My DIY (not so ugly) Christmas Sweaters

You can’t celebrate the holidays without a quirky Christmas sweater!

Here’s my quick n’ simple scrap busting method for creating adorable seasonal pullovers that will be enjoyed year after year!

Sift through your stash and get embellishing:

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch’s Handmade Beauty Gift Guide

I’m rounding up my fave DIY gift idea tutorials from around the interwebz over on That Cheap Bitch starting with a selection of delectable handmade treats for creating the perfect spa-at-home gift basket!

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A Loud & Proud Thrifty Thursday: The Gift of Thrift

Say it Loud and Say it Proud:

This year give the Gift of Thrift!

It’s time to STOP consuming & giving in to fast fashion and START re-using, refashioning, DIY-ing & supporting sustainable style. The absolute easiest way to begin is to shop second hand, so this holiday season head on down to your local thrift store, charity shop or consignment boutique and lavish your loved ones with truly unique sustainable goodies under the tree!

Don’t think you can find groovy gifts in a thrift store?

Let’s take a wander through my local charity shop….

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DIY Woven Wall Art (no loom required!)

Create your own quirky woven wall hanging without a loom from items you have lurking around the house!

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DIY the holidays: a gift guide revisit

Need some groovy upcycled gift ideas for your handmade holiday?

Click the lists below & revisit my perfectly poetic last minute makes from last year and DIY thrifty (yet oh-so-amazing) prezzies for the whole clan!

  

 

…and don’t forget to give yourself the gift of my free Confessions of a Refashionista: Ikea Hack Attack book download!

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Get my Ikea Hack Attack for free!

Just in time for the holidays I’m giving a free PDF download of my Confessions of a Refashionista: Ikea Hack Attack book as a warm fuzzy Thank-YOU to subscribers!

To get your complimentary copy simply subscribe to Confessions of a Refashionista using the simple form at the top of the sidebar & I’ll personally send you the download link a.s.a.p + you’ll have all of my adventures in upcycling delivered straight to your inbox! Hooray!

We all know that Ikea is a haven of reasonably priced funky furnishings & home decor but were you also aware just how easy it is to transform those superb Swedish items into groovtastic new gear?

My Confessions of a Refashionista: Ikea Hack Attack shows you how to recreate everything from outgrown baby furniture, boring beds & kitchen bits to well-worn lamps + loads more into snazzy, unique decor & accessories!

 18 step-by-step tutorials to get your hack on!

Subscribe with the simple form at the top of the sidebar and get your free copy today!

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: My Adorable Refashioned Sweater Tote

‘Tis definitely the season for DIY and I’m simply bursting with upcycled gift ideas!

Check out my totally adorable refashioned sweater tote tutorial over at That Cheap Bitch and cross a present off your list!

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An Ancestral Style Thrifty Thursday

My genealogy is fairly straight forward:

I am the product of  an Irish clan gettin’ busy with a Scottish clan (or vise versa) hence my thrifty nature, pasty pale skin, light eyes and quite a few wavy red accents in my natural hair…

I was lucky enough to thrift a fabulous velvet & wool dress in my Scottish clan tartan when I lived in London (& then it sat packed away in 2 different countries until fate had me inherit a sewing machine and teach myself how to use it thus allowing me to begin my upcycling journey & finally refashion the dress into something I’d actually wear)

My Irish clan hail from County Donegal & the family Coat of Arms depicts a mighty oak tree. My Clan’s Aran (knit stitch pattern) has an unusual trellis centre panel, flanked by cable, honeycomb rope, zig-zag and moss on either side. The trellis represents the stone-walled fields of the Aran Islands, cable represents good luck, honeycomb symbolises work, the zig zag stitch has come to represent the ups and downs of marriage and moss is symbolic of nature. Anyone wanna knit me a something with my Clan’s Aran?

“Invictus Maneo” = I Remain Unvanquished and is the motto of my powerful Scottish warrior clan and pretty fitting if I do say so meself!

Tam o’ Shanter (thrifted) €0.10 – Tartan Dress (thrifted) €7 – Tights (1982) €2 – Coffin Heeled Shoes (thrifted) €10.50 – Bracelet (handmade) €0

Total outfit cost: €19.60

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand & vintage) over in my Gone Thrifting facebook group!

 As always feel free to take part in the thrifty fun & vote for the upcoming themes…

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My DIY Dry Shampoo

There are loads of diy dry shampoo how-to’s online so what’s different about this one?

erm…nothing…except that I’ve been successfully using it for months & it’s completely awesome for my not-enough-hours-in-the-day life so my diy dry shampoo is definitely worth sharing:

That spice bottle was only half-full of diy dry shampoo goodness to begin with & has so far lasted for 8 whole months!

Grab some cornstarch & baking soda (speisestärke & kaiser natron in Germany) + a small, airtight container

add 1/4 cup of cornstarch & 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the container, pop in a drop of your fave essential oil if you’d like a yummy scent, close and shake well

A less than stellar hair day = oily looking roots

My hair bio: I have crazy thick long hair that grows at an alarming rate & needs its roots blonded every 2 weeks, is washed/conditioned once every 7 – 10 days, has a monthly DIY trim & gets a weekly treatment condition (if I have the time!)

shake a bit of your DIY’d dry shampoo into your hand & dab some onto your fingertips (preferably in your PJ’s before you get dressed to avoid powdering your groovy outfit of the day!)

pat it  onto your roots, hairline & wherever there’s excess oil then gently rub it through your hair over your scalp (you could also use a soft make-up brush to apply it if you’re feeling fancy)

 give your hair a brush and you’re ready to get dressed and meet the day with a fresh-looking ‘do!

*for brunettes simply add unsweetened cocoa powder to the mix to reach your desired shade & for redheads add cinnamon – bonus: your hair will smell like Christmas!

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an ode to thrifted cardigans

There’s nothing better for toasty warmth than a cardi that’s been thrifted
Such a thrill to score not one but two from the piles through which I’ve sifted

Thrift shops are just bursting with these woollen buttoned beauties
Forget fast fashion, buy second hand and your wallet won’t be moody

Snuggled up in layers with a cardigan on top
will see that you are cozy and beat winter chill full stop!

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