Sunday, 31 August 2014

How To Print Photos Onto Fabric (DIY)

how to print photos directly onto fabric

In today's tutorial I'm going to show you how you can create wall hangings from your photographs by printing them onto fabric. Luckily it's not as tricky as you might think, you don't need any special equipment and it can be done at home as long as you have an inkjet printer!

You will need: a digital photograph or scanned image, thin card, calico, an inkjet printer, a Pritt stick, thin doweling or a wooden skewer, twine/string, a sewing machine or needle and thread, pins, scissors/rotary cutter

diy print photos onto fabric

1. Start by cutting a piece of your fabric the same size as your A4 sheet of card - make sure it has been ironed so it's nice and flat. Lightly apply Pritt Stick to the card and stick on the fabric making sure it covers the whole sheet

2. Print out your image onto your prepared sheet of card - don't forget to flip the image before printing if there's any writing! I would also recommend leaving a border around the image as shown in the photographs to avoid having to sew over it

diy print photos onto fabric

3. Once the image is dry to the touch, peel the fabric off of the card sheet and use scissors or a rotary cutter and ruler to square up the piece of fabric ready for sewing - make sure you leave a larger section of plain fabric at the top of the image for hanging!

diy print photos onto fabric

4. Fold over about half an inch of fabric along the two side edges of your image and pin in place - usually when sewing you might iron these down but in this case don't iron them as it may ruin your printed image!

5. Stitch along the edges to secure them in place, then repeat the process with the bottom edge of the image

6. For the top edge you'll need to fold over a larger section to create the hanging loop. Fold over about and inch of fabric and again pin in place then sew along close to the edge

diy print photos onto fabric

7. Cut your wooden skewer or piece of doweling down to size (slightly wider than your image to allow for the string) and thread through the hanging loop at the top of the fabric

8. Tie on a length of string, twine or ribbon for hanging, glue in place if necessary and you're done!

Project notes: as mentioned above I would advise against ironing your printed fabric as it can smudge the design. I would also not recommend using this technique for any items that may need to be washed/will get wet as this could also ruin your print.

diy how to print photos onto fabric

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Friday, 29 August 2014

DIY Inspiration - Ornate Paperclips


Whilst browsing Anthropologie's website recently I stumbled across these unique decorative paperclips. Novelty paperclips have been around for a while now but these delicate designs really stood out to me as I'd not seen anything like them before.

If you're looking for something even more unique why not try making your own? Just pick up your pen and get designing on a sheet of paper - remember your design will need to be one continuous line. Then use jewellery pliers to replicate the shape using coloured wire - voilĂ , custom paperclips!

Ornate Paperclips £6 for 25 @ Anthropologie

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Eight & Sixteen Projects... August

eight and sixteen august

Here's a quick roundup of the projects and inspiration I shared over on Eight & Sixteen this month...

If you would like to advertise your craft blog, business or website with us over at Eight & Sixteen or would like your craft projects to be featured in a future post please drop us an email - we would love to hear from you!

We're also currently hosting a Personal Planner giveaway - get your entries in here

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

August Reads & Reviews

august reads

Friends Like These, Danny Wallace (2007)
This follow up to popular title Yes Man follows Danny's next crazy adventure as he decides to go on a journey to track down school friends he hasn't seen in years. When he meets up with one friend the challenge is born and he becomes determined to find the others before he, and they, turn 30.
The book is written in the same infectious light-hearted style you would expect from Danny if you have read any of his other books although I personally didn't enjoy it as much as Yes Man. Having said that it's still a fun read and maybe even one to pick up if you too are approaching 30 yourself! ✯✯✯1/2

The Geography Of You & Me*, Jennifer E Smith (2014)
Teens Lucy and Owen live in the same New York building but have never really met until they find themselves stuck in a lift during a city-wide powercut. Lucy loves NY and Owen hates it, but when circumstances change and they both move away from the big city will their paths ever cross again?
Books involving travel and adventures seem to have been making a regular appearance around here recently, but I chose to read this one without realising the trend. Similarly to another of Smith's novels, The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, I found The Geography Of You & Me to also be a nice quick (albeit slightly 'fluffy') read, only this time with more likable characters. I really enjoyed the postcard element as well as the many changes in location. If you're looking for a YA contemporary to breeze through in the last weeks of Summer this may be the book for you! ✯✯✯

Also read this month...
  • Afterworlds*, Scott Westerfeld (2014) - review to follow on Blogger's Bookshelf next month!
  • Air Plants*, (2014) - review coming up next month! 
  • The 100*, Kass Morgan (2013)

Reviews posted this month...

