Flea market fun

What a fab day. Literally done some of my favourite things today. On Facebook I found a page called- ‘la REcyclerie’ -http://www.larecyclerie.com/ 

and I thought I’d pop there as it looked quite quirky. I got to it and it was miles bigger then I expected tbh. I couldn’t believe it. The main centre bit is a lovely cafe with vintage chairs and sofas to sit on, I saw the food they were serving and it looked really lovely and fresh. On massive plates too!!
I was walking around and the outside area is so big, it has chickens, fish, a place where people were selling vintage clothes, a repair centre, a bee hive bit, lots of veg plants and all the tables were made out of reclaimed wood. I’ve not seen a place like this before and i am amazed at how busy it was and how much they had going on.
I sat there and read my book for a while then went over the road to the flea market which again… was fantastic. First you have to walk through the normal market and tbh it was a bit like a ghetto. I didn’t really feel safe with my phone etc which put me off. But I got to the inside area and people were selling vintage prints, clothes, furniture… just everything you can think of. I bought a lovely old print that I was drawn too and it was only 10 euro so I’ll put it in my flat when I get home. 🙂

It was only 2ish when I’d finished there, so quite close by was the Sacré-Cœur – (Iconic, domed white church, completed in 1914, with interior mosaics, stained-glass windows & crypt.) I was wanting to visit there anyway so i had to climb like a million steps all the way up to it.. only to figure out there’s a lift!!! Haha. I think it might just be for disabled people though I don’t know. Anyway it was beautiful and the view you get from the top is to die for. It’s a shame the sky wasn’t blue or my pictures would have looked lush! people were queueing up outside to get in the building but i didn’t feel like going in because there was quite a bit going on outside. Im going to read up about the place and see how much it is before i take a look inside(if i do). I really love Paris… in England everything is so polite, done by the rule book, frowned upon… but here it is literally like living in a playground. Everyone does what ever the hell they want and they dont care who sees it or if they get judged. Ive seen so many crazy things and its only been 5 days!!

Here is some pictures i have taken today 🙂

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Paris

Paris 08/08/2017

Arrived in at about 5pm. The flight from Manchester was so speedy I couldn’t believe how quick it was!! Had to get the RER B train to near the centre as apparently, I’m staying in the ‘China town of paris? It’s in the 11thendorsement. I got there and a guy greeted me who had been looking after the cats for a couple of days before hand

He was lovely and from Texas, he was giving me abit of business advice about gembobs crafts… to start to focus more on my customers and not just make all the time which is something I do constantly. I find the business side quite difficult really.

Anyway, we chatted and he showed me how to inject one of the arts as she has diabetes L never done that before so it’s good to know what to do. She is gorgeous and pure white. There is another cat also who has urinary problems!! The apartment is lovely I couldn’t have asked for nicer tbh I feel very lucky. So, I just got my things sorted ECT and headed for bed awaiting the explorations to begin the next day.

Day1…

So, I’ve come out into the world and I just thought I would wander tbh to see where it takes me

I’m currently in the louvre queue which is MASSIVE OMG. But if I don’t stand in it now I never will so just have got to do it I suppose. It’s quite a nice day so I don’t mind. A girl from lonelyplanets forum messaged me as I said I was in Paris and she is travelling and is here for tonight so we are randomly meeting up!! She seems lovely so hopefully it’ll be good!! (didn’t meet up in the end… it started pouring it down)

The Louvre is AMAZING obviously. It is absolouty massive and I really didn’t expect that. The mona lisa was bigger then I expected. everyone kept saying its tiny but its not that small? I couldn’t get to it though because the room was full of people. Really busy so I didn’t really like that it made me quite anxious and I felt my heart racing so I had to get out. I decided to wander to the Eifle Tower next but it just started raining so I went to a cute little café and sat outside under shelter and had a small tea. Quite nice just to chill for abit because I find it hard to sit down but haing done 20,000 steps approx (I have a fitbit…) I definetly needed to sit down!!

I got back around 6 ish which was perfect. I had a lovely day out and paris is just gorgeous and so so pretty I would love to live here and take some french lessons because the language is lush.

Im going to update on my adventures on things i’ve done in Paris but not log everyday as its very time consuming but I will show pictures etc!

Travelling

So. here it is my first travel blog entry.

