This weekend was the Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall… just the place to get inspired by all things handmade, buy craft supplies and photo props, treat yourself to jewellery and try out a workshop or two. I opted for the Mr X Stitch embroider your own handwriting workshop (obviously… any excuse to hang out with my X Stitch buddy) which was an awesome workshop, I learnt chain stitch and came home with a work in progress. Plus in the Craftmakers tent I got to say hi to my good friend Tigerlilly Makes and admire all the gorgeous treasure on her stand and I treated myself to some beautiful handmade cat earrings by The Old Farmhouse Jewellery and a couple of brooches by Jazzy Menagerie.
It was the perfect Crafty weekend!
52 Weekends No. 31 – Games in the Garden. What a lovely hot sunny bank Holiday weekend! I spent mine in my Mum’s garden in Kent, we cut the grass, pulled up the weeds and planted lots of seeds. I found an interesting looking log in her garage and decided to use it to make a naughts and crosses board. I then gathered 9 pebbles and decorated them with a garden theme and bumble bees and flowers… looks super cute!
I find it rather cosy when it’s heavily raining outside and you are wrapped up all snuggly and warm on the sofa listening to it tapping on the windows. So when the weather forces you to stay in what better way to spend your time than making something crafty.
This weekend’s project, inspired by the April showers is a cute cloud trinket holder made with white air dry clay, a cute, quick and easy project, give it a try!
What beautiful weather we’re having this weekend! There was no doubt how I was going to spend this weekend… in my garden. First day of the year I’ve spent time out there, I love just wandering around admiring the plants and flowers I’ve grown – the garden was empty when we moved in so everything out there is all my own work. I had little tidy up, put up some new trellis, brought out the garden furniture and gathered together some tired looking pots and an old broken watering can which I decided to bring to life. I was also given an old chimnea recently and I decided to set that up a planter. With £10 spent in Morrisons on new plants (that included a Wisteria and Clematis, which I also potted) and some old paint I had stored in the garage it was a happy little weekend project that brought some more colour into the garden and gave me a good dose of vitamin D.
I’ve had my French Knitting doll since I was five years old, it’s had it’s pin replaced over the years but I still love it. It’s easy and fun to do, it’s also very handy to carry around with you (I took mine out with me yesterday and knitted whilst the kids played in the park). The dilemma is what to make with it once you’ve made a string. You can thread wire through it and make words or shapes (like hearts) or use it as chunky wool and knit with it. Or like me add a big button and make a lovely bracelet!
(You can see me modelling it on my Instagram feed)
My Easter weekend would not have been complete without a little Easter themed craft project and this air drying clay bunny planter was the perfect project!
This weekend was perfect, it ticked all the boxes. We went out to watch a band on Friday night, Saturday I had a fun photoshoot followed by lunch with friends and on Sunday I had the most inspirational and fun day – we went to the Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs exhibition displaying the amazing detailed sets and models from the movie, they also recreated the noodle bar to actual size and were serving. We then went onto The Other Art Fair and saw some truly amazing artists and there work… very inspiring!
I did also find time to fit in some weekend craft… as I’m currently loving discovering all the things you can make from old T-shirts… I bring you 52 Weekends No.26 – No Sew T-Tote!
52 Weekends – giving you ideas for what to do or make every weekend throughout the year. Today’s 52 Weekends No.25 – St. Patrick’s Day shamrock.
The weekend, a time for you, to relax, spend time with the people you love, doing the things that you enjoy. My ’52 Weekends’ is here to help inspire you with things to do, places to visit, things to make and to bake. 52 Weekends No.24 – Handmade Mother’s Day Gift (because every mum loves a handmade gift). I bought the cross stitch kit from Hobbycraft and Ive had the material that I covered the hoop with in my sewing basket for years. It took a lot of hours to complete (check out all those French knots) but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
I love the weekends – guilt free relaxing, lazy breakfasts, lots of coffee, reading books, hanging out and watching movies with the family. I find weekends especially lovely at this time of year – sunny and warm inside, cold and crisp outside, however this weather is playing havoc with my skin so this weekend I decided to make a lovely sugar scrub to give my poor dry hands a pamper.
It’s super easy – I used equal amounts of sugar and coconut oil (but you can use less sugar if you prefer the texture less abrasive) and two drops of pure lavender oil. The sugar is a great natural exfoliator, the coconut oil is the perfect moisturiser for dry hands and the lavender oil calming – the aroma when mixed together is sweet heaven! I found this cute little jar in The Range for £1.29 which is perfect for storing this scrub and has a handy little wooden spoon for scooping it out… also this would make a lovely handmade gift especially with Mother’s Day approaching!