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20 February 2017

Five minutes with designer/maker, Tom Gyr


Tom Gyr


Head over to the Simple Stylish Makes blog where I'm finding about the incredible designer/maker, Tom Gyr, who creates these beautiful calligraphy holders!


14 February 2017

Alternative Valentine's Day Ideas

alternative valentine's day ideas

Over on the Simple Stylish Makes blog I'm sharing some alternative ways to celebrate Valentine's Day. Head on over for a read and happy Valentine's Day!

13 February 2017

Guest Post - Valentine's Day Brooch Tutorial


Today the fabulous Samantha from Crafternoon Tea is sharing this wonderful Valentine's Day Brooch tutorial. Take it away Samantha!


Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show a little handmade love. This cute little brooch can be made in a few hours (or an evening) and makes a lovely gift for February 14th.  If you fancy making a stash, they are lovely for girlie get togethers (thinking hen party here) or for Mother’s Day (your Mum, Aunty, Grandma).



This self draft brooch uses just one skein of your favourite embroidery thread and just one stitch, satin stitch (that’s the long and short one). You will need the following items to get started.

Tools:
- one piece of cotton fabric measuring 10 cm x 10cm
- one piece of felt measuring 5cm x 5cm
- one piece of tabletop protector measuring 10cm x 10cm
- a skein of your favourite pink embroidery thread /floss 
- a brooch and back
- 5 pretty vintage pearls or similar
- to self draft you will need a lid from your hairspray or similar size lid (e.g. wax polish)
- small embroidery hoop
- sewing box essentials
- pencil and paper


To get started you need to self draft your easy pattern. Take your paper and draw around the hairspray lid twice. Cut both out, one is your brooch template and the other is your heart template. Fold the second in two and draw half a heart on it then cut out and open up. You have created your own bespoke heart. 

Trace around your piece of fabric 2cm larger than the template (for turnings) and pop the fabric in your hoop. Trace around the circle to the pattern on your table protector and cut it out. This is the brooch backing.

Trace around your heart in the centre of the brooch. Then it’s time to get stitching. Strand down your thread to 3 strands and using 20cm at a time simply colour in your heart with thread with long and short stitches. This will take about an hour.



Once stitched, cut out your heart and cover your table protector circle using small pleats and stitching into the foam of the table protector fabric. Stitch on the brooch back and if you feel fancy some pretty stitches too.




Stitch a few vintage beads on and a little running stitch around the edge before you parcel up your brooch and give it to someone special. Why not chalk paint a wooden box from the craft store and fill it with petals as a perfect gift box for your brooch!



For more vintage inspired crafts visit Samantha’s blog at www.createitsamantha.co.uk or her Crafternoon Tea Parties at www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk.

Happy making!

How to stay motivated for the year ahead

How to stay motivated for the year ahead

Over on the Simple Stylish Makes blog I'm sharing some tips on how to stay motivated for the year ahead. After that initial rush of enthusiasm, now is a common time for the motivation to waiver. So, if, like me, you need a little push to get back into that motivated frame of mind, head on over here to find out how you can get enthusiastic about your goals again. 

Do you have any tips for staying motivated throughout the year? 


10 February 2017

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

Adventures and Tea Parties


Good stuff that happened this week....

- Chatted and laughed with friends via all forms of technology and noticed that I like to pull silly faces when using Facetime. I think that harks back to my childhood days of putting plays on for family and friends and trying my hardest to make them laugh.

- Watched lots of Starling murmurations dance past the studio window. I really want to go and watch their full acrobatic display at Ham Wall some time soon.

- The white hyacinth bloomed and filled the studio with refreshing scent all week

- I had some absolutely wonderful feedback from a customer

- Much creating and making happened as I designed some product protoypes, which involved using the drill, always satisfying.

- I booked some lovely social things into my diary

- Started creating my Look Lane shop - I'll shout when it's launched :)

- Listened to some good music and interviews on the radio, including these songs. Pop them on, it's Friday and that deserves some nice music.

Spitfire by Public Broadcasting Limited
9 #Strafford APTS by Bon Iver
I Heard Wonders by David Holmes
Everybody Come Down by The Delgados
Public Image by Public Image Limited
Ride On Time by Black Box

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

9 February 2017

How to choose the right craft for you

How to choose the right craft for you

Over on the Simple Stylish Makes blog I'm looking at how to choose the right craft for you. So, if you've been thinking about starting up a new craft, head over here and get some ideas about finding a craft the suits you.

Happy making!

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