Play around with Photography

Whether you use a mobile phone, DSLR or a digital camera; fun, creative photographs are not difficult to snap at all. I’ve gathered a few ideas and tricks I discovered from around the web and other fellow photography lovers.

  • Experiment with effects

An obvious one, but all the same a great one. My favorite effect has to be the pop art setting on my digital camera. It enhances the colour whilst still giving you a sharp photo.

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  •             .   Don’t always centre your subject in your frame

Sometimes a photo is more interesting if the subject is shifted slightly towards the side.

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Use the macro or super macro setting when shooting something small

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. Keep away from cliché photographs

These are the subjects everyone photographs at the exact same angle and distance. Try to be original. Take a sunflower, for instance: instead of snapping a shot of the whole flower, focus on its centre. 2016-09-04 17.26.05.png


. Take advantage of lighting

Turn of your auto flash setting when outside in daylight. If your camera has sunset or night time settings, try them out. These help to brighten the colours in your photo.

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. Keep an eye out for tiny, hidden details

An intricate design engraved on a door or perhaps a delicate spider web caressing a few drops of dew in the early morning – these are the sort of things you should look out for. 2016-09-04 17.24.50.png

. Take several shots of the same thing

Snap lots now, delete later.


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(Photographs in this post are all my own)

DIY Harlequin Bag

The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and what do you do?

You make a patchwork cross-body bag!

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The instructions I am attaching below are from the sewing book Cath Kidston Patch!, so none of them are my own.


Here are all the things you require to make one:

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Note that the instructions do that include the cross-body strap. I made mine by plaiting three lengths of cord and measuring it to the length I wanted it.


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IMPORTANT: Place either end of the strap on the inside of either side of the bag before step 12. Sew the lining inside the bag afterwards.










That’s all of the steps.

The finished bag is just the right size to carry a pair of sunglasses, a purse and mobile phone; making it a perfect item to have in summer!


Make do – Upcycle!

Hello everyone!

You’ve probably already heard the saying “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”, but have you ever wondered in what way this could be true?

Today I am going to share with you some of my own upcycling projects, and I hope to inspire you to create some of your own. Here they are:

  • Decoupage boxes

Turn old wine crates and wooden boxes into gorgeous chests for all your treasured trinkets.

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  • Denim Shorts

Cut off the desired length from your jeans to make these pretty shorts. Make sure not to cut off too much so that you will be able to create the turn-ups.

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  • Floral and denim haversack

If you have far too many pairs of shorts already, why not make this haversack instead? I followed a tutorial by “coolirpa” from Youtube.

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  • BB-8 necklace from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I painted two wooden beads with acrylic paint and  then varnished them later. I used a wire to thread a tiny glass bead, and then passed both ends of the wire through the two wooden beads. For the loop, just bend the wire on top and wind the remaining wire around it.

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I hope you enjoyed scrolling through my upcycling projects.

Now grab a pair of scissors, glue and a big pack of paint and start upcycling!

Five DIY Jewellery Ideas

Today I thought that I’d share some of my original jewellery designs with you. They are all quite quirky and make lovely presents (or to keep for yourself!).

  1. Button charm bracelet

All you need is a chain, a handful of buttons, jump rings and pliers (and some patience).


2. Gryffindor Scarf earrings

You don’t need to be a Hogwarts student to make these. Just make two identical friendship bracelets and attach them to earring hooks – no magic needed!

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   3. A book charm bracelet

Print out images of your favourite books and stick them onto several layers of card. Finish off with a lick of varnish and attach a jump ring.

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4. A C3PO and R2D2 necklace

The Force is strong with this one. The pendant is made in the same way as number 3.

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5. Vinyl record cover earrings

Find a picture of an album cover (check for copyright) and paste it on a picture of a vinyl record. Print it out and finish it the same way as numbers 3 and 4.

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If you try any of these, please let me know in the comments!

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