You don't need Elves to fix yo' Shoes😝
Do your friends and family sometimes look at you like you have a craft addiction? Are they starting to get suspicious when you suggest meeting for a coffee near your favourite craft store?
So you’re addicted to making stuff. Yes I understand! Because I have this addiction too.
I bet you’re the type of person who:
Spends more money on craft supplies to make a gift.
Refuses to buy something if you can make it yourself.
Can’t relax without your crochet hook in hand.
Your craft addiction has you hands trembling with withdrawals. And you’re desperate for your next fix.
Winter Is Coming! Need More Oranges!
A couple of weeks ago my favourite shoes in the whole widest world fell apart 😩😩😩
The innersoles came out and one of them has a massive hole in it! To be fair I have had these bad boys for about 3 years now and almost wear them everyday. Yes they get a little stinky.
Determined to fix them I pulled my studio apart to see if I had everything I needed. And lucky the Universe had my back 🎉
This is what I found. And what you’ll need if you wanna do this at home:
Eco Overwhelm? Start with Food 🥕
08:45 on a Monday morning I find myself stuck under the armpit of a man in a business suit on my train into Melbourne CBD. Lucky for me he’s wearing cologne and not coughing on me Because this morning EVERYONE is sniffling. Has a snotty nose or couching their lungs out 🤧
I count my blessings but bury my head deeper into my scarf. And wish I had walked into the city instead.
The germaphobe in me is screaming don’t touch anything and try not to share the same air as everyone… LOL😂! Impossible I know. But it’s a reminder that WINTER IS COMING! And I need to boost up on vitamin C, and stock up on oranges.
Sew Up Reusable Cotton Pads
You’ve embarked on your eco journey… And holy crap there’s a lot of information to take in! You feel paralysed. You wanna to make changes in your life. You wanna help the environment. Fight climate change, and make the world a better place. But there’s so much to fix you don’t know where to start! Everyday you discover a new piece of information that leads you down a rabbit hole of how we’ve fucked the planet And you start to loose hope…
I call this eco overwhelm.
Get Rid of Scrap Yarn Like a Hamster Eating Noodles
Last week I shared a crochet pattern to make reusable cotton pads. And while I was making them I thought of all of you who can't crochet (yet ;-) ) And came up with another way to make them. If you can sew you can make these too!
Upcycle Printer Paper Like a Boss👌
Today I found this scrap vintage cotton yarn in my stash. And decided to make some reusable cotton pads to replace cotton balls I use to remove my make up. This was such a quick project I felt like this hamster eating noodles
Play with Precious Metal Clay
As you may know by now I’m a zero waste advocate. And nowadays a good way to reduce waste is to go paperless. You can almost get anything in digital format these days. Books 📚, newspapers🗞️, magazines, photos, tickets 🎟️: movie, transport, parking, concert, boarding pass ✈️… You get the picture 😉
But the one thing I haven’t managed to convert to digitally yet is my notebook.
There’s something about writing things down with a real pen 🖊️and paper📜.
Not to mention that super satisfying feeling when you cross things off a to-do list.
I’m not sure why but I remember things better when I write stuff down.
And I tend to refer back to notes in my notebook, rather than laptop… 🤔
So this morning when I sat down in my rocking chair with my coffee☕ in hand, ready to write out my days to-do list. I noticed my notebook reaching the end of its life ALREADY 😱😱😱
Loathed to buy a new one before the year’s out I decided to test my bookbinding skills and add a few extra pages to my notebook.
How to Make A Reversible Drawstring bag
On my last trip back to South Africa I spent an evening with my uncle. We looked through his collection of semi precious stones.
I learnt about the different grades and what makes some stones more valuable than others. I also saw black jade for the first time and learnt about some stones that I didn’t even know existed. At the end of the evening he gave me a peridot which is my birthstone.
Coming back to Australia I tried for months to figure out what I could do with my peridot… Then one day my friend Cindy from The World Rocks Jewellery messaged me for a catch up.
And that’s when I had a brain spark! I decided to make a pendant with precious metal clay! I’ve always wanted to work with this medium and Cindy was the perfect person to help me!
Spending the day with Cindy I learnt so much about this fabulous material.
Here are my 5 favourite fun facts about Precious Metal Clay (PMC):
Why I LOVE my period panties. And why you might like ‘em too!
A couple of weeks ago I shared a story on Instagram. It was about the making of the packaging for my baby booties. And lots of people messaged me to find out more about it. So I decided to write a blog post 😁
Plastic Free July Ain’t Over Yet
First up if you’re not a fan of talking about bodily fluids you might want to click away NOW. Because I’m going to explain why I LOVE my period panties 🤘.
The next thing on my list to reduce waste in my life was looking at my feminine hygiene products. From the age of 15 I’ve been using sanitary pads and tampons. Again sitting down and doing the maths on the amount of waste I’ve created over the years. I wanted to find an alternative to these products.
So as always I booked a coffee date with my best friend Google. And researched sustainable alternatives I quickly figured out I didn’t have tons of options. Things that popped up for me where:
These are not the droids we are looking for
So you took the pledge and vowed to go plastic free for July…
With July coming to an end like the speed of light. You look back at the highs and lows of your journey.
You chuckle as you remember what you went through to find cheese without plastic packaging. LOL 😂The dedication!
Fashion Revolution Week 2017
Happy Star Wars Day 2017! May the 4th Be With You!
This year I crocheted a Stormtrooper to celebrate one of my favourite days of the year! Unfortunately, I don’t have a crochet pattern to share this year. But if you missed it you can still grab your Yoda pattern over here.
As always no amigurumi project is ever complete without a little video so enjoy this bad boy right here.
Practice Productive Procrastination
Today's the first day of Fashion Revolution week 2017. And marks the 4th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. Which killed 1138 people and injured much more on 24th April 2013.
So today I picked up a delish cake from Adriano Zumbo here in Melbourne. Brewed a cup of coffee and sat down to read Fashion Revolutions first fanzine back to back.
We’ve officially moved to Melbourne but the journey to getting settled has just begun… With most of my crochet tools still packed away it’ll be a month since I picked up a hook .
However this has given me more time to answer comments on Instagram and read my starred emails from you #winning.
The one question that’s been asked a lot is:
“Why do you work on more than one project at the same time?”