The Curse of Black Friday.

I just can’t do it. Well, I could, but then hours of time and love and energy would be rendered pointless. And how much do I have to give? For many crafters and artisans, Black Friday, Pink Tuesday and whatever the hell other ‘cut-your-prices-and-take-my-soul’ days are difficult. Heartbreaking. You want to shift some stock before…

The Other Mrs Beaton: Crochet this poppy day…

I posted this last year, and it still stands today. If you want a poppy that’s re-usable then please use my pattern for free. All I ask is that you remember to donate the Royal British Legion who do simply amazing work, all year around. The Other Mrs Beaton: Crochet this poppy day…: I’ve been…

Shaking off the blues….

January is like walking through metaphorical custard…It’s hard work. But then a slow run up to the start of the year is no bad thing. I was mooching about on Instagram yesterday and found a lady who had decided that her one and only New Year’s Resolution was ‘Less’. I get this. Taking a bit…

Going for Gold

It would be fair to say that I was a long-standing disappointment to all PE teachers, having the athletic ability and determination of an alcohol impaired badger…But in the last week I can honestly say that I have become obsessed with the Olympic coverage and Team GB’s outstanding performance! This is the very best that…

Broken bits and pieces…

It’s got bad enough to clear out my jewellery box -and I found these broken pieces at the bottom, laid them out, played about with the arrangement and strung them back together. Quick, easy and cheaper than popping to the shops. Enjoy.x

Be Mine

  Having eaten countless packets of Love Hearts over the past few months to satisfy pregnancy cravings, I was staring at the packaging and thought about making something similar out of felt and thread. Starting with yet another roll of the sweeties, I ate all the ‘cheesy’ lines (“text me” being one of the first)…

Our House, in the Middle of Our Street

A good friend just moved house, and instead of the usual card, I thought I’d send her an actual diddy house. Tag on the top means you can attach the keys you always lose (the ones for the windows, we have several, none of which are for the home we currently live in), hook it…

Hot Under the Collar

Apparently I look like anostrich to the rest of the world… Inspired by this month’s Mollie Makes magazine, I wanted to cheer up my old knackered denim jacket with a fake Peter Pan Collar. This jacket is at least 13 years old and probably deserves a mini Jubilee in itself for the service it has…

Taking a Basket-Case to the Rodeo…

So, the big blue plastic laundry basket had to go… I’d picked up a Lloyd Loom basket a few years ago, slapped a new top on it and forgotten it could do the job perfectly until this weekend. This is a perfect afternoon project requiring little skill and the pleasure of thwacking stuff with a…

Three camels, a pirate and and a pink tractor…

  Sometimes you bump into the unexpected. At the Young Farmers Essex Show (I know, more muddy than crafty), I met three lovely racing camels. Not the most normal thing to see in an Essex field, and it being Essex there are usually plenty of options in that department…The camels themselves were very chilled -not…