Monday, 21 December 2015

11 Jewellery DIYs to Start Your Year with Style

Christmas and New Year may be looming, with mulled wine and turkey still to go, but it's never too early to plan your crafts for next year.
After all, there's only 10 days left of 2015...

I've dug into the archives for this roundup of past tutorials.
Here are 11 DIYs to start your 2016 with style (or at least a trip to your favourite crafting store!)

Starting with the easiest--if you want more of a challenge, or something more time-consuming scroll to the bottom and check out my Pompom Necklace and Metal Disc Necklace DIYs!

amethyst collar DIY 
If you can glue one thing to another thing, this is the craft for you.
Despite being so easy to make, this is a great statement piece!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

In Case of Hoarding, Smash Stash.


Recently, Samantha of At Home With Mrs H began 'The Big November Destashing', in which she encourages us fabric hoarders to destash and - radical idea - use some of that fabric!

Considering the frightening mess that is my scraps collection (above), it sounded like a great idea, so I rolled up my sleeves and set to work!

You wouldn't believe the amount of stuff I had ferreted away!

Monday, 2 November 2015

DIY Vintage Buckle Pendants

how to make a pendant from a buckle

Today I want to share this really straightforward DIY for making pendants from buckles!

You could incorporate these into a great gift for any vintage fan or family history nut--see below for how I used mine!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

DIY Boot Covers

DIY boot covers

Recently I've been sewing cosplays for a future event, and realised, "Hey, if I take photos whilst I make this, I can post a tutorial!" Radical idea, huh? ;)

So after a long (long long long) break, you lovely readers of Unfortunately Oh are getting a new DIY! Thanks to everyone who stuck with the blog (and doubly thanks to everyone who followed me over to Doing A Thing, where I post about books, chocolate, cafes and...doing things!)

Without further ado, here it is: How To Make Boot Covers (or spats. Or even gaiters. I don't know. I'm going to keep calling them 'boot covers').

This is a great method for fancy dress or cosplay, to make existing footwear more appropriate to the costume. Plus, it doesn't damage your boots :) It's especially good if modifying cheap footwear isn't an option due to your shoe size or medical conditions that restrict the sorts of footwear you're able to wear.

how to make bootcovers

You'll need:

For the pattern:
  • Your boots/shoes
  • (If applicable) the trousers you'll wear the boots over
  • Cling film (plastic wrap!)
  • Sticky tape or packing tape
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors
  • A friend to help (optional)

For the boot covers:
  • Pattern (see above!)
  • Fabric
  • Zip for each cover*
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Elastic (approx 1/2" wide)
  • Dressmakers pen/pencil/chalk
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Sewing machine (or a needle for hand-sewing and lots of patience)

* Either open or closed-ended zips, dependent on how long you intend the boot covers to be. In the past I've used open-ended ones the length of the covers, but this time I used shorter ones as I was making over-the-knee covers and didn't think I'd find zips that long!
Edit: Seriously use long zips. Zips that let you unzip the cover entirely, if possible. It makes these so much easier to get on/off!

Note: This is a LONG tutorial, though it's relatively easy to make these. So I've put in headings:
You can click these to skip to the necessary section :)

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

New Items at Little Deer Daydreams!


A new DIY shall be coming soon soon sooooooooooon, but today I have been mostly updating my Etsy shop, Little Deer Daydreams!
Here are just four of the eleven new necklaces I added today.
I love them all!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Vintage Picnic Window Display


Today I pulled together yet another charity shop window display, for Humanity at Heart.
This is another one that has been planned for a while, which gave me time to make a few things to enhance the finished 'look'.


The theme this time was 'Vintage Summer Picnic'. The manager and I envisioned chintzy china, picnic baskets, pom poms and flowers a plenty!
Over the past months, the shop has collected donations specifically for the window, so there were plenty of items to put in the display. I particularly loved the big basket, and some adorable Minton cups and saucers (which sold before I had a chance to take photos!)


The yarn pom pom garland was put together a few weeks ago on a day that I found myself at a bit of a loose end. The pom poms were from a massive batch that Samantha (At home with Mrs H) sent me forever ago! (I finally used them!!!) I simply used a darning needle to thread them onto jute string.

I spent an evening last week making the tissue paper flowers/pom poms, which I hung from pink ribbon left over from another project. It was no good for sewing with, but perfect for this! 


I hung another of the tissue paper flowers in the entrance of the teepee.
The teepee was constructed using bamboo sourced from the shop's garden and donated fabrics. I decorated it with some retro-styled felt flowers, which I made using donated and leftover felt.
I also made the self-standing retro flowers using the felt and some old wire coathangers.


This window turned out really nicely, and shows what a difference it makes to plan ahead.
Hopefully it will encourage more people into the shop, to look at all the lovely stock available!

To see some of my past window displays, check the window display tag.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Anyone for Tennis? (Or Pimms?)


Summer is the time for tennis, and with Wimbledon just around the corner, I ended up creating a tennis-themed display for the charity shop!


It seemed like a fun idea to set up the window as if it were a tennis match, so I got to work with sports gear, and lots and lots of balls...

Friday, 1 May 2015

20% off at Little Deer Daydreams!


As it was my birthday on Wednesday, I decided to share the love and set up a discount code that you can use on my Etsy store, Little Deer Daydreams!

Enter the code BIRTH20 at checkout to get 20% off your order!

This applies to all items on Little Deer Daydreams, and the offer is valid until 13th May 2015.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Green Gardens - A Window for Spring


...This has become something of a 'window displays' blog, hasn't it?

Here is the latest display that I created for Humanity at Heart, a small charity based in Sussex. This time the theme was 'spring gardens', and the spring weather came along just at the right time for it!


Some of the flowers from our plants section bloomed at the perfect time for the window display. Spring has truly sprung!
I made the little flowers that can be seen amongst the daffodils, using the sleeves of an old jumper, disposable chopsticks and ribbon leftover from other projects.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Easter Window Display


Last week was the window display changeover at the charity shop where I volunteer. The manager and I had decided in advance to have an Easter theme, as Easter is on its way!


After giving it some thought, and looking at the stock we had for the display, the theme ended up being along the lines of an Easter Egg Hunt!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Sun, Sea and Sand: A Summer Window Display


I've previously written about the Christmas and autumn window displays I created for a charity shop, and promised to update about this months ago. The weather has been sunny lately (I think spring is finally here!) so today I want to share photos of the summer window I created last June!


This was my first more challenging display, in that I decided to turn the display table into an ice cream cart.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Little Deer Wakes Up


So for several months, my Etsy store, Little Deer Daydreams, has been on the backburner.

No more!


Little by little, I am adding products to the store.
Some old...


Some new...


So far I've listed necklaces, earrings, and rings made with gemstones and metals.
But there will be bracelets, too, and products made from other materials, including vintage components. More colours also to come soon :)

Check out Little Deer Daydreams to see more.

I'm glad to have got this restarted. It's been on my To Do list for a while!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Autumn Window Display


Not long ago, I shared photos of the Christmas windowdisplay that I put together for a charity shop.
As I wrote previously, I'd intended to post about some other displays that I never got around to writing about.

Today's post is about the autumn-themed window, created in September.



Once again, some of the photos here have unfortunate reflections of the buildings opposite, so the most 'complete' image also depicts the other side of the high street!


Sometimes, window displays are changed on the spur of the moment, other times they are planned out in advance, enabling me to look around for inspiration.
I decided to hang a long twig in front of an old net curtain after finding a photograph of autumn tree branches in the fog.
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