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DIY house number
in DIY + Crafts, Garden, Home décor, Wood

DIY wooden house number sign

  Despite all the progress we’ve been making on our new house (check out my updates here, here and here if you missed them), there has been one preeetty big thing we’ve only just managed to get sorted. Yep, that’s right – we’ve only just got around to putting up a house number by our front door! For months, we’ve had a piece of paper on the door as the only way to direct guests to our door… oh the shame! Why the…

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Behind the scenes: new job
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Behind the scenes: I’ve got a new job!

It’s 8:56pm, and a balmy 22 degrees. I’m sitting in my garden. I’ve just finished a 10km bike ride in the evening sun (so I’m a little on the sweaty side…). I’ve also popped open a celebratory beer… why? Because today was my very last day working for Thorntons! If you don’t know me personally, you might not be aware that I’ve worked in the Thorntons marketing team for almost 4 years now. Yep, it’s literally been my job to…

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How to make a DIY picture ledge
in DIY + Crafts, Home décor, Interiors, Wood

Make a custom DIY picture ledge

DIYs tend to come in two forms: just-for-fun, or practical. Here on The Crafty Gentleman, I’ve definitely got posted a fair share of each, as well as some that blur the line a little – everything from a felt MacBook cover (made out of necessity to protect my tech), to a felt fajita (which was most definitely a “just for fun” project!). But my latest DIY definitely falls into the former category: a custom made DIY picture ledge shelf. The…

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How to make a felt fajita burrito
in DIY + Crafts, Sewing

Try this: how to make a felt fajita

If I were to describe my style (and the style of The Crafty Gentleman blog) in a few words, I guess I’d say: classic and gentlemanly, with a touch of quirky. However, it’s sometimes good to throw caution to the wind and do something a completely random and different. So that’s exactly what I’ve done with this project. Yep. I made a felt fajita! Although I made this as a novelty gift for a friend, it would also make a…

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Garden progress | The Crafty Gentleman blog
in Garden, Garden, Life

An update on our garden progress

Okay, I’m just gonna own up and say it: I never knew gardening could be so fun! With the spring sunshine making a glorious appearance this week, I’ve been spending most of my waking hours out in my garden – and I’m loving it. I thought it’d be fun to give you guys a bit of a sneak peek at how it’s shaping up… but first up, let me rewind a little. We (that’s me and my partner Gareth) bought…

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DIY Pantone wall art
in DIY + Crafts, Home décor, Interiors, Paper

DIY Pantone wall art

Have I ever mentioned how much I freaking love Pantone? Like, major obsessor right here! If you strip it all back, then Pantone is simply a colour organisational tool. But in reality, it is so much more – they have a huge range of irresistible merchandise and paints, as well as more unusual spin offs like a hotel in Brussels (which I was lucky enough to stay in a few years back!). So you can imagine my excitement when I…

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Berlin | The Crafty Gentleman
in Life, Travel, Video

4 days in Berlin, Germany (video)

You guys – have you ever been to Berlin? If not, you should defo check it out! It’ a bit of an odd city… in that there isn’t a huge amount of landmarks or specific stuff to actually do (especially compared to other European capitals like Paris, Rome, London etc). But it more than makes up for that with it’s bursting creative scene. If you hunt out the right areas, you’ll be rewarded with some of the coolest indie shops, hipster…

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Trimcraft bloggers day 2017
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Trimcraft Bloggers Day 2017

The other day, I had a crafter’s dream come true! I was invited by the folks at Trimcraft to experience a day of paper crafts, in order to celebrate the launch of their new blog. It was every bit as fun as it sounds! You might have seen me vlogging the day through my Instagram stories – if not, then read on! The day started off with a short drive over to their Nottingham HQ (I also live in Notts,…

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