DIY Galaxy Top - Featured in Mollie Makes

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Davina here - I am really excited to have my DIY Galaxy Top tutorial published in this month's Mollie Makes. A couple of months ago Mollie Makes invited me to share how to make a galaxy inspired top for an adult but I got carried away and made one for Elfie and the baby too! See pictures below. They are really easy and fun to make but do require quite a few different materials like bleach and rubber gloves etc. If you make any please do send us pictures. This project has so inspired Hannah and I that we are making our Christmas gifts for Frankie and Elfie's friends using a similar technique - post coming soon!

Wearing my top!

Wearing my top!

Elfie and the baby's tops

Elfie and the baby's tops

Instructions:

You Will Need:

  • Plain black cotton t –shirt
  • Plastic lining/ sheeting – I used an old shower curtain
  • Rubber gloves
  • Household bleach
  • Empty plastic Spray bottle 
  • A selection of paint brushes
  • Art stencil sponges 
  • Mini travel plastic spray bottles
  • Fabric Paint (I used Dylon
  • Fabric pastels 
  • Iron
  • Paper
  • Washing powder

 

Step by Step Guide:

  1. Lay T-shirt on a non-porous surface – for example use oilcloth or an strong black bin liner. Now insert plastic sheeting in T-shirt to stop bleach and fabric dye seeping through to back of top.
  2. Make up bleach solution 2/3 bleach and 1/3 water.  Wear rubber gloves when you do this. Spray solution on T-shirt to liking but be aware if you spray too much you might not have any black left to contrast. 
  3. Create a Galaxy Star Cluster by twisting an area of fabric and spraying whilst holding in place. Allow to dry to ensure bleach has had it full effect. 
  4. Hand wash in lukewarm water wearing gloves and allow to dry. 
  5. Sponge white paint gently onto bleached areas to make bleached areas appear white. Use brush to create stronger white areas on top. You will want at least one very strong area – the Galaxy Star Cluster may be best for this. 
  6. Make up some fabric spray paint by simply pouring fabric paint into travel plastic spray bottle – you may want to add a tiny bit of water. Spray paint to liking. 
  7. Now load up a paintbrush with lots of white paint and flick paint to create mini star effect. 
  8. Use fabric pastels to add colour – use fingers to smudge in and make gentle. 
  9. Allow to dry naturally or blow dry. Place paper on top of t-shirt and iron using a cotton setting for 3-5 minutes constantly moving iron – this will set the paint and pastels.


Note: When washing for first time wash by hand. 

Babygrow once sprayed with bleach

Babygrow once sprayed with bleach

Creating Star Cluster 

Creating Star Cluster 

Washing bleach

Washing bleach

Applying white paint with stencil sponge

Applying white paint with stencil sponge

Applying white paint with brush for concentrated areas 

Applying white paint with brush for concentrated areas 

Applying white paint via spray

Applying white paint via spray

Using colour pastels 

Using colour pastels 

Our Family Annual Holiday to Lagos, Portugal

Davina here - Every year we visit my parents house in Portugal that was originally my granny's home before she past away and left it to my parents. Its a beautiful converted farm house in the countryside about a 20 minute drive from Lagos and we absolutely love going there - its like a second home.

Lagos is a beautiful old town with small, hilly cobbled streets by the sea. It has always been quite a touristy town in the summer months with lots of restaurants and shops but lately it has really pushed itself to offer more for families and there are now lots of fun activities (like hiring family bikes) and water features for children to play in. There is also an incredible Zoo and horse riding centre so endless things for families to do. 

Here are a few of my favourite photos from the holiday:

Elfie loving the new water fountain

Elfie loving the new water fountain

Elfie and NIck exploring the town

Elfie and NIck exploring the town

Elfie and her uncle Will trying to view boats in the fog

Elfie and her uncle Will trying to view boats in the fog

Elfie and her uncle Will in the beautiful fog

Elfie and her uncle Will in the beautiful fog

Collecting flowers from our garden to press and make souvenirs from our holiday

Collecting flowers from our garden to press and make souvenirs from our holiday

Elfie loving the vintage carousel 

Elfie loving the vintage carousel 

DIY Shade Sail

DIY shade sail

Hannah here-  "Guess who's back, guess who's back (etc etc)"..... that would be me, courtesy of an enormous ferry that trundled across the North sea from Denmark to Essex signalling the end of our 5 week camping/airbnb adventure around northern Europe and scandinavia. In many ways our adventure continues as we stay in friends and families spare rooms until October when we move into our new house. A second month living out of a suitcase is showing signs of taking a strain but we have the first months memories of our trip to keep us going. And god, what a trip it has been.  Surpassing all of our expectations, surprising us in more ways that we thought possible, (in both good and bad ways) it was everything we could have hoped for. What a way to end our twenties!

I still have tons of photo's to sift through and many blog posts to shower you with (lucky you!) but for Making Monday I thought i'd show you a shade sail I made for the trip. It was only used a handful of times as the weather in the middle 3 weeks of the holiday was rainy, stormy and windy but it was brilliant for the bit of sun we did have!

