Beaded Christmas Wreath

Beaded Christmas Wreath

Use chunky, natural wood beads to make a unique Beaded Christmas Wreath! This DIY up-scales the simple bead weaving technique of right angle weave to make a stylish festive decoration.

Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile may have noticed that I love the technique of right angle weave. It features a lot in my projects, and they usually have one thing common; the beads are much larger than the tiny seed beads most RAW patterns use. But this time, I have truly excelled myself, as the beads in this festive DIY are a whopping 25mm and 15mm in diameter! This makes a wreath that is approx 21cm or 8¼ inches in diameter. Read more

Needle Felt Christmas Decorations

Needle Felt Christmas Decorations

Needle felt Christmas decorations are fun to make and embellish, and only use a small amount of wool roving, thanks to a core of lambswool or toy filling!

After I had made the fluffy pom pom DIY a couple of weeks ago, I realised that I had never done a needle felted decoration tutorial, despite my Needle Felted Bunny DIY still being really popular. So I am fixing that with these retro style baubles (or ornaments for the Americans among you), decorated with seed beads. You can customise the colour and embellishments to fit in with your existing style; red wool and white beads for a Scandi theme? Classic red and green with gold beads? Or go fun and colourful like me! Read more

Lustre 16 and Handmade Nottingham Winter Market Craft Fairs

Lustre 16 and Handmade Nottingham Winter Market Craft Fairs

I had a lovely Sunday with my friend April last weekend, visiting Lustre and Handmade Nottingham, two excellent craft fairs in Nottingham. The world of craft fairs is varied, from small fairs held at church halls and community centres, through markets by local craft makers and artists to high end events featuring nationally recognised makers.  I love the variation of work on display but most or all, I love the people. I really enjoy talking to other makers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their products and genuinely want to meet the people who buy them. As a maker myself, I love seeing people being drawn to my jewellery and asking me about it. Read more

Fluffy Pom Pom Bag / Key Charm

Fluffy Pom Pom Bag / Key Charm

Use wool roving to make a giant fluffy pom pom that can be made into a bag charm, key chain, a Christmas decoration or even for the top of your hat!

Giant fluffy  pompoms are everywhere right now, from jewellery to bags. Because I make and teach needle felting, I have lots of wool roving (or unspun wool) and realised it would make great pom poms! If you have a large pom pom maker feel free to use it, however the roving is so chunky you don’t really need it! Read more

Beaded Triangle Earrings

Beaded Triangle Earrings

These Beaded Triangle Earrings create a bold geometric statement and are surprisingly easy to make. They use Swarovski pearls and Czech seed beads woven together using a clear monofilament thread. Sometimes I know exactly what I want to make when I sit down to  make a DIY, but other times, ideas come from just playing around with materials. You lovely lot are clearly fans of a beaded geometric earring, because my Bugle Bead Earrings have been really, really popular, so I wanted to make something similar for you, but this time triangular! Read more

12 Stylish Halloween DIY Ideas

12 Stylish Halloween DIY Ideas

A roundup of of some easy but stylish Halloween DIY ideas and crafts from accessories, decorations to cakes and cocktails! The garish ,blood-spattered, neon coloured style of most Halloween decorations is just not my thing. I love a good horror film, so its not that I’m squeamish or dislike Halloween for religious reasons, I just don’t feel it. But that doesn’t mean I want to miss out the celebrations altogether. If anything, Halloween is an excellent distraction from the fact the clocks go back and the days start getting really short and the weather gray. So here is my roundup of some of the more elegant Halloween DIY Ideas from craft and design bloggers. Read more

Wire Pumpkin Earrings DIY

Wire Pumpkin Earrings DIY

Make these fun wire pumpkin earrings, the perfect speedy Halloween DIY!

So I have a confession. I don’t like pumpkins, to eat that is- the only bit I like is the seeds. Many of you, especially my American friends, are probably reeling in shock and horror at this and for that I apologise. However, I love the look and shape of them and all the cute heritage varieties that you can get now are wonderful. This DIY was inspired by a wire pumpkin table decoration I saw on Pinterest and I thought I could downsize and  make earrings! And the best bit is you don’t need loads of different materials and tools to do it! Read more

Textile Bug Brooch DIY

Textile Bug Brooch DIY

Make your own Textile Bug brooch with this cute DIY tutorial! Using a small scrap of fabric and some beads, create this unusual wearable soft sculpture, perfect for Halloween!

Its the beginning of autumn here in the UK, which means three things. 1. I will get sick (that happened last week, so check) 2. People start mentioning c.h.r.i.s.t.m.a.s, and 3. Everywhere is full of scary and gaudily coloured Halloween costumes. The first two, I just have to roll with, but the third I try and turn it around into something more stylish – a pretty Halloween. Think gothic, dark florals and pumpkins rather than skeletons, witches and fake blood. To get an idea of my ideal Halloween aesthetic follow my ‘Pretty Halloween’ pinterest board. Read more

For the love of Leo – Ten Drawings from Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition

For the love of Leo – Ten Drawings from Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition

Most people have heard of Leonardo da Vinci. Most will think of the Mona Lisa. But for me, its his drawings that capture the imagination. His sketches and technical drawings have a character and delicacy that just fascinates me. Da Vinci was one of the first artists whose work captured me, and it still does. Nottingham Castle is one of four venues across the UK and Ireland that is playing host to a touring exhibition of ten drawings from the Royal Collection. The drawings show the variety of da Vinci’s interests and curious nature, spanning anatomy, map making and engineering to botanicals.

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Visiting North Norfolk

Visiting North Norfolk

North Norfolk is a place of coastline, market towns and wide open landscapes. Its is only a couple of hours from Nottingham, so makes a perfect few days getaway location. We stayed at a small self catering cottage attached to the owners own home on the outskirts of North Runcton near King Lynn in north Norfolk. It was peaceful, quiet and who can resist some pretty bunting?

Day 1

We headed into Kings Lynn, somewhere we had only ever been through and never explored, and I was pleasantly surprised! The old town near the docks are a maze of historic buildings, that from the old quayside to market town to the Minster. It seems incompletely at odds with the newer half of the town near the bus station.

After a quick lunch, we got back in the car and drove out to Snettisham Deer Park. They have something quite unique- a deer safari! Not quite the Serengeti, but you are driven through gorgeous fields until you enter the paddock of native red deer. They drive around the small lake and the deer actually swim through water to get to the food we have all been given by the highly entertaining guide. Deer slobber. A lot. A thorough wash, not only of hands, but of feet and legs were required afterwards, but they were surprisingly gentle for such large beasts. They also have a barn with animals in, with lamb bottle feeding for the kids and some of the fluffiest sheep I have ever seen. We finished off the day with a visit to Snettisham beach, which is more pebble than sand, but lovely none the less.

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