Sunday, 26 July 2015

101 Things in 1001 Days #93

Go to a Flea Market

 I have never been to a Flea Market before, but it is something I have always wanted to go to. Luckily I have the Shepton Mallett Flea & Collectors Market about 15 minutes from me, so no excuses to not cross this one off my list. So off I trundle last Sunday with my Gran, who was more than happy to come along with me (although I'm sure it had something to do with the cheap upholstery fabric)!

I had no idea what to expect really or even how much money to take. But I knew what I was going for - a chair & some fabric - & made sure I only took cash for the amount I was happy to spend. I saw a few nice chairs, but most of them had already been painted & upholstered. I wanted something that was going to be more of a project so picked up this little beauty. It needs to be sanded, varnished & the padded seat needs covering but it's perfect. Just what I was hoping to find & at £25, I really did pick up a bargain!

There was so much other stuff to see & although we weren't there for the Jewellery, Paintings, China or Retro Phones(!) we still had a browse before moving on to the fabric. I knew it was going to be cheap fabric as a friend had mentioned how cheap it was when she went but I didn't expect it to be £1.50 a meter! At first, I thought "you can see why some of the rolls are £1.50 a meter" but then the most beautiful fabric caught my eye. There were three different varieties, all the same pattern but slightly different colours. One blue, one green & one blue & gold. I opted for the blue & gold as I thought it would match my chair perfectly. I would say I only needed around 1/2 a meter for my chair, but at £1.50 a meter it would be rude not to get I got an extra 2.5 meters to keep safe in my fabric stash! You know, just in case.

It was such a successful morning & I am so excited for the next one. There was so much more I could of purchased, but I didn't want to go too crazy. I am hoping to make some new cushion covers soon so this would be the most ideal place to pick up some fabric for these. I will definitely update you on my next trip. Have you ever been to a Flea Market before? Did you pick up any bargains?


Thursday, 23 July 2015

101 Things in 1001 Days #47

Sell Something I Have Made Myself

 If you keep up with my blog posts, you will know from one of my previous posts that I have recently set up my own Etsy Shop. I wasn't sure how it would go, or whether I would even sell anything but it is something I always wanted to try, so decided to take the plunge. Two weeks ago, I actually sold an item. Little old me. I was so pleased it even made it into my 100 Happy Days! And it is another thing crossed off of my 101 Things...

I am so pleased & am hoping that this will lead to more sells in the future (fingers & toes crossed) as it is very exciting sending out handmade items that people like enough to actually buy. It is definitely a proud moment & even if this is the only sell I make, I am still really pleased.

Have you ever sold your own handmade items?


Thursday Thoughts #32

Happy Thursday!

This week is flying by, which is great for me as it means I am getting closer to starting my new job.

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It sounds crazy but this was written on the wall when I worked at Disney & it has always stuck with me. There has to be some element of fun in my work. Whether it's in my job, blogging or my crafting hobby. If you're the same as me, then just remember these wise words from Mary Poppins & create a bit of fun in your day!


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

#CraftBlogClub // Pimp My Wardrobe Upcycling Challenge

Time for another #CraftBlogClub Challenge! My second one of the year & I was super excited about this one - Pimp My Wardrobe Upcycling Challenge! As I am sure you have already guessed, this involved raiding your wardrobe for any old clothing that needed revamping. You could pick anything you wanted & use any technique you felt neccessary to give your chosen item a new lease of life! Straight away, I loved the idea of doing Decoupage on some old shoes. I had recently purchased some Decoupage bits from The Creative Crafts Show so felt this would be the perfect opportunity to experiment. I found some 4 year old Primark Flip Flops that I haven't worn for a few years, covered in dust at the back of my wardrobe. They are cute, but quite a safe bet in terms of colour. They definitely needed "jazzing up" so they could become summer ready..

I visited my local Garden Centre to get some more Decoupage Paper that was more suitable for flip-flops & found the most beautiful purple, blue & gold patterned paper! I wasn't sure if it was a bit of a wild choice but it actually worked really well. I tore the paper up into small squares & chose to stick them of quite randomly. I was a little worried at first, but it turned out much better than I expected. I found the Bow really tricky to cover so used slightly smaller strips.

I am so pleased with how they have turned out & think it is quite a cheap way to make a massive difference to old flip flops. I expected to use atleast 1 whole sheet of paper, but I only used half which amazed me! I have done a bit of research & they obviously aren't going to be waterproof, but I figured as they are flip flops I probably won't be wearing them in the rain. I am so eager to try it out on another pair of shoes - perhaps a pair of dolly shoes / pumps.

Have you ever Decoupaged footwear before?


Sunday, 19 July 2015

Kirsty Allsopp Themed Card Pack // Review

I have been so busy recently, but last week I finally had some time to have a play with one of the crafty sets I won in the Sykes Cottages Craft Competition. As I was feeling lazy (it was a Sunday), I chose the Kirsty Allsopp Themed Card Pack - I also had a friends birthday coming up so it was perfect! The pack came with everything you need to make 5 cards, all with a cupcake/birthday theme! Everything was pre-cut so no fiddly bits & it even came with foam sticky pads. These were great as it created a 3D effect, which immediately makes cards look more interesting & brings the designs to life. 

I only chose to make two cards for the time being, but the two I did make I am so pleased with. It is such a great pack & is perfect for card making beginners. Although everything is the same, which limits the design of each card, there is nothing stopping you from raiding your craft box/cupboard/room (delete as appropriate) & adding extra bits to them to make each design a little different. I added a cocktail stick to one of mine to create a little flag on top of the cupcake. Cute!

What card making packs would you recommend?


Thursday, 16 July 2015

100 Happy Days // Update #3

I can't believe I am over half way through my 100 Happy Days - it's speeding by! The last few weeks have been amazing. So here are my photos from the past few weeks, taking us up to day 60 of my 100 Happy Days..(Very photo heavy, real sorry)!

Note: I realised after uploading these that they aren't in order really - eg. I didn't leave Glastonbury Festival to go home & have cuddles with Humphrey!!

Hopefully you are enjoying these updates. So much has happened since my last update. I wonder what the next 40 days will bring me...

Catch up on update #1 & update #2

Thursday Thoughts #31

Happy Thursday!

 This week has been a fantastic week for me as I have had a new job offer. When I applied for the position, I really didn't expect that I would even get the job, so I am really excited & eager to get started. It is amazing how innocently completing an application form & not expecting to get anywhere with it has now led to something completely new & exciting in my life...

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 So don't ever forget, that a new day can always lead to new things. You are responsible for your future.