• Starting to sew

    June 26th 2013 katie

    I know my blog’s been quite sewing-heavy recently, and I had a couple of comments asking how I got started and if I had any tips on where to begin. It’s kind of a tricky one to answer because sewing has been in my periphery for quite a few years and I can’t really remember…

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    DIY chevron pinboard

    April 18th 2013 katie

    I’m feeling all Pinteresty! How else could you explain my sudden urge to paint an old boring corkboard in pretty stripes? Yup, this make has all the hallmarks of a Pinterest-style DIY: chevrons, pastel colours, washi tape, a corkboard… it’s pretty damn twee, but I think it looks pretty cute above my desk. Look, I…

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  • DIY vintage-style gift tags

    December 10th 2012 katie

    Two weeks to go! We picked up this sweet little tree at the weekend. We never usually bother with a tree but I couldn’t resist a baby one, and we can plant it up in the garden in January. Plus it makes it less likely that the cats will destroy it – Lila had a…

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  • Blog photo editing for lazy types

    January 20th 2012 katie

    I thought it’d be interesting to share how I edit and grade photos for my blog, since I get a lot of nice comments on my photos. The secret is I’m really quite lazy with editing – I don’t shoot RAW and spend ages manually fiddling with exposure levels or anything, but a couple of…

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  • Quick diy Christmas cards

    December 11th 2011 katie

    For more Christmas card craft ideas, click here Two weeks today until Christmas! I spent a lazy Saturday evening, with Strictly on the telly and baked Camembert in the oven, making my cards and wrapping presents. The cards and tags are just basic shapes made from patterned washi tape and wrapping paper offcuts. Here’s the…

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  • Silver clay class at London Jewellery School

    June 5th 2011 katie

    I was invited by the London Jewellery School to try out one of their taster classes, so I jumped at the chance to try working with precious metal clay (PMC). I’ve seen it around the internet and have been intrigued by the possibilities it offers to make jewellery in real silver without the need for…

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  • Moving photos

    May 1st 2011 katie

    It’s official, animated GIFs are having a renaissance. Traditionally associated with cheesy sparkly graphics and silly memes, the new wave of giffers are turning the humble format into works of higher art. Image: From Me to You Image: IWDRM Jamie Beck at From Me to You combines high-end editorial photography with subtle animation to intriguing…

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  • Light leak Photoshop effect

    April 29th 2010 katie

    I’ve noticed lately that there’s a trend for photography with a dreamy washed-out rainbow effect which kind of apes a light-leaked film. I’m not generally a fan of faking the natural blips and errors that occur in 35mm film; it often looks overdone and obvious, but I just tried out this effect for fun. The…

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