A weekend in Lisbon Portugal | Travel Blog | The Crafty Gentleman
in Life, Travel, Video

A mini break in Lisbon, Portugal (with video!)

I ticked a big item off my bucket list earlier this month. I spent a long weekend in Lisbon, one of the foodie capitals of Europe! It was every bit as picturesque and dreamy as I was hoping. We spent 4 days exploring colourful streets, eating custard tarts (SO TASTY) and strolling along the waterfront. You’d never suspect it from the photos, but the weather was a bit hit-and-miss (we got caught in a huuuge rainstorm on the first day). But we…

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Tour of my Record Player home setup | Record Store Day 2018
in Home décor, Interiors

A tour of my home record player set up

This blog post containts affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission (but it won’t cost you any extra!). This really helps make it possible for me to continue running my blog – thank you!   Happy Record Store Day! Today is all about celebrating music – in particular, vinyl records. Indie venues all over the UK (and the world) will be running special events, limited edition releases, intimate gigs and exclusive signings. It’s all about…

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in Events, Giveaways

WIN free tickets to the Handmade Fair! **CLOSED**

You guys, I’ve got some super exciting news! Back in November, I announced that I’ll be running a series of workshops and events at the Handmade Fair with Kirstie Allsopp. There’s only a month to go until the Fair, and it’s shaping up to be amazing. Some of the UK’s most renowned creatives will be there: Patrick Grant, Keith Brymer Jones, Edith Bowman and Anthony Devine to name just a few. As well as the workshops and talks, there will be a…

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Learn how to make custom plywood shelves to fit in any space - Full step-by-step tutorial with tips - Click through for this and more DIY woodwork projects
in DIY + Crafts, Home décor, Interiors, Wood

How to make custom plywood shelves (to fit ANY space!)

At the bottom of the stairs in my house, there’s a really awkward bit of space. It’s a small walkway, around 1 metre square, with the kitchen on one side and the living room on the other. It’s got a little bit of wall space, which immediately faces the stairs – so it’s the first thing you see when you get the the bottom. For a good few months after moving in, we were unsure what to do with this bit of…

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Giveaway: Win a Cricut EasyPress **CLOSED**
Giveaway: Win a Cricut EasyPress **CLOSED**
Giveaway: Win a Cricut EasyPress **CLOSED**
Giveaway: Win a Cricut EasyPress **CLOSED**
in Giveaways

Giveaway: Win a Cricut EasyPress **CLOSED**

Guys, Easter is just days away now! To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with the generous folks at Cricut to offer you a special Spring giveaway… One of you lucky lot will receive a brand new Cricut EasyPress, worth £159.99! 🙂 Scroll to the bottom of this post for the giveaway entry form. About the Cricut EasyPress The Cricut EasyPress is a specially designed heat press, created specifically for iron-on designs. It makes it easier than ever to create perfect iron-on craft projects (think: custom T-Shirts,…

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Happy Dough Lucky Pizza and Desserts restaurant pop up Nottingham
in Events, Life

Happy Dough Lucky

As I write this, it’s Thursday afternoon. I’m slobbing on my sofa, typing away on my MacBook, with a cup of peppermint tea next to me. I’m still in a blissful food coma. Last night, Gareth and I went to the blogger’s launch event of a new pop-up restaurant in Nottingham, called Happy Dough Lucky. Holy flipping crap it was GOOD. Like, really, really, really good! Happy Dough Lucky At 8pm, we made our way to the steps of the Lacehouse Bar in Nottingham’s…

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How to make DIY travel chess set with Cricut Maker, click through for tutorial
in DIY + Crafts, Other, Wood

Bauhaus-inspired DIY Travel Chess Set

I’ve been wanting to make a DIY Travel Chess Set for aaaages. I think the idea first started during my trip to Berlin last year (check out my video, here), when I visited the Bauhaus Archive. I fell in love with the harsh angles, minimalist geometry and clean lines that makes Bauhaus so distinctive. In the gift shop, I spotted a really cool wooden chess set. The pieces had been reduced down to their most basic shapes, then carved into…

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How to make round Easter Egg cushions. Click the through for full tutorial and more Easter craft projects.
in DIY + Crafts, Easter, Easter, Home décor, Interiors, Sewing

How to make round Easter Egg cushions

  I’ve been seeing a load of circular cushions popping up on blogs and decor sites lately. Are they the new cool?? I hope so – I like them! Since I’m a bit of a cushion-making fanatic, I thought I’d try putting my own twist on the circular cushion trend. I’ve altered the shape slightly and made my own DIY Easter Egg cushion. So festive! 😛 To give my Easter Egg cushion a bit of extra dimension, I used a panel…

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