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Spring wreath deco and 2 ways of making easy fabric flowers

Spring is officially here so now I can officially change my winter door wreath decoration into a spring theme! The thing is that I only have one wreath that I bought two years ago in L.A. The original plan was to change its decoration every season, but the reality is that I decorated it for Christmas on 2012 and never changed it to spring… Yeah, that’s right, I left my Christmas decorations during spring, summer and fall until it was winter again… It was mainly laziness, but I like to think it had something to do with rebellion too. Like, you know, doing whatever you want, whenever you want, not when society tells you to, blah blah blah. 🙂 But it was mainly laziness, I’m not going to lie.

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The thing is that the other day I suddenly felt the urge to switch to the spring deco for good. They say better late than never, right? 😉 So, that was the result:

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A case for my hooks

My hooks finally have a cosy home to live in! I made this cute pencil case following a tutorial of one of my favourite blogs: the Australian A Spoonful of Sugar. Predictably, the result was a little bit different, due to my innate incapability to follow any pattern. But I’m happy with the result after all. Mainly because there is no way anything made out of this super cool fabric could look bad!

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Reuse more, buy less (Some thoughts on consumerism and lots of great links to revamp your clothes)

I’m amazed to see how Spanish shops have tried to import this year the US tradition of Black Friday (<- click the link if you don’t know what Black Friday is.)
Well, it makes sense. If it’s the most profitable day of the year for shops in the USA, there is no reason to think it shouldn’t be the same in other countries. However, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, so the Friday after Thanksgiving is just… a regular Friday… after a regular Thursday. If at least we had imported the whole Thanksgiving thing, I could be right now enjoying a long weekend somewhere eating turkey with my family.

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Oval box by Aneela Hoey

I first saw this tutorial like a year ago and I knew immediately I was going to make a bunch of these oval boxes for my family and friends. They are fun and easy to make and they look a little bit more pro than the classic flat zippered pouch. Keep reading after the image for a link to the original tutorial by Aneela Hoey and a different way to sew the interior of the lid.

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Sewing tips for beginners: slippery needles.

I’m not a professional sewer so I’m not much of an authority when it comes to “teaching” how to sew. However, there are a few things I’ve learnt from experience and from there, I can talk.

Sometimes, when hand sewing through very thick fabrics or many layers (like when quilting), it’s difficult to pull the needle through. It just keeps slipping between your fingers and every stitch becomes a burden. If you’ve ever found yourself in that situation, continue reading for a pair of easy and cheap solutions.

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