Wednesday, 27 April 2016

DIY - Clay trinket dish

I've got something a little different for you today, a DIY. For his 8th birthday my little brother got some clay, so we decided we'd have a go. I'd been on the look out for a small bowl/plate for my crystals I just brought and had (what I think was genius) the idea to make my own and you know to blog it. 

This is my first video in this style, so I'd love it if you liked and subscribed to my channel and even leave me a comment. Hopefully this isn't the only video I upload!

I've also done it in photo format, if you prefer check it out below! 

What you will need: 
  • Clay
  • Sculpting tools
  • A glass bowl - the size you want your dish to be 
  • Paint - Acrylic works perfectly well

  • Get your clay and roll into a ball so that it's smooth and easy to work with. 

  • I rolled out my clay so that it was roughly the size and thickness that I wanted it to be. As I didn't have a rolling pin I just used a glass and it worked just well, you don't need anything fancy for this so just use what you have got. 

  • Place the bowl onto of the clay and using a tool, cut round the edge getting rid of any excess clay so that it fit perfectly. 
  • Once you've taken the bowl off neaten any rough edges you still have. 

  • Place your circle of clay into the glass bowl, this can be pressed in as much or as little as you like as this will effect how deep your bowl/dish would be. 
  • To dry keep it in the bowl as this acts as a mould for you clay so that it keeps its shape; It took 1-2 days to dry completely. 

  • Once completely dry, paint on your design. 

I also filmed it, if you prefer a video tutorial, I know sometimes I do. This is my first video in this style, so I'd love it if you liked and subscribed to my channel and even leave me a comment. Hopefully this isn't the only video I upload! 

I've not used clay since I was in Junior school and I forgot how much I enjoyed it, I'm definitely going to be creating more things. I hope you enjoyed this little DIY and I'd love to hear your feedback and even if you have a go yourself! 


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

OOTD - Dennis the Menice vibes

Hat - Asos (old) // Top - H&M // Belt - Asos (old) // Mom Jeans - Topshop // Converse - Christmas

I barely taken these mom jeans off since I've got them, they're my new go to jean. I got a new pair because my old pair weren't petite and honestly really didn't fit me well at all. 

I style them up with this red and navy stripped jumper, I got a Christmas, it's the perfect length that it would fit nicely tucked in. I think this jumper gives some serious Dennis the Menice vibes, did you watch that when you were younger?  


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The best of - Culottes


Culottes aren't a new thing to the fashion world, being trendy in the last couple of seasons, but they're definitely a new thing for me. I disliked them with a passion last year, but this year I took the plunge to try them out and I'm 100% converted. For someone who loves the look of midi skirts but never really feeling comfortable in skirts full stop, this solves all issues. They're surprisingly quite flattering and it's like wearing pyjamas, what's not to like? 

So I had a scroll online for some of my favourites, I tried to get a variety of style, prints and textures but not only that I wanted to get a variety of price ranges in there too. I think I chose some good solid pieces. 

Look our for a How to style post on the blog soon!


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

An easy Dobby the House Elf DIY

So for World book day my little brother chose (after a little persuasion from me) to go as Dobby from Harry Potter. If you don't know who or what Dobby looks like where have you been?! 

 So that left me the task of creating his outfit, which was both easy and super fun.

What you'll need: 
  • Pillowcase
  • Pair of nude tights
  • 2 sheets of A4 felt 
  • Teabags
  • Gold pen
  • Sewing machine / Needle and thread
For the clothing: 
  1. Lay out the pillow case and at the top cut out a hole for the head
  2. Cut out two arm holes, while cutting off the top so you can tie up and create the knotted area. The good thing about this tutorial is that it doesn't need to be neat as Dobby is a little scruffy. 
  3. Get some teabags, dip them in warm water and dab over the pillowcase erratically. 

For the Ears: 
  • On the felt draw out the shape of Dobbys ears. I used a photo of the internet as a guide. I drew out one and drew round it, then flipped it to draw another two for the ears on the other side. 
  • Sew the two felt pieces of felt for the left together and do the same for the right ear. 
  • Draw on the ear outline, I used a gold pen for this but it can be any colour or you can even sew the outline on if you like. 
The bold cap/Hat part of the ears was the most difficult part, I used a sewing machine but I'd advice using a needle and thread as the tights are so delicate.
  • On the crotch of the tights, using the waist band to your advantage as where the head is going to go into, cut out a curved line to create a hat like template. 

Hopefully this little diagram helps

  • Pin your felt ears in between the cut you've just done (diagram above) and then sew along the cut, sewing your ears in. 
This is my first sewing/diy post so hopefully it's not to terrible and easy to understand. This is definitely something I'd like to per sue further. Whether it's on the blog or just creating character outfits for fun, I found I really enjoyed it.