Category Archives: Paper

Handmade Wedding Guestbook

After working my way up to doing bigger notebooks and sketchbooks over the years, I got the chance to try my hand at a wedding guestbook (yep, for the same friend I did the flowers for!). This was a great opportunity and I found working with a specific purpose made me push myself more. I […]

Also posted in Craft, Notebooks, Stationery | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Northampton Christmas Sparkle Fair

This fabulous event is ticket only and y’all will want to book up and get the date in your diaries, I’m sure. Yes, it’s the Northampton Christmas Sparkle Fair and it’s only just over 3 weeks away! There are going to be loads of fabulous stalls there, music, food, festivities… and of course handmade goodies […]

Also posted in Craft, Craft fairs, Notebooks, Origami | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Origami paper wedding bouquets

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my progress on the handmade goodies I’ve been working on for my friend’s wedding. I’ve lost count of the number of kusudama flowers I’ve made, but it’s well over 100! Things are nearly finished, though; buttonholes are all done and delivered, bouquets so very near. At the weekend I fully […]

Also posted in Craft, Origami | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Origami kusudama flowers

These beautiful flowers are quite simple to make – a little time-consuming but well worth the effort. I’ve made a couple before, just because they’re so pretty, but a good friend of mine recently got engaged (whoop!) and wants a lot of things to be handmade, so I have been enlisted to help out! I’ll be […]

Also posted in Craft, Origami | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Giant origami – first attempt!

Following on from last week’s post on origami and art (yes! I actually followed up :D) I decided to have a go at some larger origami models. I have a few old rolls of wall paper which I thought would be ideal for this, as the paper is thick and sturdy; note for future reference […]

Also posted in Craft, Origami | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Weekly Inspiration – Origami as Art

It is said that origami (from the Japanese ‘ori’ (folding) and ‘kami’ (paper)) is the art of folding paper. Without getting too philosophical, does that make all origami art?! Well, no, but some of it certainly ticks that box. Personally I like making things that either look pretty or are functional (flowers, hearts, boxes – […]

Also posted in Art, Craft, Inspiration, Origami | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

New Notebook – hand stitched spine with key closure

Finished this beauty recently! Handmade from sketchbook paper with an up-cycled leather-look cover (used to be a handbag), fancy hand stitching on the spine and a key closer attached with a suede cord that goes into a place holder inside.

Also posted in Books, Craft, Notebooks, Stationery | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Stationery Essentials

If you’re reading this then it’s likely to assume you love stationery – and you may already be aware that this week it has been National Stationery Week. It really has. I ran out of stock of my handmade Coptic-bound sketch books on Notebook day, of all days!! Depending on your needs, there are a […]

Also posted in Craft, Notebooks, Stationery | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Paper feathers

  So far, so good; this is the first of my Pinterest Picks that I’ve actually attempted to make for once! I’d seen a few tutorials for paper feathers, it looked pretty easy so I just got my stuff together and tried it out. Here we go! Firstly, I cut some feather shapes – two […]

Also posted in Craft, Tutorial | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Pinterest Picks

Everyone knows Pinterest is a great place to find craftspiration (sure, it’s a word… just go with it…) and I often find myself pinning project after tutorial after project on my craft board and not doing a single one. I’ve decided to try and narrow my picks down to a few a month, and take the […]

Also posted in Craft, Inspiration, Knitting, Tutorial | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment