DIY: Tie Dye Tea Towels

I love having colour and pattern all over my home. More more more is often my motto but as we slowly journey toward buying a place of our own I’ve started thinking about a cleaner more paired back design aesthetic. Which brings us to TIE DYE – or more specifically grown up tie dye. So grown up tie dye – what does that even mean? … Continue reading DIY: Tie Dye Tea Towels

Books: Tie & Dye by Lizzie King

I am slowly getting my maker mojo back in shape but something that has always given me a boost of inspiration, and made my bookshelves look so on point is a new craft book.  I love seeing the imagination and ingenuity of other creatives and my hope is always that I will be left desperate to try some of the projects and full of ideas to … Continue reading Books: Tie & Dye by Lizzie King

DIY: Copper and wood side table

I have been itching to try my hands at making something using copper piping for months, and the Christmas break seemed the perfect time to tackle a more demanding project.  I always think winter is nesting season i.e. the perfect time to make some changes round the house, throw some clutter away and restyle your living space.  My go to for this is making new … Continue reading DIY: Copper and wood side table

There ain’t no party like a Viking Arty Party

I spent a gorgeous Saturday recently at the Viking Arty Party – it was a jam packed afternoon of craft, croissants and meeting lots of creative bloggers plus finally getting to meet some internet pals in actual real life as actual people. We were at Lumiere London which is an absolute hidden gem of an event space in Southwark and boasts 3 stunningly designed rooms: … Continue reading There ain’t no party like a Viking Arty Party

DIY: Easy Tote Bag

I own quite a lot of tote bags already but I use them for everything – particularly storing craft materials.  This is a great little project that’s quick, will result in a really useful and beautiful bag and will help you practice some basics in construction (read fiddly sewing!). The fabric was a DIY in its own right as I actually designed the pattern myself.  … Continue reading DIY: Easy Tote Bag

DIY: Flower Crown

Sunshine, blue skies, colour everywhere – could this be summer?  Yes please!  My diary is filling up with picnics, my garden has been overtaken by bluebells and it’s also Chelsea Flower show in just a few weeks so what better way to while away an afternoon than by making a pretty floral crown.  Flower headdresses have been a staple of festivals, rustic weddings and craft … Continue reading DIY: Flower Crown

The Betty Dress

I’ve made my first ever dress and I can finally reveal it to the world!!  You may have seen my recent post all about the thoughts that ran through my head whilst sewing this bad boy – it was quite a… transformative experience…to say the least. See the full blog up on Minerva crafts now! What do you think? (ps photos are by my very … Continue reading The Betty Dress

Learn at Home with London Jewellery School

London Jewellery School have just launched some exciting new online courses!  That’s right – courses that you can take from the comfort of your own home and in your own time.  It’s a fantastic initiative, not only because it means people living in other parts of the UK can now learn from their brilliant tutors (who are all professional jewellery designers) but also because being a busy person … Continue reading Learn at Home with London Jewellery School

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My first dressmaking pattern

I’ve just bought my first dressmaking pattern and I’m finally finally going to tick off a resolution of about 2 years back that I would make something to wear. It’s a Betty dress from Sew Over It – in a simple vintage style and I’ve chosen some simple polka dot navy cotton dress fabric to make it with. Luckily my mum has agreed to make … Continue reading My first dressmaking pattern

DIY: Galentines Bracelets

Does anyone else remember spending hours making amazing intricate friendship bracelets when they were kids?  I do – and I remember destroying my parents furniture in the process as I looked for suitable surfaces to tape or safety pin my threads to (all will be sacrificed in the name of friendship bracelets!).  I feel like so many fashion statements from my 90s childhood are making … Continue reading DIY: Galentines Bracelets

Stack ’em high – making rings with London Jewellery School

I had a wonderful opportunity to head back to London Jewellery School to learn to create silver stacking rings.  I’ve written about how much I loved their beading course so I was really excited to go back and extend my skills.  I was also really looking forward to trying my hand at working with silver – a big step up from beading because it involves HAMMERS … Continue reading Stack ’em high – making rings with London Jewellery School

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Crafternoon How-To: New Year Inspirational Embroidery

It’s almost 2016 people which means I’m thinking a lot about what I’d like to make next year all about.  I love a good list so New Year Resolutions are right up my street, however I try wherever possible to create resolutions that will fill me with inspiration, as opposed to dragging me into a pit of despair; I learnt that lesson after trying to … Continue reading Crafternoon How-To: New Year Inspirational Embroidery

Let’s chat adult colouring books

The craze for adult colouring books has grown and grown this year.  Book shops have been stocking up ready for Christmas for months (could this be the hit go-to stocking filler for creative people this year?) and I’ve received dozens of emails with free downloadable designs, and discussions around the benefits of colouring in as a technique to de-stress and aid mental wellbeing are popping … Continue reading Let’s chat adult colouring books

Festive Makes: Giftwrap

Who doesn’t love beautifully wrapped presents stacked in perfect piles under the tree?  It’s all part of the magic of Christmas right?  So I’ve put together a few creative ways you can take your giftwrap up a notch to leave your families wide eyed with admiration! Paper Fans I love how these fans can transform a parcel and make it look so stylish.  They’re incredibly simple … Continue reading Festive Makes: Giftwrap