Project 15. . .

Silk Threads & Roses Poses

My Threads have lived in a wire basket for sometime. Not my best organisation I’ll admit. The threads have been getting tangled and I can never find the colour I need. So I decided to relocate them to something a bit more practical. The jewellery box is thick card but it’s lovely and strong and the inside is in great condition. I picked it up from a thrift store years  ago for pittance but never found a use for it. I like the pattern outside but the top is quite stained. Roll on the Re-loving. . .

Ingredients

One old Jewellery box

lots of silk roses

rustic peach roses (silk)

hot glue

a lot of thread spools

Method

 

That’s the end of the catch up marathon, thanks for reading, see you next week for project 16

xox Jessica xox

Project 10. . .

The Make Do & Mend Dress

So I was on a jolly to London this weekend, sourcing fabulous vintage jewellery for Deco Paste. But I had a little problem with one of my dresses. It was a cheapy one from a chain store I bought a while ago and it literally came apart at the seams. But I needed to pack light & I don’t like wearing my really nice dresses on nights out where I know I’m going to be hopping around the tube. So here’s the gallery showing me sewing up my dress on the go & enjoying a night out with my newly mended dress.

 

 

This week I’ll be doing something totally different, stay tuned folks & thanks for reading

Jessica

xox

 

Project 9. . .

My favourite Scarf

This week my project was to do something to save my favourite scarf. It’s a lovely soft wool scarf & it had a beautiful white furry trim. However after putting it through the wrong wash cycle, I had to stretch the wool out repeatedly until it was the right size again but there was no saving the cute trim. I really didn’t want to chuck it so here it is, my favourite scarf 2.0.

Ingredients

Old but loved scarf

sharp scissors

Black braided trim

It took a long time to thread through the new trim after I’d cut out all the old trim, but it was very satisfying to see how quickly it progressed. I’ve got some matching gloves somewhere too so when I find those I’ll give those the re-loved trim too!

See you next week for Project 10

Jess

xoxo

Project 7. . .

Harry Potter & the Re-Loved problem

The first real challenge for Re-Loved 52

There are 2 parts to this project. The weekly project, which has to be made from materials I already own or traded for. This part is straigtforward and thoroughly enjoyable for me as crafting & creating is second nature for me.

Part 2 is not quite so easy. A personal challenge not to purchase anything that is not essential. So far this has been fine. It’s summer, I have plenty of clothes and shoes already & I’m not a great high street shopper anyway, so I don’t find things tempting when I’m out with friends.

I am, however a sucker for momentos. From trips out & holidays, I like having something to remember special days by. Yesterday I was treated to a day out at the Leavesdon Studios for the making of Harry Potter. Brilliant day. Gift shop torture. The pink fluffy pygmy puff nearly made me lose my nerve.

Somehow, even though I was surrounded by school jumpers, gryffindor hoodies, cushions, mugs, fridge magnets, lego sets & oh so many delightful wands & robes I did not break my rule. I managed it. BUT I did compromise, with my husband purchasing a rather fetching gryffindor t shirt which he is going to give me for christmas. I did buy myself a chocolate frog but as food doesn’t count in this project, it’s all good.

So on the long drive home it occured to me that we hadn’t fulfilled our usual tradition of a fridge magnet purchase. Roll on Project 6. . .

Homemade Quibbler Fridge Magnet

See you next week for Project 8.

Jess xoxo

Observations

So the other element to this project malarky is an experiment in retail. . .

Since the 1/07/12 I haven’t bought a single non essential item. It’s only the 11th July so this hasn’t exactly been much of a challenge yet. But other people’s observations about Re-Loved 52 have been really interesting.

There are definitely two camps of opinion. The first thinking that I am “mental, eclectic,insane.” The second thinking this is “brave, inspired, brilliant.”  I would probably agree with all of the above.

Regardless of people’s opinions on me undertaking this project, there is a common opinion amongst all that it will be impossible to keep this up for the full 52 weeks.

I disagree, but then I guess that’s why I’m the one attempting it! I wonder if it’s a mark of the materialistic nature of our society that means people cannot imagine going without something they desire for a prolonged period of time? This started out as a personal project but 2 weeks in & I already feel like there is a wider issue here. I am no sociologist however so I’ll leave that debate to the more academic of you out there! My personal conclusion so far is that clearly I am no sheep (baaaaaah) I shall go back to project 3 now which will, of course, be posted up on Sunday.

Tara for now chucks

Jess xoxo