Lunch out in Nottingham
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Spring has sprung!

It’s finally starting to warm up here in the UK! This weekend was a goodun, I took advantage of the sunny weather (or in other words, lack of snow/hail/rain…!) and went for lunch with an old friend. We checked out a local independent coffee shop; 200 Degrees in Nottingham. It’s a pretty cool place – the sandwiches in particular were on point! Rhubarb chutney? Oh yes. I hope the sun is making an appearance wherever you are. Not long now…

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DIY Upcycled Pallet Crate
in DIY + Crafts, Wood

DIY Upcycled Pallet Crate (no power tools!)

Upcycled pallet crafts have exploded over the past couple of years – and it’s no wonder why! Pallets are a cheap – or often, free – source of strong, quality wood (remember, they are designed to hold large weights so are built to last). Their physical dimensions are really versatile; the long slabs can be deconstructed, joined together or shortened to create loads of things. In fact, with nothing more than some basic tools and a bit of elbow grease,…

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Basket weave knitted cushion
in DIY + Crafts, Knitting, Life

A new challenge: the results

A few weeks back, I told the story of my first ever attempt at knitting (read it in this post). Well, I reached a bit of a crafting landmark today… I completed my first ever knitting project! I made a basic cushion cover, with a simple knit pattern on the back and a more complex basket weave design on the front. I used a speckled beige wool, finished off with a bright blue tweed covered button. What do you think?…

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Earl Grey bara brith recipe
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Bara Brith Earl Grey Recipe

Did you know that March 1st is Saint David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales? No? Neither did I. Well, until last weekend, when my partner (who just happens to be Welsh!) told me so. The Welsh are a fiercely patriotic nation, so regularly mark the occasion by wearing traditional Welsh costumes or symbols (think: daffodils, leeks, dragons). Schools often hold festivals called “Eisteddfodau” (don’t ask me how to pronounce that), where children sing songs, dance and celebrate their heritage….

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DIY Leather Luggage Tag
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Handmade Leather Luggage Tag

As I write this, I’m also busy packing for a bit of an impromptu city break. Tomorrow, I’ll be boarding a ferry and setting sail to the Netherlands! My partner and I only booked it two weeks ago – it all seems quite surreal that we’re going already! Anyway, a spontaneous holiday is a good excuse for me to get crafting (who am I kidding; everything is a good excuse for me to get crafting!). I thought I’d share with…

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Cut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects
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Crafting my way round the USA

If crafting is my biggest passion in life, I think that travel would be up there as my second. I love exploring new countries and cities, getting to know different cultures and learning about local traditions. In the past few months alone, I’ve visited Madrid, Paris and London, with short breaks also booked to Amsterdam, Brussels and the Southern coast of England over the next few months – woohoo! With this in mind, I was super excited to have been contacted…

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DIY Rustic Candle in a Mason Jar
in DIY + Crafts, Other

Rustic Candle in a Mason Jar

Okay okay, I know this isn’t the most original DIY I’ve ever posted. The mason jar craze started a good few years ago and I’m hardly the first to turn one into a candle! However, I was in a cool little restaurant the other day (Bills in Nottingham, England, incase you were curious) and I just loved the rustic simplicity of their mason jar candle decor. So, naturally, I decided to replicate it for myself. I’m definitely planning on making…

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Why DIY?
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Why DIY?

I often get asked “why DIY?” or “why go to all that effort, when you could just buy it?“. Crafting and making things has always been important to me; from my childhood, through University and now. It’s no coincidence that I run a crafting blog! The purpose of this post is to share the main driving forces that compel me to the crafty life – hopefully it will inspire you to give it a go too. Make something unique The…

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