbon through hessian is quite tedious (yawn) but apart from that it was great fun and I was really pleased with how they turned out.

Image take from Pinterest
My finished Cushion

So what do you think of my Love Heart Cushion? I always find the best inspiration on Pinterest - if you haven't already got an account, I would definitely recommend that you sign up. It's great for finding ideas for Craft Projects, Home Decor and Weddings!!

 
ZoFlo

Monday, 14 April 2014

Little Miss Green Fingers!

For a while now I have been thinking about putting together my own Veggie Patch in the Garden. I have always grown up eating home grown Veggies, so wanted to give it a go for myself - I'm not sure if this is going to be successful though! I haven't a clue where things grow best or how often to water anything (oh dear). As the weather was pretty nice over the weekend, me and Nick decided to get out in the garden and put together our designated vegetable area - mainly Nick, but I helped when I could. What do you think? It's only a little one but it's the perfect size for just the two of us. We haven't put anything in it just yet as my Dad is currently prepping it all at his, then he will help me plant it all.

 

We also picked up some Strawberry Plants, which I planted over the weekend too! I'm excited to see how these turn out as I love Strawberries - and so does my two year old niece who thinks they are being grown especially for her (I'm not so sure about this)!

 

If you grow your own vegetables, let me know if you have any handy hints and tips - As a completely clueless beginner I would really appreciate all the help and advice I can get.

 
ZoFlo

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

How to Make // Mini Owl


  So I have decided to start my new blog with a slightly easier craft project. I made these little cuties for a Craft Sale a while back and as soon as I shown my Mum and Sisters they fell in love. So needless to say I have made these countless times! Originally, they were from a "Make Your Own Owl" set I was given as a gift. I believe it was from Tiger (the best store) but this was over a year ago now so I'm not sure if they still have them. They were so cute and easy to make, so I made sure I made a template so I could make them again - and here is how...

To make these Mini Owls you will need:

 4 different coloured felt squares (white, black, cream & a colour of your choice)
1 square of floral cotton fabric of your choice
2 black buttons
Toy stuffing 
Lots of thread!

  1.  Begin by sewing the two small white felt circles to the head section to create eyes, adding on the two black buttons to the centre of the circles. Attach a small brown felt triangle to make the beak.
  2.  Next, attach the floral cotton fabric to one section of the main body to create a "tummy". Sew the small white heart onto the bottom left corner, overlapping the floral fabric slightly.
  3. Attach the head to the main body of the Owl - I did this by sewing underneath the beak to hide the stitches. Only attach it in the centre of the head so that you are able to lift the sides of the head when sewing the 2 main body sections together.
  4. Sew the 2 floral cotton fabric wing shapes to the 2 felt wing shapes.
  5. Sew the back main body section to the front main body section, attaching the wings as you go. Dont forget to leave a small gap at the end so you can fill you owl with toy stuffing.

 Hopefully these instructions made sense and will be helpful - I didn't realise how hard it would be to explain how to make something so simple! This is only the way I decided to make them, but you can make them in any way you would prefer - that's all part of the fun of making things yourself. I have previously used beautiful red, heart-shaped buttons instead of a white felt heart. So cute. I have also attached ribbon to the top of each Owl before (when sewing up the main body, add in the ribbon as you sew) so that it can be hung up wherever you please.

Let me know what you think in the comments box below. And if you have had a go at making one I would love to hear from you too!

 
ZoFlo

Monday, 31 March 2014

Time for a Change // Welcome to My New(ish) Blog

So first of all, you may or may not have noticed I have been absent from the world of Blogging for a little while. I'm very sorry to all of my lovely, loyal followers for not giving you anything to read. I decided to have a little break from Blogging so I could focus more of my time and effort on finishing University - I feel this is a sensible excuse! But I can now happily say I am back, and I won't disappear again...I promise.

