Category Archives: Craft

Easy Peasy Easter Bunting

BUNTING

You may remember that last year, I popped round to my friend Jodie of A Handmade Cottage, to learn how to make a cushion cover. Jodie’s blog is packed to the hilt of all kinds of crafty projects and ideas, and I asked her if she’d like to donate one to my little corner of the universe today… and ta da! She did.

This bunting is perfect for Easter (and actually any kind of celebration) and as the sun is shining brightly in London this morning, I believe it’s a sign that Spring may have truly arrived…

Over to Jodie…

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A lunch to celebrate ‘Succession’;
A James Stroud exhibition

James Stroud Succession with Balvenie Whisky

Last week I found myself in a carpark at The Vinyl Factory, to celebrate the launch of ‘Succession’ – photographer James Stroud’s new, beautiful exhibition.

James Stroud’s latest exhibition is a collection of photographs he took at The Balvenie distillery in Scotland – a place he was drawn to for the people, the process and the many generations whose lives have moved with it and have been connected with this wee part of Scotland for years… and he has captured their love, their heart and their true souls…

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Stitch & Story
– Knitting kits made simple –

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I am not a knitter. I have never really knitted, apart from when I tried to make some kind of terrifyingly awful knitted Christmas decorations at primary school… which were really (really) bad.

I don’t have the greatest track record when it comes to persevering with new skills or techniques – whether it’s a new craft, language or sport – if I don’t get it straight away I tend to get bored and give up…. so these knitting kits by Stitch & Story are right up my alley and couldn’t be more perfect.

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7 beautiful advent calendar ideas

Homemade advent calendar

I have always loved advent calendars – a present everyday? What’s not to love?! There is something so magical about it – waking up on a frosty morning and having a little treat to start the day – it’s mazin. And whether you’re celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, or just the holiday season in general, the concept of this and the joy it elicits is universal.

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– Etsy Crush –
Anna’s Drawing Room

Anna's Drawing Room

For me, half the fun of present giving is the wrapping, card writing and the sticking of sparkly stars and twinkles all over the package! (Just me?)

My Etsy Crush this month is winging its way to you from Worthing, fresh out of the loving crafty fingers off one Miss Anna Vartianen, who loves to make beautiful things for gifting and for the home.

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Etsy Crush
– Buy British on Button Lane –

Button Lane When I was small I used to play for hours with my mum’s button tin; Emptying them out onto the carpet, sorting them into colours, sizes and shapes…watching the light dance through the pearly ones and pretending the silver and gold ones were treasure…

Hours would go by and then I’d put them all back into the tin again, ready for the next time.

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Cushion Making
at A Handmade Cottage

Cushion making I love a bit of craft, me. But I’m the first to hold my hands up and say I that I am NOT an expert. By any stretch. I’m barely a beginner… but I have caught the crafty bug and decided to recruit my lovely friend Jodie May at A Handmade Cottage to teach me how to make a cushion cover.  And as luck would have it, she was just as excited about it as me.

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Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers

Penguin

Oiled penguin in a knitted wool jumper – Phillip Island Nature Parks

The Penguin Foundation in Australia has a global callout for knitters to make pullovers for penguins in rehab. Global means all of us. And if you can knit, that means you.

Penguins caught in oil spills need the little jumpers to keep warm and to stop them from trying to clean the toxic oil off with their beaks.

The Penguin Foundation also distributes the jumpers to other wildlife rescue centres where needed.

You can download more information about how to knit for penguins, including the knitting pattern and where to send the finished product here.

I’m off to find my knitting needles. (I apologise now to the penguin that will be wearing the jumper I knit, but it’s the thought that counts, no?)

 

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Crafternoon Cabaret Club (Yes, really)

Crafternoon Cabaret
Club

Can we all just pause for a moment. Crafternoon Cabaret. Cabaret. With Crafts. In the afternoon. Mazin.

Gem, Shani and I toddled off to Islington on a Saturday afternoon just before Christmas (hence the craft project theme) and found ourselves at the Library Pub on Upper Street.

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It’s a wrap


I don’t know about you, but I’m finding that the wrapping of my presents can sometimes cost the same (or more) than the present itself. Which is a bit silly. No?

I love ribbons and sparkles and all things twinkly, but sometimes there is a call for simplicity…and I’ve discovered that with simplicity sometimes comes an even more beautiful and thoughtful result.

This year, I have opted to go as simple as possible. Brown craft paper and a black marker pen.

No string. No Sparkles. No nuffin.

It really is the thought that counts.

