Sunday, 19 January 2014

Lavender bag DIY!

Salut! Welcome again pals, and may I remind you it is now 2014! (I still get excited every time I write the date). Of course it's nice to have a new year, new start and all that, but it is a little bit scary knowing another year is gone, and I still haven't got my Hogwarts letter. But seriously, when I had a proper think about my life and all that jazz I did end up clutching a cushion and singing BeyoncĂ© to calm myself down get a bit emotional. I HAVE LEFT ANOTHER YEAR BEHIND! CRIPES! But anyhoo, we're all in this life malarkey together (bit o' High School Musical!) and we might as well get on with it. So, without further ado, up with the curtain and on with the show. I have, (hence title), a DIY for you today! And it is, (hence title once more) a lavender bag. These handy little bags were invented to tackle the crushing sadness many of us feel upon realising our knickers don't smell quite as lavender-y as we'd like. Better safe than sorry! To make these pretty pouches, you will need:

  • 2 squares of pretty fabric, measuring any size you want, but mine was roughly 12cm x 12cm.
  • Some pins, and a needle, and the usual clutter!
  • Good fabric scissors
  • A ribbon
  • Some dried lavender (I had some left over from the bush in our garden, but if you don't you can soak cotton wool in lavender oil and use that instead!)
1. Harvest the lavender seeds. Just pull, or pluck, or brush them off the stems. (Self explanatory really!)

 When you have finished, you should have a glorious pile of fragrance!
 2. To make the bag, take one of the fabric squares, and fold the top edge down a tiny tiny bit, so no frayed edges show, and then fold it down again to approx. 1cm. This is the tu-u-u-u-be you'll be threading your ribbon through!
 3. Sew along the bottom edge of the tube with a simple running stitch. I did this by hand, but you could do it on a machine - it doesn't matter.

Fill bag with le lavender....
4. Thread up a wide-eyed needle with the ribbon, and feed through the tube, being careful not to prick the needle through the material and come out of the side! When it's threaded through, take both ends of the ribbon, pull tightly to scrunch the bag up, and tie in a bow.

Et voila!!!! Look at that beauty! I think this would be a perfect gift for a friend, or a treat to yourself! (And if you're lazy lacking in time it's also ideal, as it takes less then half an hour! Ish. By the way, ignore the fluffy black lump in that picture - that's my cat - she's a chronic photobomber. So, farewell for now, chummies, until I see you again!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The new year is here, so we sing and wait for Spring.

Hello! And welcome to what will (hopefully) be the first of many rad posts of 2014! This post will just be a 'mash up' (cue beat boxing) of things that have happened to me, or I've found groovy! So, last year (!!!) we had Christmas, and I got many beautiful presents. My parents gave me a GLUE GUN and the money for a pair of Doc Martens. Could my life get any more complete? My first creation with the glue gun was, of course, a flower crown, and it looks like this:

 And the Docs are, to quote the Dr Martens website, 'classic 1460 style eight hole boots, in Cherry Red'. Gah - I just lurrrrrrve them! I couldn't take a very good picture of them, but here you go anyhow.
When I wear them I feel empowered, and as if I could change the world. And talking of being a STOMPY, SUPER-RAD feminist icon, look at THIS post from Rookie! it is AH-MAY-ZING! Rookie moves us on neatly to our next subject. Rookie posted a video, which was not only beautiful and gorgy as a video, but I loved the song as well. She's very obscure, so I couldn't put a Youtube video on here, but I'll yet again link you to the post on Rookie!
Our lovely friend Sarah had her birthdaaay partaaay last night, and we watched The Neverending Story, which has possibly the worst special effects of any film ever created! Of course, that only adds to the magic. I won't go into all the details, but let's just say it features a 'luck dragon', which is basically a lizard crossed with a dog, which is pink and fluffy. This picture explains it better than I ever could. (By the way, the boy you can't see very well is the hero, and I fancied him when I was ten.)
So, I think that pretty much concludes the first post of 2014 (eek), and tomorrow my reign of happiness over the kingdom of holiday will end. Yay. Anyhoo, hope you all had a great holiday! Much love,