Wednesday, 30 March 2016

101 Things in 1001 Days #80

Create or go on a scavenger/treasure hunt

Over the Easter Weekend, myself & Nick decided to go Geocaching!! I had heard of it a few weeks ago but hadn't had the time to properly research it so didn't fully understand what it was all about. So over the weekend I downloaded the app & we decided on the best area to go so we could walk a route.

If you haven't heard of it before, you basically look for small capsules that are hidden in the outdoors - on gate posts, signposts, under bushes, in tree stumps! These are marked on a map on the app & you can also ask for a hint if you're struggling to find it. Once you find it, you open the capsule, log your name & the date you found it on the bit of paper inside then put it back exactly where you found it for the next people to find! You can also log it on the app too. 

The app shows you where to find the capsules

There are different size capsules, some with small items in which you can move around - but that all gets a bit technical & we are new to the party so just stuck to writing out names. There are literally thousands all over the place & the app it's totally free. It's a really good way to encourage people to get outside. You can pay for the premium version, which allows you to find the more challenging ones - I am seriously considering doing this!

I am not sure if it is cheating my ticking this one off my list as it isn't really a scavenger/treasure hunt but it's a very similar idea & a brilliant way to satisfy your inner nerd! Have you ever been Geocaching before? 


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Craft Blog Club // Craft Resolutions Reveal

Another Craft Blog Club Challenge! This time is was a "Crafty Resolutions" challenge. Whether it was something new you wanted to learn, or something you had been meaning to do for a while, it was time to finally give it a go! I opted for Cross Stitch. As well as being something I hadn't done before, it was also a gift my Mum got me for my birthday so I definitely needed a kick up the butt to get going with it!

I think for a first timer, I have opted for something quite challenging. But my Mum chose a design she knew I would like once it is completed. It is quite time consuming, although I do really enjoy it. I haven't finished it fact I'm quite a long way off completing it! But I am pleased that Craft Blog Club gave me the motivation I needed to get started on it. 

The reason I wanted to give Cross Stitch a go was of course due to Pinterest. I have seen loads of great Cross Stitch designs on clothes & it looks so cute - very boho! So of course I wanted to learn the skill so I could do some DIY of my own to liven up some of my plain tops/dresses/skirts! My absolute favourite is this dress I saw a while back on Pinterest - isn't it so beautiful?!

Have you taken part in the Crafty Resolutions Challenge too? If you have, please post your links below. I would love to see what you did too!


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

My Pattern Stash!

The other day I was organising my fabric & pattern stash. I didn't realise how many patterns I had until I whipped around my sewing room & collected them all up, so I thought it was only fair to share my favourite ones with you.

All of the patterns (& Humphrey)!

I am currently using the New Look K6144 pattern for a dress making project I am working on. It is really easy to follow, although it has been a while since I have had to sew darts so I had to really think about what I was doing!

I used this pattern to make my Mums Christmas gift. It was free from the Daily Mail & is the most simple pattern ever!

I recently got some really cheap, thick upholstery material from a Flea Market which I plan to make a skirt with (which also cost me £1.50 for a meter & a half). It always takes me a while to decide, but I have managed to whittle it down to 2 options - the New Look K6217 or K6107! Which one would you pick?

I have finally organised everything nicely, into a vintage suitcase that use to belong to my grandparents. It is very snug so just means I can't make any more purchases for a while...

What are your favourite patterns?


Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Kirstie Allsopp Button Kit // Review

Hey remember that competition I won last summer? Well here's another review of one of the kits I won - this time it's the Kirstie Allsopp Button Kit. The buttons can be used for lots of different crafts, but I jumped straight into jewellery making (crossing off another of my 101 Things). 

I decided to create my own bracelet using yellow, cream & grey buttons. You get lots of different charms included in the kit, which I absolutely love! I did add a couple to my bracelet but it seemed a bit much, so I decided to stick to one; a cute safety pin! 

I found this kit super easy to use & there are so many things you can use the buttons for. The only thing I would say is that the necklace chain is rather short (literally it is almost a choker) which is a shame as I love a good necklace! But nevertheless, it is a lovely little kit that could be a great give for an avid crafter or someone who is new to the crafting scene! 

Have you created any button masterpieces before?