Books: Paper Parties with Berin Made

Summer is the ultimate party season for me.  From weddings, to festivals, to summery picnics and BBQs, to (ahem) my birthday there is so much to celebrate.  For someone who loves all things bright, beautiful, sometimes sparkly, and always eye-catching, throwing clever and cute handmade additions into any gathering is a bit of a dream.  So I was over the moon to be invited along to … Continue reading Books: Paper Parties with Berin Made

Silver and Grey, perfect for May

My latest make is up on the Minerva Crafts blogger network.  This jersey loose-fit burda dress is my second attempt at the pattern and I really like the final look.  I also had a bit of a sewing breakthrough with this make on necklines and fit (wooo progress!).  The design I started with called for quite loose fitting sleeves, which, once finished, looked enormous on me!  … Continue reading Silver and Grey, perfect for May

Making lately: Tees, Trips and Trainers

I don’t really understand where the last month has gone.  I’ve been so busy with work, and life, and hens, and birthdays, and a glorious trip to Florence (bragging) that I was again caught off guard with the deadline for my latest make for Minerva Crafts.  Why do I do this to myself???  This month I continued my tops theme with a simple V-neck top … Continue reading Making lately: Tees, Trips and Trainers

On top of the world in Viscose

I’ve just ticked a bunch of new skills off my list and I’m feeling pretty darn smug about the whole thing.  It all began with my latest make for Minerva Crafts – as I always I spend most of the month umming and ahhing about what to make and then I make a bunch of snap decisions and spend an afternoon sewing at top speed … Continue reading On top of the world in Viscose

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

DIY: Geometric coasters just in time for Mothers Day

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?

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

My New Rock Lobster dress

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

DIY: Calligraphy Giftwrap

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

Christmas Jumper Hacks with John Lewis

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

DIY Festive Orange garland

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

DIY: Fit and Flare dress

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

DIY: Leaf brooches

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

Rings and things…

I’ve started getting back into jewellery making recently – kick started by creating lemon earrings for a fancy dress party… but that’s a story for another time… I find jewellery making really relaxing but it’s been ages since I sat down to do any.  I’ve been much more focused on sewing projects.  So when I saw that Minerva Fabrics also sell a really great supply … Continue reading Rings and things…