DIY: Drawstring bag.

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My girls started Ballet three weeks ago, I never realised that ballet bags where such an necessity, I’ve been stuffing pumps in my pockets during the Saturday morning rush. I decided this week to make them up something a little more practical. Voila, the drawstring bag. Izzy loves her so much she wanders round the house with it on. These are actually really easy to make, and of course because you’re making it yourself it can be in any fabric, any colour and completely customised. I’ve gone with some beautiful printed leftover canvas cottons I had in.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric. How much depends on how big you want your bag. Mine measures up at 13″ x 11″
  • Dressmakers pins.
  • Tape measure.
  • Fabric shears.
  • Rope. Again, This depends on how big your bag is. General rule of thumb is double your width & height + a couple of inches extra.

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And here’s what you need to do. 

 

First, cut out your fabric. This is all based on how big you want your bag to be. Mine is 10″ by 12″. But don’t forget to add your seam allowance. Half an inch on each side, so add one inch in total to your measurements. You need two of these pieces, so in total a pice of fabric measuring at least 22″ x 13″.

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This next step is optional depending on whether you own an overlocker or not. If not its okay, I’ll explain what you need to do next after this. If you do, simply Pin an inch or so down from the top of your fabric. If you have thicker rope than pin a little further down. This is going to make up the hoop your rope will eventually be threaded though. Once marked of with a pin, you need to overlock round from the first pin, up and across the top and back down stopping when you get to your second pin over on the other side.

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Next, fold over the overlocked edge, turning it into the inside, Pin and  machine sew on the smallest stitch. Only sew down to where your overlocked fabric ends (so the 1″-2″ you marked of with your pin earlier). Leave the the top, right now we just want to sew the sides.

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Now its time to sew the top down. Placing your fabric pattern side down, fold over the overlocked edge, bringing it down to where you marked with your pin earlier. Pin both pieces to fabric together at the bottom, creating a loop.

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If you don’t have an overlocker just do the last two steps with a double folded edge or a pinked edge. Before sewing together. You need to have both pieces of fabric finished like this.

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Now its time to attach both pieces of fabric together. First pin them together just under the bottom of your looped bits. The overlocked line at the bottom will be your starting point for sewing when you’ve finished pinning and bring it to your machine.

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When you do come to sewing, you’ll need to leave a space near the bottom (not directly at the bottom). The photo below will show it better, but it needs to be an inch or so un-sewn. These will be the gap to thread your rope through later on.

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Once sewn up, you’ll see why you started from the bottom of your loops rather than straight from the top. You now have gaps to thread your rope through.

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So, now your two pieces of fabric are sewn together, you can turn it all the right way round and give it a good iron.

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Now we can move on to threading your rope. All together I bought 84″ worth of rope. This needs to be cut into two equal pieces, so 2x 42″.

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Grab your first piece and attach a safety pin through the end. Now thread it through one side, pull it all the way through.

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Now, thread it back through the front, bringing the end of the rope all the way back. Both ends of rope should meet together at one side.

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Grab your second piece of rope and repeat the last step again, this time starting at the opposite side. Once you’ve threaded both pieces of rope, you should have two looped pieces of rope hooked round the top of the bag, and two loose ends hanging from each side.

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If you pull the loose ends on either side, the hooped rope will tighten.

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Now its time to attach the loose ends. Turn your bag inside out, making sure the loose rope stays on the inside.

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Push the ends of the loose thread, through from the inside to the outside using the gap you left before. pin it and sew over it a couple of times.

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Your Drawstring bag is essentially done, just one last thing to do and thats neaten it all up. Keeping it inside out you can either use an overlocker, pinking shears or the double fold and stitch method.

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Turn it out and thats it! Your drawstring bag is done.

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I made another one up so both girls now have fancy new ballet bags to use this weekend.

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Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

 

Apple & Blackberry Rice pudding.

