This Weeks Charity Shop Finds

This week I visited a local charity shop not far from where I live. I found a few nice bits and bobs but there was one item I particularly fell in love with and its that I want to share today.

This shabby chic wooden box.

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This is a really pretty box! It has lovely detail with rustic hinges and beautiful hand painted pink roses. The base colour on the box is that of a pretty light almost mint green and cream which works beautifully with the rose pattern design.

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The box is really sturdy and well made. It has plenty of room inside to store jewellery or other items. I’ve decided it will make a brilliant storage box for all of my little odds and ends, the kind you struggle to know where to store … Hair clips, brooches etc.

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The box was priced up for an amazing 50p so I must say that, yes… I came out of there smiling.

Anyone else found any charity shop treasure this weekend?

#homemadehalloween – Crafty Creations

Being a bit savvy and liking a challenge meant this Halloween was full of crafty fun..

Hearing about the MoneySupermarket homemade halloween competition I knew instantly that I wanted to have a whirl at.

Halloween costumes can be expensive, especially when your dressing more than the one child. Is there a solution? Yes… DIY job!

Creating costumes is a great way to unleash your creativity while letting the imagination run wild. Halloween costumes are one of the best.You can really pull together some wacky inventions that are unique, a true one of a kind.

Having a homemade Halloween is not only cost efficient but great enjoyable too. If you do have children along with some crafty bones in your body creating homemade costumes is a great family activity that can be enjoyed together.

So, on to my creation that falls into the category of kids costumes. Note… The competition consists of 3 categories, which are kids, adults and groups. My creation was for my daughter, ‘Alice-Sara’ and was one of two costumes I pulled together for her. She informs me that 2 parties = 2 costumes, so wasn’t I pleased that I’d be making her costumes rather than buying them this year!

Now, like me you may assume that by creating your own costumes, you’ll be required to do things such as having to sew! I hate sewing… If truth be known, I’ve never really learnt such skills and have therefore remained pretty poor at such a task. For this reason I have to think outside the box when it comes to costumes and with my daughter demanding that my creation is spooky but glam the pressure was on.

We didn’t want to go with your everyday wicked witch or blood thirsty vampire… So, taking inspiration from her beloved interest in Monsters High Dolls, here’s what I came up with.

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I think it looks pretty Spook-Tastic and was therefore left feeling pretty pleased with spooky creation and of course myself… especially given how little money I spent on materials!

Here’s a run through of how I did it and how much it costs to me to create.

Materials Needed To Make A No Sew Cobweb Tutu Dress…

1x Halloween cobweb design scarf (£1 PoundLand)

Medium size piece of hot pink Tulle (50p Charity Shop – Barnardos)

Roll of basic elastic (20p Barnardos)

Hot pink & purple mixed ribbon ( 40p Barnardos)

Reused old dolls hair cut & tied together (Free upcycled from home)

Large tube blue acrylic paint (for dying hair) £1 ‘The Works’

1 x Comb hair grip (50p per 3 Pack Bootfair)

2 x Black Sacks (taken from a value roll of 30) 50p Bootfair

Face paint sticks (£1.99 Lidl)

Packet of sticky crystals 50p (Reduced Tesco)

Total Cost £6.60 (The above materials would be enough to make 3 of these costumes) therefore making it even better value.

How I Did It…

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1. With the elastic I measured around my daughters waist, then to secure the fit I tied the elastic into a double knot.

2. I cut both the tulle and scarf which was made of very similar material, into long strips. I did this by cutting down the length of each piece of material as opposed to the width.

3. For the pieces of cobweb scarf I placed each piece over the elastic so that it covered both sides. I then stapled to the elastic. With each stable I used a staple flattening tool to ensure there was no sharp edges. For added effect with every one piece of cobweb material added, I would then add a piece of pink tulle rotating between the two. Now note, I did not staple the tulle. Instead I added to the elastic in the same way only in replacement of staples I securely tied each piece of tulle in place.

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IF YOU MAKE ONE OF THESE TUTU’S BE SURE TO LEAVE NO GAPS BETWEEN MATERIAL, INSTEAD OVERLAP SLIGHTLY AS YOU GO.

4. Once I had completely covered the entire piece of elastic, I took my sticky crystals and added randomly over the tutu (not to close to one another).

5. I then tied some long light pink and dark purple ribbon where the knock is found on the elastic.

To make the top part of the dress…

6. Alice put the tutu on so that I was better able to design the top section to complement that of the completed bottom. I took 2 black sacks cutting each along its sides so that both bags would open out and reveal two large sheets of black plastic.

