Week Three – Make do

Making Do

After last week’s shenanigans I’ve been making up for lost time and have undertaken lots of new projects this week. My favourite is this towel hoodie I’ve made for Penny for the summer season.

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I got the pattern (baja hoodie) off www.gotopatterns.com and bought a beach towel in a charity shop for the grand sum of £1. I’ve been trying to get a towel hoodie on ebay for ages but any that look half decent seem to cost £15 upwards. When my own huge bath towel cost less than half of that, I felt it was time to get the sewing machine out!

I haven’t followed a proper pattern in a really long time. I’m not a great one for making things from scratch. I really enjoy altering and up cycling so this was kind of new for me. The pattern was thankfully easy to follow, (although I did make a couple of mistakes) but overall I’m really pleased with how it turned out. If you decide to do something similar my only piece of advice would be to make sure you double stitch any seams as terry towelling is a bit of a demon to keep together once you cut it!

My whole week has revolved around various make do projects, which is lovely! I made some pretty nifty bathroom baskets out of a pair of old jeans and fabric ends which were otherwise going to the scrap. I followed this tutorial and they turned out great. The possibilities for extending this idea are endless I think! I’m going to search for a pair of wide legged jeans so I can make bigger ones next time.

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I was really stuck on wednesday for extra drying space after doing a massive amount of laundry. I find it hard to juggle all of Penny’s stuff with our own washing. I find all the little things like muslin clothes and the washable bamboo wipes take up the bulk of drying space. So I came up with some new dryers for these things and best of all it was really really cheap to do.

Take one coat hanger. (It needs to be one with the little hooks for clothes ribbons.) Tie string/ribbon/t shirt yarn from one side to the other, taking care to double knot it to prevent laundry all over the floor. Add some pegs and Voila! Personally I used t shirt yarn as that’s what I had lying about and it works beautifully!

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As well as these projects I’ve also been working on a millennium falcon star wars cake for Russell’s birthday, a tunic dress for Penny and a scandi print cushion cover – all of which I’ll have to post another time as they are still in progress.

I wish you all a lovely weekend and hope you may have found some inspiration for your own make do and mend projects

Happy Friday

Jessica x

 

Happy New Year

I know it’s been a really long time since I posted anything newsy or projecty, so here comes the new years resolution of catching up with it all! I  have got a good reason though I promise. As well as the general hullaballoo of just having opened the shop, I also found out I was pregnant in November and I’ve been struggling with fatigue and the dreaded morning yuck. But it seems the corner is turning and I’m feeling a bit more myself again!

SO Happy new year to all my lovely readers. As a treat for your well earned patience here’s a photo montage of my latest collection of accessories. I hope you enjoy and I’ll catch you on the blogosphere again v.soon!

Mrs Geach

xxx

 

Blue Velvet cuff with Cameo and aqua gems

Blue Velvet cuff with Cameo and aqua gems

Blue velvet background with pearl and marcasite jewellery statement alice band

Blue velvet background with pearl and marcasite jewellery statement alice band

Blue Velvet sets off this reloved marcasite brooch beautifully on this statement alice band

Blue Velvet sets off this reloved marcasite brooch beautifully on this statement alice band

Blue and pearl resin brooch reloved into this cute hair comb covered in mushroom ribbon

Blue and pearl resin brooch reloved into this cute hair comb covered in mushroom ribbon

Collection of handmade combs, some are buttons some are vintage jewellery but all are unique

Collection of handmade combs, some are buttons some are vintage jewellery but all are unique

1950's necklace reloved into a 1920's style hair piece, looks awesome with a flapper dress

1950’s necklace reloved into a 1920’s style hair piece, looks awesome with a flapper dress

Handmade felt brooches, all made with offcuts and end of roll trims to prevent wastage.

Handmade felt brooches, all made with offcuts and end of roll trims to prevent wastage.

The big day. . .

Today I get the keys to the shop!

The excitement is the same as that lovely bubbly feeling I get on christmas eve, when I’m baking mince pies and the chocolate log & singing Nat King Cole in the wrong key. I thought I should post today to mark this occasion, especially as the idea for the shop came from this very blog.

Think of this as the introduction to a new & exciting chapter in the Reloved 52 history books. I’ve got lots and lots and tonnes of fab things planned, all of which I will post on here for you all to enjoy.

For now, I’ve got three days of shop fitting labour ahead of me. I’ll post pictures at the weekend once I’ve recovered slightly!

Thanks all those who have given me there support and kind words so far, can’t wait to see lots of you in the shop

Mrs Geach

xxx

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 14. . .

Pin Bored

I have an old office style pin board. It’s a drab grey blue and I’ve never liked it. So I decided to give it a re-loved spruce!

Ingredients

One old boring pin board

leftover thin green cotton fabric

red felt

hot glue

two old tape measures

silver drawing pins

Method

See you tomorrow for project 15, the last of the weekend catch up marathon!

xox Jessica xox

Project 13. . .

The good wife gives?

So Monday 1st October was our first wedding anniversary. Yay. So last week I combined the gift with my project, but I’m going to say up front, whilst the actual design and materials used to create it were things I already had or borrowed, I did pay to have it mounted and framed. However this was a gift and not for my own personal gain so I haven’t broken any rules but I still wanted to share this with you . This is what I came up with for the traditional paper gift for a first anniversary.

Ingredients

Red felt

Vintage Estelle Lingerie Catalogue

A lot of patience

Method

Usually I post tonnes of photos to explain the method. This time it would ruin the effect, so instead I’m just going to give you a  brief idea and let you marvel at the print in all its completeness.

First I cut out about 20 red felt hearts

Then I cut out 20 felt hearts within the hearts already made

Then I faffed for hours and hours trying to lay them in a heart on rainbow paper.

Then my very honest friend told me it looked like a gay pride flag, which is awesome, but not the look I wanted for my 1st wedding anniversary gift to my husband.

Then I got my hands on the centre page of an old lingerie catalogue and decided to combine the two, photograph it, frame it and present it to my husband. I told him that good wives give p*rn. He laughed and told me it was quirky. I think he liked it.

Hope you enjoyed this mildly naughty project!

See you tomorrow for the 3rd instalment of the project marathon weekend

xox Jess xox

Project 12. . .

Before I start an apology, things have been a bit manic over the last few weeks and though I've been doing my projects I haven't posted them. Instead of posting all at once, I'm having a weekend posting marathon instead, starting with. . .

Heartbreak Clutch Bag

My favourite going out bag. A 60’s chainmail white clutch. It’s a decent size unlike a lot of the modern ones, with a sexy slimline shape with an envelope style fastening. It broke. Which broke my heart. bad times. So how did I mend my broken heart (I mean bag), read on dear chums to see . . .

Ingredients

One beautiful but broken clutch bag.

An old pair of black beaded clip on earrings

one large art deco black button

one shiny diamond shaped button

I hope you enjoyed my heartbreak bag project, see you tomorrow for project 13 

xox Jessica xox