I know these shoes are not everyone’s style, but chunky sport sandals are everywhere right now - even Prada has a pair! But I really love the spiky embellishment that Maegan has sewn on them, and it would be easy to use on any fabric shoe. And don’t worry - though it looks dangerous, the spikes are plastic so you’re not going to end up with an injury!
Sunday Afternoon Playlist | 1st June 2014
It’s a dreary, rainy day in Adelaide today, the perfect weather for staying indoors, crafting and listening to music! I’m looking forward to the new Lana del Ray album, and I’m loving the new single.La Roux also has another album coming out and her new song Uptight Downtown is fantastic. Other favourites this week - Ivy & Gold and Sean O’Neill. Enjoy!
It’s a struggle that I think everyone endures at some point in their life - a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear! Well I’m here to help you get everything organised and bring some order to your daily life.
What You’ll Need:
- Garbage Bags
- Boxes, storage containers or vacuum bags
Time is the biggest factor here - make sure you have a couple of hours to get everything sorted - or else you’ll end up chucking everything back in the wardrobe, defeated and worse than when you started!
Take everything out of your closet. That’s right, everything! Take all your clothes/shoes/bags and put them into piles. At this point, throw out any broken hangers or other rubbish that may be in your wardrobe. Give it a good dusting/wipe down.
Let’s start with the clothes! We’re going to make three piles:
Pile one: Clothes to throw. If it doesn’t fit, is stained, stretched out of shape… put it in the garbage bag!
Things to consider with your clothes:- Does it fit properly? When you last wore it did it feel constricting, were you constantly adjusting it, did it fall down around your ankles?
- Is it missing buttons, is the thread pulling, does it have a huge stain that won’t go away?
- When did you last wear it? Does it go with anything else in your wardrobe?
- Is it not your style anymore? Is it so old and out of date that even the most discerning fashionista wouldn’t consider it ‘vintage’?!
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, then put it in your bag to give away. But if you wouldn’t give it to your best friend in the condition it’s in, but it in the bin - it will save the folks at the charity shop time!
Pile two: clothes that you can’t bear to give away. We all have these pieces. They might be sentimental, or you might just not be ready to throw it out. Put these clothes in your storage bag/boxes.
Pile three: One pile left - clothes to keep. These are your favourite pieces that you wear every day, that fit you and make you feel great! If any of these pieces need to be mended, take a break and do that now. If you’re not keen on mending - consider putting them in your give away pile!
Hang all your clothes back up and hang them in sections - how you do this is up to you. I like to hang my clothes by type, but you may find it easier by colour or mood!
OK, we’re finished with your clothes - now go through the same process with your bags and shoes.
Things to consider for your shoes & bags:
- are the shoes scuffed, ripped, dirty, discoloured, or covered in dust (often a sign of not being worn!)
- does the bag have holes in it, stains, ripped lining, broken straps or smelling of something that spilt in it?
And you’re done! When you get dressed tomorrow, marvel at how easy it is to put together your outfit and accessorize with ease!
Extra tricks to try:
- When you hang your clothes back up, hang them ‘backwards’. When you wear a piece and go to hang it back up, hang it ‘forwards’. At the end of the month, if there are any pieces still hanging ‘backwards’, put them in your storage boxes
- I found that after a year - a year! - had passed, I had not once gone to my storage boxes for any of the clothes inside. So I went through them again and gave away the bulk of it to charity. More space for more clothes!
- People have a habit of trying to sell their unwanted clothes on eBay. While this is a great idea to bring in a bit of extra cash, personally I find it easier to give away to charity unless it’s practically brand new/never worn - I just don’t think it’s worth the time or money to get $5 for a top that someone could really need.
I had tons of problems with etsy and international orders so at the moment I’m only selling to Australia.
Thanks everyone xxoo
Are there any other soapers out there reading my blog?! Hello to you! I used to love making soap but stopped when I got in to jewelry making. Now I’ve decided to pick it back up again (and hopefully sell some at my annual December stall!) and I’ve been searching for fun recipes. The Soap Queen is one of my favourite blogs because she is great at explaining every step and has great tips. Apparently charcoal and rose clay are great for purifying and cleansing, and the fact that this recipe uses melt & pour soap means this is a great beginner recipe. And even better - just click on the link in the recipe and it will add all the ingredients you need on the Bramble Berry website (you lucky Americans!). This would be a beautiful gift soap - I know I would love a bar!
Do you love your state? I have to admit, I have seen a bit of the world and I’ll always love South Australia! Where else can you be hiking through the hills in the morning, shopping in the city at awesome bars at lunch, and enjoying dinner next to the ocean all in one day?! I love my state! If you love your state as much as me, show the world with this multi-coloured embroidery. Just Google your state and follow the directions to make your own stately masterpiece!
There is nothing like an easy, cool, soft & comfy dress that you can chuck on in Summer. This tshirt dress ticks all those boxes! It’s created from a tshirt and elastic, and Melly has some great tips on sewing with elastic (at the waist) if you’ve never attempted before.
If I thought I could make a living off of it, I would have a shop that just sold trim. Pom poms, ribbons, cord, tassels… sigh. How fun would that be!? If you love trim as much as me, you’ll go gaga over this super simple throw. It’s so simple to create - all you need is a throw, trim and fabric glue. Wouldn’t this make an amazing house warming gift? Choose colours that match your giftee’s house and don’t forget to mention you made it yourself!
Sunglasses are one of the easiest things to customise, and for something you wear everyday, you want them to be perfectly suited to you! Using pretty beads and a bit of super glue, you can turn your shades into a one of a kind piece. Work out the pattern you want on a piece of paper or on your computer before you start or check Pinterest for designs to get inspired!
Regardless of whether you’re a casual bike rider or a every day cyclist, if you wear a helmet you’ll know the horror of helmet hair! Well here are 5 gorgeous hairstyles that you can easily create and have confidence that after your ride your hair will still look fab (in fact, these are great to try even if you have never ridden a bike in your life!)
Sometimes it amazes me the free things people share on the internet. The Neighborhood has produced an amazing series of free printables to create your own mini neighborhood - an amazing design, so cute and fun for young and old! Even if you don’t want to make a mini neighborhood to play in, you could make a mini vignette of houses, use the candy store as a gift box or use the park printables as a backdrop for your photos! There are tons of houses, shops and other bits and pieces to download, so head on over and check out the super fun goodies (and drop a thanks for this awesome freebie!)
If you like tassels as much as me, you will be as ga-ga over this bag as me! Funnily enough my mum recently bought a straw bag from an op shop that could use some TLC - perfect for this project! If you’re not keen on making your own tassels (though DIYing them means you can use any colour you can think of!) you can get them in bulk on eBay and etsy.
Some people are obsessed with cheese & other savoury morsels. Though I do enjoy the occasional crisp, I’m a sweet tooth all the way. I love desserts - especially donuts! Oh and really light sponge cake with cream. And chocolate croissants and warm apple pie a la mode… oh man. Anyway, what were we talking about?! Oh that’s right, this amazing free print from A Fabulous Fete by artist Kori Clark. ‘The Sugar Shortlist’ is the perfect piece of art for the kitchen (or you could put it next to your bedside table for a sweet night’s sleep!).
A close up of the amazing fabric which is Briar Rose by Heather Ross. I particularly love the little crickets and bees! 🐝🌿
I’ve finished my first ‘proper’ quilt (with wadding!) for my niece Mia! Thank you to my lovely model Sophie for helping with the photo shoot.