Thursday, 13 December 2012

Lavender and brown paper

I have just wrapped my first Christmas present for this year. It's for the work colleagues secret Santa. The cute tag was made by the department technician along with ones for everybody else (I'm so keeping mine!). The lavender is from my garden and it smells every bit as pretty as it looks. I'm glad it turned out the way I hoped and I think I'll keep the brown paper earthy theme going with all my other present wrapping this year. Bring it on! Oh, I love wrapping.

Saturday, 1 December 2012


Scarf - Miss Selfridge, Body-con top/dress - Pop, Watch - DKNY, Ring - Pandora

Today I'm wearing a scarf which some while ago I wore all the time. The pattern and particularly the colours reminded me of Matthew Williamson's designs.

Then, after a wash, the glitter on the thread came off more easily and I felt that whenever I put it on I got covered in glitter instantly, so it got left rejected in the bottom of the wardrobe.

Perhaps I don't mind the glitter (not actually that problematic) so much today because I am majorly excited that it's December the 1st and feeling Chritmassy. This morning I decided that the scarf would go well with my outfit and we are reunited.

Do you ever feel a little like an item of clothing is an old friend?

Friday, 30 November 2012

Homemade cards (#4)

Here's a happy birthday card for my cousin and a congrats on your baby boy card for ex-colleagues. The baby boy one was an adaption of the design which I made for some friends when they had their second little girl Emily (who I just happen to be babysitting as I write this!). The birthday card for my cousin continued the stitching on card theme which has become a favourite with me. The third card was for the 21st birthday of Ryan, my sort of unofficially adopted little brother, based on the fact that he always says 'oh my days'.

For other home-made card posts, see herehere and here.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Lady Brunette


Brunette by katie311 on Polyvore

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I love being a natural brunette, but that sometimes I just don't feel quite brunette enough. I'm wondering if I should go for something similar to my hair colour, but just a little richer. Maybe even a touch of mahogany. Bizarrely, coloured hair often looks a but shinier and healthier, and I could perhaps do with a bit of that. A little fake, but not very. Just enhancing what's already there.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Secret Santa

 Hello, sorry it's been a while. I've just finished working on a little project - organising the family Secret Santa. You may remember last year I spoke about the family Secret Santa that we do every year, sharing my wrapping and inspiration with you. The wrapped Secret Santa from last year included a tag for the present.
This year I am organising the Secret Santa. Here are some snaps of the process.

After visiting my grandparents and looking at their old photograph albums, I came up with this idea for the tags. I sought out photos of each member of the family, preferably taken at Christmas, to use on the tags. I stitched them onto card, using a Christmassy colour palette. I think I'm becoming a little obsessed with stitching onto card lately! The photos range from childhoods to recent. I love the fact that people will receive the tag for their Secret Santa recipient, perhaps have a rush of nostalgia remembering when that person looked that way or be surprised because its a photo they've never seen or they never knew that person used to look that way! What I love even more is that after that initial reaction, they will realise that their tag is going to have a photograph on them too, and they won't find out what it is until our meal on Boxing Day!

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Friday, 2 November 2012

Toad in the Hole

Yesterday I made toad in the hole for the first time and it was great fun. I followed a Jamie Oliver recipe for toad in the hole with onion gravy, which can be found here;
It was so easy and tasted delicious. I would use the batter mix again for Yorkshire puddings and certainly use the onion gravy. Yum yum!

This was also my first attempt to follow a recipe from an iPhone, which worked just fine as it wasn't a messy process.

I'd definitely recommend the recipe, and any recipe by Jamie Oliver really!

Katie x

Friday, 21 September 2012

Changing tides

Today was my last day working in an office where I have been almost every day since June 2011.
On Monday I will start a new job, which is really exciting! But, it meant that today I had to say some goodbyes. 

I made some cards and got a few little gifts, and I was lucky to receive a beautiful bunch of flowers, a chocolate cake and two Pandora charms! 
 Above: An image I made on Paint for some home made cards

I've had the pleasure of working with some lovely people. Now it's time for a new adventure.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Katie x

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

So Sweet Blog Award

Thank you so much to Meeha Meeha for presenting me with this blog award!
I am always touched by the sweet comments that she writes on my posts, and excited to have been given this award by her! 
If you haven't already seen the blog, please do go and have a look, her home decor is lovely.

