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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

DIY Movember mustache necklace

Better late than never as they say ! So here’s how to make a fun mustache necklace from shrinkie plastic. It’s a quick and easy DIY and of course you could replace the mustache by any shape of your choice. Shrinkie plastic is such a handy supply to have hanging around – give it a go ! Have a good week-end readers and see you next week for another brand new column… Something nice and crafty this time ! xx – – – – – –  

DIY Movember mustache necklace

5 days, 5 creators : Filf

Whilst rushing around the crafts show in Paris last week, trying to take as much creativity in as my 5 free minutes a day would allow me, two stands in particular caught my attention. My head was spinning like and owl’s and yet I couldn’t take my eyes of the stands put together by brands Fifi and Filf. Although they’re nothing to do with one and another, the brands share more than just the letters in their names. Both colourful and covered in witty catchphrases, the stands looked fun and playful as well as undoubtedly stylish. After a closer look though, the brands were actually quite different. Each had their own specific style and unlike the decorations by Fifi you saw yesterday, designed simply to make life a pretty place, Filf’s products all have a use as well. Diaries, flasks, scales, shopping bags and more – take a look for yourself ! I particularly loved the onion bag… Hint hint Father Xmas ! (Yes, only glamorous gifts on my list this year…!) More info (in French) : http://www.filf.fr/?m=presentation – shop (in French, too) : http://www.designfromparis.com/designer-filf,27.html Well this was the last of the 5 creatorthon posts introducing the new Creators column. I hope you enjoyed discovering these new brands and products and be sure to tune in to upcoming reviews – there are so many talented creators out there, I just can’t wait to show you more ! Meanwhile, how about we get back to some good old DIY ? Come and check out tomorrow’s Movember themed tutorial… You didn’t think you’d get through November without a mustache themed accessory, did you ?! :-§) xx – – – – – –  

5 days, 5 creators : Filf

5 days, 5 creators : Fifi Mandirac

Some people have too much talent. Why aren’t I able to design prints with such effect ? Fifi Mandirac is a French graphic designer with taste and skill – pretty pictures and romantic catchphrases are her speciality and my walls will be sporting two of her designs very shortly. Wrapping paper, posters, beads, postcards and badges… Fifi’s stand was definitely a cute overload and I would have bought it all including the sign if I hadn’t held back. As this post is number 4 on my list of 5 creators I discovered at the crafts show in Paris,  I feel the need to underline that this is not in order of preference. I think Fifi Mandirac definitely left the show with my heart in her pocket. But that’s OK because I left with a heart printed bead in exchange <3 Find out more about Fifi on her blog and buy Fifi’s beautiful merch on http://www.fifimandirac.com/ xx – – – – – –

5 days, 5 creators : Fifi Mandirac

5 days, 5 creators : the hand sewing machine !

Who says you have to either hand sew or use a machine ?! What about a hand sewing machine ?! This is one of the innovative creations I found out about at the crafts show in Paris last week and just had to show you… It’s just like a stapler, only it sews. It doesn’t even need thread coming up from underneath ! The neat little gadget just loops the cotton each time you give it a squeeze. I couldn’t believe my eyes ! Now I tried one of these machines and I have to admit it took me a few minutes to get used to it and I was more than skeptical about how good the stitching would actually be. However, once you have your tension sorted (a tiny spring you adjust with a screw), the stiching is pretty neat. As long as you keep your speed regular… I wouldn’t say they’re the ideal solution for making a dress, but these machines are definitely perfect for repairing that top you’ve been saying you’ll stitch up for months ! You can also use it to make small items, like pencil cases, keyrings, bracelets… Great for travelling or a quick stitch without having to drag out your massive Singer ! Even though it’s hand-size, the machine will sew faux leather and Zibuline also offers a wide range of colourful findings that will get your imagination going ! Not on sale on Zibuline’s website yet… maybe sometime soon ?! More from the creatorthon tomorrow ! xx – – – – – –

5 days, 5 creators : the hand sewing machine !

5 days, 5 creators : Unique jewellry Machicadou !

After introducing my new CREATORS column yesterday, the 5 day creator-thon continues with a designer I met this week. Machicadou is a label founded by a young woman named Camille who visited my stand at the crafts show yesterday and whose necklace I fell in love with right away. Of course I guessed she’d made it – everyone here is pretty crafty and it definitely looked like hard work had been put into it : a beautiful leather coated heart statement necklace covered in buttons and other recyclyed bits and bobs. After checking out her website I can guarantee – she’s got talent ! Camille creates unique pieces out of recycled “junk” – giving left over pieces of leather, snippets of lace and dropped off buttons a second life and a glamourous one at that ! When she is not involved in theatre, her other main interest, Camille works alone in Paris using mainly leather, lace, wool and buttons and says her secret technique is PATIENCE ! Well, we can see that – check it out for yourselves : All Camille’s designs are unique and sold at very reasonable prices on her Dawanda boutique : HERE Check her out or follow her on Facebook (HERE) – her designs would definitely make the perfect Xmas gifts, don’t you think ?! Thanks for visiting and see you on Monday for our 3rd discovery – clue given on my Facebook page last night 😉 xx – – – – – –

5 days, 5 creators : Unique jewellry Machicadou !

5 days, 5 creators : Japanese washi paper !

