Organic and vegan-friendly hair salon: my review of Emma Hall Hair Design

The last time I had my hair cut and coloured was at Ishi Salon (see here) after having grown it out for a couple years before for our wedding that same year. I found out about Ishi after my first Of One Mind event held at their salon (see here) and I loved the fresh style I got when I gave Craig Kane, my stylist, free reign to do what he thought would suit. Since becoming vegan though, there are a lot of things that you realise you would need to take into account: like finding a new hairdresser that uses vegan friendly products.

It was one of those things that never crossed my mind, but when I thought about it, it did make sense. I was using vegan friendly brands for my skin and hair care products, so why wouldn’t I expect the same from my hairdresser services? Luckily, finding local vegan groups help with this dilemma and I quickly made an appointment with Emma Hall Hair Design to get my hair trimmed and re-coloured.


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The new Scottish Design Exchange department: browsing handmade Scottish textiles

I’m afraid I’ve been a bit slack in the sewing part of my DIY blog. Apart from making baby blankets (see here), about 2 dozen burp cloths (here) and a hooded towel and wash cloth set (here), I’ve been taking a bit of a break from sewing too much. Continue reading “The new Scottish Design Exchange department: browsing handmade Scottish textiles”

Veganuary: why I decided to be vegan for the month of January

Happy new year, everyone! How quickly 2017 has creeped up on us and now we’re 4 days into the new year!

Instead of making new year’s resolutions, this year I decided to follow one simple quote:

Start as you mean to go on.

I’ve always loved animals and switching to veganism was something that’s always hovered on my mind. I even went along to Vegan Festival in Edinburgh during the summer last year (see here) to get an idea of what my options were and it was definitely something I’d been keen to do.

This month, while everyone decides to give up something to make a change in the month of January, I’ve pledged to go vegan for the month with Veganuary. Continue reading “Veganuary: why I decided to be vegan for the month of January”

DIY tutorial: children’s Christmas faux fur blanket

Making stuff for the little ones has been a lot of fun and I can’t wait to hear what my friends with children think of what I’ve made their wee ones! A project that I really enjoyed was making children’s faux fur blankets because 1) it’s important during these cooler days and nights and children catching a cold is definitely not something you want to happen, and 2) it’s so easy to make. If you’re still thinking of last minute Christmas gifts, this will be a perfect, easy and quick project to whip up in a jiffy!


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Cruelty-free Christmas present shopping!

Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re still struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift, I’ve got a few suggestions. Finding that perfect gift for someone can be quite difficult, especially if you’ve got some vegan friends, some who aren’t and some who are vegetarian. Why not go cruelty free so that you’ve got gifts that would suit everyone and give the gift of a pain-free Christmas for animals too? Continue reading “Cruelty-free Christmas present shopping!”

Baby sewing tutorial: hooded towel and wash cloth set

I’ve been working laboriously last week while I was on leave from work to try and catch up with baby sewing projects. I’ve managed to get all the pieces cut out and I’m looking to get baby blankets sewn during the week. I’ll hopefully have a quick tutorial on making blankets (for babies and adults!) up on my blog soon for you!

For now, as you’ll probably have realised from my last few posts (here and here), I’ve got a few friends who are mothers to wee humans or are expecting. I collated a series of tutorials for easy sewing projects for babies here which I’m working through, and one project that I figured I’d get done is a hooded towel. Continue reading “Baby sewing tutorial: hooded towel and wash cloth set”

Makers and Friends workshop: saying it in wire

I’ve been told a lot by friends and family how impressed they are that I make my own garments (see here) or made my own jewellery (here). I’ve mentioned to various interested individuals that it’s a skill that’s easily picked up once you know the basics, but I still get quite a few disbelieving looks. Luckily, I was recently contacted by Makers & Friends about attending a wire workshop that shows you just how simple some jewellery and craft projects can be. Continue reading “Makers and Friends workshop: saying it in wire”

My first baby sewing tutorial: So Sew Easy burp cloths

After a lot of deliberating about fabric choices for several baby sewing projects (see the ones I’ve thinking about here), I finally got started on the burp cloth project.

Using So Sew Easy’s perfect burp cloth pattern (download here) I’ve finally made a set for one friend who’s expecting. I’ve still to make another set for a friend who gave birth to her baby boy a couple months ago though! Continue reading “My first baby sewing tutorial: So Sew Easy burp cloths”

Shopping edit: choosing sustainable and ethical fashion brands

Since I starting making a more conscious decision to go cruelty free, and vegan where possible (see here), I started giving more thought to what this choice actually meant. It’s one thing to choose products that don’t involve cruelty to animals, but have you ever wondered how your purchase consumption of products impacts on the world? Continue reading “Shopping edit: choosing sustainable and ethical fashion brands”

Tartan tea dress: inspirations behind the project

I’m constantly on the look out for new designs or fabrics to inspire my next project. Since I got married and made my own tartan shawl in the OH’s family tartan, (see photos from our 2015 wedding here and wedding sewing/DIY projects here), I keep thinking about how I can bring in more of Scottish culture and history into my designs.

One that I feel personal about is the OH’s family tartan. Unfortunately I learned from making the wedding stole (see here) that the family hunting tartan is not one that is sold commercially so will cost more for this particular tartan to be sourced (the half metre of light woolen tartan fabric cost me about £36 for the stole). Even if I can’t use the OHs’ family tartan, I figured I can still use another tartan for my next dressmaking project.


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