Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Winter Must list review!

Officially the winter is over... but still it feels like winter :( But I thought it is time for my "Winter must list" update! 

Did I manage to reach all my winter goals? Did I get all my Winter Must-Haves? Let's go and find out!


So this Summer I made a 'must list', this is basically and overview of things I feel I need to do, get or feel for this season. Since the Summer is long gone and Autumn has started I decided to make a new list:

Must do:

- Stick to my budget! I spend way too much money and I need to stick to the budget! No excuses!

Since I am terrible at sticking to any budget it is not surpising I didn't reach this goal..... 

- Finish my yoga mat bag that I am making. It is a fun project but I need some time to think it through and to make sure it is perfect! Here are some picture of what I am up to:
The strap

The outside + pockets

The outside + tunnel to close the bag
I did finish the bag!!! But.... I wanted to make a full extensive tutorial... but I waited too long with writing it so when I decided to put it all on paper it was just too hard, too long and too confusing... So I ended up not posting it... Sorry!!!

- I really need to get my ice skates sharpened! I tell myself that every year but for some reason I keep forgetting each year to do it. Until it is ice skating time of course! But by then it is too late because you have to wait for like 2 weeks before it can be done due to the large amount of skates that need to be sharpened.... Pfff mental note to myself, must not forget to do this....

Ahhh I can remember this like it was yesterday! The start of winter, looking forward to ice skating.... and in the end up getting my skates sharpened! We did have some really nice days for ice skating but I had to work so there was no point in having them sharpened anyway.

- I also want to make 2 skirts. A year ago I bought this amazing fabric in Istanbul which will be gorgeous for a skirt.... And I found this amazing pattern for which I have the perfect fabric!

Haven't started in this one yet....

Haven't started on this one either... But this is more of a summer fabric. But I did make some other pieces! Which you can see in this post and this post.

- I need to run at least 1x per week! No matter what weather it is outside need to do this!

Yep! I did manage to keep with the running... sort of anyway. Okay so I did not run every week for the whole winter but I we had a lot of snow! Which is always a good excuse.

Must have:

- Comfy flat boots/booties

Done and done! I found amazing boots! And they were on sale so that is pretty amazing. You can find an image of the boots I bought here.

- Ear muffs

Also done! You can see me wearing them in this post!

- Warm soft knitted sweater!

New Look
So I actually saved money on this part! I  raided my boyfriends closet and wore some of his warm sweaters! And I found some nice sweaters at Primark for only € 5 per sweater! Amazing I know!

Must feel:

- Healthy
Hmmm I tried, but I have been ill and had 2 terrible colds this winter.... oh and I ate quite some chocolate.....

- Fit

Well to be honest I feel that me getting 2 colds and the flu this winter is a direct result of working out too little! Because in previous winters when I would run every week on Saturday morning I never was ill! So coming winter I will run every Saturday morning and continue to go Yoga once a week.

- Happy

Happy Advocates

I have been pretty happy this winter! Except for the part where we were informed that the company that I worked at was going to be closed... But I found another amazing job so that boosted my spirit.

So there you have it! Doesn't sound to difficult now does it? Do you have items that you must do/must have and or must feel? I look forward to hear what you items you have to add to this list!

This is it! Next up my Summer must list! But first we have to wait for spring!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Craft Challenge March!

It is almost the end of March and therefore it is time to show you what I made for this month's Craft Challenge.

I like to make easy, simple things that basically everybody can make without spending too much money.

For this challenge all you need is a basic t-shirt, I bought mine for only € 2.99 at Zeeman. The shirt is very affordable and also very comfortable! The fabric panel I used was something I had as a left over from last season.

  You just need to cut the panel in line with the shirt, but keep in mind you need to stretch the bottom of the shirt all the way out. This is the width of the panel you will need, then you just cut a square. You first finish of the top part of the panel with a small zig-zag stitch or an over-lock stitch. Then you crinkle/wrinkle the top part about 5 cm below the top. Once you have done this you can stitch the sides to the shirt and finally the bottom. It is pretty easy but you do need a sewing machine...

And here is the result!

I wanted to post a picture of me wearing the shirt with a cute outfit, but my boyfriend is in Sweden for a conference so there is no one to take cute pictures. But once I have cool pics I will be sure to post and share them with you!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

March Craft Challenge Teaser!

So I this weekend I started preparing my March Craft Challenge. As you probably know I am participating in Rosie's 2013 Craft Challenge. If you are new or are not sure what I am talking about, just click here, here and here to get all the details. The complete overview of all our challenges  can be found below:

As you can see for March we have to make something cool to wear. It can be anything! I started my project but since it is not yet ready I decided to post a little teaser so you can get an idea of what I am making.

What you will need is a simple t-shirt and some nice, colorful, bold printed fabric.

Curious?! Well stay tuned because later this week I will give you the complete scoop on this project.
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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Market 2 Market

And I am back!!! I have been so busy that I just could not find the time and energy to write new posts and let you know what's going on.

2 weeks ago I started a new job. And with a new job come a lot of new impressions, new people to get to know and new tasks I have to make my own. So you can imagine I was totally worn out every evening after I came home. 

Besides this I also had some busy weekends all packed with fun stuff to do! The 2 most important things were my visit to the IJhallen in Amsterdam with my friend Amy from Amy's Fashion Scrapbook. This is like basically a huge monthly flee market mainly indoor.
The reason went there is because a lot of people go there to sell old clothes, and we needed to investigate the location to see if it would be something for us to sell our clothes.... and believe me when I say we have loads of clothes to sell!

And last weekend I went to the Stoffenspektakel with my mother in law. And no this is not a typing error... I actually get along very well with my mother in law! She is the person that inspired me to start making my own clothes and other DIY stuff. The Stoffenspektakel is a yearly indoor market where they sell all sorts of fabrics and fournitures. And with all sorts of fabrics I really mean all sort of fabrics, from affordable to the real A-brand fabrics (Chanel, Armani) and also real leather and fur.

When you are a regular visitor you will probably know that, when I have time I like to make my own clothes. But since it is pretty time consuming I don't make things as often as I would like..... Below you can find an overview of the lovely fabrics I bought.

For Some of the fabrics I already know what I want to make but for some I am not sure yet... A few questions for my lovely readers:

1) which one do you like best?
2) any ideas as to what I should make?

Once I have finished an item I will be sure to put them online so you can be the judge of the end result.

Enjoy your weekend and see you soon!

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Swirling quotes March

It is already March! Can you believe it? Spring is just around the corner and it is really time to start thinking about what to do for the summer holidays! So was thinking to start the month with another round of "Swirling" qoutes. 

I really like this quote.. but it is rather difficult.... It is so easy to collect things because they are tangible. And what  if our memory every fails us, can we still fall back on these moments we collected and stored in our brain? On the other hand what are things if you can't enjoy the moments and live in the "now"?

Just keep this in mind. Only a few word which can really help you to take that small step and help you to "Just do it".

Learn to ride the waves of change.

I am not a big fan of Justin Bieber, actually I am no fan at all... But this quote is very inspiring.
Which quote is your favourite? And again send me your quotes or words of inspiration so I can use them for the next round of "Swirling Quotes".

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