Over this year I made a resolution to myself to be more flexible… to explore new things and not just live my life based on societies and my own rule book. I can’t work a mundane job… I have to be flexible and work around my own routines that I have. So, this year I’ve managed to go to Thailand (very short and abit disastrous but I won’t go into that), Las Palma which was fantastic with my sister Amy. Bergerac in South of France for two-week cat sitting where I had use of a car (which really helped). And not I am in Paris for two weeks, then flying to Madrid after that for two weeks.

 

So overall compared to the last few years of my life it has been brilliant. I struggle with the language difference and I feel very arrogant because I can’t speak another language. But I may take some classes in either French or Spanish. So, I know this blog is mainly crafts related but I’m think of diversifying it a little bit and adding in a few more sections.

  1. Crafts
  2. Travels
  3. Home decor
  4. Saving and money

What do you think?

How to make a quick and easy apron dress for Dolls

free dollmaking tutorials at wee wonderfuls: quick and easy apron doll dress

Is your make-along doll underdressed and you’re pressed for time? With the risk of being captain obvious, here’s a quick photo tutorial for how to make a super cute, easy apron dress for your doll.

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

doll clothes sewing quick and easy apron dress

 

this blog post is from the wonderful weewonderfuls … check out her blog for more tutorials etc!!

Gembobs.

How to turn up a dress quickly

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This is my little sister dress her mum bought for her the other day but it is very long, and long dresses are not good for small children! Lots of tripping over involved. So i turned it up for her. So here is a simple demonstration on how to do it. 🙂

Step 1: Decide on what length you would like the dress to be and cut the remainder of the fabric off. I use crimping scissors to make sure the fabric doesn’t fray.

(Keep the leftover fabric, i used this to make a little headband to match the dress using elastic)

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Step 2:Turn the rim up and press. Make sure it has the same thickness all the way along.

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Step 3: Repeat the same process as before,

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Pin the fabric in place once pressed so it doesn’t move whilst sewing!!

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Step 4: Sew all the way along making sure its straight. Easy peasy!! Your probably didn’t need a tutorial but hey.. i thought i’d do one anyway!!

🙂 Happy Sewing!!

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Jellyfish in a bottle!

Make your own jellyfish in a bottle.

reblogged from bhoomplay

 

The other day, while I was thinking to get something to put in the water bottle for Bhoom to shake for fun. I saw a plastic grocery bag next to me and then this idea popped up. I think.. well, give it a try.

With some trials and errors, my little jellyfish comes alive just like I thought it would be. : ) When daddy and son first saw it, they’re surprised with their jaws wide open. Then, I asked my hubby to take pictures for this DIY Jellyfish in a bottle.

 

Things you need to make your own jellyfish (Hope you can find all these in your kitchen) :

1. A transparent plastic grocery bag
2. A plastic water bottles.
3. Thread
4. Food coloring
5. ScissorsInstruction:
• Flatten the bag and cut off the handle and the bottom part (see picture 1)
• Cut along both sides (see picture 2) to split into 2 plastic sheets – by the way, we only use just one of them.
• From the center of the plastic sheet, fold it like a tiny balloon to make the head part and tie it with the thread – not too tight (see picture 3). You must leave a little hole in order to pour some water in the head part (see picture 7-8).

• Now you’ll get the head balloon part and the remaining will be its tentacles. Cut from the edge up to the head part roughly. You’ll get for about 8-10 tentacles (see picture 4).
• For each of them, cut again into 3-4 small strings (see picture 5) – and just cut off the remaining part.
• Trim to make random long and short tentacles (see picture 6)

When finished, you’ll get something like this (the left pile is all the pieces we cut off)• Put some water into the head part to make it be able to sink (see picture 7). You must leave some air inside to make be able to float up (see picture 8).
• Fill up your water bottle (see picture 9).
• Put your jellyfish in the bottle with a few drops of blue food coloring. Screw in the cap and that’s all. : )

** Don’t forget to make sure the cap is properly closed and tight before give it to children ** How to play: Just let the kids turn it upside down – they’ll be surprised to see it moves every time they turn the bottle. And they’ll try to confuse this little jellyfish by turning the bottle back and forth very fast – well, my boy did . : )

For young kids like Bhoom, this will help him exercise his hand and arm muscles when he flips, rotates or turns the bottle. They can also learn about the relationship between the direction of bottle and the movement of the jellyfish. For older kids, you can ask them questions about why the jellyfish always floats up to the water surface and what is the differences between the real jellyfish and the one in the bottle.You can make a few extra bottles for your child’s friends. Trust me! They’ll have much more laugh and fun playing together. : )

