My husband, Ben, is a writer. I know I’m an impartial reader, but I have to say, he’s really very good indeed. Ben is imaginative. But then, you’d need to have plenty of imagination in order to have interesting stories to tell. Imaginative may be too obvious and not sufficiently descriptive. So I guess that’s not quite what I mean. […]
Over the past year it is safe to say our art and work spaces have been less creative and more storage-unit. Less craft-zone, more war-zone. Work and the lack of, or wrong type of storage, and the adorable tyranny of a puppy have conspired against us (and chewed us in equal measure). Typical challenges for people […]
Taking pictures of our articles just got a lot easier. And faster! Thanks to the spiffy light weight light box Ben bought last month. The cube is a soft white foldable material, very useful in small, confined craft spaces (hello! That would be me/us).
They’re at it again. Those crafty mutha’s at Bearwood Tapestry have organised a double barrelled Bearwood Handmade Winter Faire this year, 24th November & 8th December 2012. Two full days of world class crafts and artwork from local crafters filling two rooms at St. Mary’s Church Hall in, where else, Bearwood. And guess who’s going to […]
Are you ready for the Holiday Shopping Season to start? Because ready or not, it’s here! I’m almost ready. Just before I sat down to type this I was ticking off the last few boxes on my Get Ready list for Saturdays Creative Craft Fair at St. Martin in the Bullring. Not much left to tick, except to […]
Birmingham city centre is slowing turning into the warm spot for creative and handmade happenings. Never to be left out of the fun, we’re set to continue the trend this weekend on Saturday the 7th July for a Creative Craft Fair at St. Martin’s in the Bullring…
I’ve indulged in a lusty love affair with baked confections for most of my life. In my twenties I found a recipe in that started me on a tradition of making banana and zucchini/courgette bread every year over the winter holidays. Then one day a certain Nigel Slater, of Simple Cooking fame, brought my banana bread love-in to an abrupt end…
At some point in April 2010 I began flirting with the idea of making jewellery. As a beginner I choose beads and tiger tail as my main supplies. I can’t tell you how many times I took apart a necklace or bracelet only to remake it longer or shorter, hopefully a little better each time…
Last weekend we participated in a very small craft fair at Ophelia Gifts in Kings Heath. Foot traffic was a trickle resulting in very low sales. Just goes to show that advertising and location can make or break an event. Thank goodness I was surrounded by a fantastic, cheerful bunch of stall holders who were willing to share ideas and […]
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