Tuesday, 30 September 2014

10 Perfect Party Recipes For Halloween

10 halloween party recipe ideas

1/ Halloween Caramel Corn (via Heather Christo)
2/ Shrunken Apple Heads (via Martha Stewart)
3/ Poison Toffee Apples (via Simply Delicious)
4/ White Chocolate Candy Corn Fudge (via The Pink Elephant)
5/ Toasted Coconut Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte With Chocolate Drizzle (via Half Baked Harvest)
6/ Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Spider Brownies (via Cookies & Cups)
7/ Googly Eye Donut Monster (via Your Homebased Mom)
8/ Voodoo Doll Cookies (via Not Quite Nigella)
9/ Spooky Stuffed Peppers (via Wallflower Girl)
10/ Dark Chocolate Cupcakes With Meringue Ghosts (via The Comfort Of Cooking)

Looking for more recipe ideas? Click here to read my 2013 suggestions!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Eight & Sixteen Projects... September

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Here's a quick look back at the selection of crafty posts I shared over on Eight & Sixteen this month!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

DIY Candy Corn Bunting Necklace

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Back in January I mentioned that I may have already been working on a Halloween DIY or two (I know, eager) and today I finally get to share one of those with you!

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Last year I shared a couple of candy corn inspired DIY jewellery ideas and today's project is another one to add to the growing list. I love the yellow, orange and white colour combination of candy corn and the triangle shape instantly makes me think of bunting flags and so this idea was born... I couldn't hold out nine months to get crafting so I made it right away!

You will need: yellow, orange and white hama/perler beads, an iron, parchment paper, a pegboard, yellow embroidery floss, a needle, chain, a clasp, jump rings, strong glue, jewellery pliers

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1. Create your triangles of 'candy corn' on your pegboard and iron using parchment paper as per the instructions provided on your hama/perler bead packaging

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2. Using your embroidery floss and needle string the flags together to create your little row of bunting. To stitch them together I went in through the first flag, across to the second, then repeated this so that there are two loops holding each pair of flags together - this way they stay flat and in place!

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3. Trim off the excess floss at each end, leaving only a cm or two which can be glued flat to the back of the flags

4. Thread a jump ring through the middle of the bead in the top corner of the flag at each each of the bunting row

5. Attach a length of chain to each end of the bunting, add on a clasp fastening and you're done!

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

9 Awesome Halloween Fabrics

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Its not always easy to find a huge variety of Halloween fabrics in the UK which can make crafting for the holiday a little more difficult. With that in mind I've had a search around online and picked out nine of my favourites, all of which are either from UK-based sellers or state that they ship to the UK - perfect for all of those Pinterest projects you've had your eye on!

1/ Spooky Witch Family Spell Time by Elizabeth's Studio (via Oh Sew Crafty)
2/ Glow Ghosts by Timless Treasures (via Amazon)
3/ Eerie Spiders Web In Toil & Trouble by Moda (via Eclectic Maker)
4/ Spooktacular Too Pumpkintopia by Maude Asbury (via Etsy)
5/ Zombie! by Alexander Henry (via Frumble)
6/ Scary Lighting by Michael Miller (via Eclectic Maker)
7/ A Ghastlie Web by Alexander Henry (via Frumble)
8/ Black Candy Corn by Riley Blake (via Etsy)
9/ Midnight Muertos by Alexander Henry (via Fancy Moon)

Which design is your favourite?

Monday, 22 September 2014

Halloween Comes To Sawyer & Scout! (+ Discount Code)

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Halloween spirit has made it's way onto Sawyer & Scout this year with this new festive twist on my bunting necklace design! The boldly coloured five-flag design was inspired by candy corn and adds a pop of colour to any outfit.

If you want to pick up this limited edition design you can find it now at www.sawyerandscout.com
Use the discount code to get 20% off if you order before September 30th!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

DIY Fabric Treat Trays

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If you're hosting a Halloween party this year today's project is a simple way to hold all those tasty sweet treats at the table! These fabric trays are easy to make with just a few supplies and are great for storing all sorts of goodies. Here's how to make your own...

