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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

The start of something new ?

 Do you think you can wake up to a whole new passion ? As in literally wake up and have a whole new plan in mind, of something that you had never thought of before in your life ? You see, this happens to me often. It happened to me when I launched the 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS DIY challenge. And it happened to me again this morning. I woke up and had a whole collection (in fact 3 or 4 collections) of leather pouches, purses and bags in mind. I’m not joking, the ideas were flooding in ! I had to get up and write it all down, draw some ideas and get it all on paper before it got lost in the back of my mind again. This does happen to me quite a lot. I think I have told you before, my best ideas come during the nightime, straight from the dream factory. However, I usually end up going back to bed (because ideas tend to wake me up around 5AM – thanks, ideas !) and then when i wake back up again around 7 or 8 I have gone off my initial idea or often even find it to be something that makes absolutely no sense in real life haha But today’s idea feels different. Just like the idea of creating a blog felt when that one sprung up – and look where we are one and a half years later ! This morning my ideas felt real. And when I woke back up they still felt real. And 10 hours later they still feel real – and that’s a lot in my world ! In fact, I even went out, bought the missing supplies I needed and got down to making a first few samples… And they look fabulous ! I’m so proud ! And I have so many more I’m looking forward to making. I have been meaning to get a collection of designs together for a while now, promising myself and teasing you about it at times. The problem is, everything I came up with felt too “thought about”. I was trying to get a collection together, I didn’t feel comfortable or confident enough. It didn’t feel natural. This time, maybe it’s the real thing ! Only time will tell… xx from dreamland Aimee

The start of something new ?

DIY Side knotted swimsuit

Hello ! Right, never mind the weather, it is definitely time to get some Summer stuff on Clones ‘n’ Clowns… I promised you a swimsuit, here’s swimsuit ! One-pieces are hot this year but we still wanna show a little bit of skin so how about this superb side knotted costume ?! So easy to do – all you need is a cheap swimming costume and an old pair of TIGHTS ! Yes, tights. It’s back to a leotard and tights. But this time they’re combined… Watch carefully ! First of all you need to cut your tights into 10cm x 7cm chunks (see pic 1). Don’t worry if the sides roll up ! Next, cut your costume down both sides, as shown in piccies 2 and 3. If the back is low make sure you don’t cut the seam ! Next, take a wedge (yes a “wedge” haha – see pic 4) and squeeze it together (pic 5). Now take a chunk of tights (wedges and chunks… ?!) and place it under the wedge of costume in the opposite direction (pic 6). Tie it in a tight knot to make a cute bow (pic 7) and sew it in place (pic 8). Repeat on all sides, wedges and chunks and what not and you’re done ! Ya like ?! This DIY was designed for Buzzfeed earlier this month – check out what the other bloggers did ! xx from the side of my imaginary pool under my imaginary parasol drinking imaginary mojito ! Aimee    

DIY Side knotted swimsuit

Portobello Road

Hello ! I promised to share some pics of my trip to West London – let’s start with Portobello ! Because yesterday was a bank holiday, we figured it was the perfect time to visit this area because Portobello Market was not on. This may sound weird, because Portobello Market is a thing, but I have been twice already and just don’t get it. I find going on a quieter day is so much nicer, you can actually see the pretty buildings and streets instead of thousands of tourists and to be honest I have never found the market to be as interesting as the actual shops on Portobello Road. Question of taste, I guess – but yesterday was the perfect sunny day for a quiet walk in this popular part of London. After a good walk and a bit of a browse, we stopped in a cafe called Gail’s which I highly recommend despite the expense (£10 for 2 coffees, a finger-sized sandwich and a mini cake). The breakfast there looks amazing but because we had already eaten we went for tiny bites of salmon and chocolate (not all in one go^^).      I won’t show you any more than the sign – you’ll have to go and see it for yourself ! But I can tell you Hugh doesn’t seem to hang around there too much – shame ! Nibbles at Gail’s – don’t walk past it ! Old school cinema.  Hipster alert.      Love this ! I think I’m going to put a similar note in my purse !  My DIY iKat bag felt at home in this arty place ! Time for tea !If you’re ever looking for a gift / souvenir for a sporty friend, check out the vintage sports store, it is THE PLACE to buy vintage gear.    Pretty, isn’t it ?! So definitely go and take the tour next time you’re in London and better more try to go on a quiet day ! I also recommend The Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello Rd if you’re a cupcake addict (so good !) and if you have time make sure you have a walk around Notting Hill afterwards – it’s beautiful. I’ll show you some piccies soon. There’s also a museum I’m dying to go and visit, the Museum of Brands. I didn’t go yesterday because the weather was way too nice but I’ll go soon and let you know if it’s good ! Have you ever been to Portobello ? Liked it ? Loved it ? xx from RAINYAGAIN London. Aimee

Portobello Road

A word on swimsuits !

