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Snowflake bunting

I had some snow flakes left over after all of my other Christmas crafts so I linked a bunch together and turned them into a bunting type chain.

Smaller snowflake pattern
Larger snowflake pattern

Ch25
Sl into corner of small snowflake
Ch10
Sl into corner of large snowflake
Ch10
Sl into corner of small snowflake
etc etc.
Ch25 to finish


Snowflake picture

I've made a couple of these as gifts now (luckily for people who don't use the internet mwahahaha). 
Box frame from Hobbycraft Blue card from Hobbycraft Snowflake by me using this pattern
If you're looking for a quick wintery gift they aren't too shabby and I used different colours to go with peoples houses. 


Christmas place cards

This year mum asked me to make place cards for Christmas Lunch that matched the Christmas cards I made.

I used place cards from the wedding section on Paperchase and just turned them inside out, did my paint flicking, stuck on snowflakes and then did some pretty shoddy calligraphy (that class I took would be paying off more if I actually practiced more...).



Christmas gift wrapping

All my gift wrapping is now done and they are all stacked in a crate ready to take down south.

I love making things pretty and seeing peoples faces when I hand something over that I have spent time on.

I was inspired by this gift wrap on Pinterest, although I used a toothbrush to flick paint on to brown paper so its a bit more splattery than neat varied circles!

The tags and twine are from Paperchase I just added snowflakes that I'd made (this pattern)
For some I've attached a bow (pattern here) which I've stuck on a hair clip.

I used white calligraphy ink and my pen to finish up the tags!

Watching, reading, listening

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Watching:
Christmas films!

The Apartment - one of my favourite filmsElf - the best Christmas filmLove Actually - my housemates cried. I did not (not sure if this is because I am now dead inside, I have seen it too many times, or they were just really hungover)Still to come - It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas and Scrooged
Reading:
I started to read #Girlboss and it was awful, the writing is just poor. It was cheap on kindle but I should have still known not to buy a book with # in the title.
I've been reading a lot of Joel Golby who's high class journalism includes:

Science has spoken: ending a text with a full stop makes you a monsterNeighbours: 29 years later, the UK finally catches up with AustraliaThe Eerie beauty of the Hoverboard Lucozade bandit
Also I think he is the male equivalent of one of my friends and one day they will marry.

Listening:
It's Christmas song time!

Christmas holidays

With not long to go until the big day posting has gone a bit out of the window. Most things have to be honest. I'm currently sat at my laptop watching Kirstie's Homemade Christmas on catch up for inspiration even though I'm not going to have any time to make any more things...

But anyway. Here are some photos from when mum and I went to Bath a couple of weeks ago...

Apparently I have been to Bath before but I don't remember because I was at most 1 (it was before my brother was born). The weather was a bit shoddy but Bath is gorgeous so it didn't matter at all.

There was so much Jane Austen stuff going on it was weird... BATH ISN'T EVEN IN MANY OF THE BOOKS... coming from Hampshire (where she lived and died) it was very odd to me. That said Persuasion is set there and it's my fav.

The markets were amazing but by Friday (we went Wednesday to Friday) it was a bit too busy for me. I recommend going in the week - not just because it's cheaper.

Mum and I ate …

Watching, reading, listening

Watching:
Hunger Games: Pretty good, nice wrap up of the story.
People Places Things which is a lovely film about a great dad trying to get over a break up. I really liked it. Plus, Jermaine!
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TV wise if I'm honest I've mainly been watching made for TV Christmas movies because they are brilliantly bad.

Reading:
The Chimes: nice teen dystopian novel about memories, music, love and religion.
White Tiger: Booker Prize winner from a while back, I really liked the narrative style.


Listening:

Experiments in blogging: Pinterest

My favourite of all the social media platforms!

Apparently this can do wonders for driving people to your blog but the only one of my pins that does crazy well is a photo of my aunts dog! So, I've looked around and gathered some tips!

