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DIY - Easy Felt Autumn Leaves Bunting/Garland Youtube Tutorial

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I have set myself a few craft goals for autumn and winter and one of them is to try and get a new Youtube video up once a week. So I have planned ahead, I'm getting myself organised and I'm really excited about the Halloween DIY's I'm going to film! My latest addition to my channel is really embracing the change in season, autumn leaves bunting! It is a really easy make and I think it's a lovely way to add a seasonal craft to your home.

So check it out! Like and subscribe if you enjoyed the video and if you would like to see more craft videos from me. Link is below!


Much love,

Katie x
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Haul - Tiger and Poundland Craft Supplies

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Every now and again, I find some real gems in unexpected places when it comes to craft supplies. It's no secret how much I love Tiger but recently I've also picked up some pretty awesome things from Poundland of all places! And to be honest with you, I bought a load of other bits from Poundland but by the time I had got round to taking the photos I had used most of it! So here are some of my highlights of bits I've picked up recently that will be ideal for many inspired craft projects.

Tiger 


Honestly, I love Tiger. There isn't a store local to me so when I get the opportunity to go to one I get so excited. Oh god, that's sad, but I do! It's one of those places that you can easily spend money in but leave and not remember what you actually bought, mainly because they sell so much random stuff. However, I have always found Tiger brilliant for craft supplies; notebooks, stickers, sketch books, buttons, beads... The list goes on. I'm still growing my collection of scrapbook materials so when I saw the squishy strawberry stickers I knew I had to have them. I think they were only a pound as well so such a bargain! I also got two packs of heart stickers (they were 2 for £1), which will be useful in scrapbooking, card making and lots of other little projects. The last thing I picked up was the adorable set of strawberry pegs. I think I'm going to attach them to a string to hang over my notice board to peg on important letters, invites or things I need to remember!

Poundland


So I mentioned before there is a few bits missing from this haul, I also picked up some fabric squares (which I've put to use already!), some glitter paper which has been useful for card making and a few other things. I was really impressed when I went into Poundland recently and saw such a vast selection of craft supplies! I saw the letter stickers and new I had to have them, they will be perfect for scrapbooking! I also thought like they seemed like something you would find in Paperchase, not Poundland! I thought the craft roses would be nice for sewing on to hair accessories such as hair bows and the lace trim would be a great addition to my fabric accessories.

So that's it! Have you picked up any surprisingly good finds from Poundland recently? Or do you have any suggestions of a shop that is worth checking out for craft supplies?

Much love,

Katie 
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Felt Sewing Update #1

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A little while ago, I posted a polymer clay update with a few of the things I had made lately. I sew a lot more than I work with clay so it was a little harder putting this post together because I have made so many things! I have selected a few of my favourite felt projects to show you guys a little slice of my current collection, what sort of things I've been selling on my stall and potentially what is going into my Etsy shop in the future.

I hope you like my first felt update, let me know if this is the sort of thing you would like to see more of in the future or if there is anything you would like to see a tutorial on!

These Adventure Time keyrings are now available on my Etsy shop!
Felt ice cream brooches 

Felt ghost keyrings - watch my ghost plushie tutorial here
Mini felt cloud plushies - watch my tutorial here
Felt unicorn plushies
Felt strawberries

What is your favourite felt craft to make?

Much love,

Katie x

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Why I love Autumn & New Inspiration

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A new season always brings new creative inspiration, right? Yes, I'll admit I can get into some serious slumps with my work and easily lose momentum but there is nothing like a new season, new themes and inspirations to get me going again. With everything getting a bit colder and the mornings becoming that little bit harder to face, I thought I would try to remind myself why this is one of my favourite times of the year.

Okay, so it's a little obvious to start by talking about Halloween but it is honestly one of my favourite events and not only because it signifies that Christmas is just around the corner! I suppose my reasoning has changed as I've grown older, it's no longer about the thrill of getting dressed up and doing crazy makeup for a big night out (although these days are not quite past me yet!) but it's much more about the cute decorations I can make for my stall and Etsy shop! I think as any kind of artist, you need to have moments to pick you up and make you excited about making your work again. I have been glued to Pinterest filling up my Halloween board with cute ideas to gain some well needed inspiration and I am now in a place in which I can't wait to get making my own collection. In fact, I've started already!

