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Hi, I am Georgina Cook! I blog because I relish in "sharing what I love". While there are so many things in life that I love (Cath Kidston, Galaxy chocolate, my husband's eyes, eBay, plucking my eyebrows (i just do...) , and Christmas morning), this blog will focus on my greater passions: crafting, going cool places with my hubby, shopping, decorating and every day life lessons.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Owl Needle Case

Haha! I'm going a little crazy about owls now! I made this to go with my Owl Scissors.

I think it's fairly self explanatory again... any questions just comment below!!

Owl Scissors!

Ahhh now these are mega cute! Ha! This lovely little fellow can take care of my scissors for me now!

You will need:
Red, green, white, and black felt
Glue Gun

I think the picture is pretty self explanatory. Just cut out the different pieces and use a glue gun to put them all together.

P.S.  If you have a pair of googly eyes... it would look really cute!

21 Day Challenge!

As of tomorrow, I am starting the 21 Day Challenge over at A Bowl Full of Lemons! This house is going to shine! The first task is "Organise the junk drawer" Uh oh!! Ha! I accept the challenge!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Mr& Mrs Flags!

Made these cute little flags!

Towel Robe!

Ooooh I love this! It's going to be sooo useful :D  It's so pretty!! Best get this tut done quick so that I can hurry up and have a shower and use it ha!

You will need:
Glue gun!
Towel that fits around you
Fabric scraps
Needle & Thread
Big Button

1. First you will need to take the long side of the top of your towel, fold it over by an inch and pin it!

2. Take your elastic and wrap it around your chest. Cut it at the point where the two ends meet. Thread your elastic through the casing at the top of your towel that you just made with a large safety pin like the above.

3. Sew the elastic at both ends of the towel. Now, take your towel and wrap it around you. Find where the end of the towel meets your right side and make a  mark on the inside of the top layer.

4. Sew your big button where you want the towel to be held. Cut a button hole on the other side so that when the towel is on it holds perfectly.

5. Sew along the casing taking the pins out as you go. Your robe is now done... I added some flowers for decor. I just got long strips of white fabric, twirled them, started rolling them and put a dab of glue from the gun as I went along.
See you! Off for my shower!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Love Map!

Hey! When I saw this: http://minimozblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/love-map.html I reaaaaaally wanted to make one for me and Arron. The only thing is I had no frames! So off I went to the car boot sale and found a really nice long gold frame... for 50p!! Ha! Just love car boot sales!!  Our bedroom colours are burgundy, brown, and gold... so it fits really well. So I got home and I was like DAH - DAH - DAAAAHN! I forgot to buy a map of our area. Oh, Georgina!! But not to worry, Google Maps! Why didn't i think of that before?! It's quite funny because where we met was right in the centre of town... and we got married right in the middle of nowhere... so where we met is the most interesting picture Ha! Anyway, I also wanted to involve some burlap, and I think it fits nicely. I actually took the picture in the bathroom... as I do all my work at night and it seems to be the only room with decent lights!! So, here it is!!!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Glittery Lanterns

Hey you guys!!! Can I just say how glad I am to have 3 new followers... I hope you enjoy it here!! :D
Today I went out to buy some glittery card to make these lovely lanterns! It was only £2 for 10 sheets.... not that great i know, but I have had this idea for ages so I wanted them to look as good as poss! Instead you could just get a white piece of card and get your glitter shakers to work!

 You will need:
Glittery card - posh or not posh
Glue gun!
Tissue paper
Jar of any size
Tealight candle
Ruler Pencil
Crafting Knife

1. First you will need to select the jar that you will put your tealight in. If you want a mini lantern... use a baby food jar... mine is average so I just used  Jam jar. Then you want to wrap your sparkly card around your jar and then give about 3cm and snip it off. Then make another snip up the side of the height of the jar giving another 3cm.

2. Next you want to make it to fold into four... so do the maths. Mine was 30cm long so 30 divided by four is 7.5. At every 7.5cm make a little mark with your pencil. Then fold them neatly so it looks like the above! Get your tissue paper and cut out exactly the same shape as you have just made with your glittery card.

3. Next cut out the pattern you want to shine through with a crafting knife. I wanted a star and 'LOVE' written on mine.  Now you can glue your tissue paper behind the card. Looking good?!! Now glue along the two ends and join them together!

