Create beaded jewellery, keyrings or a lanyard!

One hobby I’ve been dying to try out is to create some beaded accessories. I had a look on Instagram and found some really amazing craft suppliers who sold these silicon and metal beads, as well as leather cord and snap closures. I sat down and created a number of accessories including a bracelet, lanyard and kids key rings.

The craft suppliers in Australia that I got my beads from is Over the Rainbow Beads and AJ Craft Supplies. They have pretty much all of the bits and pieces to create any of the things here, plus way more.

For those who work and have to carry around swipe access cards or train passes you could also create a beaded lanyard. These are way better than the dorky company lanyards that you get and you might even remember to wear it each day if it was stylish! Otherwise just create it into a necklace and wear it on it’s own!

I can’t wait to make more of these into Etsy saleable items or gifts for family and friends. I’ve also made myself a heap of bracelets because I love the bright colours and designs. This is a really simple and easy hobby and worth trying out with your kids or friends!

Hope you enjoy! Erin xx

10 New Year Goals for Health & Happiness

Happy New Year everyone! I know it’s a little late to send out my goals for the new year but I’ve been absent from the blogging world for a few months and thought I’d share my ideas anyway. At least you’ll be happy to know I’ve already started achieving these.

1. Sewing – Learn how to Shirr

I’ve been purchasing a lot of dresses lately that have some form of shirring in them. So I’d love to learn how to shirr myself so I can start creating some clothes of my own.

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2. Adopt a kitten

I will be picking up a kitten to make my home complete and give the puggies another play mate. I have always wanted to adopt an animal and have often donated to AWL in the past because of the amazing work they do. I can’t wait to pick up my new little ginger kitten…. I’m going to call him Ziggy!

3. Listen to more Podcasts

I’ve been spending more time listening to podcasts over watching TV or listening to music on my daily walks. Some of my favourite Podcasts so far include Crime Junkies, Something was wrong and the overwhelmed brain. I’m still a newbie so if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them!

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BurdaStyle Skirt and Jacket

You can tell that I grew up in the 90s with this Clueless inspired outfit including a high-waisted skirt with a flounce hem and short cropped jacket. I made this right before we all locked down from Covid so I haven’t had a chance to wear it anywhere yet.

Description: Slim fitted high waisted skirt with flounce hem and a short cropped jacket.
Pattern: Bouclé Skirt and Bouclé Jacket
Fabric: Wool from Spotlight

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BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101

I’ve been wanting to try out this BurdaStyle Cotton 101 dress for some time because of how amazing the sleeve detail is. This is my first test dress that I made with some scrap material I had left over from my latest Macaron dress.

Description: This dress features a high waistline, A-line cascade skirt and a sophisticated sleeve detail.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101 06/18
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101

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Simplicity 2360 Dress

I wanted to test out this pattern because of the shape and femininity to the style. However, the fabric choice that I picked wasn’t the right fit for the dress. I originally included the sleeve frills but decided that it was a little too over the top, so I ended up removing them.

Description: V or round-neck loose-fitting dress with waist gathers and frilled shoulders or neck line.
Pattern: Simplicity 2360
Fabric: Duck Cloth Cotton from Spotlight

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Simplicity 1651 Dress

One of my favourite dress fabrics to use is Cotton Sateen because it can create the most gorgeous dresses. I found this fabric at Spotlight and thought it would look really great being broken up by some white cotton sateen.

Description: Misses’ dress with slim or flared skirt has front & back bodice options, sweetheart or twist-front & open back. Including sleeveless, 3/4 or cap sleeves.
Pattern: Simplicity 1651
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

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