52 Weekends No.43 – Sun’s out Tum’s out!

The weather this summer has been amazing but it’s made me realise my wardrobe is not cut out for this heat. So I decided to customise a few things to suit the weather… cutting down jeans, cutting sleeves off shirts, that sort of thing. However I’m not confident enough to wear a crop top, so with a bit of careful cutting and knotting, I made this perfect little breezy top!

Customise T-Shirt | 52 weekends | Stacy Grant Craft Photography Customise T-Shirt | 52 weekends | Stacy Grant Craft Photography

52 Weekends No.41 – Handmade note books

For my birthday a couple of weeks ago my Mum kindly bought me a sewing machine. I’ve never really done much sewing but I’m really keen to learn. Since I received it I’ve been gathering ideas and patterns on Pinterest, buying fabric from various shops and this weekend I felt ready to try it out.

I started by learning what all the bits on the machine do and practiced a couple of different stitches and learnt about thread tension. Then I was ready to start my first project, what was it going to be… the floppy summer hat? The house slippers, an apron, pin cushion, wall storage, summer dress, bunny doll? I’d collected so many ideas at this point I got a little over whelmed. I needed to real myself back in and write a list of projects in order and build up my confidence. That’s when my first project found me… a note book made of scrap paper. Maybe not the most obvious first sewing project but at least I now have a little note book to write down all my ideas, put them in order and work through them 😀

Handmade Notes Books | 52 Weekends | Stacy Grant

52 Weekends No.40 – Music in the Park

This weekend we celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Cure by watching them play live in Hyde Park as part of the British Summertime Festival and they were amazing!

A beautiful summers day spent relaxing in the park watching live music is my idea of bliss! If you get chance to get tickets for these type of events they really do make a great weekend.

Inspired by all the music we heard today I gathered together some of my favourite CD and decided to make myself a good old fashion compilation mix for the car. Cover it in doodles with a magic marker and boom.. CD Mix tape!

52 Weekends No.40 - Music in the Park | Stacy Grant

52 Weekends No.39 – Homemade hair mask

I had a bit of a hectic one this weekend, busy, busy, busy! So there was only one way to end it…with some serious relaxing! I made a deep conditioning hair mask. I mashed one banana and added 2 eggs, 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp honey. Mixed it all up and applied it to clean wet hair. Wrapped up my hair in a plastic hair bag and a towel, then left it on for 20 mins. Just enough time to sit and relax with my book! This is how to turn a busy weekend into a calm one 😀

Relax hair mask | 52 Weekends | Weekend Inspiration | Stacy Grant

52 Weekends No. 38 – Hitching Lavender Fields

The weekend always feels so different to the rest of the week, they feel so relaxed, happy and everything just seems easier to deal with. I love spending mine doing the things I love, which could be making things, learning a new craft, visiting interesting places or just chilling at home watching movies and doing puzzles. Whatever I’m doing I like to share it to help inspire you with ideas, that’s how the 52 Weekends series was born.

This week…52 Weekends No.38 – Hitching Lavender Fields. It’s currently the perfect time of year for picking your own lavender. For £5 you get a bag to collect your cuttings and the lone of scissors too… it’s a simple fun afternoon that I highly recommend! And think of all the crafty things you can do and make with all that dried lavender 😀

Hitching Lavender Fields | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends

Hitching Lavender Fields | Stacy Grant | 52 WeekendsHitching Lavender Fields | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends Hitching Lavender Fields | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends

 

52 Weekends No.37 – Fathers Day Memory Bracelet

It’s that wonderful time of the week…the weekend! Time to rest, to have fun, spend time with the ones you love and generally feel a little more carefree than usual.

This Sunday  is Father’s Day, for some of us this day isn’t an easy one to get through, it’s hard seeing all the cards in the shops when you no longer have someone to buy for. But I didn’t want to let this day go by uncelebrated so I decided to use an old vintage watch I picked up in a charity shop, remove the clock face and replace with one of my favourite photos of my dad and I. It makes a lovely piece of jewellery to wear on those tough days.

Fathers Day 2018 | Memory Bracelet | 52 Weekends | Stacy Grant creative photographer

 

52 Weekends No. 36 – Elderflower Cordial

I love summer weekends, they’re long, warm and flowery. Have you noticed all the Elderflowers in full bloom at the moment? I’ve been seeing it everywhere and I couldn’t resist picking some and trying to make elderflower cordial (for the first time). I was really pleased to discover it’s very simple and worked out just perfect for this week’s 52 Weekends No.36 – Elderflower cordial.

All you need is 8 elderflower heads, 250g caster sugar, 2 tbsp honey, 500ml water, 1 lemon (zest and juice 1 half and slice the other half). Slowly bring to the boil the water, sugar and honey and when the sugar has dissolved take off the heat and add the elderflower flowers facing down then add all the other ingredients and leave in the pan with lid on for 24 hours. Finally strain through muslin and store in a sterilized jar. Why not give it a try?!

Elderflower Cordial | 52 weekends by Stacy Grant

Elderflower Cordial | 52 weekends by Stacy Grant

52 Weekends No.35 – Festival Flower Crown

This weekend we enjoyed sunshine, live music, Halloumi burgers, hippy stalls, axe throwing and Morris dancing at the Strawberry Festival in Cambridge. Inspired by all the flower crowns seen at the festival I decided to make my own with some garden wire and some ribbons and artificial flowers I had in my craft box… it’s so pretty i don’t want to take it off!

Festival Flower Crown | 52 weekends  | Inspiration by Stacy Grant

52 Weekends No. 34 – Needle Felting

I’ve had such a busy week working really long hours that it made me look forward to this weekend more than usual. Saturday morning on the way to the supermarket to do the weekend shop I detoured into Hobbycraft to buy some supplies and have a browse. Ever since I’ve been getting more involved in the craft world for work I’ve been drawn towards the needle felt creations I’ve seen (possibly because most of the time they are cute little animals), so when I found this sweet little dinosaur felt making kit for £4 I knew I had found this weekends project.

I was completely new to this and it was a great craft to learn, the instructions were simple and easy to follow and all you needed to add was a tons of patience. I sat on the sofa whilst the kids watched a movie stabbing away and bringing my little creation to life (stabbed my fingers a couple of times too). It’s quite addictive, therapeutic and has left me feeling very inspired to make my own designs, maybe some cute little aliens next! For £4 I would highly recommend giving this mindful little craft a try!

Needle Felting Dinosaur | Stacy Grant Creative craft photographer Dino Project | Needle Felting Dinosaur | Stacy Grant Creative craft photographer