APPLE PLUSH PILLOW TUTORIAL

APPLE PLUSH PILLOW TUTORIAL

Apple Plush Pillow with DownloadHere’s a little pillow tutorial from the great craftsbeautiful! http://www.abeautifulmess.com

Apple Plush Pillow PatternHere is an illustration to use as a guide for cutting out your apple. You’ll need two layers of red fabric in this size. Leave a little extra space at the top (as we’ve shown with the dotted line) because this is where you will stuff your apple from and attach the stem. For the facial features, we created a download for you to print out at home (or you can “eyeball it” based on our photo!) Template/ DOWNLOAD

Apple Plush Pillow Steps
1. Supplies Needed: red velvet, white and black felt, burlap, green cotton fabric, scissors, stuffing, iron. 2. Cut out pieces using the templates.  Turn the red velvet inside out and stitch around the edges, leaving an opening at the top where the stem will go.  Flip the apple right-side-out (so the velvet is now showing).  Stuff the pillow with the stuffing. 3. Stitch around the edges of the leaf (green fabric), leaving a small opening.  Flip the leaf right-side out and iron flat. 4. Stitch around the edge of the stem (burlap), leaving the bottom open.  Stuff the stem until slightly plump. 5. Insert the stem and leaf into the opening of the apple and hand-stitch the opening closed (sewing through the stem and leaf). 6. Apply the eyes and mouth with fabric glue.  You’re all finished! 

Apple Plush Pillow Tutorial (with pattern)I hope you enjoy making this apple pillow for your home! 

50 happy facts to get you in the mood for life

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50 happy facts to get you in the

mood for life

 

 

This is a fab list of things you probably didn’t know.. but are very interesting and nice 🙂

  1. Penguins have one mate for the whole of their lives. They “propose” by giving their mate a pebble.
  2. Cows have best friends.
  3. Not one of your direct ancestors died childless.
  4. Cuddling releases Oxytocin which helps speed healing and recovery from physical wounds.
  5. Otters hold hands when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other.
  6. The last man to walk on the Moon, Eugene Cernan wrote his daughters initials there. They’ll last 50,000 years at the very least.
  7. There’s a type of jellyfish that lives forever.
  8. We now have less crime, a lower death rate and longer life expectancy than at any other time in human history.
  9. The clitoris has 8000 nerve fibres, double that of the penis, and is the only organ in the body, which has evolved purely for pleasure.
  10. Every year the Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs to Canada to thank them for their aid in the Second World War.
  11. Rats giggle when you tickle them. Their voices are so high-pitched you need special equipment to hear them, but when you do, their laughs are immediately evident.
  12. Sea horses mate for life, are completely faithful and travel together by holding on to each others tails.
  13. If you say “my cocaine” you sound like Michael Caine saying his own name.
  14. Male puppies, when playing with female puppies, will let the female win. Gentlemen puppies.
  15. The majority of children born in Europe in 2013 will live to see the year 2100.
  16. Seeing somebody else smile actually makes you happier.
  17. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
  18. There are folk out there who are ombrophiles – they have a passionate love for rain.
  19. No matter how old you are there will always be an incredible new food for you try.
  20. The name for a group of porcupines is a prickle.
  21. Smallpox is completely extinct. No one else will ever die from it again.
  22. Pigs’ orgasms last for 30 minutes.
  23. Sloths only leave their tree once a week, to pee and poo.
  24. At the time of your birth, you were, for a few seconds, the youngest person on the planet.
  25. Cows produce the most milk when listening to the song Everybody Hurts by REM.
  26. Someone somewhere is losing their virginity right now.
  27. Baby rabbits are called kittens.
  28. Baby puffins are called pufflings.
  29. Worms communicate by snuggling.
  30. With our horseless carriages (cars), space travel, speed of light communication, cloning, lasers, connection to people worldwide, flying robots, we are living in the future people dreamed of.
  31. A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
  32. Cancer death rates are down 20% in past 20 years.
  33. Every year, millions of trees grow thanks to squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.
  34. On the day of his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. had a pillow-fight in his motel room.
  35. The Beatles used the word “love” 613 times throughout their career.
  36. The chances of you (as opposed to someone else) being born is about 1 in 40 million.
  37. The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We’re all made of star dust.
  38. Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
  39. Iguanas, koalas and Komodo dragons all have two penises
  40. Just like humans, British cows moo in regional accents.
  41. John Cleese’s father’s surname was Cheese. Cleese grew up 10miles from Cheddar and his best friend at school was called Barney Butter.
  42. Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.
  43. Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because TinTinis pronounced ‘Chin chin’ and means penis.
  44. In 1881, there were only six men in Britain called Derek.
  45. Only 4 Clives and 13 Trevors were born in the UK in 2011.
  46. Everyone knows the dog in the movie “Wizard of Oz” as Toto, the dogs actual name given to it by it’s master was Terry.
  47. Approximately one fifth of all the publications from Japan are comic books.
  48. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  49. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
  50. When Nelson Mandela met the Spice Girls, he called them his “heroes.”

