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Cool Crafting DIY Purse Kit

Last summer I picked up a nifty little ‘DIY your own purse kit’ from a craft fair in Manchester. The intention was to teach myself the art of purse making and share it with you lovely people so you can come up with ideas for crafting your own purses as cute bridesmaid favours. I’m ashamed to say it’s been staring me in the face for the last six months. It was time to take action, stop being lazy, and get down to giving it a whirl!

This little kit is put together by a business called Cool Crafting and comes in a variety of colour combos and patterns. Just check out their website and pick out your favourite. The kits are £11 each, but considering you can teach yourself a new skill, get a super cute purse, and gain templates and instructions to design billions of your own bespoke purses, I think it’s a bargain!

So here’s how I spent my crafty Sunday, Rita was back out (yes I have named my sewing machine) – it’s been a while and she was pretty dusty, I think it made her day… 

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There’s no stinginess involved with the kit here, you get pretty much everything you need – extras you will need include scissors, sellotape, pins, and a sewing machine (although you could easily do this by hand if you don’t own one of Rita’s mates).

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I found the instructions really clear and easy to follow. This was my first handmade purse and I think the results weren’t too bad at all – just blowing my own trumpet. Ahem.

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Getting all the right sides of the fabric facing, and knowing which bits to turn inside out was the most fiddly part, but I got there. Just follow the instructions to a tee.

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The final result!

I’m planning on putting some of my own ideas together for brides / bridesmaid purses and clutch bags and will post the DIY’s for you here. In the meantime why not grab one of these kits from Cool Crafting and come up with your own ideas. You could add your own embellishments in the form of fabric flowers or sparkly jewels and buttons. Once you’ve mastered the art of this you could choose your own cute fabrics and make any kind of purse you desire! Make sure you come back here and share your handiwork, I’d love to see it!

Lot’s of handmade purse love n’ hugs (you get extra hugs coz it’s nearly Valentine’s)

Michelle x

All images ©Handmade & Hitched – I’m happy for you to reproduce my images but please link back to this post. Thanks 🙂 

Fresh Flower Crown DIY

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Well this week is set to be all about flowers on the blog. There’s been a cheeky little post on unusual flower containers and now there’s a floral DIY for you to get your teeth stuck into. Not to mention a fabulous supplier who specialises in gorgeous handmade blooms later on this week!

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, a colourful DIY project, which doubles up as my photography homework. Every Tuesday night I attend a photography course, it’s nearing to a close and the final project is looming. I have been asked to take images of a journey, it doesn’t have to be an actual journey it can be a metaphorical journey. As long as there is a clear start and end point then that’s all that really matters. So here is my creative journey – making a fresh flower crown from A to B. I hope you like it! Feel free to give my homework a grade out of 10, all grades in the comment box below.

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You will need; super-duper sharp scissors or some wire clippers, garden wire, florist tape and flowers of your choice. “Is that all?” I hear you scream. YES it’s incredibly easy! I bought garden wire for a mere 60p from the supermarket (Tesco to be precise). The florist tape was £2 from Hobbycraft and the flowers were discounted as I bought them in the evening when they were no longer so fresh. Obviously you might not want to chance this on your big day, but for the purpose of the tutorial it was a bargain. If you have a beautiful garden in full bloom then clip some of your own flowers, making this a very inexpensive and yet fancy look.

So what’s next?

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Once you’ve figured out your lovely little head size, twist the wire around at the back, and then start twisting it back on itself to make a perfect crown. Don’t forget to leave a little extra room for the flower stems that will be added on. Create a loop that’s a little loose on your head at this point. Then begin covering the entire loop with your florist tape to secure any nasty sharp edges.

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Now the real fun begins. I know you just can’t wait to start adding those flowers on! Here goes…

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Add one flower at a time. Starting at the front / centre of the crown work backwards adding one flower behind the other. once one side is complete start from the front, working backwards again down the other side. The front centre flowers will be facing one another. Choose any colour combination you like. I kept trying mine on and looking in the mirror to see what would work best.

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If you have left any gaps then you could fill them with tiny little flowers such as gypsophila. I would try to avoid saving this until the end though as it’s hard to work between the fresh flowers without damaging them. I think a good combination of heavy and delicate flowers throughout work well to break up the look.

And there you have it, your own beautiful fresh flower crown! If you make your flower crowns the night before your wedding and pop them in the fridge then they should still be fresh and perky in the morning. I think they would look lovely on bridesmaids, flowers girls and even the bride. But for now, you’ll have to cope with a few snaps of yours truly…

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Lots of handmade love 

Michelle xxx

Book Review: Handmade Wedding Crafts by Betty Bee

Being totally obsessed by crafts and all things wedding I have managed to acquire a fair few creative texts over the years. The most recent addition to my collection is Handmade Wedding Crafts by Betty Bee. Bursting with beautiful images, this book features 35 amazing DIY projects, including wedding decorations, accessories, favours, and more. The book is split into four chapters, each with a different theme. Choose from ‘Shabby Chic’, ‘Quirky Glamour’ and ‘Fabulous Vintage’ style ideas, or dive into the ‘Crafting over Cocktails’ section – full of quick and easy projects perfect for completing with friends.

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This book is packed full of original ideas from fabric and button bouquets through to china teacup centre pieces and confetti crackers. I LOVE the decorated guest flip flops, displayed in a vintage lampshade as shown in the image above. Another one of my favourite projects is the ‘Birdcage Veil’, super chic and very quirky. All projects have been created with busy lives in mind and are simple to follow even for the novice crafter.