Moshi moshi, ladies ! If you follow me on Facebook already, you’ll know I’m spending the week at a Parisian crafts show named Créations et Savoir-Faire. This place is loaded with new ideas and inspirational supplies and my head is buzzing already after just one day. I thought this would be a good time to launch my new column : Creators ! I wish to encourage creativity, originality and business for dynamic creators. Each week, I’ll introduce you to a new creator or product – get ready to discover some pretty swell jewelry, highly trendy clothes and rad home decoration ideas…! To kick this column off, here’s one of my favorite stands on the show here in Paris : Creations Crafts, stand A87. This stand doesn’t exactly belong to a creator but they sure supply cool stuff to create with : tags, stickers, pretty paper and WASHI ! Washi is a Japanese type of paper made using rice. It has a special texture and is mostly colourful and traditionally covered in Japanese designs. From what I’ve understood, the price is usually a little higher than regular paper but the quality is better. I bought mine at a show price : 5 sheets for 11€ which is about £10. I’ll be dotting it around the house, in the bottom of boxes and around pots… which is a clue to another new column coming very soon ! Yes, Clones ‘n’ Clowns is getting more and more creative – watch out ! Tomorrow I’ll be introducing you to a young jewellry creator who does the most beautiful pieces and is selling them here at the show. I say no more, see you tomorrow ! xx   – – – – – –

5 days, 5 creators : Japanese washi paper !

DIY : Make your own Fringe knit !

A funny thing bloggers tend to do is not write for ages and then come back with something like “I”m so sorry I’ve been away for so looooooong, I promise it’s because I’m working on something special !” but the problem is : A / Bloggers don’t HAVE to blog and it seems a little weird to apologize for not having done so. Also, readers are undoubtedly quite happy when bloggers are away so no big deal – relax Max ! B / What’s the point in being away for ages, finally coming back and spending your time going on about having been away for so long ?! C/ Who wants something special from a blogger that doesn’t blog anyway ?! Anyway. I said I’d put this DIY on yerterday and I didn’t. And that’s that 😉 And now I’m going on about not having done so and perfectly illustrating my point B. I could also illustrate point C. by justifying my absence and promising something special is on its way. Which it is. But not until May 2013, so I’m not going to tease about it yet. NOT YET. (And there she goes, teasing about a future teasing.) (And now she’s going on about herself in the third person. Better and better.) Whatevs, here’s the super duper fringy DIY peeps ! Yep, you got it ! All you have to do is thread a long piece of wool onto a safety pin and weave it through the kint creating bridges. When you’ve got enough wool woven in to make a nice fringe, chop it up the middle of your “bridge”. You can obviously use whatever wool you like. I chose simple black for my first try, you know fond I am of the All Saints grungy look. However I think this would look amazing with a glitzy wool or something very colourful… give it a try ! It’s a good way to revamp a warm sweater you find boring ! I’ll show you mine in a look very soon ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Make your own Fringe knit !

Moodboard : Fringe

I’ve had a week’s break from the blog and I’m back with tons of new ideas ! Sometimes you have to close your eyes to get a better look 🙂 Because I get asked where my ideas come from so often, I’ve decided to share an inspiration moodboard with you before each DIY. You may have seen moodboards before on the Internet – they’re basically just a virtual scrap book of anything that inspires you ! Today’s moodboard contains only clothes but as you will see over the weeks I am often inspired by other things too – it could be colours, materials, places, people… Let’s kick off this new week with a whole load of shaggy, wooly fringes… See you tomorrow for the DIY ! xx – – – – – –

Moodboard : Fringe

DIY : Pearl glasses

When Mister Spex offered me a pair of glasses to customise I couldn’t resist ! Challenge accepted ! I knew straight away what I would do with them : make them into an original pearly pair ! Here’s how I did it : Mister Spex offer a wide range of basic glasses at an affordable price so why not try a pair of your own and avoid spending hundreds on a pair of designer specs ? It’s easy, fun and stylish ! P.S. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for my new DO IT KITS ! I’m so pleased you like them ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Pearl glasses

DO IT KITS : ROUND 2

After an exciting launch already one month ago, my DO IT KITS project has been non stop ! I’ve worked on three new kits for your to enjoy DIYing at home – a chic Braided Chain Bracelet, an Emerald Green bejeweled statement Necklace and last but not least a DO IT KIT version of my popular Heat Knot Necklace ! As a reminder, here’s the deal : After noticing how popular my DIY tutorials were, I realised people really wanted to get down and create. However, many people were unable to satisfy their craving because supplies take time and effort to find, often meaning you have to cross the whole city to find all the bits and bobs you’ll need, and you also often have to buy much more than you need… My answer to this dilemma ? DO IT KITS ! I offer a selection of popular projects from my blog as well as exlusive projects created especially for DO IT KITS so that you can buy online and receive everything you need to create at home. The kits include a tutorial, the supplies to create the chosen project and extra creative ideas for those who wish to take DIYing a little further. DIY has never been so simple 🙂 Do It Kits are for sale on www.doitkits.com and will soon be on sale on Etsy too ! I hope you like them, I love every one of them and so did the editor of Grazia UK when she saw them ♥ Click on the links below each product to see the shop. ♦ Please not that stocks are limited so if you like a kit, grab it ! ♦ All kits are shipped within 3 days. FREE WORLDWIDE DELIVERY Happy DIYing ! DO IT KIT Braided Chain Necklace ON SALE HERE   DO IT KIT Heart Knot Necklace ON SALE HERE DO IT KIT Emerald Green Statement Necklace ON SALE HERE So, are you willing to give it a go ?! xx – – – – – –

DO IT KITS : ROUND 2