7. I then cut length ways down the bags to make long strips of plastic. Note… If you decide make one of these dresses you may only need one black back depending on how thick it is (the thicker the better as this way it isn’t see through). Note…. The thicker black sacks do tend to cost a lot more than the thiner type I’m currently using.

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8. I then took strips of plastic bag and wrapped them around Alice tying each into a bow at the back. I did this till I had reached the top of the tutu as if I had just created a Basque. As my black sacks were rather thin I had to be careful not to spilt them during the process of wrapping and tying. I also needed to double some of the layers as to ensure it wasn’t see through.

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9. I then took another strip of black sack and cut it in half. I then folded the strip and secured the fold by tucking it in and sticking it to the top of the dress, taking it around the neck as to create a halter neck.

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10. Lastly, I wrapped another long strip of black sack around my daughters middle, this time tying into a bow at the front of the dress as to give detail.

So… That’s the spooky cobweb tutu complete.

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How I Made The Blue Hair Piece.

1. I remove the hair from a styling head (doll) that Alice had outgrown.

2. I tied all loose hair tightly together with a rubber band.

3. I then half filled a washing up bowl with cold water and added half of the blue paint followed by the hair piece.

4. I left the hairpiece for a few hours, in till the hair had absorbed all the water and its contents.

5. I then shook of the excess water and repeated the process again adding the last of the blue paint.

6. Once complete (a few hours later) I removed from the bowl and left over night to dry without brushing.

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7. The next day I grabbed the hair tying it loosely in a band, as to create a very messy updo.

8. With the use of strong adhesive, I glued the now blue messy hairpiece onto a comb hair glip ready for use.

Then all that was left for me to do was, paint her face, arms and hands. Which I would normally do with the use if Snazaroo but with the low cost element I decided to grab a pack of Face paint sticks from Lidl for the bargain price of £1.99 and actually turned out to be really good.

I then took a moment to think, asking myself what I could paint that reflected her wishes to be spooky yet glam. The monsters high look we were aiming for was brilliant, however, we needed a little extra something for the paintwork in-order to give it that final touch of edginess.

So with this we did our take on the sugar skull… Pretty glam but deadly freakish. A full face paint and twirly spirals of webs and spiders crawling up her arms.

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So… What do you think? Its pretty cool for a homemade creation isn’t it?

Did you have a homemade Halloween? Maybe you make costumes for all different occasions and holidays ? If so please leave a comment and share your thoughts and stories, I’d love to hear from you.

This is my entry into the Moneysupermarket #homemadehalloween competition. Hurry and enter, you still have time.

This Weeks Charity Shop Finds

I love it when the charity shop is housing some little gems for me to purchase and then shout about!

Charity shops have become pretty clever places when it comes to pricing. What I mean is what you used to be able to pick up for 10p is now £10. I’m not stating its wrong that they’ve done their research I’m just stating that for us it tends to be a tad harder to find them hidden gems.

Nonetheless, they do still exist and I have evidence within my latest buy…

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Your eyes do not deceive you, this is two pairs of converse in a child’s size 9. One blue and one white pair of ‘Converse All Stars’ priced at the remarkably low price of just £1 each… Yes, thats… One serious bargain!

I’m yet to wash these, but anyone who own a pair of converse will know how amazingly well they wash up. I recently washed the toddlers and my daughters ‘High Tops’ that as a result look brand new again. I actually brought the toddlers lime green high tops from eBay for 99p. They had been worn just the once but I guess the fact the listing title contained a typo as well as it ridiculous ending time of the very small hours meant luck was on my side! Oh, and if your wondering how on earth I managed to find it then check out the fat fingers app which is simply genius.

Well, the toddler is currently wearing a comfy size 7 so I can even make a profit on eBay or keep them for the toddler. I could even spilt them keeping one for Harley and selling the other. I think he will most definitely keep one pair and given his a boy the second is a big possibility.

Did I find anything else? Well I did get a new pretty saucer which I’ve added to the collection. I’m planing on making a pretty vintage inspired jewellery holder with these and some pretty miniature vintage style sherry and shoot glasses. This was a steal at 20p especially given its bone china too. I won’t show you all as I’m planning to crack on with the jewellery stand In the coming days so I’ll just show you then.

Would love to hear of any readers charity shop finds…. Have you found any hidden gems lately?

Mondays Vintage Find

This weeks Vintage Find is…

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I love this pretty scarf that I brought for £1 from my local Barnardos store. The blue is stunning where the little cherubs give it a really romantic feel.

I’d wear this on a summers day or team it with a pretty dress for the evening.

