Introducing RagnBow: My Handmade Accessories Online Shop

It’s here. It’s finally here.


I’ve launched my online handmade accessories Etsy shop. I’m currently selling a set of ten gorgeous men’s adjustable bow ties. Here’s a taster:

All bow ties are made from high quality fabric. And I’m also able to make custom orders for weddings and parties.

Take a look at my current collection.


Zoe-Lee’s Wish List: Punk Wednesday Addams

This month I’m digging

Fashion inspiration-punk wednesday addams


This is the first time I’ve put up a fashion wish list on my blog, so I hope to make this a monthly occurrence.

As a child, my family nicknamed me “Wednesday” because I looked like Christina Ricci who played Wednesday Addams in the films. At the time I hated it. But as I slowly (and unsurprisingly to some) grew into a teenage goth, I loved the likeness. So here’s September’s wishlist inspired by my all-time goth hero.

Here’s where you can get the look:

1. Studded knee-high socks

With autumn approaching and the temperatures still high, I’m determined not to commit to thick black tights just yet. So, I’m going to need some knee-highs for colder evenings. Love this pair from 

2. Thursday Dress

No Wednesday Addams outfit would be complete without a cuffed and collared dress. I particularly love the ribbon tie around the collar on this dress from Disturbia.

3. Skull and bird skull hair ties

I’ve always loved bird skulls. Morbid yes, but these beautiful hair ties are so much prettier than dull, plan black bands. You can get some from Moon Raven Designs on Etsy.

4. Intrepid boots

I’m a veggie, so I choose not to wear animal carcusses. And for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to a pair of these boots from vegetarian-shoes. They’re just too expensive for me!!

What’s on your wishlist for autumn?

Misty Morning Fashion Shoot

This shoot is probably one of my most favourite collaborations to date.

We were blessed with be-yootiful weather, the clothes and make up were spot on and I managed to take away a set of decent snaps.

I’m really keen to do more fashion shoots, so if you like what you see and live locally (Bedfordshire), get in touch and we’ll sort something out.

Here’s a couple of promo shots I did for Ami-Lu’s most recent headpiece.

I’m so pleased that I managed to incorporate my found rabbit skull into these shots!

Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks!


DIY Quilted Coasters: Tutorial

Today, I’m going to show you how to make these crafty coasters using leftover scraps of fabric:

This make should only take you around 30 minutes – about as long as it takes to drink a cup of tea!

What you’ll need:

  • Template
  • Iron
  • 16 fabric scraps, at least 7.5cm square, for patchwork coaster tops
  • Matching coloured thread
  • Erasable chalk
  • 1 fat quarter (as we call it in the sewing biz), approx 46x56cm for backing
  • 0.25m of fusible fleece

The coasters are placed together in four individual squares which are then cut into a circle shape using your template. 

How To

Step 1 
First, cut your 16 fabric scraps into 7.5cm squares. 

I’d advise that you first layout which patters and colours that you want to go together on each coaster. I’m using these fabrics because they’ll create a shabby chic feel:

Begin with two squares and sew them together – right sides of the fabric facing – to form one half of the square and press open the seam:

Next, sew two more pieces together to form another half of the circle and press open the seam. Then pin both pieces together, right sides facing with the seams aligned. Sew together to form the entire square coaster top:

Make sure you press open the seams, other wise you’ll end up with bunching:

You’ll need to repeat Step one a further three times in order to create all four coaster tops.

Step 2

For this step, you’ll need to create a circular template. This enable you to cut four circles from your coaster tops. 

I used some tracing paper to create my coaster top template. I set my compass to 10cm and drew a circle. But you can use a larger diameter if you wish. I then cut this out and pinned the circle to each coaster top, making sure that I’d centrally aligned the template across the four squares. 

Once you’ve done this, then cut 4 other cirlces from your fusible fleece and your backing fabric.

Step 3 

Place one circular coaster top, right side up, on top of a piece of fusible fleece circle with the wrong side facing the fusible fleece. Use a hot iron fuse the fabric onto the fleece, like this:


You’ll need to repeat this process for your three remaining coaster tops. 

I cannot stress enough how important a hot iron is for this step. If you use a luke warm heat, you’ll end up damaging the glue on the fusible fleece and it won’t stick to your fabric properly.


