DIY Scrunchies

Lockdown has meant that I have had a lot more time to get crafty and do some sewing projects that I have wanted to do for a while. One item I have learnt how to sew during this period is scrunchies, which are really simple to make and fun to wear. Because I have really enjoyed making them, I thought I would share the pattern with you. So why not have a go if you have some extra time on your hands?

Or, visit my new Depop shop (https://depop.com/eloise_a_h) to purchase my handmade scrunchies and save the bother!

You will need:

– A strip of fabric of your choice (approx 40cm long and 7cm wide)

– A hair band

– A needle and thread

How to make:

Step 1: Begin by folding your fabric around the hair band with the inside on the outside, then stitch along the edge with running stitch. See picture below.

Step 2: Once you have stitched all the way along, turn the strip of fabric inside out on the hair band. This may be a bit tricky but just keep pulling and it will turn the right way eventually. Then fold both ends of the strip over and stitch together using mattress stitch.

Now your scrunchie is complete!

To add a bunny ear tie to your scrunchie, cut a template similar to the one shown below, and use it to cut out a piece of material the same shape. (Don’t worry if the shape isn’t perfect, chances are you won’t notice too much).

Now fold in half (inside out) and stitch the edges together. Leave a gap in the middle to turn the right way afterwards.

Turn the right way and stitch the gap together with mattress stitch.

Lastly, tie around your scrunchie!

I hope you enjoy this sewing tutorial. Now go and make a load more!

Eloise xxx

World Bee Day

I started this drawing of a honey bee about a year ago because of my passion and concern for these beautiful creatures, but have only recently got round to completing it. However, this was perfect timing because it is world bee day today!

World bee day is a time to reflect on all the reasons why I felt the need to do this drawing; bees are nature’s essential workers, we could not live without them. They pollinate flowers so plants can grow. Without plants there is no food. Without food there is no us.

So bees are important right? We couldn’t live without them. But the bad news is that bees, especially the honey bee, are becoming increasingly endangered.

Bees are dying out because of many reasons, such as diseases, which are out of our control. However, one reason they are dying is because of pollution. As the air fills with pollution, scent from plants is harder for bees to detect so they cannot pollinate flowers to make honey and get the nutrients they need. A second reason is the use of pesticides which are designed to kill species which are harmful to crops. But some of these pesticides also kill bees.

What can you do to help?

Since the coronavirus outbreak, the number of bees has risen by a small amount. This is because there is less pollution from cars as people haven’t been going out so much during the lockdown. So the best things you can do to help are: don’t use cars so much, stay away from harmful pesticides, and plant flowers such as sunflowers, rosemary, buttercups and lavender which encourage bees to continue pollinating! 🌸🌻

You can also learn more about bees and what you can do to help here: https://savebees.org/learn/

With your help we can save the bees! 🐝

Thank you,

Eloise xxx

Windmill Pencil Drawing

I wanted to do this drawing of a windmill because of my love of the countryside. I love going on holiday to places like Wales where it is full of green fields and, occasionally, windmills but it doesn’t look like I am going to be able to go there this year because of Covid 19. So drawing it is the next best thing.

It might seem strange for me to draw beautiful things during this hard time, but art can often be used as an escape method – a way to travel somewhere else, and this is exactly what I wanted to do through this artwork.

It took about a month, on and off to complete this drawing. I enjoyed capturing the detail of all the bricks. I hope you like it too.

Eloise xxx

Ink Flowers

I’ve been really liking images and drawings of ink flowers lately so I decided to have a go at drawing some myself.

I drew a trio of spring flowers inspired by the flowers in my garden at the moment – a flower which came in a pack of bee friendly seeds, heather and a daffodil.

I also did this delicate buttercup with a quote which I came up with myself – ‘let flowers grow through the weeds’. This is designed to show that, rather than trying to clear away all the bad things in our life (which is impossible to do), we should try to let the good things bloom through our problems. 😊💐

Rainbow Tears

The NHS, and all the other key workers have been playing a vital part in keeping the world ticking through this difficult time, so I decided to join many others in painting rainbows to put in my window as a way to say a big THANK YOU to all the amazing workers.

I thought that the delicate effect of watercolour would be the perfect medium to create my rainbows with. I did one basic, ‘simple but effective’ rainbow, with a calligraphy style ‘thank you’ in the centre:

I then created a ‘drip effect’ rainbow. The drips are designed to represent the tears and suffering caused to so many families, but the cheerful colours give hope that we will overcome this pandemic:

I hope you like these paintings, and, once again, a big a thank you to everyone doing their bit during this time!

Eloise xxx

Watercolour Tulips

Despite not being able to go anywhere or see relatives, the Easter bank holiday was sunny and was the perfect weather for sitting outside in my garden and painting.

We have some beautiful tulips in flower at the moment so I decided to paint them. I thought that watercolours would be a good way to capture the delicate and sunny mood of the flowers, plus the fact watercolours are quite easy to take outside because they aren’t too messy.

I wasn’t very pleased with this painting at first but on later inspection found that maybe it wasn’t too bad after all. My family liked it but I always feel like my art isn’t great. I thought I would share it with you anyway – let me know what you think. 😊🌸🧑‍🎨

Eloise xxx

Timeline of my Life

I really enjoyed doing this series of small drawings which show myself from a baby to the fifteen year old I am now. It was fun finding out old photographs to use for these sketches. It is surprising how much you change over the years without even really noticing.

It is a preparatory sketch I have been working on for a painting with the themes of journey and identity which I am going to begin soon. As life for all of us is somewhat standing still at the moment, the final artwork aims to explore the mystery of what lies ahead, while also reflecting on the huge journey we have already traveled.

I hope you like this sketch and are all staying safe. All comments are most welcome.

Thank you!

Eloise xxx

Isolation Photography

A couple of weeks ago I decided that I would like to get a proper camera. I enjoyed taking photos on my phone but thought that I could get an even better quality of photo with an EOS 4000D Canon. I tested it out in my garden last week and was very pleased with the quality of the photos:

I hope you like these photos. I have only taken pictures of flowers and nature so far but I am planning to do some indoor photo shoots soon. I would really recommend this model of camera for anyone wanting to try photography for the first time. It isn’t for advanced photographers but it is excellent value for a first time camera. It’s a good hobby to start while isolating!

As always, please comment your thoughts and opinions below. It is greatly valued!

Thank you,

Eloise xxx

Pet Portrait

About six months ago some friends, after seeing some of my artwork, asked me to do a pet portrait of their two Jack Russles, Milo and Oscar. I seized the opportunity and promptly agreed – this was my first pet portrait commission!

They decided that the drawing should be in black and white pencil. I began, like most of my artworks begin, by drawing up a few sketches of the dogs for my costumers to see so they could ask me to change the layout if they didn’t like it. However, there was nothing that I needed to change so I embarked on the final piece. I don’t use grids or anything like that for my portraits – I feel that it is much more natural and easy to change things if I do it freehand. Observation is an essential part of capturing the likeness and even though I didn’t manage to draw in every hair exactly the same as the photos I was drawing from, I hope that I have captured a good likeness of these cheeky dogs!

If you follow my Instagram: eloisesdesignedlife, you will have seen the gradual process of this artwork. Please go follow me if you haven’t already. I am looking forward to giving it to my costumers once I am able to. It’s a bit difficult while in quarantine!

Comment below what you think of this drawing, I love to hear feedback. I’m hoping to do some more pet portraits in future.

Thank you,

Eloise xxx

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