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Need some baking inspiration? Look no further than April Carter’s book DECORATED

  by April Carter  photographed by Danielle Wood This is a cookery book with style. Decorated is April’s third book and she has a fresh modern approach to baking. The book has a gorgeous cover photo, a clever ‘shabby chic’ take on the humble Victoria sponge. It is made up of a pyramid of cakes of different… Continue reading Need some baking inspiration? Look no further than April Carter’s book DECORATED

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Customized seed storage jars

As we are having such glorious weather I thought it would be fun to create some interesting storage jars for any seeds you have hanging around. I searched for small  toy animals  in a charity shop, where  I found these wooden bunnies that I thought would be perfect for this project. I then  discovered Rustoleum’s… Continue reading Customized seed storage jars

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Another use for old plastic bags, weave a wall hanging

I purchased a simple frame loom from a thrift shop but the similar can be found at Hobby Craft or Tiger or you can make your own using a picture frame and some nails.  I displayed  the hanging from a broken branch I found in the garden. Materials Plastic bags in a variety of colours… Continue reading Another use for old plastic bags, weave a wall hanging

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Making Marbled Paper

Paint Techniques and Patterns for Classic and Modern Marbleising on Paper and Silk. Heather Fletcher of HRJ Design Studios Published by Fox Chapel publishing When this book fell into my in box I was delighted as it is a technique that I have tried out myself and the results can be rather random. Heather Fletcher… Continue reading Making Marbled Paper

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Oxfam urges shoppers not to buy new clothes for a month. So this September I show you how to up cycle, preloved garments, starting with a Smoking Cap.

Second Hand September aims to raise awareness of fashion’s environmental impact Create a twenty first century version of a nineteenth century, Smoking Cap from an up-cycled 1980’s jacket. I made this for my brother who loved wearing smoking caps. Here it is modelled by the beautiful Elsa. The embroidery on the Jacket was beautiful but… Continue reading Oxfam urges shoppers not to buy new clothes for a month. So this September I show you how to up cycle, preloved garments, starting with a Smoking Cap.