a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Mon, 25 May 2015 12:27:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 DIY SCALLOPED PAINTED POTS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-scalloped-painted-pots.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-scalloped-painted-pots.html#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 12:24:31 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15216 I’ve had a soft spot for scalloped designs as long as I can remember, from dress hems to collars. Working with Westfield Cardindale for our workshops, we went behind the scenes are recently decided to apply the concept to a few of the pots in the studio, and were so happy to find a super simple way to do it that is perfect for people with shaky painting hands (like me…). Now everyone’s scallops can be perfect! Read on to see how.

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You need:

  • Plant pots
  • Stickets
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes

DIY Scalloped Painted Pots

 How to:

1.  Take your circular stickers and cut them in half.

DIY Scalloped Painted Pots

2.  Apply your stickers along the edge of your plant pots.

DIY Scalloped Painted Pots

3. Start painting your plant pot, gently painting over your stickers.

DIY Scalloped Painted Pots

4.  Allow the paint to dry before peeling away your stickers

DIY Scalloped Painted Pots

5. Switch up your design by trying different shapes of stickers and create matching or contrasting painted patterned plant pots!

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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STUDIO HOURS: WATERMELON BOWLS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/studio-hours-watermelon-bowls.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/studio-hours-watermelon-bowls.html#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 20:03:37 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14891 You’ve probably heard the saying ‘a party without cake is just a meeting’. In the studio recently we’ve decided to turn that oh-so-true sentiment on its head – by energising meetings with a few treats, sometimes cake and sometimes a watermelon bowl of fruit salad. In that way, our meetings usually turn in parties (here’s hoping),  or more likely,  impromptu photos shoots!

I’m guessing you won’t need a schooling in how to make this – s long as you have opposable thumbs with which to wild your spoon I’m pretty sure you can figure it out. (hint: scoop and away you go).

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DIY TASSELED RUG http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-tasseled-rug.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-tasseled-rug.html#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 04:31:33 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15214 Ready to get outdoors this summer? Me too. Well and truly! Now’s clearly not the time in which to hang on the couch and watch netflix (as much as you may want to). A few weeks ago I flew down to Australia to work with Westfield Carindale on 3 very fun workshops, and even though the weather down under is moving in the opposite direction, it was just as perfect for a picnic! The workshops were an absolute blast, it was such a pleasure to meet so many other craft lovers. To celebrate what looks to be a perfect season to be out and about, Westfield and I got together to create this tasseled picnic rug. We made the tassels using a little cheat that I think you’ll love!

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Picnic items: Kikki K journal, Country Road napkins, cushion and tray.

You Need:

  • A Rug
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread

DIY Tasseled Rug

How to:

1. Cut 2 pieces of string which are long enough to tie around the ball of yarn.

DIY Tasseled Rug

2. Take one piece of string and tie the string approximately three quarters of the way across the ball of yarn.

DIY Tasseled Rug

3.  Once secured, cut along the bottom of the ball of yarn to create the tasseled effect.

DIY Tasseled Rug

4. Cut off any stray bits to make the tassel an even length.

DIY Tasseled Rug

5.  Turn your tassel upside down, take the second piece of string, fold it in half and tie it to the centre of the tassel.

DIY Tasseled Rug

6. Using something long and thin like a paintbrush, push the looped end through the centre of the tassel.

DIY Tasseled Rug

7. Created as many tassels as you would like!

DIY Tasseled Rug

8. Place your tassel loop under your blanket.

DIY Tasseled Rug

9. Take your needle and thread and start sewing them onto the edge of your blanket.

DIY Tasseled Rug

Voila!

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DIY OFF THE SHOULDER BEACH DRESS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-off-the-shoulder-beach-dress.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-off-the-shoulder-beach-dress.html#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 07:12:42 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14948 Greetings from the Greek Islands guys! It’s my first time here and I have to say all the hype is completely worth it, such an utterly jaw dropping place. I’m writing this from my bed in Santorini, and wanted to share with you this dress I made recently – the white and frills certainly give it a Mykonos vibe (my next destination in fact!). This dress is ridiculously easy to make, and just as easy to wear :) Basically all you’re doing is created two gathered skirts, one the length from your bust to your mid thigh, and the other a mini skirt that just sits around your arms – you then attach them together as shown below and away you go!

