My Top 9 Favourite Podcasts

My Top 9 Favourite Podcasts

I’m a podcast convert, and since ‘Serial’ pretty much invented the podcast, so are many other people.

I listen to them in traffic, in the bath, while I’m cleaning the house, when I’m in the gym (those rare occasions when I actually go), while I’m making something, pretty much anywhere where watching something on a screen is difficult.

A few friends have asked me for some recommendations recently, so I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite podcasts to listen to, for the crafty and the non-crafty.

5 Things I learnt in my first week of business…

5 Things I learnt in my first week of business…

Last weekend marked my one-week business anniversary. I have successfully managed to open Craftworks Baby, and stay open for a whole week with no major disasters. Go me.

In that first week and the weeks running up to the launch of the store, I can’t tell you how nervous, excited and terrified I felt, at havingto share what I love to make with the internet, and open myself up to any comments or criticisms that the world could throw at me. It's fair to say I still have a bit of a vulnerability hangover.

Tutorial: Off-The-Shoulder Top

Tutorial: Off-The-Shoulder Top

I'm all for taking old, good-quality clothes and turning them into a wearable, up-to-date garments that are actually going to be useful, and at the moment I seem to be inundated by men's shirts. Both my Dad and my husband have recently had wardrobe clear-outs and I've ended up hoarding a few of their shirts, just because the fabric seemed so nice. I knew I'd want to use them for something at some point.

As it turns out, men's shirts make really nice off-the-shoulder tops and I've put a tutorial together to share how easy it is to make one yourself. 

Knitting: How to get started

Knitting: How to get started

It would probably be more appropriate to call this post something like ‘How to not be intimidated by your knitting.'

I don’t know about you, but from the outside, knitting looks like seriously hard work. You’ve got the patterns which look like a foreign language, the different types of yarn that are somehow meant to be used in different ways with different needles in different sizes, and then there’s the time it takes to actually make the thing…

Tutorial: Handmade Paper Pom Poms

Tutorial: Handmade Paper Pom Poms

So a few months ago month I got married.

It was hilarious, amazing fun and the best day of my life.  

Knowing that I’m a crafty kind of person, a lot of people have asked me whether I’d be making anything myself (disclaimer, I definitely didn’t make my wedding dress!) I wanted to bring some of what I love into our wedding by making a few personal and thoughtful bits and pieces

Massive February Sewing Haul and Upgrade

Massive February Sewing Haul and Upgrade

Sewing used to be a very thrifty process for me, and is still something I try to keep in mind – honestly!

I used to source my fabric from charity shops, buy my equipment on eBay and rely on donated haberdashery from a neighbour who worked in my local fabric market.

It was a cost-effective hobby that also happily stopped me spending all my money in Topshop.

Tutorial - Fluffy Strappy Sandals

Tutorial - Fluffy Strappy Sandals

While a lot of my shoes are pretty practical, (think boots, brogues and loafers) I'm partial to a beautiful pair of crazy heels in a very impractical colour like white or light pink suede. They just make any outfit more fun and bring some personality to a simple jeans and blazer look.  

Over the years I've cultivated a small but thriving collection of impractical heels, but I think silver strappy sandals complete with white, fluffy marabou trim are in a league of their own.

Review: Mimi G for Simplicity 1283

Review: Mimi G for Simplicity 1283

When I’m reviewing a sewing pattern, I look at a couple of different things…

  • The fit – How many alterations do I have to end up making to get the fit I’m looking for?
  • The simplicity of the instructions – I’ve been sewing for a fair few years now, but there are still a few patterns I’ve tried recently that had stumped me at certain parts. After working through them, it always seems as through the instructions deliberately tried to choose the most complicated way to explain what to do. Cheers guys.

My Make Nine for 2017

My Make Nine for 2017

So if you make things, are on Instagram, or follow sewing and knitting blogs, you’ll probably be way ahead of me and will know all about the Make Nine project. 

Rochelle, of of Lucky Lucille is the lovely lady who thought it up, and basically, makers simply chose nine patterns or items that they know they want to make in 2017 and reveal their choice to the world.

 

Why January is Such an Unproductive Month for Crafting

Why January is Such an Unproductive Month for Crafting

...And why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Okay, so I’m not keen on January for a few reasons:

  • Christmas is over and I’m one of those people who loves Christmas.
  • I really dislike the whole ‘new year new you’ concept. I think this was the subject line of at least 10 different marketing emails I received over the first 2 weeks of January. (Seriously, how many new me’s can the world cope with?)