Things I’m Loving: August 2017

THINGS I'M LOVING- AUGUST 2017It’s been a while since I’ve written a round-up style post, so thought it was about time for another one. As well as using my blog as a place to share my makes and experiences, I do like to use it as an opportunity to show off the work of others.

Plant fever has definitely taken over the Makes household. Earlier in the month I posted a blog post for those who wanted to dip their toe into the world of indoor gardening, and I got so many lovely comments about it. This month, I’ve been treating myself to some gorgeous pots from Geo Fleur, including a melting mug from Studio Arhoj that I’ve been eyeing up for a while. Geo Fleur were running a fantastic offer where if you ordered over a certain amount, you’d receive some surprise goodies too. I was over the moon to receive a gorgeous polka dot planter as one of mine! Continue reading

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Handmade Baby Book

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Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have a whole afternoon with no plans whatsoever. As my due date approaches (7 weeks to go), I’ve been keen to try and protect some time at the weekend to generally relax and have some ‘me’ time. The tiredness that I was experiencing a few weeks ago seems to have gotten better, and so I was faced with a window of opportunity to craft whatever I wanted!

With clothes out of the question at the moment, baby crafting is definitely helping to satisfy my need to create! I’d stocked up on fabric a few weeks ago, so was hopeful that I’d be able to make something without a last minute dash to Hobbycraft. Continue reading

Becoming a Plant Lover: An Honest Guide for those with Zero Gardening Experience

Summer style guideIf 2016 was the year of the pin badge for me, then 2017 has definitely been the year of the houseplant. When we moved into our house at the end of the 2015, we didn’t own a single plant. By the end of 2016, I could probably count our plants on one hand. By August 2017, we have almost 20.

For full disclosure, I’m not a natural gardener. One of the main attractions of our current house was that the garden wasn’t too big, and being a new build, the entire thing would be turfed. Not a single flowerbed to weed! It’s not that I don’t like plants, it’s just that both me and Mr Makes only really get time for our hobbies at the weekend, and we’d much rather spend our time sewing, crafting, baking, cycling, etc. You get the picture.
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A Trip to Hello Dodo Land

IMG_6679I’ve blogged time and time again about my love for independent makers and designers. Since first discovering Hello Dodo I’ve been in love with their bright colours and quirky prints. Based in Worthing, they make t-shirts, prints, sweatshirts, and much, much more. One of the reasons I love Hello Dodo so much is that Mr Makes adores their stuff, and so I know I can always find something perfect for him (his last Christmas, Birthday, and even Valentines have featured Hello Dodo in some way).

A few months ago, Hello Dodo announced that for one week only they would be taking over Colonnade House in Worthing and hosting a pop-up shop. An excuse to visit the seaside and buy lots of shiny new things? I was instantly sold, and Mr Makes didn’t need much convincing either. So, on a sunny Saturday morning we set about on a road trip to Worthing to visit one of our favourite creative businesses! Continue reading

The 100 Day Project: Your Help Needed!

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Last month  I announced that I would be having the go at the 100 Day Project, practising my hand lettering by creating a new piece every day for 100 days. With only 102 days to go until my due date, I thought it would be a nice way to countdown and document the last few months of my pregnancy.

Since then, I’ve shared 29 of my hand lettered pieces, and as I’m now almost a third of the way through, I thought it would be nice to open up the challenge and ask my blog readers/Instagram followers/friends to get involved too! So, do I want you all to start hand-lettering your own quotes? Well, whilst that would be fab, and I wholeheartedly encourage it, no I’m not. After 30 days, I don’t want my posts to get too repetitive, so I’m asking for your ideas! Continue reading

Blogtacular Photo Walk 2017

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Photo courtesy of: Blogtacular and Amber-Rose Photography

Although I was quick to write up my post about the main Blogtacular event itself, it suddenly dawned on me that I’d neglected to write my follow-up post about one of the most exciting parts of the weekend… the photo walks!

I had my first taste of photo walks at Blogtacular last year, and it’s safe to say I was hooked right away. Walking around new places with fellow creatives taking photos is now one of my favourite things to do, and so as soon as the sign-ups for this year’s photo walks opened up, I was instantly filling in my details. Continue reading

Sunshine Picnic Blanket

IMG_6511This post feels very timely, given that tomorrow the weather forecast is for ANOTHER hot day. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of sunshine, and I’m not a fan of really hot weather at the best of times, but when I’m growing another human being, I’m definitely not a fan!

Despite this, when the weather is a little bit cooler, it is nice to sit out in the sun and make the most of the nice weather. We haven’t really taken advantage of our garden since we moved in, but with a little one on the way, this is probably going to change. My latest make is perfect for those moments when we do want to spend some time outside. Continue reading