WHAT DO YOU NEED MORE OF?

WHAT DO YOU NEED MORE OF?

Even though we're a good chunk through January this 'More' resolution quote keeps popping up in my Pinterest feed. A lot of the time New Year's resolutions seem too focused on giving things up. I love the idea of adding more to your life instead of taking it away. I'm adding more books, more creating and more fun to my goals for the year. I've already got 4 books in mind I hope to have read by the end of the month. What about you? What do you need more of?

P.S. As far as I can tell the original quote comes from a now closed Etsy shop. If anyone knows any different please let me know so I can credit them correctly. Thanks.

HOW TO COVER A CLIPBOARD.

HOW TO COVER A CLIPBOARD

I love clipboards. They're one of my favourite ways to keep organised. You can use them to hold shopping lists, bills, collect inspiration, display art work or even to hold my free motivational printable. But as much as I love them I don't always love the way they look. Today I'm going to show you an easy method to decorate a boring, old clipboard and make it pretty.

I've tried a few different ways of decorating clipboards but this is the one I've found to be the easiest. If you're not lucky enough to have a clipboard with removable hardware this is a great solution. All you need to get started is a clipboard, some pretty paper, a craft knife and some glue.

SUPPLIES: A clipboard, some gift wrap or other decorative paper, a craft knife, a pair of scissors and a glue stick.

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HOW TO COVER A CLIPBOARD

1. Measure your clipboard and cut your paper to size. I used a sheet of gift wrap I bought in Paperchase. You need to make sure your paper is about an inch larger than your clipboard.

If you're worried about your clipboard holding up to daily wear and tear you could cover your paper in clear sticky back plastic first.

2. Tuck your paper under the clip.

3. Using the clip as a guide cut a straight line. You want it to be slightly longer than the back (the smaller) section of the clip.

4. Remove the paper and cut down from the top to form an upside down 'T' shape.

5. Apply a thin layer of glue to your clipboard and slide the paper back under the clip. This might take a little maneuvering because of the glue so take your time. You should be left with 2 flaps, one each side of the clip.

HOW TO COVER A CLIPBOARD

6. Press around the edge of the clip using your fingernail or an embossing tool to leave a scored outline. This will help make the next step easier.

7. Use a craft knife to cut around the outline of the metal clip. Remove the excess paper to reveal a neat edge around the clip.

8. Flip the clipboard over and using either a pair of scissors or a craft knife trim away any excess paper.

9. Hang and display.

HOW TO COVER A CLIPBOARD

HOW TO COVER A CLIPBOARD

Don't forget you can get organised and download my free 'Make it happen' motivational printable here.

FRIDAY FINDS - SUNSHINE YELLOW.

FRIDAY FINDS - SUNSHINE YELLOW.

We're hardly into January and I'm already desperate for some sun. All we've had is a series of cold, wet, dull days. And since nothing brightens up a grey day better than some sunshiny yellow I thought I'd round up some of my favourite golden things.

These printable flash cards from Mr Printables are a fun way of playing with colour. Print them on some transparent film and layer them up in scrapbooks or art projects.

Who can resist this adorable unicorn money box from Willowday? Not me.

A fantastic way to display your treasures over on The Jungalow with these diy specimen boxes.

Another free printable, this time gorgeous botanical artwork from Dream Green Diy.

Lovely sunny floral fabric mug cosies from Flamingo Toes.

Sticky lemon rolls from The Kitchn.

And finally a song.

Have a great weekend :)

DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT.

DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT

Ok, so I wasn't entirely sure what to call this post. This hat is one of those projects that didn't go entirely to plan. Originally it was supposed to look like this, a slouchy beanie made using a v-stitch but somewhere along the way it turned into a sort of granny stitch stripe crocheted hat instead.

Late 2015 I made my 1st crochet project, a simple ribbed crochet hat by crocheting a rectangle and stitching it together. I've made a few more crochet projects since then so I wanted to try something a bit more complicated. The free v-stitch hat pattern seemed easy enough but somehow I ended up crocheting in the space between each cluster of treble crochets rather than the space between the individual treble crochets. I'd already crocheted several rows before I realised what I'd done and by that stage I loved the way it looked so much that I decided to call it a happy accident and carry on.

As this was a bit of an improvisation there isn't a pattern as such but if you want to re-create this hat for yourself here's how I made it.

DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT

The following is in U.K. crocheting terms. For U.S. terms you can use this conversion chart.

To make the ribbed band I chained 10 and then double crocheted in the 2nd chain from the hook. I chained 1, turned and then double crocheted in the back loops only to create a stretchy ribbed effect. You can see a close up of how to do this in this post.

I carried on double crocheting in the back loops until I had 80 rows. You can wrap the band around your head to see if it fits. You may need to make it smaller or larger depending on the wool. If you do need to make it larger you need to add rows in multiples of 4 for the pattern to work.

I joined the band together using another row of double crochet. This is a good post from Cherry Heart Crochet and how I learnt if you're not sure how to do this.

DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT

After watching some youtube videos showing hats being crocheted from the base up I decided to work a row of double crochet. You don't have to do this. I've seen quite a few people crochet straight into the band but I found this made the tricky 1st row easier, I crocheted into each side of the raised rib effect to make the 80 stitches.

For the 1st row of granny stitch I chained 3, this counts at the first treble crochet and then treble crocheted in the same stitch (if you want you can do a traditional granny stitch and do 3 treble crochets in the same stitch). I skipped 2 stitches and did 2 more treble crochets in the next stitch and repeated this all the way around. I made another 10 rows in the same way before I started decreasing. To join the round slip stitch in the top of your chain 3.

DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT

To give the hat some shape I did a bit more improvising and decreased the next 9 rows. Instead of making 2 treble crochets in each cluster I alternated by doing 1 double crochets, skipping 2 stitches and then doing 2 double crochets. If any crocheters out there can recommend a better way of doing this please share in the comments below. I had a google but wasn't sure how else to do it without a bit more improvisation.

Fasten off the last row and leave a long tail. Use this tail to weave back through the last row of stitches and pull to close the top of the hat. There was still a small hole at the crown so I added a few more stitches to close it up.
DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT

To finish the hat I made a large pom pom using the remaining wool and attached it to the top of the hat.

DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT

And there you have it. A warm, chunky, hat, perfect for the cold weather we've been promised this weekend. Three cheers for happy accidents.

DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT

DIY (SORT OF) GRANNY STITCH CROCHET HAT

FREE 'MAKE IT HAPPEN' MOTIVATIONAL PRINTABLE.

FREE 'MAKE IT HAPPEN' MOTIVATIONAL PRINTABLE

While I'm not big on New Year resolutions I do think it's a great time to get organised and think about how you'd like the coming year to look. Being organised and keeping a to-do list is a big part of that and as much as I love Google calendar I have to admit I'm a traditionalist at heart. I love nothing more than good old fashioned pen and paper.

In a bid to be more organised I created a motivational printable to help keep track of my to-do list. It's something I've found useful and thought you might too. You can download it below.

FREE 'MAKE IT HAPPEN' MOTIVATIONAL PRINTABLE


Print it out, stick it on the wall and make it happen.