Make a paracord bracelet

Let’s get this straight. This is not your average friendship bracelet. This is a paracord bracelet. Paracord as in the stuff from parachutes.

It’s tougher, more hardy, more adventurous than your regular friendship bracelet. The girls from the Bodyform ads would wear it if they could. It hints at days spent throwing yourself out of a plane for fun with a balloon-y thing on your back.

And we imagine if you ever accidentally threw yourself out of the plane before you put your parachute on that your instructor would be able to drag you back in by the scruff of your paracord bracelet. It’s that strong. Plus the flecks in the material glint.

It’s the perfect guest to a wrist party, too. See how nice it looks next to Alice’s digital watch and Links of London bracelet? You get to say “Oh, this old thing? Knocked it up myself. Out of paracord. Yeah that’s the one, the stuff from parachutes. Have I ever done a parachute jump myself, you ask? Er, of course ye’ – oooooh, is that the canapé tray?”

Anyway, here is everything you need to have and know to make one…

What you need:  7-strand paracord in colour of your choice (we like our feisty neon green from Yougle UK on Amazon); a large-hole bead; scissors; tape measure; pointy ended tweezers; lighter


1. Cut a 50cm length of paracord.

 2. Make a loop towards one end of your paracord; the leftover cord at end-A should be at least 8cm long.


3. Take end-B and thread it over then under the loop.
 4. Now make a V-shape in the loop, pulling the top down over the bottom – like so!


5. Now take end-B again and thread over the ‘point’ of the V and under the next piece of paracord. (This bold and italic thing is working, isn’t it..?)


6. Now pull end-A and end-B gently at the same time.


7. Tighten and tamper a little with your finished knot to make it neat like the one above.


8. Now thread your large-hole bead on to one end of the paracord.


9. Push the opposite end of your paracord through the large-hole bead, too. You will need your pointy tweezers to help get it through. It’s a tight squeeze. Don’t be put off. This tightness is what gives your bracelet its tension/ability to pull open and squeeze close.


10. In order to get the right fit for your bracelet and to know how much leftover paracord to cut off the ends, you’ll need to try your bracelet on; squeeze it past your knuckles. It should be a comfy but snug fit.

11. Now ease your hand out of your bracelet again and, without adjusting the loop’s size, manoeuvre your bead a bit so it sits nice and central.


12. Now tie a knot at each end of your paracord, as close to the bead as poss.


13. Cut off the leftover paracord.


14. Flick on your lighter. Hold the flame close to, but not touching, the  ends of your bracelet. We’re melting the ends so they don’t fray, not singeing the blighters. Leave them to cool. (By the way, slightly chipped nail varnish is where it’s at these days.)


15. Next, apply to wrist – pulling your bracelet open as wide as you need to, to get your hand in, then pulling it closed again.

 16. Et voila! A crash course in using paracord for something even more useful than those handy suspension line things on parachutes.

* If you like this but can’t be arsed to make it, fret not. We’ll have neon green, gold, black and grey-blue versions,  with a sterling silver bead, in our shop from next Friday (23 Oct).

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Last of the summer holiday snaps

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Author: Sarah-Louise James

We May Be Little – AKA, me, Maria and Alice – went on holiday to Menorca with a group of family members a couple of weeks ago.

While we were there, we sunbathed, baby-watched, blogged, did craft stuff, macrame’d, drank coffee, drank cocktails, came up with craft ideas, did a bit of cooking, came up with a few food ideas for the blog, ate nice food, drank more cocktails. And then we came home.

And now, if you’re UK-based, you’ll know: the weather is ruddy horrendous. And that holiday feels like a milllllllllllion years ago (sung in the voice of Youssou N’Dour).

So on this wet Wednesday afternoon in London, I decided to go through our snaps and upload some nice sunny ones in the hopes it would result in a nice, sunny feeling. It sort of worked. So we hope it works for anyone reading, too.

In no particular order are: sunsets, cocktails, things we made (there’s a paracord knot jewellery how-to coming to the blog soon), palm trees, sea views, padron peppers cooked by us and various restaurants (simply fry those devils in olive oil and a load of rock salt for one of the tastiest tapas going), us – working; scary clowns and all the other things you might expect to see on a sunny Mediterranean holiday.