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Why is it STILL Winter?! It feels like its been years since we’ve had clear blue skies, days where we don’t need jackets, long warm afternoons filled with beach trips and endless ice creams. *Sigh* Anyway, seen as its colder than ever and we have yet another storm apparently on its way to freeze the land, i’ve cooked up an ultimate Winter warmer. Real, homemade – drool inducing- Rice pudding. Homemade Rice pudding is so simple to make and seen as we all have rice, sugar and milk in, its not hard to make if you do get snowed in over the coming weeks. Of course, fancy pants that I am, I have added a few other ingredients to make up this version, but it is so worth picking these up on your next shopping trip. Tangy Blackberry sauce and soft, sweet – buttery sauced apples drizzled over the ultimate childhood favourite. Delicious!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 140g White rice.
  • 100g caster sugar – Plus a couple of tablespoons extra.
  • 1 Litre full fat milk.
  • 200ml condensed milk
  • Couple of knobs of butter.
  • 4 apples (I’ve used granny smith)
  • 120g Blackberries. Frozen or fresh, it really doesn’t matter.
  • Drop of vanilla essence or vanilla paste.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

 

And here’s what you’ll need to do:

First, pop your milk and condensed milk into a pan and bring to simmering point.

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Now pour in the rice and 100g of your sugar, leaving the heat on for 1/2 minutes.

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Pop your oven on 140/gas mark 2 and pour your rice/milk/sugar mixture in an ovenproof dish before popping in a knob of butter, nutmeg and vanilla essence. Give it all a good stir.

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Place in the oven, middle shelf for two/ two and a half hours. Pull out half way through and give it a stir before putting it back in.

Now there’re a couple of different ways to do the next step. Peel, core and slice your apples into chunks. You can either do this before your last step and add the apples in your rice pudding too cook through (which is what I wanted to do, but Sam doesn’t like Apples *Wierdo* So I used the next method) Or you can cook down the apples separate and spoon your cooked apples (see next step) over your pudding when its time to serve.

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To do this, just pop your apple chunks in a saucepan with a small knob of butter and roughly a tablespoon of caster sugar. Put the lid on and leave to simmer for 20 minutes or so – or until soft.

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Regardless of how you decide to serve your Apples, its now time to cook down your blackberries. Put them in a saucepan with a heaped tablespoon of caster sugar, place it on a low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved and combined with the blackberrys to make a lovely juice. If you want, you can cook it all down completely, crushing them with a fork and sieving to have a smooth sauce. I decided I wanted whole juicy blackberries in, so I only cooked for 6/7 minutes or so and kept the crushing to a minimum.

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Once your sauces are done, you can pop them in the fridge. I like the cold tangy bite against the warm creamy rice pudding so I prepared these early on and popped them in the fridge until needed. If you want your accompaniments warm, you can follow the last steps about half an hour before you take your rice pudding out.

So now its time to take your pudding out of the oven. All of the rice should have swelled, sucking up most of the creamy milk. If it’s a little too thick for your liking you can add a bit more milk, stirring in until you have it just how you want it.

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Bowl up some of that creamy pudding and top with a generous spooning of those beautiful Apple & blackberry sauces.

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Homemade perfection.

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Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

Pantry update.

 

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Now the madness of Christmas and new year is out of the way, decorating can resume. Before Christmas we started replacing door frames, skirting boards and adding coving around the rooms on the ground floor of our house. This week we picked up tools to resume. Starting with the Pantry door in the kitchen. I LOVE my pantry, two years ago, I spent three weeks hand painting it (yes really!) I knew what I wanted but just couldn’t find it anywhere, obviously because i’m completely impatient and y’know on board for anything DIY, I just decided to stencil it. I managed to find some photographs of the process tucked away on my computer. – Sorry about the shocking photo’s.. It was a while ago. I don’t even think I owned  an actual camera then!

 

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Anyway, back to what I did this week. As you can tell it was still looking a little shabby. The door frame had to come off, a new one put on and it all needed a fresh lick of paint.

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No matter how much I scrubbed and scraped, the glass up at the top just wouldn’t come clean. It is 40 odd years old to be fair but I wanted it to look fresh and clean. So I bought some of that sticky back plastic stuff in a frosted glass effect and got to work.

I pre-cut the size needed to cover the window first, then printed out and placed the letters I needed on the back side of the frosted plastic. I traced around them lightly with a pencil before cutting them out… Remembering to keep the middles of the P, A & R.

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Once that was all done, I simply peeled the back from the plastic & starting from the corner, slowly attached the plastic to the glass, smoothing as I go. And that was it. Really easy!

 

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All together this little upgrade cost me £6. And took me around an hour, only because the extremely careful cutting out slows you down. I used a card to push out the bubbles and If you plan on doing something similar, dont forget to place your letters back to front when stencilling. – Its not really noticeable, but my ‘N’ was accidentally drawn upside down.

