What’s in a card?

What’s in a card? They can make us smile, laugh, feel loved, remember someone, give us courage, and encourage us… I’m always so appreciative if someone gives me a card, whether it’s for a birthday or even just to cheer me up. I’m sure I’ve said before that I have a (completely unfulfilled) aspiration to make and give more handmade cards. It should be an … Continue reading What’s in a card?

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

Book Review: Rag Rugs, Pillows and More

A few years back at The Handmade Fair a completely stunning rag rug wreath caught my eye.  It was made by Elspeth who founded Ragged Life in 2014 after getting into rag rugging as a teenager.  I really love Elspeth’s style and fun, colourful takes on the rag rugging technique – she’s also been on my blog talking about her favourite projects, and we hung out when … Continue reading Book Review: Rag Rugs, Pillows and More

Book Review: Collage Carnival

Lizzie Lees’ book Collage Carnival is a real gem of cool creativity. A book that calls you to cut, colour and paste to your hearts content is a dream for anyone who wants or needs some quick messy making in their life. Imagine a cross between the wreck this journal series and gloriously designed adult colouring books with your favourite childhood bumper sticker book and … Continue reading Book Review: Collage Carnival

Fabrics to make you go OOH

Sometimes you discover a fabric, or range of fabrics, that is just everything.  Gorgeous styles, perfect tones, uniquely inventive designs.  In short fabrics that make you want to run giggling to your sewing machine with delirious joy; mountains of material wrapped round your shoulders. This is what Leah Duncan’s range of Art Gallery Fabrics does to me.  I AM GIDDY.  They are so freaking luscious, the designs are … Continue reading Fabrics to make you go OOH

A box of crafty goodness from Makerly

I love post, but you know what I love more than post?  Crafty goodies through the post!  Makerly are a brand new craft subscription box all about providing materials and inspiration for makers.  There are quite a few craft/creative subscription boxes on the market these days, each with their own unique charm which means its easier than ever to find one that will really inspire … Continue reading A box of crafty goodness from Makerly

Asian Adventures and Crafty Events

I’m off on an adventure in Vietnam next week!!  I am beside myself with excitement as I’ve never been to Asia but have always, always wanted to go.  I’m going with one of my besties and we’re heading from Ho Chi Minh city up to Hanoi, via Hoi An and Nha Trang.  We’re also spending a couple of nights of a beautiful junk boat cruise … Continue reading Asian Adventures and Crafty Events

Book Review: Paper Home

I have long admired the beautifully curated Instagram account of Esther Thorpe aka Origami Est. Her contemporary takes on the traditional artform of origami are a joy to behold and she always manages to inspire with her colour palettes and creative ideas. So it was with great excitement that I picked up Esther’s new book: Paper Home. I was expecting a range of modern and … Continue reading Book Review: Paper Home

Tablescaping with IKEA

On a very very warm July evening I found myself wandering through Soho to a beautiful events venue on Greek St to learn about tablescaping with the gods of fun, stylish and affordable interiors IKEA! I have a special love for an IKEA trip: the beautiful room layouts, the cushions, the huge variety of I-didn’t-know-I-needed-that-until-I-saw-it’s, and of course meatballs! Needless to say I was excited! … Continue reading Tablescaping with IKEA

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

Edinburgh, fundraising and performers needed!

We’re off to Edinburgh this summer – well truth be told I’m only going up for about 4 days in the middle But I’m associate producing a fantastic new play: Villain by Martin Murphy (my husband), and Crafternoon Cabaret Club are co-producing a mixed bill comedy/cabaret line up on the Free Fringe called Around the Fringe in 50 Minutes. I haven’t been to Edinburgh for years. … Continue reading Edinburgh, fundraising and performers needed!

New Crafternoon Cabaret Club’s announced!

Our last event was a roaring success of stitchery and song so I can’t wait for the next events before we break for the summer. Fancy some edgy crafting, punk rock beats and the chance to customise that old denim jacket or jeans that you’ve had in the back of the cupboard?  Join us on June 11th 2-4pm at The Book Club for our PUNK … Continue reading New Crafternoon Cabaret Club’s announced!

#the100dayproject round up: Day 10 – 20

I’m now over a quarter of the way through my 100 day project of making a beautiful flat lay every day for 100 days.  I’ve been really enjoying exploring other projects on instagram and seeing the really imaginative themes people have come up with, and I’m only just starting to feel a glimmer of anxiety about just how long 100 days really is… so it’s … Continue reading #the100dayproject round up: Day 10 – 20

Paperchase Collaboration: Project Craft

Back in March I worked on a really exciting project with one of my absolutely favourite brands – Paperchase!  I LOVE Paperchase – their collections are so creative and pretty so I was really delighted to get to work with them to contribute to their new online and in-store craft workshops: Project Craft.   I created two tutorials for Paperchase – all about pompoms; fluttery feminine tissue … Continue reading Paperchase Collaboration: Project Craft

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Creating fashion jewellery with London Jewellery School

I really enjoy making jewellery and now London Jewellery School are offering online courses I was hoping I could pick up some new techniques with their fashion jewellery course.  This online course is led by Hayley Kruger who actually ran my evening beading course back in the autumn.  Hayley is really knowledgeable and fantastic at explaining techniques – which is really important for an online course … Continue reading Creating fashion jewellery with London Jewellery School