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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Eight & Sixteen Projects... July

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Two months already?! I'm not sure where the time has gone but here's a quick recap of the DIY/craft projects I've shared over on Eight & Sixteen this month...

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Monday, 28 July 2014

July Reads & Reviews

july reads 2014

Butter, Erin Jade Lange (2012)
Butter, as he is known to everyone at school, is a sixteen year old unhappy with being overweight. The opening paragraph catches your attention with Butter’s bold statement… he is planning to eat himself to death live on the internet. As word of Butter’s plan spreads his peers take him under their wing, encouraging the idea and in a twisted way he gains the popularity that he has been longing for.
Although there were some tougher scenes to read, such as the description of how Butter got his nickname, generally speaking his story plays out like many contemporary novels, following him around on his day to day life, tackling school, relationships and family life. In addition the underlying sinister element makes for a unique, interesting and perhaps most importantly thought-provoking read. ✯✯✯1/2

Shattered, Teri Terry (2014) 
Shattered is the third and final book in the Slated trilogy which follows Kyla, a teen who's memory was erased after the government claimed she was a terrorist - but is this the truth? When we catch up with Kyla in book three she is on the run with a new identity and a mission to seek out her real parents.
I didn't have such high hopes for Shattered after being a little disappointed by second book Fractured however I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the conclusion, which to me felt much more alike to the tone of the first book. Full of little twists and turns Shattered reveals answers to some of the big questions of the series and most importantly who Kyla really is. ✯✯✯✯

Also read this month...
  • Let's Get Lost*, Adi Alsaid (2014) ✯✯✯✯ - review to follow on BB soon!
  • Say Her Name, James Dawson (2014) ✯✯✯✯

Reviews posted this month...

Books marked with a * c/o Netgalley, cover images via Goodreads

What did you read in July?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

DIY Beaded Tassel Anklets

diy tassel anklet jewellery making tutorial

Last week I shared a Duct Tape Tassel DIY over on Eight & Sixteen which also inspired me to create today's jewellery project. These cute tassel anklets are perfect for the summer months and one of the great things about them is that they are really versatile as they can also be worn as necklaces!

If you like this project but don't fancy a DIY I now have some similar designs available in my shop Sawyer & Scout & custom orders are also welcome! :)

diy tassel anklet jewellery making tutorial

How to make the tassel
You will need: embroidery floss, a fork, jewellery wire or extra floss

1. First up find a fork or similar object which is around the size you want your tassel to be. Tie on your chosen embroidery floss and wrap around the fork until you have built up the thickness you want for your tassel

2. Take a small piece of wire - a contrasting colour works well - and wrap it around the embroidery floss between one of the fork prongs, creating a hanging loop for your tassel. Alternatively use another piece of embroidery floss

3. Before you remove the tassel from the fork, thread a jump ring through the loop you created in step 2 - this will be much easier than trying to add it on later! Then remove the tassel from the fork

4. Chop through the loop at other end and you should have a tassel! Trim off any excess threads to neaten and set aside whilst you make the anklet

diy tassel anklet jewellery making tutorial

How to make the anklet
You will need: jump rings, a clasp, tiger tail, tube crimp beads, seed beads, jewellery pliers

1. First up you'll need to decide on what length you want the anklet to be. Measure around your ankle, times this number by two for a double wrap design like the one shown in the photos, then finally add on another  3"and cut your length of tiger tail.

For example - my ankle measures 8" so I would times that by two to get 16" and add on 3" to get a total length of 19". Once the clasp has been added my final anklet measures approx. 17.5". 

If you're unsure on the measurements you can always cut a longer length just to be on the safe side and check it against your ankle as you go along. Alternatively you could add on an extender chain to make the anklet adjustable!

2. Thread on your tube crimp bead then thread the end of tiger tail back through it creating a loop. Use pliers to secure in place - later on you'll use this loop to attach on your clasp

3. Thread on your beads until you reach around 1" before desired length. Add on second tube crimp bead and create another loop just like at the other end of the anklet. Thread the remainder of wire back through the seed beads then secure everything in place by squashing down the crimp bead

4. Use pliers and jump rings to add on a clasp

diy tassel anklet jewellery making tutorial

5. Finish by attaching your tassel, and any other charms, onto the anklet & wear with pride!


As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you enjoy them please subscribe to my blog via Bloglovin' to make sure you don't miss any posts! :)

Happy DIY-ing!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

New In At Sawyer & Scout - Foodie Jewellery, Beaded Anklets, Hair Bows & Drawstring Pouches

sawyer and scout pizza bunting necklace
sawyer and scout hair bows
sawyer and scout patchwork pencil case
sawyer and scout anchor anklet
sawyer and scout drawstring pouches

I've added a variety of new products to the Sawyer & Scout range recently so I thought it was about time for another quick update. The new designs include colourful foodie jewellery, sets of pretty hair bows, drawstring pouches for your sunglasses/phone, back to school pencil cases and beaded anklets which double up as necklaces!

If you'd like to see more of the new designs you can visit or use the links below to go straight to each of the products shown above - don't forget to leave a comment below letting me know which is your favourite, I'd love to hear your feedback!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Let's Talk Something Different...


Today I thought I would take on a subject I've never really blogged about before... music! It's never really been something I'ver thought to write about as my collection mainly consists of the same things it did ten years ago and I'm terrible with keeping up with new releases. My iPod selection, although a somewhat strange mixture of things, is very limited!

Earlier this year I stumbled across a notebook with lots of my old gig tickets taped inside and it got me thinking about all of the bands I've seen, which ones were my favourites, which I'd like to see again and even those I never got to see. So, with that in mind today I'm posing three questions to myself, and all of you as well!

1. If you could see any band/artist you've already seen again who would it be? 
I'd have to go with Foo Fighters... actually I'm going to be cheeky and pick two answers for this one (its my question so I'm allowed to, right?!). Although I was lucky enough to see them live a handful of times I'd also really love to see Taking Back Sunday again - I'm disappointed I missed out on that earlier this year!

2. Which band/artist have you never seen live but would love to?
Definitely Incubus. I almost got to see them a few years back but they had to reschedule and unfortunately the new date happened to fall on my very first week at Uni so I wasn't able to go.

3. Which one band/artist do you wish you could have seen but will never get the chance?
I'm sure if I sat and thought about it for a while I could come up with a long list but I have to go with my first instinct and an obvious choice, Nirvana.

I'd really love to know what your responses to these questions would be so don't forget to leave them in the comments below! Alternatively feel free to run with the idea as a sort of 'mini tag' and post about it on your own blog - just don't forget to send me the link if you do! :)