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Bullet Journal | October Set Up & Time Lapse Video

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It's finally October and I had been looking forward this month to setting up my bullet journal based around all things autumn. October may just be my favourite month of the year. I always think of myself as more of an autumn/winter person, so when the temperate drops and the layers can come out, I'm in my element. In terms of inspiration, the colours of autumn are ideal to refresh ideas and relight some creativity. I also LOVE halloween, I've never been one for scary films, guts and gore but I'm one of those cop outs who love decorating with pumpkins and dressing up for a party. The past few years have always been so fun, it means by the time October roles around I can't wait for the celebrations to begin!

I really enjoyed setting up my journal this month, however, I timed it very badly. My only opportunity to get it done before October 1st was a late Saturday afternoon, where I desperately set up my questionable lighting situation (I'm sure it used to be light at 4pm...) and rushed to film my set up video. Surprisingly, I'm quite happy with the outcome, although I did make a few silly mistakes in my state of panic; getting ready with half an hour spare is NOT my style. The most obvious flaw would be my brain fart of leaving the 'T' out of October. How I managed that, I have no idea. I didn't even notice this until a later date when I started to fill out my monthly plans, only to wonder why October looked so strange to me. Quick to rectify, it wasn't the worst thing that would happen to me that week, that's for sure.

I also ran short of time so decided to leave my weekly spreads until a few days later. These, however, haven't changed since last month, so you can always watch my September video if you're looking for some simple ideas for these. Speaking of last month, I didn't write a blog post about September's bullet journal set up, strangely, I did make a video though so I will link it below if an arty time lapse is your kinda thing.

So there we go, all ready for autumn! Im trying to post new, autumnal themed work on my Instagram at the moment so pop over there and say hello if you haven't before. It's --> @katiekdiy

Are you a fellow fan of this time of year? Let me know!

Katie x


Hand Painted Floral Wedding Welcome Board | Handmade Wedding Touches

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Above photograph by Sung Blue

There is something very special about being asked to have your artwork included in someone's wedding. Every detail of a bride's day is so meticulously thought out and so be asked to create a painting for that day, is very touching as well as quite daunting! The pressure is on to make something beautiful! Thankfully, I love working on canvas and painting anything floral! My dear friend Sophie's wedding took place at the weekend and a few months ago, she asked me to create a hand painted welcome board for the entrance of her venue. She was incredibly laid back and open to any ideas I had, which made it a very fun and relaxed project from the word go!

I have previously painted similar welcome boards so I was excited to start planning a new canvas and play with some new ideas. I mostly prefer working on a larger scale and have always found details, lettering and general composition easier to work with sized up. This year, I have spent so much time trying to improve my ability and confidence working with smaller pieces and experimenting with different mediums such as watercolour, so it felt great to be able to start a project in complete contrast to those. 

 One of my favourite parts of the painting is the banner displaying the wedding date. I really enjoyed hand painting the lettering with a fine brush, it inspired me to start practising with this technique in my sketchbook and I intend to incorporate it in more of my work going forward.

The painting is on a 60x80cm canvas, which I painted with acrylic paint.

If you like the style of my work and would like to include it in your wedding decor/stationery or anything else, please get in contact! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @katiekdiy for regular updates on what I'm currently working on.

Katie x


DIY | Painted Planters & How To Video

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Over the past few years, my love for all things botanical has grown some what. When we moved from an upstairs flat to our current home with its little courtyard garden, we started to build a collection of potted plants. We grew things from seeds such as tomato plants (which are now huge!) and collected new shrubs to fill our home and garden every time we popped to the market at the weekend. It is not only rewarding but makes your home look so pretty and colourful! 

I've been wanting to decorate some pots for a little while now to add some variety to the array of terracotta that we have accumulated over time. (Watch the tutorial video for these designs below) 

This was a really fun project which is very simple but allows you to get very creative! Choose colours and designs that match your decor or go as colourful and loud as you like! I wanted to show 3 easy ways of doing this taking inspiration from different styles. Watch the video to learn the process and make sure you read to the bottom of this post for my extra tips and advice! 

My first idea was inspired by the many Scandi style prints and colours that are so popular at the moment. I love the combination of the light blue in contrast with the black lines. You could do the same style but with pastel pink, peach or mint green and make a little matching set. 

The next design was inspired by all things kawaii, I liked the idea that with a leafy green plant in this pot it mimics the colours of watermelon! I think the ombré fade is really effective and again could be recreated with different colour combinations.

My final design was inspired by all things 90's...Think Saved By The Bell! If you look at any kind of 90s print, they are mainly made up of lots of small shapes and squiggles and I think they look really effective against the white background.

Tips and advice
  • To avoid the pots weathering, it is best to keep them indoors. So fill them with your favourite house plants! I think the small Scandi style design would look great as a set of 3 in a bathroom.
  • Make sure to do a least 2 coats of paint for each layer. Terracotta planters will need the build up of paint to avoid the stark orangey tones coming through.
  • A varnish will help the durability of the paint over time and will avoid it flaking. I used trusty Mod Podge but if you use something a bit more heavy duty, it would allow you to put the pots inside or out without any worries. 
  • Make sure to paint and varnish the inside rim of the pots. This will give an overall neater and more professional look once a plant is potted. 
I really enjoyed decorating these pots and I will definitely be making more in the future! Let me know if you try any of these, I would love to see your recreations!

Katie x

DIY | Kawaii Doughnut Trinket Dish & Video Tutorial

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I seem to never have enough trinket dishes in my home. I'm always looking for pots and trays to gather my art supplies, jewellery and generally just clutter that has accumulated in various places. A perfect way to tidy a messy desk! 

