One month of blogging!

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Wow, that went fast! A Little Mad Smith is one month old today (can we get a hip hip hooray?) and I just wanted to share a little post to say thank you so much to all my lovely followers and readers of this blog. Your support over this past month has meant the world to me- I am over the moon to see that my blog has been received with so much love all over the world! I never would’ve thought that people in hometown would have been at all interested in my craft projects and recipes, let alone people on the other side of the globe! So thank you to all who have shared, liked and commented on my posts, and thank you, yes you, for taking the time to read this.

I hope I can continue to produce content that you find interesting, entertaining and inspiring. I already have a thousand crafty ideas and tasty recipes that I am dying to get stuck into and share with you all in the near future, so I do hope you stick around!

As a little celebration of our one month birthday, I’ve put together some of my favourite posts from over the past four weeks. I hope you can find something that inspires you to get crafty and try something new!

Fabric Flowers DIY– This is one of my favourite mini sewing projects of all time. I love the vintage look of these and they’re a great method of using up excess fabric. I also think that they make a beautiful addition to any handbag.

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DIY Photo Holders- This DIY was a super simple project that produced great results! And all you need is a pebble, some paint and a bit of wire. What could be better?

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Peanut butter and Chocolate Cupcakes- I cannot describe to you how good these tasted, but believe me when I say, they were goooood. Like, seriously, you need to try these.

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DIY Patchwork cushion cover– This beautiful DIY is a great project for those wanting to try out patch working, and its a great way of using up scraps of fabric. I love how this turned out.

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Domino’s style cookiesThe inspiration behind this bake was my favourite fast food cookies. Served warm, these soft squishy cookies are truly divine. Why not give them a try?

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DIY painted glass lanterns– This DIY is a great project for the kids to get involved with. A great way of using up excess jars, my DIY glass lanterns are the perfect addition to any evening garden party.

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Drawstring bag DIY– Drawstring bags are so useful and so versatile! My drawstring bag DIY gives a simples method for making your own drawstring bag that can easily be adapted into a child’s PE kit bag ready for back to school.

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Well there you have it guys, just a selection of some of my favourite blog posts from over this past month. I hope you enjoy them if you didn’t see them first time round, and please let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see up on the blog over this next month! In the meantime, remember that there’s plenty of other projects to keep you busy in the craft and food sections of my blog- why not have a look?

I’m always looking for new ideas and crafty inspiration.

Hugs and best wishes to you all,

Maddie x

 

DIY Hair Bow Tutorial

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Hey guys! I hope you’ve all enjoyed your Sunday and this post finds you well rested and ready for the working week ahead. I’m so tired today! I haven’t really done much at all, but sometimes I think that makes me even more tired- am I just weird or are you guys like that too? I’m much more of an active person, I love to be doing something all of the time- hence today’s blog post!

These are my DIY hair bows; a really quick and easy project for those of you who, like me, just have to be kept busy. Those who went to high school with me will probably remember a stage where I never would be seen without one of these perched on top of my head. I love this DIY, it requires no sewing machine and minimal sewing skills, uses up excess fabric and has a really cute, vintage vibe to it- don’t you think?

If you’re interested in making your own, find my step by step instructions below!

You will need:

  • Two rectangles of fabric, I used a 9″x4″ and a 4″x1.5″ piece
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Thread
  • A bobby pin

So what do you do?

  1. Fold over the two longer sides of your larger rectangle by half an inch and press into place with an iron as show. Do the same with your smaller rectangle. 1..png
  2. Do a loose hand stitch along the two shorter edges of your large rectangle and down the centre. This should be like a tacking stitch (basting to my American readers), so that when you pull the loose end of your thread the fabric gathers, as shown. Gather all three of these rows of stitches. Tip: if you are completely new to sewing, a good way of tying a knot in the end of your thread before stitching is wrapping the end of the thread around your thumb three times, then passing your threaded needle through the loop of thread on your thumb. Slide the thread off your thumb and pull tightly to create a knot.
  3. Fold one side of your large rectangle over into the centre and secure this down with a few hand stitches. When you are happy that this is secure enough, tie a knot by sewing through your last stitch. Snip the thread and then do the same to the other side of the rectangle. You can see the bow shape taking form now. 3.
  4. Wrap your smaller rectangle around the centre of your bow to cover up all the messy stitching in the centre. Do a few stitches in the back to secure this rectangle, before snipping the ends of the fabric off.
  5. Pass a bobby pin through the loop created by the small rectangle at the back of your bow. It can now be worn as a hair accessory! P1230141.jpg

I hope you all enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial! if you have a go at making your own hair bow, please be sure to show me! I’d love to see.

Also, don’t hesitate to ask if you’ve got any questions about this tutorial or any of my other DIYs, I’m happy to help 🙂

Best wishes,

Maddie x