Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Miss Bohemia's over at Laughing Vixen Lounge for the Christmas A Go-Go Giveaway

Miss Bohemia's over at Laughing Vixen Lounge for the Christmas A Go-Go Giveaway and some Christmas cheer


Kris over at Laughing Vixen Lounge's has featured Miss Bohemia here as part of the Christmas A Go-Go Giveaway, which includes a prize pack filled with gifts from 'Miss Bohemia'Laughing Vixen Lounge and many more amazing shops! 

Miss Bohemia 'Victorian Inspired Jewellery Set' Prize Pack

The Miss Bohemia prize up for grabs is my 'Victorian Inspired jewellery Set' which features pretty drop earrings and a matching ring with blue moon/star stones and beads set on these gorgeous gold plated settings!

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You can find out more about me including where the name 'Miss Bohemia' comes from and what inspires me.   Kris has also featured some of her favourite 'Miss Bohemia' designs from my shops and while you're over there be sure to enter the Giveaway too and have fun hunting for the clues for extra entries!  There's also a special coupon code for 10% off everything at my main website Miss Bohemia and my Miss Bohemia and Bohemia's Looking Glass Etsy shop!

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While you're there, you can check out my easy recipe for 'Salt Dough Christmas Decorations'!


And you can also learn why 'Edward Scissorhands' is one of my favourite films to watch at Christmas time :-) 


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Click here to read the 'Miss Bohemia' feature *

Thanks Kris!

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As well as organising this fab giveaway, the talented Kris over at Laughing Vixen Lounge is also offering the chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate from her shop, which she describes as "Pop culture jewelry with a flair for retro, horror and custom designs."  I love Kris's designs and have featured a few of my favourite designs from her shop below!

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Happy holidays!

Jen ♥


Friday, 29 November 2013

Gift Ideas For Him at Miss Bohemia

Gifts Ideas For Him at Miss Bohemia


Next up in the Christmas gift ideas are ‘gifts for him’.  Some of the jewellery and accessories at Miss Bohemia are suitable for everyone but today I wanted to focus on some new key pieces.

For those who love gadgets and have an iPhone (4, 4s, 5 & 5S) I have stylish phone covers, some of which are cleverly designed as mini books. If you have a Sumsung S4 there will soon be design covers for your phones too.  I also have gorgeous cufflinks, mugs, coasters and I will be adding more cufflinks, ipad cases, clothing and apparel for men to my collection soon! I’m offering 10% off everything at Miss Bohemia with the discount code ‘giftsforhim10’ until 9th December 2013. Don't forget to share and pass on this great offer :-)

For the romantic and literary lover

For those who love to travel through both time and space

Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff

For the great detectives

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...

Jen

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Gift Ideas For Her at Miss Bohemia

Gift Ideas For Her at Miss Bohemia


If you're looking for 'gifts for her' stop by Miss Bohemia :-)  You'll find something for literary lovers and book nerds, those who love fairytales as well as some stylishly classic designs too.  I've featured some of my favourite designs below to help you choose a great gift this year.  All are available at Miss Bohemia plus there's lots more and to help you on your way, enjoy 10% off everything with the discount code 'Giftsforher10' until the 5th December 2013. Don't forget to share and pass on this great offer :-)

Pride & Prejudice's Mr Darcy's Proposal Literary Scarf,
 Jane Austen
 "You must allow me to..."


Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte Book Cover
For the iPhone 5 & 5S Case





Wizard Of Oz Mug, There's No Place Like Home

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...

Jen

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Come Quilt With Me - HSTs - Festive Cushion

Come Quilt With Me - HSTs 

*Festive Cushion *


It's time for project three of the 'Come Quilt With Me' quilt-a-long over at Hannah's blog. The third tutorial was for half square triangles (HST).  I must admit, that I had never attempted these before so rather than rush in like I often do, I read through the tutorial not once, but twice :-)


I wanted a festive design but nothing too obvious, so I picked out some gold stars on red and a black and white dotty fabric.  Out came the cutting board and rotary cutter and I got to work!


I followed the steps carefully and happily sewed away until all the squares were completed.  After a some cutting, ironing and trimming, I was left with a beautiful array of sewn pieces.
   

I layed out the pieces in quite a few different designs before settling with the pattern above.  At this point I had decided to make this design into a tote bag.


I added a spotty border and then a plain outer border in black.  Once this was completed, I changed my mind and decided this design would look even better as a cushion :-)  I have a stash of pillow inserts and luckily the fit was perfect, so with a bit more sewing and the addition of a zip, my project was complete!

I enjoyed this project and I really like the way the that HSTs can really jazz up a design. I will eventually get round to making a tote version too.

The HST tutorial can be found here as part of the 'Come Quilt With Me' quilt-a-long! All are welcome to join!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...

