DIY Leather Bound Journal
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6 leather craft projects to try out

Compared to other techniques (namely papercraft and sewing), I’m a bit of a newbie to leather craft. I first started working with leather only about 2 years ago, when I made a simple journal/notebook. As with pretty much all of my crafting interests, my interest in leather began with a simple curiosity and a strong desire to make things. I got my hands on some offcuts and, slowly, taught myself how to work with the material. Zoom forward a few years…

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Exploring Cornwall and Cornish art
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Discovering Cornish Art

I recently got back from a BRILLIANT week in Cornwall (on the Southern coast of the UK) with a bunch of friends. Based on the pictures, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d gone to a sun-soaked island off the coast of Italy or Greece… The sun blazed relentlessly for the whole week, we had to keep reminding ourselves that we were still in England! I travel quite a lot, but I thought I’d share this trip to Cornwall in particular because it’s…

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DIY mosaic effect wall art - 1985 by George Orwell
in DIY + Crafts, Home décor, Interiors, Paper

Make mosaic effect DIY wall art with Polaroids

I don’t talk about it too much on the blog, but I’m a bit of a literature geek. I love the old classics, from H.G.Wells’ sci-fi and Jules Verne’s adventures, to the romances of Jane Austen and the Brontes. But my favourite of them all, is 1984 by George Orwell. I must have been about 16 when I first read it, and it absolutely amazed me. I’d never been so compelled, so in awe and yet so ultimately terrified by…

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Scandinavian geometric art print 2
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DIY Discoveries: Scandinavian Art Prints

Since making this Nordic inspired wall art the other month (get the DIY here), I’ve been majorly obsessed with Scandinavian prints. (Oh who am I kidding, I’ve been obsessed for ages!). The interlocking geometric shapes, the minimalist designs, the simple colour schemes… SO MUCH YES. Anyway, here’s my little ode to the brilliance of Scandinavian-inspired design, as told through a handful of art prints I’ve found on one of my many Etsy binges. Get the links to all of them…

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The best iced coffee recipe ever
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The best iced coffee recipe

It is hot. The sort of hot that makes everything slow down. Even the most basic of chores becomes a mountain to climb – wouldn’t it just be easier to kick back and relax in the sun? This mini heatwave just goes to show that summer is well and truly here! And with it, come those lazy summer days and hazy summer nights, when the pace of life slows and everyone smiles a little bit more. With weather like this,…

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Michael from Craftive handmade leather jewelry
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Man Crafts: Craftive handmade leather goods

I’m excited to welcome Michael Rinkovski from Craftive to the blog today, to talk about his online craft business. First launched in 2013, Craftive sells rustic, handmade leather goods such as jewellery, card holders and key rings. Michael runs his craft business alongside a full-time career as a teacher, but he says that leather is his true passion – he’s aiming to go full-time with Craftive within the next two years. Let’s hear what he had to say when I caught up…

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Upcycled coffee table from old drawers
in DIY + Crafts, Interiors, Wood

Upcycle old drawers into a DIY coffee table!

I’m loving woodwork projects lately, I’ve been trying out loads of DIY ideas – I’m hooked! When I spoke to DIY expert George Oliphant the other week, we got chatting about making coffee tables. He’d just finished making one from an old games table, whilst I was midway through making the one you can see in the photos. I actually started making this table a couple of months ago, so it’s been in progress for ages! This isn’t because it’s…

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George Oliphant interview
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Interview with renowned DIY expert, George Oliphant

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to chat to the Emmy® award-winning DIY expert, George Oliphant! George is the host of NBC’s George To The Rescue, where he teams up with design and construction experts to rescue a family or community in need of home improvements. In addition to having his own TV show, George is one of the most renowned names in home improvement and DIY – his work has been featured in the New York Post, the New York Daily News and…

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