Thursday, 14 December 2017

Tis The Season To Get Cosy

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Greetings to you all from the depths of my blanket cocoon on the sofa! How is the weather by you right now? Following on from a very snowy weekend, here in the Netherlands, we've resorted to using the humble canoe to do our grocery shopping... It's non-stop rain right now with a side order of blustering wind and just a hint of icy slush. There can only be one thing for it then... hibernation!


Today I bring you my guide to getting cosy and making the most out of being imprisoned by Winter. Prepare for a weekend of rosy cheeked, laziness- completely guilt free erm weather! and the perfect excuse to rest up and take stock. Even if the sun is shining where you are but you're in need of some Christmas spirit or if you suffer from the blues this time of year then there may well be a few tricks in this here post to help you along the festive season.


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- Let us begin by setting the scene! Light your favourite scented candles, yes that's right the ones you treated yourself to but don't want to burn for fear of 'wasting' them- those ones! Switch on your fairy lights, grab your softest blankets and cushions and get some mood music going- my preferred playlists of choice are either 1940s/50s radio or a magical movie soundtrack.


- Next step is a cosy costume! For me pjs are a must when having some seasonally induced me time but whatever allows you to lounge to the max will work. A fluffy jumper, luxe knits, ride or die yoga pants, chunky socks, thick woolly tights, an old hoody- whatever your weapon of choice, suit up and prepare for phase 3.


- Snackage! Now this could be fully prepared in advance comfort food such as soup or cheese toasties, but freshly popped popcorn lends a delicious smell as well as taste, mulled wine is always a crowd pleaser or go old school with bearded gingerbread biscuits and traditional Austrian meringue wreaths accompanied beautifully by my favourite Muggle Friendly Butterbeer Hot Chocolate recipe! Tis the season to be merry so go ahead and treat yourself!


- Once you're all set and ready to snuggle in then it is simply a case of doing your most relaxing/ indulgent activity of choice. Here are a few of my tried and tested holiday faves:

  • Wrap yourself up into a human burrito and settle in with your most beloved book (call me obvious but Harry Potter is always a great idea this time of year!)
  • Get crafty and make your Christmas cards in front of the telly
  • Crack out the golden oldies and play a classic Hollywood movie whilst whilst knitting a handmade gift for a loved one
  • Create a cheesy festive playlist to sing along to as you soak in the tub
  • If there was ever a board game season, this is it! Get the whole gang round and create some fabulous new memories with a games night
  • Skype your bestie! For those that have busy lives or live a distance from your best people, having a good old catch up over the internet could be just the ticket to inject some fun into those rainy days
  • Movie marathon! Can't be missed, there are so many great Chrimble films to choose from. Just remember to implement step 3!
  • Talking of sweet treats, why not bake yourself family some homemade chocolate chip cookies or any wild and imaginative flavour you can think up (Terrys Chocolate Orange and marshmallow anyone?)
  • Bust out your DIY moves and hand craft a festive wreath to bedeck your front door and to welcome your hibernation buddies

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However you choose to spend your blustery Winter days be sure to enjoy the smaller moments, be kind to yourself and others, make time for the special people in your life and for all the things that make you happy and don't forget your ugly jumper! Happy Holidays!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Hashtag Blithesome // Instagram Accounts Currently Loving

Guys, it's snowing! Ahh there is something magical about that first dusting of real snow. I can't help but feel all excited at its beauty and stillness. I mean, keep safe out there everyone and remember to look in on your neighbours but what a perfect opportunity to slow down. Lets use this momentary pause in our otherwise busy lives to take stock and reconnect with the people that matter and the things we love!


Whilst you're snuggled up in hibernation mode check out these simply stunning Instagram accounts that I just can't get enough of!


@emily_jeffords

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@silkreads

Stacks & piles // Stunning shelves // Contrasting colours // Softness // Classics & contemporaries

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@windmilldreams

Treasures of Amsterdam // Hotspots // Hidden gems // Dutch architecture // City streets & canal boats

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@themerrythought

Handmade goodness // Christmassy feels // DIY inspiration // Trinkets & treats // Pretty flatlays

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@kayleighawright

Heart warming // Comforting // Seasonal snapshots // Everyday life // Winter magic

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@lizlpayne

Textural wonders // Mixed media art // Bold & happy colours // Mood enhancing // Needlework

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These instagramming delights should add a twinkle to your day but if you're looking for a few more recommendations to up your inspiration feed then be sure to check out Hashtag ImpellingHashtag Escape and Hashtag Invoke. See you Thursday for some tips and ideas on cosiness!
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Friday, 8 December 2017

LOFT - Petit Magasin, Little Department Store, Arnhem

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Housed between the bustling cobbled streets of Arnhem city centre, a shining beacon reflecting the city's own multifaceted style of modern meets historical, Loft concept store is the place to shop for your closet, your loved ones and your home.


The building itself is an architect's dream. Its classic Dutch exterior jumps out of the crowd and draws you inside where you're met with bright, light exuding windows, dramatically high ceilings and a serious textural adventure and interactive layout of all the beautiful products within. You can't help but be led through the store from one fabric loaded table to the next alluring rail wanting to take in every single item along the way.


Whether you're shopping for a whole new outfit, for that perfectly unique piece of artwork, for a 'moving in' gift to a best friend or simply looking for interior design ideas Loft has it all, and then some.


Seasonally evolving displays, fashionably ahead of trends whilst always stocking classic pieces this shop really does cater for all occasions and you'll be hard done by to avoid parting with your pennies after just a wee stroll around. I love the super luxe lounge wear and knit collections that seem a staple product, the framed designs and the unusual, stand out home wear treasures that have the ability to transform any room. Take a look for yourselves and get inspired!