Autumn is one of those times in which we actually stop and look at nature and really appreciate how amazing it is. Yeah, I know it sounds a bit deep but you can't think about autumn without picturing the warm colours, the browns and oranges of the changing leaves and I love that. Everything becomes a little bit magical. I have a new DIY video that I'm hoping to get finished this week based on these ideas and I'm really excited about it. See? I'm excited about my work again, yey!

Creatively, the last month for me was a bit of a struggle and so I'm really looking forward to throwing myself into some new projects and then before you know it, it will be Christmas!

So there you go, give me a cold autumnal morning over a sweaty summer one any day! What has inspired you so far this autumn? Do you have any seasonal crafts your looking forward to trying? Let me know!

Much love,


Katie x
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Cambridge Craft Parties Floral Crown Workshop

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If you had asked me a year ago if I would get on a train and spend an evening with people I didn't know, the sure answer would have been no. However, a little while ago, I started speaking to the lovely Claire over twitter and she kindly invited me to one of the workshops she runs. After reassuring myself she was a real person and wasn't catfishing me (I'm paranoid okay!), I took myself out of my comfort zone and off I went!

I met Claire at the station and we jumped in a taxi to set up at the venue, Rhode Island. It was a gorgeous little place, decorated with Polaroid photos and art work. It even doubled up as a gallery and had a photography exhibition on at the time, which made the space feeling really creative and arty. The food and drink was yummy and reasonably priced, I personally didn't get a milkshake but I was told they were delicious.

Once everything was set up and everyone had arrived (there was about 8 of us in total), Claire talked us through the steps, the different types of floral crown we could make and then we got going! I decided to make mine with lots of small pink flowers and make it really bright and girly. It was funny how everybody made such different crowns, it was so lovely how each craft was unique to that person and it reflected their personality.

Overall, the whole evening was really chilled and a brilliant opportunity to meet other people with similar interests. It was so nice to chat to other bloggers and crafters and talk openly about my interests without worrying I was boring people!

I think what Claire achieved brilliantly was that the crafts were simple enough that anybody could have made something wonderful, whether you were naturally creative or not. Claire was always ready to give a helping hand or advice if there was something you couldn't quite get to work.

I would completely recommend the Cambridge Craft Parties to anybody who wants a relaxed evening, an opportunity to learn something new and have a good giggle at the same time. I imagine it would be a great idea for a birthday or celebration with your friends. Claire also gives each person a goody bag of bits and pieces from her shop, which was such a kind and generous idea.

Check out Claire's video below to see for yourself!



Much love

Katie x
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DIY | Kawaii Felt Cloud Plushie - Youtube Video

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Amongst lots of making and preparation for my next craft stall this month, I have been doing lots of filming and editing for my Youtube channel.  I really enjoy making tutorials and I feel like I've got the knack of making them now! So here is the latest instalment: a kawaii felt cloud plushie. I think these little clouds are so sweet! I've made larger ones previously but I thought baby ones would be a lovely addition to my felt collection. 

Check out the video below, if you enjoy it please like and subscribe for future craft videos!


Much love 
 Katie x

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I've Opened an Etsy Shop!

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Hi all, just a quick update from me today. If you saw my last post, you will know that I have started regularly selling my work at markets, which is really exciting! It has actually been a huge step for me to finally 'get myself out there', I have been planning on selling my work for years but there has always been something that has held me back, anxiety mainly. I've always been so worried that my stuff wasn't good enough or people I knew would laugh at my feeble attempts to make something of myself blah blah blah... The list goes on and on. I'm not saying that miraculously over night these worries disappeared, but I knew at some point if I wanted to move forward I needed to get a grip and just do it. I might do a post talking in more depth into this topic because I'm sure I'm not the only artist in the world who feels self conscious about the dreaded judgment of others.

