[D.I.Y. Gifts] Handmade Felt Notebook sleeve – 2

MbM_Felt-Book-Cover_4Since making one of these for my father-in-law for Christmas, I’ve been dying to make another but never quite found the time; there was always something or another that hindered my plans. So when I remembered I had to get a little birthday present for a friend of mine, I decided this would be the perfect excuse to make one! :) Like me, she’s always full of creative ideas and quite the list-maker too, so I got her two black A5 Muji notebooks to which I designed the felt case around for a perfect fit. I loved the idea of still using greys and black with a pop of colour and seeing as my friends loves her pinks, I decided to opt for a hot pink. Like the last one, I used the grey for the base, black top half and hint of pink in the stitching and the front detail. It’s sleek, edgy yet uber feminine! I’m now thinking I need to make one for myself as these are my favourite colours too – goes so well with my phone, lippy and jewellery! :D Oh and to personalise it further, I cut out the letter ‘N’ out of pink felt and added that to the front of the case.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Well, at least now I can say I’ve done a ‘His and Hers’ set of felt notebook sleeve! ;) And I REALLY hope the recipient loves it!!!  xx

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[D.I.Y. Gifts] Handmade Felt Notebook sleeve

MbM_Felt-Book-Cover_mainHello folks! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and enjoying your much needed R&R over the holidays. I cannot believe how quickly the last week flew by and it’s not long till we ring in 2014! Well, before we do, I wanted to give you a little glimpse into a Christmas gift I made for my father-in-law.

One of his presents was a little black notebook we got from Muji which we thought would be perfect for all his notes, addresses and passwords but we decided it would be nice to present it in a bespoke or personalised sleeve of some sort. Having failed to find any that suited the size of the notebook, I decided it was probably best I make one….and so I did! :) I had lots of felt kicking about so picked out some masculine colours (black and grey) and added pop of yellow to give it some life. Time was of essences so I wasn’t able to experiment with many design ideas so kept to a very simple fold-over style into which the book could slot into. Used red thread to sew the edges with to add that subtle accent……Et voila!

It’s not super perfect being the first and final draft but I guess that adds to the overall handmade look. Both my hubby and my father-in-law were happy with it so that is a good sign! I must say, even in the short space of time, I really had fun making it and now itching to make more! So if you fancy one…..you know who to come to :D

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[Handmade Gifts]: Faith. Hope. Love. but the greatest of these is love

This is taken from one of my favorite verses from the Bible (1 Corinthians 13:13) and one that we used at our wedding  that I find so understatedly powerful. And whether you are religious or not, I think these three words can be so poignant to all aspects of our lives; from career paths to relationships to general lifestyle. In this day an age where we live in the fast lane, driven by ambition, financial and social statuses, and materialistic things, I do find myself musing over what’s important in life, and it’s those days when I stop to reassess, I realise how much strength and peace you can seek from just living by these three simple words. Anyway, I’m not here to philosophise but show you how I turned those three words into a bespoke wall art for the home….or for a special occasion! :)

It’s a paper-cutout technique I love (and used many times before) where the layout is first designed, mapped out, each letter individually hand cut and then mounted in a way that it sits a couple of millimeters off the backing card to give you that beautiful shadow gap between the two planes (it’s the architectural side of me coming out here, sorry!) This piece fits an 8×10″ box frame and can be made using various backing card stock to suit your home decor. I’m going to be listing this up on my Etsy shop soon, along with a couple of other ‘paper-cutout’ wall art pieces, so I’ll keep you posted when I do! I can obviously do custom pieces based on your requirements, so if you’re interested – I may be the gal for you! :) x

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[D.I.Y.] Hand-stamped business cards!

I’ve been playing around with my business cards earlier in the year determined to make them myself using rubber stamps with the Made by Molu logos I designed a while back to use for labels and packaging. All the contact details had initially been written by hand (I was clearly bonkers to patiently write it all out) until I decided a month ago that it was about time I had them professionally made courtesy of  The English Stamp Company seeing as I needed to churn out more to take with me to events as well as parcel up with my gifts and commissioned work! So here’s a peek at what it looked like in the early months of this year and after revising the designs again (some of you may have seen these already!). I used plain recycled grey card stock (2mm thick) which I hand cut down to the standard dimensions of a business card; 85mm x 55mm and then hand-stamped my Made by Molu logos (in my all time favourite Magenta colour) on the front and the contact details on the back. All in all it’s pretty simple but it’s exactly the handmade yet professional look I was after!  Just have to make sure I have enough of these at hand especially as I’m out more meeting new people in the creative industry – and this Sunday’s Blognic is my next meeting-up event! :D So what do you think? IMG_6927 WEB

and the brand spanking new cards fresh off the press today…DSC_2813-WEB DSC_2819-WEB DSC_2829-WEB DSC_2841-WEB DSC_2872b-WEB DSC_2880-web IMG_6931-WEB

 Anyway folks – hope you have a fabulous weekend where ever you are! If you’re in the UK – then I hope you’re rooting for good weather as much as I am!! xx