Monday, 22 November 2010

How to make a cushion cover from an old jumper

I have been wanting a soft cable knit style cushion for ages, though I need to stop splurging my hard earned pennies and am getting quite into the old make do and mend thing (OK so I watch Kirsty's homemade home, get fired up and then when it all starts looking distorted and most definitely homemade by a five year old I get in a raging sulk) However this project involves NO SEWING and you can even make it while watching the telly, my kind of making stuff!
All you need is a cushion, an old woolly jumper (mine was a Marc Jacobs jumper, a rare charity shop find killed by the its evil nemesis the tumble dryer) bondaweb which can be found in all haberdasheries, some pins, an iron and scissors.
First place the cushion in the jumper to get a good fit and pin your hems at the neck and bottom of the jumper and then iron to get them flat and neat.
Don't forget to use a tea towel if you don't have an ironing board, I know don't judge me!

Next snip strips of bondaweb and place inside the folded hems instead of sewing them. I had to cut off the arms and taper in the corners to keep it neat and secure with a wodge of bondaweb and a good steaming with the iron.

And there you have it, a cosy and unique cushion to cuddle!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

More Skandinavian style...dribble dribble lust sigh

My main obsessions in interiors are eccentric bits and pieces rather than overall 'look', though I suppose that could be called a style in itself? The new eclecticism? Hmm more magpie nest in my case!
Anyway I am seriously coveting, in no precise order; glass bell jars, stag head mounts (not taxidermy ones, find them slightly creepy and generally wrong), silver stag ornaments, quilts, cable knit cushions, wide board warm walnut wood flooring and homemade felt style Christmas decorations. If my head were a magpies nest this would be what it looks like right now..mmm!

I just came across this amazing website which sources all products Scandinavian, from jewellery to home interiors items. But I literally have my heart set on these cast aluminum stag and deer and for £16.95 for the large one (20cmx9cmxh17cm) and only £8.95 for the small deer (15cmx6cmxh14cm) they are not to be overlooked!

Go visit

Friday, 5 November 2010

Get the Skandi look at home

I am finding it very hard to contain my excitement at seeing that H&M has launched a home range! When comparing to their skandi over sized cousins, Ikea, how does H&M do it differently? Well known for it's high street on trend fashion it has chanelled its quirky style into a whole range of home products, the illustrated designs are unusual and add make smaller items, like a bath mat or a tea towel, a design feature. The prices are also incredible with duvet sets starting from £19.99 and Christmas decorations from £1.99! I think many people will be having a fashionable Christmas this year doing the skandi red and white theme.

Anyway here are my favourites, I'll be snapping some up online and photographing them in my flat for you all to peek at soon!

Visit the online shop to nab these stylish pieces asap!