Anyway, I've also achieved another of my goals which is setting up an Etsy shop! Again, to others this may seem like no big deal at all, but for me, it was massive. I've only got a few bits on there at the moment but I hope to see my stock list grow in the not so distant future. The 'BOO!' heart is my favourite but my doughnut keyrings have always been popular. So pop over and check it out! The link is below :)






Much Love,

Katie x

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Kateskraft @ Hitchin Craft and Farmers Market 25th July - Youtube Video

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Last Saturday I attended Hitchin Craft and Farmers Market to sell my latest handmade bits and pieces. It was a really fun day and it was really good to see people enjoying the things I have made. It was also a great opportunity for me to see what people like the most so I know what direction to take my stock for future markets. As a crafter, I generally just make things I like and would buy so it's great to hear feedback from different people!

The market is held on the last Saturday of every month and has all sorts of things from local businesses such as food, flowers and handmade art and crafts. I'm going to be there again on the 29th August so if your local, pop down and say hello!



I put together a little video of my experience at the market, check it out below.



Much love,

Katie x
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Hen Party Painting/Message Board Canvas

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I was recently asked to make a message board by my friend Hollie for a hen party she was organising. The theme was based around a tea party and all that Hollie had asked was that there was space for guests to write messages and that it could be kept as a keepsake. The rest was up to me!

I decided to do a painting on a canvas so that it would be light and could be easily hung and moved around if need be. I wanted to keep the painting simple but colourful. The most important part would be the messages that Amanda's friends would be writing so I didn't want to distract from that. I painted the piece using acrylics, which I haven't used in ages so I felt very cautious from the off set! It is also the first painting I've done in a while that people were going to see so I was quite nervous about getting it right. Because of this, it took me twice the time to do than I think I actually needed. Knowing that it was being given as a gift to someone I didn't know and on such a special day made me so nervous, I wanted it to be perfect! Anyway, I'm really pleased with the outcome and it felt really good to do some painting again.




To hang the messages, I strung a piece of twine with mini pegs to clip on the messages. I originally was going to do it as a string of bunting but I liked the idea of incorporating the tea party theme in the messages so I went for tea cups instead. The idea was that guests could write on their tea cup and then pin it to the board. I actually think this idea is really sweet and Hollie said it went down well at the party so...hooray!

I really enjoyed making this painting/message board and hopefully I will get to work on more hen party bits in the future as it is really fun! It has definitely inspired me to do some more painting this summer so I'm going to make sure I put aside some time for it.

Much love,

Katie x


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Polymer Clay Update #1

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My favourite videos to watch on Youtube at the moment are either polymer clay updates or the remake tag. I don't know why I find them so therapeutic to watch?! I could honestly watch clay videos for hours. Anyway, making myself- a different question entirely. How does everyone makes it look so easy?!

So, I've been working with clay for a little while now but I'm still not brilliant at it and it is something I really want to get good at. You know you have those things, in your head is one thing but when you actually go to make it...Yeah it's a bit like that. I strangely go through phases, sometimes things seem to work really well and other times it's an absolute flop.

I'm trying to get my work to a quality I'm happy to sell. I'm doing my first summer stall at the end of this month, which although I am nervous about, I am really looking forward to. I know my clay isn't as good as my sewing, but hopefully by then I'll have a decent selection of things to sell and be half proud of.

These are some photos of the things I'm working on at the moment. I really love the cakes and they have turned out quite well each time I have made them, it's just deciding whether I prefer them textured or not. However, the doughnuts are definitely my favourite and I feel really happy with the simplicity and bright colours. Overall, I feel like this lot isn't that bad!

Let me know what you think! 

Much love,

Katie x



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DIY - Felt Doughnut Keychain - Youtube Tutorial

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There is something about doughnuts that is just so cute and colourful that they work well as a design for... well, anything really! I love making doughnuts from polymer clay, I like drawing/painting them and my personal favourite, is making them from felt. They are so fun!

I decided to make another Youtube tutorial, this time showing how to make a super cute, felt doughnut keychain. I'm really happy with how this video turned out and I'm looking forward to doing my next one. I think I might do something with polymer clay next, I'm on a roll at the moment!


I hope you enjoyed this video, like and subscribe if you did!

Much love,

Katie x
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DIY - Mini Felt Ghost Plushie - Youtube Tutorial

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I decided to make a little ghost plushie and thought, why not film the process? I've recently been playing with the set up in my craft room and trying to figure out the best way to film and photograph my craft projects. I was really pleased when I managed to set up a filming space on my desk, my boyfriend has been teaching me to use Adobe Premier Pro and so I actually really enjoyed putting this video together. I love watching craft tutorials on Youtube and so I guess the natural progression is to start making my own! 