You can follow my Greek Adventures over on Instagram, or join me on snapchat: apair_andaspare

DIY White Beach DressDIY White Beach Dress

 

You need:

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1. Decide on how long you want your dress to be. This is pretty easy can be done by draping the fabric around yourself.

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2. Wrap your elastic around yourself over your bust, stretch it a little but make sure it isn’t too tight.

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3. Double the width of your elastic and mark this measurement by draw a line along the length of the fabric.

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4. Fold the top of your fabric from the top towards the line and pin it in place.

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5. Sew along the bottom of your folded fabric, leave a small gap between the start and finish.

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6. Attach your elastic to something structured and thread it through the fabric loop you have created.

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7. Thread it thought until the elastic appears at the other end. Sew the elastic together.

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8. Sew along the bottom closing the gap you left previously.

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9. Hem the bottom of your fabric by simply folding in under and sewing along the bottom.

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10. Using the same technique, create a smaller piece of fabric which will fit around your shoulders.

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11. Place the smaller piece over the top of the body of the dress. Pin together the centre front point and also the centre back point.

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12. Stitch along the elasticated section.

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13. This will keep the two pieces attached and allow you to adjust how far off the shoulder you want your dress to sit.

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Voila!

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Photos by Nicola Lemon

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HONG KONG GUIDE: SHOPPING http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/hong-kong-shopping-guide-2.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/hong-kong-shopping-guide-2.html#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 04:26:22 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15201 Hong Kong, known world wide as a mecca for week long shopping trips with every single luxury store imaginable (including a mall with not one but two Celine stores – Harbour City Level 1 & 2). But in case you’re all malled out (it happens!) Discover Hong Kong have asked me to share with you my favourite hidden shopping spots – the places where you can find pieces unique to Hong Kong.

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Vickie’s
A favourite when I first arrived and somewhere my friends visit on every trip, this shoe shop stocks lots of different designs, and given that their factory makes shoes for lots of well known Australia designers you know you’re going to get quality (at an affordable price!). If you have time, you can even have them make you a custom pair.
3 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong

Loveramics
This has to be one of my favourite specialty stores in Hong Kong, modern ceramics loveingly hand made. Perfect as a gift for that special someone, or in my case – yourself!
95 Leighton Road, Hong Kong

Mee & Gee
It’s pretty tricky to track down vintage clothing in Hong Kong, and you pretty much need a compass for finding this store. But it’s worth it! Rack and racks of retro and mod pieces straight from Japan, I always pop here to look for new (old) trends that crop up on the runway.
 64 Tung Choi Street, Mongkok and 9 Li Yuen Street West, Central

CN Square
Love stationary? This store spread over 4 floors in Ya Ma Tei will have you excited at all that’s on offer. Now the only problem is fitting it in your suitcase!
530 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei

Gao Shing Street
Just downstairs from my studio, this street is lined with stores selling all manner of dried goods, from seafood to mushrooms. Although the dried seahorses can bring a tear to your eye and the lizards on sticks won’t be at the top of your list, if you look closely you’ll find jars and jars of dried tea of all kinds – rose tea, jasmine pearl tea, camomile tea and everything in between. Lovely!
Gao Shing Street, Sheung Wan

Tung Wah Ceramic Store
Can you tell I’m a sucker for ceramics? This store located in Central is more on the traditional side when it comes to its wares, and is the perfect place to pick up your weight in oriental patterned bowls.
Stauntan Street, Soho

Button Hole
The best place to pick up cut label designer ‘inspired’ dresses, this tiny hole in the wall is the perfect pit stop while you explore the surrounding area of Soho.
Corner of Peel & Elgin Streets Soho

Gough Street
Head to Gough street in Central for a handful of small boutiques on the street and on the stairs up towards Hollywood Road. Have a bite at a local Dai Pai Dong while you’re at it!
Gough Street, Central

