DIY Oversized Sweater (Floral Jumper) Tutorial ~ (VIDEO)

Happy January All!

After a particularly mild December in the UK, January has brought the first real cold weather…Fear not though! Because sweater weather is better weather, and it gives us the perfect excuse to make this DIY Jumper. 😀

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DIY + OOTD | How to Make a Fitted (Pleated) Peplum Top (VIDEO)

If I could only wear one  item of clothing for the rest of my life, it would probably be a peplum top. In this tutorial, I’m teaching you how to make a tailored bodice for any dress or top and turn it into a peplum top/two piece coordinate outfit.

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New Year, NewAttitude

2015 was a phenomenal year. That wasn’t to say that it didn’t have its challenges, but they were overcome by the grace of God and through the blessing of having an amazing support network of family and friends.

This year I want to make some resolutions, but I actually want to stick to them. So I call them goals, because until you achieve a goal, you’re always a work in progress.

Goal 1: Be Less Selfish

What do I mean by that…? Well I want to be more generous with my time; I already volunteer but I want to be there to support people and provide comfort, advice and council. I hope that I already do that for my close friends, but this year, I want to help people more readily; for example, doing more ironing to help my brother, and being more considerate about the fact that he may have had a busy or tedious day. I’d like to think that I behaved like that in 2015, but in 2016, I definitely want it to be more evident.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV) – And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

Goal 2: Make the most of every opportunity.

I’m generally a very proactive and productive person who likes to indulge in as many extra-curricular activities as my time will allow. Last year, however I felt that I had too many Netflix sessions, so this year I’m cutting Netflix out of my life (and replacing it with Amazon Prime)!

I want to read, visit exhibitions, watch performances and engage in workshops. I’ll hopefully blog more too and seek to become more cultured and aware of current events, not just on the news but in arts and scientific research.

Ephesians 5:16-18 (NLT)

16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life.
Netflix was my wine…

Goal 3: Prioritize

So I’ve had a blast making YouTube videos in 2015… But in actual fact, I planned to release way more videos. I somehow thought I’d have the time to film and edit a weekly video, forgetting that doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry takes up a lot of time. (And also forgetting that winter in England gives sub-prime daylight lighting for videos). So this year I want to be more realistic with what I can output.)


Some of the things I made this 2015

At the same time I also want to prioritize the things that count. E.g. My education, spending time with friends and honoring the Lord. I’m going to have to step in my responsibilities this year, and though I’m quite organised, I need prioritize what counts and learn to plan some things WAY, Way in the advance. (I’ve been appointed events manager for my church youth group. And we the youth, were notorious for never planning any out of church meet up sessions. That was 2015. This 2016, by God’s grace, that will all change…)

Goal 4: Make the world a better place

So some might say this is a big and all consuming goal, but I realise that it’s part of my purpose on this earth. I was born ‘me’ for a reason, and there a people far less well off than me. This year will be challenging for migrants, Brazilians in the middle of a recession, Ukranian people caught in a war zone and Britons whose homes have flooded. I may not be people to help all of them straight away, but the little I can do to either fund raise, or pray or send aid, I will try.
 So what are your goals for 2016? What are you hoping to achieve? Let me know and I hope we can encourage each other and make this a year to remember for good.
Lots of love,
Stay blessed.
Abi x