House: diy foot stool

Sundays are for attempting diy aren’t they? Or have I got this all wrong and Sundays are usually reserved for relaxing? That sounds more like it! So anyway, a couple of weeks ago on a slightly hungover whim, I thought it would be a great idea to make some kind of a foot stool type of furniture. Obviously shops don’t sell anything like that and I know exactly what I’m doing. That doesn’t sound quite right either but that’s what thinking on a hangover does for you!

After dismantling all the wardrobes that we’re left in the house, I have a nice stock of spare/scrap wood waiting in the garage.

The most logical first step would have been to do a drawing with dimensions and joint plans. So that’s not what I did first. I went to B&Q and bought everything I might need, a saw, nails, wood glue and a staple gun. What could possibly go wrong?

Stage 1 – attempting to make a square.

Once I had my 4 pieces of (roughly) the same sized planks, the question was how to fix them together? I thought I’d try the glue first. That was a mistake. There’s some nice glue puddles dried into my living room floor now to memorialise that error. Next try was nails. They seem to have worked but they’ve definitely shown that I can’t cut a straight line and they are crazy noisy to put in so best not to try this too late at night if you don’t want your neighbors to hate you.

Stage 2 – finding a bottom

So even though there’s a massive amount of wood in the garage, I chose a piece that was slightly too small. Perfect logic again. My thinking was probably fuelled by laziness and a complete lack of faith in my abilities. To be fair to myself, all the bottom is covered, there’s just slightly less overlap on two of the edges, if that makes any sense at all?

Stage 3 – finding a top

Just like the bottom, the top is also a smidge too small. I think I’m going to try and turn it into a design feature, well fitting lids are so last year.

Stage 4 – polishing a poop (part 1)

I don’t have that much faith that this can be saved to be a beautiful piece of furniture, but I’m pretty sure any kind of improvement can be made. I had a quick look on the internet for proper upholstery supplies, and they are expensive! No amount of money could save this thing, so I thought I’d truly embrace the diy spirit and use anything I could find in the garage. A few Pinterest ‘tutorials’ said to wrap all the ugliness in with wadding. I’m not buying wadding but I do have old curtains. Do two uglies make something pretty? Most definitely not but it should help hide the couple of nails that are trying to poke through.

Stage 5 – polishing a poop (part 2)

Although I hate this red being back in the living room, it does do a pretty good job at hiding the dodgey edges and rogue nails. A bit of padding on the top seemed like a good idea too, for comfort at all that. So the next step was hiding the red. There were a couple of bits of knitting I’d done a while back and had no idea what to do with them. Perfect for a project with no direction. Unfortunately there was only enough knitting for the sides, which leaves the top still being an issue. What better way to hide any issues than with something else that doesn’t really fit?

So. My diy skills definitely need some work. A lot of work. I don’t think it’s completely horrendous for a first try but I’m not too sure how long it will be living in the house for. I’m torn between scrapping the whole thing and starting again or trying a ‘stage 6 – polishing a poop (part 3)’ we’ll see. Maybe I’ll see how well it works as a footstool before I make any decisions.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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House: garage clearing

The plan for the garage has always been for it to become my sewing/craft/office room.  The perfect space for designing and making new pj styles along with some way of making my craft supplies look less like I’m a crazy person with no social life.  After the first couple of days of being officially moved in, the garage quickly became a dumping ground for all the boxes and anything else that didn’t have a home just yet.


Not exactly the perfect space to grow a business or be productive in anyway.

A quick trip to the skip made a massive improvement.  We accidentally missed the first black bin day (first nightmare), then the recycling men wouldn’t take any of the cardboard from the boxes we had managed to unpack – so irritating when you’re trying not to be a hoarder with a thing for squashed boxes.

It’s not a massive help having basically two double flat packed wardrobes stacked up against most of the walls, but I can’t bring myself to skip all that usable wood (not to mention I don’t know how I’d physically move it all again).  The plan is to use them to try and make a bit of furniture, it seemed like a good idea to use free materials to practice some DIY skills and (hopefully) end up with some unique pieces for the house. 

I found some sturdy looking shelves on offer at B&Q, they seemed like a pretty good idea to try and do a bit of organising and finally get rid of all the cardboard boxes.  What a nightmare to put together.  So much faffing around and making a racket hammering bits of metal together.  After finally getting them together, they definitely seem worth the effort although I completely underestimated quite how much stuff I have.  I swear I’m not actually a hoarder. 


I have a feeling this room is going to be the most frustrating room to get as I want it but fingers crossed one of the most rewarding.  All I need to do now is find the perfect organisational system and storage boxes.  Piece of cake. 

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: knitted blanket

Like any cool and hip twenty-something, my Friday night has been spent crocheting knitted rectangles together.  Such a party life I know.

