The Big Audition ITV1 Mike Aspinall The Crafty Gentleman
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Watch me on ITV television next week!

Waaay back in the summer, I teased a new project I was getting involved in. I didn’t give anything away, but a few of you messaged me with your guesses! Well, I’m excited to finally reveal what it was… I’m appearing on a new ITV show next week! The Big Audition on ITV1 The show is called The Big Audition. It’s a brand new series which goes behind the scenes of the casting world to follow people applying for real jobs (think:…

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DIY See Through Ghost decorations for Halloween - Easy Halloween crafts - Cricut crafts - Click for more
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Try this: Easy Transparent Ghost Decorations for Halloween

Yep, it’s that time of year… Halloween decorating season! With less than a month until the scariest day of the year, it’s now (finally) acceptable to deck your space from floor to ceiling with pumpkins and kitsch-cool Halloween decorations. I used my Cricut machine to make these oh-so-simple transparent ghost decorations (although you can use a craft knife or scissors, instead). They took less than 15 minutes to make, but look great when strung together in the corner of a…

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DIY spider web t-shirt | easy halloween costume for men | Click for more
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Easy Halloween Costume Idea: DIY Spider Web T-Shirt

Back in my teens, fancy dress was a big deal. I used to spend hours making elaborate DIY Halloween costumes from scratch (yeah, I was pretty cool 😉 ). In fact, this obsession with making was how I developed many of the sewing skills I still use today! However, I’m now a fully-fledged adult – complete with a mortgage, a job, bills, taxes, responsibilities… and a serious lack of free time. So any fancy dress costumes I now make have…

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Interview with Keith Brymer Jones of the Great Pottery Throwdown BBC | Man Crafts | Crafts for men
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Man Crafts: Interview with Keith Brymer-Jones of The Great Pottery Throwdown

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember one of my original blog features; Man Crafts. In the feature, I interviewed male makers and crafters from all types of creative industries. Well, after a bit of a break, this feature is back! 🙂 And I’ve got a pretty cool comeback guest… the master potter and star of BBC2’s Great Pottery Throw Down, Keith Brymer-Jones! I first crossed paths with Keith at the Handmade Fair earlier this year. He…

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How to make a DIY wooden Sudoku game - Handmade games - Gift ideas for men - Easy woodwork projects for beginners
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DIY Wooden Sudoku Game

I make looooads of different things. I’ll try pretty much any craft I can get my hands on, and love exploring new techniques. However, I can fit pretty much all of my makes into one of two boxes. They’re either decorative (like this and this), or functional (like this or this). But you know where the real magic is? Something that ticks both boxes at the same time! That’s the ultimate craft project. And this DIY wooden Sudoku game does just that. As well…

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The Hall of Breakfast Salt Lake City | Interactive Art Gallery | The Crafty Gentleman
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The Hall of Breakfast experience in Salt Lake City

Right guys, get ready to have your mind blown. The Hall of Breakfast is one of the coolest, most creative, inspiring, fun and colourful places I’ve ever been to! And I’m gonna give you a front row tour. 🙂 The Hall of Breakfast is a pop-up art gallery… with a difference. It’s a fully immersive experience. It consists of loads of rooms, each one themed around a different breakfast cereal. How cool! Think: massive fried eggs, a walk-in fridge, a…

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Sew a DIY wrist pincushion that sharpens your needles with wire wool, as you use it | Click for full tutorial #crafts #sewing
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How to sew a Wrist Pincushion (that sharpens your pins as you use it!)

This DIY wrist pincushion post is sponsored by Singer, as part of my brand ambassadorship with them. However, all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me blogging! If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from over a decade of sewing, it’s that sewing is messy. As much as I like to think I’m super organised, that all goes downhill when the sewing machine comes out. Loose threads and fabric scraps fly everywhere, pins…

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Utah National Parks: Canyonlands and Arches
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Utah National Parks Video: Canyonlands and Arches

It’s official: I’m hooked on American National Parks. As part of my recent trip to Salt Lake City, I spent a few days exploring the National Parks of south-eastern Utah. From the massive expanses of Canyonlands, to the sculpted beauty of Arches… I’ve honestly never seen anything like it before. It even surpassed my trip to Yosemite National Park last year, when I camped overnight deep within the forest. I’m already day-dreaming of my next National Park adventure! Our Utah…

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