Organising

It’s been a little while since I posted anything here. Post wedding in July, we quickly moved on to preparing to move house so my projects took a bit of a back seat. I’m really excited that my new house comes with a room that I’ve been pleased to claim as my own craft room….

First crochet project

In September I went to a granny squares crochet tutorial at Tea and Crafting. I’ve posted a review of it in an earlier post but wanted to reiterate how great the class is for newbies. With the crochet bug, I started crocheting a granny square blanket. This is just one giant big granny square, rather…

Crochet for beginners

In August I left a company I had worked at for nearly 6 years. My colleagues bought me a range of baking items and a voucher for http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk Tea and Crafting is run by someone who sounds like she is as passionate about making things as I am but has actually gone and made a…

Mother’s Day – printed scarf

For Mother’s Day this year I decided I wanted to try out some new lino print skills to make a scarf for my mum. I’m not the most imaginative. I can follow a pattern or a recipe or copy a picture but I’ve always found it difficult to come up with drawings from my own…

Screen Printing

Continuing with the printing theme, another christmas present from ma and pa this time was for a full day screen printing on fabric course. This was at CityLit, which is a new discovery to me but has hundreds of courses, including 1 day taster sessions. Whilst this one was in Covent Garden, I am thrilled…

Lino printing

Armed with a lino printing kit for beginners (a brilliant christmas present), my thank you cards took a more creative twist this year. For those who aren’t familiar with lino printing, it’s a way of making a relief based picture. You cut away the areas you don’t want and ink the remaining to create a…

Secret compartment books

Of all the christmas presents I made this year, these are my favourite. Secret compartment books! Old Spitalfields Market has a bookstall – always there on Thursdays for vintage day and regularly on other days too – where you can pick up old books for £1! I picked up these books: The Robin Hood book…

Easter egg

We’ve spent the last few easter breaks with my auntie and uncle. This has brought the introduction to us of painting Easter eggs prior to rolling them down a big hill (if in Cornwall) or flinging them (in the Fens). This year my cousin and I went for a Christmas theme – he painted a…

Learning to paint with acrylics

For my dads christmas present last year, I bought him an acrylic painting lesson. I thought it was an all day workshop for beginners where we’d pick up the general basic technique. Instead it was a bit of a free for all and we didn’t learn a huge amount. Although the best lesson of the…