‘Brought to you by Kidspot and Ford‘
The number one question that I get asked all the time is “Where do you get your wool/fabric/supplies from?” It can often be hard to find very niche supplies locally or at a reasonable price, unless you know where to look that is! So when Ford loaned me a zippy new Ford EcoSport Titanium as part of the Paint the town Ford campaign in conjunction with Kidspot Voices of 2014, I knew just what to do with it. Go craft supply shopping of course!
The EcoSport is designed with city driving in mind, so it was the perfect vehicle to criss cross the city from south to north and then back again. Over a couple of weeks, Emma and I visited all my favourite crafty stores, specifically the ones that specialize and excel in their niche, but don’t shout it from the roof tops. Some of these stores don’t even sell online, you’ll have to get off the couch to explore these treasure troves.
All of my best kept secrets were either discovered by accident (just driving past), or via word of mouth from a friend of a friend, and now I’m going to share the secrets with you. Just you, me and the internet, so keep it under your hat ok.
Instagram is my favourite place ever (well at least virtually!) Where else can creatives from all over the world inspire each other without even having to know another language. It’s true that a picture speaks a thousand multilingual words.
Instagram is how I met Gaia Segattini, Italian fashion designer, craft blogger and author of “Handmade per imbranati-rinnova il tuo guardaroba“, which means “Handmade for dummies-Renew your wardrobe”. (more…)
I had a little brainwave a couple of weeks ago whilst going through my archives, an idea that unearthed all that great content buried under layers of blog posts that you are yet to discover, and wrapped it up with a pretty bow for you to enjoy.
I’m proud to present My Poppet’s Handmade Christmas Inspiration Guide, a colourful Christmas themed online magazine full of craft projects to decorate your home and give as gifts.
With over 35 ideas, projects, and recipe links from the My Poppet blog and around the web, you’ll be sure to find something that inspires your creativity this festive season.
Includes Christmas printables, gift wrapping ideas, gifts and Christmas decorations to make, as well as a crafty book gift guide.
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I’m a big fan of my local library, Emma and I visit about once a week to stock up on movies, books and magazines. Of course I hover around the craft section and immediately take home anything that catches my eye. Last week I was delighted to find Abigail Glassenberg’s new book Stuffed Animals – From Concept to Construction*. Abby and I are twitter friends, and I’d been meaning to get hold of a copy to take a look. I was so impressed that I wanted to share my thoughts with you. (more…)
Most of you that know me well know that I love to travel, a change of environment does wonders to re-invigorate and inspire creativity. I’m not too fussy in my travel style, from backpacking to 5-star, as long as there is adventure and good food involved, I’m there. But camping, not so much. Sure I can rough it, I’ve spent a week on the Nile sleeping under the stars on the deck of a Felucca with only a shovel and a sandy bank for a toilet, I’ve trekked the mountains in Peru for days all in the same clothes (stinky), but camping doesn’t jump to the front of my mind when I’m day dreaming about a holiday. Until now.
Forget camping, it’s all about Glamping! Camping with special little touches of luxury and personality is all the rage right now. And after seeing Kate’s gorgeous caravan and following some of here travel adventures, I think I could handle a bit of Glamping.
So when Cico Books was offering review copies of their new book Handmade Glamping* by Charlotte Liddle & Lucy Hopping, I was curious to check it out and share my thoughts. Because anything that combines hand making with holidaying has got to be good. My two favourite things!
Today I’ll be reviewing a book generously sent to me by Margaret Bloom, the author of Making Peg Dolls* and blogger at We Bloom Here. Both Margaret’s book and blog have a basis in the Waldorf/Steiner philosophy. Although we are not a ‘Steiner’ household, I do try to embrace some aspects here at home, especially when it comes to handmade toys and play. When Margaret suggested her book to me, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to spend some making time with Emma. Emma can be a little distracted at the best of times, so I was pleasantly surprised at how engaged she was when we made these little dolls.
There is nothing I find more satisfying than reusing something unwanted to create something practical. This Monster Tote bag is made from an unwanted cushion cover that has seen better days. The fabric was still good but the design a bit tired, so rather than throwing it away, I put is aside for the right project to come along. I’m not one to craft or make just for that sake of it, and am more inspired to create an object if there is a need. I’ve been feeling a little uninspired to craft lately because we just don’t need much stuff at the moment, so when one of the mums at school was a little concerned that she’d forgotten to get a book bag for Library day, I came to the rescue and told her I’d make one. The truth is, she came to my rescue, because I was needing a project to get motivated to sew again.
This bag is super easy to make even for a beginner, I’ve photographed every step and even created a template for the monster face. If you aren’t into monsters, you can still use the basic steps to make a tote bag from a thrifted cushion cover you like the design of.
Bookplates are a beautiful way to personalize a gift, ensure a loaned book is eventually returned or in our case, update the ownership of a collection of thrifted books. It’s not uncommon to find the previous owners names written in children’s books, so Emma really loved the idea of sticking some pretty labels with her name over the old inscriptions. I’ve created a set of four retro inspired floral bookplates. The printable PDF is free for personal use, so feel free to print as many as you need.