Next up for the pantry will be customised shelving/drawers. As you can see everything’s just THERE & I’d like it a little more organised. I’ve loads of other stuff to do around the house before though. Including the kitchen doorway frame, skirting boards, coving and a full re-paint. 2016 is the year my kitchen gets shown some love.

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raspberry & White chocolate loaf cake.

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Today it’s Izzy’s birthday! My baby turns three (how the hell did that happen?!) But I prepared this cake yesterday for her to take into nursery this morning and I just knew it was something to share with you all. Its completely un-seasonal, really its a recipe post to be shared in the summer, what with it containing raspberries. But I couldn’t wait that long to share it with you all!

So, seen as though i’ve got a spare five minutes before the celebrating can begin, I’m going to show you just how to do it.

 

Here’s what you need:

175g self raising flour,

175g butter – softened.

175g caster sugar,

4 eggs,

teaspoon of vanilla paste/extract.

150g raspberries fresh/frozen.

200g white chocolate. (150g broken into chunks, the other 50g melted down later)

*Red food colouring is completely optional.

 

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And here’s what you need to do:

 

First preheat the oven to 170 degrees/ gas mark 3

Next whisk up the butter and sugar, before adding in the eggs and vanilla extract.

Now add the flour and whisk for a good five minutes. The extra whisking time is a pain if you only have a hand whisker, but it really is needed for a light and fluffily cake.

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Once those steps are finished you can add the best part of the cake. First tip in your raspberries, then your white chocolate chunks. Don’t whisk, instead folding lightly with a spoon or spatula.

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Pour your cake mixture into a lined and buttered loaf tin and set in the over, middle shelf for about an hour, or until golden brown and firm in the middle. Mine takes exactly 1 hour 15 minutes.  *You can check its completely cooked by popping a skewer into the middle, raspberries will bring your skewer up with juice, but it shouldn’t have any raw cake mix on it.

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Once you’re cake is baked, set aside for ten minutes, before turning out and leaving to cool.

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Once your cake is cooled you can melt down the remainder of your white chocolate. I do this in a microwave (unless i’ve got a large amount of chocolate to melt down, then I use the traditional bowl over hot water method.) 30 seconds on a high power, stir, then in ten second intervals before its fully melted.

If you like you can pop in a little red food colouring to make the chocolate pink, this is completely optional. I just liked the look of it. Anyway, once your chocolate is melted you can drizzle over the top of your loaf cake.

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Slice.

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And enjoy.

I’m now off to spend the day celebrating the birthday of my beautiful, sweet little three year old.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

The great January Box set binge.

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Its January. January is kind of a miserable month. Its  quiet compared to the festiveness of December and way too cold to go out. Right now, new years resolutions lie broken, its so far from the weekend and quite frankly, all a bit grim.

So i’ve compiled the best box sets to binge on list, because how else do you spend a cold January evening?  I’ve watched a lot of box sets, I don’t watch actual TV all that much, instead preferring the ability to watch 8 solid hours of the same programme…. What a way to spend free time eh?!

So anyway, I’m forever seeing posts up on my Facebook asking for Netflix/Boxset recommendations. So I thought I would share my very own. Time to prepare the snacks and get your Netflix ‘n chill on.

 

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The walking dead : 

“The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse.”

I’ve started with my favourite TV series of ALL time. As much as I want to tell you all the amazing things that happen. I can’t… I won’t spoil it for you. I will say, watch it and be prepared to have your mind blown. Also, it is kind of gory, be prepared for that if you don’t like blood & guts and stuff. I’m not a zombie lover, but the  characters, the relationships, the emotions, the ‘What on earth would you do if you was in that situation?’ keeps me coming back every single series. Valentines day 2016 has been officially renamed : The day the walking dead series 6 starts.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 18.52.16 The Office: An American workplace. 

“The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary.”

The Office. I’m not a big fan of the English version. The American version however is hilarious! The Jim & Pam – Why won’t you two just get together and live happily ever after?! and Dwight Schrute the beet farmer, who is just amazing! I’ve seen them all a trillion times and it just doesn’t stop being funny. FYI- Netflix recently took this off (I’m still fuming!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 19.00.36 The Killing. 

“Set in Seattle, Washington, this season follows the investigation into the murder of local teenager Rosie Larsen. The first season covers the first two weeks of the investigation and has three main storylines: the police investigation into Rosie’s murder, the attempts of her family to deal with their grief, and the fluctuating electoral fortunes of a political campaign that becomes embroiled in the case.”