Hitting the beach can be a daunting experience for many and no matter how hard we try, juggling hectic home and working lives can be near impossible. This leaves little time for the gym, meaning when we do finally board the plane, many of us feel that our bikini bodies are far from ready! Thankfully, a number of clever swimwear styles are able to aid when it comes to disguising certain areas of our bodies. Packing the essentials for any getaway can be tricky at the best of times (I still can’t travel light for a short weekend in Paris…), especially when trends are constantly changing! This is especially the case when it comes to swimwear. This season’s catwalks showcased a range of fresh designs – gone are the two-piece bikinis, only to be replaced by one-piece swimsuits instead. I have a DIY coming very soon, but meanwhile thought we could discuss the one-piece a little further. Such a style is extremely flattering and offers a little more coverage than that of a standard beach attire. If you boast enviable curves, choose a style that offers a supportive bra- to give you the confidence you deserve. Those that possess a more athletic shape can pull off a style with little structure and less support. Many designers have chosen to revamp the original bikini in the form of high-waisted bottoms and 50s floral designs. I LOVE this ! This extremely flattering style pulls in at the waist and as such creates the illusion of an hourglass figure – perfect for those who lack definition in this area. This style is suited to both curvy body shapes and plus sized figures but you can also find specific plus size swimwear readily available at isme.com for instance, for those who want something which is tailor made with their body shape and size in mind. Sarongs are a must-have beach investment too and a great option when it comes wandering to and from the beach or pool. I think we should get DIYing some of those in June too, what do you think ? You can wear sarongs in several ways to create a number of different looks; so packing a few different styles and colours will allow you to create a distinctive look for every day of your holiday without taking much room in your suitcase. What could be better? xx Aimee

A word on swimsuits !

DIY glass charms

Yo sweetie-pies ! How’re we doing around here ?! Over in London it’s party time, the sun is finally out and people are smiling and stripping layers as we speak. I’m not sticking around for long today, I’m off to make the most of my bank hols and get my dose of vitamin D in Notting Hill. I had never really visited Notting Hill until recently but it was love at first sight ! So I thought today would be a good day to take M. Marcel for a look around those private gardens – give him some extra incentive to drive him at work 😉 I’ll bring back photos if I see nice places, the weather is perfect for a good snap sesh. Meanwhile, here’s a quick DIY I whipped together yesterday before we went to the park for the perfect champagne picnic… We’ve had a lot to celebrate around here recently but besides that there’s no need for an excuse to have delicious bubbles for a perfectly classy picnic ! So glass charms… So that you can pop your glass down anywhere you want on your next picnic and make sure what’s yours stays yours ! These little glass charms are adorabubble and only take a few secs to make so you could even put them together last minute, no probs. To make your own glass charms and avoid dispute at your next picnic, you will need : – 1mm wire – Swarowski bicone cristals – Round pliers – Pretty charms (one for each glass) – Eyepins All my bits and bobs came from Creative Beadcraft – check them out, they have the most amazing range of jewelry making supplies and beautiful Swarovski cristals ! And yes, they deliver abroad (for a reasonable fee). To make each glass charm, add a cristal and charm to each eyepin and cut and fold with your pliers so that you have your dangling bit with the charm hanging off the end (steps 1 & 2). Next cut a small piece of wire (5cm depending on your glass size) and hang your cristal/charm combo from it, cristal nearest to the wire (step 3). Shape your wire into a round, glass charm-sized shape (step 4 – for a smooth shape use something to bend the wire round like a fat marker pen), and fold back the ends with your pliers. Remove any excess wire (step 5) and clip the two ends together by hooking them to each other (step 6). Add a charm to each glass or lay them on a table where people can pick the one they like most to protect their territory ! Tadaaaaa. Happy crafting ! xx from my way to Notting Hill Aimee PS – I found the most incredible deal for Swarovski bicone beads on US Amazon, check it out here.

