Woman's hour | Hello! Hooray!

Woman’s Hour

I love it when fun things happen unexpectedly, and this week I wasΒ approached by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. I am really excited to say that I will be appearing on the programme this coming Monday 13th June 2016! πŸ™‚ TheΒ show is being guest edited by Mary Berry and I’ll be chatting with Jane Garvey from Woman’s Hour andΒ Momtaz Begum-Hossain from @TheCraftCafe. Momtaz runs the craft night The Make Escape in London and has worked in the craft industry for many yearsΒ designing and selling products,Β writing books and running a wide variety of craft workshops for children and adults all over the UK. I’m really looking forward to discussing crafting and letter writing, and representing the Northern crafters out there!Β  Read More

Craft organisation | Hello! Hooray!

Craft organisation

A little while back, I wrote a little post about us starting to declutter and generally get things organised at home. We have a lot to sort through, but one of the main things that I find frustrating is that my craft stuff is all over the house – some of it is downstairs, but most of it is upstairs and I waste so much time going up and down the stairs to get something else that I have forgotten to locate. Good for exercise, you might say, but it’s not good for my sanity! So we’ve been doing a few things to get organised. We’re getting some shelves built in the living room in a few weeks, and this will enable us to sort out all our music, books, CDs etc. (more on that another time). In terms of craft organisation, I’ll be moving all my craft stuff there when they’re done which will be brilliant! In the meantime, I wanted to begin to get some craft supplies sorted out to be able to have most of the things I use regularly to hand. And that’s where the IKEA trolley comes in…Β  Read More

Tutorial: How to make lined envelopes

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Earlier this year I decided to share my trade secrets about how to make envelopes, and I was really pleased with how popular the post was! So I thought it was about time that I do a second envelope tutorial, but this time showing you how to make lined envelopes. They are really good for a special occasion and you can customise them to any colour scheme you want to. I used tissue paper for the lining, but you could use any pretty paper – just make sure that it isn’t too thick, otherwise it will be difficult to fold the envelope. Continue reading…

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Tutorial: How to make envelopes

 

It’s National Stationery Week this week, and to celebrate I’m giving away my trade secret – how to make your own envelopes! They’re super easy and make really great gifts, although if you choose paper that you love you might not want to give them away! But as my friend Emily put it, envelopes ‘must fulfil their destiny’, so why not write to a friend this week? Continue reading…

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National Stationery Week 2013

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This week is National Stationery Week, celebrating all things stationery (with an ‘e’) and with the aim of ‘getting Britain writing’. Last year there was a National Stationery Day, which was such a huge success that Chris Leonard-Morgan and his super team of stationery enthusiasts decided to turn it into a whole week – and rightly so! I was lucky enough to win their competition with an amazing prize, which was a Β£500 stationery hamper πŸ™‚ and as many of you know I’m pretty obsessed with stationery so this was an amazing treat! Chris even came all the way up North to present me with my hamper, which was so kind and it was great to spend the morning chatting about stationery! This is us with Emma (far left) who is assistant manager at Paperchase in Newcastle, and we were grateful to them for letting us take over the shop for a while! Continue reading…