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As you can see by my excessive abundance of photographs (just imagine the size of my wish list!), the gorgeousness on offer here is vast and plentiful. Treat yourself to a city break to Arnhem and prepare to kit out your home with the most stylish furniture and art work, pick up a few key pieces of statement jewellery, bedeck yourself with the softest t shirts and soak up the fashion forward atmosphere as you go. Just be sure to check in extra baggage!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Frost & Frocks // Winter Sewing Wishlist

Greetings Winterlings! Is it getting frosty where you are yet? Here in the East of the Netherlands there is certainly a bite to the air right now! That means ice cold finger tips from cycling thawed out with plenty of hot chocolate.


As the Winter folds us into it's crisp embrace a change of wardrobe is always a good thing and as I'm working on building up a diverse handmade collection I've cobbled together a Winter wish list of scrumptious items I'll be hoping to create!


Keeping things seasonally appropriate I'm thinking of going for wools and tartans, warm textures and drapey silhouettes, navys (shocker) and reds and maybe a mustard or a rust to shake things up.


Looking at the gaps in my current working wardrobe I'm in need of Winter weather proof dresses, a festive skirt would be great, you can never have enough key knits to add softness to any outfit and despite having a heap of coats I'd love a bold cape to pair with some killer biker boots!


Below is my gathered inspiration of each piece, something to get my ideas going and to keep my project focused. Be sure to let me know which items you'd happily wear this Winter!


The Skirt

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The Knit

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The Cape

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I can't wait to get my hands on some fabulous textiles and start busting out some of these ideas! Which key season pieces are on your must have/ sewing wish list at the moment?
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Monday, 27 November 2017

Seasonal Shadows // Mood Board Curations

Welcome to the beginning of a fabulous week! I'm ready with another serving of some Monday motivation in the form of my beloved moodboards. Take a time out, catch up with yourself and get some creative inspiration ready to tackle the days ahead.


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Be sure to follow along on Faded Windmills facebook page to catch a daily dose of moodboard magic. Have a splendid week folks and I'll see you Thursday with a shiny new post. Until then!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Shake It // Winter Workout Playlist

Sometimes it takes more than a new pair of yoga pants to get me in the mood for exercise. I know it's incredibly important to keep in shape and to keep that oxygen a flowing and your heart a pumpin, but guys... it's a struggle. So as a way to boost morale and get me in the mood for kicking ass I've compiled a new fitness playlist.


Feel free to have a listen or follow via spotify or add any that inspire you to get your groove on to your own current track list. Be sure to let me know of any playlists of records that get you pumped and read to sweat it out as I'm always in need of updating my music (any excuse to postpone a workout!)




Time to sketch out a shiny new routine to go with my new yoga pants and playlist. I'm a devoted follower of Yoga With Adriene so that is always my go to warm up and cool down, but I'm thinking a HIIT from Fitness Blender. Do you guys have any suggestions or recommendations for me to try out?

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Once More With Feeling // Handmade Gift Ideas

Whether you're getting a head start on festive preparation or have a special birthday to cater for; showing your appreciation and love for your family and treating them to something they will treasure has never been easier. Especially if you're looking to add a personal and thoughtful touch by gifting something unique and handmade! 


Online resources such as Etsy make finding that perfect gift a breeze, whilst supporting smaller, independent businesses (hurray!)- but how can we take that personal extra sparkle to the next level? By having a go at an easy peasy DIY and making your homemade present yourself!


I've done the leg work for you and collected a round up of fabulous ideas, ranging from skill levels and varying in equipment needed. Have a browse, pencil yourself in an afternoon of crafting and get involved! Who knows, maybe you discover a love of creating something with your hands and learn a whole new set of skills- what's not to like?!


Let's begin with some super easy DIY's:


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- This super simple pom pom sweater by the fabulous A Beautiful Mess is a bold choice.
- For the photographer in your life try this camera strap by A Pair A Spare.
- Give luxurious velvet covered notebooks a try with this DIY from Fall For DIY.
- How about mittens from Feathering My Nest made with old sweaters?!


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- Try your hand at this watercolour mug DIY from House of Hipsters.
- Get personal with this framed map picture by DIY With Love.
- Sparkle this Christmas with ornaments by The Sweetest Occasion made using gold leaf.
- Make a little one happy with a wee kitten purse from Handmade Charlotte.


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- Keep things scrumptious with It's Always Autumn's cookie mix sack and labels.
- Turn a dishcloth into this awesome apron with simple tutorial by Flax & Twine.
- Make some homemade cookies then use this packaging idea from Home Made by Carmona.
- Turn things up a notch with an adult hot chocolate, as shown here.


Now for a few ideas certainly worth the challenge:


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Common Thread show how an old t shirt and piece of rope can transform into stylish jewellery.
- Get diggin for gold with Room For Tuesday's DIY soap tutorial.
- Whip up Lark Crafts's snuggle buddy for a special small person in your life.
- Hey, try a DIY from yours truly and bust your fabric stash to make a zipped purse!


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- I know many people who would love a leather clutch from Alice and Lois's DIY.
- Say it with soap using this Finding Home Farms simple to follow tutorial.
- Get seriously crafty and try your hand at this fabric teepee from Strawberry Swing and Other Things.
- Who doesn't love pompoms? Use this tutorial by Honestly WTF and make a pair in every colour!


Here's to spending those rainy days crafting up a storm, pouring in heaps of love and surprising a special someone with something truly unique and created with your very own hands! Be sure to let me know if you give any of these DIY's a try!