This is a kind of heavy series, but its also incredible. From the get go I was hooked, the first episode having me in tears by the end. If you want something cheery – this is not the series for you. Its gripping, addictive and completely heartbreaking.

 

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Rome. 

“In this British historical drama, the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families.”

I know the synopsis doesn’t sound amazing, but trust me. It is. Also, it has Ray Stevenson playing Titus Pullo (If you don’t know who he is, google him *Swoon*). I love the insight into Cleopatra and Marc Anthony’s relationship. Its kind of gruesome at times, but all in all an fascinating and super entertaining watch.

 

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Modern Family. 

“When the Pritchett, Delgado and Dunphy families agree to be interviewed by a documentary crew, they have no idea just how much they’re about to reveal about themselves.  This engaging new comedy offers a mockumentary view into the complicated, messy, loving life of three unique families. “

Such an easy watch! And if you’re married (or even live with a significant other) You’ll laugh out loud at those little things that happen with Clare and Phil, that happen in your house too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Luther. 

“John Luther is a Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) working for the Serious Crime Unit.  A dedicated police officer, Luther is obsessive, possessed, and sometimes violent. However, Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals. For Luther, the job always comes first.”

Oh, John Luther. You miserable yet brilliant man. No one solves a case like Luther – Apart from Dr. Gregory house, but i’ll get to that later-. Its gripping, its dark, its entertainment in its finest form. Series one episode four, is a particularly amazing one, Nicola Walker gives the most incredible performance, to the point you don’t even want to blink incase you miss something she does. Btw, i’m totally on board with this whole Idris for Bond thing.

 

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Fringe: 

“The FBI teams up with a formerly-institutionalized scientist – who was performing experiments on the fringe of real science – and his son to investigate weird crimes that are seemingly part of a larger pattern, and may be connected with a global company called Massive Dynamic.”

I’m not really a Sci-fi lover at all, I wasn’t actually that interested in watching this, Sam put it on regardless after hearing great reviews and I carried on doing whatever I was doing… Until I caught a bit of the opening scene. I physically couldn’t stop watching it until we had watched them ALL – Yep, all 100 episodes-. Its all kind of a bit mad, but in a completely believable way. John Noble who plays Dr. Walter Bishop is fantastic from start to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 20.16.31House of cards. 

“Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood. The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, and power.”

I won’t lie, the first time I tried watching this I was so bored. BUT… I tried again and I loved it! Kevin Spacey is fantastic, he’s ruthless as Frank underwood, and Robin Wright as Claire his equally crazy  wife. Its all a bit grown up, but honestly a must watch.

 

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Mr. Robot.

“The series follows Elliot Alderson, a young man living in New York City.Constantly struggling with social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, Elliot’s thought process seems heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion. He connects to people by hacking them, which often leads him to act as a cyber-vigilante. He is recruited by a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist known as “Mr. Robot”, and joins his team of hacktivists known as “fsociety”. One of their missions is to cancel all debts by taking down one of the largest corporations in the world, E Corp. “

Mr. Robot was one of Sams choices, I hadn’t even heard of it. As much as I wanted to see how the whole ‘cancelling all of the worlds debts’ would pan out, really I wanted to give Elliot a hug, make him a cup of tea and tell him to stop doing stupid things with his friends. He’s a messed up guy, and that just follows on through the series. I’m really looking forward to seeing it hopefully all work out for him in the next series.  *Note: Yes, I get very emotionally attached to TV people*

 

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House.

“The series follows a team of diagnosticians at “Princeton Plainsboro teaching hospital” led by misanthrope medical genius, Greg House, MD. Dealing with drug addiction and poor people skills House is tasked with diagnosing the undiagnosable.”

Dr. Gregory house. One of my top TV people EVER! I loved the show so much, I avoided watching the last half of the final series for three years. I literally couldn’t let go. Last year I finally did it, finally watched it and it was SO GOOD!! Try it and I promise, you’ll love it.

 

 

 

 

I could go on for longer, add another five or so to the list, but I think ten is enough for today. It probably seems like all I do is watch TV,  you’d be right. Once the children are in bed and I’ve completed all of my tasks for the day, I make a cup of tea (Or glass of wine if it’s a weekend) and settle down for an evening of box sets. Its winter, its cold out and really… what better way to relax than by throwing yourself into the fictional world of random people?!

