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Snow Bunny

How to be the cutest snow bunny when you hit the slopes

With these cold winds blowing, I thought it was a fitting time to get out my parka. I have some extra time on my hands, and I thought my parka was too plain… so it seemed the perfect time to spruce it up!

I will run you through the steps to show you how to decorate your parka.

What you will need:

  1. Parka
  2. Chosen fabric
  3. Cotton
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins
  6. Iron
  7. Sewing machine

Steps:

1. Choose your fabric and iron it

You need to iron it so it’s easy to sew. Plus you won’t be able iron it once it is on the parka!

2. Cut out the fabric piece and hem the edges. This will stop future fraying.   Then, I would spray the piece of fabric with scotch guard. This will protect the fabric from liquid, dirt and stains.

3. Work out the best placement for your piece of material on the parka, and pin it in place. 

Try the parka on to make sure it sits alright on the parka. If it’s perfect, you can start sewing!

4. If you want more features, you can sew some of the material on the front as well. Follow the same steps above!

I am pretty happy with the final product. What do you think?

I hope I have inspired you to refurbish your parka. Send me photos of your finished product, I would love to see!

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Hot Diggity Dog

While staying at home, I have been doing a lot of craft and sewing. I recently purchased a denim vest for my dog and decided to spruce it up and add a rockabilly twist!

Here is what you will need:

  1. Dogs denim vest

2. Patches, buttons or cool fabric 

3. Scissors

4. Thread

5. Needle

6. Iron

Find patches, buttons or fabric that you want to attach to the vest. You can get these from items laying around at home, on eBay and Etsy or vintage market stalls. Before attaching, lay your accessories on the vest to work out the best positioning for them.

Once you have worked out the best layout, taking a photo is a good way to remember! Then you can finally iron on patches, sew on your buttons or fabric swatches.

To make your iron-on patches secure, I highly recommend sewing them on! Dogs can get rough, and you will want this cute denim vest to be durable and last.

If you are extra creative, you could also choose to embroider on the vest or paint designs with fabric paints.

I would recommend only decorating along the back of the vest, that way nothing will irritate your dog or be likely to fall off. Also, it means all your creative work will be always visible!

As you can see below, your finished work will help your dog be the coolest dog in the park. 😂

I hope my blog has inspired you to create a cool dog vest for your four legged family member. You could go for any theme or colour scheme you wanted… Go wild! Send me photos of your dog in his/her vest. I would love to see them!

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Earrings as Art

I have a creative and practical way of displaying and storing my earring collection!

I will show you the the steps of how to make this earring holder artwork. It is easy and only takes a couple of hours.

Materials you will need:

  • Picture frame
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Spray paint
  • Chicken wire
  • Small screwdriver
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers
  • Spray adhesive
  • Pinking shears

 

 

 

Instructions:

1. Discard the glass from your photo frame, and remove the backing board. 

2. Spray the frame in your desired colour. I chose a similar colour to the fabric I am using. Leave to dry.

3. Cut the fabric slightly bigger than the backing board using the pinking shears, which helps stop fraying. Spray the backing board with spray adhesive. Lay the fabric upon the board flat, being careful to press out any bubbles. Leave to dry for a few minutes.

4. Cut the chicken wire with the wire cutters slightly bigger than your frame.

5. Lay the chicken wire over the backing board. Using the pliers, bend the overlaying wire around the backing board pulling firmly so it remains taught. Once that is completed, I went around all the corners and edges with the hammer to flatten them to ensure they are tight. Cut off any excess wire behind the board with the wire cutters.

6. Undo the rope that holds the frame up. Just pull the staples out with your small flat screw driver on one side only. Now you are ready to place the backing board back into frame. It will be a tight fit, so do one side at a time.

7.. Then re-staple your rope for hanging with the staple gun.

8. Cut off any excess fabric or wire. Your earring artwork is ready to hang your earrings on.

I hope this inspires you to make your own earring holder. Send me photos of your finished artwork. I would love to see it!

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Lost Pinup Girl

The ‘lost pinup girl’ was named Hilda. She was considered controversial, and was the creation of artist, Duane Bryers.

Duane Bryers (1911-2011) was an American illustrator, artist, sculptor and created pinup artist. He was known for his watercolours of playful female pinups, but remains most famous for his reoccurring artwork of Hilda.

 Duane Bryers

Hilda was not like all the other typical 1950s pinup girls as she was plump, messy, carefree and lots of fun! Hilda was painted in many similar scenarios as her thinner pin ups, but she appeared to have a great sense of humour. 

 

Hilda was a pin up that represented a plus size lady, comparable to the traditional skinny pinup girls! She was relatable as she seemed full of fun, energy, adventure, and a keenness for the outdoors. A girl you could relate to and would love to be friends with.

Her popularity grew and she appeared in many calendars from the mid 1950s to the 1980s. However, in recent times Hilda’s popularity has been lost.

Hilda embraces life and does not let inhibitions or mindless views of body image get in the way of her enjoying life!

In a world where women come in all shapes and sizes, we should all learn to love and embrace our bodies and not compare ourselves to others. I believe Hilda is a real role model. Women should learn to love themselves and just learn to focus their time and energy on enjoying themselves in their wonderful lives!