 

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Bit crafty

When you live in London, it’s very easy to wake up one day and realise that you haven’t been anywhere else for ages and ages.. and ages. There is always something to do or see, so you forget that you can just jump on a bus or train, visit another one of our amazing cities, see something super duper and be home by tea time. Or dinner time. Or breakfast, if you fancy staying over…

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Etsy Crush: Cosy up


Oh bleurrgh and achoo. My head feels like it’s been stuffed with cotton wool and every time I try to look to the left, my forehead starts throbbing and I give up. I have deduced that I have a cold.

I have also deduced that this is my punishment for eating a staple diet of mince pies and cranberryjellyspreadoneverything for the last month… (I stand by my decision. Totally worth it.)

Some turn to Lemsip, others turn to re-runs of ER… and I (Poppy) turn to tea when I’m feeling a bit coldy. Not just a chuck-it-in-a-mug tea though, but proper Tea-In-a-Pot-Tea…such a lovely ritual. If you are also a Tea-In-a-Pot-Tea lover, (hello!) then I suspect you already have a tea cosy. It’s probably a bit worn and a bit stained but no doubt full of memories and stories. Tea cosies have ears you see, so just imagine all things they’ve heard you nattering about over a brew.. *Ponders* (Important – they don’t have mouths so don’t worry; your secrets are safe.)

The above tea cosy is hand knitted by the very clever Alice of The Sequinned Sheep. Alice and her sister Florence set up The Sequinned Sheep to so they could immerse themselves in their love of crafts and bring their gorgeous handmade pretties to you and me. Pop along to their Etsy shop to see all the lovely bits and pieces the clever ladies have conjured up.

They have kindly given me the above super duper lovely hand knitted tea cosy to give away to one of my lucky readers, so if you’d like to win it, please see below!

In the meantime, drink tea, stay warm and stay cosy.

Achoo.

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Win this Tea Cosy from The Sequinned Sheep!

All you have to do to win this super duper prize is one of the following, (the more you do the more chances you have.) Please leave me a comment below for each step you complete:

1. Sign up to my mailing list ((Completion of this step is compulsory to be entered – please look out for the confirmation email in your inbox, otherwise you won’t be registered!))

2. Become a fan of my Facebook page and share the post

3. Leave a comment on this blog post
4. Follow me and The Sequinned Sheep and RT the competition on Twitter 
5. Follow my blog on GFC (Google Friend Connect) 

 


Competition ends Tuesday 22nd January 2013 – good luck Popsicles! xx


Poppy’s important terms and conditions:
Entrants not meeting the above requirements will be deemed invalid and therefore not included in the draw. Signing up to my mailing list is compulsory and all the other steps are optional and are additional chances to win, however they will be deemed invalid if the entrant has not completed the compulsory step of signing up to my mailing list. Entrants are to leave a separate comment below for each step they complete. The competition will run from 9am on the 15th January 2013, through to midnight 22nd January 2013. I will contact the winner within a week of the competition ending. If the winner doesn’t respond or accept the prize within 2 weeks of notification I reserve the right to draw a new winner. 
 
 
 

 

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Deck the halls…
The Magical Christmas Wreath Company


“Ho ho holy MOLY!” cries I, as I open my door. For there standing on my doormat was Magical Mr Paul (no lie) carrying this super duper enormous (no lie) simply GORGEOUS and divine smelling handmade Christmas wreath. With squirrels on it. (Yip. No lie).

“Hello Poppy” says Magical Mr Paul and handed me the wreath with a twinkly smile before vanishing in a magical puff of smoke. (Bit of a lie).

Magical Mr Paul is the founder of The Magical Christmas Wreath Company. A company which celebrates Christmas like no other, with sparkly tidings, magic and exuberant yuletide festivity. Magical Mr Paul conjures up the most flamboyant, luxurious and Christmassy handmade fresh wreaths, centrepieces and garlands in his magical workshop and the pile of CVs from hopeful elves is growing by the day.


So much love and care goes into each piece made at Mr Magical Paul’s Head Quarters and the attention to details is second to none; from the fairies, pixies and woodland creatures that have been hidden in all the wreaths, to the elegant and luxurious ribbon used for the finishing touch. What’s more, the fresh pine, nuts and pinecones mean that the wreath smells completely delicious… S’wonderful.

Perfect on your front door, or inside on a mirror or window…they sit happily anywhere and will be the source of huge Christmassy joy.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company also have some of the most lovely smelling and long lasting luxurious Christmassy candles that I have ever come across. ‘Winter Spice’ is my firm favourite… although it does mean that every time I light it, I have to eat a mince pie. 


I am a firm believer in the magic of Christmas, and to have had this beautiful wreath in my home on the run up to the special day is the brandy butter on my Christmas Pudding.

 

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The Magical Christmas Wreath Company


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Win a Magical Christmas Wreath!