Off Pinterest:

Add Pinterest link to the blog sidebarCreate new images at the right size then upload and add a linkAdd keywords to image file name On Pinterest:
Update profileUse pinterest.com/yourdomainname to see who's pinning your postsPin what you read and @people when pinning from their blogAdd keywords to board name and description as well as pinsDelete unpopular pins if you don't need themUse vertical imagesMove the boards on your profile around 

Resources:
Peg Fitzpatrick - 12 strategic ways to use PinterestKatelyn Brooke - How to make the most of PinterestBouvardian - 10 ways to grow your Pinterest followingSarah Titus - 9 reasons you should be deleting your pinsPinterest image optimisation 

Christmas decorations

The decorations in my room are now up. We're waiting for the annual Caitlin and Carys Christmas Craft Day (we are the coolest right...) before we put the ones in the living room up.


wreath info here, red fairy lights (seen in mirror) from Paperchase


Bunting here, cushion made by me, blanket made by me (more here) stars from here

I only have a very little tree in my room (from John Lewis a couple of years ago) but it's up now too.

Snowman from M&S

Christmas bunting

Pretty simple this one - crochet flags with backstitch trees and snowflakes on crochet chain stitched together.

Chain 3, 2dc into first stitch, turn.
For all following rows :
Chain two, 1dc into top of last dc, dc into top of each until the on remains - 2dc into last, turn.

Continue until you reach the size you would like.


Watching, reading, listening

Watching

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Brooklyn
Beautifully shot and acted. Slightly different in tone towards the end than the book but I still liked it.

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Jessica Jones
I loved it. Much better than Daredevil. David Tennant was perfectly creepy but it's great seeing so many great female characters.

Reading

Ship of Brides
Historically war fiction about Australian war brides coming over to the UK. Interesting read, cute romance - just horrible how some of the women were treated.

Listening



Experiments in blogging: Branding

Full disclosure - I work in marketing. That said, I know little about marketing my own stuff & I feel a bit weird about it.

So branding... where to start! Most brand guidelines will contain the following items outlining options and how they can and cannot be used.
NamesColoursFontsLogosDesign elementsDescriptions

I have none of these things.

As a non professional blogger I only have my own money to spend on this stuff so I haven't bought font packages or logo designs or any of that stuff. I feel like where it's only me I don't have to worry about laying down the law and worrying about people miss using things.

At some point I'll get a designer to make me a logo and sort out all the other bits. In the meantime everything is evolving with me and I'm starting to see some consistency. So I've had a think and here's an outline of what I do have:
Names - My name is just an old nickname and I have variations of it for my shop, blog and social mediaColours - I k…

Cable knit rope cushion

New cushion cover! For this I used WI aran and 4mm needles. Rough Pattern is:

Start by casting on 76 stitches
K3, P2, *K2, P2 (repeat from * to final 3), K3
P3, K2, *P2, K2 (repeat from * to final 3), P3
Repeat two rows until 10 are completed.

K3, P2, KCable 6, P2, K2, *P2, Cable 6, P2, K2 (repeat from * to final 1), K1
P2, K2, PCable 6, K2, P2, *K2, Cable 6, K2, P2 (repeat from * to final 1), P1
Repeat rows to fit cushion.
(For Cable, C6F every 5th row)

Complete by repeating first two stitches 4 times each.



Watching, reading, listening

Watching

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Master of None - It's cute and funny and clever and then about 3 episodes in you realise it's brilliant and amazing and by the end you are done.

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The Lobster - just amazing. It's ridiculously funny and I don't want to tell you much about it in case I ruin it. I would be an Orca I think so long as I could guarantee I would be in the wild.

Reading


High Rise - because apparently I wanted to be depressed about human nature. It's a really good book but I am now not sure I can handle the film when it comes out.

Listening


Also The Punch Brothers were on Nerdist and they were awesome (yes, I like bluegrass).

Experiments in blogging: post schedules

So a big thing in lots of the research I've been doing is posting regularly on set days at set times.
As you may notice I have not been doing this.

They also suggest having a bank of posts that can cover a few weeks and plans for a few months. This I have also not been doing...

