Handmade Christmas - Simple Brass Necklaces

This year I have set myself the very daunting task of making all of this year's Christmas presents. By January my year long high street shopping ban will be over so I thought I'd finish with a bang. Handmade presents for everyone!

If you too would like to be a little more creative this year I have a series of posts to help you out. This first project is so simple but very stylish. Here's how to make Brass Charm Necklaces.

 You Will Need:

Geometric Brass Charms ( I bought mine from Etsy)
Waxed fabric cord or leather cord

Begin by cutting a length of cord that will easily slip over your head. Attach your charm to the cord by using a loop knot as seen in the photo below. Pull tight.

You will then need to create a sliding knot using both ends of the cord. Take the strand of one side and tie it around the other strand of the other side in a simple knot, repeat to the other side. Your necklace will now be adjustable. This may sound confusing but its very easy, try find a video tutorial if you get stuck. 

 If you don't need your necklace to be adjustable you can tie whatever knot you like. These easy necklaces only take a few minutes to make and look very chic, you could spend half an hour making them and have enough for all of your friends. Good luck!

Have a Free Typeface!

I saw this on Poppytalk ( a fantastic blog you should check out right now ) and I had to share it. I feel like poor Bob a lot of the time.  Download the Milkshake typeface for free at fairgoods.com

Milkshake from Fairgoods on Vimeo.

DIY Wire Cat Ears

I wanted to whip up a super quick cute accessory today for work as I was teaching a group of children a few Halloween crafts. I ended up making these super delicate and quite chic looking cat ears. I paired them with a leopard print dress and some winged eyeliner - outfit in 15 minutes flat.

My hairband went down so well that I gave it to one of my little students!

What You Need:

Jewellery Wire
Metal hair band

Choose the shape and size of the ears you would like to create. I went for cat ears but I think bunny ears would be so sweet too!

Using the wire, shape your ears. This can be quite rough as jewellery wire is so fine its very easy to mould so don't worry if its wonky. Double up the shape, I used two triangle shapes per ear to make them a little stronger.

To attach your ears to the hairband start winding a length of wire around 30cm around the base of each triangle connecting it to the hairband as you wind.

Thicken up your ear shapes by neatly winding the wire around the sides up to the point and down the other side. You can easily trim any excess wire with scissors.

Rock your ears!

A quick silly photo before the kids came in!

Colour Loves: Green

Its time for another Colour Loves post. I've been feeling pretty chilly since coming back from Turkey so I thought I'd try to cling onto Summer a bit longer by going for green, probably should have chosen orange in homage to all Autumnal Pumpkins everywhere right now. Oh well! Enjoy all the green goodness.

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A Spooky Day Out in London

Yesterday Simon and I travelled into the centre of London to have a wander and also visit a few galleries. I was pretty excited as both the exhibits we went to see had gothic themes, as such a big fan of Halloween and horror in general I couldn't wait.

The beautiful architecture of the British Library

My favourite print from the exhibit at the British Library

Our fist stop was the British Library to see the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition. That morning we had watched the new BBC series all about the history of Gothic art so we were ready! I'd never actually been to the British Library and as Simon used to study there he gave me a guided tour. The show was excellent and I recommend it if you're a fan of Gothic literature, architecture and films.

Perfect Autumnal leaves

Slightly windswept but still enjoying the pretty buildings near Russell Square

It was a freezing day so I picked up a Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks ( my first of the season, so proud) then we walked to Abeno on Museum Street as I was craving Japanese food, we both enjoyed some delicious Okonomiyaki. Not very spooky but still good! After lunch we headed to the British Museum to go see the Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibit which was less varied than the Gothic exhibition as it was mainly prints. However I would still suggest going as the collection of art was impressive, plus it was free. We also managed a sneaky look at the mummies before the Museum closed for the day!

I highly recommend the Qail's Egg and Mushroom Okonomiyaki

Simon at the Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition

Maltesers blondie and coffee

We got caught in the rain in Seven Dials (possibly the most romantic area of London when its raining) so headed to Timberyard for a coffee and cake. The coffee was really good but the blondie we shared is nothing compared to the ones at Violet Cakes on Wilton Way. After the rain had stopped we headed home, I made some dinner and we watched The Blood on Satan's Claw a kinda funny (not on purpose) kinda creepy film made in the 70's about a coven of teenage devil worshipers.

What do you have planned this Halloween? What ever you're doing I hope its fantastic.

Turkey 2014

Every year my family and I go to stay in my Mum's house in Turkey for a few weeks. Its in a lovely town called Kalkan which when we first started visiting there, almost ten years ago, was a small fishing village with a few restaurants. Its definitely changed and become a lot more popular in the last few years but no less perfect for a get away.

Here are a few photos from our latest trip. As you can tell we love visiting the World Heritage sites in the area and really enjoy learning about Turkish history and culture. We always visit Xanthos an ancient Lycian city, this year we also visited Patara another beautiful Lycian city and the birth place of St Nicolas.

We also visit the amazing Saklikent Gorge every time we go, which unfortunately I never get photos of as we always get soaking wet from spelunking through the canyon. My top place to visit has to be the Greek island of Kastellorizo. Without meaning to sound horribly cheesy Kastellorizo is as close to perfect as you can get. Its a teeny town with an amazing bakery, restaurants and coffee shops (which we really miss in Turkey). You can swim in the harbour with the wild Sea Turtles and explore the Castle and wee churches. Just writing about it makes me want to go back!

I hope you all enjoyed your Summer and I promise I'll be back to regular blogging now that I'm back.

Colour Love: Pink

Another month, another colour post. Second up in the series is pink. Not exactly the colour that one conjures up when thinking about September but lets not ignore the glorious sunshine we've been having in London so far, September always feels more like Summer than August to me. Plus September is my birthday month. I feel like I'm a little girl again on my birthday so pink feels like a rather fitting choice after all.

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