Jen

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Make & Craft Magazine Feature - Personalised Christmas Sack Tutorial

Make & Craft Magazine Feature 
* Personalised Christmas Sack Tutorial *


Have you ordered your issue of the December Make & Craft Christmas issue yet?  It's jam-packed with so many great Christmas ideas and tutorials that I'm sure you'll love and this edition also includes my 'Personalised Christmas Sack Tutorial'!

Personalised Christmas Sack as featured in Make & Craft Magazine

I chose a festive white Winter Wonderland style for this project and it gave me a chance to mix in a few different crafting techniques.  I found some gorgeous glittery patterned felt from Hobbycraft which was perfect for this project (it also comes in pink and red too).  I used an old black and white photograph, which was then transferred onto the fabric and used as the main focal piece for the Christmas sack.  

This tutorial includes machine sewing but could probably also be done by hand too and it produces a really lovely sack that you can use as both a gift and to hold presents.  You could also change the theme and use it for other special times of the year such as birthdays.  The feature can be found on page 18!

Content's of the December issue of Make & Craft

This issue includes great handmade gift ideas including the candy pillows (which look like giant sweets), Christmas baubles, feastive treats and much more.  A sample of this issue can also be found here.

A big 'thank you' to the Editor Katharine Jewitt and the fabulous Make & Craft team!

Until next time

Jen :-)

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Friday, 8 November 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas Plus An Early Bird Discount Code For 10% Off Everything

Christmas Gift Ideas

Stop by Miss Bohemia for some great gift ideas plus early bird Christmas shoppers can get 10% off everything until the 17th November with discount code "Earlybirds10"!


Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...

Jen

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Important information for Christmas posting dates at Miss Bohemia

November Update

Important information for Christmas posting dates at Miss Bohemia


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Until next time...

Jen

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Come Quilt With Me - Needlebook Tutorial

Come Quilt With Me
Quilted Needlebook Tutorial


The second project of 'Come Quilt With Me' is a needlebook tutorial provided by the lovely Hannah over at her blog Squintessential.  I definitely need one (or more) of these books for my large selection of needles and pins, and they really are perfect for storing such items.  They're also great for when you're on the go or travelling.  You can just take the needlebook, along with some fabric and get sewing - just like I'm planning on doing when basting the hexagon quilt I want to make.


The first thing I did was to take out my fabrics and narrowed down the choices to the ones you can see above.  I wanted the needlebook to have a floral, patchwork and vintage feel to it so picked out some flowers, vintage script and patchwork squares etc.


After reading through the tutorial and getting my materials together, I cut out the fabric and started sewing :-) 


 I adding the wadding, basted the quilt and progressed through the tutorial. 


All was coming along nicely until I realised that I has sewn the elastic for the closure to the front of the book (instead of the back), which meant the script fabric inside the book would be upside down.  Although most of the script text would be hidden by the inner felt layer, after pondering on what to do, I decided to cut and remove the elastic - pretty tricky without unpicking the needlebook but I got there in the end.


  I added a small strip of fabric, created my first button hole (through a bit of trial and error) and added a patterned cream button. Once the inner felt pages were added, my needlebook was complete! 

I love the way the needlebook turned out and I have already added pins and needles!  This project was a lot of fun and I definitely want to make more.  These cute needlebooks would also make great gifts!

The needlebook tutorial can be found here as part of the 'Come Quilt With Me' quilt-a-long! All are welcome to join!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...

Jen

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Come Quilt With Me - Week 1 Update on squares

Come Quilt With Me 
Week 1 - Update on squares


Following on from my earlier blog post on Week 1 of the 'Come Quilt With Me' quilt-along, I wanted to post an update on what I have been working on this week.


After choosing the fabrics I wanted to use for the squares project, I popped along to Hannah's blog for the instructions and handy tips.  I chose some pretty floral fabrics and cut them into the recommended sized squares.


  I layed them in the same pattern as Hannah's 4 x 4 squares (shown above) and once I was happy with the way they looked, I began sewing them together as instructed.


The squares were much smaller in size than the usual size fabric that I work with, so I found I had to concentrate more closely on feeding the fabric through the machine to maintain good seam lines. The picture above shows the squares, once the first set of seams for each row had been sewn.


After reading some handy tips about 'nesting seams', I began sewing the rows together.  Now somewhere between this step and the next, I somehow managed to sew one of the wrong rows together.  I took a snap of my error (shown above) before I unpicked it (or at least my kind sister did). 


Once the squares had been stitched back into their rightful places, I chose the pink floral fabric for the backing of the cushion.  After some machine sewing, stuffing and handsewing, my gorgeous little patchwork cushion was complete!  The final result of this patchwork square cushion is at the top of the blog page.

This project was a lot of fun and quick to complete.  If you're like me, you'll have to be careful with sewing the squares and matching the seams together but I definitely want to make more!



A big thank you to Hannah for her blog tutorial and tips! Don't forget you can find out more and sign up to 'Come Quilt With Me' here :-)

The next project to try is a 'Needlebook tutorial'!

Until next time...

Jen
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