Wish you were there. Oh no, hang on, we wish we were there. We wish we all there!

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Pimp a pumpkin

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It’s October 2. It’s the weekend. Let’s pimp a pumpkin.

We’re not going to pretend this is going to win us any pumpkin carving competitions – particularly as it doesn’t require any ruddy carving – but we will not deny that it’s a pretty cute, and dare we say it, stylish, way of inviting Halloween into your home.

Plus, it’s so easy we can’t believe we’re writing a 3-step how-to.

Nevertheless, there’s a 3-step how-to after the pics.

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3 simple steps to a stylish pumpkin

What you will need: a selection of gourds from your local greengrocer – it’s nice to mix it up on the size and colour front; a Sharpie

1. Draw a circle for an eye 3/4 of the way up one pumpkin rib
2. Draw a nonchalant v-shape for a smile half-way up the next rib
3. Draw another circle for an eye – just a smidgeon less than 3/4 of the way up – on the next rib for a lovably wonky look

Now find a home for your pumpkin friends somewhere nice in your home. As you can see from the picture below, we created a whole pumpkin family. We kept it chilled, however, by only adding faces to three of the five pumpkins. Because we’re cool like that.

Gourd-jus, eh? (Never gets old, that one.)

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Will you be decorating your home for Halloween? We’d love to hear your ideas if so.

Strictly Sunday

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Sparkles! Shimmer! Pink, pink, pink! We love a bit of Strictly Come Dancing. So we decided to get creative in anticipation of its first ep. And if you can’t knock up a set of sequin-clad coasters for the start of Strictly, when can you…

These unashamedly pink and scarlet babies*, with sewn-on gold and red sequins – and a bigger coaster for your bottle – really brightened up our Oyster Bay drinking. Which, as a side note, isn’t actually that hard.

We also like to think our fairy lights resemble tiny mirror balls – but we’re probably just trying to justify ourselves. We love fairy lights as we’re sure you’ll come to notice.

Anyway, on to the couples. Here’s our verdict. Please pardon the puns…

Peter and Janette: Wonder how many episodes it’ll take him to rip off his shirt and ripple his abdominals a la the “Ooo-ooooh-weeee-ooooh Mysterious Girl” vid. We give it three. Maybe even two.

Kirsty and Brendan: Power couple. Tall, dark, lean, determined, like champion racehorses.

Jamelia and Tristan: Forgone conclusion: those legs, that rhythm – she’s going to be some kind of superstar…

Kellie and Kevin: Ahh, cute. And with potential. Kev from Grimbsy won’t want to let his ‘Never done a dance off’ crown slip.

Carol and Pasha: We forecast the smiley weather woman’s legion of fans will take her at least half-way through the competition, dance prowess or no dance prowess…

Jeremy and Karen: There was a hip swivel. We’re not sure how we felt about it. Wonder how he’ll get on dancing the swing(o-meter).

Jay and Aliona: Jay looks like a kind of hunky human version of Aslan from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Whether he’ll roar into the final (…) is anyone’s guess at this nervy stage…

Daniel and Kristina: The time sexy Kristina’s powerful female pheromones were spoil-sportingly bottled up.

Ainsley and Natalie: He talks the talk but can he walk the swingy-hipped walk? Natalie smiled gamely on. As she does.

Katie and Anton: The Proms host’s dancing partner couldn’t hide his glee. Katie looks a bit like Darcy but whether she has the moves is still up in the air.

Anthony and Otlile: This pairing. Pure. Sex. Appeal. If she can make him dance, there’ll be Strictly fireworks.

Iwan and Ola: Maybe his hips were a bit stiff from a recent run…

Anita and Gleb: If she ever stops objectifying the poor boy we might find out if she can dance.

Helen and Aljaz: Barbie and Ken – in the nicest possible way. And Helen’s limbs look promisingly more fluid than plastic.

Georgia and Giovanni: Aw ‘Georganni’ – destined to be big. Even though they’re small.

Strictly Sunday will be back in three weeks. Until then we’re going to enjoy the last shreds of sunlight and pretend that the Christmas countdown is not on.

* If you like our Strictly coasters you can find them in sets of 4 and 6 in our shop.