Tag Archive: accessories

Market Bag in Field Linen

A reusable bag is always a beautiful thing, especially when it’s actually a beautiful thing……

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Kelly Moore x A Beautiful Mess *new* bags!

Today we have a SUPER exciting announcement. We have teamed up with Kelly Moore to create a camera…

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Husk Wrap

The rhythm of brioche stitch, the beauty of its fabric and its innumerable variations always…

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Paper Palm Frond Party Decor + Free Cut Files

If there is a plant that makes me think of summer, it’s definitely the palm. Which makes it great party decor to help ring in summer! Today I’ve teamed up with Michaels to bring you three ways to add a little palm leaf pizazz to your summer party. Since, we literally don’t have palms growing on trees…

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Free Sewing Pattern – Little Man Baby Shoe

PATTERN DETAILS A modern little boys shoe with fun cross over buckle. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 0-3m 3-6m 6-12m Download Now

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Free Sewing Pattern – Little Man Baby Shoe

PATTERN DETAILS A modern little boys shoe with fun cross over buckle. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 0-3m 3-6m 6-12m Download Now

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Finished: Niizo Hobo Canvas Bag!

Hi, guys! Hope you all had a lovely weekend, especially for those of you in the US and the UK with an extra day off, yay! OK, it’s a well-established fact on this blog that I am a bit of a bag hoarder. Taking an accessory design this past semester really didn’t help that! Once […]

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Style Crush: Metallic Bags

I love a metallic bag! I usually tend toward gold and copper tones, but I got this silver…

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Daisy Statement Necklace

As a gal who does quite a few crafty projects, I often find myself with an abundance of…

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How to Sew a Snappy Pouch & DiscountGlasses.com Review

Sew a Snappy Pouch - Genius! Use Metal Measuring Tape as a Pouch Closure - Glasses Case Tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all – today I’m going to show you something so cool – how to make a snappy pouch using metal measuring tape for the closure. The first time I saw someone use this trick I knew I would eventually want to include it in a project. And when this post came along, it occurred Read the Rest…

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Fabric Tassel Bag DIY

I love a well-made seagrass tote, but sometimes a girl needs more excitement in her wardrobe! With a beach vacation on…

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Geometric Gold Statement Earring DIY 

Statement earrings are such a fun trend at the moment. I tend to be a “go big or go…

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Terrace Wrap

Evoking the texture of a garden trellis or a bistro chair, our Terrace Wrap screams…

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How to make a Magnolia Fascinator

Are you ready for the Kentucky Derby? Admittedly, I have never been to a Derby Party. But that is all about to change this weekend! My husband and I are headed to our very first Derby Party being hosted by Distinction Magazine right here in Virginia Beach. While I expect many mint juleps and hats […]

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Try This: DIY Clear Makeup Bag 

We’re serious makeup addicts—the secret is out! There’s something about playing around with makeup that we find relaxing…

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Knit Layette Socks

Nothing is quite so cute as the teeny tininess of a newborn baby’s plump, little…

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Shiny + Matte Wrap in Pink Primrose

Opposites attract in this springtime Shiny + Matte Wrap! In a real Felix and Oscar…

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Wood Bead Teether DIY

We are squarely out of the baby phase, so I love that my brother isn’t done yet and I can dote on my nieces with cute baby stuff. This wood teether is my new go-to, favorite baby craft. Not only does it turn out simply gorgeous, but it’s really fun and really quick to make. I know you may be wondering about how safely the beads are tied together. I totally

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Crochet + Leather Bow Tie Tutorial

I love a good bow tie. Which is probably pretty obvious, considering I have no less than six posts related to them, not including this one. Ha! This one is my favorite one. I also have always loved this crocheted bow tie I made in the early days of this ole blog. Since it’s been about six years since I last shared it, I figured it was time for an updated

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Easy DIY Circle Tote

As an avid lover of circles (Yes—that’s a thing!), I’ve been really diggin’ the circle purse trend. After searching…

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Needlepointing a Wallet Tips

My current wallet has now given up the ghost (the clasp is broken). A couple of months ago I decided I would move to a needlepoint wallet but I have not started stitching it. Now I need to stitch quickly. I picked this paisley canvas from Associated Talents and have a dark grey wallet to […]

