Sunday, 31 March 2013

Wishes: for a Fantastic Easter

Howdy All! Apologies for the absence, busy times, but that's no excuse so I'm back and wishing everyone a fantastic, choc-tastic Easter. I hope the Easter Bunny has made it round to everyone and that you're having a wonderful weekend full of family, friends and fun.

I'll be back shortly with my next diy. It's been a LONG time in the making, so watch this space! :)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The start of something?

A couple of weekends ago I had the chance to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes ever - a trip to the car boot sale!!! Now, I say a 'chance' but what I really mean is that I was able to drag my sorry little self out of bed early enough, as well as convince a couple of others to do the same, to grab some bargains! :)

These two little gems were the fruits of our labours and aren't they adorable?! Maps were our bread and butter growing up, quite literally! Dad was a cartographer who had the enviable job of climbing mountains, taking measurement and then drawing it all up once back in the office. As kids we'd always argue over who would be chief map reader on a journey and not just because the map reader got to sit in the front seat, although that naturally had it's own appeal! Anyway, suffice to say I'm a map fanatic so when I spotted these two there was no stopping me!

Mr Fantastic has been doing some detective work on these bad boys to try and date them. Based on countries that don't quite exist we've got it down to sometime before '79 (ish)!

They were garnered from opposite ends of the car boot and after some hardened haggling! This is definitely going to be the start of something - either a brand new collection or a maybe even a round the world trip! So, where to guys?!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Knicker Elastic Everywhere!

We're experimenting in all corners of social media over here. Apparently, this is what all discerning bloggers must do! Though we never expect to achieve that status, we can give it our best shot! So, we are now fully up and running on various social media apps all over the t'interweb. If you're enjoying our musings on this blog be sure to check out knicker elastic elsewhere...

I am constantly experimenting with Instagram, I love how instant it is and how you're forced to select a single shot rather than a whole album - it means only the very best photos make the cut!

You can follow here to get directly to the snapwidget of my instagram account or simply follow @knickerelasticfantastic in your app. Happy instagramming!

But that's not it - we also have a facebook page. This is great for keeping folks updated when we've posted to the blog or got any gossip to share! Give us a little 'like' if you like what you see! :p

And last but not least is my Pinterest account. I love Pintrest, having a place where you can save all your favourite images, neatly categorised by subject or moods, to browse for inspiration when you're on the move. Nothing beats it! Have a little browse through my latest inspirations...

Sunday, 3 March 2013

DIY fantastic: Star Bunting

I wish I'd come up with this idea years ago - it would have been perfect for my first room in halls or to decorate my bedroom at home. Ah well, better late than never and Mr Fantastic will just have to lump it! This is a super simple diy, it takes forever, but that's just due to the tricky shapes of the stars - once they're all cut out putting it together was pip-squeak. So lets get to it! 

What you'll need: 
1. Coloured card in any colours you fancy
2. A template of the shape for your bunting, I went for stars but other cute ideas could be clouds, circles, hearts etc.
3. Scissors
4. Glue (I used a glue stick)
5. Strong thread in a matching or contrasting colour

The first step is to cut out your shapes, simply draw around the template on the back of the card out and cut out twice as many stars as you want on your bunting. I just kept going until I got bored!

Then it's simply a matter of gluing the stars back to back with the thread going through the middle. You can measure out the distance between stars if you want to keep it consistent or if you want to mix it up a little bit then go freestyle!

And that's it! Then you can go and hang it wherever you fancy, perfect for parties, special days or just everydays! 

Or for garden parties...