Handmade Wrapping Paper

IMG_6180Earlier this year, the lovely folk at Sellotape sent me a bag of goodies to use for my crafting. As you all know, I’m a big stationery fan, so it was a bit like receiving an early Christmas present! In the goodie bag was a range of different tapes and dispensers, which I’ve been thinking hard about how to use.

I love giving presents, and I love wrapping them as well. However, with the age range in our family ranging from 1 to 93, it’s hard to have a supply of wrapping paper that’s suitable for everyone. This weekend, I’ve been experimenting with making my own wrapping paper using mostly supplies I already had. The only thing I needed to purchase was a roll of basic brown paper. Continue reading

Creating a Dream Living Room with West Elm UK

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Photo: West Elm UK

We moved into our home back in late 2015. It was very much new in that it had only recently been built. Buying a new house has it’s pros and cons; on the plus side you can pick your kitchen and bathroom tiles, which saves a lot of effort. On the down side, every room is painted a charming shade of magnolia and you can’t redecorate for the first year (the house needs to dry out). Continue reading

Why I’m off to Blogtacular 2017

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Blogtacular 2016 (Photo courtesy of Mollie Makes and Will Ireland)

If you follow me on any form of social media, you’ve probably spotted that I’m a big fan of Blogtacular, a wonderful independent company that run regular twitter chats, host podcasts, and of course, run a big conference in London once a year.

Last year was my first time attending Blogtacular and I LOVED it. So much so, that as soon as tickets went on sale for 2017, within an hour I’d snapped mine up. Back in 2016, I wrote a post with some goals for the conference, and I found that really helped me get the most from the two days, therefore it only felt right to write another post ahead of the big weekend. Continue reading

Mini Makes: Easy Lanyard Makeover

IMG_5854Lanyards with a security badge seem to be commonplace in most workplaces these days. For years, I’ve been trying to find colourful ones to replace my boring navy blue lanyard. Cath Kidston usually have a few, and I struck gold in Accessorize last year with a bright tropical print. Unfortunately, after time they all tend to go a bit grubby, or in the case of my last one, get dropped down the loo by their clumsy owner, meaning they instantly need to be binned! Continue reading

Happy Felt Cushion

IMG_5793I had such a fantastic response to my first Sew Crafty Design Team project, the bright and vibrant sunshine Cleo dress. For my second project, I decided to take a different path and make something for our home.

Since moving house 18 months ago, we’ve been slowly trying to make it our own. Our last house was lovely, but we moved in back in 2011, and our tastes have definitely changed. At the time, I’d been so keen on creating a ‘home’, the cosy space you see in magazines filled with flowery print cushions and quaint little knick-knacks. Now, I’m back to my love of all things yellow (my favourite colour as a child), bright, and fresh and generally creating a home that feels more ‘us’. Continue reading

Learning to Weave with Peas and Needles

IMG_5565As you’ve probably guessed by now, I love trying out new crafts. I spend far too much time on Pinterest looking at all the different things I can try and dreaming of all the beautiful things I can make.

Attending a workshop is a great way to learn a new skill and meet lots of lovely creative people in the process. I’ve taken a few workshops over the years, but have been meaning to do more. The Old Fire Station announced a while ago that it was holding a weaving workshop, but as it was the Bank Holiday weekend, I’d hesitated about signing up. When I saw the week before that there were still spaces, it was obviously a sign that I was supposed to go! I was also becoming increasingly aware that in six months time I’m not going to be able to give up a Saturday afternoon that easily and thus need to make the most of it while I can. Continue reading

Cambridge Creatives Photowalk

IMG_5489What do you get when you mix around 70 creatives, a lot of colourful clothing, some heart shaped balloons, a few gorgeous satchels, and a beautiful city? It can only be the Cambridge Creatives Instagram Photowalk!

Last weekend, I ventured over to Cambridge for an afternoon of sightseeing and photography with lots of like-minded ladies. Organised by the lovely Jo from Hello Sunshine and Claire of Claireabellemakes, I knew that I was going to have a lovely time. 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

Mini Makes: Easter Bunny Egg Warmer

 

IMG_5124Easter is one of my favourite times of year. A long weekend, sunshine, and lots of chocolate, all without the stress of Christmas. However, Easter always seems to sneak up on me, and thus crafting is done last minute. This year is no different, especially as all of my efforts have been focused on Mr Makes’ 30th Birthday, which falls on Easter Sunday! Continue reading