Hopefully we can all learn from Hilda and just enjoy life and embrace and love our bodies the way they are. Below are a few more images of pin up Hilda enjoying her life.

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Back to Basics: Your Guide for Channelling the 1950’s

In order to achieve the perfect 1950s fashion look, you need to know and understand the fashion trends of the era. I have done some research over time and here is what I have found are the key pieces:

  1. Swing dresses
  2. Petticoats for fullness
  3. Slim sheath dresses
4. Tailored suits 5. Pencil / poodle Skirts6. Cape 7. Circle skirts 8. Capri / cigarette pants 9. High waisted jeans 10. Crew Neck cardigan 11. Peter pan collar blouses 12. Bolero 13. Twin set cardigan sweaters 14. Swing coats in winter 15. Neck scarf 16. Kitten heels, saddle shoes, stiletto heels 17. Small hats, headscarves, hair flowers18. Pearls, brooches, sweater clips 19. Gloves, belt, handbag 20. Buttlet bra, girdle, backseam stockings

I hope this has helped you gain more of an understanding of the fashion trends of the 1950s, to help you achieve your look.

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Woodstock 1969

Three days of Peace and Music

An advertisement for Woodstock 1969
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On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock it seemed only fitting to write about it… I have been watching so many documentaries and interviews recently of stories from people that attended!

Woodstock was held at a dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York and ran from 15th August to 18th August 1969. It was organised by four men all in their 20s. The idea behind the event was to make enough money to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock, and it is now known as the most famous and most talked about concert throughout history.

Michael Lang, one of the guys who organised Woodstock
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There were over 500,000 people who attended the three day concert. The tickets were originally sold for $18 in advance and $24 at the gate, but the fence was so flimsy it was knocked down and hundreds of thousands more people attended for free. They ran out of food on the Friday night and resorted to concession workers from Food for Love. The army had to air lift in the supplies and the performers. One thing we can learn from this event and the hippy generation is that with 500,000 concert goers there was no violence that occurred – just peace ✌️

The audience at Woodstock
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The line up of artists was incredible and included:

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Who
  • Janis Joplin
  • Grateful Dead
  • Joe Cocker
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • Joan Baez
  • Santana
  • Richie Havens
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • and so many others
Janis Joplin at Woodstock
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The Who at Woodstock
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Wow… how impressive!!

There was a lot of nudity, music, love making, drugs, yoga in the fields, fun and games, dancing, and a whole lot more love making and drugs. In interviews they described themselves as “spawning in the water like fish”, swimming and bathing in the same water. There were other stories of babies being born in the fields but no evidence is available.

Audience at Woodstock
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The concert ended with Jimi Hendrix playing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock
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It would have been a life changing experience to have attended Woodstock. This 3-day festival has changed the world, becoming a cultural touchstone and paving the way for rock festivals and outdoor concerts we attend today.

How to Cover a Chaise Lounge and A Cushion

This blog shows you how easy it is to cover any lounge. You can cover it all if needed or you can cover only part, like I have done, if that will suit the look. It is a cheaper alternative to up cycle a lounge and recycling helps to save the environment and reduce your carbon footprint!

Tools Required:

  1. Fabric
  2. Matching cotton
  3. Scissors
  4. Curved Upholsterers Needle
  5. Staple Gun

Steps:

  1. Place the fabric over the area you wish to cover and tuck into any crevices where possible. For example, where the back rest and arm rests meet the seats. Double check that it is all straight along the seat top.
  2. Where there is wood you can use a staple gun and staple the fabric to the lounge. Be careful to pull the fabric taught and make sure there are no creases or lumps. The easiest step for the corners is to twist the fabric as you pull it tight then staple it while holding it. Turn in the rough edges of the fabric to stop fraying and keep it looking tidy. Make sure to staple all the sections so that none of the covering comes loose.
  3. For the sections without wood, you will sew it onto the lounge using the curved upholstery needle. You will need to do this mainly on the seat area. The curved needle makes it easy to pull through to the other side. Turn in the rough edges of the fabric to stop fraying and keep it looking tidy. Once again make sure that you sew all the sections so that nothing comes undone.

7. If you are only doing part of the lounge like I have, you will need to tuck in the fabric edge where the back rest meets the seat. Sew along the entire edge, opening up the edge so that the sewing can remain hidden and extra tight within the crevice. This will stop the fabric moving when the seat has been sat on. Otherwise you will be forever tucking it in to tidy up the seat!

Now you are done! If you are covering the whole lounge, then you can repeat the steps for the remaining parts. Good luck!!

Cushion

Now I will show you the simple steps to make a matching cushion

  1. Cut out the fabric about 5cm bigger than your cushion.
  2. Sew it using a sewing machine with right sides of the fabric facing. Sew all sides but on the last side leave a gap wide enough to squash your pillow through.
  3. Now turn the right side of your fabric through. Push your cushion through.

6. Close the opening of the cushion by turning in the edge and sewing both sides together to sew close the edge. Your cushion is complete and ready for use on your lounge!

Good luck with your project of covering your lounge. I have covered a few in my time as I love doing it for myself and friends. Revamping a lounge and reducing your waste is a great project. Send me an email if you have any questions or photos of your finished product, I would love to see them.

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