22nd August 2014
I never would have guessed as I was signing up to blogspot from my share flat in London (using internet streamed from the upstairs neighbours) that creating this blog would be the best thing I ever did. However, sometimes I have to say that tapping away at a computer all day can be a little isolating. For that reason, I couldn’t be happier to announce the launch of our new studio workshops! We held a little launch (and tester) over the weekend at the studio and it was a snowball of excitement, exhilaration and being utterly terrified at the same time. Luckily all went perfectly (thanks to my amazing team of Alanna and Kai) and it was so satisfying to meet so many lovely people – the whole chatting face to face thing has become unheard of in such an internet based world and I loved every minute of it!
For the first workshop we did our knotting school, teaching knots and creating gorgeous macrame hanging vases. Everyone was so shocked by how easy it was and how impressive their finished product ended up being. It helped that yummy food and drinks were flowing and the tunes got us into the rhythm of square knots and half twists!
Now that the studio is finally finished (before and after shots coming soon!) we’ll be hosting loads more of these fun get togethers. We’ve already got dates for two new workshops including another knotting school and a business focused one called Blog What You Love (following on from the Do What You Love series). For those of you based in Hong Kong, you can buy tickets to our next workshops here sign up to the newsletter to be kept informed of what’s coming up. See below for some pics from the weekend.
A big thank you to Lauren and the rest of the Sassy girls for all your help, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Photos by the lovely Sabrina Sikora
20th August 2014
Recently I’ve felt an urge to deck myself out in a few gold bows, maybe it’s a nod to the final golden hours of summer, or the fact that I’m off to Japan this weekend where bows are practically a uniform, but I can’t get enough of them. Recently I created this leather bow bracelet and couldn’t wait to share! Read on to see how.
When I made this I experimented with different techniques, the first time sewing and the second time gluing like you see below. I found that the finished product was much better with the glued version, but of course if you have a few leather skills you should definitely stitch this using a dart awl to puncture the leather.
Or grab yourself this fun bow kit here, with lots of different bow jewellery to make.
1. Cut two pieces of leather around 1.5 cm (half inch) thick. The largest piece should fit around your wrist with some overlap, and the smaller one should be roughly half the size of the other piece.
2. Make holes for the stud beads (which will secure the leather on) at both ends.
2. Add the stud bead to one end.
3. Now, add glue to the ends of the shorter piece of leather on the right side of both ends.
4. Press the ends together onto the middle of the base piece of leather.
5. Add some glue to the middle of the loop of leather and then add the bow on top.
6. Put a piece of twine or string underneath the bows.
7. Carefully pull tight so the leather loop creates a bow and the metal bow is sitting in place. Let dry overnight and when dry remove the piece of twine.
Love DIYing with leather? Grab yourself a leather kit to experiment with here.
19th August 2014
Moving into the new studio meant getting organised… Or did it? Interestingly in the hustle and bustle of moving into the new space I realised that I managed to transplant much of the chaos of my home office into the gorgeous new space – NOT ideal. And so in the last few weeks, finally back from travelling and other adventures, I decided it was time to master my workspace, reduce the chaos and build something inspiring that would get my ideas flowing, essential particularly at the end of the financial year. First it was all about equipping myself with the basics – the perfect notebook, the right filing system and the holy grail of ‘things organised neatly’ – a label maker. Next on my list is a new office chair, because to be honest my posture has been suffering a bit what with all that sitting hunched at a desk writing emails.
Another thing my corner was missing was somewhere I could map out ideas, create to do lists and visualise my strategy for the rest of the year (can you tell I’m getting all ‘business-y?). So when Officeworks asked me to create something inspiring for my new space, my mind immediately turned to this challenge, and the idea of this rolling note board was formed. I saw a hanging roll of paper in a cafe in New Zealand and knew it would work perfectly in an office space. Read on for the how to.
- Note paper roll – either white or brown paper would look really cool
- Rope or cotton twine
- 2 pieces of copper pipe slightly longer than your paper roll
- A piece of plywood or board around 2m x 1m (mine was an old table top)
1. Cut two separate pieces of rope 2 x the length of the copper pipe.
2. Insert one of the pieces of copper pipe into the paper roll.
3. Thread one of the pieces of rope through the copper pipe in the paper roll.
4. Thread the other piece of rope through the second piece of pipe.
5. Attach the note roll to the top of the plywood by tying and nailing the rope to the back.
6. Do the same for the second piece of pipe and rope around 1.5 m below the paper tool to hold down the paper and stop it from unspooling.
The copper pipe is the perfect method for holding down the paper and tearing it when you’re done. If this doesn’t help me get organised nothing will. For more ideas on how to master your workspace, check out the hashtag #mastermyworkspace!
Once I finished my note roll board, I decided to put my label maker to good use, spending a good few hours sorting my craft supplies. Feel so good for everything to have a place – let’s just hope it lasts!
This post was created in collaboration with Officeworks, all opinions are my own.