Cat Street Markets
The markets themselves offer up a slew of antique and faux antiques, and are great for a photo opportunity. But what I really love is the junk shops located on the stairs on the surrounding streets, never before will you have seen such varied antiques from all eras, all mixed together.
Upper Lascar Row (below Hollywood Road), Sheung Wan

Joyce
You won’t be short of department store options when you come to Hong Kong, on the contrary you’ll find it hard to avoid them! Chances are you’ll visit them all, and ones like Lane Crawford are delivered to an exceptional standard. Myself? I’m a fan of Joyce on Queens Road. Aspirational window shopping at it’s best – it’s a look but don’t touch situation.
New World Tower, Central

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Gough Street

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My favourite porcelain shop

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Tai Ping Shan Street

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Tai Ping Shan Street

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PMQ

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The Flower Markets

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Cat Street Markets

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Sham Shui Po

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Cat Street Markets

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More porcelain!

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Hollywood Road

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Gao Shing Street

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HOW TO: SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/how-to-sleep-better-at-night.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/how-to-sleep-better-at-night.html#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 11:15:43 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15243 When I was in my teens, sleep was never high on my agenda – there was just wayyyy to much to do and see. But as I’ve grown up a bit I’ve come to understand that above all else, getting enough sleep, and good quality sleep, is the difference between a fantastic day and a rubbish one. When I first transitioned into working for myself, my sleep was awful as I worried about clients and poor time management had me working late at night or waking at 3am. This is pretty standard when you’re doing something new, but over time it wore me down and took a toll on my creativity – and ability to think clearly! Hopefully it’s not a sign of just how old I’m getting, but these days I subscribe to a fairly strict sleeping routine, and I have to say it’s completely changed my life. Yep, I said it. It’s given me enthusiasm and creativity that I just didn’t have when I was strung out from not enough sleep.

Recently, the lovely sleepwear company Papinelle asked me to shed a bit of light on my sleep routine, so I thought I would share it with you guys too. In many ways, this sleep routine goes hand in hand with becoming a morning person, and I guess both are a reflection of a (somewhat new) focus on wellbeing and relaxation that has become important as working long hours and constantly being ‘on’ has takes it’s toll. Read on to learn how to create your own sleep routine.

How to sleep better

Wearing: Papinelle singlet, flannel trousers 

Perfect Your Space

Take an afternoon out to perfect your sleeping space – although it might sound trivial, a comfy bed with soft sheets, and a nice dark room is the foundation for a perfect night’s sleep.  You’ll also want to check the temp, you don’t want it too hot as your body’s temperature needs to fall in order for you to get to sleep. The best temperates are apparently 18 – 23C (65° and 75°), so pick up a fan (or a heater) if yours doesn’t cut the mustard. If you’re looking for room inspiration make sure to check out my Pinterest board here (prepare to be envious).

Choose the right clothes

Although it’s unlikely anyone is going to judge your sleeping attire for chic-ness, fabrics and cuts are important while you sleep as they definitely contribute to overall comfort. Unless you’re someone who can’t bear to wear clothes in bed, you’re going to want to wear something soft, light and loose –  I’m all about a soft cotton singlet (like this Papinelle one – and sans bra naturally), a pair of soft shorts or flannels and socks if it’s cold. A nice breathable eye mask is also great for shutting out light without causing you to sweat. And you know what, this might sound vain, but it helps if it looks gorgeous too, right?

Wind Down

In the past, I always used to exercise at night, often quite late if a class was scheduled at that time. The result? I would finish my class at 9 and be unable to sleep until midnight – apparently exercise stimulates hormones which make you alert rather than calm, and didn’t I know it? These days, I try to stop exercising 4 hours before bed – even better I try  to do it in the morning so the evenings are dedicated to relaxing and winding down.

Read a good book

Ever lie in bed at night with all your to do lists and thoughts just tumbling around in your head? Been there, done that. Before long you’re looking at the clock outing just how many hours sleep you’re going to get! A good book will cure that, allowing you bit of escapism into someone else’s life (and to forget your own) before you go to sleep. Whatever you do, don’t swap out your book for a little scroll on Instagram, as this will have the opposite effect!