There are helpful hints and tips about how and where to acquire the materials needed, such as asking family and friends to donate old items, scouring thrift stores and car boot sales. Betty also explores alternative ways in which your creations could be used. For example, in the ‘Bow-tie Corsage’ project she points out that you could also use the bow ties as hair fascinators or make them for all of your ushers to wear instead of the usual tie.

I often find that wedding DIY books are great for providing inspiration but don’t always give you all the nitty-gritty details necessary for making your own pieces. That’s where the book really stands out from the crowd. Not only is it packed with beautiful images and ideas, but it’s highly practical too, with easy to follow step by step instructions for each project.

I would highly recommend Handmade Wedding Crafts as a good starting point for couples looking for some inspiration and easy to follow projects for their wedding. If you’re looking to personalise your day then this book will help you to create beautiful items, make huge savings, and produce something unique.

As Betty says “Remember, it’s your wedding – you are unique so why shouldn’t your wedding be unique too?”

Have you read any DIY wedding books that you think other couples would find useful? If so, leave a comment below and share the handmade love. 

Michelle xxx

Make-up DIY: Professional Tips for a Woodland Themed Wedding

Another wedding theme set to be popular for this year is the woodland themed wedding. In this stunning post, Frances Moore, sensational makeup artist answers a question sent in from a lovely bride-to-be and shows you how to achieve the perfect natural and dewy forest look for your special day.

Over to Frances…

Question: I’m going for a ‘woodland’ wedding theme look for my big day and want my make-up to be as natural as possible yet still create a wow-factor version of me. Is this possible?

Yes! The most important part before attempting to apply makeup is to make sure that your base is as perfect as possible.

Starting approximately 6 months before the big day you need to be putting in the groundwork and have a good solid skin routine.  If this is something alien to you, or if you have not changed your products for some time, then I highly recommend a skin consultation. I personally find Clinique to be the best.

Once your base is lovely and flawless you can start to apply a primer all over your face, this will ensure that your makeup stays put. Go for a clear, light primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation. Start covering up any dark circles with corrector and then concealer. The concealer can later be used to disguise any naughty spots after you have applied foundation.

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For the Foundation you want to have a good colour match. Buy a good quality brand a week before your wedding to account for any change in pigmentation.  For example, if you’ve been on holiday and caught a light tan I would use Smashbox Studio Skin 15hr Wear Hydrating Foundation. This doesn’t contain SPF so it will help with avoiding flashback* on your all important photographs.

To hold the makeup in place use a clear translucent powder.  Use a bronzer to highlight around the face, down the neck and sweep across the cheekbones.  Add a little blush across the apples of the cheeks to create that outdoorsy look.

To keep a natural, fresh look for the brows simply groom them through and if needed, lightly pencil in any gaps using an eyebrow pencil or similar toned eyeshadow to your brows.

Next move onto the eyes. Keep it simple by first applying a primer all over the eyelid and up to the brow bone (Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original is great for this). Then sweep a natural tone matt shadow all over the lid (BB eyeshadow in Bone or MAC shadow in vanilla works well), then add a hint of colour on the crease of the lid and blend it across.  Here you can really go for the ‘woodland’ theme by going for browns, greens, ombre or even gold tones! Next use the coloured shadow to line your lash line, or for a deeper effect line with black or brown eyeliner. Curl the lashes and sweep through waterproof mascara.

If you want to go one step further & really create the WOW factor, then apply PAPERSELF false eyelashes in Deer & Butterfly.

Lastly, add colour to the lips using a natural toned lipstick, or just go for good old lip salve that has a hint of a rose or peachy colour.

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Wow!! Thank you so much Frances! What fantastic tips! If you’re a bride or groom to be with a burning question then please write in and I will do all I can to answer it here for you on the blog.

You can find out more about Frances on her beautiful website www.francesmooremua.co.uk and if you’re super impressed by the stunning imagery here (‘cos I sure am!) then head over to www.whitecatstudio.net to see more!

Lots of DIY love

Michelle xxx

*If you’re not sure what flashback is (This is just me Michelle chipping in as I had no idea until now!) the following video by Wayne Goss should explain this for you…

Save the Date from a Lovely Mate!

Over the weekend I caught the ‘pinning’ bug (yes, i’m behind the times with this one) and managed to lose several hours of my life on Pinterest. It was worth it though! I got lost in a world of amazing wedding imagery and unusual ideas. I was totally blown away by some of the ideas for creative wedding invitations, such as 3D glasses for a pop-up invite, and the old school Viewmasters complete with wedding details on the film reel. They deserve a post all of their own… I can feel one coming, watch this space!

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Being a sucker for an original idea and a bit of creativity I was thrilled to receive a beautiful handmade save the date from a lovely friend of mine called Jules. I know that DIY projects can be time consuming but they sure do stand out from the crowd. Having received a few save the dates recently (lucky me!), this was one of my favourites by far. It has also been one I have treasured the most as I can appreciate the time and care that that has gone into making it. Yay for handmade!

Jules has kindly let me share her save the dates with you and I think you will agree they’re pretty flippin’ fabulous…

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The luggage tag idea is great as it means guests can hang them up, not only as a reminder, but to display the pretty handiwork. This has been hanging on my heart shaped notice board along with various other special photos and memories since I received it. I really love the little reindeer button to symbolise a winter wedding.

If you fancy giving something similar a go, maybe with your own unique twist, then here’s where you can find all the bits n’ bobs…

❤ Luggage tags, buttons, and paper heart cutter from Amazon

❤ Glitter  – stuck on with spray mount (from any good craft store or try ebay)

❤ Save the date stamp from Not on the High Street

Attach the heart by running it through a sewing machine. Sew the buttons on by hand or use a blob of craft glue to save time.

Go and get creative! And do write in with your own DIY creations to help inspire others.

Michelle xxx