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…

Changing Status: When do I stop being Red, White and Blue?

I was struck by a tricky modern dilemma this morning. My Facebook friends (thankfully many of whom are real life people who I can actually talk to, you know, face-to-face) started changing their profile pictures. Back. Within hours of the terrible events in Paris, Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts started turning red, white and blue….

The 2015 Handmade Fair: Knitted it, ate it, nailed it.

It would’ve been rude not to go really, and in the name of research (ahem!) Jaydee and myself set off for Hampton Court Palace. Please don’t go all Henry VIII, it was the parky bit with tents and marquees and a whole heap of ladies getting their craft on. In the interests of gender equality,…

Dad Made It: Crochet Tools for Muvverhookers…

So the last time Dad and I worked on something it was my GCSE maths coursework. There were tears, it didn’t end well and I wasn’t (quite) old enough to hit the Merlot to take the pain away. Fast forward 20years and due to a Grandparent-down-size-garage-clearance situation, Dad has taken up wood turning…Like a tired…

The Wheels on the Bus go Where?

The first of our adventures for this summer was to the Firepit Campsite in Norfolk…Sam and Hattie are now obsessed with playing buses, making up stories about where they are going to go, and holding the obligatory fire drills… Find out more about our adventures by checking out my new ‘Happy Holiday’ page!!

Keeping track of the days this summer x

There are loads of free printable scrapbook pages, calendars and to-do lists out there at the moment, and they are a cute way to organise stuff. As soon as school was out (less than 30 hours ago as I write), Sam was asking what was happening on what day…over, and over again!   So I…

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…

A Liberty Belle? ‘Sew Over It’ Review…

So if you follow me on FB or Instagram you know that I left it bloody late to sew and entire 1940’s style frock for a themed party (which has already achieved epic status!) last weekend. Jim bought me the Sew Over It pattern from Duxford Museum (where all good men do their shopping!) over a…

Light as a feather & moss green…

   I love a bit of a challenge. This certainly covered all areas -stretching my technical skills, working with a yarn I’d never normally choose, and designing a pattern. My lovely friend Timea wanted a swoopy, swooshy summer wrap, something in a strong colour, but light enough to wear in summer. It couldn’t be itchy-scratchy…