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

What did you read in August?

Sunday, 24 August 2014

DIY Birch Slice Frame


Today's project brings a little bit of outdoors inside with these awesome birch slices. I really love the raw, natural look of them as well as the texture you can create by mixing different sizes and thicknesses. The best part about this project is that it's easy to make your own with just a plain frame, a bag of sliced birch twigs and a glue gun!

1. Place some scrap paper onto your table and tip out your bag of slices - I picked mine up from a local craft store but they can also be found online

2. Place them one by one onto your frame until you are happy with your design

3. Carefully use a glue gun to attach each one on individually and once set/cooled remove any stringy bits of glue

4. Place your favourite photograph or inspirational quote inside the frame and you're done!

The cute little illustration I chose for my newly decorated frame is a free printable I found on U Create. There are six different 'is my happy place' designs to choose from, the others with Sewing, Quilting, Painting, Knitting or Crocheting in place of Crafting so there's something for all crafters!

twig slice frame 2

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Five Fabric Scrap DIYs!

fabric scrap DIY ideas

Today we're looking back over the many projects I've shared here in the past and focusing on those that can all easily be made with your ever-growing stash of scraps!

1. Tassel Jewellery - there's no sewing required for this project, so even the thinnest of scraps can be used to create unique jewellery pieces!

2. Cards - odd sized and shaped scraps? They'll make awesome unique cards to send to your friends and family

3. Hexi Keyrings - small pieces of fabric are perfect for a bit of English Paper Piecing. Use your hexies to make a soft keyring for yourself or as a gift

4. Scrunchies - long pieces of fabric are perfect for DIY scrunchies which are back on trend right now in a big way. Why pay for them when you can easily make your own with a few scraps?

5. Bracelets - combine pretty fabric strips with ribbon, a little bit of interfacing and a clasp to make your own bracelets. Alternatively stitch together smaller scraps for a patchwork bracelet!

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Photo Diary - Beth Chatto Gardens

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beth chatto gardens essex

Today I thought I would share a few photographs from a recent trip to The Beth Chatto Gardens in Colchester. The garden is made up of several different sections to explore including Water, Woodland, Gravel and my favourite, the Scree garden full of succulents. As well as the gardens there is also a nursery, small shop and tea room where I had a delicious slice of gluten free Swedish Almond Cake!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What I've Been Watching Lately #2

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After dabbling once again in a monthly 'watching' roundup I've decided to make these posts more of an 'as and when' feature when I have enough titles to talk about! So, here's some of the things I've been watching lately...

Nashville (Season 1, 2012) : via NowTV
Nashville is a drama following two rival country music stars - 'queen of country' Rayna James (Connie Britton) and young star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre) - and those living alongside them in Nashville, most of whom are also trying to make it in the music business.
I don't know what's wrong with me but when I first heard the premise for Nashville I was excited about it, I watched the pilot episode when it very first aired and loved it... but never went back to watch the rest of the series (really Erin?!). I had high hopes when I revisited it this month and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the setting, the drama, the music, the accents... my only issue now is resisting the urge to buy season 2 on DVD! I enjoyed it so much that I've already re-watched all of the episodes and borrowed the soundtracks from my local library. If you need me I'll just be over here listening to a Scarlett & Gunnar duet... ✯✯✯✯✯ 

Carrie (2013) : via Netflix
Updated for today's teens the latest adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel follows sheltered misfit teenager Carrie White (Chloe Moretz) who discovers that she has telekinetic powers.
Honestly I'm not sure how I feel about this remake that brings Carrie & co into the digital age. Although the fact the teens have mobile phones and internet access does set it apart and make it different to the 1976 adaptation, at the same time I don't really know if it was necessary to change the era or to even re-make the film at all. Perhaps it's one to watch if you're having a Halloween movie night but aside from that I just can't get enthusiastic about it. ✯✯1/2 

