Wednesday, 27 June 2012

This week I simply must start by telling you that Cath Kidston have a sale on and it's awesome! I bought quite a few things from it last week, but I have had to rein myself in with not going crazy with all that flowery goodness! Given half a chance I would fill my entire house with her stuff because it would make me smile every day. You can shop the sale too by using this banner. Cath Kidston (UK)

I have been really busy at Simply Divine Things headquarters of late. I seem to have an addiction developing for making wooden plaques and now sell four different designs with more to come.

We have this one in lime green and Cath Kidston Mini Boat fabric that has been dust protected. It is 11cm tall by approximately 38cm.

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This one is in Ikea Rosali and is 11cm x 51cm. The letters are blue on the back and the frame is cream.


This one is in Cath Kidston Mini Spot fabric in red and blue, and a cream frame. It is 11cm x 39cm.

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This one is in Cath Kidston Mini Shooting Star and vibrant pink. It is 11cm x 39cm.

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They are all ready to hang with jute string, which finishes the shabby chic look, and you can purchase them at with prices starting at just £11.95.

The other thing I have finished is some cushions, that have to be the nicest pattern I have come across yet. All you need is a 20" square piece of fabric, a button, some elastic and co-ordinating thread.

Hem each edge using at 1/2" seam allowance and fold three corners into the middle like this, securing down each hem and adding a button.

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Attach elastic to the other corner that will be used for fastening.

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This is what it looks like from the front with a 12" cushion pad inserted.

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Fantastic right?! And so easy! This really is the easiest cushion I have ever made and it looks gorgeous.

As part of my on going quest to try my hand at making lots of different things, I also made the decision to make an elasticated waist skirt. Again, it was super easy. All I did was sew two lengths of fabric together with the wrong sides together, turned it all the right side out, sewed along the the top, about 2.5" down, in order to create a section for elastic, threaded the elastic through, and joined the ends of everything together. Here it is.

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The whole lot took two hours tops and I did it all by hand (my pelvis has been too poorly to use my machine). It really made me think about how easy it is to make your own clothes.

I have begun clearing out my stash of fabrics because I have a very large quantity of scraps. Therefore I am currently offering 300g bags for only £2 plus postage. They can be purchased on my website.

A short one this week. I am hoping to get another craft guide up before the week is over though so watch this space. Over and Out!

Kirsty x

Thursday, 14 June 2012

I want...

I want a Cath Kidston dress. I want one I want one I WANT ONE! More importantly I want one to wear to my mum's wedding on 13th July. There is one major factor though, I don't know if I am able to go to my mum's wedding because I start prolotherapy on the 4th and apparently I will be completely out of action for the best part of three weeks. That's how great my life is right now. SPD has not finished ruining my life just yet, it wants to ruin even more. I was supposed to be able to walk for the wedding, now not only am I not any better, but I might miss it all together. All I have is my crafts to keep me going, and Skins (because I have started watching every episode from the beginning).

This week I haven't had any motivation for much at all, but last week I got lots done. I have new cushions for sale, like these, that match a Next bedroom range.

Available at I've also been on a scrap usage frenzy, making hair clips and bracelets to my hearts content. First I made bobby pins from Cath Kidston's Classic Rose fabric wrapped around buttons.

Then I made lots of round flowers from fabrics such as Ikea Rosali and Clarke and Clarke Bird Trail, and finished them with a fabric covered button. They are so easy to make. All you do is cut four circles of fabric, fold them into quarters and stick them together with strong glue. Sew on the fabric covered button (guide for these is in my last post), and glue a strip on the back to slide a kirby grip in. I simply love these and they back a great hair day from a bad hair day. The lady who helps out with my cleaning has bought quite a few too!

Bracelets have been plaited using 3-4 long strips of co-ordinating pieces of fabric no thicker than 2cm, sewed at each end and either a snap fastener sewn on or the ends are sewn together. They're gorgeous bracelets.

 I also made my first order for Clarke and Clarke Bird Trail ceramic coasters. How would you like these in your home? A snip at £19.95 and you will be one of very few to own them. Very shabby chic homeware indeed.

This week I have received two new Cath Kidston fabrics for pictures. This one is extremely rare and I have seen its cute elephant and giraffe print kicking around a few times. The picture is 16" x 16" and I only have one. Once it's gone, that's it. There will be no more.

Photobucket This one is Birds and Roses. The picture is 10" x 16", and will also not be repeated.

I have also started on wall plaques and new magnet designs. My first is DREAM in blue Ikea Rosali, on a cream frame and ready to hang with jute string. Each letter is 11cm tall and it is 52cm long, so big for a plaque. It is all wooden and priced at only £14.95, is a bargain.

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Today I came across this
And I have to say I am not buying gift bows this Christmas because I will be making these. Not only do they look fantastic made from magazines, but imagine how they will look made from fabric! I may have to have a trial run next week to practice.

That's all this week folks. Catch ya later!

Kirsty x