Power Down

Ok so you’re probably sick of me talking about my ‘no screens between 8pm and 8am‘ rule, but honestly I can’t recommend it enough. You don’t realise how much brainspace devices take up until you take a little time off, not to mention that light signals to your brain that it’s time to get up, making it so much harder to snooze! You also don’t want to check your email or other accounts and think about the next day’s work right before you go to sleep, so putting a ban in place will help you with that too. If you can, leave your phone in another room overnight so you can completely disconnect.

Drink up

A cup of camomile tea while watching tv has become a mainstay of my routine, and I think it has truly helped me to drift off more easily. I used to take over an hour to get to sleep when I lay down, and now it’s more like 15 minutes after I’ve read a little.  I also cut out any caffeine drinks after 3pm – something I used to laugh at my 90 year old grandfather for doing but yeah, now him and I are in the same boat.

Have you got any other sleep routine tips for me? Cheers to feeling refreshed in the morning!

How to sleep better

Ollie loves to sleep too! ;)

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I’m all about an eye mask. How sweet is this Liberty print?

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Wearing: Socks, eyemask, flannels

 Photos by Michelle Proctor

This post is in collaboration with Papinelle

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DIY PAINT DIPPED CHAIRS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-paint-dipped-chairs-2.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-paint-dipped-chairs-2.html#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 10:52:37 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15230 One project that’s been on my list for a while now is paint dipped chairs, let’s just say I have a bit of a soft spot for making something old new (and chic!) again with a lick of paint. My boyfriend’s mother found me these amazing vintage inspired chairs which were a little battered, and knew they would be the ideal host for a super fun collaboration with paint company White Knight. I picked up a few cans of their Squirts spray paints, and we went to town. Hint: It’s so much easier than I originally thought and no where near as messy as I expected it to be.

DIY Paint Dipped ChairsDIY Paint Dipped Chairs

You need:

  • Chairs for painting
  • A few cans of Spray Paint (I used White Knight Squirts in Flat White, Gum Grey, Glossy White and Sky Blue)
  • Masking or painting tape
  • Plastic
  • A Ruler

DIY Paint Dipped Chairs

This is the before – they were pretty scuffed which made them perfect for this project!

DIY Paint Dipped Chairs

How to:
1. First, you’ll want to give your chairs a sand down if they need it. Then decide where to paint the chair – we opted for an kind of opposite tide line equal to the height of a table, around 75cm high. Then mask off the parts of the chair you don’t want to paint. We used a ruler to make sure the horizontal line was perfectly straight, then covered the rest of the chair in plastic so it didn’t get painted.

DIY Paint Dipped Chairs

2. Decide on the colours you want to use, we went with a mix of colours but you can choose just one – plain white would be great in a minimalist home.

DIY Paint Dipped Chairs

3. First we sprayed the chair with flat white as the undercoat, we allowed it to dry for a few hours. Then we added on top the outer coat of colour or glossy white. We made a little cubby of cardboard to stop the paint spreading, although I don’t think it would have spread much anyway.

DIY Paint Dipped Chairs

4. We allowed to dry fully over night then carefully removed the plastic and the tape. If there were any drips we used turpentine to remove the paint, although there were surprisingly few!

DIY Paint Dipped Chairs

Voila!

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This post is in collaboration with White Knight. All concepts and opinions are my own.

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DIY PLYWOOD JEWELRY PYRAMID http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-plywood-jewelry-pyramid.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/diy-plywood-jewelry-pyramid.html#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 04:18:14 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15144 It seems I’m never going to tire of creating new ways to display my necklaces, mainly because there’s absolutely nothing worst than when your delicate gold babies get all tangled together. Here’s a simple idea that’s not only functional but looks great too!