Knitting :)
Image taken from Pinterest

Secondly, you have probably noticed my blog is looking a little different now too. Considering there are lots of exciting changes happening in my life at the moment, I thought this would be the perfect time to change my little blog too! Although I do still adore all things beauty related - I'll always be a sucker for skin care products everytime I go into Boots - now that I have more time on my hands (No more Uni....Yippeee) I would much prefer to blog about all the things I enjoy doing. So moving forwards I intend to focus my blog on Crafts - especially Sewing. I must just point out here, I am in no way a professional in this area, so please don't expect too much! Sewing is just something I have always enjoyed doing. I still have a little way to go, so you'll have to bare with me, but I really hope you support my idea to change direction and enjoy following all of my crafty projects. Perhaps it'll inspire you to get creative too!

 
ZoFlo

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Midweek Motivation


Here I am with another Pinterest Gem! I love this photograph anyway, I think it's so cute. The quote really helps to motivate me too. With so many "Braggy McBraggersons" in this world, sometimes it's hard to understand if you've got what it takes to succeed. I think another quote I once saw was something like "Successful people have two things on their lips. Silence and a Smile". Just because you aren't shouting out to the world how great you're doing (although you may want to) doesn't mean you aren't successful.


Sometimes it's difficult to be confident with your own abilities. For me personally, I am finally starting to believe that I am doing okay actually - I've made it through 18 years of education so I can't be doing a bad job! As long as you know you've tried your hardest, you have no reason to be disappointed. So if you've hit a midweek block, I hope this little post has helped to pick you up and keep you going. We can all achieve our dreams so long as we believe in ourselves and learn to use the power we have to get to where we want to be...

 
ZoFlo

Friday, 14 March 2014

Friday Favourites #18

HAPPY FRIDAY MY LITTLE BEAUTIES!

First up on my Friday favourites for this week is Botanics Skin Calming Night Cream from Boots. I have used this before a while a go and I loved it. But when I ran out for some reason I didn't replace it. I have no idea why as it works wonders for my skin. Sometimes my face can go a little angry and red, but this contains "calming marshmallow" (yummy) and it completely evens out my skin tone and I have no longer have red patches. I haven't wore foundation for the past two days because I feel confident enough without it - Horraaay! 


Next up is a new product for me. I needed to replace my Simple face wash and for some reason I decided to try something different to the usual one I use. I opted for the Simple Foaming Cleanser and I question why I haven't used this before! It's so light on my sensitive skin and leaves it feeling so squeeky clean! I will definitely be sticking to this one from now on.

Now as I'm sure you're all aware, I saw Ellie Goulding last Sunday. Chloe Howl was her support act and my goodness she was amazing. She was a true performer and was genuinely passionate about what she was doing. I've listened to a couple of her songs on YouTube and would definitely say she's worth checking out! Her track Rumour has been released so if you like what you hear, download this one!


 Let me know in the comments box below if you were at the Ellie Goulding Concert - I would love to hear what you thought of it and Chloe Howl :)

 
ZoFlo

Thursday, 13 March 2014

I Heart Paris: Book Review

Inbetween completing University assignments, I try to make time for myself - so I read! This will definitely become a more regular thing when I finish University. I have just completed Lindsey Kelks I Heart Paris! I read the first book in the "I Heart..." series (I Heart New York) which I absolutely loved. I am so disappointed with myself as I seem to have missed out the second book and gone straight to the third - if anyone has read the second book (I Heart Hollywood) will it be rubbish if I back track and read the second one next? 



Anyway, I could not put I Heart Paris down! Following the mad adventures of Angela Clark makes me feel so much more calm about my own stresses in life! I don't want to give too much away to those who haven't read it but who knew a planned business / leisure trip to Paris could go so awfully wrong and take so many dramatic turns for the worst!? And I really felt as though I was on this rollercoaster ride with her. One minute I was laughing out loud, the next I felt angry and then I was almost squealing with excitement and happiness. As always, of course there was a happy ending, but I am excited to get started on the next book in the series to see what else could possibly happen to Angela Clark! If you haven't tried any of the "I Heart" series yet, I would seriously recommend that you get started on them soon! They are perfect for an entertaining bedtime read - although if you become addicted (like me) you may end up reading until 2am (like me). I'm dying to read "I Heart Christmas" but am not sure if its okay to read a Christmas book during the Spring - perhaps I'll have to hold out for the arrival of the Festive Season!

What are your favourite Authors? Can you recommend any good books you have read recently?

 
ZoFlo