4. Put your jar inside the case and put a tealight candle inside.

Light it.... and....

Aaaah it's lovely!!

Monday, 22 August 2011

His & Hers Sillhouette Pillows

I have been wanting to do these for a long while now! But alas! A creative idea has become a lovely feature of our home.

Just draw yours and his silhouettes on your main features and cut them onto fabric. You can either glue them on or you can sew them on. They look fab!!

We've sort of developed our own 'sides' of the couch, so the beard is on his side and the lovely hair is on mine. I really like Arron's 'side' better, because it has the side table...but I let him have it anyway! Ha!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Satin Poppy Head Band

Hey guys! I am in love with my new headband, i saw one similar in a shop and straight away went and bought some tiny black beads... that's not very me to go buy stuff for a craft... but I really liked this!  In the shop it was £10... I am so stingy :P 
So here's the tut:

You will need:
Red satin or silk 
Headband or hair clip 
tiny black beads
Candle or flame of some kind

1. Now then, seeming as I had already splashed out £1.50 for the beads, I certainly was NOT going to buy new fabric! This satin is actually a sample we got from my bridesmaids' dresses. Nawww aint they beautiful?!
So cut out three circles, slightly getting bigger in size.

2. Now then, this is the clever bit, light your candle and go around the edges of the satin and it should start to go black, dont go in the flame just right next to it. Take it all the way around. Try different positions of holding them to see how you can get it to curl up. The only way it worked for me was to go around after I had done it once at a slight angle. If you aren't happy with the sizing then take a bit more off with your flame. I wanted mine to be three different sizes so I spent a minute or so just letting them get smaller on the flame. When you are happy glue them all together.
3. Then put a blob of glue in the middle of the top one and sprinkle your beads all over it. When the glue has solidified then shake it so all the loose beads come off. Then, either to a head band or to a hair clip or to a bobby pin... actually to anything, glue it on.

It's sooo pretty! I haven't stopped wearing it!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Satin Pearl Rose Head Band

Helloooo! Tonight I have been busying myself with this. I wanted to funk up my headbands... you see I made a wee little mistake. I hadnt seen some friends in quite a while... and wanting to make a good impression I decided to tidy up my fringe. Now, what I did was the total opposite. Completely lopsided half way up my fore head kind of mistake. Oh well I am no natural in hairdressing. So i have been covering this blip for about two months... till its actually long enough to be able to look decent when it is all leveled out by someone who has been learning to cut fringes for 4 years :P I got 4 plain headbands for £1 at Primark... BARGAIN!! So here's how I did it:

What you will need:
Beads of some sort, I used pearls
Seriously boring head band.

1. Get a long strip of fabric, twist it and then roll it, gradually adding glue sot that it doesnt unravel. It should start to look something like a Fruit Winder! :P Then for added measure stick a lil bead in the middle.

2. Glue them to your headband! Voila!

Old Book Letters

I made these for my friends Michelle and Kevin. She loves all things crafty and I wanted just be kind!!! All you need to do is get a piece of cardboard and cut it into the shapes you want. Then get lots of old book pages and glue them on. Then cut out the letter of each of yours' initials on and just gloss it over with some PVA glue... Americans seem to call it Mod Podge?! Then tie a ribbon to the back and hang it proudly in one of your favourite rooms!

Jam Jar Soap Dispenser

Well, it seems that jars are all the rage in crafting land at the moment. The big thing is candle holders which are definitely very cute! So I have been racking about what I could make my Nestle jam jar into....
how about an extra cute soap dispenser?! Hey hey... I liiiike it!

You will need:
Jam jar
An old soap dispenser
Glue of some kind
And pretty things to decorate it with  (optional)

1. You need to take apart your soap dispenser first. I am not very 'professional' at all really, so I just got a dead pencil and shoved it through the top of the lid of the jar. It just so happened that the pumpy thing fitted perfectly!!

2. Just insert the pumpy thingy through the hole and glue around the rim so that it stays forever and ever.

3. Pour your soap into the jar.

4. Make it look pretty! I didnt have any vintage looking string so I got a thread out of my burlap! I already had the beads... and Voila!

I really like this... it would make a great gift.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Paper Flower!

These flowers are mega cute and take under 5 mins... even on your first go. So get your colourful paper out and have a go!