Like the majority of projects I start, this has been half done for quite some time.  Just a sad pile of forgotten rectangles getting tangled up every time they got shifted over to a different seat.  What better way to spend Friday night than finally putting them all together into yet another blanket.

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I’m definitely not claiming to be any kind of knitting expert – I was first taught by the local lollypop lady when I was probably around 7 years old.  YouTube has been a massive help jogging all those dinner time knitting club lessons but so far I’ve been playing it pretty safe and sticking to fairly basic stitches.  I like my knitting to be chunky and grow fast.  I think I’ve mentioned before my slightly irrational fear of committing to colour.  My usual tactic would be to stick to one colour and then not be a massive fan of the outcome.  When I was browsing online for reasonably priced wool (basically all my shopping is done online) I came across the best wool website ever – yes I am that sad.  Loveknitting.com has all different colour packs, selections of colours that i think are supposed to have been chosen by designers so they work perfectly together.  I feel like I need to point out I’m not sponsored by them (although I’d love to be!).  I’m so happy with the results.

I can’t quite decide if I’d hate to work out how many hours I’ve spent knitting or if I’m quite proud of my dedication.  One of the plans for my new house is a hygge feel (is that how you use that word in a sentence?)  I want anyone who comes to visit to feel cosy and at home.  Anything that avoids paying for heating is also a pretty good bonus – not that I’m a cheap skate or anything.  I still need to do all the pesky stitching rogue tails in, but there’s plenty of time before any sign of a move in date!

One pretty satisfying thing about (nearly) finishing a blanket, I can now curl up under up with a glass of wine and finally watch the final Pretty Little Liars episode!

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Stay tuned for the many more blankets in the near future!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: printed quotes

I’m a massive fan of inspiration quotes.  Any cheesy line that can give you a boost when you need it most definitely has a place in my life.  I’m not however a massive fan of anything too girly, irrelevant stock photos, or anything that looks like it’s just trying to hard.  No offence if that suits your style to a tee, it’s just not for me.  Instead I like a little quote project that looks like it has taken no effort at all but has taken hours and nearly driven me crazy.  Makes perfect sense, right?IMG_2297

All the quotes I have used were found on Pinterest.  I can’t be the only one who loves a night spent on there ‘planning’ to be productive and somewhat creative at some point in the future.

I love that every time I look at these sheets a different quote stands out.  I also love that the series can be extended whenever I feel the need to lose all sense of words, their meanings and play around with stamps for a few hours.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: cork & nails

This is my interpretation of an image I found on Pinterest and have always been drawn to.  I love line drawings and basically anything that looks simple but catches my eye.  Sorting through my craft room I came across some cork tiles and a box of nails, obvious necessities for a 26 year old!  This is another project that took a ridiculous amount of time and definitely put my sanity into question.

I’m really happy with how this turned out, it made the temporary loss of feeling in my fingertips seem worth it.  Just have to remember not to leave it on anything delicate or pluckable, nails sticking out of the back of things tend to be pretty sharp!

Hopefully it won’t be too difficult to find a nice safe place for this in the new house.

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: painted canvas

As a general rule, I hate drawing and painting.  I’d love to love it, but I find the whole process stressful and generally unenjoyable.  Having said that, every now and again I get an urge to do a bit of drawing, and unlike when I get an urge to go for a run, I embrace it.

I didn’t want to overface myself and regret my decision, so I went with a postcard size canvas card.  Once again, hours spent on Pinterest came in very handy with various leaf prints and pretty things to copy off.  Freehand copy and not trace which is my usual go to method.  IMG_2284

I absolutely love this little slice of painting, it’s by no means well done but it’s not horrendous and didn’t make me want to throw away all my pencils and paints when I was done!

Clearing out my current craft room/office, I found plenty of blank canvases if the mood every strikes me again!

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: canvas weaving

When I first started packing up my life ready to move house, I had a scary reality check when I realised quite how full my craft room was and how many supplies I have been saving and never using.  This is when I decided to set myself a challenge to make as many things as possible to decorate my new house without spending a penny.  To be honest challenge for me was finishing something I’d started, I get so easily distracted.

Looking at all my supplies, I went for the biggest things first.  A big roll of netting, a 24″x20″ canvas panel, a big thing of fishing line.  All things that I’ve literally had for years and have done very little if anything with.

The obvious, time consuming outcome for me had to be a weaving to put on my new living room wall.  I love texture but have always been pretty much terrified of colour and how to use it in any project.  It took longer than it probably should have done to click on to bigger knots and looser weaves take up more space and help those inches get covered faster.

This drove me a little bit crazy at times, but I’m so happy with how it has turned out.  All I need now is a lovely new feature wall to display it on!

Stay tuned!

Much love,

Hannah

xxx