I knew I wanted to undertake a new project using clay as I hadn't worked with in quite some time so this seemed like a perfect opportunity. Making this dish, however slightly time consuming, was very simple. It doesn't require a huge amount of skill so would be great for beginners or as a fun project to do with children. You just need a bit of patience due to drying time! This is something you will have to make over a few days. I've found mine so useful and the fact that it is very cute and kawaii makes it even better! (find the video tutorial below)

Tips and Tricks

I used air-dry clay for this project but polymer would work as well. The issue with polymer clay is that it has to be oven baked so keep that in mind if you are forming the shape using a bowl. Air-dry clay is very easy to use but can dry out quickly. Be sure to have a bowl of water near to keep the surface supple. 

If you build up the coats of paint, the overall colour will look far better and more opaque. I know this might sound obvious but it is definitely worth the additional drying time between coats as the final look will be far more professional.

I would recommend varnishing your final piece, I used Mod Podge as it is perfect for a project like this. It will add to the durability as well as protecting your painting surface from scratches and making it very easy to clean.

Let me know if you try this project, I would love to see pictures of your recreations! 

Katie x

Bullet Journal August Set Up & Time Lapse Video

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The time has rolled around again to set up for another new month. This past week I have been really looking forward to getting myself organised for August, honestly I don't know what happened to me in July but all sense of organisation seemed to go out of the window. Mainly in the last few weeks, I just felt a little all over the place. There is so much going on in my head at the moment and for some reason, I'm getting so little down on paper. So this months great achievements include going into work and working for half a day before realising it was my day off and participating in some pretty dodgy (lack of) budgeting. #fail 

I'm feeling far more optimistic about August, I'm going to set myself some solid goals and really commit to achieving them. I did manage to tick off one painting project in the past week that had been weighing heavy on me for a little while. So finally having that completed gives me time and energy to put into new projects. 

I have 2 new DIY tutorials going up this month that I'm excited about (so look out for those!) and I have new commissions to get started on, as well as building up new stock for my Etsy shop. 

My August Monthly Spread 

One thing I was really inspired by in July was a long weekend away I had by the seaside. It was a really fun and relaxing few days away and made me think about how much I love the colours and traditions of a British seaside town. So, I decided to make my August set up based on the seaside! I really enjoyed making this one (watch the time lapse below) it made a nice break from florals! 

I also enjoyed experimenting further with watercolour in my monthly layout. I love the blue and pink colour bleeds inspired by good old seaside rock. I definitely want to incorporate more of this in the future.  

Have you set your goals for August? What are you hoping to achieve this month?

Katie x

Craft Sale! Selling My Kawaii Felt Plushies

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I've talked previously on here about changing the direction of my Etsy shop and the new goals I'm working towards with my art and crafts. I love sewing, working with felt was a hugely important part of building my creative confidence again and it's not something I ever want to stop doing. However, I have realised going forward, I want to streamline my ideas and work towards selling more of my paintings and handmade zipper pouches. I'm working with fabric in different ways now, I'm enjoying experimenting with painting and dying it as well as still including elements of embroidery and kawaii style.

So, to make room for my new pieces, I have decided to sell some of my favourite felt crafts on my depop for crazy prices. I was just looking at them, sitting in a basket in my shelves and thought, these could go to new homes where they could be loved instead of hiding away in my office. So there we go, all my plushies, which I will no longer be making to sell are now listed on my depop. I will keep going through my stock and adding new items to my shop, so keep popping back if you are interested.

My depop user is ----> @kateskaanott

Grab yourself a handmade bargain!

Katie x

DIY | Kawaii Felt Strawberry & How To Video

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It's officially summer here in the U.K, the sun is out, we're all moaning it's too hot and some of us (not naming any names👀) are already willing on Autumn. The joys of British summertime! To celebrate this, I decided to make a video tutorial for one of my favourite easy felt crafts- a very cute little strawberry. I used to sell these at craft fairs and they were always so popular. With the addition of the embroidery thread loop, these can be hung in your kitchen or attached to your keys or bag. A nice little summer accessory! Alternatively, make a fair few of them and assemble in a bowl or basket for a fun, summery table decoration. Watch the video to get the overall idea of how to make it, you can even follow this step by step and pause it as you go. Below I've added extra tips and broken down the steps for you! 

Kawaii Felt Strawberry | How To

You will need:

• 2 different colours of felt of your choosing (I used pink and green) 
• embroidery thread to match AND to contrast with your felts
• something circular to draw around (I used a coaster) 
• fabric scissors 

Step 1: 
cut the shape 
I drew around a coaster to create a circle and then cut this in half. This will make two strawberries 

Step 2:
French knots
To make the seeds, you can do a variety of French knots. See my embroidery stitches video for more info on this. Alternatively you can do lots of little straight stitches for a simpler version. 

Step 3:
Sew the straight edges
Fold the fabric with the back of the stitches facing outwards. Sew the two straight edges together using a straight stitch. Turn this the right way out and you have made the body of your strawberry! 

Step 4:

Step 5:
Close the top
Using a running stitch, stitch around the top of the strawberry and then carefully pull tight. Knot this to keep the shape and put in a few extra stitches to keep it in place. 

Step 6: 
Make the leaves 
Using your second colour of felt, draw a left or star shape and then cut out. Stitch this on to the top.
Step 7:
Add a loop for hanging
To add a loop so the strawberry can be attached to something, simply use embroidery thread, stitch up through the middle of the leaves and go back down roughly through the same point. Tie a knot for added strength.

And it's finished! 

If you try this project, let me know! 

Katie x

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