What do you think? Have you had any good vintage finds this week? Feel free to share any below

Monday’s Vintage Discoveries

I’m a real girly girl, a complete sucker for anything pretty but an even bigger sucker for a bargain.

Today I want to introduce you to some of my latest finds! It’s actually something I’d like to do every Monday! Whether it’s a one off vintage must have, retro handbag or a dress from New Look.

I’m forever discovering pretty things and if the price is right I’ll normally find myself purchasing them.

I have no shame in admitting that I love a good charity shop and have done so for as long as I can remember. Other places I like to grab a bargain are good old church halls, normally the ideal host for a jumble sale. On a Sunday, I can normally be found dragging the children around a bootfair and for me it’s the bigger the better.

But it’s not just bootfairs, jumbles and charity shops I’m a fan off! Hell no! I’m an experienced shopper and experienced shoppers go to eBay. I don’t just sell on eBay, I also buy an awful lot! Whether it’s stuff for the kids, myself or even the home, I almost always find it on eBay.

I do shop online for clothing and other bits, however I also love the experience of hitting the shops. The best time to hit the online stores are during the sales! Yes, I love shopping but stood in a queue outside a department store at 5am during a freezing cold December isn’t exactly fun!

I’ve discovered some great online gems and will be adding some of these to my blog roll (I need a place to unload my bookmarks). I’m also planning on introducing some of my favourite online treasure troves in a post, but that’s another day so I’ll shut up about it now!

I’ve chosen three items for today’s show and tell!

Two of these items are great little treasures I’ve uncovered at bargain basement prices.

The third is a review item, but it still ticks all the boxes! It’s pretty, girly and a bargain. With this I decided to include it here!

Recently I was sent this beautiful bracelet from Olivia Accessories Its a striking piece of costume jewellery that sparkles like a trillion stars in a moonlit sky.

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I’m a sucker for vintage or vintage inspired pieces and this Art Deco bracelet has a real retro feel to it.

It’s not a collectable item, a bracelet that dates back to the forties, it’s not made with precious metal or real diamonds. But it has been made well, boasts that vintage look, is crystal set and simply stunning.

The silver and white bangle’s design is very eye catching! It features a double feather design that is set with lots of very sparkly crystals that really make an impact (especially when they are hit by the light)! The feather bangle has a discreet sprung hinge for easy opening, yet remains secure while wearing.

The Feather Bangle cost £16. I’ve worn mine a total of three times and haven’t experienced any loose or missing stones as yet. This does tend to happen a lot on bracelets that have a large number of stones (even some of the most expensive types). So, though this is a good chunky bangle, in my opinion, it should still be treated as a delicate piece. Not an everyday bangle, but one worn on evenings out etc.

I do really like it and think the price is great. Would I be drawn to it if I saw it in a shop? Well, I’m usually a real gold or sterling silver girl! However, for an art deco vintage inspired bracelet costing just £16… Yes, I think I would be.

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You can visit Olivia Accessories online store for the feather bangle and a whole lot more besides.

Next up, once more I have a vintage inspired piece. It was discovered hanging from a display at Matalan during a recent shopping trip for my daughters school uniform.

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Again, this pretty vintage inspired locket on extra long chain, isn’t made from a precious metal such as gold or silver, its purely what one would refer to as a fashion accessory! But then what do you expect for £2? Yep, seriously… The pretty locket was just £2 in the sale (even the pre sale price was just £7)! Would you actually believe that having worn it for an entire week, it’s yet to turn my neck black… Or worse bogey green! Now that’s a bargain!

I adore this vintage inspired design which has the pretty image of a bird painted in whites and pinks directly onto the outer locket case. Once this locket is opened up you can add two good size photos one on either size of the casing.

Lastly, I have a beautiful bag/purse to show you. This stunning bag is originally purchased from ASOS but when and by who is anyones guess! I picked up this very girly bag from a local jumble sale in South London… It cost me just 10p!

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I love the deep reds and the constant sparkle it displays. It’s a real retro inspired bag that has a removable (clip on) chain handle therefore converting it into a sweet little purse or mini clutch bag.

The bag is design to resemble the shape of a heart and is covered in dazzling vibrant red sequins. I really love it! It’s so bold and pretty. If your not looking to take this out, you could even just hang it from a tall floor mirror, bedpost or wardrobe handle, it’s still worth the fabulous 10p I paid.

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Needless to say… my 9 year old daughter has her big beady blue eye on it!

Please check back next Monday for more Mondays Vintage Discoveries

Disclaimer: The feather bangle was sent to me free of charge in order to give an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
All other items are that of my own.