Plywood jewelry storageDIY Jewelry Pyramid

You need:

  • Plywood triangle (we cut own own but your hardware shop should also be able to do it). Ours was 25cmx25cm (10in x 10in)
  • A small piece of wood
  • Glue

DIY Jewelry Pyramid

How to:

1. Add some glue to the back of the piece of wood, you’re going to attach it like a stand.

DIY Jewelry Pyramid

2. Press the plywood down onto the wood at the base, and let it dry overnight.

DIY Jewelry Pyramid

3. Once dry, the wood piece should act as a prop for the triangle, sitting it up.

DIY Jewelry Pyramid

Finally, add all your lovel jewels to the pyramids!

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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BLOG WHAT YOU LOVE: HOW TO PLAN YOUR BLOG CONTENT http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/blog-what-you-love-how-to-plan-your-blog-content.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/blog-what-you-love-how-to-plan-your-blog-content.html#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 01:08:19 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15041 A big and belated thank you to all of you who filled out the reader survey a few months ago (all 5000+ of you!), although I haven’t yet done a run down for you, I read and analysed every single response and comment and found it was so incredibly useful. One thing a few of you were asking was about blogging tips – how to get started, how to be better at it and how to gain more traction. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you  few posts on what I’ve learnt about blogging over time, a few tricks of the trade as such! Feel free to add any questions/queries you want me to cover in these posts in the comments section!

First up, my thoughts about how to plan your blog content. Or at least, how I do mine. Consistently creating interesting and useful content is key to gaining loyal readers, and since I got serious about planning my schedule life has been much much easier. I generally aim for between 4 and 5 posts per week,  but generally speaking, more content equals more readers. More = more. Because of this, a schedule for your blog posts is pretty much the bible – determining what needs to be done in advance and when posts need to go up. And although there will be times when you slip up in your schedule – sometimes I’ll swap out a post for a last minute brainwave I’ve had – and as such your calendar/schedule need not be set in stone,  planning in advance will make your life so much easier, and hopefully your content way better too!

How to plan your blog content

A Few Months Before
For most blogs, whether they’re fashion or lifestyle, seasonal content is key, so that what you’re blogging about reflects what’s happening in your readers lives. For that reason, it’s great to work a few months ahead on an inspiration gathering level, so that certain events don’t sneak up on you. Preparation is key! A great way to approach it is to have quarterly brainstorm where you look at what events/seasonal highlights are coming up and what ideas you can work in. From these ideas you can create a rough list of the posts that you need to focus on. From this list, you could also look at possible collaborations with other bloggers and brands, and start putting proposals together and approaching your contacts (more on that another time).

One / Two Months Before

Because a lot of the posts you see here are DIY, we often start early on the projects that need sourcing and making. Depending on the subject matter you cover on your blog, you’ll probably need to start shooting, researching or buying/pulling clothes in the few months before the posts.  From a collaborations perspective, brands also usually work in advance, so the one to two month mark is a key time to finalise brand partnerships and proposals.

One Month Before

Once all the projects are made or clothes are ready, it’s time to schedule a shoot for the images, whether it be for an outfit or a flatly or a DIY tutorial. I schedule in at least one day of shooting per week, in the studio and outside shooting outfits or lifestyle content and at these shoots we’ll usually be working way in advance, except for last minute collaborations. A little trick that most bloggers use? Shoot as much content as you can at one time – often I’ll shoot 6 outfits (whether they be for a wardrobe post or a DIYed outfit) in a morning. That takes preparation in advance with outfits and DIYs all organised, but it’s well worth it and allows you to start building up a bank of content.

Two Weeks Before

Two or three weeks out you should know more about what exactly you’ll be posting, and it’s at this point that you should finalise the detailed calendar for the next two or three weeks, first putting in any collaboration posts, then adding other content on each day, making sure to cover a range of varying topics every week so that people of different interests can find something to read. Consistency is key but diversity is just as important! Once we’ve nailed down the calendar we’ll start making sure all the content is ready, editing or taking any photos that haven’t been done, uploading all the content and making sure nothing is missing.