You will need: Halloween print fabric, iron on interfacing (light to medium weight), a sewing machine, an iron, scissors

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1. Start by cutting two pieces of your printed fabric & two of your iron on interfacing - I used 8" squares for my tray

2. Iron your interfacing onto the reverse sides of your printed fabrics as per the instructions

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3. Place your pieces right sides together and stitch around the edge using a 1/4" allowance - make sure you leave a small gap (as shown above) for turning out!

Tip! It will help if you also do a little bit of backstitch at the beginning and end of the sewing just to make sure it's secure

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4. Use scissors or a rotary cutter to trim off the corners and then turn out - use something like the end of a knitting needle to poke out the corners

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5. Topstitch all around the edge of your square/rectangle about 1/8-1/4" away from the edge - this will also close up the gap you left earlier for turning out

6. Fold one of the corners in half then grab your ruler, measure 1.5" from the corner and draw on a line using an erasable pen or fabric chalk

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7. Stitch along this line - don't forget to backstitch at each end! - and then repeat for the other three corners

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8. Trim off any excess threads and you should be left with a cute tray that's perfect for all of those Halloween sweet treats!

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you liked this project don't forget to Pin it!

For more DIY projects visit www.eightandsixteen.co.uk!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

7 Halloween Garlands To DIY

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Welcome to the first of my 2014 Halloween themed posts! Whilst I won't be daily blogging throughtout October like I did last year, this time round I'm starting early and have lots of Halloween themed posts lined up for you over the next six weeks, beginning with today's roundup of 7 awesome DIY garland ideas!

 1. Candy Corn Garland (via Poppytalk)
You'll only need card & a sewing machine to recreate this super stylish but simple to make garland that's perfect for adding a bold pop of colour to your window.

2. Black Cats & Friendly Ghosts (via Cakies)
For a glowing garland grab a string of fairy lights and create card shapes to place over them. Use the templates provided to make your own black cat and spooky ghost designs or put your own spin on the idea with some pumpkins, skulls or zombies!

3. Yarn Pumpkins (via Design Improvised)
If you love to knit and always have lots of leftover wool this one's for you! Combine with pipe cleaners and twine to create this cute and festive garland.

4. Glittered Skull Garland (via Vitamini Handmade)
These skull garlands with a pop of glitter have cleverly been created using cookie cutters & clay - they look great layered up as shown in the tutorial!

5. Ghostie Garland (via Wild Olive)
For an adorable twist on a spooky favourite why not create your own soft felt ghosts? You could also adapt this idea and make other felt characters such as pumpkins, monsters or cats!

6. Spider Web Doily Bunting (The Scrap Shoppe)
For a simple and subtle Halloween garland dye fabric doilies or paint paper ones black, cut in half and string up above the fireplace!

7. Spooky Eyeball Garland (via Hands Occupied)
To really catch the attention of your party guests try this eyeball design made using ping pong balls and beads. You'll need a few more supplies for this idea but the end result looks great!

Which design idea is your favourite?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

DIY No-Sew Arc Reactor Brooch (Iron Man Inspired)

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Today's felt project is one for the superhero fans, more specifically the Iron Man fans. I originally created this tutorial months ago for Eight & Sixteen but other projects came along and I didn't end up sharing it. Not wanting to see it go to waste I decided to post it here today instead - I hope you enjoy it!

I chose to base this brooch design on the Arc Reactor from Iron Man 3, however you can always edit it to reflect your favourite superhero instead. Here's how to make your own...
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You will need: blue, white and black felt sheets, a light blue marker pen, a glue gun, scissors, a craft knife, a compass/something circular to draw around, a brooch back, a pen

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Friday, 12 September 2014

DIY Inspiration - Multi Row & Layered Necklaces

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When looking for pieces to include in my recent feature on Nashville's Scarlett O'Connor I discovered that the layered necklace look her character wears is very much on trend at the moment! So for today's post I went back and revisited the idea finding inspiration from stores like Topshop, Miss Selfridge, New Look & ASOS. The look is very versatile and as you can see there is a huge variety to choose from with both bold and delicate designs gracing the high street. Layer up seperate pieces or pickup a ready combined one - there really is a multi-row necklace for everyone.