DIY glass charms

DIY cupcake carrier

Wow… Welcome to the longest tutorial ever posted on Clones ‘n’ Clowns ! I have had this ready for a while now but just couldn’t bring myself to sit down and actually design the tutorial… I knew it was going to take a while – there are a lot of mini steps to show. It felt so therapeutic to actually get down to it and get it up on the blog ! I real life this is actually pretty simple to make. I mean, it’s a box. We know how to make boxes, right ?! The insert couldn’t be easier to make, turning this particular box into a cupcake holder for your beautiful cupcakes with tons of topping you don’t want to lose. It’s also cute for a pretty picnic or to take as a gift to a party. To make a homemade cupcake carrier you will need : – A large piece of sturdy cardboard – A smaller piece of pretty cardboard – A piece of ribbon – A hole puncher – A pair of scissors and / or a knife – A pencil – A glue gun – A ruler – Delicious cupcakes as a reward ! First of all, cut your large piece of cardboard into the above shape. Each main section of my box is 6 inch x 8 inch + tabs. I made the tabs very large for the bottom of my box are you can see above (the four large squares poking out on top !). This is to make sure no little cakes will be escaping through the bottom ! Nope, I want to eat them all up 😉 The side tab (left) is approx 1inch as are the two lower ones which will enable us to attached the handle in steps 21 to 24 This size box holds 4 cupcakes. You can of course make a larger / smaller box, just keep it proportional. Using a ruler, draw the lines shown in pics 4 and 5. Score and fold as shown in pic 6. This will enable the box to fold in at the sides as shown later on in pics 18-20. Next we need to prepare the handle and pretty roof to our box. This is the part that makes it something special and also turns our box into an actual “carrier”. I love the card I used – those swallows with ribbon in their beaks are just adorable ! To make your handle, take your pretty card, scissors, crayon and ruler (pic 7). You can also use your knife to score the folds for a neat finish. First of all you need to measure out the middle and draw a line (line “a” on pic 8). Sorry my card has a confusing design on the back of it – only take note of the black lines ! Then draw another line 2 inches from the middle one (line “b1” on pic 8). Repeat on other side (line “b2” on pic 8). Now two more lines, 1 inch from those last ones (lines “c1” and “c2” on pic 8). Fold along all of these lines. Next cut out two identical handle shapes between lines b1 and a and again between lines b2 and a. Leave a good half inch between your handle and the lines (pic 9). Finally, cut a pretty shape along the side of your cardboard to make a pretty roof (pic 10).  Folding the box up and sticking it together is pretty self-explanatory so I’ll take a deep breath whilst you check out pics 11-20. It’s time to put the roof on our little cupcake house ! Puncture the box (pic 21) on both handle tabs (see description of tabs in first part of tutorial). Puncture the roof (pic 22) making sure the holes will line up with the box when the handle is attached. Now cover one side of the handle with glue and stick it to the box lining up the holes. Fold over the handle so that the two handle holes are stuck together to make one sturdy handle. You box should now look like the one in pic 23. To close the box simply pinch it together and pull the roof over the other side of the box, lining up the holes again. The ribbon will fix it all together later on.For the cupcake insert, cut out a square + tabs. The square should be the same size as your box so mine was 6 inch x 6 inch (pic 25). Mark the card like in pic 26. Make slits in it like in pic 27. Turn your card to the nice side and fold the slits in like in pic 28. Insert into your box and add cupcakes (pics 29-30). To close your box, pull it all together as described above and pull a ribbon through the holes. Pretty 🙂Phew …. Hope you enjoy making cupcake boxes ! xx from rainy, rainy, rainy London…  (This weather seriously calls for indoor picnics…) Aimee  

DIY cupcake carrier

Look : Sustainable DIY

Hey guys ! At some point I remember promising to show you what this DIY navajo print tee-shirt looked like after a few washes – because so many of you wondered how reliable the printed transfer paper is. Well… Here it is ! I have worn and worn this tee-shirt already, I think it might well be my favourite of all the 30 DAYS 30 TEE-SHIRTS challenge tee-shirts. As you can see, the transfer paper has washed pretty well, in fact the print is just about the same as when I first made it ! How fab ! So this tee-shirt cost me about £4 / 5$ and yet it’s so trendy and will probably be with me all Summer ! Hoorah ! If you want to know where to find tee-shirt transfer paper, check this list out : TRANSFER PAPER. Make sure you check out which type of printer you have and is needed before buying. As well as my DIY navajo print tee-shirt, I am wearing a beautiful hot pink skirt c/o Chicwish and bright white trainers… Remember when it was uncool for your shoes to look new ? Well, those days are over ^^ The glasses I am holding in my hand are from Urban Outfitters.  Hope you get to try out using home-print transfer paper soon – it’s so much fun ! xx from half-sunny London Aimee  

