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A trip to London

I spent last weekend in London, welcoming my brother back from a 12 week trip to Tanzania.

One place I always, always go to when I visit London is Liberty’s. The thing about Liberty’s is that I feel at home there and it’s so timeless inside that I can always imagine it through the ages.

Liberty’s always makes me feel at home

Some pretty plates on show at Liberty’s

Getting some crafting inspiration

Obviously, being the crafter that I am, I went straight to the fabric department. Unfortunately, I always find that you need a mortgage to shop there and, in the past, I’ve only bought small things like fabric covered buttons. But this time I was lucky enough to find a lovely piece of fabric, in the offcuts section.

This fabric offcut will make a lovely scarf

The fabric is a nice, long length and I think it’ll make a nice scarf. Plus, it only cost me about £6, so it’s really not an expensive project. Expect a DIY in the days to come, as I make this beauty into a wearable scarf.

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Easy DIYs: Making friendship bracelets

This is what I’ve been making lately.

Isn’t it odd how making friendship bracelets can really remind you of being young? Many hours of my teenage years were spent making piles of bracelets to wear under my shirt at school, or as presents for best friends.

Rather than giving you a DIY today, I’m simply going to direct you over to Honestly…WTF’s blog where you can be reminded of how to make friendship bracelets once again.

And, if you’re feeling extra crafty, here’s a second tutorial on how to embellish friendship bracelets.

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Strummer of Love: The fashion

One of the things I love best about festivals is the fashion. There is something so different about the way people dress at festivals and it makes you want to dress the same. Personally, I get so inspired by the clothes I see that I instantly want to go out and buy identical dresses/hats/wellies.

The fashion was no different at Strummer of Love. People there were wearing the classic wellies and floral dress combo and combining high street with vintage. People literally were wearing anything and everything and it’s that diversity that makes festival fashion so unique.

The key to festival fashion is to keep it as simple as possible, so that if you are wading through fields filled with mud, you’re as comfortable as you can be.

Layering is also a useful thing to keep in mind, as the weather can be changeable when you’re outside most of the time.

And it’s always helpful to have a waterproof coat and a change of shoes (flip flops will do nicely), as it’s nice to be able to change into a more comfortable pair of shoes when you’re back at your tent.

Charlotte demonstrates her take on festival fashion

A pair of wellies is an essential addition to any festival outfit

A floral headband can add a little something extra to any outfit

Layering is important if you’re camping at a festival, as the weather can be changeable. So take a hoodie with you for those colder days

A pair of sunglasses can be quite important for those sunnier moments

If you’d like to catch up with the other posts on the Strummer of Love festival, they’re here.

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One of the blogs I read, ThreadBEAR, has an excellent blog post up at the moment, talking about the importance of a sloper. For anyone who doesn’t know what a sloper is, it’s a basic clothing pattern which is made to perfectly fit the individual wearing it.

So, head on over to ThreadBEAR today to find out how to make one for yourself. Details can be found here.

In the meantime, I’ll be back shortly, with the last of my blog posts on the Strummer of Love festival. Sad times!

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Strummer of Love: Crafting

Crafting was a big part of this year’s Strummer of Love festival and my friends and I certainly took advantage of this. After all, what is more exciting to a craft enthusiast like me than the appeal of a festival which incorporated it into the schedule?

Here’s what I made:

Floral crown headbands

These floral crown headbands were the perfect addition to our festival outfits and what was great about making them was that was they were completely unique and personal to us. Here’s how we made them:

Masking tape was wrapped around gardening wire to make a base for our floral headbands

Flowers were then added to the headband for decoration

Charlotte adding flowers to her headband

We added small flowers to our headbands for an understated floral crown

Me showing my half-finished headband

And the finished result

Charlotte wears her finished headband

Friendship bracelets

Friendship bracelets are synonymous with schooldays (I used to make loads of them to wear myself and to hand out to friends) so making them at Strummer of Love felt like a nice nod to my childhood.

Friendship bracelets were made by either plaiting or knotting threads together

My plaited bracelet

Wearing my bracelet proudly on my arm

Charlotte and Bethan at work

Native american headbands

On the final day, we were able to make these wonderful headbands to proudly wear around the site, which was a nice way to finish off our weekend.

Bethan sews feathers to her headband

A piece of fabric was sewn to the elastic base

Feathers were glued onto felt which was then sewn onto the elastic

Beads could be sewn on to add an extra something

My finished headband

There were plenty of craft supplies at the Handmade Hangout

Me with my finished headband

If you’d like to read more about my experience at the Strummer of Love festival, please click here.