My New Rock Lobster dress

It only took 6 weeks but finally my new dress is complete and I’ve blogged about it over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.  The fabric is a casual crab and lobster print and I am really really pleased with it.  Because I had so little weekend time available to sew I made this across a few sittings on various evenings and the odd sunday … Continue reading My New Rock Lobster dress

Asian Adventures and Crafty Events

I’m off on an adventure in Vietnam next week!!  I am beside myself with excitement as I’ve never been to Asia but have always, always wanted to go.  I’m going with one of my besties and we’re heading from Ho Chi Minh city up to Hanoi, via Hoi An and Nha Trang.  We’re also spending a couple of nights of a beautiful junk boat cruise … Continue reading Asian Adventures and Crafty Events


There are some changes afoot around here *cue music*. I have been blogging in this little corner of the Internet for 3 and a half years, and running Crafternoon Cabaret Club for almost as long. All this time I’ve also been working full time at Southbank Centre, most recently running the schools programme. It has been intense, incredible, exciting, highly creative and highly exhausting.  I … Continue reading Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Edinburgh, fundraising and performers needed!

We’re off to Edinburgh this summer – well truth be told I’m only going up for about 4 days in the middle But I’m associate producing a fantastic new play: Villain by Martin Murphy (my husband), and Crafternoon Cabaret Club are co-producing a mixed bill comedy/cabaret line up on the Free Fringe called Around the Fringe in 50 Minutes. I haven’t been to Edinburgh for years. … Continue reading Edinburgh, fundraising and performers needed!

New Crafternoon Cabaret Club’s announced!

Our last event was a roaring success of stitchery and song so I can’t wait for the next events before we break for the summer. Fancy some edgy crafting, punk rock beats and the chance to customise that old denim jacket or jeans that you’ve had in the back of the cupboard?  Join us on June 11th 2-4pm at The Book Club for our PUNK … Continue reading New Crafternoon Cabaret Club’s announced!

#the100dayproject round up: Day 10 – 20

I’m now over a quarter of the way through my 100 day project of making a beautiful flat lay every day for 100 days.  I’ve been really enjoying exploring other projects on instagram and seeing the really imaginative themes people have come up with, and I’m only just starting to feel a glimmer of anxiety about just how long 100 days really is… so it’s … Continue reading #the100dayproject round up: Day 10 – 20

Paperchase Collaboration: Project Craft

Back in March I worked on a really exciting project with one of my absolutely favourite brands – Paperchase!  I LOVE Paperchase – their collections are so creative and pretty so I was really delighted to get to work with them to contribute to their new online and in-store craft workshops: Project Craft.   I created two tutorials for Paperchase – all about pompoms; fluttery feminine tissue … Continue reading Paperchase Collaboration: Project Craft

The100DayProject Ten Days In 

Some of you might follow me on Instagram and have seen my posts for the 100 days project challenge. My theme for this year is 100 days of flat lay with a particular crafty focus. Other then completing the challenge (of course) I’m hoping that my theme will help me improve my photography and styling, as well as helping to develop my creative eye.  I’ve … Continue reading The100DayProject Ten Days In 

My pinterest spring clean

Oh pinterest you mysterious magical beast! How do I tame thee? When I first started my pinterest account it was really just for my personal use: I used it to gather crafty ideas, not drive traffic. I pinned quite randomly and my boards were all organised into materials rather than style or theme. It was very practical for how my head works… probably not so … Continue reading My pinterest spring clean

A new embroidery project

At the start of this year I made some inspirational embroidered wall hangings.  I really loved the result – particularly that I could decorate my workspace the handmade way with a little message to keep me smiling.  I have a real fascination with embroidery – I follow tons of beautiful embroiderers on instagram (I should probably do a post sharing my favourites) and I love the … Continue reading A new embroidery project

pompom and wool wrapped wreath

Crafty Beggars in the House

You may have spotted me shouting on twitter about being on the telly recently! I was a guest on the show Crafty Beggars – being interviewed by the lovely Julie Peasgood and Wendy Turner-Webster. I actually met Julie at The Handmade Fair and I was so so chuffed to be invited on. On my episode the other guests were the lovely Elspbeth of Ragged Life … Continue reading Crafty Beggars in the House

How to have the perfect Crafternoon

Crafternoon: An afternoon spent gloriously reveling in all things crafty I am clearly a lover of craft and so one of my fave ways to spend an afternoon is making stuff.  I always have a load of projects on the go (read: unfinished) and I like to flit between them (read: get distracted easily) so finding time to craft is a bit of a necessity… … Continue reading How to have the perfect Crafternoon

Making Lately: Year of Collaboration

I haven’t written a Making Lately post for a while – partly because I’ve been so damn busy I haven’t had much time to get my thoughts in order!  Having said that some absolutely amazing things have already happened in the last few months that I am ridiculously happy about.  I wanted to collaborate more this year, I even had some dream brands to try and … Continue reading Making Lately: Year of Collaboration

New Crafternoon Events: Come craft with us!

We’ve got some really exciting Crafternoon events coming up – I hope you can come and join us! Saturday 14th February: Palentines Day at the Book Club This sunday I’ll be making friendship bracelets as part of The Book Club’s fantastic Palentine’s Day event.  The line-up looks really fun, and includes a screening of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (yes!) and I think there … Continue reading New Crafternoon Events: Come craft with us!

New Crafternoon Cabaret Club’s on sale!

We have some exciting new Crafternoon Cabaret Club’s on sale to help get your year off to a most excellent crafty start. Join us on January 23rd for our second event with Tiger Stores.  We’ll be making beautiful paper banners – perfect for wedding decorations, birthday banners, new babies, or just fun decor for your home.  You can find more info and book your tickets … Continue reading New Crafternoon Cabaret Club’s on sale!