The amazing Magical Christmas Wreath Company is giving away a Christmas wreath of your own choice! The winner will be able to select any of the small wreaths from these styles.  All you have to do to win this super duper prize is one of the following, (the more you do the more chances you have.) Please leave me a comment below for each step you complete:

1. Sign up to my mailing list ((Completion of this step is compulsory to be entered – please look out for the confirmation email in your inbox, otherwise you won’t be registered!))

2. Become a fan of my Facebook page and share the post

3. Leave a comment below
4. Follow me and The Magical Christmas Wreath Company and RT the competition on Twitter 
5. Follow my blog on GFC (Google Friend Connect) 

 

Competition ends Monday 3rd December 2012 – good luck Popsicles! xx

Poppy’s important terms and conditions:
Entrants not meeting the above requirements will be deemed invalid and therefore not included in the draw. Signing up to my mailing list is compulsory and all the other steps are optional and are additional chances to win, however they will be deemed invalid if the entrant has not completed the compulsory step of signing up to my mailing list. Entrants are to leave a separate comment below for each step they complete. The competition will run from 9am on Saturday 24th November 2012, through to midnight Monday 3rd December 2102. I will contact the winner within a week of the competition ending. If the winner doesn’t respond or accept the prize within 2 weeks of notification I reserve the right to draw a new winner. Competition is open to the UK only.

 

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Craft project
Autumnal Jam Jar Flowers


Oh I do like flowers. I do I do I do.

I especially love flowers in the Autumn, wrapping up warm and collecting a mix of blooms, leaves and berries on a crisp and sunny stroll… as though I were in a Meg Ryan Film. From the 90’s. Not now.  

I love the colours and the smells and the promise of apple pie when you get home… I REALLY miss Meg Ryan from the 90’s. Rats.

All you need for this little project are some fresh autumnal flowers and leaves, (if you can find some berries too, so much the better), a length of ribbon and a nice large jam jar. I am a prolific eater of Mrs Elswood Pickled Cucumbers and these jars are perfect. 


How to..

1. Clean your jam jar thoroughly and remove the label. (For a super sonic label remover solution, you won’t find better than this
2. Fill your jam jar 2/3rds with water
3. Trim your flowers/leaves/berries down and arrange in your jar
4. Tie your ribbon around the rim of the jar

That’s it – couldn’t be easier. These jam jars look gorgeous on their ownsome, or you could make a few smaller jars and line them up on your windowsill… pretty pretty pretty.

Better get eating that jam…

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Paper Cut

Snip snip snippety snip! 

Whooosh she’s one clever lady that Miss Julene Harrison. She’s like a Kung Fu master, but with paper. And without Kung Fu.

And what a fairytale too – after being made redundant, lovely Miss Julene did not reach for the vodka, but instead reached for the scissors (I’d have pegged it had I been in the room) and merrily started creating gorgeous and rather special paper-cuts as gifts for her lucky chums.

One year later she was receiving commissions for her quirky and charming designs… and now she has a snazzy website and makes paper-cuts and laser-cuts for lovely folk all over the big wide world! Cor.

Her work is usually text based, but she can turn her nimble fingers to anything portraity or illustrationy.. and has done so not only for commoners like you and I, but also for the likes of The Telegraph, Nivea and Net-A-Porter…. Oooo. 

Just LOOK at what she creates. How how how? 

I have no idea. 

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www.madebyjulene.com


Win your very own Julene Harrison laser-cut!

Ahh oui oui bon bon and ooh la la. “Qu’ils Mangment de la Brioche!” Or, as we might say, “Let them eat cake!” This famous phrase from 18th century Paris could be hanging in your very own château. (Housey). 

All you have to do to win this masterpiece (worth $80!) is one of the following, (the more you do the more chances you have.) Please leave me a comment below for each step you complete:

 
1. Sign up to my mailing list (Completion of this step is compulsory to be entered – please look out for the confirmation email in your inbox, otherwise you won’t be registered!)
2. Leave me a comment below 
4. Follow Julene on Twitter
5. LIKE my Facebook page

6. Become my friend on Google Friend Connect (you’ll find this on the left column of my blog)

This competition ends 10th May – good luck!


Poppy’s important stuff:
T&C – Entrants not meeting the above requirements will be deemed invalid and therefore not included in the draw. Signing up to my mailing list is compulsory and all the other steps are optional and are additional chances to win, however they will be deemed invalid if the entrant has not completed the compulsory step of signing up to my mailing list. Entrants are to leave a separate comment below for each step they complete. The competition will run from 7am on Thursday 3rd May 2012, through to midnight Thursday 10th May 2102. I will contact the winner within a week of the competition ending. If the winner doesn’t respond or accept the prize within 2 weeks of notification I reserve the right to draw a new winner.




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