I give the award to the following 5 blogs (in alphabetical order) ;

B in the Know (I suspect B has more than 200 followers, but I am using the less than 200 figures on Twitter and Bloglovin to justify putting her on this list. B in the know is one of my current favourite blogs)

Handmade Holly (lovely illustrations)

The Joyful Fox (200 followers on the dot counts, right?)

Please take some time to look at these blogs, and for those listed here;

All you've got to do is:
1. Put the award on the blog
2. Thank the blogger who gave you the award

3. Pass the award to 5 other blogs with less than 200 followers who are worth our attention.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Ellespiration #3

Here are some of the pages from the September ELLE which are inspiring me the most. 

I absolutely adore this outfit. How can such a heavily embellished look have such a relaxed, casual feel? This page made me excited about the new season. The items have a hefty price tag, but I will surely be looking out for ways to re-create this on the high street. 

This Diesel advert shows how to smarten up a pair of jeans perfectly. Its simple, it's classic, it's chic, it's tailored; it's everything I love in fashion. I don't think I'll be wearing the tie myself, but I'm certainly on the look out for the perfect white shirt and black belt to wear with jeans and a black jacket. 

I fall in love with the old english heritage aesthetic in the Autumn/Winter season every year, though I am still yet to invest in the classic heritage jacket. Perhaps this will be the year. I love ELLE's suggestion of pairing with a tailored shirt and jeans.

I'm not quite sure why I like this ad. I don't think I would ever wear that huge stripy jumper or those glasses, but there's just something about this picture. I think perhaps its the warm glow, or the calm quiet confidence of the woman in a very bold yet very comfortable looking outfit. It was a bit of an "I'll have what she's having" moment for me. 

I don't think this look is very "me", though having a cheeky flick through my ELLE (yes hunny, I did just publish that on the internet, sorry) my boyfriend said "I'll bet you like that picture, don't you?". How does he know? It seems to me that this is far from my style, but there is something about the picture that I really connect with. Do you ever get that feeling?

This last one captures the main thing that I will miss about summer, thin baggy tees and lots of dainty bohemian accessories. 

But still, I look forward to the new season, which I guess with it being the 1st September officially start's today. Looking at my favourite pages of ELLE, I think I'm going to get some wear out of my jeans this time around. Statement jumpers, crisp shirts and timeless tailored jackets are on the wish list.

What's you inspiration for the new season? Are you excited?


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Wedding Fascinator (Up-cycled)

On Friday afternoon my cousin David married the love of his life. He and Nicola have been together for almost a decade. Nicola has been present at many Christmas and Birthday family gatherings and was already  much a part of the family, but on Friday it was made official. I was so excited to be there for their special day. 

I bought quite a simple dress, with the intention of finding a hat or headpiece which would bring it to life in a charity shop (hat's are too expensive to buy new considering how much you will wear them). After having no luck with hats, I eventually picked up a disgruntled old fascinator for £3 in a bridal charity shop and headed to hobby-craft. I had taken the dress out shopping so I was able to pick faux flowers which matched the colours of my dress. The total cost of flowers was around £8, and I have lots of them left to use for other projects.

First I removed the dirty flowers and hand washed the hat to get rid of some marks and bring out the white. Then I focused on reshaping the netting which was all over the place when I had bought it. I spent much time pinning and trying the fascinator on until it was the right shape and then used white cotton thread to sew it in place. Teasing the netting into a bun shape at the back formed a bed to rest the flowers against.Several variations of flower arrangements later, I settled on a layout and fixed with clear adhesive. 

There was no fancy techniques used here, I just pinned and prodded until it looked right and then secured in place. I like working that way. My fascinator was unique and cost effective. When you can't quite find what you are after, or at least not within your budget, it can be worthwhile buying something that's a little past it, and bringing it back to life. 

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012


I picked up this little guy in Bilbao from a shop called Blanco. He was about £6 and I think he's lovely.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Make It You: Sporty

Make It You: Sporty

Make It You: Sporty by katie311 featuring a knit sweater

This is my entry for the Polyvore / Converse / Song of Style "Make it You: Sporty" competition.

When I thought about what Converse meant to me in fashion terms, my thought was this: Converse proves that fashion can be comfortable. So much of the time the message is portrayed that heels make an outfit, which is often true, but really frustrating for someone like me - because heels and my feet just don't get on. I wish they did, but heels are just so annoyingly painful! What's refreshing about Converse campaigns, is that they create great looks with FLAT SHOES! Something we don't see enough.