Look : Sustainable DIY

The PERFECT Pancakes

 There comes a time when having a blog means you often get a sudden urge to share things that you like, love and that inspire you, even when it wasn’t planned. As you may have noticed, I try to share creative and unusual recipes on here, ones with a twist, with a healthy alternative or with fun secret ingredients. I like bringing new ideas to the table so I probably would never have planned to share a recipe to make traditional pancakes… Or so I thought until I got that sudden urge to show you these ! I just couldn’t resist it – they are THE most perfect pancakes EVER. I got the recipe from this list of brunch recipes – remember I told you I have a habit of researching new brunch ideas each week-end – and although they’re just pancakes, they are by far the BEST I have ever made. The batter is so thick and gooey and fries into a springy, almost spongy pancake – I’m in love ! So here it goes, the most simple recipe on the blog just because I had to : Mix together 300g self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp caster sugar, 2 eggs and 300ml milk. Whip in a blender for extra smooth and airy batter. Couldn’t be easier. Make sure you heat your pan well before your first pancake and then add extra oil / butter before each one. Sprinkle with raisins whilst cooking for extra yuminess. Stack with butter / syrup / fruit between each layer and squirt a drop of lemon on top if you like ! And yes, I served these with strawberries again, for the 3rd time this month – it’s that time o’ year ! If you haven’t seen them already check out my other two strawberry recipes here and here. Oh and there was a strawberry smoothie with a cool ingredient back here… Yum ! Hope you get to try these… keep the recipe at hand for the next time you’re making breaky ! xx from my living room couch about to catch up on New Girl ! Aimee

The PERFECT Pancakes

Look : London’s working

Roadworks in London are a constant… It’s one of those things you think you’re used to… Until the weekend comes along and they shut up ! Oh the relief ! Having said that, I feel really lucky to be living in such an ambitious city. I read an article recently about how London is constantly on the move as oppose to Paris considered more of a “museum city”. I have to agree and I love both of these cities for those exact reasons. Paris is such a beautiful place, it doesn’t need to change… I love going there and admiring how nostalgic it is of past eras… It’s kind of romantic ! And yet when I’m in London I love the fact there’s always something new to do or see and that people have so many ideas and really do something about them… The good thing about all the roadworks is that the British love bright colours… So I get to use great backdrops for my outfit photos ! Today I’m wearing a cute pair of dotty trousers (pants !) from Gap, a customised sweater I did a while back and still adore (see also here or check the tutorial here), a pair of shoes from Office you saw in another post a few days ago, M. Marcel’s leather jacket from Marlboro Classics and an old second hand belt.What city are you from or living in ? Hope you’re having a lovely weekend wherever you are ! xx from London Aimee

Look : London’s working

Basil is the new mint #2 : Basil Mojito

After my last Basil Is The New Mint post, I got the feeling you’re pretty intrigued by this newcomer too… Am I right ? Well, Basil does not disappoint and this cocktail is a great reason to have a weekend – or is the weekend a great reason to have a cocktail ? I can’t figure it out 😉 Either way, you’ve just gotta try it if you have never replaced the mint in your mojito by BASIL. I’ll admit we added extra basil after I had taken the photos because on trying the cocktails the basil just wasn’t strong enough (that’s how much we like it !). So definitely add extra if you feel the same, I guess it all depends on how much you like basil and how strong your basil is… I also recently discovered alcohol free / virgin mojitos and wowzers, its delicious – I’m not even sure which I prefer so if you’re not into alcohol or are stepping clear of all those cals then definitely give this mocktail a go ! Whilst we’re here, do you mind if I share a lifetime dilemma with you ?! We have a theory at home, simply named The Cocktail Theory. According to this theory, I ALWAYS make the wrong choice when we go to a cocktail bar, as oppose to M. Marcel who – apparently – tends to make the right choices. You see, when I go out and see a long list of crazy mixes, I go for the most surprising on on the menu – don’t you ?! And M. Marcel goes for plain ol’ Bloody Mary… As we’re served mine’s usually spectacular and I smile a grim “told ya so” smile… Only, when I taste it, I have to fake that same satisfaction. And then I turn round and M. Marcel’s sat there thinking… “told ya so”… And then we have to swap cocktails so that I get the nice one hehehe (please note : this does not always work). So guys, tell me, do you go for traditional cocktails or do you take risks ? Are there criteria you stick to even when taking risks ? Until I get your opinion I’m going for 100% homemade ! To make basil mojitos, follow these simple steps : INGREDIENTS (per glass) : 60 ml rum // the juice of 1/2 a lime // 7 basil leaves (or more – to taste) // 2 TBSP of brown sugar // 1/2 glass of crushed ice or a few big ice-cubes // fizzy water Add the lime, sugar and basil to a glass and crush it all together with a spoon. Make a sweet smelling sirupy kind of juice. Add the rum, ice and water as well as a pretty straw and… Have a happy weekend lovelies ! xx from London Aimee PS – If you would rather try a mango and litchi cocktail, follow me… PPS – If you didn’t catch Basil is the new Mint #1, this way please !  

Basil is the new mint #2 : Basil Mojito