A weekend in Loch Lomond
in Life, Travel

A weekend in Loch Lomond (video)

A few weeks ago, I spent a long weekend on the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond in Scotland. It was incredible! I’ve been to Scotland a few times before, but I’ve mostly stuck to the big cities – so it was a really nice change to explore the countryside and little villages sleeping aids scattered along the way. I went there with a bunch of old school friends of mine. We try and go on a weekend break together…

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DIY leather bound notebook | The Crafty Gentleman
in DIY + Crafts, Leather

How to make a DIY leather bound notebook

What is more timeless and classic than a leather-bound journal?! Perfect for business, as a gift or even just as a scribble pad to keep at home, they’re a really useful way to organise your life in true gentlemanly style! In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a pocket-sized leather-bound journal, complete with decorative inner lining to personalise it to your own tastes. I made this journal for about £6, including the leather and the awl (which…

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DIY gift toppers for men | The Crafty Gentleman
in Christmas, Christmas crafts, recipes and festive inspiration!, DIY + Crafts, Paper

Dapper DIY gift toppers: 3 ways

Hey guys! I just wanted to share with you a guest post that I wrote for the Trimcraft blog recently. In it, I share how to make 3 different styles of paper craft gift toppers: a bow tie, a neck tie and an origami star. Any one of them erectile dysfunction would be perfect for adding a final flourish to your gifts (and with Father’s Day just around the corner, the timing is perfect!). See more and read the tutorials…

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DIY house number tutorial
in DIY + Crafts, Garden, Home décor, Wood

DIY wooden house number sign

  Despite all the progress we’ve been making on our new house (check out my updates here, here and here if you missed them), there has been one preeetty big thing we’ve only just managed to get sorted. Yep, that’s right – we’ve only just got around to putting up a house number by our front door! For months, we’ve had a piece of paper on the door as the only way to direct guests to our door… oh the shame! Why the…

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Behind the scenes: new job
in Life

Behind the scenes: I’ve got a new job!

It’s 8:56pm, and a balmy 22 degrees. I’m sitting in my garden. I’ve just finished a 10km bike ride in the evening sun (so I’m a little on the sweaty side…). I’ve also popped open a celebratory beer… why? Because today was my very last day working for Thorntons! If you don’t know me personally, you might not be aware that I’ve worked in the Thorntons marketing team for almost 4 years now. Yep, it’s literally been my job to…

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How to make a DIY picture ledge
in DIY + Crafts, Home décor, Interiors, Wood

Make a custom DIY picture ledge

DIYs tend to come in two forms: just-for-fun, or practical. Here on The Crafty Gentleman, I’ve definitely got posted a fair share of each, as well as some that blur the line a little – everything from a felt MacBook cover (made out of necessity to protect my tech), to a felt fajita (which was most definitely a “just for fun” project!). But my latest DIY definitely falls into the former category: a custom made DIY picture ledge shelf. The…

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How to make a felt fajita burrito
in DIY + Crafts, Sewing

Try this: how to make a felt fajita

If I were to describe my style (and the style of The Crafty Gentleman blog) in a few words, I guess I’d say: classic and gentlemanly, with a touch of quirky. However, it’s sometimes good to throw caution to the wind and do something a completely random and different. So that’s exactly what I’ve done with this project. Yep. I made a felt fajita! Although I made this as a novelty gift for a friend, it would also make a…

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Garden progress | The Crafty Gentleman blog
in Garden, Garden, Life

An update on our garden progress

Okay, I’m just gonna own up and say it: I never knew gardening could be so fun! With the spring sunshine making a glorious appearance this week, I’ve been spending most of my waking hours out in my garden – and I’m loving it. I thought it’d be fun to give you guys a bit of a sneak peek at how it’s shaping up… but first up, let me rewind a little. We (that’s me and my partner Gareth) bought…

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