I am not naturally a very sporty person, so the sports clothes that I like are more on the preppy side. For example, you wouldn't catch me in jogging or dance gear, but I'd happily wear a Fred Perry polo shirt and tennis style skirt. That's why I chose the above campaign shots as my inspiration, especially the one on the left. 

I think a slouchy jumper and denim shorts work with a pair of Converse the best - a look surely just as classic and timeless as the little black dress. 

What inspired this Polyvore set the most was a retro feel. Not bold and patterned retro. Just the kind of look you see in an old photograph of an ordinary person in a simple casual outfit which probably wouldn't have looked very cool at the time, but has become cool over time - especially if it's in sepia or black and white.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Ombre Knit

I love this jumper so much that I want to wear it every day!
I love the colours, the shape, and the buttoned up detail on the back. It's so fun to wear! I hope that August will be very summery because I am really getting into the pastel shades and brights of the season!

 Jumper: New Look sale, Necklace: Miss Selfridge sale, Friendship bracelet: Argento, Watch: DKNY.

I have recently returned from my holiday in Bilbao, N. Spain, which was beautiful, inspiring and lots of fun. I look forward to sharing some of my trip highlights with you.

With Love, Katie x

Thursday, 28 June 2012


In a few weeks my boyfriend and I will be holidaying in Bilbao, Spain.
I am excited as I have never been to Spain before.
I have been to France many times, Crete once, and visited several areas of England, but I am yet to experience Spain, Italy, Germany and the like.

I would love to see America some day, and more exotic further away locations. But whenever I think about holidays I can't help but think; why pay 4 times as much to go to those places when there seems to be so many beautiful countries within Europe that I am yet to experience?

I have just discovered a site which perfectly explains why I feel this way.

Perfection, right?
Katie xx

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Park Life

I really don't do exercise - I eat loads and get away with it, when I hit 30 I'll probably just burst and be gigantic. I'm told that's when it creeps up on you.

Despite having a park right at the end of my street; I don't walk my beautiful dog anwhere near enough as I should. I always feel so tired before and after work and am often away at weekends. He gets frisbee games (he LOVES frisbee) in the garden, but when I take him to the park we have such fun. Once I'm there I actually really enjoy the walking, with my little cutie by by side. I write this post on a bench between frisbee throws, and it's a good place to be. I love you baby Milo :)

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Monday, 4 June 2012

Ellespiration #2

Hello :)

I have had a lovely time in London with my boyfriend Andy from Friday to Sunday!
I forgot to take my camera so most of our photos are on Andy's Iphone ~ I will share a little about our trip once I get hold of them (because it wouldn't be the same without the photos, right?) What's even better is that here in Britain, because of the Jubilee Monday AND Tuesday are bank holidays! Yay!

A train journey to and from London gave me the perfect opportunity to have a good read of my latest ELLE. If you have been following this blog, you may remember my first Ellespiration post back in September which explains why I love ELLE magazine and has photos of my 'best bits' from the issue at the time - if not, you can view it here

Here's my inspiration from the July issue;

The candy coloured Prada bags do look stunning, though too expensive for me!
I love the light summery denim and those pastel blue sunglasses.
The subtle ombre nails are really cute too.

I keep seeing this ebay advert everywhere on bus stops and it encourages me to take the leap; print trousers would be really brave for me, but there are some really cool ones this season and I'm on the hunt for the perfect pair.  

There's just something about this shade of pink.

It's now lunchtime, so the Bank holiday laziness must stop - I must get properly dressed and make good use of my free afternoon! I may sneak in on the street party around the corner this afternoon; I have never been to one before but love the idea! I think rain showers are on the agenda though - oh dear!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Newborn Note

This is a card I made a month or two ago for good friends who have recently had their second child.
Her name is Emily and she is just as cute as her older sister Abi, which I hadn't thought possible!

I believe this is my first successful attempt to stitch card.
I first saw the effect a few years ago at a craft fair when I was less comfortable with a sewing machine, and loved it instantly.

As I have mentioned before, I don't like to buy lots of fancy card making materials, I like to be resourceful with what I already have. 

The beautiful patterns on these little paper triangles were taken from a Laura Ashley catalogue (the rectangular images of fabric and wallpaper patterns). They were the perfect size for this project. The text is simply written on Microsoft Word, printed and cut out. 

With love
Katie x

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