Experimenting with Brush Lettering

IMG_4967It’s safe to say that I love letters, not the ones you write and pop in the post, but actual letters. Handwriting, typography, calligraphy, I love how different you can make words look simply by the way you write them. Having already given calligraphy a go, I was itching to have a go at brush lettering. When I saw that the Mollie Makes Crafternoon had a brush-lettering tutorial, it was time to give it a proper go. Continue reading

Crafty Chats: Handmade by Holchester

Welcome to a new feature on the blog, Crafty chats! The creating community has so much talent that I wanted to showcase some of it here on my blog. Crafty Chats are an insight into the lives of my favourite creatives.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably be familiar with my crafty partner-in-crime, the lovely Rachel from Handmade from Holchester. We met two years ago at a local craft group, and have been firm friends ever since. I’m so pleased that she said yes when I asked her to be my first interview!

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  1. What inspires you?

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Sunshine Cleo Dress

img_0436It’s time to reveal my first project as part of the Sew Crafty Design Team, and it probably won’t surprise you that I picked a Tilly and the Buttons make! Since making my first Cleo dress in November 2016, I’ve received lots of lovely comments about my black denim version, and I’ve been itching to have a go at another one.

Online, I’ve seen so many Cleos made in cord; I knew early on that was going to be my next fabric choice. I’ve normally naturally drawn to my usual colour palette of grey or navy, but when I saw this gorgeous needle cord on the Sew Crafty website, I thought it was time to have a go at making something a bit brighter. Yellow is one of my favourite colours, but aside from my trusty yellow raincoat, it doesn’t feature too heavily in my wardrobe. This may now change! Continue reading

Book Review: Making Concrete Pots, Bowls, and Planters

img_4532I’ve been keen to have a go at crafting with concrete for some time now, when the chance came to review Hester Van Overbeek’s latest book, I was jumped at the opportunity!

Making Concrete Pots, Bowls, and Platters contains 35 projects for your home. If like me, you’ve never worked with concrete before, it provides you will all the basic knowledge to need to get going. The Getting Started section covers everything from choosing your concrete to techniques, drying times, and the tools needed. I’ve always been a bit hesitant to give concrete a go, fearing that I’ll need lots of tools and that it will be too complicated, but Hester’s clear guidance and tips make it seem really achievable. Continue reading

Making Over my Craft Space

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Since we bought our first house back in 2011, I’ve wanted to have my own craft space. In our last house, I shared our second bedroom with a spare bed and everything else in the house we didn’t have room for elsewhere (vacuum cleaner, ironing board, paperwork, you get the picture!). When we moved at the end of 2015 to a slightly bigger house, I managed to negotiate a whole room of my own (but had to give up all use of the garage, which was to become our ‘cycling room’).

Our new home was a new build, which has its pros and cons. On the pro side, it’s lovely and new, the walls and flooring are in immaculate condition. On the con side, the walls are magnolia, the carpet is a beige colour, and you can’t decorate for 12 months. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen my rants about magnolia paint (long story short, I hate it). As our one year house anniversary approached, I was excited that I would finally be able to start repainting.

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Planning for 2017

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It’s safe to say that I am a stationery addict. As I cleared out my craft room last weekend, even I was surprised by the number of notebooks, pens, and general stationery items, which I have. A new year means a new diary or planner, and this year I’ve jumped in with not one, but two!

I treated myself to a Kikki.K planner last year in the sale, it’s bargain price was just too good to pass on, I used it a little bit, for planning blog posts, but it generally became a file of to-do lists. Whilst this is handy in some ways, as I tend to have 3 or 4 on the go at once, it wasn’t quite fulfilling my needs. For 2017, I decided to treat myself to something new.

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Exciting News!

 

sewcraftyHi everyone! It’s rare that I post on a weekday evening, but I’m finally able to share some exciting news with you.

Last year the lovely independent retailer Sew Crafty launched their design team, a bunch of bloggers and creatives who make lots of lovely things with the gorgeous products from the Sew Crafty website. Late last year, they put out a call for new members, and I instantly applied. I am so pleased to announce that I made the cut, and I’m now part of the Sew Crafty family.

There are many reasons why this is so exciting for me. First of all, I’m so happy to be working with another independent. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the best fabric can be found in independent stores! Sew Crafty have been so supportive of my blog since the very early days, so it’s wonderful to work with them.

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Receipt Tracker DIY

img_4265Tax returns are definitely a common theme across my social media recently. The tax return was one of the big fears I had when deciding to start my own business, but I’ve been assured that they are not too bad, as long as you are organised. Although I’ve managed to avoid doing one this year, I’m very much aware that this time next year, I too will need to be looking back through a year’s worth of receipts and invoices. I definitely need to get organised now.

I’ve spotted a few receipt organisers online which can help track your receipts throughout the year. These are a great idea, but an added expense for small businesses, so I decided to get creative and make my own. Other than the A4 envelopes, everything else I already had!

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An Independent Christmas: The Verdict

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Pins from Hello Dodo, Oh No Rachio!, and Finest Imaginary

Back in November, I pledged to but independent for Christmas, at least for the presents for Mr Makes and some of our festive food. Now that Christmas is over, I wanted to give a little update on how it went, and what I learned.

Buying Christmas presents for your loved ones can be hard, first coming up with ideas, then having to find them, and then the fear of whether they will actually like their present. It’s easy to slip into the same routine, and before you know it, you’re again gifting the same type of present as years before. In October this year, I picked up the Christmas brochures for some of the big high-street stores, as I glanced through them, it hit me that the majority of stuff was not really any different to previous years. There are only so many times that you can give smellies to your loved ones, before they start thinking you are trying to tell them something!

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