How to make DIY travel chess set with Cricut Maker, click through for tutorial
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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 the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin last year (check out my video, here). 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 wood. I…

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How to make round Easter Egg cushions. Click the through for full tutorial and more Easter craft projects.
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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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Make your own Easter Egg stickers using this really easy method! Easter crafts and DIY. Click through for more.
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Make your own Easter Egg stickers!

I don’t know about you, but for me Easter means two things: chocolate and crafts! Although I also feel the same about Christmas… and Halloween… maybe I have a chocolate-eating-craft-making problem?! Anyway, one thing that sets Easter apart for me, is that it’s a lot more light-hearted than the other seasons. There’s just something about it that I feel lends itself to fun, simple and easy-going craft projects. 🙂 With this in mind, I turned to my trusty Cricut to…

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How to make DIY Fabric Flowers using the Cricut Maker - click through for full tutorial and step by step photos
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How to Make DIY Fabric Flowers

Here in the UK, it’s Mother’s Day next weekend. I usually buy my mum some flowers and make her a handmade card – but this year, I’ve done something a little different… I’ve made some DIY fabric flowers! I always kinda resent buying fresh flowers, since they inevitably die after a few weeks (please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks this?!). But there’s no chance of her flowers dying this year – they’ll be fresh and colourful forever!…

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Tips for making a quilted blanket - How to sew a patchwork quilt - Sewing and crafts blog - The Crafty Gentleman
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Tips for making a quilted blanket

From the moment I got my hands on my new Singer sewing machine, I’ve been dying to make a large, quilted blanket! As I shared in this blog post, my sister had a baby recently – so it was the perfect opportunity. I’ve dabbled in a few quilting projects before, but this was the first time I’d gone all-out with a large quilted blanket. I learnt a lot through making it! I thought I’d document some of the things I learnt,…

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Nottingham Light Night - The Crafty Gentleman installation at Handmade Nottingham
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See my DIY window display for Nottingham Light Night!

I’m lucky enough to live in Nottingham; one of the most creative cities in the UK. (Don’t believe me? Nottingham has more indie/creative businesses than any other UK city outside of London!). I love this city. It’s been my home for more than four years now. I moved here straight after Uni, with no friends nearby, no family, no-one. But I consciously threw myself into the creative scene, and quickly grew a strong network of friends, fellow blogger pals and like-minded creatives….

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I'm an uncle - My new nephew
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I’m an Uncle!

This weekend, something pretty big happened… I met my first ever nephew! Meet, Noah Francis Bladen, born on the 11th February 2018. I couldn’t resist sharing some photos with you guys – he’s just too damn cute not to show off! My sister lives in Portsmouth, which is a 3-4 hour drive from my house in Nottingham. So this weekend was the first chance I’d had to meet Noah. We decided to make a mini holiday of the trip. Myself,…

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My new Cricut Maker: unboxing and first impressions.
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My new Cricut Maker: unboxing and first impressions

This week, my obsession with Cricut reached new heights… because I’m now the proud owner of the new Cricut Maker! OMG OMG OMG. Still freaking out about it! If you read my blog regularly, you’ll no doubt be aware that I love Cricut. I’ve been chatting about them for months, ever since getting my first Cricut Explore Air last year. (If you’re wondering what the heck I’m chatting about, then a Cricut is an electronic cutting machine that’s specialised for crafts.)….

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