I think I’ve finally nailed my craft fair display!

Last Sunday I had a stall at my second Paperdolls Handmade craft market in Kings Heath, Birmingham. It’s a lovely market run by Jo and Carolyn and held in the Hare and Hounds, a pub with fab original Victorian details (gorgeous tiles, high ceilings, exposed brick walls..). When preparing for a craft fair I always worry…

Applications now open for Harborne Handmade!

Harborne Handmade will be taking over Moor Pool Hall in Harborne on Saturday 10 December 10am-4pm and I’m looking for creatives based in the Midlands to sell their handmade and original products. This will be the inaugural Harborne Handmade Christmas market and my vision is to provide Harborne residents with a unique and high-quality shopping experience,…

Crochet basket pattern

I’ve become slightly obsessed with t-shirt yarn recently.  I love the vivid colours, the chunky texture and how quickly it works up.  One of my favourite uses for it is to make sturdy little baskets, perfect for holding craft supplies, small toys or bathroom supplies. Here’s my pattern for creating your own chunky crochet basket. You…

Travelling with little ones: Denmark

Last Monday, we returned home after two fun weeks in Denmark.  As always, we tried to pack too much in and probably expected a little too much of our 4 and 2 year old sons, but nevertheless had a great holiday. After a short flight from Heathrow, we started our trip in Billund, home to…

Bees fit for a bride

The best thing about my job is the bonkers commissions I get asked to make! Last year, when I was still working at the day job, a colleague approached me with the idea of having three dozen crochet bees for her wedding in May 2016.  Her wedding concept was handmade and simple, with a subtle bee…

Upcycled hanging baskets

I can’t believe I have never blogged about my crochet hanging baskets before, I make so many of them! Here are two I finished recently for a friend who is decorating a nursery for her second baby. All of my hanging baskets are made with chunky fabric yarn – Boodles (available at Hobbycraft) or Tek…

Pretty circle baby blanket

All these granny square workshops I’ve been running have obviously rubbed off because I’ve become a bit obsessed with them recently. I’ve had Sue Pinner’s ‘Granny Squares’ book for ages and I just love the circle blanket on the front cover so I decided to give it a whirl.  I had a load of ball-ends…

A few recent makes

I’ve been really busy recently, what with making my Tim Peake doll, stocking my shelf at Togademus and completing a few commission orders.  Here are just some of things I’ve made recently: A few more Dairy Milks for a former colleague.  These are so fun to make!  I use Drops Cotton Merino in Violet to get…

Welcome home Tim!

Ever since Tim Peake went into space just before Christmas my two boys have been absolutely hooked on all things space: from watching Tim’s spacewalk live to learning about what he eats for breakfast (it’s freeze dried scrambled egg if you’re wondering!). Our nursery are always looking for parents to volunteer to create displays in the…

New stockist!

I’m thrilled to announce that from the beginning of May my items will be available to buy from Togademus Toys and Crafts in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Togademus is a gorgeous independent toy shop that sells some fab toys, as well as sharing its shelves with local designer makers. Watch this space for photos of my…

Crochet x cross stitch

Recently I’ve been intrigued with the idea of using crochet as a canvas for cross stitch. I first stumbled upon this footstool by Rose Hip on Pinterest a while ago and loved the combination of a floral cross stitch pattern with a plain crochet stool cover. I pinned several other examples for inspiration, including this gorgeous…

Playing with colour

It’s pouring down with rain today in Birmingham so I’m cheering myself up with some colour therapy, putting together a colour combo for a crochet party I’m hosting in a couple of weeks. A few of the trainee hookers on my workshops have asked how I put colours together, so I thought it might be…