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Forrest Gump got it wrong. Sod the box of chocolates, life is like your sock drawer.

I’m not quite sure how or when it happened, all I know is that when I went to dress my cold toes a few mornings ago, I found every single sock to not match another.

My sock drawer. My life.

Their partner’s whereabouts are a mystery, having searched both my wash-basket & under my bed.  Aside from Wee Willie Winkie sneaking in and stealing them (I’ve never trusted that guy) the only other possibility is that there’s a sock swingers’ party going on somewhere I don’t know about.

My boyfriend’s intermingled sock drawer is cloaked beneath the fact that nearly all of his socks are black.  This shows how practical he is.  More than that he doesn’t care if he wears one black sock and the other a slightly faded grey; he’s far too cool to worry about that.  I’ve never been cool.

My assorted collection of brightly coloured, spotted, striped, flowered, frilly white socks is a lot like me; disorganised and all mixed up, with lots of colourful, lonely ideas, but nothing ever adds up because I haven’t got the patience to put things together.  If I search deep enough in my sock drawer will I find the answer to the meaning of life? Probably not, just one of those little lavender bags.

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When your boyfriend knows the name of a fashion trend it’s a sure sign it’s hit the big time. Fascinators, or “satellites” as my Gran (who can always be relied upon for a fantastic slip of the tongue) called them, are going to be more popular than ever this Summer. This is largely thanks to Princess Beatrice’s devil hornstoilet lid fascinator which sold for £81100.01 this week. I bet the person who lost out at the .01 mark cursed themselves.

But whether the fascinator is made by Philip Treacy or not, they’re still ridiculously expensive, ranging from £10 in Claire’s Accessories, to £80 at House Of Fraser.

I spent a whopping total of £3 on my DIY creation.

What you need: 

  • Plain hairband
  • 1 yard of ribbon
  • circle of netting, 6 – 8 cm in diameter (depending on how large you want the fan) This is best cut with a pinking scissors to give a pretty edge.
  • Small wired flowers
  • Any fabric cut out into 4 flower shapes (half the size of the circle of netting)
  • Large Button
  • Glue gun – the secret to all craft success!

I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to craft bits, having been known to pick things up off the pavement if they sparkle. My Aunt stole collected the wired flowers and netting from wedding table decorations with me in mind.  Now that’s the sort of wedding guest you want.

  1. Wrap the ribbon around the hairband, fixing it with the glue gun. Save left over ribbon to make a bow.
  2. Glue bow to one side of hairband.
  3. Tuck tip of wired flowers under headband behind the bow. Fix with glue. 3 flowers looks most aesthetically pleasing as uneven numbers work best in accessories.
  4. Make a cut in the circle of netting, stopping at the centre. Fan it out to create a half circle. You can fix the pleats with a few stitches. Fix fan with glue behind the bow and wired flowers.
  5. Use the flower shapes to cover up visible joins and glue. I placed 2 at the back and 2 at front.
  6. Glue button to front flower shape.
  7. Wear with a smile.

Try to keep to 1 or 2 colours, because you wear the fascinator, it doesn’t wear you (take note Beatrice.)