If you want to get creative why not DIY your own version? Cut different lengths of chain and add on charms, beads or any other embellishments you like then attach them all together onto one clasp. If you're stuck on what lengths to make your chains take a look at my recent Guide To Necklace Chain Lengths to get an idea of how various lengths will sit!

First Row: Mint Velvet Geo Layered Necklace, House Of Fraser £29 | Multi Row Disc Necklace, ASOS £6 | Multi-Row Leaf & Moon Necklace, Topshop £12.50 | Ditsy Tassel Multi Row Necklace, Topshop £12.50 | Gold Triple Layered Pendant Necklace, New Look £5.99 | Gold & Brown 3 Layer Tusk Pendant Necklace, New Look £5.99 | Moon & Star Double Layered Pendant, Accessorize £8

Second Row: Multi Row Faux Pearl Charm Necklace, ASOS £7 | Mint Velvet Double Layered Seed Bead Necklace, House Of Fraser £29 | Orelia Colonial Multi Row Necklace, ASOS £17 | Eye Charm Multi Row Necklace, ASOS Curve £8 | Purple Stone Multi Row Necklace, Topshop £12.50 | Flower Multi Row Necklace, Miss Selfridge £10 | Multi Row Triangle Necklace, ASOS £8

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Character Style Inspiration: Daisy (How I Live Now)

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Images via imdb.com & Hollywood Crush

I recently watched the film adaptation of Meg Rosoff's novel How I Live Now which stars Saoirse Ronan. The adaptation wasn't at all what I was expecting having read the book but one thing that stood out amidst the drama was Daisy's unique wardrobe. Arriving in the UK, American teen Daisy stands out with her colourful-yet-grungey style - here's how to get the look...

1/ Vintage Is Your Friend - Daisy's effortlessly cool style relies heavily on layering up contrasting pieces to create a grunge-inspired look. A great way to recreate this would be with vintage or thrift finds that will make your look even more unique.

2/ Go Bold! - from colourful headphones to patterned knitwear, blue nails and a dark smokey eye this look is accessorised boldly. Add layered necklaces, chunky rings & statement earrings to complete the look.

3/ Oversize It - as mentioned above layering is an important part of Daisy's signature look. Try slouchy cardigans & jumpers as well as a versatile oversized leather jacket. Chunky shoes such as creepers are perfect for creating a bold contrast when teamed with slimmer fit items like skinny jeans or tights.

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Etro Paisley Print Shirt, Covetique £80 (pre-owned) | Isadora Eye Shadow Palette, Nelly £17.95 | Fairisle Panel Jumper, Topshop £38 | Alexander McQueen Skull Top, Farfetch £463.38 | Rimmel Soft Kohl Eye Pencil in Jet Black, Superdrug £2.99 | ROW8C2 Round Sunglasses, Selfridges £289 | Stella McCartney Tie Dye Skinny Ankle Grazer Jeans, Harrods £460 | Moto Aubergine Wash Ripped Jamie Jeans, Topshop £42 | WESC Headphones, Yoox £40 | Butter London Polish in All Bluey, Superdrug £12 | Fringe Biker Jacket, Fashion World £40.50 (on sale) | Underground Creepers, Shoescribe £145 | Rag & Bone Cut-off Distressed Denim Shorts, The Outnet £70

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Homeware Trend - Postcard Pillows

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My first homeware trend post seemed to go down well so when I recently saw these postcard pillows I knew they would be perfect for a follow up installment! These cute pillows would be a lovely addition to any room, and would fit in particularly well with a shabby chic decor.

Just like in the previous post these are also definitely DIY-able with some basic supplies. You could use fabric pens to create something like the H&M one on the right or image transfers for the other two styles. I think a personalised DIY version, perhaps even made using a copy of a real postcard, would make a lovely gift or holiday memento!

Cotton Cushion Cover, H&M £6.99
Postcard Cushion, Kaleidoscope £12
Pillowcase, H&M £3.99

Which design is your favourite?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

DIY Wooden Plaque Necklace

A little while ago I picked up these wooden plaque pendants from The Works after instantly deciding they were too useful to leave in the shop. A few weeks later I came across a Topshop scarf which caught my eye with it's pretty combination of colours and geometric print. I really loved the idea of combining the two, a modern geometric style pattern with natural wood & leather materials and so, this project was born!

