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I’m very pleased and happy to share with you the reason of my absence this year on my blog, I’ve been working on my online shop Our Little Tales.

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So here we are at the start line again, making a balance of what happened (or didn’t happen) last year in order to move forward and make new decisions. I would be lying if I say it was an easy year, quite the opposite actually, but I cannot look back without a smile knowing it was the year another beautiful little person entered our lives, expanding our hearts and family in size, bringing pure joy and love.

It would be unnecessary to point out the reasons why this year was a big hurdle, but in a nutshell, sleep deprivation plus the demands of two little people 24/7 for a whole year can take its toll deeply, certainly it did on me.  I knew this New Year I needed to make some changes to go through this phase in a more optimistic and easy way,  instead of listing unrealistic and specific resolutions, I promise myself one thing, to really take care of myself first.

Physically, emotionally and mentally, but more importantly nurturing my creative side again as if it was “another baby” in my life it’s a top priority. It took me a while to realise being creative and the need to create isn’t something I do but something I am. This year is all about reclaiming that place in my heart and let it know I haven’t forgotten about it, as my kids grow I can see the importance of letting them know their mum has dreams too, and she is following them, so one day they will hopefully be inspired by that and follow their own.

Wishing you a great 2016 people!

x

Jess

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Hello dear friends.

It’s been a while since my last decent post. Olivia has settle little by little so now that we have a routine(ish) it’s time for me to start finding the time to explore and connect with my inner creative. I always find that a very good way to do that is signing up in a creative course. I’ve done that a few times in the past, an opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill and find that momentum to make something new and fresh.

This month I will be attending this Brush Lettering Workshop, with one of my favourite Illustrator Emma Block, (I wrote a post about her here). I’m looking forward to learn this beautiful skill and start making beautiful things, Christmas cards maybe?

P.S. If you haven’t notice I’m working on a brand new portfolio, I thought it was time to refresh this site and push myself into a new direction. I’m ready for some new changes.

Thank you for keep visiting this little space, I promise to start blogging more often, I really missed it.

x

Jess

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Matias: Blowing bubbles from a Thomas and Friends toy he received as a present from his dad. He is still very much hooked on anything “Thomas” related.

Olivia: Growing up fast, laying in her brother’s new space mat. I love how expressive she has become and oh boy, she is a real character!

P.S I’m already so behind with this project, I explained some of the reasons in my last post.

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It’s 22:22 and I’m debating if closing my laptop right now or keep trying to write something coherent to share. The truth is that although my intentions to keep this space updated are good, reality hits me like a non stoppable train going 1000 kph every.single.time.

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Aug
2013

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By Jessica

Recycled denim pouch bag {DIY}

On 07, Aug 2013 | 8 Comments | In DIY & Handmade | By Jessica

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Have you ever ask yourself what to do with the remains of those denim jeans you cut to make a pair of shorts? Well, don’t throw them away, you can make a cute little pouch/clutch to hold your cards, pens, makeup or keys. This is  a very simple DIY project but you will still need to have some basic sewing skills, if you don’t have a sewing machine you can do it by hand, or even use fabric glue. Let’s get started!

Materials:

Recycled denim fabric (from the jeans legs)

White fabric paint

Big black button

Small elastic hair band

Pins, needle and thread

Scissors

Brushes

Sewing machine (optional)

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Step by step:

1) Cut the denim leg around 25 cm long. I forgot to take a pic of this step, Oops.

2) Turn it inside out and sew across the denim leg opening (the side you just cut) using a sewing machine (or by hand) until closes. Turn it right side in again.

3) Fold the open end over to create an envelope effect

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4) Mark the middle of the opening with a pen/pencil (where the elastic will be stitched)

5) Pin the elastic halfway in the first layer of the opening side.

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6) Using a needle and matching colour thread (for your fabric) secure the elastic in the inside of the fabric.

7) Fold the pouch and use the elastic as a reference to mark (with a pen/pencil) where the button will be stitched.

8) Sew your button in place.

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9) You’ll end with something like this. Now it’s time to paint and add your special touch.

10) I didn’t have a specific design in mind, I kind of went with the flow but I wanted to have a tribal look and lots of details. You can also use a erasable pen for your own design and paint on top. I even painted the button at the end! Depending on what kind of fabric paint you use, you might want to iron this once the paint is completely dry (being careful with the plastic button) using a soft cloth at the top to make sure the paint stays.

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And now it’s time to enjoy and show your beautiful recycled denim clutch bag.

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Comments

  1. I used a stencil to make my design as I am a cat lover. It came out great. Thanks for the easy idea/

    • Jessica

      Oh! how nice, you are welcome, I’m a cat lover too :) x

  2. I think you are sooo clever! I am going to make this for myself! patsy

    • Jessica

      Aw! Thank you so much, that’s very sweet. I;m glad you like it, it’s a great way to upcyle denim x

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