It’s almost mothers day -that annual opportunity celebrating how excellent mums are everywhere! I’m a bit of flowers convert for mothers day (normally accompanied by a card that’s a pleasing mix of sweet and sarcastic!) but I do love a handmade gift. This year Homebase, with the creative help of Jane from Tea & Crafting are leading the march for homemade momentos for mums everywhere with … Continue reading DIY: Geometric coasters just in time for Mothers Day
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?
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
It only took 6 weeks but finally my new dress is complete and I’ve blogged about it over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. The fabric is a casual crab and lobster print and I am really really pleased with it. Because I had so little weekend time available to sew I made this across a few sittings on various evenings and the odd sunday … Continue reading My New Rock Lobster dress
We’re halfway through January – half way. These last few weeks have passed in the blink of an eye: back to work, back to the gym, back to making and blogging? not so much. To be honest I’ve been so busy at work, and trying to kickstart a new fitness routine (I’m doing the Kaylas Itsines workout guide – it’s pretty hardcore) that the time I’ve … Continue reading Drifting: Where did the time go?
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
Happy New Year everyone! Normally I use this post to go through my big old list of new year resolutions, as well as checking off my list from last year (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, realising just how many I didn’t quite manage, how many dropped by the wayside in January and how many were really just pipedreams that were never going … Continue reading 17 goals for 2017
My final make of the year is up on Minerva Crafts and handily it’s a no-sew last second Christmas garland! Made simply with fabric and felt, and linked together with some pretty lace ribbon from my stash, this is an easy make with lots of room to create your own design. Check out the full tutorial here and have a very Merry Christmas!! Continue reading DIY: Festive Felt Garland
Less than a week less than a week less than a week to go! So hopefully by now you’ve bought all your gifts, located your Christmas jumper, christmassified your house, and wrapped your presents to an instagrammable level of beauty… No? No problem. Here’s an easy DIY to give your Giftwrap a little personality. I started playing around with hand lettering and calligraphy in the … Continue reading DIY: Calligraphy Giftwrap
Who doesn’t love a Christmas jumper? Whether it’s silly, stylish, scandi or sparkly John Lewis have got the jumper for you (just look at them here). Recently they invited me to a festive night of fun where we not only got our very own Christmas jumper from their collection to take home but also had the chance to craftily customise our choices – just in … Continue reading Christmas Jumper Hacks with John Lewis
This year I’ve been really looking forward to making my flat really cosy and ready for Christmas and I’ve been finding lots of inspiration in more natural decor. I spotted a beautiful orange slice garland on Pinterest and, of course, had to make my own. This garland is really simple to create and the best bit is that your house will smell amazing while you’re … Continue reading DIY Festive Orange garland
My latest make is up on Minerva Crafts… and this one was a right old drama! After following the pattern initially I finished the dress and it was laughably huge (I promise I measured it properly). I increased the seams once, twice, three times (lesson learned – if your dress is laughably huge be bold when taking it in so you don’t have to do … Continue reading DIY: Fit and Flare dress
I still view myself as a fairly new sewist – particularly when it comes to making clothes. Although I’ve got a secret (not any more mate!) aspiration to be able to take part in Me Made May I’ve got a long way to go before I can quickly and successfully whip up a new garment. I also have a bit of an issue with finishing … Continue reading Making Lately: Fittings and Festivities
This DIY came about while I was stuck inside hiding from the rain. I love a quick project and now I’m layering up pins and brooches make perfect accessories. What’s lovely about the leaf design is that you can adjust the shape and colours in any way you fancy – golden browns, dark rich greens, or fiery oranges… love those autumn colours! I don’t think … Continue reading DIY: Leaf brooches
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