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Thursday, 27 November 2014

DIY Inspiration - Studded Hats

diy inspiration studded hats

Today's designer inspired trend is perfect for an autumnal DIY that requires hardly any supplies! To make your own studded hat take a strip of grosgrain ribbon, faux leather or other fabric and add on your chosen claw studs. Wrap this around your hat and secure in place with a few stitches or a dab of glue to join the ends of together - et voilĂ  a designer inspired hat on a budget!

Luckily if you don't fancy a project there are some more affordable versions available, my favourite being the H&M number with spiked studs for just £14.99.

Wool Hat With Studs, H&M £14.99
Women's Star Hat Black, Jimmy Choo via Coggles £221
Rosa Stud Trim Fedora Black, Missguided £14.99
Studded Hat, Sensi Studio via Farfetch £154
Would you wear this trend?
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Library Haul #6

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It's been all of three weeks since my last library haul... why do the books always all turn up at once?!

The Best Of Miranda: Favourite Episodes Plus Added Treats - Such Fun!, Miranda Hart (2014)
As a big fan of the sitcom Miranda I couldn't resit picking up this new book which shares scripts and other snippets from behind the scenes. With the show due to come to end with this year's Christmas specials the book seems like a nice way to relive the best moments.

More Than This, Patrick Ness (2013)
Although I unfortunately didn't get on so well with A Monster Calls and have been putting off reading the Chaos Walking series for a while now, the Ness hype has once again drawn me in as I've heard so many great things about More Than This - fingers crossed!

Killing Mr. Griffin, Lois Duncan (1978)
Thanks to the online catalogue and reservations service I rarely stop to actually browse the YA shelves at my local library, however on a recent visit I took ten minutes to look at the current selection. Having read I Know What You Did Last Summer, another of Lois Duncan's famous suspense novels, I picked up this 260 page novel as another quick-read.

The Queen Of The Tearling, Erika Johansen (2014)
Having heard good things about this newly released Fantasy novel, the first in a planned trilogy which is also due to hit the big screen starring Emma Watson, I'm keen to find out what all of the fuss is about!

Have you read any of these books?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

DIY District 12 Necklace (Hunger Games Inspired)

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

Welcome to the final day of Hunger Games Week! As it's Sunday, aka DIY day here at e-elise etc, I thought I would finish up the themed posts with another jewellery project!

Once again inspired by main character Katniss this necklace is designed to represent both the character and the district where we first meet her. The arrow and pearl charms reflect Katniss' journey through the two arenas whilst the miniature bottle charm has been filled with dark beads representing the coal trade of her home district. Here's how to make your own...

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

You will need: a miniature bottle, an arrow charm, a faux pearl bead, 'coal' bottle filling (e.g beads, sequins, glitter etc), two jump rings (1 small, 1 large), two headpins, strong glue, a pin, flat & round nose pliers, an assembled chain

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

1. First up we're going to turn the bottle's miniature cork into a charm so that it can be attached onto the necklace chain. To do this push a headpin through the centre of the cork, so that the remaining length of wire is at the top. It's a good idea to pierce through the centre of the cork with a pin first to make sure the headpin won't be off-centre!

2. To turn it into a charm use round nose pliers to curve the remaining wire into a loop. Trim off any excess wire if necessary.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

3. Next fill the bottle with your beads or other faux coal - for this tutorial I've opted for a mixture of seed beads plus a few sparkly black nail art gems but for a more realistic look try imitation coal usually used for model making.

4. Secure the cork in the top of the bottle with a little dab of strong glue and set aside to dry.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

5. As an extra embellishment in contrast to the black 'coal' I also added on a faux pearl bead. To turn this into a charm thread onto a headpin and use round nose pliers to create a hanging loop just like you did with the cork in step 2.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

6. Use pliers to open up a small jump ring, thread on your arrow and pearl charms, then close.

7. Open up a larger jump ring, thread on all of your charms as well as the chain and use pliers to close completing your necklace!

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

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Happy DIY-ing!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

6 Hunger Games Inspired Projects To DIY!

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1/ The Katniss Cowl - Free Sewing Pattern (via See Kate Sew) - looking for your own version of Katniss' unique accessory from Catching Fire but not a keen knitter? This tutorial shows you how to transform an old jumper into a cosy cowl.

2/ Katniss' Arrow Earrings (via Being Geek Chic) - these stylish leather earrings with arrow design are a subtle nod to main character Katniss and are a really affordable project for those on a budget.

3/ Girl On Fire Backdrop + Giant Mockingjay Pins (via Hostess With The Mostess) - hosting a Hunger Games themed party? Here's some last-minute decor ideas, complete with free printable templates, that will impress your guests!

4/ Hunger Games Tote Bag (via Whimsey Box) - show off your District 12 roots with this awesome tote bag tutorial, again with a free printable. This one would also make a lovely gift for any Hunger Games loving friends too.

5/ Seneca Crane Beard Necklace (via Jacquie Longlegs) - perhaps the most unique of today's picks this quirky necklace puts a Hunger Games twist on the popular trend for moustache accessories. Once again the tutorial includes a free template so there's no excuse not to get crafting!

6/ Mockingjay Cookies (via At Second Street) - if DIY jewellery and accessories aren't for you why not try some themed baking instead? This tutorial shows you how to create piped Mockingjay decorations which could be used to top cookies or cupcakes.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out this week's Eight & Sixteen posts!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Character Style Inspiration - Katniss Everdeen

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Welcome to another Character Style Inspiration post, today featuring The Hunger Games' main character Katniss Everdeen. Although not a typical style icon Katniss' post-arena style really caught my eye with it's earthy tones, mix of textures and cosy layering, all of which are perfect for this time of year. Here are my top picks for a chic way to recreate Katniss' look...

katniss everdeen style inspiration

Zip Shoulder Jumpsuit, Warehouse £55 | James Lakeland Pointe Mohair Cardigan, House Of Fraser £75.20 | Belmondo Snood, Zalando £42 | Hannah Faux Leather Biker Jacket, Oasis £50 | Violeta By Mango Elbow Patch Waterfall Cardigan, John Lewis £34.99 | BLK DNM Metallic Colour Block Jumper, Boutique1 £68 | 8040 Tali Zip Skinny Jeans, My Theresa £203 | Gestuz Hailey Leather Leggings, Jules B £118.99 | Aldo Brooklyn Round Toe Lace Up Boots, House Of Fraser £57.60 | Tan Casual Skinny Belt, Dorothy Perkins £4