Let me know what you think if you do try any on the list.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

DIY Star wall hanging.

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If you’re as active on Instagram as I am –  by active I mean completely obsessed!- then you would have no doubt seen lots of those lovely star decorations up on the swoon worthy interior-insta accounts. Well after a little research I discovered the most AMAZING tutorial , i’d love to be able to take full credit for this, but that goes solely to Grey luster girl and her fabulous DIY version.

I’ve tweaked it a little, just because I wanted wall mounted stars as opposed to mantle piece ones, but I did make one of those before Christmas. I’m going to pop my version up now, although you can find the original 3-D one if you click the GLG link above.

Anyway, lets get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cereal box, the bigger the box, the bigger you can make your star.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil & eraser.
  • Glue gun or blue tack. (preferably a glue gun though)
  • Paint.
  • Star template, I have a free one I’ve made up Here.  There’s instructions below on how to re-size it.

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First up you need to grab your star template,  I’ve left all the markings on the ones I made up, I’m hoping this will show you how I enlarged it – or it’ll just confuse you. Any way, what I did was print, then trace around this star on another piece of paper. I then added 3cm to the lines centring on the 5 points, I also added 2cm to the lines running diagonally from the centre of the inner points. Then I used a ruler and pencil to join them all up. Simple. Hopefully. Theres a quick diagram below. – Also if you really want enlarge your star, double it to 6cm (4cm on the inner points) and so on. Baring in mind the size of your cereal box card.

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Right, thats the difficult stuff out of the way. After cutting out your new star template, trace round on your cardboard and cut out. Very carefully, symmetry is key with these.

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Now copying the lines drawn throughout the star on my version, you want five points all centred, all drawn lightly – so they can be rubbed out if needs be. If you’re painting with a dark colour, you don’t really need to worry about this.

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Now we need to start folding. First fold from the centre outwards to the tip of your first point. You want the plain side (your outer star) on the outside, cereal box side touching on the inside. If you like you can score down all of the lines on the plain side with a pair of scissors. Be really careful not to slice through, this will make for a cleaner fold.

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Now, turning to the inner points, fold them up, so the plain card side is touching.

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Repeat this until you’ve done your whole star.

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Now you can paint. Mine are for my craft room, i’ve gone for black. Once painted, leave to dry.

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To finish, pop some of your hot glue, or blue tack (again hot glue is preferable) in the inside of the five points, give a little squeeze of the tips, this will keep those points nice & tight.

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Leave the glue to dry, before hanging your star.

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I’ve made a few more in multiple sizes, also throwing in a copper & silver version (Plastikote spray paint in matt copper & chrome) just to tie in with the rest of my room.

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You could also make up some smaller ones, and attach to string for a super original & completely gorgeous garland. (Definitely  on my to do list!) Or instead of painting, glue some pretty paper down before you start the folding step.

I really REALLY love these, i’m trying hard not to make a ton of them to scatter around the house, don’t want overkill. But if you want an easy peasy way to fancy up any wall, these are the thing to make.

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Happy Crafting.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

Home life project, January edition (2016)

A few days ago, I found my friend Clare over at Maybush studios has decided to start running a new linky – for non- blogging folk/ and bloggers like me that just don’t have a clue- This is a blog post link up, a subject is decided on by the host and at a chosen date bloggers can link up their posts, and everyone can go round seeing how others have interpritated this subject.

Clare’s is the Home life project. This is a photography based link up, on the first weekend of every month you can pick up your camera and spend the day taking photo’s of family life. This is the very first link up i’ve joined and the words ‘People who want to grow their photography’ was what got me so excited to join in. I am so far from a professional, but its something I really want to work on. Meaning, no matter if I think my photo’s are a bit rubbish, I’ll be able to document my progress as the months go on… I could do this without a link, but pushing myself into linking up my posts, knowing others ARE going to be looking… well that just makes me try a little bit harder to get some good shots.

Anyway i’ve rambled on enough now, so i’ll just get my photographs up.

Sunday 3rd January 2016 – A typically lazy sunday in our household.

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The last one isn’t particularly blog-esque… but it is completely honest. This is how I end most of my days! Right now we’re re-watching Luther.

Next month, I want to try & get some more of the girls, its such a struggle too keep them both in the same place, so LOTS of practice needed! This whole thing has been so much fun!

