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    DIY chevron pinboard

    April 18th 2013 katie

    I’m feeling all Pinteresty! How else could you explain my sudden urge to paint an old boring corkboard in pretty stripes? Yup, this make has all the hallmarks of a Pinterest-style DIY: chevrons, pastel colours, washi tape, a corkboard… it’s pretty damn twee, but I think it looks pretty cute above my desk. Look, I…

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  • Tea dress class at Ray Stitch

    February 16th 2013 katie

    I was VERY excited to get an email from darling Islington sew shop Ray Stitch, asking if I’d like to try out one of their new sewing classes. Ray Stitch is the loveliest little shop: a cave of beautiful fabrics, notions and supplies alongside a little cafe with excellent coffee and cakes. They now offer…

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  • Learning Calligraphy

    January 24th 2013 katie

    Learning proper calligraphy has been top of my to-do list for ages. I’ve been storing up inspiration for ages, and even tried a spot of faking the effect, but nothing beats learning a skill properly. Master letterer Jon Contino is right when he says “Learning calligraphy will give you a much more intimate sense of…

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  • DIY vintage-style gift tags

    December 10th 2012 katie

    Two weeks to go! We picked up this sweet little tree at the weekend. We never usually bother with a tree but I couldn’t resist a baby one, and we can plant it up in the garden in January. Plus it makes it less likely that the cats will destroy it – Lila had a…

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  • DIY Christmas cards rebooted – as seen in Grazia!

    November 27th 2012 katie

    It’s officially under a month until Christmas. I haven’t done any shopping yet, but I did get my Christmas cards made early this year, thanks to a bit of motivation from Grazia magazine… They contacted me after seeing last years’ cards wanting a little tutorial for a Christmas craft feature in the magazine. You can…

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  • Reminder: fair tomorrow

    November 23rd 2012 katie

    A little reminder that I’m doing the Cabbages & Kings designer-maker fair tomorrow at Abney hall on Stoke Newington Church Street. Tonight is all last-minute prep! I can’t promise that Wonder Cat himself will make an appearance, but as you can see he’s applied his rigorous quality control…

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  • South Indian cooking at Food at 52

    November 20th 2012 katie

    I bought Josh a South Indian cookery course day at Food at 52 for his birthday last month. It sounded so good that I bought myself a ticket too! South Indian food is one of my favourites – and it happens to be largely vegetarian – but I’ve never been able to master a good…

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  • Screenprinted cushions

    May 20th 2012 katie

    It’s been far too long since I crafted anything – I miss it. So this morning I literally dusted down my sewing machine and whipped up these little cushions. I printed the designs on Wednesday night at The Make Lounge‘s superb beginners’ screen printing class taught by Helen Rawlinson, whose studio happens to be very…

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  • Letterpress workshop at Turnbull Grey

    January 23rd 2012 katie

    Lucky me – I mentioned to Josh months ago that I’d love to do a letterpress workshop, and he remembered and bought me a class for my birthday. It was held at Turnbull Grey in Clerkenwell, who are primarily a graphic design studio but also run letterpress workshops on the side. The class was small…

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  • Blog photo editing for lazy types

    January 20th 2012 katie

    I thought it’d be interesting to share how I edit and grade photos for my blog, since I get a lot of nice comments on my photos. The secret is I’m really quite lazy with editing – I don’t shoot RAW and spend ages manually fiddling with exposure levels or anything, but a couple of…

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  • Quick diy Christmas cards

    December 11th 2011 katie

    For more Christmas card craft ideas, click here Two weeks today until Christmas! I spent a lazy Saturday evening, with Strictly on the telly and baked Camembert in the oven, making my cards and wrapping presents. The cards and tags are just basic shapes made from patterned washi tape and wrapping paper offcuts. Here’s the…

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  • London Christmas craft markets

    November 24th 2011 katie

    Get ready for a handmade Christmas – here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of festive craft fairs in London. November 21st – Decmeber 10th: Handmade-Christmas at Exmouth Market November 22nd to December 15th: Handmade in Tooting (and Crafty Pint market on December 3rd) November 25-27th (Holborn) and December 2-4th (Deptford): Cockpit Arts Open Studios December 3rd: North…

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  • Make your own: Jam and chutney

    October 11th 2011 katie

    Aah, jam and chutney-making: one of those things that seems like an insanely complicated dark art until you actually try it, and realise it’s pretty much as easy as boiling an egg. I took a relaxed Saturday introductory class at the Make Lounge and emerged with fears debunked and four cute jars of tasty preserves…

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