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DIY Thread Holder

I’ve been doing  a lot of sewing recently, and as a result I’ve collected a lot of thread! I could no longer close the lid on my sewing box so I knew I needed a better storage solution. This yellow thread holder stores a lot (181 spools to be exact) and it’s beautifully colourful 🙂 Now I just need to fill up all that empty space! I decided to use nails as bobbin holders on the bottom half only because I usually have much more thread than bobbins. And here’s how I did it…

You will need: A large rectangular piece of MDF (mine’s 1220 by 606mm and it’s 6mm thick) 10 metres of 6mm dowel sticks, a drill and a 6mm drill bit, a saw, a pack of thin nails, wood glue, 2 picture mounts and screws, 2 picture hooks and some paint (I used spray paint, but in retrospect regular paint would have been better.)

To begin with, saw your piece of MDF exactly in half. / Decide where you want your spools to go. I drew lines 2.5 inches apart both horizontally and vertically along one half of the MDF. / Drill holes through the MDF at each point where the lines you drew intersect. If you haven’t used a drill before, get someone to help you! / Saw your pieces of dowel into 5.5cm long strips.

Squeeze a little wood glue onto the end of each strip of dowel and insert them firmly into the holes you drilled. / Once the glue is dry, cover the back of the MDF with wood glue and adhere this to your second piece of MDF (not pictured.) Whilst drying, I placed jam jars over the strips of dowel and balanced heavy books on top of the jam jars. That way, the MDF will be sandwiched firmly together when dry and you won’t snap any of the dowel strips! Once this is dry, paint the entire thing. / When the paint is dry, hammer nails in between the dowel strips. These will hold bobbins! I only hammered nails onto the bottom half, since I usually have more spools of thread than bobbins. / Screw picture mounts onto both top back corners.

Hammer your picture hooks into the wall and hang up your thread holder!

This project ended up taking me a long time because the wood needed so many layers of spray paint. Note to self, use paint brush paint in future! I feel like I’ve done a lot of DIY posts featuring this corner of my room lately, so hopefully that means it’s nearly finished. I’ll hopefully move into my flat in Edinburgh next month, and I’ve been doing  lot of furniture browsing and decorating planning. I’m so excited!

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Comfy in Cow

This is what I wore over Easter Weekend – it’s taken a while for me to get around to publishing these photos! I’m wearing yellow because it’s a happy, sunny springy colour – even though the weather hasn’t been very sunny this month! I bought these trousers from Cow on a recent trip to Birmingham. They’re paisley (I have a full-blown paisley addiction) comfy and high-waisted, which make them the perfect trousers for me. The vibe of this whole outfit is pretty comfy, but long weekends are for lounging, right? I’ve been wearing these vintage shoes for years, and they’re showing no signs of wear and tear (and, you know, they go with my trousers too.) If they weren’t one-off, I’d be buying another pair!

Outfit details: Trousers, Vintage (Cow Birmingham) / Top, Vintage (York Vintage Fair) / Shoes, Vintage (Ebay) / Sunglasses, Vintage (The Beatnik Emporium, Southampton)

Do you like my Easter Bunny themed nails? I painted them myself, and I am very proud. Although, my current purple nails feel a little plain now! I’m setting off for the Peak District tomorrow and I am so excited – I’ll see you next week!

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What I Wore: Polka Dots and Wellie Boots

Having a gloomy day? Here’s a yellow polka dot rain coat to cheer you up! And some blue wellie boots!  Yellow is one of my favourites – I don’t own a lot of yellow clothes but it’s just the happiest colour. These Vivienne Westwood for Melissa boots are also the happiest wellies (they smell like blueberries. No, really) so I think that makes them a good raincoat-wellie boot combination. I’ve had these boots for a couple of years and they still smell like blueberries, which is pretty impressive. Even more impressive is that they kept my feet dry. They’re practical and pretty 🙂

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I love to shop at People Tree when I can – they’re committed to being ethical and environmentally friendly which is something I really care about. A lot of their stuff isn’t my style but they always have a couple of really classic pieces like this white shift dress. My jumper is something that I wear all the time. I can’t get enough fluffy clothes in my life at the moment. Also, it’s cropped at my waist! This means I can wear it with all my favourite clinched-at-the-waist dresses. I really need more waist-high jumpers because I find them so much easier to wear.

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Outfit Details: Coat, Vintage (Paris) / Boots, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa / Smock Dress, People Tree / Jumper, H&M / Lipstick, Rimmel 110

The lipstick that I’m wearing is my favourite everyday lipstick. It’s super hydrating and low maintenance and I think it brightens up my face.

Some days it’s just too easy to write an essay about what I’m wearing! I’ll stop myself there. What have you been wearing to brighten up gloomy days?

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What I Wore: Green and Yellow

These pictures were taken on campus, me and James found a lovely wooded area that only dog walkers seem to visit. I’m going to keep it in mind for next time I want to go for a picnic! This outfit is all vintage, apart from my accessories. I bought the skirt from a vintage shop in Amsterdam, my top is from the vintage fair in York, the jacket is vintage from ebay (which I altered to my size) and my shoes are vintage, from Deep! I try to buy clothes that are either second hand or from shops that I know are ethically and environmentally conscious, but it gets so hard sometimes. My Topshop addiction is a hard one to quit. It was much easier to give up meat than it is to give up Topshop! It’s also really hard to know which shops are okay, and which aren’t. I wish someone would just give me a guidebook telling me which I should buy from.

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It’s sunglasses time of year, yippee! These are from H&M – round sunglasses are my favourites. My big dangly earrings were a gift from two of my wonderful friends. I love how sparkly they are, they make me feel glamorous even when I’m wearing a fairly simple outfit.

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I hope you have a lovely Sunday 🙂 If you’re in the UK, make sure you make time to enjoy this glorious weather! Unfortunately I’m still essay writing, and I find it excrutiatingly hard to concentrate outside, but I will defeninitely be having all of my meals on the picnic bench outside.