ANTHROPOLOGIE INSPIRED CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Anthropologie is one of my absolute favourite places to visit, both in-store and online. I always love flicking through their mailshots and like most of you, wish I could afford to buy everything! However just occasionally I see things and think, ‘Whoa I could totally make that for half the price’ and have the fun of making it myself along the way. This years Christmas decoration collection was the perfect example and I thought I would share what I ended up making.

Pom Pom Wreath
I absolutely love this pompom wreath, I love the textures and the soft colours but I could not justify the price tag! I used a mixture of soft wools and my trusty Clover pompom maker to recreate this lovely door wreath for my own home. I simply hot glued the pompoms I made onto a cardboard ring I cut from a box and hung it with some sparkly ribbon. 

Monogram decorations
How beautiful are these beaded initial decorations, I love them, but not all the colours were to my taste so I used my felt and bead stash to recreate the letters I wanted in the colours that matched my scheme. I simply drew and cut out the letters from felt then stitched around with embroidery thread before stuffing them to make them rounded. To embellish I just jumped into my bead boxes and used some yummy bugle beads and sparkles. You could easily replace this step with some glue if you didn’t want to sew all the beads in place.

Pom Pom garland
This garland was a no brainer, I just used the leftover pompoms from my wreath and joined them together to make a garland to string in my tree, or maybe on our stairway? 
Do you have any favourite Anthropologie ‘hacks’ or inspired tutorials? If you do, link them up in the comments so we can all go and take a look and get inspired.

Lots of love
Sammy xxx

10 of the BEST Doctor Who Crafts

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To be a true Whovian you’ve GOT to own a piece of original crafty artwork based around the show! Most are so easy, ALL are so impressive. Which one will you try first??

1. Knitted Scarf

This has to be the coolest scarf I’ve seen in a while! This is definitely next on the long list of stuff I must make! And its a FREE pattern download from Ravelry – Geronimo!

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2. Tardis Bobble Hat

How about to go with that adorable scarf, you use the rest of the blue and white wool to make a matching hat! Brilliant! Get the pattern now over on snappy-tots.com!

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3. Brilliant Bookmarks

These awesome bookmarks look so effective and are super easy to make – check out Craft with Bee’s post to make them now!

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4. 11th Doctor’s Bow Tie Cushion

This cushion is awesome in any fabric, but why not grab some red velvet or this red superfine needle cord, and make a DW themed cushion for your sofa! Why not make 3?? They’re so easy to make and take just one Fat Quarter, some interfacing and stuffing! Easy! Try it now with OUR free download How To!

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5.  Guess Doctor Who

This is such an awesome idea! Its pretty clear how you make this. You can design your own images to go in the slots or download a ready made printable from BakaThom for just $3 now!

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6. Ood Ski Mask

This is so creepy but so awesome! Even if you have no intention of going skiing, this NEEDS to be made! 🙂 Check out the FREE crochet pattern on the Ravelry right now!

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7. Another one thats pretty clear how to make it from the image – we just think its so cute! We found this particular idea from YouQueen.com.

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8. Crochet Gloves

Just because I’m more of a crocheter than a knitter I had to include these to finish off the full set of Tardis winter wear – I’ll be trying these tonight! 🙂

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9. Tardis Quilt

This was available ready made and OOAK from Etsy – but if you’re ambitious this could be quite a fun project from the collection of blue fabric everywhere you go, to piecing it all together and enjoying the final piece. So gorgeous.

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10. Tardis Pumps

And finally – aren’t these fabulous? Follow the how-to here. Enjoy!

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10 DIY VALENTINES GIFTS for MASCULINE TASTES

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Valentines is always a tricky one for us creative types isn’t it? More often than not we are of girly tastes who just want to create something for the boys, or those with a traditional masculine taste, in our lives! We think we have found the answers! We have scoured the interwebs and found our very favourite do-it-yourself crafty gift ideas for those who are so often hard to make for! You’re welcome!

1. HANDY CABLE COSY

This is one of our all time favourite makes! This tutorial shows a pretty pink version, but can easily be made using these funky fabrics and darker colours.

Try this awesome Star Wars fabric, or maybe this one. How about this pirate-y one, liquorice all-sorts, or skull and cross bones? Or maybe this nice clean dark red needle cord, or this denim coloured cottom chambray!

Grab the tutorial and FREE pdf pattern from Live it. Love it. Make it. now!

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2. PERFECT SOFA CADDY

This is something we think EVERYONE needs, using some of the suggested fabrics or how about this gorgeous black and gold spotty fabric that will go with any living room decor!

Get the tutorial on Sew4home.com now!

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3. CUTE KINDLE POUCH

This was one of our most  popular leaflets last year! And a great gift for anyone who reads on the tube to work, or grabbing 5 mins in the evening – and so simple to make!

Click to view our simple instructions now!

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4. SQUISHY CAMERA POUCH

Perfect for keeping those expensive pieces of kit clean on the shelf, and bump free in a shoulder bag. This camera pouch is a another simple but brilliant idea!

Get the instructions from Live it. Love it. Make it. now!

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5. COASTERS

These have always been very popularly received when we’ve made them for Father’s Day and birthdays, and we expect nothing less on Valentines day! Make them with this heart print fabric for a Valentines twist.

Get our instructions now!

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6. HANDMADE BOW TIE

These are fabulous, and so simple! Perfect for date night, and you can make sure its matching whatever you’re wearing! Brilliant!

Follow this brilliant tutorial over on The Sewing Sessions blog now!

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7. COZY WINE COVER

One for the knitters! This adorable wine cover is super easy and effective and comes straight from the heart. He’ll love it!

Have a go yourself by following the pattern over on allfreeknitting.com.

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8. PARACORD KEYRING

Paracords are still so funky and practical. Who doesn’t love this beautiful yet masculine design?

Make your own by following the instructions over on Stormdrane’s Blog!

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9. PLAYING CARD LOVE BOOK

These last two aren’t sewing/fabric related but they are rather creative. This is awesome! Create a gorgeous note book filled with funny and sweet sentiments.

Follow how they made this over on visualheart.com

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10. GIANT CHOCOLATE BAR CARD

Lets be honest, all anyone really wants for Valentine’s day is chocolate! Here is an idea that needs no tutorial! Just gather a ton of chocolate bars and create a unique message for your loved one! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started!

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