8 Things I Didn't Expect During Pregnancy

8 Things I Didn't Expect During Pregnancy

As the first person in my group of friends to start a family, and without any other close mates who were in the same position, it’s fair to say I was a little in the dark when it came to what to expect during my pregnancy. 

I’m now at the start of my third trimester mark and already I feel like Bilbo Baggins on his ‘Unexpected Journey’. (Just a little Hobbit reference for those other cool people out there.) We have about two and a half months to go until the official due date, and while I know that having the baby will come with a whole heap of new, unexpected experiences, I wanted to share some of the things that have caught me off guard over the last 7 months…

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I'm Trying To Change My Wardrobe

I'm Trying To Change My Wardrobe

The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry, behind fossil fuels, in the world today. As well as the water pollution, agricultural pollution and the production of non-biodegradable synthetic fibres, the over consumption of fashion itself is one of our biggest problems. This is before we’ve even started on the ethical and humanitarian issues the industry throws up…

For an industry that for many of us provides a fun and creative outlet to express ourselves, there’s no doubt there’s a dark side, and it’s becoming harder for the industry, and for us, to ignore. That’s why I’m trying to think a little differently about what I buy and what I choose to wear.

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Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

if you’ve not been before, The Knitting and Stitching Show is an annual event that brings together all kinds of makers under one roof.

Held at The Alexandra Palace in London, it’s like a festival for craft. You can find workshops, showcases and the biggest thing - stalls, selling both raw materials and beautiful handmade goods, for anything from cross stitch, to leather work.

This year was my first visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard mixed reviews - some people return year after year, leaving with bags and bags of goodies, some people say there’s too much variety and that it would be better to split the show into smaller, craft-based events.

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Unexpected Life Changes and Slowing Down

Unexpected Life Changes and Slowing Down

Slowing down isn’t something that comes naturally to me.

To me, multitasking isn’t just a necessity to get all my admin done, or something that sounds good to put on my CV, it is a way of life. But lately I’ve experienced a few life changes that have given me the opportunity and the motivation to take things a bit easier for once, and knitting has proved to be a massive aid.

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Note to self - don't get taken in by a bargain...

Note to self - don't get taken in by a bargain...

This post is a lesson to myself, to not be taken in by a bargain. I love a bargain and I hate spending money. It might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but it’s true. 

I love getting something I really need at a fraction of it’s original price, and I always shop around if I have to make an expensive purchase. Spending money sometimes frightens me a bit, whether it’s £30 on some materials I want for a project, or £300 on a new washing machine.

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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.

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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

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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?)

 

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