Bates Motel (Season 1, 2013) : via Netflix
This series follows a teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) as he and his mother move across country and buy the motel. An incident just after they move in leaves a man dead and the locals suspicious but it turns out the Bates family aren't the only ones hiding something in this town.
I was rather excited when I heard Bates Motel was coming to Netflix as just like with Nashville I'd watched the pilot episode then failed to catch up with the rest of the series (I have to stop doing that!). Again, I wasn't disappointed and really enjoyed the series overall. The only one thing I wasn't so keen on was the fact it's supposedly set in the modern day but almost looks as if it isn't. Honestly if the characters didn't have technology like iPhones I would have placed it in a different era based on the scenery, cars, costumes etc. Minor observation aside Bates Motel is a good little series full of drama, dark twists and turns. If you're a fan of darker shows like Dexter and American Horror Story you might like this one too! ✯✯✯✯

My Fake Fiance (2009) : via Netflix
After meeting at a wedding Jennifer (Melissa Joan Hart) who's apartment contents were stolen whilst in a moving truck and Vince (Joey Lawrence), who owes a lot of money to a man named The Monkey, decide they can solve their problems by teaming up and pretending to be engaged. The plan looks a little something like this - she gets the gifts to fill her house and he gets the money to pay off his debt... what could go wrong?
Since I've been dipping in and out of the pair's hit TV show Melissa & Joey over the last few months I was curious to watch the film collaboration which led to the sitcom. There's not a lot to say here really, if you've seen well... any rom-com before then I'm sure you can guess how this one plays out! ✯✯1/2

What have you been watching lately?

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

This Week's Work In Progress #2

sawyer and scout pouches geeky superhero

1/ Geeky Pouches - this week I got to work on sewing some more of these geek-themed zipper pouches for Sawyer & Scout. Most of this batch are off to Dark Side Comics!

citrus work in progress

2/ A Citrus Twist - this one's a sneak peek at an upcoming fruity craft kit review I'll be sharing over on Eight & Sixteen... keep an eye out there to see the finished piece!

washi work in progress

3 / Washi Crazy - I also dug out my box of washi tapes this week to work on some more projects for E&S. You can see the results over there next week!

What have you been working on this week?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Cover Colour Inspiration - Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

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As you may have noticed I've been experimenting a little more with new content recently in an attempt to both be more creative and bring a bit more variety back to this little corner of the internet. Whilst staring at my bookshelf trying to decide what should be my next read (FYI, I got distracted and didn't choose one) this idea popped into my head and I thought what if that were to become a new feature?

There are so many pretty colours sitting on that bookshelf, so many lovely cover designs that deserve to be showcased and since my favourite colour is green Fangirl is definitely tops the list colour-wise!

The mint green, coral pink and pale yellow trio of colours have all graced the high street this season, and will add a pop of colour to any wardrobe. Here are my top Fangirl inspired picks...

Mint Green Polka Dot Short Sleeve Boxy Shirt, New Look Teens £9
Coral Tie Back Playsuit, Annie Greenabelle via Topshop £20
Pointelle Silk & Cotton-Blend Sweater, Jil Sander Navy via My Theresa £210

Image of Fangirl via Goodreads 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

DIY Simple Beaded Rings

diy beaded rings crafts jewellery

These cute and colourful beaded rings are a simple design but the perfect way to brighten up an outfit, and the best part is they only take minutes to make!

You will need: seed beads, tiger tail, pliers, tube crimp beads, scissors/wire cutters

diy beaded rings crafts jewellery

1. Start by cutting a short length of tiger tail - around 6" should be a good starting point

Once you've made your first ring you'll have more of an idea of what length tiger tail you need depending on how much you end up having to cut off, but for your first ring it's best to cut extra just to be safe!

