Hair Bow

Happy New Year!!!

I’ve had a good and mostly productive week this week.

I crossed a fair few things off my ‘To Do’ list and still had time for some relaxing.

I went shopping at the sales, Had afternoon tea with a friend, dyed my hair purple for the new year and spent a whole day reading a new book.  I also did some cooking, tidied the house a little and took down the Christmas decorations.

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I managed to rearrange some of the stuff in my house to set up a craft space in one of the rooms we haven’t been using much. I’m so excited to have a place to leave all my crafty mess that’s not the dining table. I also have access to my sewing machine again!

On the craft front I’ve mostly been working on my planning. I’ve designed and printed a few stickers for my own use and spent a few hours cutting out printed stickers too. I’m working on a project to show how you can still do glam planning with a very small budget.  Now I can get to my sewing machine again I’m planning on working on some sewing projects which I’m sure I’ll share with you later in the year (once I’ve worked them out).

Todays pattern was one I made a few years to make myself a hair bow to match a bow tie I had made for B for a ball.

It’s a fairly simple pattern and doesn’t take a lot of fabric.

Hair Bow

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Materials:

 Pattern (download it here)

Fabric (at least 16×34 cm)

Matching thread

Scissors

Sewing machine or sewing needle

How to:

Assemble pattern. Cut out two pieces from your fabric.

Pin pieces together patterned sides facing each other. Starting near the middle stich around the edge of the pieces. Make sure to leave a 2cm opening.

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Trim corners then turn your work right side out. Use a chop stick or a blunt pencil to push out the corners and edges.

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Iron flat making sure to keep the edges folded in around the opening.  Top stitch the opening shut.

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To create the middle strip for the bow use an off cut or another piece of fabric to create a 1.5x6cm  rectangle with folded edges.  Fold rectangle in half short edges and patterned side together and stitch ends together.

Turn your work right side out which should form a loop.

Fold your bow into 3rds as shown.

Concertina fold bow from top to bottom so it can fit through the loop. Feed one end through the loop until the loop in in the middle of the bow.

That’s the bow done. You can now attach  air clip to the bow or just put the clip through the back of the loop so it is re/moveable.

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Let me know if you give it a go.

Lil.

Making My Planner Page

So in an effort to eat more vegetables B and I have decided to go vegetarian for week nights. We realised that when we eat meat we tend not to eat as much vegetables as we should but if we have tofu or no meat we eat a lot more vegetables. Now were not going to be completely strict on it (bacon is totally a vegetable) but we are giving it a go. For medical reasons I shouldn’t go vegetarian and I like meat so I wouldn’t anyway but I’m excited to challenge myself to get more vegetables into my diet.

Also this week I’ve been binge watching ‘Friends’. Most of the episodes I’ve definitely seen before but there are some I’ve just missed over the years. I’m really enjoying re watching it all even if I do know what’s coming up most of the time.

In other news, this week my sister is off on a big adventure with her boyfriend and one of her friends to Canada. We had a nice goodbye party for her last night and it was great to see so many people come to see them off. If you would like to follow their adventures you can on her blog “Out & About“.

My herb garden is so far doing well and I’m getting a lot of basil from my plants. Now I just have to work on making more meal with basil in it. I’ve also gotten to make some nice mint teat with a mix of both my mints. It’s really nice iced especially with some of the weather we’ve had. I suspect we will be drinking more iced tea over the coming months if its already getting this hot.

This week I thought I’d show you the process I went through to design my current day planner.
I wanted a planner page like some I had seen that had various helpful categories for notes and reminders.

I looked all over Pinterest and the internet for a planner page that would work for me. Some had spots for keeping track of water intake and I just can’t be bothered to do that. Others had spots for exact schedules whereas my days are usually pretty flexible with a few appointments here and there. While I found a lot of pages that were good none of them were quite right for me so I decided to come up with my own.

My Planner Page

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How To:

First I listed out the categories I wanted to be on the page.
Mine are:
Appointments
To Do
Dinner
Scouts
Blog
To Buy
Notes

These are the categories I felt would work for me and while I don’t always use all of them they have all often come in handy.

To draw up the planner page I got an A5 spiral bound note book with dot grid paper so I could use the dots as guidelines to draw up my page. I chose A5 as I wanted it to fit in most of my bags without a problem. In pencil I started drawing up some different sized boxes to see what fit on the page. I knew I wanted the notes section to be biggest and I only needed a small box for dinner. From there I just played around with the layout till I got something that looked good and was functional. Then I went over it with a felt tip pen so I had solid non erasable boarders. Lastly I changed the wording of my categories so it would fit nicely in the grid.

This is what I ended up with:

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Now of course you could leave out the dates and scan your page so you can print a bunch out and put them in a binder or you can hand draw them like I did in a notebook.

You may also want to add a weekly view page like I did.

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I got a pack of coloured felt tip pens so I could colour code my notes but since they are in categories you can just use a pen. (I like stationary to much to pass up an excuse for new pens.)

The dimensions for the boxes are as follows
Day page:
Date box – 105mm x 5mm
Rendezvous Box -55mm x 40mm
Dinner Box – 55mm x 20mm
To Do Box – 45mm x 65mm
Scouts and To Buy Boxes – 30mm x 40 mm
Blog (TGC) Box – 35mm x 40 mm
Notes box -105mm x 45mm
Spaces between boxes/boarders – 5mm

Week Page:
Each box – 50mm x 40mm
Spaces/boarders – 5mm

(all measurements width x height)