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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3 DIYs from Chocolate Boxes

In today’s DIY, I’ve combines two of my favourite things to create three cute DIYs to keep me organised in 2016.

From Lindt, a Thortons’s boxes and a Celebrations tub, I now have a gorgeous vanity stand (as if I need encouragement to be more vain!), a desk organiser and a jewellery organiser.

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You’re Not Missing Out

In a society with such a focus on documenting every moment, a birthday party is no longer a party without an obligatory snapchat and Instagram post. You did nothing all weekend if you didn’t go out or host the gathering. Nobody would know you were alive if not for the frequent Facebook and Twitter posts.

I used to think that being unnoticed, unremembered or somewhat unremarkable was terrifying. But since I’ve realised that via social media or face to face, sometimes I don’t share everything that I’d like to, with the people I’d like to share it with. I love hearing about how other people are doing and trying to help them with their life situations. But how much sweeter is it to share your achievements and your pain when you need encouragement? And because only those few people know, suddenly what you have to share seems to increase in value.

This intimate act of becoming vulnerable and laying out your ideas, thoughts and stories of your life is sometimes scary, yet always liberating.

In a world so densely connected by instant communication, it’s easy to feel isolated… But you rarely are.

Even if you make friends with people much younger or much older than you, the power of being emotionally intimate with somebody can make all the difference. Sometimes I don’t realise how blessed I am to have people that care… Teachers, family, peers, choir friends and my bestie.

The opportunities to spend times with these people are far more valuable, than having a good snapchat story. Some people manage to both at once, and I applaud them. But instead of comparing myself to these people, I think I’ll cherish the opportunities I have now. After all should I wish to take up SC, then all I’ll need is a new phone.

#happyleemaappreciationday

DIY Casual Plaid Trousers

There’s nothing like the perfect pair of trousers for lounging; they’re comfortable, they keep you warm and they are decent enough for you to been seen in if anybody appears at your house unexpectedly. They are for me, these DIY Casual Plaid Trousers.

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Almost 4 years ago on my 12th Birthday, I went to Marks and Spencer’s and picked up the most glorious pair of trousers. They were a lovely soft cotton, like a pillow against your skin; terrific trousers to wear during your period when you’re lying in agony due to cramps.

Unfortunately after about 100 washes, a small tear appeared at the crotch. At this point I couldn’t sew, so the small crevice became wider and wider until it became a canyon. To make matters worse, the fabric frayed and of course I had to stop wearing them. By the time I got my sewing machine, it was too late to salvage them.

How I felt after losing the trousers

After the death of the trousers, I vowed to resew a similar pair of trousers, again in a checked fabric. This led to the birth of the DIY Plaid Trousers. Not two weeks after the fabric was bought, the trousers were sewn.

For my first pair of DIY trousers, they weren’t bad, on the other hand there was much to be improved. I hoped that I could wear them as a pair of high-waisted Harem pants but I accidentally cut them too short (after cutting them too long to start off with), so they just look like normal trousers at waist height.. Furthermore, I decided I didn’t like the cuffed legs, after I had already sewn them…

Still to this day, I wear them in the same way as my original plaid trousers.

If you read the whole of this blog post, I really like you; you endured my whole catharsis on the plight of losing a pair of trousers. Having said that, if you want to experience the joy of owning such a pair of pants (for all you Americans out there) click here: https://youtu.be/coS84816a20.

Love you lots,

Abi x