home: made [ SWISH ]

home: made [ SWISH ]

We love sharing great makes, projects and tutorials every Thursday to result in unique DIYs for your home – from painted ceramics to hand woven rugs, no-sew pillow cases to crafting with wood.

The talented folks at London Craft Club offer a plethora of classes to attend to get crafty but what is it you need for all this creative making? Materials!

Join them for the big craft SWISH and stock up on craft materials that will inspire you as well as pass onto others craft materials you’ve not used and can spare.

They say;

When: Sunday 28th January, 10:00 am – 1:00pm

Where: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 7AY

This is it! The Big Craft Swish

Let’s not lie about it, crafting uses up a lot of materials. And even more materials don’t get used at all! So if you have a secret stash of guilty craft purchases, this is for you….

• Swish away your ill-advised crafty purchases! 

• Take home some guilt-free stuff you’ll use! 

• Help minimise waste! 

• Add some good karma to the world of craft! 

• Share your crafty stories with other crafters

All that stuff going to waste in our cupboards, lofts and under our beds is a crying shame. It’s taking up space that us London-dwellers can ill afford, and all that clutter just isn’t good for our creative souls. So let’s do something about it.

Maybe you’re new to craft, and you bought a load of stuff that now you don’t know what to do with? Bring it along and swap it for something you can use. Or you might even meet someone who can show you what to do with it instead.

Already a Super Crafter? Come along and declutter, get inspiration, encourage the newbies and share stories with fellow crafters. 

Here’s the rules – simple but fair…

1) Everyone must bring at least one item of quality craft material or kit (drop off from 10.00am)  

2) You will have half an hour to browse before the swish opens (10.30 – 11.00am) 

3) No item may be claimed before the swish opens at 11.00am 

4) As soon as the swish is declared open, everyone may take what they want. 

5) Remember we’re here for sharing not sharp elbows! 

Our hosts Cecil Sharp House have a delicious range of  light bites, homemade cakes and main meals available throughout the day in their cafe. Why not grab a bite there then pop in at 10.30 for the browsing before the swish opens at 11.00am. Then there’s an hour and half of nabbing what you want, and of course craft chat. 

Tickets are £4 to cover costs, and any profit will be donated to Mind or Stop the Traffik

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home: blog [ homemade soap ]

home: blog [ homemade soap ]

If you are looking for a fun gift idea then why not try making these eucalyptus soaps. Perfect for a Christmas stocking filler or tie a few together for a lovely present.

With a small selection of ingredients you are good to go, and of course you can always try different scents.

We have found a great tutorial from burkatron.com 

home: made [ Christmas table decorations ]

home: made [ Christmas table decorations ]

It’s almost just a month away and if you’re busy planning gifts and festive nights out, don’t forgot about the decorating and it can be simple and low cost to create effect displays, decorations and centre pieces with items sourced from around the home, foraged from your local park or handy bits picked up from a local craft store.

From around the home find old jam jars, cardboard, string, old baubles, even an old dried up sponge can be useful.

Foraging free bits from out and about is also great – local woodlands having an abundance of conifers, holly, pine cones, twigs, branches and more.

Then from local craft stores (or online) choose items including metallic spray, glitter, pva glue and soft wire.

With these items you can create unique decorations using imagery from Pinterest for inspiration.

Use PVA and glitter to create a Christmas feel to branches of conifer tree, by pasting on the glue and sprinkling over the glitter; and create a long garland for the mantle piece by tying the branches together with wire.

Spray jars with metallic spray and tie gold or silver round to make festive little vases for winter flora and twigs. Cluster various sizes together to make a centre piece for the table.

Cut and stick cardboard into cone shapes, coat in PVA glue and wind sparkly twine or string round, ensuring not to leave any gaps to produce modern, simple statement Christmas trees. Again these would look great in varied sizes and clustered together.

Using old baubles in shades of the same colour and modelling wire with an old sponge as an oasis, poke in each bauble on a wire stick to make a gorgeous dome of baubles – another great centre piece. Or go extravagant (slightly more complex) and create an entire sphere which could be hung from the ceiling!

Head to Pinterest and explore for an abundance of creative ideas!

Simple paper trees

Confetti for the table

Confetti for the table

home: made [ bath caddy ]

home: made [ bath caddy ]

For some people there is nothing better then a relaxing evening in a bath with a book and a glass of wine. Putting said book and wine somewhere safe isn’t always easy, so have you considered a bath caddy?

This practial addition to your bathroom is straight forward in construction made fully of wood [ cedar is a good choice ], and if you have the correct tools, simple to make.

We have found a great tutorial from themerrythought.com

home: event [ neon workshop ]

home: event [ neon workshop ]

Fancy learning all about neon? Somerset House in London is hosting a 2 hour neon workshop with Neon Workshops where you will be introduced to how it is made and have a chance to create your own.

‘See glowing examples of neon art explained, expect mesmerising demonstrations of cutting, blowing, stretching, bending and fusing glass with flame, filling with gas and illuminating with electricity. Experience the chance to have a go yourself under tuition. If you want to take home your neon, Neon Works can turn it into a working light after the workshop, for an additional cost’

Head to somersethouse.org.uk for tickets

Sat 28th or 29th Oct –  £140

home: event [ macrame wall hanging workshop ] 

home: event [ macrame wall hanging workshop ]

Amongst all the great workshops on offer by our favourites The London Craft Club, we spotted they have a macrame workshop in October. 

Book now for this exciting and creative way to spend a few hours. 

£39

Details: 

When: Sunday 8th October 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Where: Todd Sloane 71 High St Epping CM16 4BA

They say;

We’re carrying on our love affair with macramé. It’s a great way to make a wall hanging – and it’s way quicker than weaving, knitting or quilting. If you’ve been putting off taking up a new skill because you’re busy, this might be the one for you. Plus you’ll have the skills you need to make all sorts of plant holders, wall hangings, jewellery and more. Macrame is super versatile and looks good in everything from kitchen string to leather cord, so what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to pick up the skill and get creative with it!

We’ll be using recycled jersey yarn created by our favourites over at Hoooked – we love their bright colours and sustainable manufacturing. Choose from pink, yellow, white or black. We’ll also supply a foraged rustic stick to hang your work from that’s been washed and heat-treated so its clean and dry!

What’s included:

– jersey yarn recycled by Hoooked

– a foraged stick to hang your macrame piece from

– a cotton tote to bring your handiwork home in

– fully illustrated instruction sheet to take away with you

Who’s it for: This is perfect for beginners. You must be over 18 to take part

 

home: made [ books ] 

home: made [ books ] 

Looking to re style your home, create unique homewares, DIY or upcycle furniture or learn how to make your home blend and coordinate? There are many books on the market to teach, advise and guide you to a beautiful home.

Our favourites:

A Beautiful Mess/Happy Handmade Home £18.99 Amazon

Max Mcmurdo / Upcycling £20 Waterstones  
Farrow & Ball / How to decorate £12.99 Amazon 

The Maker £12.82 Wordery

Bright Bazaar / Book Depository £21.33

Home Decor Cheat Sheets / £8.03 (kindle) Amazon