Thursday, 15 June 2017

Blake House Craft Centre - Essex




Last week my craft ladies and I headed to Blake House Craft Centre. I had visited briefly the weekend before with hubby and Ralphy, but upon seeing how gloriously crafty this place was, I knew I had to return with my crafty girlies so we could savour the vast array of fabrics, yarns and trinkets. It houses a variety of shops in original farmyard buildings and there is a lovely restaurant on site with ample indoor and outdoor seating should you need refreshment and a laze in the sun. It's a great place to take the kids too as there is also a 10 acre maze of ... wait for it ... MAIZE! It was drizzling the day we visited so we didn't visit the maze this time around but I'm sure it would have been amazing! See what I did there? :-) Here is a peek into the delights of Blake House Craft Centre ...

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Friday, 2 June 2017

A month in pictures - April & May




Hello dear readers. I hope this find you well and enjoying the early throws of summer. The weather has been beautiful here in Blighty - which makes for a pleasant change! I never had a chance to get my month in pictures together for April so I've squished it together with this month's May offering. I admit craft has taken a bit of back seat recently as I've been so busy working and recording my next album (eeeeee!!!!) which is almost finished. There's still so much to do ... photoshoots, making videos etc but it's all exciting stuff and I'm so pleased with how it's sounding. Anyhoo, here's our month(s) in pictures ...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Our Wedding cross stitch sampler & cross stitch table numbers / letters


Wedding cross stitch sampler


Hubby and I recently celebrated our 4th anniversary. As most of you know, we handmade a lot of the things that featured in our wedding - and one of my favourites was this Wedding Day Cross Stitch Sampler. I also used the same kit to create table numbers! (well letters, actually.) I had never cross-stitched anything in my life before making this so I admit it was a bit of a plunge into the deep end, but when I saw this beautiful kit from socreastitch I just had to make it. Cross stitch is a lot easier than you might think, and many kits are colour coded. That said, this one wasn't but if I can get the hang of it, anyone can. It was such a pleasure to make - and I still remember evenings spent stitch in front of the fire stitching while hubby designed invites. We had the sampler on display on the actual day and it now hangs in our bedroom as a reminder of our beautiful day. 




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Monday, 8 May 2017

A romance with Rome, Italy




For hubby's birthday this year we packed our bags and headed to Rome for 5 days, and I have to say that it was one of our most memorable city breaks to date. If you haven't been to Rome, and you're contemplating whether it's worth the trip ... just do it. I can't recommend it highly enough, it is simply beautiful. The food is incredible, the locals are funny and warm, it is incredibly rich in culture and you'll find stunning scenery around every corner. Here's a little peek into our recent romance with Rome ... 

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

VIDEO - How to make a faded 'distressed' floral table top


So you may remember I posted a tutorial on how to create a faded 'distressed' floral table top using napkins and decoupage last year? well I also made a video for it as well and I have only just got around to uploading it! This has been one of my favourite projects to date, it's so pretty and affective ... I highly recommend giving it a go.




If you can't see the video above simply click here. If you'd like to see more photo's and follow the written tutorial for this project you can find that here.
Enjoy x
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

How to make a macrame pot holder (with beads)




I love my houseplants but as I've run out of surface area, I've been looking for other ways to display them. So while flicking through this months Landlove Magazine (which is the only magazine I subscribe too as it's full of nature, craft, and lovely things) I was inspired by their recent piece on terracotta pots and it gave me an idea for the perfect solution! I love rustic-looking plant hangers, which is also known as Macrame so I tried my hand at making some. They're SO easy and quick (10 mins!) to make. I've added a few beads to mine ... wooden beads look lovely against rustic string but feel free to go sparkly (or bead-less) if you so wish.

You will need

A plant
String
scissors
Tape measure
Beads (optional)



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