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This weekend, something pretty big happened… I met my first ever nephew! Meet, Noah Francis Bladen, born on the 11th February 2018. I couldn’t resist sharing some photos with you guys – he’s just too damn cute not to show off! My sister lives in Portsmouth, which is a 3-4 hour drive from my house in Nottingham. So this weekend was the first chance I’d had to meet Noah. We decided to make a mini holiday of the trip. Myself,...

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This week, my obsession with Cricut reached new heights… because I’m now the proud owner of the new Cricut Maker! OMG OMG OMG. Still freaking out about it! If you read my blog regularly, you’ll no doubt be aware that I love Cricut. I’ve been chatting about them for months, ever since getting my first Cricut Explore Air last year. (If you’re wondering what the heck I’m chatting about, then a Cricut is an electronic cutting machine that’s specialised for crafts.)....

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Ahh, brownies. Soft, squidgy and insanely delicious. It’s no wonder why everyone loves ’em! To celebrate the launch of the new Ottar Chocolate peanut butter spreads, I decided to make a batch of peanut butter brownies. This is a really quick and easy recipe, perfect for getting that chocolate fix. However, the addition of Ottar’s miso and black sesame peanut butter elevates these brownies from good, to AMAZING. Miso peanut butter brownies recipe Adapted from this recipe Ingredients 185g unsalted...

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This blog post is a bit of a special one… why? Because I’m sharing the first project I’ve made for my collaboration with Singer! If you missed it, then I announced last week that I’m going to be working as a Singer Brand Ambassador for 2018. How flipping exciting is that?!  The Singer machine that I’ve got is a 7285Q Patchwork model. As the name suggests, this machine is specialised for quilting and patchwork projects. Quick confession: I’ve never tried...

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Hey guys! I just wanted to share a little update about my appearances at the Handmade Fair with Kirstie Allsopp this spring. First up, if you missed my original announcement, then go read that blog post here. Go on, I’ll wait. Read it? Good! 🙂   Okay, now you’re up to date… I’ve got more news to share! In addition to the three demonstrations I’ll be running at the Fair, I’ve just been booked for a fourth appearance. I’m going...

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Anyone else got a case of the January blues? I usually love winter, but this year I’m just not feeling it… I’m ready for longer days, brighter evenings and (dare I say it?) a bit of sun. Roll on spring! To help keep me sane until the new season arrives, I thought I’d add a few more plants to my home. After all, a bit of greenery is a sure-fire way to freshen up your space and improve your mental...

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I’ve been sewing for about 10 years now (wowzers, that makes me feel old…). I love it. I started off by teaching myself how to sew the basics, like straight seams, button holes and applique. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know my sewing machine so much better – and the quality of my creations has definitely improved. Want to know something surprising? Until this week, I was still using my very first sewing machine on all of my projects!...

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I know, I know; New Year’s Eve is a distant memory. But I’m gonna revisit it for one last blog post, I hope you don’t mind! Way back on the 29th December, I hopped in the car and drove all the way to Dover, through the channel tunnel, across France and into Belgium. Phew, what a journey! I then spent a few nights in Bruges with Gareth and his family, to celebrate New Year. It was the first time I’ve...

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I’m a week late in saying this, but… happy new year! Sorry for my tardiness (does anyone use that word anymore?), but I’ve spent the past week with a really nasty flu. Not fun. But I’m finally feeling myself again, so I’m back to it! I hope you guys had a good Christmas and new year break? I actually spent NYE in Bruges this year, which was pretty awesome. It was a weekend full of beer, chocolate and beautiful cobbled streets… bliss!...

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