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10 Life Lessons Learned From 2014

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It's that time of year again. That wonderful time when we can wipe the slate clean and start a fresh. This WILL be the year I become a millionaire! This will be the year I drop 4 stone in the first month! Errmm... not quite. 

As I've got older, I've tried to make my new years resolutions more realistic. Whatever I come up with, big or small, there is always a list. A huge list of things I want to change about myself. Well, I've been thinking over the past few weeks about how healthy that attitude actually is... One of my best friends said to me the other day, when people make you feel bad about who you are, you just have to tell yourself you are fabulous and move on. And then take a selfie. Maybe it is just this simple? A bit of self belief and self love is the only attitude change which is really worth working on?

Well, I was thinking the other night about how our experiences make us more resilient and perhaps, in the wise words of Kelly Clarkson, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". And with that, I thought instead of moaning about the things I want to change about my (not so) miserable life in January, I would remind myself of the things I have changed in 2014. The things I've learnt from which perhaps at the time, I didn't think were such a positive thing. Okay, some I'm still working on but have definitely been in situations when I know it's the answer. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of the shit we've over come already. 'Cos after all, it's never really as bad as it seems, is it? This time next year, will you even remember that it happened?

10 Reflections on What I've Learned This Year:

1. Do something creative everyday. Not only does this generally make you feel good, the more you practice, the more you improve. 

2.Don't read too much into what people say. Remind yourself you are fabulous and move on.

3. Not everyone is going to like you in life, but that is okay.

4. Seeing a friend when you feel fed up and sad is always the answer.

5. Take headphones everywhere, you never know when you'll have to walk home. 

6. Your skin will always thank you for eating more fruit and veg and less pizza. 

7. When you can't be bothered to exercise, remind yourself how you always feel after you've completed it. 

8. Setting small, realistic goals helps you get shit done. 2 stone sounds scary, 7lbs in 6 weeks sounds easy as pie. 

9. Procrastination gets you nowhere. Don't waste time thinking about what you would like to do, use your time more productively and make it happen!

10. Be ambitious and be brave. When you feel small and self conscious, remind yourself of all the things you pushed yourself to do which you would have never done in the past. Being brave leads to great things.

Have a lovely new year everyone.

Much love,

Katie x

Felt Christmas Crafts

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 Christmas Crafting

I love making Christmas decorations, it's a huge part of what Christmas is about, right? A time to get creative, make gifts for loved ones as well as for your own home. It's my second Christmas in mine and my boyfriend's flat and I take so much pride in making it sparkle and feel super Christmassy! FAIRY LIGHTS MUST BE EVERYWHERE!

It has been a crazy month. I don't feel like there has been many hours that I've been awake in December and have not been sewing. It has completely taken over my life. However, as stressful as it has been has, it has been brilliant. I've been so productive! I couldn't tell you how many felt Christmas puddings I've made... Well actually I could if I look in my order book but you know what I'm getting at.

I've honestly felt all bubbly and excited to think people have liked my dingle-dangles enough to buy them and put them on their tree. It has made the intensive hours of working totally worth it.

Now with just a few days to Christmas, things have slowed down and my front room is no longer looking like a unorganised sweat shop. I've put down my needles and picked up the chocolate instead.

I've really enjoyed the buzz of my little craft business around Christmas, I've held craft parties for friends and family, sold bits at work and now at craft fares. It's made me really inspired and kicked me into gear for the year ahead. But for now, I'm sure there's a crappy Christmas film on tv I should be watching... Anyone care for a Twiglet?

Happy Christmas! :)

Much love,

Katie x


Bioshock- Big Daddy Plushie

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I've wanted to make a 'Big Daddy' for quite a while now. I knew it would be quite a fiddly one to make so honestly, I was putting it off. Anyway, I love Bioshock. When I like a game, I get really into it. I think my all time favourite gaming series is 'Borderlands' but Bioshock is right up there too.

What I think Bioshock does so well is get a great balance between horror and beauty. Bioshock 2 is really creepy, the scenes are dark and with Splicers jumping out at you every few minutes, you are always on edge. However, this is married with a storyline about protection, love and hope. In fact, all of the Bioshock series have these compelling story lines which makes you get right behind the characters and want to see the baddies get their comeuppance.

So, with this in mind, I'm a big fan of Big Daddies. Scattered on the ground (towards the end of the game maybe?) you can find little Big Daddy toys. Often that have been stabbed but still, instantly my thoughts were I NEED TO MAKE ONE! There is also one at the end of the game which Eleanor lets go of, very symbolic. The two look different so I had to decide which one to make.

