Weekly inspiration – the craft room

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about turning our teeny tiny bedroom into a craft room. The hardest thing is coming up with ideas. Where to start? The internet, of course. Just had a quick image search to get some inspiration and thought I’d share my favourites!

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Simple Origami Sunday

Not quite as far along with these as I’d like! The start of this year’s handmade Christmas gift tag stock – at the moment it’s just a little origami forest.

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New paper to play with

Awesome new paper stock from Micheals!

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Folksy treats – new batch of mini book necklaces

Get yours here!

Mini book necklaces

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Creative book folding

First proper attempt at creating art/sculpture through book folding! Quite pleased with the result. I just did a very basic one, folding the top and bottom edges back to align with the spine, creating a point. I left a few pages free and simply tucked the pages round. Will be more adventurous next time.

Book folding

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Handmade stock for sale – small coptic bound notebooks

Hey all! I have some odds and end of stock that don’t really go together in a nice group to sell on Folksy, so I thought I’d advertise them on here 🙂

First up, I have just two of these lovely little coptic bound notebooks with paisley covers and purple binding. They’re filled with durable sketchbook paper and are ideal for slipping in your bag or pocket. £4 each and £1 for postage:

Mini copitic 3 Mini coptic 1 Mini coptic 2

They’re roughly half the size of A5.

Please email me if you’re interested: ahoythere@thecraftfantastic.co.uk

More to follow soon!

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Weekly inspiration- Paper Kawaii

I’ve been doing a lot of origami recently and having pretty much exhausted my current instruction books, am feeling a bit unsatisfied. Don’t get me wrong, I still love folding paper, I just feel like I’ve been stuck in an origami rut; I’m confident doing my existing models (my craft space is full of paper cranes, butterflies and flowers!), but now it’s time to improve.

Paper Kawaii is an amazing resource for anyone interested in origami – at any level. There’s a fantastic array of models to make, from beginner to advanced, all with clear instructions and/or video tutorials. The site is beautifully designed and easy to navigate to boot!

It’s my mum’s birthday soon and I’ll be boxing her up some handmade chocolates in a beautiful box (attempt to be made this evening!):

Origami candy box tutorial from Paper Kawaii

Origami candy box tutorial from Paper Kawaii

Check out the tutorial here. Happy folding x

 

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Bargain charms

My mum stumbled across these lovely charms being sold off at a local craft fair and thankfully snapped them up for me!
Mini metal charms

They’re perfect for decorating my miniature book necklaces, and there are some bigger ones which will look great on my hard bound notebooks. I love the little heart padlocks! So cute.

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New Coptic bound books

Handmade A6 notebooks, sewn with sturdy thick waxed thread, purple to compliment the cover paper. Insides are a lovely thick sketchbook paper, perfect for writing or drawing.
Small Coptic bound book
Only two made with this design, both can be found in Made In Northamptonshire.

More designs to follow, back up for sale on Folksy soon! Alternatively you can email me for custom orders ahoythere@thecraftfantastic.co.uk

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Happy World Book Day!

Book lovers of the world, rejoice! For today is World Book Day.

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But what does it actually mean? Surely every day is World Book Day? Well, according to their site “It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.”  Take a look here to find out the full story.

It’s a fantastic incentive to get kids all over the world reading. Children can get £1 books via special book tokens and there are plenty of events on so head on over to worldbookday.com and check it out!

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