Styling Your written by natalie Prints

“Presentation is everything” is an adage I’ve lived by since I was a teenager. You can throw some of the most beautiful things together, but without a purpose it’ll look like a hot mess. On the opposite spectrum, you don’t always need to buy expensive things to achieve a cohesive, well-thought out style (have you seen the dollar store challenges on YouTube? Very impressive indeed). This applies to your home decor, office, or personal style.

When we first met with Natalie to discuss our collab, our talks centered around how to best showcase her work alongside ours, despite coming from different crafting backgrounds.  It didn’t take us long to settle on home decor, and we’re thrilled with the results. There are so many ways to spruce up your walls, but hanging art prints is one of our favourite ways to make a big statement (on a minimal budget too!). In this post, we’re going to show you different ways to style your home. In this case we used my home office, but these prints would look lovely in any office, bedroom or living room as well.

Gallery walls can be intimidating, but with some prep work and a buddy it’s totally manageable. Before we committed to the below look, we traced the frames onto craft paper to play around with the placement. We wanted to make the Eat, Sleep, Craft, Repeat print to be the star, so we arranged the smaller prints around it.

Because this is an office/craft room, we wanted to go for a very bright look with all white frames. Who wants to work in a dark and gloomy space right?

Got gold anyone? If you love glam as much as we do, here’s another option for you. To keep a balanced look, we only replaced one small white frame on either side of the centre print. We actually drilled holes into the walls to hang the prints (I love the prints so much I’m keeping them forever!), but those with commitment issues can use Command picture hanging strips.

If you wanted to keep your walls empty (or hang something else in its place), another option is to lean the frames against the wall instead. While this allows you to re-arrange the frames whenever you want, you may want to secure the top of the frames to the wall to prevent them from sliding down.

If your desk or cabinet is on the smaller end, you can opt for four frames and it’ll still look great.

If you don’t want to stagger your photo frames, you can arrange them by size for a clean, no-fuss look.

Another bonus of having them lean against your walls is is how practical it is (let’s be real, especially for your Instagram photos). While having the frames on the walls looks amazing as a whole, sometimes you just want something nice to look at (without having to crane your neck!) while working.

To achieve any of the looks above, you can download the written by natalie x HANK & HOOK prints here. The Eat, Sleep, Craft Repeat is actually a free download, and next week we’ll be showing you how to add a crochet border around the print, so stay tuned for that.

Happy crafting!

 

 

Joan

Simplyteee x H&H: Styling your knits

One of the reasons we got into the DIY business is because we absolutely love making our own accessories and clothes. It’s fun, therapeutic, and rewarding. However, many makers are tempted to just call it a day after casting off their final row (myself included).To take your project to the next level though, you don’t want to forget about styling. As a Toronto-based company that sells DIY knit and crochet kits, how fitting is it to have a local fashion blogger style our finished knits?

Tina Dao is the mastermind behind Simplyteee, a blog she uses as a creative outlet to chronicle her love for fashion, beauty and travel. Basically, a woman after our own heart. We asked her to choose her favourite items out of our sample knits, and style them based on how she’d wear knits in the cold weather. Here are her picks:

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The Joey Sweater can be worn over a dress shirt and torn jeans for a casual day out. This is also a great option for those who may have sensitivities to wool, but don’t want to give up the cozy fibre.

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A little chilly? No problem. The sweater is knit using worsted weight yarn, so it’s light enough to wear under a fitted jacket. Or, thrown over your shoulders 😉 Top it off with the Audrey Headband and your outfit is complete.

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If you don’t wanna go all gray, brighten up your outfit with the Martina Cardigan.

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We love a chunky scarf a la Lenny Kravitz, but chunky on chunky doesn’t always go well and can overwhelm a tiny frame. In the image below, Tina balances our Winter Wonderland scarf with a simple dress shirt and Top Shop boots.

How do YOU style your knits? We’d love to see. Tag us and hashtag #hankandhook on Instagram for us to go ooooh and ahhhh. Oh, and don’t forget to follow @simplyteee on Instagram too for more fashion inspo!

DIY // The Force Awakens – His & Hers Toque

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I have a confession.

Until I met my partner (Ahmed), I hated sci-fi movies and shows. I know, I know, hate is a strong word. But it’s the truth. I just never cared for nor understand the allure. It didn’t help that no one in my family was into sci-fi, so really I had no reason to even try. For 25 years I was in the dark.

But then I met Ahmed.

He started off slow with me. My first “sci-fi” was Harry Potter. The fact that I considered this sci-fi shows you the extent of my ignorance (and how much reculturing was in store for him).

Fast forward 5 years, 2 days, and a Battlestar Galactica binge (my favourite sci-fi show), I turned to Ahmed 3 days before The Force Awakens premiere and said: “I should make you a Star Wars hat.” I think all of his work culminated in this one statement: He felt proud.

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DIY // Winter Wonderland Hat & Scarf

It’s an understatement to say we’re totally crushing on Wool and the Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool in Ivory White. And we’re not just saying it for the heck of it – both Anna & I have added so much of it to our personal stashes, our bedrooms look like mini yarn shops.

So, the idea for this hat & scarf set came to me when I was visiting the fiancé in Winnipeg last month. Being the knitaholic I am, 75% of my suitcase consisted of yarn and needles (#sorrynotsorry). The moment I stepped foot into the city, I felt like I was in a different country entirely because it was oh. so. cold. What to do? Make something warm to wear, of course! My eyes immediately fell upon my stash of Crazy Sexy Wool. Its shade and chunkiness conjured up images of a winter wonderland, which is how I came up with the name for the patterns.

Although we’ve yet to have our first snowfall here in Toronto, it’s never too early to get your knit on, right? Both items are super quick to knit. You only need 1 ball of Crazy Sexy Wool for the hat and another 3-4 balls for the scarf, depending on how long you want it to be.

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DIY // Very Berry Hat

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Guys, where did the time go? It’s already the middle of December, and the final countdown is here: 10 days until Christmas, 11 days until the retail hurricane that’s Boxing Day, and 16 days until New Year’s Eve. We’re supposed to be well into winter, yet here in Toronto it’s still oddly warm (6 degrees celsius / 42.8 degrees fahrenheit).

Thank God for that though, because I’m hoping that means I can wear my hand knits for longer. I’ve been knitting and crocheting non-stop for the past few months, and my closet is quickly running out of space. And it’s no thanks to the amazing Crazy Sexy Wool.

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