The one with the Instagram notes | February

Beautiful Messes | Making A Dress | Thought of the Day

So it looks like February was the month on flatlays. Sorry there wasn’t much more going on around here or the blog i’m in full planning mode now for uni finals, we have two month of intensity to go and then I will be done and graduating by summer…..(until I’m silly enough to sign up for something else haha).

I don’t like to let things slide around here, but sometimes something has to give. As you can see from the pics, when I do set aside an hour or so to de-stress from course work I have been turning back to more creative activities. I am not really one for just being able to sit and watch telly doing nothing else or lounging around in a long bath without twitching too much. As much as I get told to ‘stop’ for five minutes. I would rather be spending my time doing something, anything; and crafts isn’t stressful, right? I have made a real effort to get back on my sewing machine and keep creating little bits. Sewing totally sucks me in, you have to fully focus and I think that is why I feel it is an escape for me, before you know it an hour or more has passed, you’ve cleared your head and you have something cutesy at the end. In the last few weeks, i’ve made a bag, some earphone purses and a newborn dress for a little princess who is on the way any day now.

At the start of the year I also treated myself to a subscription of Mollie makes, i’ve had the first three now and they are great, if you are a crafter or just a lover of colour, design. They are filled with inspiration from all kinds of designers. It is great to also have a physical magazine and not just a peruse of an Ipad. When I’ve been sat watching telly, i’ve actually been reading one of these. Haha!

So February is done, here’s to an equally stressful but hopefully better planned out March.

What  did you get up to this month?

Hannah  

Instagram Log: October | Blogtober #31

Current Beauty Faves | Barcelona Adventures | Birthday Month

Press Tent Essentials | Welcoming Autumn | Learning To Sew

 

Oh October, my love forever! It’s birthday month for me so feels exciting all the way through right to the big day at the end of the month. However inching past mid twenties, yeah I’m not to sure about that part. It seems to have whizzed by, heading back to uni, getting back into work, taking up a new hobby and having a sneaky trip to Barcelona all before my birthday.

This is just a snippet of my month, what did you get up to?

Hannah  

Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Blogtober #6

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October brings round the time of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Something that I have always been aware of due to close family friends sadly being affected but it has recently become much more poignant in our own family and something which I personally now think about regularly. This is both a good and a bad thing, it is good that we are consciously more aware of breast cancer and looking for the signs as early as possible, but it is awful that it sometimes takes someone who is suffering to remind us of being more proactive in self checking and talking about it.

It appears that more and more people are being affected by cancer who we know, some are able to fight it and some are sadly taken away from us.

When we donate to charity it sometimes feels like we will never what our money go towards, will it benefit anyone? It is hard to know when we are not giving it directly to somebody in need. A couple of pounds is nothing for the majority of us, but those pounds go towards key research which is absolutely crucial. We wouldn’t have advanced to the point we are at today without your kind and generous donations to cancer research.

You may not feel like you can donate money on a monthly basis for many reasons and this is absolutely fine. However lost of brands now work together with Breast Cancer Research and bring out a selection of gifts or everyday products to which they generously give a portion of the money to charity. This is great as you can stock up on many basics which you normally would buy knowing that you are making a contribution to a good cause too.

There are so many out there from deli wraps and shampoo to more luxury items, which could be great gifts. I have put together a little guide below, to show you some of the beautiful things available this year.

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Hero Collection, Elemis| Smint| Oral B toothbrush available at Asda

Shopping Tote Bag, Dorothy Perkins | Crumpets | Pin Bag from Diamonique at QVC

Every penny and every conversation counts to building awareness and raising money to find a cure and treat people in the best way possible.

If there is one important thing you take from this post, please get to know your body and check yourself regularly. You too boys, breast cancer doesn’t just affect ladies!

Hannah  

Learning to Sew with ‘The Vintage Sewing Bunny’ | Blogtober #4

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I’ve always loved a bit of hand sewing and have had cross stitch as a hobby (when I have time, ha) since learning it in lunch club during primary school. So when the The Vintage Sewing Bunny in St Annes announced an extra Introduction to Sewing class and invited me along I couldn’t really say no. After having produced a dolphin themed cushion masterpiece (hahaha) in year 9 textiles I was excited to get back on a machine properly, switch of my brain for a while and get creative.

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We were welcomed into the store by the friendly face of Lucy and shown through to the workshop at the back to choose our sewing machine and get settled with a drink whilst everybody arrived. First on the list was to choose our fabric, we were going to be making a cushion. This was perhaps the hardest part of the afternoon, who knew picking from hundreds of pretty fabrics could be so tough. I eventually chose and hopped back to my seat ready to begin.

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There were six or seven people in the class, which felt like a size sized group. You could get to know some of the others but still feel like you could get help whenever and if you needed it. There were people in the room who had sewn before and just wanted to build up there confidence in a new design aswell as people who had never been on a machine, then there was me in the middle. Everyone was made to feel comfortable and at ease the whole time whatever stage they were at.

The class started with an Introduction to our new best friend. We soon knew how to power up and set out our machines; aswell as how to thread up a bobbin and the needle ready to begin sewing. Our first mission on a tester piece of fabric was to sew a straight line, it may seem simple but learning how to guide the fabric as the machine pulls it through is something to perfect. We then went on to learn how to go round corners and reverse stitch to lock your work in place, all basic but vital things. After a little practice we were allowed to begin working on our cushions.

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We began by cutting out the fabric and sewing a hem on our two smaller sections. We then learnt how to lay the fabric in place before pinning. Once everything was secure and learning a few handy tips along the way we were ready to sew up the outside of the cushion. With a little concentration it didn’t take us long and soon we were turning out the cushion covers feeling very proud of ourselves. We did it, we all made an envelope cushion.

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It was a great workshop, I really enjoyed myself and I know the other ladies did too. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro there will be a workshop for you, there’s so many to choose from each month. Check out their website for more details.

Thankyou Lucy for welcoming me in to Team Bunny so much, see you soon!

 Have you sewn before? Would you love to take up any childhood hobbies again?
Hannah  

Welcome to Autumn and Blogtober #1

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It’s no secret that summer is my favourite season of all but I do still enjoy the first few weeks of Autumn before it begins to get really cold. When the crunchy orange leaves start to fall and mugs of hot chocolate with all the trimmings start to appear we can all get that warm fuzzy feeling. Autumn also brings my birthday, so technically it should be my fave. So far this year we’ve had a toasty hot September so it’s definitely not begun yet but I have a feeling the chills are just around the corner.

I am not quite sure what this Autumn will bring for us, but hopefully lots of cosiness and adventures. In a bid to set myself a challenge and keep busy through a bit of a tough moment I have decided to take part in the Blogtober series and blog everyday in October. I have never posted every day before so I am looking forward to achieving this and putting out lots of content that we can all enjoy too. Memory making and more. I better go and get started, see you tomorrow!

What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

Hannah