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November roundup

The month of mince pies, gift-giving and ‘80s Christmas songs has begun… happy first of December! Before we get too excited about what’s to come, let’s have a quick look back at November on the blog… I went to Scandinavia! A few nights in Copenhagen, including a day trip over to Malmo. It was the BEST, I loved both cities – I’m eager to return one day. I worked with the guys at Woodwork wine to create a tasty spiced…

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DIY Dinosaur Planter: Plantosaur
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Make a DIY Dinosaur Planter (aka a Plantosaur!)

When I was a child, I vividly remember having a fascination with dinosaurs – I was part of the generation who grew up with the Jurassic Park films, so this is probably nothing unusual! I remember being so obsessed, that my parents bought me a massive toy pterodactyl. It was my absolute prize possession; I took it everywhere. Unfortunately, adult life has now taken over and it’s deemed a little odd to fly around the house with a pretend dinosaur… but…

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Spiced red wine chutney recipe
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Spiced red wine chutney recipe (with Woodwork wine)

Whoa, am I the only one that thinks it’s getting pretty darn cold lately?! The scarf and gloves are definitely out of hibernation! With all this chilliness, I thought I’d make up a batch of spiced red wine chutney to add a bit of warmth to my meals. I’ve packed it with apple, onion, raisins, dates and spices galore… but the real star of the show is the wine. Woodwork wine, to be precise. Woodwork is the latest release from…

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Man Crafts The Bradford Edge
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Man Crafts: The Bradford Edge

Today, I’m welcoming Bradford Bowling to the blog, a talented DIY’er and owner of The Bradford Edge. Between his other hobbies – which include rock music and novel writing – Bradford spends his days working full time on his Etsy shop. I spoke to him to learn a bit more about what he makes, why he makes them and how it all began… Man Crafts interview with Bradford Bowling, of The Bradford Edge Hi Bradford! First up, where are you from and…

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Glass kitchen shelf
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Tips for glass DIY – and how to make a minimalist DIY glass shelf

Image from here. I’d class myself as a bit of a “try anything” crafter. I spend some weekends sawing wood and hammering nails, but others knitting and sewing! Ultimately, I just love making things. But one of the crafts I’ve never really dabbled in is glass cutting. To be honest, I’ve always been a bit intimidated by working with glass – surely it’s a) dangerous and b) crazy difficult, right?! Well, recently, the team over at Balustrade Components Ltd. got in…

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Wood and fabric handmade advent calendar
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Six handmade Advent Calendars that I love!

Yep, it’s that time of year – advent calendar season! You’re probably thinking one of two things right now: either “omg, I’m so excited, I love Christmas!”, or “WHAT, when did summer end?! How is it nearly December?!”. I’ve gotta admit, I fall into the latter category… the past few months have flown by! Anyway, back to the point of this post… I actually made my own tweed advent calendar this year (see here), but that still hasn’t stopped me browsing Etsy…

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The harbour in Copenhagen
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3 days in Copenhagen (and a quick trip to Malmö)

I love love love travelling. I travel pretty often, whether it be overseas or within the UK, but I’ve never really shared this on my blog… However, I’ve come to realise that I really enjoy reading the travel stories of other bloggers – so I thought: hey, why don’t I get in on that and share MY travel stories?! Not only do I then get to share a snippet of my travels with you super duper readers, but I also start to build a sort of digital…

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DIY coffin blackboard Halloween decoration
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October roundup

Okay, hands up who’s got a slightly sore head from the Halloween festivities last night?! My Halloween cocktail party was awesome, the drinks went down really well and we all had a great time. 🙂 That’s that for another year! But before we say goodbye to Halloween, let’s have a quick look back at the past month on The Crafty Gentleman… The BIG news of the month was my exciting partnership with Innocent smoothies, to help raise awareness of their Big…

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