Mike Aspinall The Crafty Gentleman and Kirstie Allsopp at The Handmade Fair 2018
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Kirstie Allsopp presents: The Handmade Fair 2018 at Ragley Hall

Last weekend, Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair 2018 took place in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall. It was a crafter’s dream come true! I was there for the full three days. I ran workshops, got interviewed on the main stage, took part in a live craft-off and met loads of awesome makers. Phew, what a weekend! Amongst all of the crafty fun, I managed to take a few photos and videos. Be warned: this blog post is pretty photo heavy!…

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The 7 things I never travel without | Travel Essentials 2018
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7 holiday essentials I NEVER travel without

There’s nothing I love more than a good city break. Sauntering down unknown streets, camera in one hand, local guidebook in the other. Bliss! I’m lucky enough to go on foreign city breaks a couple of times a year. You can see some of my recent travel vlogs here. Over the years, I’ve come to realise that there are a handful of items that I consistently reach to when I’m packing my suitcase. From city breaks to country retreats, these…

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Make a cushion from a shirt | Click through for full tutorial | DIY and Craft blog
in DIY + Crafts, Interiors, Sewing

How To Turn A Shirt Into A Cushion Cover

Crafts and upcycling go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s reupholstering a vintage chair, transforming a charity shop find, or simply altering some ill-fitting clothes. Being able to breathe new life into an old object, transforming it into something new, is awesome. It feels like a superpower! 🙂 If you’re just getting started with upcycling, then a good first project is to turn a shirt into a cushion cover. I gave this a try last month for my brother-in-law’s birthday. He’s in the Royal Navy and had…

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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**
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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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