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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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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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Happy Dough Lucky Pizza and Desserts restaurant pop up Nottingham
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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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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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Mollie Makes Mash Up at The Handmade Fair Ragley 2018 with Kirstie Allsopp
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Mollie Makes Mash Up at the Handmade Fair

Hey guys! I just wanted to share a little update about my appearances at the Handmade Fair with Kirstie Allsopp this spring. First up, if you missed my original announcement, then go read that blog post here. Go on, I’ll wait. Read it? Good! 🙂   Okay, now you’re up to date… I’ve got more news to share! In addition to the three demonstrations I’ll be running at the Fair, I’ve just been booked for a fourth appearance. I’m going…

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Independent Nottingham businesses with It's in Nottingham - Nottingham bloggers day
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A celebration of Nottingham independent business!

I’ve been living in the city of Nottingham for 4 years now. I first came here after graduating from the Uni of Sheffield, when I was offered a grad job on the outskirts of Nottinghamshire. I’ll be honest… I knew very little about Nottingham at that time. But through the years, I’ve really come to know and love this city. From its thriving creative scene, to its rich history (Robin Hood!) – it’s a city I’m proud to call home….

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The Handmade Fair Ragley 2018 with Kirstie Allsopp
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See me at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair 2018!

Remember last Christmas, when I appeared on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas? I took part in a tree decorating competition up in the beautiful surroundings of Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland. Well, EXCITING NEWS ALERT! I’m going to be working with Kirstie Allsopp again next summer! Kirstie’s Handmade Fair 2018 Each year, Kirstie runs a massive craft fair called The Handmade Fair. It’s full of craft demos, workshops, guest talks, meet-and-greets, indie shopping, networking and handmade inspiration. I’m honoured to have been invited to teach…

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Life lately… October
Life lately… October
Life lately… October
Life lately… October
Life lately… October
Life lately… October
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Life lately… October

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃 Ugh, can you believe that it’s the last day of October already? I feel like Halloween has been a long time coming this year, but I still don’t want it to be over just yet! Anyway, the end of the month is a good time to share an update of what’s been happening behind the scenes lately… First up, I ran my first Lino printing workshop with Wiseheart Studio last weekend. You might have seen a few sneak…

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