7 surprising things about knitting
in DIY + Crafts, Knitting, Life

7 surprising things I’ve learnt about knitting

Regular readers will know that I’ve recently started teaching myself how to knit. It’s going well so far! I’m now pretty confident at the basics, so I thought I’d share some purls of wisdom (knitting joke there… I do apologise) I’ve picked up along the way – hopefully this will be a handy read for any fellow knitting newbies… 1. Knitting is surprisingly brutal. When I began, I got blisters on my fingertips from pushing the pointy end of the…

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DIY leather cable organiser
in DIY + Crafts, Leather

Try this: DIY leather cable organiser

As a blogger, I’m constantly juggling between my laptop, iPad, camera and phone. I’m sure most of you reading this are the same! It’s great to have such a wealth of technology so readily available, but I’ve got to admit that all the chargers and cables that are involved do drive me a bit bananas. My phone charger, laptop cable, earphones, camera charger… we are living in the age of cables! I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in having faced…

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Cut Out + Keep founders, Cat Morley and Tom Waddington
in Life

Crafty Superstar!

Exciting news! A few months ago, I was contacted by the guys at the uber popular Cut Out + Keep and asked to be one of their featured “Crafty Superstars”. I’ve actually worked with Cat and Tom (founders of Cut Out + Keep) before, when they published their awesome travel/craft book – so I’m excited to do another blog collab with them! Keep an eye on the Cut Out + Keep site over the next 7 days; there will be…

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DIY moss covered Easter egg
in roundup

Last minute Easter and Spring DIY ideas

Okay, so Easter is this weekend. How did that happen, wasn’t it January last week?! If you’re a bit like me and the spring has taken you by surprise, check out these DIYs – all of which can be completed in a weekend. I’m particularly loving the moss covered egg. Happy Easter! Find the projects here: Egg shell candle | Moss covered egg | Spring photographs garland | Easter nest napkin rings | Hot cross buns with dried fruit and cardamom  …

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DIY Notebook Covers
in DIY + Crafts, roundup

DIY Discoveries: notebooks

As a craft blogger, my head is often bursting with new stuff I want to make! I therefore rely heavily on an endless supply of notebooks to scribble my thoughts down.   With this in mind, here are some of my favourite DIY notebooks that I’ve premier-pharmacy.com seen across the web lately (because the best kind of notebook is a handmade notebook!). Find the tutorials here: Embroidered Notebook by Curious and Catcat | Leather Sketchbook by The Merry Thought | Simple Paper Notebook Covers by FellowFellow | DIY Customised Leather…

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Invaluable tips for new bloggers
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7 invaluable tips for new bloggers

I love blogging. I really, really love it. However, it’s not always quite as idyllic as it looks (!). Sure, the typically portrayed life of a blogger is all bright and airy, where every aspect of life is a Pinterest-worthy photo… but, like most things in life, perception is not necessarily reality. With any good blog, each and every post has been crafted, edited, proof read and scrutinised before being released into the big wide world (or the World Wide Web). One of the…

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Lunch out in Nottingham
in Life

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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