Friday, November 25, 2011

a little update


Sorry again about the little hiatus! I am once again been very busy with working and life in general.

I turned 25 at the beginning of the week and its made me really think about my life, what I have achieved and what I still want to achieve. I know that ideally I want to have my own business - I want to work for myself and be creative all the time. At the moment that isn't really viable financially so in the mean time I am going to have to try to compromise by trying to start my Polka Dot Dreams shop. here is a sneaky peak of a couple of pieces that will be up for sale soon :-)

I have also decided to start a day zero list. It involves listing 101 things that you aim to complete in 1001 days. At the moment I am only up to 71 things and struggling to think of other things I want to achieve. If you have any ideas please let me know!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holidays are Coming Part 2


Here is the second instalment of my Christmas Craft series. I have been thinking of Christmas tree decorations I can make as I am a little worried about leaving a tree covered in plastic or glass baubles with the pup as this is what I come home to when she has got into the recycling..

Holidays are Coming Part 2 - Pom Pom Robin

So I have a few homemade Christmas decorations in the pipe line but the first is a Pom Pom Robin! Its a really quick and easy project - from start to finish it took me about an hour so is great to do whilst watching an episode of Made in Chelsea. Here is what you will need: -

I decided to do a very classical coloured robin but you can change it up depending on what colour wool you have laying around and the colour scheme of you tree. I think some purple and gold robins would look gorgeous! I recycled my old Graze box to get the pom pom circles by drawing around a glass and then a glue stick lid.

First cut a long strand of red wool and wrap it around over and over again until a quarter of the circle is covered.

Repeat with the white thread

Fill the rest of the circle with brown wool. At this point you want to check that the circle is really full as otherwise the pom pom will be quite small and thready.

Cut around the edge of the pom pom

Tie a thread securely around the middle and use the ends to create a loop to hang on the tree

Take off the cardboard rings and you will have the pom pom. At this stage he will look a bit scraggly! So you will need to take some sharp scissors and give him a haircut so he is round and looks full and fluffy.

Here he is looking a bit more presentable!

Next take a small around of orange felt and cut a diamond shape and a small amount of black felt and cut 2 circles

Glue them on the robin to give him a cute little face

And there we have it!!

What do you think? Are you making any decorations for Christmas this year?

Let me know if you make a little robin - he would love some friends!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

excuses excuses


I could give plenty of excuses as to why I haven't blogged or why this is a very short post but the truth is I'm lazy!! I have been working a ridiculous amount and have managed to get a week off work so today I have been lazy and just watching the new series of Vampire Diaries - which is epic!!

So here is one of my favourite songs at the moment and hopefully in the next couple of days I will be able to show you all the crafty things I have been doing recently!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Making travelling a little more bearable!


At least 5 time a week I have to travel for around 4 hours a day on the joy that is the London Underground. So the cost of this doesn't literally eat up my entire wages I have an oyster card. When I first got one I used the free plastic holder that came with it which was fine until I started using it every day and it split in half!

So the resourceful and crafty girl that I am decided to make a new one - and the best thing was I had all the supplies already :)

I have recently set up a Folksy account and thinking of selling some as I think they would make lovely little stocking fillers. What do you think?

Also I have had a little re-design of the blog and my twitter page so it feels a bit more me. I have decided that I cannot just sit around and wait for good things to happen. I really want to set up my own hand made craft business so this is the first step. I would love to hear your thoughts and any advice you have with this sort of thing!

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