If you enjoyed my little tutorial, subscribe to my channel as I'm going to try and get a new video up every week. You can check out my other tutorials such as the DIY Terrarium for now and hopefully, in the not so distant future, I will have a flourishing channel! :)

Let me know what you think!

Much love, 

Katie x



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Game of Thrones - Direwolf Embroidery Hoop

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Although my blog seems to have slowed down as of late, I've been busy crafting away and I've got some new updates for my little space on the internet. I've mainly been trying new things out and trying to perfect my ideas so I can start selling my work again this summer. I've started painting again, which I'm not feeling too good about (how have I got a degree in this again?!) ughh... At least my crafts are keeping me positive!

I've recently been spending more time working on embroidery (take a look at my first hoop) and so I've been playing around with some ideas for new projects. I'm a huge 'Game of Thrones' fan, seriously- I don't even know what I will do when season 5 finishes. Cry probably. I feel so emotionally attached to characters, when I watch a new episode I'm always so on edge incase anything awful happens, God forbid any of my favourites die! Anyway, it goes without saying that I've got a lot of love for House Stark, so to fill my time patiently waiting for a new episode, I made a 6" direwolf hoop. It is all done in backstitch and I'm really pleased with the outcome. I quite like the simplicity of the design, I think it looks cool even if you weren't a huge GoT fan. It's taken a little spot on my wall and it's an addition I'm pretty happy with.























So what d'ya think? Are you team Stark to the bitter end? Let me know if this is the sort of thing you'd be interested in as I hope to open an Etsy shop soon and I have a feeling there will be some room for Game of Thrones themed crafts!

For more craft updates, pop over and say hello on my Twitter and Instagram :)

Much love,

Katie x
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Berlin - Day 3: Museum Island, Hackescher Markt, KW Institute for Contemporary Art

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I've been such a busy lady recently, it's taken me bloody ages to get my Berlin posts finished. Here we go, the last day. It was a busy day of tourtisty adventures. We explored museum Island, gorgeous markets, art galleries and had a final wonder around. 

Museum Island

Museum Island might have been one of my favourite areas of Berlin. It is so beautiful everywhere you walk, the buildings are absolutely stunning. Also, it had a really nice chilled atmosphere, buskers playing music on every corner, lots of chilled cafes and spots to sit by the river. 

There is lots of art in this area as well, which I particularly loved. We found a road filled with quaint little stalls, which sold paintings, prints and handmade trinkets. If you visit this area, you must check out the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery. The building in itself is an incredible space. It has huge glass windows, which over look the museums below. I also really enjoyed seeing the art, it felt varied and for a free gallery, it is definitely worth giving it a visit.



Hackescher Markt

We saw the Hackescher market from the train window on one of our journeys and knew we wanted to check it out. It seemed like such a vibrant and exciting place, full of colour, food, flowers and handmade crafts. It was so lovely to walk around and see all the stalls, it made me feel very inspired!




I was absolutely amazed by the lampposts in Berlin. They were so built up from flyers and posters that they had physically grown! Some were absolutely huge, it was mental!


KW Institute for Contemporary Art 

We were keen to see some galleries whilst we were in Berlin. We decided to visit the KW gallery, which personally I wasn't that in to. I found the free galleries were much better, which made it a bit annoying that we paid to go in there. It was okay, I dunno, I just found the whole area ridiculously pretentious and the art was so out there I felt like we were looking around a fine art graduate show. There were elements which I liked, the site specific piece 'Suspension of Disbelief' by Elin Hansdottir encouraged you to look through glass at different angles to layer images, which was pretty cool. They also had cute little stick men and messages painted on the walls, which made looking around the space quite fun. Anyway, each to their own but this gallery wasn't my cup of tea. 

We walked around the corner to find somewhere to eat and ended up at Shiso burger. We had a lovely meal up until the waitress came over, practically threw my bag (and very expensive camera!) at me to squeeze another couple on the end of our table. The food was tasty but the atmosphere wasn't very relaxed or friendly. We were glad we had visited the gallery and travelled to a different area of Berlin... but this definitely wasn't a highlight. 