The Weekend Before

When I was working as a Town Planner I got into the habit of taking Sunday afternoon to write the copy and schedule all my content for the week. Although now I have more time to work on posts during weekdays, I still go through the process on a Sunday of writing copy and fully readying the content to go up. There’s nothing better than knowing, at 7pm on a Sunday night, that every piece of content for the week is ready. Critically, this frees me up to do other things during the week like write proposals, do projects or shoot new content. If cutting into your weekend sounds daunting, just schedule some alone time on a Monday or even a Friday to upload all your content in advance.

On the day of

I usually post my blog posts in the evening before I leave work, knowing that for a majority of my readers in the US they’re just arriving at work (or maybe, if they’re lucky, lying in bed). Generally there shouldn’t be too much to do other than line up the social promotions and press publish!

So guys, do you have any other tips for how you schedule your blog content? I’d love to hear!

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BEFORE & AFTER: ONE DENIM SKIRT BECOMES TWO (THE SCALLOPED AND THE FRONT SPLIT) http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/before-after-one-denim-skirt-becomes-two-the-scalloped-and-the-front-split.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/05/before-after-one-denim-skirt-becomes-two-the-scalloped-and-the-front-split.html#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 08:08:19 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15166 On the eve of this blog turning 5 (yep, 5!), I wanted to share with you this before & after project, two in fact. Turning one thrifted ($1!) denim skirt into two functional, and beautiful, items has to be the definition of what this blog’s about. Harnessing your creativity to make something out of virtually nothing.

In case some of don’t know the backstory, I started this blog mainly as an online journal, a place to share what I was making every weekend. This was well before blogging became a viable career option and I was working in London as a Town Planner – I never really thought people would read it, only that it would be fun to share and document my successes and failures in some way. Fast forward a few years and it’s so amazing to have connected with so many talented and inspiring DIY addicts all around the world!

What was key, I think, in maintaining enthusiasm, was focusing this site on the things that I’m genuinely passionate about, whether it be reworking vintage pieces or travelling to weird and wonderful places. The concept naturally evolved over time, but it was comforting to have a core passion to focus on. Moral of the story? If you’re thinking about starting a blog, or indeed have one but need more focus, drill down into the things that you love most of all, what’s at your core. And stick to that. (Read here if you want to work out what you love).

DIY Denim Split Mini Skirt

I found this skirt a a local thrift shop in Hong Kong, and it cost around $1. With those limited materials, we created two skirts in a short amount of time. First we cut the skirt off to create the scalloped style, and then turned the bottom half of the skirt around so the back split became a minimalist inspired front split. Sounds hard but it was actually pretty simple.

How to turn one skirt into two DIY denim split skirt

DIY Scalloped Denim Skirt

(You can also make this skirt as a simple denim cut off!).

You need:

  • A long button down denim shirt
  • A piece of card
  • a chalk pencil’
  • scissors

How to:

1. Decide how long you want your skirt (you should check to make sure both skirts will be an appropriate length). Create your scallop template by dividing the width of the bottom of your skirt by the number of scallops you want (ours are 10cm – 4 in – wide) and then make the scallop template out of card. Then, trace it onto your skirt all the way along.

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2. Cut the skirt out along the tracing. You can wash if you want a frayed edge.

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Skirt number 1 is done!

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Wearing: DIY skirt, J Crew tank and Bag, Kurt Geiger heels 

DIY Front Split Denim Skirt

The second skirt is a little more tricky, but so worth it and perfectly minimalist (in contrast to the feminine quality of the scalloped version).

You need:

  • The bottom cut off piece of your skirt with a well finished split at the back.
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

How to:

1. Trim the scalloped section off the top of the skirt.

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2. The next thing you are going to do is orientate the back split to the front, you can see below that this was at the back before, but we put it at the front for a minimalist look. The buttons that were at the front will now be at the back (and more to one side if you chose to put the split in the centre of your leg like I did). We then created some darts around the waist to fit it properly on me.

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3. Finally, I finished the top hem of the skirt with a simple stitch on the sewing machine (or you can do it by hand).

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Voila! What was the back is now the front.  Skirt number 2 is done.

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Wearing: DIY skirt, Grana tee, Celine Bag, J Crew pumps, Nick Campbell sunglasses

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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