DIY Present Jars | Sewing Kit

Friday, 27 November 2015

Paige Joanna DIY Present Jars | Sewing Kit

Christmas is only around the corner now and with the craziness of Black Friday, I have decided staying home making hand made presents is a lot more fun and thoughtful. This DIY today is the first of 3 I will be doing in the style of present jars, they are so easy to re-create and there are so many things you can do with a jar to personalise a gift for someone. 
This DIY jar to to make a little sewing kit, perfect for friends who have just moved out, people who like crafting or family friends! Of course, I found some amazing inspiration on my Pinterest and I hope you can all agree this is a great idea to gift someone to make it mean more. Follow my simple steps and let me know if you decide to make something similar! Use the hashtag #PaigeJoannaDIY

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What you will need:

- Scissors
- Black Pen (Berol Italic or Ink Pens are best)
- Contents of a sewing kit: You can buy one from pound land, or do what I did and make it up from various kits, including putting together a little bag of buttons. This is where you can be creative and personal to who it is for.
- Sequins
- Brown tag (Tiger)
- Gold ribbon (Tiger)
- Gold Stretchy String (Tiger)
- Glue Gun
- Jar (I chose a Kilner Jar from Sainsburies)
- Fabric, pins & stuffing for the pin cushion (not pictured)

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1. Heat up your glue gun, I always use a projective mat while it's on (so not to ruin any surfaces) you can use an old dinner table place mat. One heated, glue on your sequins around the jar.

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2. Using the glue gun again, glue the gold ribbon around the lid of the jar.

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3. To make the pin cushion, cut a circle leaving about an inch around the top of the lid. Get some stuffing and shape into a ball. Place the fabric, then stuffing, then the lid like in the photo above.

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4. Use the glue gun again and carefully wrap the fabric round and glue in place. Be extra careful not to burn yourself or pull the fabric too much on one side, it is fiddly but take your time with this part.

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5. Put the sew kit contents into the jar, being aware of placement and what will look good from the outside and looking into the jar.

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6. Write on the tag 'sewing kit', you can decorate however you like, or put their name on the tag. I opted for a simple dotted design to look like stitching. 

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7. Attach the gold string to the tag and glue to the inside top of the jar.

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And that's it! It is so simple to do and you can get really creative with your contents and decoration. I hope you enjoyed this DIY and if you decide to make something similar please post a photo and use the hashtag #PaigeJoannaDIY it would be great to see them. Have fun!

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Christmas Shopping with easyfundraising #MoreThanAGift

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

easyfundraising morethanagift Paige Joanna Asos Boots

With all the sad events going on in Paris and all over the world recently, it doesn't really feel right to be talking about Christmas. With that being said though, life does inevitably go on and we have to live it in the most positive and thoughtful way we can. So yes, this does entail Christmas shopping but when done in a certain way, you can also give money back to people and charities that need it. With the help of a website called easyfundraising enabling you to shop on huge favourite brands and retailers whilst donating a percentage of each sale to a charity of your choice. 

Sign Up

It's extremely easy to set up, only taking a few minutes to choose your chosen charity and then you can shop straight away. I would recommend knowing what charity you want to donate to first, as you choose upon sign up and can only have one allocated charity at a time to donate to. I chose a charity close to mine and my families hearts and that is the Crohns and Colitis UK charity. As you all know I have had Crohns since I was 13, and my triplet sister since she was 18 and it's charities like this that fund research into life changing illnesses. Also a quick shout out to an AMAZING charity, Get Your Belly Out, that supports people living with Crohns and Colitis in every day life and I have your Facebook Forum to thank on so many occasions. You have to make sure to search for a retailer and shop through this link, in order for your donation to be deducted and issued. I have attached some screen shots below of the dashboard you see when you log in, with my charity and how much I have earned for them so far. This is literally the perfect time of year to be showing you this amazing platform, as we all burn holes in our purses and wallets buying gifts, why not do it and give to charity at the same time, it's SO simple!!

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Below is the selection of things I have brought so far using the website! As you can see I got a mixture of things for myself, Christmas presents and Christmas decorations, it really does show how versatile and open it is for shopping so many different things. With the huge amount of shops on board you can do all your Christmas shopping through it, see below what I went for.
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1, Paper Chase 2016 Organiser
2, Paper Chase photo frame for my friends birthday
3, Paper Chase Christmas Cards
4, Asos Boots
5, Topshop Green Dress (Perfect for Christmas parties)
6, Topshop glitter tights
7, Paper Chase Gingerbread garland decoration
8, Paper Chase Butterfly Stamp 2016 Diary fir my friends birthday
9, Missguided jumper dress
10, Paper Chase London Tube Mug for Chris (Christmas Present)
11, Paper Chase London Tube Map Case
12, Paper Chase Copper Bird Lights
13, Amazon Just Cause 3 Game for Chris (Christmas Present)

I hope this post shows you how amazing and how easy it is to give something back to people and charities that need it during this materialist time of year. It feels great buying myself, friends and family wonderful gifts but also it can become over indulgent, I really can't wait to use easyfundraising again all through the year, and I hope you do to. Share your purchases with the hashtag #MoreThanAGift

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Camp Mod Dolly Acorn Shirt & Pinafore Dress

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Paige Joanna Camp Mod Dolly Autumn 2015

Back again with another outfit post, this time with my new freshly cut hair, which i'm absolutely loving! In the past couple of weeks I have seen a few other bloggers go for the chop and it's a great seeing others embracing shorter hair and healthier locks. Of course you can see the wonderful hair stylist who did it and a before and after here
As for this outfit, I am finally wearing the print I illustrated, from Mod Dolly! Whilst I worked there I got to design some exclusive prints and you can see this acorn one and a mushroom print in the current Camp Mod Dolly collection. They are so adorable and i'm really pleased with how they turned out. The whole collection is super cute and perfect for me, with this dark green pinafore dress which is one of my favourites. Although i'm sad not to be with the company anymore it's great to see the collections each season and wear my favourites pieces! 
The day I wore this outfit, leaves were crunching on the ground, there was a mild but chilly breeze and I felt so happy and autumnal. I can imagine this dress would also look great over a sparkly or metallic roll neck at Christmas time. How would you wear it?

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Acorn Shirt & Pinafore Dress - Both Mod Dolly
Bag - Dorothy Perkins
Boots - Missguided
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