Knitted Beanies

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You may remember a post from the middle of last year when I wrote about the infinity scarves that I was making and had decided to sell. At that time I was selling them through email only as I hadn’t found a suitable website to list them on, but I am currently in the process of setting up an Etsy store which you can find here. Until then they can be order by emailing ladydaisyblog@outlook.com.

As I had so much fun making scarves and the ones that I gifted to other people got such good feedback, I decided that this year I would have a go at making beanies. I’ve been loving quite autumnal colours lately, such as mustard yellow, burgundy and rust orange. So when I found a burnt orange ball of wool at my local craft store, I knew it was exactly the colour I wanted to use for my first attempt at making a beanie. As a final decorative feature, I decided to add a pair of fox ears to the top of the hat as I have been loving foxes lately (as you may have been able to tell from the mug in my post here). I really love how it turned out and can’t wait until it is cold enough to wear it. I am currently working on making a grey pom pom beanie, and am very excited to see how it turns out. I have had so much fun making these beanies that I have decided to also start selling these on my Etsy store in the near future, so keep and eye out for these 🙂

I would love to know if you buy a scarf or beanie and what you think of them so feel free to tag me on Twitter and Instagram with your photos. You can find my usernames on my links page here.

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Upcycle: Bomber Jacket

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It’s starting to get a lot colder here in New Zealand, and I am very sad about it. However, it means that I can create a never ending supply of joggers, jumpers and all things warm. I’m a little late to the bandwagon but I have really been loving the bomber jacket style lately. So much so, that I decided I would attempt to make my own and share it with you all in today’s blog post!

I headed down to my local fabric shop to see if I could find any suitable fabric to use, and unfortunately couldn’t find anything. So the next day I paid a visit to my local charity shop and had a look around for any jumpers or jackets that I could upcycle into my very own bomber. After about 20 minutes of looking around, I was about to give up when I noticed this really pretty, floral jumper hidden behind a few pink tshirts. Although it is not bomber material, I really loved the pattern as it was so bright and so I decided to just use a bomber jacket as inspiration and do my best with what I had. I really liked how it turned out and I hope this post will be of some help if you want to create your own. Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • A jumper that you want to upcycle
  • Lining fabric (I used fleece)
  • Ribbing fabric
  • Scissors
  • A sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • A zip or buttons

What To Do:

  • Try on your jumper to see if there are any places you may need to take it in (such as the sides or the arms). If there is, pin down these sections and use a sewing machine to sew a straight line down the fabric. Unpin and cut off the excess fabric.

  • Once you are happy with the fit, it is time to cut down the centre front of the jumper. Lay the jumper flat on a table or floor, find where the centre point is on the waist band and the collar and cut a straight line from these points.
  • Next, remove the collar and waist band from the fabric (with either scissors or an unpicker). Put these aside for later.

  • Lay out your lining fabric (I used an old sweatshirt for this) and using your jumper as a guide, draw around the body piece with chalk, making sure to tuck in the sleeves and draw around the natural curve of the armhole.
  • To copy the sleeve pieces fold a section of your fabric over and making sure the top of the sleeve is touching the fold, trace around the outside. When you get to the armhole, you can trace this by placing your finger on the seam, lifting the sleeve and placing a mark (repeat this four or five times until you have enough marks to draw up the seams). There are quite a few videos on YouTube that are very helpful for this.
  • Cut out your lining pieces, making sure to leave a 2 cm seam allowance around each piece.
  • Once all of your pieces have been cut out, make sure that you have cut down the centre of the front piece and with the right sides (fleece side) of the fabric facing each other, pin the shoulder pieces of the front and back together and sew along these lines.
  • Open up the pieces and lay them flat on the floor with the fleece facing down. Take your sleeve (fleece facing down). And starting at the shoulder, pin the pieces together and sew carefully along this line. Pin together the side seam and the sleeve and sew along this line, making sure to line up the underarm seams.