Regular posts
Watching, reading, listening - Sundays - as a round up post of my week this seems like a good fit, they don't really lend themselves to advanced writing and scheduling though.Craft posts - Tuesdays - again these I can plan ahead with they only issue is posting new things each week so they are a potential at the moment but as I tend to make things it seems like a good call to have regular updates on what I'm making...Experiments in Blogging - Thursdays - luckily these I can plan ahead with and Thursday spreads things out nicely. I am starting to build up a set of draft posts now which I can then edit and schedule. Having posts around key events and holidays would be great too! 
Timing
I l…

Flower crown hairband

Excuse the messy desk. For this I used: crochet flowers (I used this pattern)elastic hairbandglue gunfelt To fit the flowers you need to stretch the hairband around a book or something similar otherwise the spacing will be out when you put it on. I positioned the felt underneath.


Using the glue gun, put glue all over the back of the flower and place on the hairband/felt.
Once it's all placed and dried trim the felt around each flower. This allows the elastic to stretch and hides the felt when you wear the hairband!

If I had thought about it more I'd cut felt circles and use them to back the flowers but that could be a bit harder to position quickly.

I wore mine for Halloween! Dress from Modcloth

Watching, reading, listening

Watching
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Spectre - Enjoyable but a bit too long. Great that Q and Moneypenny are in it more.

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Fargo - I finished season 1 of Fargo! It is amazing. The cast is brilliant, the plot has some twists. The only flaw is Freeman's accent.

Reading
Brooklyn, Colm Toibin - One of my grandparents was Irish, like the main characters brothers he moved to the UK to work on building sites to make money and send home. The book is calm and sweet and none of the characters are evil. If I didn't have the family links I'm not sure I would like it as much.

Listening
My new running playlist (I am so close to finishing couch to 5k now)

Christmas cards

Yeah it might be a bit early but you these Christmas projects take time! I've been making my Christmas cards this year. It's been messy I won't lie, but it's also been great fun.

I bought the kraft paper cards in a set of 30 with envelopes from Hobby craft and started by using an old tooth brush to splat white paint on them. It was the best. I love projects with a bit of primary school style art involved.


The snowflakes I crocheted using white WI silky yarn from Hobby craft and a 3.5mm hook. You can find the pattern here.

Once the paint dried I stuck them on using my glue! I'm planning on using white or silver pens to write in them!

Experiments in blogging: About me page

This week I've been looking at my 'About me' page. Most of the tips I've found say to start by identifying who you want your audience to be and then what you want your blog to be before you write your 'about' page.

Audience
At the moment it is mainly some of my real life friends that read this (at least i think they do) I'd love it if more people interested in crafts, books and music read it too. I think the main target audience is me...

Blog vision
This is harder. In an ideal world I would spent my time making things for people and

The about page
The key points here seem to be:
HonestyTell a storySay what you are offeringGive insight into your life and situationFirst personInclude pics Photos?? I'll steal some my friends have taken of me from Facebook. I can't take selfies at all.  It seems weird that I have a blog but struggle with writing about myself but it's true, so while I have updated my 'About Me' page it remains a work in progress…

Watching, reading, listening

Watching:
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From Dusk Till Dawn - getting all Halloweeny with the vampire snake things on Netflix.

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No cinema trip for me this week (shocker) but I did watch Obvious Child for the millionth time. I love Jenny Slate (she of Marcel the Shell with shoes on and other things) so much. Plus Max is the perfect man.

Reading:
The Good Soldier - I was meant to read this at Uni but it was in second year around the time I got ill so I didn't get around to it until now. It's a great example of how first person narrative can work and actually be interesting (I think that's what they said in the lecture...).

Listening:
All the George Harrison on Spotify. I should just nick my dads albums already... All Things Must Pass is my favourite at the moment, If Not for You in particular.

Washington D.C.

I was in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago for work but managed to tag on some sightseeing over the weekend. 
If you go I'd recommend doing a night tour of the monuments (I was on my own so walking around at night wouldn't have been the best idea). My other favourite places were Arlington Cemetery which is beautiful and moving, the Air and Space museum and the National Gallery (which has an amazing joining tunnel and cafe). You also have to stop by Astro Doughnuts
I liked pretty much everything I saw to be fair - except the weather which was very British and drizzly. It's like walking around a movie set at times, so many of the sights are on our screens so often.