Tuesday, 18 November 2014

TAKING STOCK #4



Making: new products for Etsy.
Looking: for honeymoon destinations.
Listening: to Ed Sheeran.
Watching: Breaking Bad. Bit late I know..
Reading: blogs mostly, but I really want to read a good book.
Liking: that I had a successful day of Christmas shopping yesterday.
Eating: more vegetables lately. Well done me.
Drinking: Starbucks gingerbread latte. 'Tis the season!
Wearing: warm and snuggly clothes.
Wanting: to organise my sewing space.
Needing: to dye my hair.
Enjoying: sewing all the time.
Bookmarking: wedding photographers.
Trying: to be healthier.
Thinking: of the beautiful wedding dress I chose last week. I can't wait to wear it!
Wondering: what to buy/ make people for Christmas.
Wishing: I had another week off work. Time has disappeared far too quickly.
Loving: the launch of my Etsy shop. It's early days but I'm enjoying it so much and can't wait to see it develop.

Inspiration for this post from The Daybook.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

UPCYCLING: VINTAGE SHIRT


This is exactly the kind of thing I look for in a charity shop. During a recent rummage, George spotted this funky, retro print shirt with a mishmash of wild animal prints. We thought this would make some pretty groovy, one of a kind ukuleles to add to our growing collection of upcycled products on Etsy. Below you can see the shirt before and after it's transformation into two fabulous ukuleles. There's enough fabric remaining to create more products, so leave a comment if you'd like to see more ukuleles or maybe even a monster.
Visit Midgins' on Etsy to view our current range of products.
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Amy x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

LIFE LATELY, ACCORDING TO INSTAGRAM


I haven't done an instagram round up in a little while, so here's a selection of photos from August through to October.

2. ..and posing
3. Awesome ska gig
4. Sample of a print I designed
5. Monster photo shoot
6. Gorgeous summer evening in my home town


8. Little troublemaker
10. One of my favourite photos for the shop
11. Time to stuff
12. How I package my orders

Amy x


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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

OCTOBER FAVOURITES


FASHION
I kept the spending to a minimum in October, but did treat myself to these waxed kangaroo leather converse from Office, since you should never turn down a pair of half price shoes.


SEWING
My favourite creations of the month were this dark berry monster with a plum polka dot bow tie, and a mustard yellow owl. The monster was a customer order and I just love the purple tones they chose. You can view my monster listings here and choose from a range of bow ties when you order! The mustard owl will be available to order from tomorrow, but you can browse the other colours right here.


ETSY
I mentioned SourpussKnits in my previous 'Etsy favourites' post, but couldn't help featuring it in my monthly favourites as well. I love, love, love these beautiful knitted creations and can't wait to get my hands on one.


BEAUTY
I've been obsessed with the Barry M autumn collection this month, especially mustard. There's seem to be a bit of a mustard theme going on lately..



MUSIC
I've had James Bay on repeat since Tanya Burr mentioned him in one of her vlogs a few weeks ago. You can purchase his music on Amazon and I can assure you it's well worth the teeny tiny price tag!


YOUTUBE
I have particularly enjoyed watching vlogger FunForLouis on his travels from India to America this month. His videos are beautifully shot and give me a serious case of wanderlust. His channel is one of my absolute favourites and I highly recommend you go and subscribe if you're interested in travel!


I hope you enjoyed my monthly favourites. What did you enjoy in October?

Amy x

UPCYCLING: STAR PRINT JEANS



This will be the first instalment of many upcycling posts on my blog. As part of my new venture into Etsy, I am selling one of a kind items that have been crafted from second hand clothing.

"We love upcycling, so some of our products will be crafted from unwanted or second hand clothing. These items will often be one of a kind, depending on how much fabric is available and will not be made to order. This is your chance to purchase a totally unique character or cushion that no one else will own..." read more.

I absolutely love rummaging through the rails in charity shops and picking up anything that catches my eye, whether it's a cute print or vibrant pattern, a beautiful colour or just a really lovely quality fabric. I enjoy the process of turning something old into something new and I hope this section of my shop is appealing to others as well. As a customer, I think there's something so satisfying about purchasing an item that no one else will own.

Custom orders are also a huge part of the shop, whether it's simply choosing from a range of colours, such as the bow tie options that come with my owl and monster listings, or whether a customer has something else in mind and decides to click 'Request Custom Order'. Combined with upcycling, I can create completely personal items made from your own clothing or fabrics. I would really like to encourage this in my Etsy shop as it gives you the opportunity to have something made that is completely unique to you, as well as keeping me inspired as I get to work on different projects all the time!

So for my first step into upcycling, I used these adorable star printed jeans that I found in a charity shop. Below are the images of the products I made, which can be found in my 'Upcycled/ One of a kind' section on Etsy. (The monster at the end has now been sold!)

As you can see, I still have a little bit of fabric leftover, so you might notice a couple more items pop up soon. I hope you like what you see. What are your thoughts on upcycling? 






Amy x