So that was our trip! I hope you found it useful if you are planning a visit to the city. My highlights were probably the zoo, Holocaust memorial and Museum Island but it is hard to choose! 

Next week I'll be back to posting regularly with my latest sewing projects. I'm back on it!

Much love,

Katie x





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Berlin - Day 2: Berlin Zoo, Brandenburg Gate and The Holocaust Memorial

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Berlin Zoo

On our second day in Berlin, we headed to Berlin Zoo. Both Jason and I are massive animal lovers and were really excited about visiting the zoo. I think I'm right in saying it is the biggest one in Europe and trust me, it's HUGE. It took us roughly 4 hours to walk around it and by the end we were knackered! It was a particularly hot day and we are both completely out of shape and boy, did we feel it that day! 

When we arrived at the zoo gates, the queue was ridiculous. It literally stretched right down the road and we thought we could be waiting for ages, which we were still prepared to do none the less. Time wise, it probably took us about 30 minutes to get in. I would say though, if the queue was managed properly the time would have been halved. Annoyingly, people were leaving the main queue and walking straight to the front to make mini lines across the ticket booths. The problem was, there was no member of staff outside organising this chaos so it did feel pretty frustrating. Luckily, by the time we were near the front a member of staff finally came out and directed the visitors to the different queues, which made it a bit easier. Still, what a mess. 

Anyway, moaning aside, queueing was completely worth it. Honestly, it was the best zoo I have ever been to. Every animal that was there was utterly amazing, I think we spent the majority of the time completely in awe and we just couldn't get over how many animals they had there! They had everything... elephants, rhinos, polar bears... You name it, it was there somewhere. Most of the animals seemed to have plenty of space as well so it didn't seem cruel or squished in.

My favourite part had to be the petting/farm animal area. It was FULL of babies. I have never seen such tiny goats in my life. I wanted to pick them all up and take them home with me. 


Although the animals generally seemed happy, I did find the polar bear enclosure really sad. One of the polar bears was playing with a ball in the water, which was lovely. However, the other was pacing back and forth and looked so frustrated. There was SO many people surrounding the enclosure taking photos, shouting and waving and I just felt guilty being part of it. The other animal that I never like seeing in captivity is penguins. They had a tiny indoors enclosure with a pool which was maybe a couple of meters deep. On the wall they had a sign showing how deep certain sea animals could swim, and they had penguins as being able to swim to a depth of 500 meters. It's just didn't feel right seeing them in there. Hopefully they have these animals for conservation purposes, not just because they make for a good tourist attraction.


We bought a combi ticket for 20 euros, which meant we could also go into the aquarium. If I'm honest, I don't think it's worth paying extra for. It had some cool bits in it, lots of funky jelly fish and weird sea creatures but that was about it. I think there is a proper sea life centre in Berlin so if it's the aquarium your interested in, maybe just head there instead. 

Brandenburg Gate and The Holocaust Memorial

You can't go to Berlin without visiting a few key tourist hotspots. The area surrounding the Brandenburg Gate is a great place to walk around in general, there is beautiful architecture everywhere, cafes and bars and lots of things to see and do. Minutes from the station is the Brandenburg Gate. It is seriously impressive. The structure itself is huge and looked stunning in the evening sunlight. My crappy photo doesn't do it justice. 

Visiting the Holocaust memorial was on of the highlights of our trip. I recommend you go a little later in the day as we sat and watched the exhibition turn honey coloured and create shadows in the evening sunlight, which really demonstrated how impressive it is. Also, make sure you walk round to find the entrance of the free exhibition, which is underground. It includes personal letters, a timeline and pays respects to the families lost in the camps. 

Burning of the Books Memorial- Bebelplaz

A roughly 10 minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate, you can find a hidden memorial for the burning of the books. It is really discrete and you may just notice a few people gathered looking at the floor. It is not until you get close that you can see a glass panel with a whole room underneath and rows and rows of empty bookshelves. It took us a little while to hunt down but it was definitely worth seeing. Berlin has so much history I think it's important to make the most of the exhibitions and landmarks whilst you are there.

A seriously busy day! 

Will post the last day's adventures in a few days then will be back to the crafts :) Hope you've found the posts interesting or useful so far!

Much love,

Katie x





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