Pride and Prejudice cross stitch bookmark

We’ve just a week to go before the show opens, and the cast and crew of One Off Productions’ Pride and Prejudice is busy preparing to tread the boards at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. We’ve had a few cast birthdays throughout the run-up to the show, including mine today and Leigh aka Jane Bennet’s…

Individu-Owl cross stitch

The faint scraping sound of thread being pulled through aida is a familiar and comforting memory from my childhood. My mum and grandma were cross stitch crazy, forever separating threads, threading needles and working up delightful masterpieces. I tried my hand at this craft, notoriously popular with ladies of a certain age, but didn’t seem…

My creative Christmas – festive finger puppets

Now we’re well and truly into a wet and blustery January I thought I would cheer myself up by thinking back to all the lovely creative things we got up to over Christmas. I got back into cross stitching, my sister Amie tried to teach me how to crochet (let’s call that one a work…

Handmade thank you cards a là Papercrafter

With so many lovely presents this Christmas I wanted to make my thank you cards that bit special. Normally I buy little notecards, but this year I decided to give them the personal touch and make them myself, with a little help from PaperCrafter … I always make Christmas cards for my family but I’ve…

Christmas crocheted cafetière cosy

One of the fantastic handmade presents my sister Amie gave me this Christmas is this crocheted cafetière cosy. Working in an office, it’s pretty standard that I rely on my dear friend caffeine to get me through the day. At work I have a little cafetière that makes one cup of coffee (no instant coffee for…

Handmade Christmas cards and a lavender heart

It’s a tradition in my family to make Christmas cards for each other, and every year I invariably end up doing this last minute on Christmas Eve. This year was no exception, and last night I set out all my pieces of coloured card, stickers, pipe cleaners, scissors and glue and got to work. My…

Yarndale comes to Skipton

The last weekend in September saw an explosion of colour and creativity descend on the cobbled streets of Skipton. A delightful market town in my home county of Yorkshire, Skipton was home to the first ever Yarndale this year, an event where new and established creatives got together to celebrate crafts using wool, cotton, linen…

A pretty little thing

Basking in the glorious bank holiday sunshine, I wandered down the seafront today with my friend Louise, and happened upon a pretty little thing courtesy of Love Southsea. In desperate search of a breeze we headed towards the sea, sitting high on the bank above the bandstand for a while before moving on down to…

Getting crafty and creative

There’s a creative streak running in my family. My grandad on dad’s side painted, grandma on mum’s side is always cross-stitching or making cards to sell, my mum keeps beautiful scrapbook diaries, and then there’s my little sister, perhaps the most creative of us all. Amie and I were always making things as kids, not…