Check It Out | birth announcement with tiny prints

8.26.2014

I've got to confess. I'm a bit of a sucker for snail mail. It's pretty great when you get something other than bills and junk mail through the door, right? 

So, this year, I've been really trying to be better at sending cards and little packages to people. Postcards to say thank you. Or little gifts. They cheer up even the dreariest of Mondays.

With this new love of snail mail it's probably no shock that I was totally keen to send out announcement cards to celebrate the arrival of our little Aurelio. 

I went with this sweet card from Tiny Prints. Look at all that pretty.

I went with this simple design, washed down with a healthy dose of DIY in the form of a printed baby grow that I decorated myself (you can get the how to here).

A nice little nod to Aurelio's Italian roots I think. You can almost hear him saying 'ciao bella'. That little charmer.

And look at the text - he is the best present ever. Especially when he's napping ;)

The cards came out great and we can't wait to start posting away. Definitely a nice reason to get some stamps!


These cards were kindly gifted by Tiny Prints. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tutorial | restyle revisited

8.24.2014

Ever get your hands on some sweet piece of clothing, only to despair that it doesn't quite fit? Maybe I'm just unlucky, but it happens to me all the time. And you know what, it sucks.

Well life's too short to live in baggy skirts, super loose tops and decidedly unfunky jeans, so I wanted to share some past restyling posts that were revamped a little while ago.

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Restyling clothes - a snip here, and new seam there - is such an easy win and great if you found something that just needs a little tweaking to be perfect.

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It's also great for beginners because the techniques aren't really complicated at all. Like this t-shirt refashion - it's all straight lines. Score.

So, have you ever tried to restyle something? Do you agree that life's too short to live in ill-fitting clothes or do you think life's too short to worry about getting clothes to fit?

Be great to hear what you think.

Happy restyling!

p.s. If you're keen to see more posts on restyling check out the restyle tag at the end of this post. There's loads of goodies there - particularly from my (slightly cringe worthy) early days of blogging. Enjoy!

Sewing | collecting vintage patterns

8.18.2014

collecting vintage sewing patterns
OK so I have a confession. 

I have an slight obsession with vintage patterns. I mean I'm a sucker for vintage anyway, but I REALLY love vintage patterns.

Today I wanted to share my collection and where I find the patterns. Then next week I want to highlight some of the best tips I've learnt for using vintage patterns. A one stop shop of vintage pattern love if you will.

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And can you blame me for loving them so?

The patterns (like this amazing pair of overalls from the 70s). Are. Awesome. Plus the paper is lush. And the instructions are such a joy to follow. 

collecting vintage sewing patterns
And hey, these patterns don't just sit there looking pretty. 

I've made this 60s skirt a few times (in floral stretch cotton and black lace with a staggered hem). It's my absolute favourite. No adjustments needed - just a solid A-line shape with a tab back zipper (a nice little touch if you ask me).

collecting vintage sewing patterns
I've got quite the collection building. It's amazing how easy it is to pick them up from charity shops.

I found this super old pattern in the charity shop at the end of my road for 20p. I have no idea how old it is (any ideas?) - the markings are cut out of the paper rather than printed on it. 

collecting vintage sewing patterns
Some I've ever pilfered from my mamma's collection. Like this one above of some righteous vintage flares. 

Shhh... don't tell. 

collecting vintage sewing patterns
I was glad to see that I'm not the only vintage pattern addict.

Turns out Tilly from Tilly and the buttons has quite the collection too. She's got whole posts on her 60s and 70s patterns. Mucho jealous. 


So have you ever tried sewing with vintage patterns and do you have any vintage patterns squirrelled away? Or maybe your now tempted to try? As always - I love to read your comments.

Life | happiness happens day

8.14.2014

So, I should start by saying I'm a bit late with this post.

I planned to post on Friday but then managed to catch a nasty case of tonsillitis that's left me pretty much a zombie until today. But I'm on the mend now and am looking forward to sharing this post with you today.

Friday 8th of August is Happiness Happens Day - a day of celebrating... well happiness. And the team at Offset Warehouse (purveyors of an awesome range of eco fabrics) want makers to look at the brighter side of our makes for their Happiness Happens Day campaign.

They've noticed an unsettling tendency for us makers to be super critical and self deprecating when we’ve made something.

Yeah, it’s okay, the hem is a bit wonky, the darts aren’t even, I probably won’t wear it…"

Sound familiar?

Even if it looks pretty awesome to other people, if the final result isn’t exactly what you had in mind you can be left feeling a bit deflated.

So, the team at Offset Warehouse want to change that and to get us involved in showing the world our proudest make. Warts and all. And I think that's something worth supporting, don't you?

I've shared my proudest make over on their blog, and they're encouraging you to share too

Get a photo of you and your proud make and then Tweet, Facebook, or Pin away with the tag #HappinessHappensOW.

You can even email your photo over to Flo, florencia@offsetwarehouse.com, who’ll feature you on their blog.

Wearing | printed baby bodysuit

8.06.2014

diy printed bodysuit
Well it's official. Tiny clothing is pretty darn cute. 

This tiny little top came about because we were taking some special photos of Aurelio (more on that next week) and I really wanted to give him something original to wear. 

It would have been great to have sewn him something, but time's pretty tight around here... shocking, right? ;) So I went for the next best thing to create something special - my favourite fake screen printing technique.

I used some leftover silver fabric paint. It's maybe a bit more sparkly than I would have liked so it's ended up looking a bit disco. But, heck, I think he pulls it off.

And here's the little bambino sporting his new top. You can see the sparkle better here. 

What do you think? I totally think he digs it.

Fancy making your own for the special tiny person in your life?

All you need to create your own is a plain white bodysuit, some fabric paint, freezer paper and this simple tutorial for 'fake screen printing'

15 minutes later and you have yourself a sweet little personalised top. Score.

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