I decided on the blue one because at the time I thought he was cuter. I actually don't know now, maybe because I spent so long looking at it now I'm doubting myself. Maybe I will eventually make the other one too. Anyway, once I drew him out and worked out how I was going to construct him, it wasn't as problematic as I anticipated. It was just time consuming and as I said earlier, fiddly.

I am very pleased with him. Although, an obvious problem is that only Bioshock fans will appreciate him. One of my friends actually asked me if he was a turtle..yeh it's lost on others. So take a look at the photos and let me know what you think!

I might do the Songbird next from 'Bioshock Infinite' but I can't decide. I do have some ideas so I just need to get busy.

I've done an up-cycling project on some chairs (okay, I know that sounds boring) but I'm really pleased with how it turned out..I just need some good photos and then I'll put that up. So anyway, lots in the pipeline.

Which is your favourite game of the Bioshock series? Have you made any of the characters, or if you were going to, who would you pick?

Much love,

Katie x


Hair Bows

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Part of me will always love dressing like a child. My boyfriend often compares my dress sense to a confused 15 year old emo. Anyway, I have no idea about fashion. I've always been a bit shit at it. I just wear things I like or that I don't think make me look as fat. I would like to start making clothes but I am a bit nervous about it.. so my way in shall be accessories. 

I watched a few tutorials on youtube to get the basic idea of how to construct a bow (Annika Victoria, smarmyclothes were particularly useful) then from there I kind of just made it up and tried a few different things. 

They are really pretty. The smaller one is easier to wear but it's nice to have options.

I made the yellow bow by sewing two different fabrics together to get the pattern contrast.

I sewed a hair grip into the back of each bow so they can slide into hair.

Not a bad use for off cuts of fabric!

In other news, I've spent this week mainly making cushion covers and up-cycling chairs so that will probably be up in the next few days.

Much love

Katie x


Ombre Felt Heart Garland

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As a little follow on from Peppermint Butler's post, I also made an ombre heart garland to hang from the shelf he chills on.

I went through a phase a few months back where I began to panic due to the lack of colour scheme in my front room. Basically, I think I had spent too much time reading Kirsty Allsopp books and looking on home decor threads on Pinterest. However, my panicked reaction was I needed to find a colour that would tie everything together.

So off I went, I bought a new rug with the faint outline of orange flowers and decided some orange fake flowers, candles and some new cushions for the sofa would do the trick. It didn't work. Firstly, orange cushions seemed impossible to find ANYWHERE so I had to pick a variation including some shades of yellow. Meh, they would do. The problem was, it still didn't feel like much of a 'theme'. I've never really been one to worry about what goes with what in my interiors- but this was becoming an obsession.

I knew what I needed- a new felt dingle-dangle!

To tie in with the fact I had no longer just orange in mind but now 'warm tones' (see how I got around that one?) I decided to make my garland ombre from orange to yellow. This was such a simple make and I personally think it looks lovely. I hand stitched a very basic running stitch around my heart shapes, catching in a piece of string across everyone as I sewed to create the bunting/garland..thing. They are all stuffed with toy stuffing, which is super cheap to pick up from any haberdashery.

The shelf is currently cluttered with the overspill of books from our bookshelf and some PS3 games. And obviously some of my many cats from my 'cat collection', this isn't weird, no?

Simple yet effective!

 How else could I get the colour theme in my lounge? Curtains? Other craft ideas? Let me know! Maybe I need some new inspiration for a home decor project..

Also, do you lot like my life-size cat? He's not real or stuffed don't worry! We got him from a shop display window- you donate to their charity and you get a piece of their display. Clearly I needed him in my life. He's one cool dude. He also provides a great place to put your sunglasses!

Much love,

Katie x


Adventure Time- Peppermint Butler

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Okay, so I know I made him ages ago but as I have a blog now (that I haven't deleted on going problem- i'm hoping this one will stick) I still felt he deserved a post.

Last Christmas I decided to make Jason one of his favourite characters from 'Adventure Time', Peppermint Butler. He is super cute and I thought he would be relatively simple to make. 

The problem with living with someone your hand-making a gift for is that you rarely get an opportunity to actually do it. So, there I was, 11pm on Christmas eve hiding in the bedroom frantically sewing on limbs like a crazy person. I look at him now and can see mistakes left, right and centre but hey ho, he carries lovely memories. 

Jason loved him. And he is very cute, isn't he?

I love his little bow!

Here is Jason on Christmas morning when he first met Pepper (taken from my instagram) awhhh! Flat complete with paper snowflakes and everything!

Who is your favourite Adventure Time character? I think I might have to make another member of the cast soon!

Much Love

Katie x

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