To make your own you will need: a small wooden plaque pendant, acrylic paints, a toothpick, a paintbrush, leather cord

1. Use white acrylic paint to add a base coat or two to your wooden plaque and set aside to dry

2. Draw your design onto the face of the plaque using a pencil to give you a guideline to follow with the paint

3. Add colour to your design using acrylic paints - if your design has thin lines like mine you may find using a toothpick makes them easier to paint!

4. Once dry knot on a length of leather cord to turn the plaque pendant into a necklace!

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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! :)

Friday, 5 September 2014

A Guide To Necklace Lengths

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Sometimes when you're looking to make or buy a piece of jewellery it can be hard to visualise how it might look on you. Even if measurements are provided it isn't always easy to image how a necklace will sit and it can make a huge difference to the final look. Perhaps you're wanting to create your own DIY pieces but aren't sure what length to go for? If so, today's post is for you.

The photographs above show the same necklace design with a medium-sized pendant and lobster clasp fastening but different length chains ranging from 14-24". To create the guide I started off by making a 24" chain as this is one of the longest lengths you will find as standard on the high street. I then removed 2 inches for each of the following photographs, right down to a 14" choker-style chain which is definitely back on trend right now. As you can see the same necklace design looks very different from the first photo to the last and it completely changes the overall look!

Of course everybody is different and this is just a guide to how the various lengths will look but I hope it helps you out with your next necklace DIY or purchase!

If you've found this post useful don't forget to Pin it!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Crafting Lately - Cactus Cross Stitch

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A little while ago I found this simple cactus cross stitch design sheet on Pinterest and knew I had to try it out! Sadly the quality of the image wasn't great when enlarged so I took to the graph paper section at the back of my planner plotted out the design and edited the colours slightly before picking up a needle and thread. I've placed the finished piece in a small wooden embroidery hoop and am planning to find somewhere to hang it up soon!

What have you been crafting lately?

Monday, 1 September 2014

Character Style Inspiration - Scarlett O'Connor (Nashville)

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Last month I mentioned that I'd been watching, and enjoying, season 1 of Nashville. Since creating style inspiration posts in the past featuring characters such as Deb Morgan, Lemon Breeland, Lux Cassidy, Wednesday Addams and most popularly Zoe Hart I'm always looking out for new characters to feature in this ongoing series.

Out of the main Nashville characters the one who's style I like the most is Scarlett's (portrayed by Clare Bowen), although her wardrobe doesn't bear much resemblance to my own. With a very down-to-earth boho vibe, layered jewellery, earthy-toned florals, floaty dresses and a variety of braided hairstyles Scarlett's style is probably just what you would expect from an up and coming country artist. Here's some tips on how to recreate your own Scarlett inspired looks...

1/ Keep It Floaty! - you won't find Scarlett in skinny jeans or leggings, floaty silhouettes are definitely more her thing. Try soft midi skirts, boho or 50's style dresses - anything that makes you feel like twirling around in circles!

2/ Mix Contrasting Lengths - another idea is mixing rather noticeably contrasting lengths. Pair cropped tops with maxi/midi skirts or team dresses with extra long cardigans and knee high boots. You could even create some DIY crop tops by cutting off longer tees - leave on long sleeves for even more variety in length!

3/ It's All In The Details - crochet, lace and cutout detailing are also a common theme throughout Scarlett's wardrobe. If you can't find any pieces complete with trim it's easy to stitch on your own - a great way to customise on a budget! You can pick up pretty trims at any haberdashery or craft shop as a quick and simple way to update an existing item from your wardrobe.

4/ Don't Forget To Accessorise! - layered necklaces are an important part of Scarlett's signature look as she's almost always found wearing multiple pieces. If you don't want to layer up existing necklaces why not buy a ready made layered 3-in-1 piece like the one shown below? Add chunky rings, delicate earrings, a leather waist belt, cross body bag and a watch to complete the look.

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