Hooking through the Heatwave… For the Meadow School Balsham Craft Gift & Food Fair 2016!

Across the UK, crafters, makers and local producers are busy building stock for the flurry of Autumn craft fairs and farmers markets that mark the countdown to Christmas. Yes, I’ve mentioned it, ‘Christmas 2016’! If it seems too early for gift buying, spare a thought for the crafters who begin their planning and making before the previous year’s decorations have been packed away.

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A Happy Hen Crafternoon…

  If I work very hard, and I’m very lucky, sometimes I get to combine teaching and crafting. And it’s brilliant. Today I was honoured to be asked to run a Hen Crafternoon for a lovely girl I knew from my school days. So armed with a glue gun, fabric, buttons and beads, needles and…

Five Currant Buns in a Baker’s Shop… (the pattern)

‘Five currant buns in a baker’s shop, round and fat with a cherry on the top.Along came Hattie with a penny one day, bought a currant bun and took it away…’ Whilst working out how to crochet a waterproof canoe, I’ve worked on these for the music group Hattie and I go to on a…

Christmas cake in a day…

I have to admit I don’t go a bundle on fruit cake -but the rest of the house do, and even though my mum is ‘doing Christmas’ this year, it’s still nice to have one on the side board. There is absolutely no need to start this thing in August, harbour it in your dresser…

Chunky Crochet MacBook Cover…

Like Apple but not the generic plastic covers? Or don’t have the budget for a super-swanky leather effort (even though we’d all love one really?) At the end of the day I needed something to protect my new laptop from scratches, dust and damage, so I headed to Craftdays in Saffron Walden to pick up…

Spooky Halloween Craft Happenings…

It being half term, I have a Sam to amuse. You may have looked over ‘The Wednesday Project’ pages before, where Sam and I took on various craft and cooking activities whilst I was on maternity leave…Some were good, some were more for my benefit I think and most were messy! Three very lovely ladies;…

The End of Summer…

Sounds a bit E. M. Forster that, but is clearly not that literary. My boy has (finally) started school and the weather has turned. All of this is good. I was looking over some photos that I’d taken on Instagram over the past couple of months, where I thought not a lot had happened that…

Craft-it-Forward…

There’s a lovely little movement on social media…one that’s growing and that you might like to take part in; The Craft Swap. This month (via Instagram) I’ve been making for a lady in Derbyshire (not saying anymore than that, so there) along the theme of Alice in Wonderland. The idea is simple; one person decides…

2 Months, 2 Kids, One House Move, Limited Budget…

Today is Sam’s last day at nursery school. In fairness we thought we’d be moved by now…turns out not so much! So while I sort out the enourmous to do list on my fridge, I have two kids at home (a home that’s being packed up) for the summer. Perhaps longer if he doesn’t get…

May Day Craft Giveaway!!

Hello! So I’ve had a scooch around in the workbasket and found some treasures I thought you might all like -everyone likes nice post, and this little bundle might cheer someone up… I’m giving away a crochet scarf, 2 lavender hearts, a flower brooch, some notecards and a mini-stitch kit, hooray! What you have to…