Sunday Arts Market, take 2

This time around, the weather was amazing. Hurrah!

We had a nice corner stall, lots of room to display all our products properly:

I think we were all suprised at how well the bowls made from old records did- definitely the biggest seller of the day!

Craft Origami

Upcycled origami

For a while now, along with making notebooks, I’ve been sat happily folding cranes of an evening and turning them into little mobiles. After having a clear out recently and discovering rather a large stash (who knows why) of paper shopping bags, I decided that rather than put them into the recycling bin, I would fashion them into paper crane mobiles. Ta da!

I have found that the little sandwich bags from Prêt A Manger are particularly good.

Craft Inspiration

Weekly Inspiration- Upcycling

Whilst trying to find something to do with the heaps and heaps of old videos I have and can’t watch (yet can’t bring myself to throw away- because I NEED to own copies of Airheads, Empire Records and China Town) I discovered the happy world of upcycling. It’s not that it’s a new concept to me, I’d just never thought of doing it myself. I’ve found lots of great websites to help inspire me to make useless stuff I have into useful stuff.

I’m currently working on a few DIY upcycling projects of my own- origami crane mobiles made from paper bags and little Japanese stab binding notebooks with old video covers.

Results to follow!

Lunchtime Lusting

Lunchtime Lusting- Alice In Wonderland at Whittard’s

As if I need a reason to buy any more tea things, today I noticed this range of Alice In Wonderland stuff in Whittard of Chelsea

Not sure about the key shaped handle though- pretty but impractical?



New craft stall bunting


Northampton Sunday Arts Market- August 14th

That’s right people, the next Sunday Arts Market is nearly upon us and The Craft Fanstastic team are busy busy busy crafting away to make lovely products for you lovely people to buy:

We’ll be there from 11am to 5pm, hopefully see you there!

Craft Inspiration

Weekly Inspiration- Bunting

Of course everybody knows how cute bunting is, but it does appear to have grown in popularity of late. There was a point when it seemed like it was everywhere and I actually thought I had seen enough bunting- but never fear, I have been cured of that thanks to this website. Strangely more appealing due to the word ‘kitten’, there is nothing on the Little Kitten Homemade website that isn’t 100% adorable. I officially love bunting once again. I highly recommend a visit.

Due to inclement weather, the heart bunting from the last Craft Fantastic stall got so soggy it had to be thrown away. New Bunting is needed.

Check out the following websites for some top tips on how to make your own bunting:

This weekend I will finish my new bunting for the next craft stall. Result to follow!

Lunchtime Lusting Stationery

Lunchtime Lusting – Jpop at Paperchase

Back to school stationery shopping was always fun for me. There’s just something satisfying about writing in a brand new notebook with brand new pens. That feeling that perhaps this notebook will be the one that contains only good ideas and actually stays neat; no crossing out, no scribbles, no mess. Sadly that was never the case!  

The Jpop range at Paperchase is just way too cute- if I was going back to school, I would want everything.

I’m sure I would have remembered things more at school if they were highlighted with these:

Homework would not be a chore if everything was in this handy planner:

I would convince my mum that if I had this, I would never want for another ring binder again:

Lunch would taste so much better from these:

I’m sure I can resist the temptation…


Weekly Inspiration- That Friday Feeling

I’ve had it today, I really have. I’ve inexplicably enjoyed listneing to Beyoncé and The Wanted, drank more wine at lunch than is sensible and subsequently decided to organise lots of nights out in town that seemed like a good idea at the time but will probably never happen.

So here, in no particular order, is my list of top 10 reasons why Fridays are a joy:

  • The knowledge that you don’t have to get up the next day. An obvious one, but there really is nothing better than a Saturday morning lie-in.
  • The knowledge that you don’t have to go to work for two whole days. Along the same lines as the first point, but worth mentioning separately.
  • Looking forward to whatever you have planned that weekend. Because even though you can look forward to something all week, on Friday it’s so close you can almost taste it.
  • Nothing need be that serious. Even those deadlines at work.
  • Having time to spend the time. Although I see my husband every day, it’s just somehow different on a Friday evening; no worries, no cares, no troubles, no bedtime.
  • You can dance around and be silly. This one was my husband’s contribution.
  • Friday lunch. I don’t know about you, but Friday lunch to me is always ‘treat lunch’. That means I can get a Prêt or go out for lunch with collegues and not feel guilty about a) spending too much and b) being late back to the office.
  • After-work events. Goes hand in hand with the joyful knowledge that you don’t have to get up for work the next morning.
  • Everyone buys into the hype. Everyone thinks Fridays are awesome, thus, Fridays are awesome. People just tend to be a little bit happier, more relaxed and carefree; because it’s Friday and that’s what happens on a Friday, right?
  • Pressing the off switch. On anything and everything.

I’ll be somewhere in Wales this weekend, possibly in some kind of big tent, possibly near some big expanse of water in which there is the possibility of swimming. Thus I won’t be doing much crafting or much baking. Have a good weekend 🙂

Craft Origami

Recent makes- origami gift tags

I was very pleased to have some time to do crafts this weekend. I made some gift tags with origami hearts and fishes on:

I also had time to do some greetings cards: