Blogtacular 2017: The Year of the Creative Tribe

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Two weeks have passed since I attended Blogtacular. I’d initially hoped to get a blog post written up in the days immediately after the event, but when I sat down to jot my ideas, I still found myself processing everything!

For me, Blogtacular is one of the highlights of my year. Not only is it a chance to have a few days away in one of my favourite places, it’s also an opportunity to surround yourself with creative people who just ‘get’ what you do. It’s a time to mingle with like-minded people, to be inspired, and perhaps most importantly, to feel empowered to do the things that you truly want to do. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Mr Makes

IMG_5535This year, I had two reasons to look forward to the Easter weekend, as well as the obvious four-day weekend, we would be celebrating a birthday in the Makes household, and not just any birthday, a 30th! Mr Makes turned 30 on Easter Sunday, and it was definitely a birthday to remember for all the right reasons. Continue reading

Creative Chats: Handmade by Holchester

Welcome to a new feature on the blog, Creative Chats! The creating community has so much talent that I wanted to showcase some of it here on my blog. Creative 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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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

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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An Independent Christmas: The Verdict

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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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Looking Ahead: 2017

img_4100It’s that time of year when social media is dominated by people’s resolutions for 2017, adverts for gym memberships, and new diets to try. It’s inevitable that the start of a new year makes us think about the 12 months ahead, but I’ve never really been one for resolutions.

In my last post, I reflected back on 2016, and the creative pledges I’d made. It seems that focusing on positives, rather than denying yourself of something, is the way forward. This year, I’m taking a similar approach. A series of short pledges, which can flex as the year goes on.

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Reflecting on 2016

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I can’t quite believe that 2016 is almost over! It seems like it was only a few months ago that I was making my resolutions for the New Year ahead. It really feels like 2016 has whizzed past, particularly the last few months. Over Christmas, I haven’t been quite as productive as I’d hoped, but as I sat down to begin pulling together this post; it soon became clear that I perhaps needed a break!

At the start of the year, I made five resolutions for 2016:

  1. Make more for me
  2. Make more for Mr Makes
  3. Try new crafts
  4. Blog more
  5. Socialise with more creative folk

Whenever I look back at resolutions, I always do so with slight fear, did I try to do too much, have I failed miserably? I’m proud to say that although I haven’t really looked at the list since early January, I’ve actually managed to achieve all of them in some form!

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Learning to Crochet: DIY Necklace Kit

img_3741I love all kinds of crafting, sewing, painting, papercrafts, I like a bit of variety. Crochet though? Not in my craft room. After attempting once, I gave up and never tried it again. Many of my crafty friends crochet lovely things, but I’ve never really caught the bug. When Liz of Fickle Craft Room approached me asking if I’d like to have a go at one of her new crochet kits, I knew it was time to finally have another go.

I already own one of the Fickle Craft Room necklaces, a lovely mustard yellow with dark grey beads, and I adore it. It’s one of those necklaces which always gets lovely comments, often followed by a ‘did you make it?’. Now, I’d be able to answer with a positive yes, instead of skirting around the subject!

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