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Faux leather + Felt Anemone Tutorial and Cut Files

I’m really excited about today’s post because it’s about making one of my favorite spring flowers, anemones!… without all the cutting. If you’ve ever made felt flowers you know what I mean. There is soooo much cutting. Cutting easily takes twice as long as gluing the flower together. Technically, you still have to do some cutting, but I figured out how to get my Silhouette to do most of the work. I started

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Easter 2017

I love the tradition of new clothes at Easter. We don’t always get around to it for all the kids, but I try to make sure each child gets at least something new, whether it be an accessory, or a new piece that fits in with what they already have. This year’s Easter outfits are kind of a mixed bag of new and old. Ready made and handmade. Crocheted and

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Carrot Boutonnieres

One of my favorite Easter details is carrots. Which is kind of a random detail if you think about it…but I’m not complaining because they are so cute. Actually, I think we should highlight fruits and vegetables in more of our holidays, other than Halloween. Who’s with me? Anyway…back to Easter carrots. Ever since I saw this adorable carrot boutonniere pretty much all over Pinterest I have wanted to recreate it.

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DIY Star-embroidered sneakers//no-sew video

Inspiration taken from the runway….stars, stars, stars! Gold, silver, on your clothes and my favorite…. on sneakers! Famous Footwear is challenging everyone to stepforward by championing their confidence to be their best self. For me, everyday is a mini stepforward towards a career and being a better mother. Honestly, the second I hit 30, aka when

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Sew a Bunny Hat

Sew a bunny hat - such a cute gift to sew for a baby! Tutorial from Melly SewsHey y’all, welcome to a month of sewing for babies and mamas! Today we’re going to be sewing a bunny hat. And though I’m showing it on my new baby niece, this can be made in any size from newborn to adult. Isn’t she just the sweetest? I think this is a great stage of life Read the Rest…

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Monet Messenger Bag

This is the Monet Messenger Bag from Simple Way. I took the kit down to Brighton with me in December as a way to stay creative while Charlotte was recovering from surgery in hospital, and completed it over a couple of days. It was the perfect portable project – flat to pack (on the way there at least) and no sewing machine required!
Like the Heart Bag Kit I made in 2015 while Charlotte was recovering from another surgery, this one includes the bag pieces pre-cut and pre-punched too. It also comes with a special needle and thread, as well as an instruction booklet. The instructions are pretty basic, but for a project this ridiculously easy they’re fine.
I’m really fond of the scarlet colour and streamlined design, but I think the Monet Messenger could benefit from a couple more features. At just £8 cheaper than the Heart Bag Kit, I’d rather pay a bit more for a magnetic closure and inside pocket. 
The biggest disappointment with my second Simple Way transaction was the delivery. Charlotte paid extra for a speedy service because it was a last minute birthday present for me, yet the kit took ages to arrive. They did refund P&P posts for her though, which was good, but still a tad inconvenient at the time.
Also disappointing was the bizarrely uneven front piece, something I didn’t notice until I finished hand-stitching the bag. It caused the front flap to sit askew and really annoyed me that Charlotte had paid good money for a faulty kit. However, after much sulking, it was a very easy fix – I used a ruler to draw a level line across and just cut away the excess (seen below) with a pair of scissors.  

Saying all this, the quality of the leather is really good and hard-wearing if my Heart Bag is anything to go by. I really enjoyed making both bags as they’re satisfying projects which you can relax in front of the telly with and then enjoy donning daily.
Despite the hiccups we encountered with the Monet Messenger and the fact that the kits are pretty pricey,  I’d still love to try my hand at some more designs. I’m currently crushing on their satchels, the Cartridge Bag, the Toggle Bag and the Fox Handbag.
Have you tried a Simple Way kit before? What do you think?
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Stockinette Hand Warmers

Pared down, functional, and very good-looking, our Stockinette Hand Warmers are elegant in design and…

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Wired Bunny Ears Headband

If you have little girls, than you have headbands…and lots of them! One of my daughters will sit all day and let me style her hair, which makes me happier than a bird with a french fry. The other one though pitches an absolute fit if I even try to brush her hair. She simply […]

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Newsprint Cowl

You may think of stockinette as so basic it’s boring, but think again! Stockinette has…

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