  • Attach the ribbing to the waistband, collar and cuffs of your outer jacket (there a quite a few helpful videos if you’re unsure how to do this), and carefully attach the lining to the outer jumper (I recommend you search up a few videos on this as it took me a few attempts).

  • Pin the zip into place and sew carefully with your sewing machine.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I would love to see your recreations 🙂

The Vampire Diaries

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For the last 7 years, The Vampire Diaries has been my favourite TV series to watch. When I discovered the series back in 2010, it was well into its second season and even though I had missed so many important scenes from the first season and things were a little hard to follow, I was instantly hooked. There was just something about the chemistry between the actors and the drama filled storylines packed into each 42 minute episode that really drew me in.

I became an avid watcher of the series, tuning in every Friday night no matter what time it was airing, even when it began airing around 11pm during the fourth season. Eventually I started watching it on TVNZ On Demand as it was express from the US and it meant that I didn’t have to wait 6 months for it to arrive on NZ television. I received all of the seasons on DVD every single Christmas and have watched them all at least 6 times since receiving the first one in 2010.

If you’ve never seen or heard of The Vampire Diaries, essentially it is about a girl called Elena, who is alive but feels dead inside as her parents didn’t survive a car accident a few months earlier. When she returns back to school, she meets a vampire called Stefan who is literally (un)dead and together, they make each other feel alive. However, Stefans’ older brother Damon also falls for Elena, creating a love triangle that carries on well into the series. The storylines also include Elenas’ brother Jeremy, her friends Matt, Bonnie, Tyler and Caroline and a large array of good and evil vampires from Stefan and Damons’ past.

As the years went on, the storylines got even more complex and even though a few seasons got a little bit boring, I still watched every single episode and there was always at least one scene that I loved in every episode. After 8 years full of mystical creatures such as witches, werewolves, ghosts, vampire hunters and many, many more, The Vampire Diaries finally reached its heartbreaking series finale last week.

When I found out that season 8 would be it’s last, I instantly wondered about how it would end. Would Bonnie have a happy ending? Who would Damon and Stefan end up with? Would past characters return for a final goodbye? Now, I’m not going to spoil anything here in case you do watch it and haven’t seen the final episode yet, but I will say that it is an emotional rollercoaster and you will definitely need a box of tissues nearby. I feel that they wrapped up the end of the series perfectly and although I am very sad to say goodbye to the series that has been a part of my life for the past 7 years, it really was the perfect way to say goodbye. 

There is no doubt in my mind that I will re-watch season 1-8 of The Vampire Diaries many, many times throughout my life, and I highly recommend that you give it a watch if you haven’t seen it, as you may end up loving it just as much as I do.

Lemon Cheesecake

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A few weeks ago, my mum mentioned that she had a few lemons to use up, so I offered to make her a lemon cheesecake. I spent a few minutes searching for a good recipe to use that didn’t include gelatin, as I have made a cheesecake with gelatin before and I really wasn’t happy with the result. The best recipe I found was on Nigella.com, and it turned out so well that this will be my new go to recipe. This cheesecake received so much praise that I will definitely be making it again in the near future. Let’s get started!

Note: I have adjusted this recipe to the exact measurements I used, but you can find the original recipe below.

You Will Need:

  • 395g tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 250g carton cream cheese
  • 300ml whipped cream
  • 6 large lemons
  • 12 digestive biscuits (crushed)
  • 80g butter

What To Do:

  1. Grease a round cake tin with a removable base.
  2. Melt the butter over a low heat and add the crushed biscuits. Stir until the biscuits soak up all the butter.
  3. Pour biscuit crumbs in the prepared cake tin and press with your fingertips until firm. Place in the refrigerator.
  4. Place the cream cheese into a large bowl and soften with an electric whisk.
  5. Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk and mix well after each addition until smooth.
  6. Start by folding in the whipped cream, and mix until smooth with the electric whisk.
  7. Add the lemon juice to the mixture slowly and mix well after each addition until thickened.
  8. Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit base and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until firm before serving.
  9. Top with lemon zest and mint.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to see your recreations 🙂

You can find the original recipe here.