2. First thread on one of your crimp beads, followed by as many seed beads as you need to fit around your finger

diy beaded rings crafts jewellery

3. Once you're done adding beads bring the end of your tiger tail (the one which doesn't have the crimp bead) round to meet the other end and thread through the crimp bead creating a loop

4. Carefully take each end of the tiger tail, one at a time, and thread through the first few seed beads on each side (as shown above) - this will just help to secure everything in place

5. Use pliers to close up the crimp bead - if you're unsure how to do so check out this video tutorial

If you don't have crimping pliers you can close up the bead with regular pliers instead. Just clamp it down flat then carefully fold it in half over itself using the pliers and it should be secured into place.

6. Trim off any excess tiger tail and your ring is finished!

diy beaded rings crafts jewellery

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Friday, 15 August 2014

3 Easy & Refreshing Summer Drinks

3 refreshing summer drink recipes

Recently got myself a Breville Blend Active which I have since used every day - it's so addictive & easy to use! I've been experimenting with different flavours and today I thought I would share three of my favourites with you. They're all super easy to make as you don't need to be precise with your measurements plus, they're refreshing and delicious on a sunny day or after a workout!

Note: I add a spoonful or so of milled linseed to all of the recipes below as it is a great source of both fibre and omega 3. It doesn't affect the taste but it's an optional ingredient so feel free to leave it out!

1/ Raspberry & Orange Sorbet Smoothie
Blend 300ml of orange & mango juice with a handful of frozen raspberries and a scoop or two of raspberry sorbet. Top up with a splash of water to blend and add a spoonful of milled linseed if desired.

2/ Pineapple & Mango Dairy-Free Milkshake
Blend 350ml of vanilla flavoured rice milk with a few ice cubes. Then add in both a handful of fresh pineapple and a handful of frozen mango and blend again. Add milled linseed and a spoon of cinnamon before blending for a bit of extra goodness!

3/ Watermelon, Berry & Apple Juice
Blend 200ml of apple & raspberry juice with a small handful of frozen blueberries, a few chunks of fresh watermelon and a few of frozen mango. Add water if needed to blend plus milled linseed if desired.

What are your favourite refreshing drinks?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Throwback Thursday: My First Step-By-Step DIY Tutorial

throwback thursday first diy tutorial

For today's post I travelled right back to July 2012 to track down the first ever written step-by-step tutorial I shared here. The post I found was a somewhat tricky to follow bullet point style tutorial for a fabric Kindle case - the very case my Kindle still lives in to this day!

I'd like to hope that my tutorials have improved since then. Sure, they're not always going to be perfect but I can certainly say that I put more time and effort into them two years on!

Looking back at this I actually quite like the idea of revisiting, updating and re-sharing some of my older projects with higher quality photographs and clearer instructions. A potential future blog feature is forming...

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

This Week's Work In Progress #1

Welcome to the first post in another new feature here at e-elise etc! Recently I've been thinking more about the idea of sharing 'behind the scenes' content and yesterday I introduced a new feature called 'Crafting Lately' where I'll be talking about finished projects I've created outside of the blogging tutorial world.

Alongside these I also wanted to share more work-in-progress snippets that may not have otherwise made it to the blog. From insights into upcoming e-elise etc or Eight & Sixteen tutorials, to half-finished fail projects, little home decor updates and presents for friends, I'm hoping to turn this into a regular 'as and when' feature to share them all with you. To kick off with today I've got three very different home decor projects...

cactus cross stitch
1/ A Faux Cactus For My Collection - to join my growing collection of cacti I've been working on this cute mini cross stitch from a pattern I found on Pinterest... you'll see more of this project in an upcoming Crafting Lately post!

twig slice frame in progress
2/ Crafting With Nature - I've also been working on another nature inspired project using these awesome little slices of twigs... look out for the finished piece in an upcoming tutorial!

printing onto fabric
3/ Photos Onto Fabric - here's a sneak peek at the test piece for another upcoming project where I'll be printing photos onto to fabric and turning them into cute home decor pieces... watch this space!

What have you been working on this week?

Monday, 11 August 2014

Crafting Lately - Cluedo Board Cushion

Welcome to the first 'Crafting Lately' post! I thought I would start another series here sharing projects I have made for myself or friends rather than for tutorials. I'm planning to treat these posts as a little bit more of a chat than a tutorial, with a 'behind-the-scenes' vibe and hope they will be a great way to share ideas and inspiration without the step-by-steps.

