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Bert & Buoy interview on The Crafty Gentleman blog
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Interview with Bert & Buoy

I first discovered the work of Bert Fowler earlier this year, when his company was featured in Mollie Makes magazine. His uniquely minimal style of nautical homewares and mathematical prints instantly caught my eye – and I’ve been obsessed ever since! I just knew I had to feature Bert on my blog to talk about his business, Bert & Buoy. Fast forward a few months and I’m excited to share an recent interview I had with Bert. Join us as we chat about…

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DIY leather Bat Bow Tie | Easy last minute Mens Halloween Costume | Halloween crafts | Click through for more
in DIY + Crafts, Halloween, Halloween, Leather, Sewing

Easy Men’s Halloween Costume: DIY Bat Bow Tie

Halloween is my faaaavourite time of year. I love it! In my late teens and early 20s, I used to throw a big house party every Halloween. But now it’s a little quieter and more sophisticated; I’m talking cocktails and dinner parties. But this doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part! Fancy dress doesn’t have to be silly and novelty. It can be pretty sleek and stylish – even when it’s handmade. This DIY bat bow tie is a perfect…

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DIY wooden pumpkin with neon lights Halloween decoration
in Halloween, Halloween

10 Halloween Crafts for Adults to try

Halloween and crafting go hand-in-hand, don’t you think? To celebrate the scariest time of year, I’ve rounded up some of my best Halloween crafts for adults to try this year. Just click on the titles or images below to see the full craft tutorials. Each one makes a perfect Halloween craft project for men and women. So why not throw a Halloween party and follow these DIY tutorials with a group of friends? Scary fancy dress optional, but highly encouraged!…

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GIVEAWAY: Win A Quilting Kit **CLOSED**

Giveaway time! I’m teaming up with Crafter’s Companion to offer one lucky reader a quilting starter kit, worth £34.99. If you’ve ever wanted to get into quilt making (or fabric crafts in general), this is perfect for you. The kit contains the essential equipment you’ll need for quilt making: a 45mm rotary cutter, an A3 double-sided cutting mat and a 12″ x 6″ acrylic ruler. Scroll to the end of this post to enter! Crafter’s Companion x Project Linus This…

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How to make a Wooden Pumpkin Pin Badge | Easy Halloween Crafts | Cricut Maker craft projects | Click through for more
in Cricut, DIY + Crafts, Halloween, Halloween, Wood

How To Make A Wooden Pumpkin Pin Badge

Halloween falls on a Wednesday this week, which I always find a little strange… Do you dress up? Or just go about the day like normal? Who knows! I reckon it should be a public holiday, to save us of this dilemma. 😉 This year, to avoid this conundrum, I’ve DIY’ed a way to add a subtle nod to Halloween – without going all-out on a costume. I used my Cricut Maker to create this wooden pumpkin pin badge. Instant…

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The Big Audition ITV1 Mike Aspinall The Crafty Gentleman
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Watch me on ITV television next week!

Waaay back in the summer, I teased a new project I was getting involved in. I didn’t give anything away, but a few of you messaged me with your guesses! Well, I’m excited to finally reveal what it was… I’m appearing on a new ITV show next week! The Big Audition on ITV1 The show is called The Big Audition. It’s a brand new series which goes behind the scenes of the casting world to follow people applying for real jobs (think:…

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DIY See Through Ghost decorations for Halloween - Easy Halloween crafts - Cricut crafts - Click for more
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Try this: Easy Transparent Ghost Decorations for Halloween

Yep, it’s that time of year… Halloween decorating season! With less than a month until the scariest day of the year, it’s now (finally) acceptable to deck your space from floor to ceiling with pumpkins and kitsch-cool Halloween decorations. I used my Cricut machine to make these oh-so-simple transparent ghost decorations (although you can use a craft knife or scissors, instead). They took less than 15 minutes to make, but look great when strung together in the corner of a…

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DIY spider web t-shirt | easy halloween costume for men | Click for more
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Easy Halloween Costume Idea: DIY Spider Web T-Shirt

Back in my teens, fancy dress was a big deal. I used to spend hours making elaborate DIY Halloween costumes from scratch (yeah, I was pretty cool 😉 ). In fact, this obsession with making was how I developed many of the sewing skills I still use today! However, I’m now a fully-fledged adult – complete with a mortgage, a job, bills, taxes, responsibilities… and a serious lack of free time. So any fancy dress costumes I now make have…

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