DIY Sunday – Shorts

In my post on Thursday (that you can read here) I mentioned I picked up a few charity shop goodies, including a pair of trousers that I wanted to make into shorts. So today I did just that! Here is what I did and how they turned out…

So first step was to get the trousers and a sharp pair of scissors.

I then just had to be brave, take a deep breath and CUT!

I was just going to turn up the bottoms and leave them but that seemed a bit too boring! I had a hunt around and found some left over lace from a recent project and thought it would look pretty on the bottom. If I had a sewing machine this would have taken two minutes but I had to sew it on by hand. Thankfully I find it quite therapeutic and I did it while watching Homeland (if you don’t watch it you should).

I then added some studs (that I had left over from the DIY studded collar that you can see here) round the pockets for a final touch.

I am pretty pleased with these! Look out for them in an outfit of the day soon!

How has your weekend been?

DIY Sunday – Upcycling!

So I know it’s actually Monday but I couldn’t do the DIY project I had planned for yesterday due to a lack of the right kind of scissors (random but will make sense when I finally do the post!) but today’s is worth waiting for in my humble opinion!

So I had a touch of the ‘Monday blues’ today and so I thought I would do a bit of shopping (whoever said money can’t buy happiness!?)!  I stopped by my local charity shop and saw this lovely wooden box. I have to warn you I have a bit of a thing for trinket boxes and the like (I will probably do a post about them one day…I have an unnecessary amount that I mostly picked up at charity shops!).

Anyway the box was gorgeous and only £1.45. However the top had been bleached by the sun and had a few marks that didn’t want to come out. So I thought I would paint it! I had a nosey round our shed and I found some left over paint from when my dad and brothers painted our Wendy House.  This gorgeous Tiffany Blue colour that I really adore.

So here is how I did it:

Get box!

Put box on newspaper to stop any yucky messiness.

Start painting!

One layer of paint.

Two layers of paint.

Done! Ta-da!

I love this box. It has pride of place on my dressing table. When I finished it I momentarily thought “hey this would be a great Christmas present for someone” but I liked it too much to give it away! All for £1.45!

I can’t wait to find more things to ‘upcycle’! Maybe a stool or a little bookshelf or something…

Have you done any upcycling recently?

P.S. Boots Treat Street Blog featured me in their outfit picks of the week! You can check it out here!

DIY Sunday – Studded Collar

I love Sundays.

I love lazy Sunday mornings in bed, I love Sunday lunches and I love cosy Sunday afternoons (preferably sitting in front of an open fire with a fluffy blanket and hot chocolate) working on my latest project.

So this Sunday I had a go at a studded collar and it is unbelievably easy to do – keep reading to see just how easy it is!

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First of all you need to get some studs! They really are everywhere at the moment. If you can’t find your way to a haberdashery then I suggest eBay. I got mine for £3.99 from happy_season on eBay.

Second of all you need a shirt with a collar! I think studs look really good on peter pan collars but I just picked something off my floordrobe which is this shirt I got for a few pounds a couple of years ago from Oxfam’s Online Shop.

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Next you just need to go for it and stick in a stud!

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You push it through the collar and the little teeth will stick out like this on the underside.

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Just use your fingers (be careful they can be a little sharp) to bend them down and secure the stud in place.

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Repeat again, and again, and again, and again…

That’s it! You are all done and have a lovely (not to mention inexpensive) studded collared shirt to add to your wardrobe.

Enjoy! ❤