First up in the series is this Cluedo board cushion I made back in April/May for my friend Cat's June birthday. The idea came from the fact that Cluedo is her favourite board game (we played many rounds of this as a household when we lived together at Uni!) and the shape and size seemed so perfect for a cushion.

I used an actual game board for reference and created a scaled down grid on my piece of yellow fabric, which I later machine stitched over to create the squares you would find on a real board. For the rooms I upcycled an old shirt and again followed the size and shape that each one appears on the original board. I stamped on the room names using fabric paint and used iron on transfer paper to add the logo to the centre and also a few 'weapons' into the rooms to reflect how the board would look mid-game. Another small touch was sewing on buttons, one in each of the six character colours, to represent the counters moving around the board.

I had so much fun making this cushion and was really happy with how it turned out in the end - I think Cat was pleased with it too!

cluedo cushion sewing diy board game geekery
cluedo cushion sewing diy board game geekery
cluedo cushion sewing diy board game geekery cluedo cushion sewing diy board game geekery


Sunday, 10 August 2014

DIY Donut Ornaments

DIY donut ornament craft tutorial hama beads

Another Sunday, another DIY tutorial! This week I'm showing you how to make these simple ornaments which would make the perfect piece of fun decor for your next party - you could even make a whole lot of donuts and string together to make bunting!

To make your own you will need: hama/perler beads, an iron, ironing paper, a circular pegboard, coloured embroidery threads, a needle

DIY donut ornament craft tutorial hama beads

1. Arrange your beads into a donut design on a circular pegboard and iron as per the instructions - don't forget to use your ironing paper!

2. To flatten down the ornament, wait until it has cooled then flip over, lay on your ironing board, cover with ironing paper and repeat the ironing process on the other side

DIY donut ornament craft tutorial hama beads
DIY donut ornament craft tutorial hama beads

3. Once the 'donut' has fully cooled use your needle and coloured threads to stitch small lines through the holes in the centre of the beads - these are your "sprinkles"!

4. After adding the sprinkles the back of your ornament will probably look a little something like the photograph above. To fix everything in place, trim off any excess thread and secure down loose pieces with a little dab of glue.

If you want your ornament your ornament to look neat on the reverse side cover up the untidy threads by gluing on a circle of felt!

DIY donut ornament craft tutorial hama beads

3. Finally, use another length of embroidery thread to create a hanging loop for your ornament and display!

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Homeware Trend - House Shaped Storage

house shaped storage homeware trend
Recently I spotted these quirky house-shaped storage pieces and thought they would be perfect for displaying trinkets. I really love the uneven sized sections and the idea of a contrasting background that could peek through behind your treasures. If you're a bit better with woodwork projects than I am then it's definitely a DIY-able idea too!

Wooden Green Veneer Display House, Debenhams £38
House Storage, Next £16
Display House, Graham & Green £45

Which design is your favourite?

Thursday, 7 August 2014

DIY Inspiration - 5 Ways To Makeover A Plain White Tee

5 ways to diy a white tshirt

Today I thought I'd share a little bit of DIY inspiration with five ideas for jazzing up a plain white tee, all inspired by high st and designer pieces. The ideas listed below cost from as little as £2.49 with the most expensive project costing just £7.50 in supplies - perfect if you're on a tight budget!

1. Topshop's Butterfly Tee / Transfer Paper
Supplies: Transfer Paper, £3.50 for 7 sheets (Tesco)
How-to: just print your design onto the transfer paper (remember to flip it before printing if it includes any text!) and iron on to your tee as per instructions.

2. Mango's Message Tee / Fabric Crayons
Supplies: Berol Fabric Crayons, £3.99 for 12 (Yellow Moon)
How-to: simply draw out your design onto the t-shirt and set with heat - that's all there is to it!

3. SWETC's Crystal Tee / Beads
Supplies: Large Facet Beads, £7.50 (Hobbycraft)
How-to: use a needle and thread to secure these pretty beads onto the front of your t-shirt. Don't fancy a random design? Stitch them around the neckline instead!

4. H&M's Spotted Tee / Fabric Pen
Supplies: Dylon Fabric Marker, £2.49 (Hobbycraft)
How-to: draw out your design - this pen will work perfectly for those H&M messy polka dots - and fix in place with a hot iron.