Step Four

Using tailors chalk, or erasable pen, mark diagonal stitch lines through your coaster tops with the two lines intersecting the centre. You will be stitching through the coaster tops and fusible fleece only. The backing will be added at a later stage. 

Use your sewing machine to quilt through the lines you’ve just drawn. Do this for all four pieces, like this:


Step Five

Sew the backing to the quilted top piece. With a coaster top and backing piece facing right sides together, hand sew around the edge leaving a 6mm seam allowance:

Make sure you leave a gap of 4cm to enable you to turn the coaster right side out. Repeat this process for the other three coasters.

Step 6 

Gently turn one coaster right side out. Push out the inner seam so that that the circle edge is smooth. Turn in the fabric at the 4cm opening (pin the top and bottom together if necessary) and press flat. Top stitch around the edge of the coaster, leaving a 3mm gap from the edge, sewing the opening closed. Repeat this process with the other three coasters.


By the end of this, you’ll have created four beautiful patchwork coasters. 

But if you enlist any helpers like I did, it might take you a little longer than half an hour:

Mick the cat

I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. It’s originally inspired by Crafty Magazine‘s project. 



I’m super excited to be blogging my first fashion post here at Secret Diary of a Scavenger.

I can’t believe I haven’t shared anything like this before, especially because fashion is a huge part of my identity.

I’m one of these people who literally wears their personality. From bold animal prints to self-bleached denim, I don’t shy away from pattern, colour or brashness.

But I’m not one of these people who blows their wages every weekend on bland, over priced items in  the high street shops. I prefer to go thrifting.

This activity, as you might have guessed, links up with my passion for scavenging. I like nothing better than rummaging around in my local charity shops for unique items at fair prices. And as I’m not bad with the sewing machine, I can alter anything that I like to fit me. 

Anyway, sorry to waffle. Here are my most recent purchases from my local good will.

Outfit One

Just in time for summer, I snapped up this cute bow print jumpe and up-cycled denim shorts combo:

Shorts: £3.99, Jumper: £2.99

I’m absolutely in love with the full-length chunky zip on these shorts!


Outfit Two

My second find was this up-cycled strapless a-line shirt dress in a candy stripe

Shirt Dress £4.99

Outfit Three

My third and final find of the day is this beautiful bow print play suit, originally from H&M.

Playsuit: £3.99

It’s a little big but it will only need some simple alterations.

Altogether, I’ve spent around £16 on three decent outfits for summer. You’ll be hard pushed to buy at least one quality item from a high street store these days.


Day 43 | The Last Unicorn

Animals and animated fantasy films are two of my most favourite things, and The Last Unicorn has to be up there amongst the best in the niche genre (a genre invented by me):

Jeff Bridges also provides narration too – another massive bonus!

Another one of my favourite Unicorn themed films is Legend. In terms of technical effects and make-up, I think it’s yet to be surpassed:

Although, the true star of the film is Tom Cruise’s teeth:

I guess one of the clauses of joining Scientology is getting your teeth fixed.

Anyway, on one of my walks I wrestled with brambles, tussled with thorns and fought my way through tree branches in the hope that I’d catch a glimpse of this beautiful creature: The Last Unicorn of Milbrook:


Day 42 | Saharan Smog

I’ve been up early most of this week trying to catch a glimpse of the Saharan smog before it disperses.

It’s been foggy, but I haven’t seen any evidence of the storm. No sand on top of my car like others have reported, but I have got a vile cold so if that’s what the sand has brought with it then I’m not very impressed.

Anyway, I managed to capture the morning dew before it evaporated. Here’s a layered image:

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Day 41 | Little Foot

Treading cautiously between here nor there…

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Day 40 | Leap of Faith

My sincere apologies for not posting for a while. I’ve been preoccupied with a couple of other projects that I hope will come to fruition shortly. One of which is transforming this blog and FINALLY setting up my own website.

Here’s a quick snap I took of a trespasser in our garden. He was lounging on top of our shed – a favourite spot of my dear cat – when I saw him.

He immediatly made a dash for safety to a neighbor’s shed. I managed to catch him mid-leap of faith.

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I kind of wish I slowed down the shutter speed so the cat’s movement looked more exaggerated mid-air, but he was far too speedy for me!


Day 39 | Cat On Wall

I wanted to capture one of these craggy (limestone?) walls before I left the Peak District, but a curious tabby cat walked into shot like a rogue extra on a film set.

He made the shot shot anyway. Here’s day 39:

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