Hey guys! I’ve pre-scheduled this post, as I’ll be at the Cricut conference in Salt Lake City at the time the post goes live… AHH! I’m so unbelievably excited for it! If you aren’t already, then make sure to follow me on Instagram – I’ll be sharing heaps of behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the event. I’m also hoping to get out and about in Salt Lake City, so come see what I’m getting up to here.

Anyway, let’s talk July! If I could describe it in one word, it would be… warm. The UK has been in the midst of a prolonged heatwave since early June, but it really peaked this month. Summer is finally here! The sun is out, the days are longer and holidays are on the horizon. This is always a great time of year, right?

Here’s some of my fave things from the past 4 weeks…

  • I nearly burst with joy when I read this article on Forbes. It’s about the resurgence in crafting amongst young people – and how the craft industry is letting us down by not catering to us. This is something I am very, very passionate about. As I always say: crafting is for everyone! That means not just the stereotypical old lady in an armchair, or young kids at school. Men, women, old, young… everyone can craft.
  • Will from Bright.Bazaar just launched his first product range. Spoiler: it’s amazing, and you will want to buy it all! He describes the homeware pieces as a blend of Scandinavian design with nautical comfort. Sounds pretty perfect to me!
  • I’ve just finished reading this novel. It’s such a good read! It tells the story of an original Singer sewing machine made in the 1920s, and follows its journey through subsequent generations. I am a little biased (I’m the UK Ambassador for Singer), but for me it really highlighted what a rich, interesting heritage the Singer brand has.
  • The science geek in me is loving this post about the science behind Mario Kart. I’m legit gonna use this next time I play!
  • The rose gold trend has been around for a while, but it’s showing no signs of slowing. This article on the BBC explores why this colour has such an enduring popularity in weddings, fashion, decor, technology… and even cars!
  • I think we could all learn a thing or two from this article about keeping your brain young.
  • As part of my prep for the Cricut Make-A-Thon, I made myself a hip bag. It was one of the pre-designed sewing patterns on Cricut Design Space. I don’t normally follow existing patterns (I prefer to create my own), but I LOVE this project! I’m gonna wear my hip bag in Utah – so there’s no need to get a sweaty back from wearing my Kanken backpack all day in the crazy heat, woo!

Hope you’ve had a great month! 🙂 – Mike.