DIY KITCHENETTE

DIY KITCHENETTE

omgggggg this is sooo cute!! had to share! i really want to make one for my little sister Millie. 

 

DIY KitchenetteHandmade gifts are a really important part of our holiday tradition. I like to give things from the heart, and I feel really good about gifting something I’ve labored over. Don’t get me wrong. We do lots of store-bought presents as well, but the gifts I pour time and energy into always make me feel the proudest! 

When the idea for a handmade kitchenette came about, I was immediately intrigued. I had several questions: Can we make a kitchenette that is functional so a child can actually play with it? Can we make it sturdy enough that I don’t have to worry about it falling on my kids?  Even if I think it is cute, will it appeal to little ones?  After Emma and I did some sketching and planning, this is where she came in and used her superpowers.DIY Kitchenette BeforeBuilding a play kitchenetteThe hard part was done for us since we had found this little rolling cabinet. It was the perfect size and we felt that with a few minor additions, it could become the kitchenette we were planning for. First we cut a peg board down, so that it was just tall enough to fit two play pans. Emma secured the peg board by creating a frame in the back of the unit with wood planks. She then added a shelf to the top of the pegboard and the side of the unit. This was done by screwing in a small plank of wood we cut to fit the unit. The wooden triangle pieces were then secured with liquid nails. She also removed the handle from the top drawer and added four wooden knobs with more liquid nails to be the oven controls. After we painted she also added two hooks on the other side of the unit for hanging play towels or aprons.DIY Kitchenette via A Beautiful MessAfter Emma got the structure all put together, it was my job to paint and make it look like a play kitchen. I started with orange and white paints as my base and put a few coats on the whole thing.  Once it was all painted and dry, I masked off a portion on the door to be the “oven window”.  I painted that with chalkboard paint, and then used some of my extra chalkboard paint on the oven knobs as well.Play kitchen 5Cutest kid's play kitchenThe last step was creating the “burners”. I picked up some 6″ round wooden plaques. I first used my grey paint to cover the bottom side of each plaque. After the paint was dry, I used a compass to draw circles onto contact paper. I affixed the contact paper to the plaque and painted white between the contact circles. Once the white paint dried, I pulled the contact circles off and touched up the lines with a paint brush. I used gorilla glue to glue the “burners” down and put 3 coats of clear varnish over the entire “stove top”.Darling kitchenetteChalkboard door on adorable kid's kitchenetteOne of my very favorite parts of this kitchenette is that the door and the drawer from the original cart are still functional. The “oven door” opens up so they can “bake” their food, and the drawer is great storage. One of my biggest concerns was that the kitchen would be sturdy enough for real kiddo wear-and-tear. I’m happy to report that I have NO fears of this unit being top heavy or coming apart. It is extremely sturdy. (hooray!)Darling kid's play kitchenWe are technically saving it for Christmas, but when I brought the kitchenette home to photograph, my kids went crazy for it. They played with it non-stop until bedtime, and then it magically disappeared into our basement until Christmas rolls around. I’m excited to pull it back out on Christmas morning and watch my 2 year old enjoy playing with that old rolling cart-turned-colorful kitchenette.

Bedtime Canopy

http://youtu.be/wEljOuBPV1k

Just came across this whilst looking for fabrics on the IKEA website. AKA IDEA. Thought it was a brilliant way to involve kids in crafting and its so simple to do 🙂 Just use an old bedsheet or anything really and you can decorate with the children till they get bored and want to hang it up! 🙂 Happy Canoping.

Just came across this whilst looking for fabrics on the IKEA website. AKA IDEA. Thought it was a brilliant way to involve kids in crafting and its so simple to do 🙂 Just use an old bedsheet or anything really and you can decorate with the children till they get bored and want to hang it up! 🙂 Happy Canoping.