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T-shirt designing.

One night last week Tori and I watched The Runaways and decided we had to make our own t-shirt designs after Kristen Stewart/Joan Jett made her own Sex Pistols one using a rough cardboard template and spray paint.
We bought standard white t-shirts and spray paint from eBay (although it is car spray paint, so we’ll see how it works out after a few wears/washes…) and made our stencils from cereal boxes.
[All photos were taken on my phone, sorry for rubbish quality]

Recognise the quote?

Testing out the stencil before I dedicated it to fabric.

Very happy how it turned out… now on to the t-shirt!

Mine and Tori’s t-shirts. Although it may appear rude, Tori’s is merely a comical Northern Irish cultural slang term.

And another little comical nugget on the back…

Super duper happy with how it turned out :)

We worked out that each shirt only cost us about four or five quid.  Bargain!

P.S. The quote on my t-shirt is from this song

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Notebook [Craft DIY]

I got this plain notebook from Paperchase a while ago…

… and after deliberating for quite some time about what to do with it, I decided to jazz it up a bit and give it as a Christmas gift…

(Those are the initials of the recipient)

Tie it up with a nice pen…

Easy peasy but cute :)

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[17] + a recipe DIY

A while ago I mentioned my lentil curry on my blog, and promised a recipe DIY.
So, as part of my advent photo calendar, here goes…

1.  Chop up an onion and a clove of garlic, and cook them gently in a large pan with some oil in it.

2.  Add in two teaspoons of cumin seeds and the same of ground turmeric.  Stir.

3.  Mix in a can of chopped tomatoes and 750ml vegetable stock.

4.  Add in two chopped carrots, two chopped potatoes and 300-350g red lentils.  Stir stir stir

5.  Stick a lid on it and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.  I stir mine every 5 minutes to stop it from sticking, but that’s probably just my student-budget saucepan making it stick.

6.  Stir in about 60g of peas – I use frozen peas that I have allowed to partially defrost.

7.  It will start to look more curry-like once the liquid absorbs…

8.  Stir in 120ml coconut milk.  Taste it for curry-ness; I usually stir in a few spoonfuls of curry paste to give it a proper curry taste.

9.  Serve with pappadums – the ones you fry yourself are the nicest, like Patak’s.  Just be super careful with the hot oil, it’s reallllly dangerous and I have had a few burns that aren’t pleasant.

10.  Enjoy!  This is one of my favourite go-to meals, it’s total comfort food, and so easy to freeze or keep and reheat, plus it’s very inexpensive but still full of vegetables.

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Recipe book (DIY)

Remember my friends Rebecca and Phil who got married in the summer?
I can finally show you what I gave them for their wedding gift (they have only recently received it), which I made during my long, long summer.
Not having much money I deliberated for some time over what to get them, but in the end realised my best asset was my imagination, and decided to make them a recipe book with some of my personal favourite recipes (and some ‘donated’ by my relatives and friend Ruth).

This isn’t so much a DIY as a set of photos of my finished product – it’s pretty easy to see how I made it.

There were twelve recipes in the little book – eight savoury and four sweet.
[Jambalya, Macaroni Beef, Chicken & Veg Soup, Mexican Tostadas, Chicken Salad with Szechuan Peanut Sauce, Mushroom Risotto, Butternut Squash Soup, Lentil Curry, Waffle Berry Pudding, Flapjacks, Russian Raspberry Pudding and Fruit Crumble]
I packaged it up with two little heart-shaped Le Creuset casseroles,  in a cute box with a ribbon.

The materials I used were cardstock, craft paper, Starbucks sleeves, ribbon and letter stamps.
The colour of the cover of the book was chosen because that was the bridesmaids’ dress colour, aside from that I just sort of made it up as I went along.

My friend was able to deliver this to the happy couple a few weeks ago, and I am told they loved it (which is good because I made another one for a different set of friends who got married last month!)


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Scrabble tile push-pins (DIY)

Disclaimer: No board games or components were harmed in this craft.

I love words, I love letters and I really love Scrabble.
I also love stationery.
Put them together and what do you get?  Awesome push pins like these…

Step 1: Buy Scrabble tiles off eBay. [Please do not destroy a perfectly good Scrabble set, this is like blasphemy, or something.]

Step 2: Gather together push pins and a hot glue gun.

Step 3: Glue the pins to the back of the tiles…

Step 4: Make a million of them and give them to all your friends so they can spell out their names and pin stuff up.

I am such a nerd.

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