Tag: Cath Kidston

Declutter Time

Recycle Bags

As the weather gets warmer the need to ‘swap’ wardrobes gets more important. I realise this makes me sound like I have way more clothes than I actually do! I don’t have that many but I do have a really small wardrobe which means that I now have to pack away winter jumpers, scarves & gloves and get out thin blouses, tops & linen trousers.

I’ve also taken this opportunity to organise my wardrobe, have a good clear out & use some lovely storage bags to help keep things tidy. I received about five of the Cath Kidston Under Bed Storage Bags for my birthday last year.
Tidy Cupboard PhotoI’ve finally got around to using them & I think they look great. They come with little cards to write on to catalogue the contents & a little plastic wallet on the outside to put it in. I think that this is genius as it saves you having to get it down, look in it to see if it contains what you’re looking for. They look like they will be easy to keep clean & are very generous. You should’ve seen my wardrobe before I got started. There were clothes all just piled up on the shelf, all a mess & no colour-coding insight! Now everything is organised, which is just how I like it!

I also took the opportunity to remove things that no longer fit or I know I’ll never wear again. This is quite painful as (like most women up & down the length of the country!) some things haven’t been worn & still have the label on ‘in the hope that I’ll lose a few pounds and fit into them next summer’! Oh well, there’s always next summer! These things I’ve kept but seeing that I  had about 5 black cardigans I thought a proper clear out was necessary. 5 bags worth is what I’ve collected so far & this includes shoes & handbags. 

I know that I’ll probably regret getting rid of some of these items in the future but for the moment it has to be done. Recycle Bags I feel a lot better for it & know that someone will be grateful if I’ve donated something that they buy & love. Next on my list to clear out is my DVD & CD collections. Now that it seems lots of charities/schools can make money by recycling these I feel that I can get rid of them without increasing my carbon footprint & chucking them into landfill. There are a number of places who collect & make money from the recycling of these items. I know that some charity shops won’t take things like this because they can’t store many of them & they often can’t shift them so I’m glad that I can help make a difference & get rid of some embarrassing titles!

A Crafty Afternoon

Crafty Afternoon

Another week goes by where there isn’t much chance to be crafty. I have been continuing on my secret project but it’s going very slowly. This afternoon I was desperate to practice some of the projects that I’ve had in mind for ages. With that in mind, and a sore body from gardening yesterday afternoon, the thought of sitting at the sewing maching was heaven. I’ve been meaning to sew myself a knitting needle bag for a while now but I needed to practice my hemming first. They’ve been a bit wobbly in the past so wanted to get them right for this project. Also I wanted to make my Granny a Mother’s Day card & I’ve got a friends birthday this week so thought I’d practice my stenciling by making her a card too.

Crafty Afternoon

 

This is what my craft table currently looks like. I’ve dawdled and struggled with the instructions for my case so I’ve not completed it. I have completed the cards – You can see the birthday one in the background. It’s much better than the one for my Granny, but she’ll love it!* I hope my friend will like this one. I really enjoyed stenciling it. Painting makes me feel like I’m still in primary school!

I will have to finish the case next weekend if I don’t get a chance during the week. It’s from the Cath Kidston ‘Sew‘ book. As a beginner, I find the Cath Kidston Homemade Bag instructions really difficult to follow so it takes me a while to get going. I am looking forward to finishing it though. And before you ask, yes I have made the bag on the front. Painful, very very painful. It took me ages but I did it! Granted it looks a little more ‘homemade’ than the one on the cover and I’ll never use it as an actual bag but at least I did it and it was good practice.

I am hoping the knitting needle case turns out better! Check back next week to find out.

 

* I am making my Mum’s Mother’s Day card too, but she reads this and I don’t want her to see it before she gets it!