You will need:
3 mins
Not a penny
Glue of some sort
Some colourful paper

 1. Cut out quite a few petals... I was going to do 7 but i didnt feel even so I ended up doing 8.

 2. Fan them all.

 3. Join the first 3 with your glue. Then add the others behind to make it fuller.

 4. Cut out an orange circle and slit it 4 times and bend the corners over. If you want a poppy cut a black circle... I didnt have a black piece of paper :P

 5. Cut out a yellow circle and glue it in the middle of the orange one.

6. Cut two green papers into leaf shapes and then fold them and glue them to the back of the flower.

These could be used for anything... you could put a pin on the back to make it a broach or you could stick it to a notebook or you could make a whole load and make a garland or you could ...... tell me what you made with yours!!

I Got That Tingley Crafty Feeling

Ooooh I got that feeling... you know hwere you have some many ideas and you just want to DO them.... so today there could be quite a few things going on here! First up a gorgeous paper flower me thinks....

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Bunting Lantern

Coooor! I have finally finished my project. I have been at it most of the day. I am EXTREMELY pleased with the result!!! Soooo as always here is your tutorial!!!
You will need:
Some sort of lantern
Colourful fabric
Glue Gun (and a few glue stick refills)

1. I used a lantern from Ikea called 'Regolit'. They are something ridiculous like £2.... pretty good huh?!

2. If you want something similar to mine, then get your glue gun and put ribbon all around it. As you can see from the second picture Ikea have been extra kind and given a little outline so just follow their wire and it looks real good. Make sure you put a dab of glue every 2 inches otherwise you get gapes... use more if you aren't protective over your glue sticks.... hehe... I am really bad I am so frugal.... I am having to get into the frame set that it is actually okay to use my glue sticks and pretty fabric and not save it forever so it lasts... please tell me i am not the only one?!!

3. Cut out ALOT of mini triangles. Try and keep them roughly the same size!!  Use lots of different fun coloured fabrics that look good together!

4. Stick them allllllll on!

5. Hang it VERY proudly in your home!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A Vision of Ruffles

I woke up in the middle of the night with ruffles gliding through my brain. I had this vision of a lovely ruffled runner! I started to worry about my mental health. Even so, I am glad to have had this vision and to now have it on our table. You know what the best part is about this little DIY? You don't have to sew anything...which is good because I don't own a sewing machine. All my crafts come back to my trusty glue gun. (How I love it!)

You will need:
Fabric (quite a lot!)
Glue gun or needle

Cut long strips of fabric and lay them out on the floor

"Ruffle" them...which is really more like folding, but you get the idea

Hot glue, sew, or somehow attach each layer together

Continue until your runner is long enough for your table

Enjoy your pretty "ruffled" table runner on your table. I love how it looks on the burlap!


Monday, 8 August 2011

Jar Picture Holder

It's my birthday on the 17th and on the Saturday of that week my mum is taking me to the car boot sale for my birthday treat and giving me some money. One thing I haven't got much of in my home is picture frames... i put it down to being one of those things you collect as you get on in marriage. But, alas! I am only 10 months married.  So at the bootsale I am going to buy MILLIONS of them, well maybe not millions, but a very huge amount. So in the mean time I have been searching high and low for other creative ideas. I came up  with this one.
Get a jar and stick a picture in. Simple as! i wanted it to look realllly pretty though, so I wrapped some string around it and took a bead offo ne of my old bracelets and let it dangle. I love it!

Spice Labels!

Have you ever gone through your home with a list with things you can craftify?! I was going to... and I still plan to. This is something you would have never have thought of... you can even craft up your spice jars!!! :D I found a great download on a website where you can print these labels off really pretty: http://www.marthastewart.com/265737/spice-displays Her picture is where all the labels are red... but mine were blue :P With my jars I just scraped off the old label and sellotaped these on and glued a star gem on!

Candle Holder Redo

Since I got back from my honeymoon I have wanted some candle holders... they had these goooorgeous one's  where we were. Don't ask me why it has taken so long. I think I have secretly had my eye out for some since then. But on Thursday I went to the charity shop to finally get them. I wanted the big chunky one's. So off I trotted and found these ghastly creatures! :P

I had to use my imagination.... 
But look at the price!!
What I didnt realise was that it was 99p EACH... ahhh well.
So I got my thinking cap on and decided I wanted a white base with some lovely blue where the gold used to be.

Aaaah lovely!!!