HOW TO MAKE: MARBLED FLUFFY POM POMS [DIY TUTORIAL]

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I made these fluffy pom poms recently for an upcoming DIY project and was so pleased with them I thought they deserved a tutorial in their own right…

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HOW TO MAKE: A HEATED EYE MASK [DIY TUTORIAL]

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Most of my DIY projects are born out of necessity. When my optometrist advised me to spend 20 minutes lying down with a heated eye mask every few days I didn’t need much convincing. Later that day I had my finger poised to order a Β£12 rice filled eye bag from Amazon when I had a lightbulb moment and realised that I could totally make it myself!

I decided to make a tutorial as I think everyone should experience the delight of a warm eye compress. This tutorial is simple to follow and contains a free template that you can download as a PDF. The finished eye mask is generously sized and just the right weight – it even doubles as a warm neck/shoulder compress too! A heated eye mask is really good for the various ducts and glands in your eyes as well as being super relaxing. I like to take mine to bed and pretend it’s a spa treatment…

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LIBERTY PRINT TISSUE BOX COVERS [MY LATEST MAKE]

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A few days before I went into full blown labour with Emily I was looking for a sewing project to keep my mind occupied and found this tutorial for a tissue box coverΒ by Brett Bara on Design Sponge… Continue reading

HOW TO MAKE: BLOCK PRINTED WRAPPING PAPER [DIY TUTORIAL]

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This DIY wrapping paper couldn’t be simpler and is perfect for some relaxed weekend crafting before the final Christmas countdown…

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A QUICK AND EASY TODDLER HAT [FREE KNITTING PATTERN]

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A few weeks back I set out to knit Orla a cosy winter hat using some long neglected yarn from my stash (you can see the work in progress here!). Children’s hats are tricky things – on the one hand they need to be warm which to me means real wool but on the other hand they tend to disappear into the ether so they’re not something I want to spend too much money or time on…

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HOW TO MAKE: ROLLED BEESWAX CANDLES [DIY TUTORIAL]

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Beeswax candles have some pretty amazing properties – did you know they clean the air as they burn?Β They also smell amazing and best of all, are easy to make at home! Round about this time every year I make a pot of tea, dust off the record player and spend an evening making a big old batch of these DIY candles to see us through winter. There’s no hot wax involved so you can even do it with one eye on the TV! They’re easy to make at home and I’m going to show you how in today’s tutorial…

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KNITTING OUT OF NECESSITY [WORK IN PROGRESS]

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I’ve had this yarn in my stash forever – in fact it’s the remnants of the first jumper I ever tried (and failed) to knit. It’s 100% merino wool by Rowan and is now on it’s way to being a cosy ribbed hat for Orla! I’m using size 5 needles and a 1×1 rib – I swatched a 2×2 rib originally (inspired by the work of one of my favourite Instagrammers at the moment) but the scale looked so wrong against Orla’s tiny head!

I’m aiming for a thick cuff in the hope that it will last through next winter as well (who am I kidding though because nursery is a black hole for hats) and might add a pom pom if I feel the vibe. I’m freestyling the pattern for now and will share once it’s finished – which will hopefully be very soon as, goodness isn’t it getting cold now? Knitting for small people is very satisfying for someone used to jumpers that take years of my life – I’m already planning a few more pint sized projects in the run up to Christmas!

BLOCK PRINTING [MY LATEST MAKE]

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Easy to learn, difficult to master.

A couple of weeks back my good friend Anna and I spent a fun (if somewhat chilly) day at The Handmade Fair where we learned how to block print with The Arty Crafty Place! Continue reading