DIY shade sail
DIY shade sail
DIY shade sail
DIY shade sail
DIY shade sail
DIY shade sail
DIY shade sail

How to make the shade sail:

Materials:

  • 2 bits of thin, gauzy fabric, approximately 1 meter by 1.5 meters (depending on how big you want it to be)
  • 4 eyelets and an eyelet closing tool 
  • 2 extendable poles
  • 4 camping pegs- (plus 4 beach pegs if you know you'll use it on the beach)
  • 4 two meter lengths of camping cord,  and plastic runners to adjust length (they are often sold together but we had spare from an old tent)
  • sewing machine and thread
  • Iron

Instructions:

  1. Cut both bits of fabric so they are exactly the same size- they should be a rectangular shape. sew them together, correct side facing inwards, leaving a gap of about a foot. Turn inside out, press then hand stitch opening closed. Alternatively just double hem a thicker bit of fabric if you can't find the gauzy stuff. 
  2. Attach the eyelets to the 4 corners of the shade sail by making a small hole in the fabric with the end of some scissors, adding the open eyelets to both sides then using the eyelet closing tool to shut them. 
  3. Attach the cord and runners to the 2 bottom corners on the long edge of the fabric.
  4. To put up, extend both poles, and insert the tops through the eyelets at the top of the long side of the rectangle (not the corners with the cord attached). Peg one pole to the ground using the camping cord. Get someone to hold the first pole up whilst you stretch the fabric out then peg the other bit of camping cord from the second pole to the ground. (the tension keeps them up). Then peg the remaining 2 lower corners with the camping cord attached to the ground stretching it out as you do so. 
  5. Bask in the shade, and in your own crafting prowess. 

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Easy and Quick Alternative to Sew on School Labels

Davina here - This week my daughter Elfie started Kindergarten at our local Steiner School and so I had the job for the first time of sewing on name labels to her clothing. It tooks AGES!!!!! I couldn't believe how hard some of the materials were to sew through and it made me think there must be an alternative.  I then remembered my rubber stamped secret messages in clothes tutorial and thought why not rubber stamp a child's name onto clothing instead - that would be so much quicker! So I tried it out the next day and it worked well. 

Trick to save time:

Tape the letters that spell out your child's name together using masking tape and use as one stamp. If you can't tape together the whole name because letters are repeated (like I couldn't do Elfie due to needing two Es) then split into two mini stamps - this will still save time!

Note: Don't Forget to iron the print (for 1 minute) once it has dried to set it and you must use a fabric based ink pad. I like Yellow Owl Workshop's multi purpose pads. 

7 Months Pregnant - Monthly Diary

Davina here - I am finding it hard to believe that I am now past 30 weeks pregnant and officially 7 months yesterday. I remember last time with Elfie being so excited and proud to reach the 30 week milestone whereas this time it has just come and past with all the busyness around Elfie starting kindergarten this week and Nick going to America for work. But I am still aware of it and will use this blog post as a chance to focus on it (one of the reasons I love blogging - it enables one to reflect). 

Pregnancy Updates:

Pregnancy Yoga:

Over the last month I have really found myself a lot more focussed on the birth and looking after myself during pregnancy. I think this has been motivated by my pilate classes and starting pregnancy yoga again. I can't stress how valuable I think doing these classes is. The classes have allowed me to be surrounded with other pregnant women and indulge in conversations about the birth and beyond. The breathing and relaxation exercises have relighted my love of hypnobirthing and I have re-read the whole book and been practising daily when possible. I will write a post soon in more depth about why I love the idea of hypnobirthing and what techniques work best for me. 

Feeling the Baby Move:

The baby's movements are getting stronger everyday - I now basically feel her whenever I walk around or move really. I don't remember being so sensitive to the feelings of movement and really of the baby's presence in my womb last time - but this time its as if I can actually feel her inside me all the time. I constantly feel hard rounded areas pressing against my skin as if she is pushing against me. Elfie feels it too and often comments on feeling her 'cheeky' baby sister kick her. 

Older Sibling Playing Games with Unborn Baby:

I had a lovely experience the other day. I had a bath with Elfie and she made up a game to play with the baby. She placed a bath ball on my tummy button and waited for the baby to kick and push it off. It was really funny and sweet to watch Elfie talk to the baby and try and show it how to push the ball off. 

Making for the Baby:

So I still haven't done much making for the baby. I have just been feeling so tired in the evenings and unmotivated but hoping to have a little more time to make now Elfie is at Kindergarten. Here is my list of things I want to make.

 

My Four Favourite Baby Make Tutorials - click on image for tutorial

Liberty Print Winter Bonnet from Purb Bee

Liberty Print Winter Bonnet from Purb Bee

Personalised Banner from Charm Stitch  

Personalised Banner from Charm Stitch  

Stamped Muslins from Bloessemkids

Stamped Muslins from Bloessemkids

Hacked Ikea Wooden Play Gym from Kaley Ann

Hacked Ikea Wooden Play Gym from Kaley Ann