If you want a bit more information on the Link up, you can find it all on the Maybush Studio blog page  HERE

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

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Resolution list: For those who can’t keep resolutions.

There’s an ongoing joke between Sam and I… apparently the only thing i’ve ever been able to commit to is our marriage – He’s not lying… although as of next month, i’ve been blogging for a whole year, so in your face Mr S! Anyway, it’s true.. at first i’m all ‘THIS IS AMAZING – I WAS BORN TO DO THIS -‘ Then, within a week i’m more like ‘ God this is boring/difficult/time consuming’ I don’t know what it is, and its the reason I never pursued higher education. What I want to be when i’m a *grown up* today, will most probably not be what I want to dedicate my life to in three months. I know it really isn’t the best of traits to have, and being 24 , I know i’m now a *grown up*  but honestly, its just the way I am, and the reason I have like 3000 hobbies, I switch between them before the boredom has a chance to set in.

So, for all you resolution commitment-phones. I’ve compiled a list of new years goals that would fit our fussy personality more than the usual  & ridiculous – Start training for a marathon/learn the lost art of hand balancing. – ones.

  • Switch of the TV and read a book. Any book, something to flex that imaginative part of your brain. I’m a box set lover, netflix has been a monthly bill of mine for like 5 years. But sometimes its really is to sit in the quite, just reading, letting your imagination build the picture of what happening. My current obsession is re-reading the entire harry potter box set again… Just as magical the hundredth time.

 

  • Forget the hardcore excersise plan & aim for a couple of YouTube yoga sessions a week. I’m not a yoga fanatic, but when i’ve been out of the game a while, this is the best way to get back into exercising. YouTube has a bunch of beginners videos. Mangy ingber is one of my favourites, – She’s jennifer anistons instructor y’know.

 

  • Compile a Pinterest board soley for uplifting quotes. When you’ve had a bad day – because the *New year, new  me* feeling only lasts a few days/weeks. This might make you feel a little more positive.

 

  • Do the same with your iTUNES. Remember that song you used to listen to 45672 times a day when you where 15, the one that just made you feel so happy. Stick that and as many others as you can remember on there. No matter how cringeworthy. Music provoking happy memories WILL make you feel better.

 

  • Do something new, at least once a week. Go all out and book a parachute jump  (rather you than me!) Or keep it a little less crazy and  visit somewhere local you’ve not been before. The world is your oyster!

 

  • Drink water. Simple, but I know so many people that just don’t drink water! I’m not here to preach, but it’s kind of important, 90% of the time, these headaches and other annoying little things that stop you being cheerful are because of dehydration. My rule is… If i’m thirsty, drink water first before reaching for anything fizzy/juice. If I’m still craving that tingle of fizzy pop I just have some. Balance & all that. Also when it comes to Alcohol, I don’t go to bed after having a few until I’ve drank at least a litre. Your body will thank you for it in the morning.

 

  • Do something crafty. I hear so many people saying they just aren’t the crafty type. I think EVERYONE is the crafty type. You’ve just got to find your niche. It doesn’t have to be expensive, or time consuming. Pinterest is full of ideas, wether its sewing, crocheting, drawing, painting, candle making, baking, or any thing that requires nothing but to tap into that inner creativity. Its therapeutic, its rewarding and you just might discover a passion.

 

  • Write a letter, a proper handwritten letter. I had to write the Christmas cards this year, I was shocked to discover I had literally forgotten how to write! So used to tapping the keys on my laptop, an actual pen felt foreign in my hand. Also, how rubbish is it to get nothing but bills through the post?!

 

  • Daytime naps, whenever you can. Why does this have to stop after childhood?!

 

  • Re-decorate an area of your house. NOT in a fashionable way, not because you want to imitate a perfectly put together Instagram room. But fill it with what YOU like, photos, ornaments, colours – or not- Until I had my sewing room, I never realised how lacking in personality my home was, there wasn’t an area of our home that told our story, or even resembled our personalities. That’s changing daily and I love the little personalised bits that make it truly homely.

 

These are all completely random, also a reflection of what my brains been mulling over now we’ve reached a new year – It is my blog after all- I’m not saying do them all, but maybe pick one, see how it goes, these are all pretty commitment free… My kind of resolution list, If I truly like it, I’ll do it again… not because some stupid rule says I have to stick to it.

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.