5. New Look's Tie Dye Fringe Tee / Cold Water Dyes
Supplies: Dylon Hand Wash Fabric Dye, £3.49 (Hobbycraft)
How-to: mix up your dye in a bucket of water (as per instructions), use elastic bands to scrunch up your tee where you want to create the design & submerge in the dye. Once dried use scissors to cut into the bottom of the shirt to create a fringed edge.

Happy DIY-ing!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Buy Less, Read More! - 2014 Reading Challenge Update

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As some of you may know back at the beginning of the year I set myself a challenge to buy less books in 2014 in an attempt to try and read more of those that I already owned. I started out by listing all of the books in my collection that I hadn't read (there were over 100!) and out of those I picked out 24 that I aimed to read this year.

Although I've completed my Goodreads challenge I've not done so well on this one. Out of the 24 titles I've only managed to read these 9 so far:

  • Attachments, Rainbow Rowell ✯✯✯
  • Trapped, Michael Northropp ✯✯
  • Beauty Queens, Libba Bray ✯✯
  • Unremembered, Jessica Brody ✯✯
  • Legend, Marie Lu ✯✯✯
  • A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby ✯✯✯
  • An Abundance Of Katherines, John Green ✯✯
  • Sweet Little Lies, Lauren Conrad ✯✯
  • Yes Man, Danny Wallace ✯✯✯✯✯

As you can see I haven't had much luck with the ones I have picked up, only finding one title that I really loved and I think this is why I've been failing a little bit. The challenge has definitely made me think harder before buying a new book as I have found that a lot of those I expected to really enjoy didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. Luckily I still have some titles left that I'm looking forward to so fingers crossed there are some more gems sitting on my bookshelf just waiting to be read!

You can follow my progress on the '2014 Reading Challenge' page in the nav bar above.

Have you set any reading challenges for 2014?

Monday, 4 August 2014

Quilt Update #4 - Making The Quilt Top

quilt top finished

It's been quite some time since my last quilt update but I'm pleased to say that a few weeks ago I finally finished my patchwork quilt top! It's not perfect, the rectangles don't all line up exactly and I spent far too long trying to create the random pattern but I'm actually really happy with how it's turned out. As for the process itself I enjoyed the sewing and seeing the little rectangles grow into strips and then into something that's taller than me (!), but not the ironing. So... much... ironing!

It might be another few months until the next update as I still haven't managed to find the right backing fabric but I'm looking forward to getting on to the actual quilting! 

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Sunday, 3 August 2014

DIY Simple Choker Necklace (90s Inspired)

Yep, that's right whether you're a fan or not this 90's trend is well and truly back! As shown by the inspiration images below lots of high street shops including Topshop, ASOS & Miss Selfridge stock simple chokers, but it's really easy to make your own at home in just a few minutes.

You will need: waxed cord, beads/charms, jump rings, a lobster clasp, pliers, a tape measure, an extender chain (optional)

DIY 90s choker necklace

1. First up measure around your neck to determine what size you need the choker to be and cut a length of waxed cord approx. 2" longer than you want the choker to allow for knots

Tip! If you're making it as a gift go by your measurement but add an extender chain to make it adjustable

2. Take one end of your waxed cord and knot it onto a jump ring

3. Thread on any beads/charms, then knot the other end of the cord onto a jump ring

4. Trim off any excess cord from the knots and if you wish add a small blob of glue to secure - this may also help to prevent fraying over time

5. Use pliers to attach a lobster clasp onto one of the jump rings. If you want to add an extender chain, attach this to the other jump ring and your choker is ready to wear!
chokers inspiration

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Summer Nail Inspiration - Matte Pastels

topshop matte nails

Today we're throwing back to my style inspiration post blogging roots with a quick look at some polishes from Topshop's current range. Although as I write this post I'm currently sporting my favourite dark red polish these matte pastel shades (retailing at £6 each) recently caught my eye. I haven't tried out any of the matte range, which seems to have grown a lot over the last year, but these soft pastels with their equally soft matte appearance look as if they would be perfect for the the summer months.

Will you be wearing the matte pastel trend?
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