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KNITTING Q & A Do you need a little help with your knitting? Is there something you’ve always wanted to know?

Now is your chance to ask The Knitting Master, Michael Harrigan.

Our regular readers will know Michael from his previous articles with Creative Crafting. You can read Michael’s story HERE.

Michael was certified by The Knitting Guild Association (www.tkga.org) as a Master Hand Knitter in 2017 and has travelled the world learning about different styles of knitting, crochet and lace making.
You can email your questions directly to Michael at mwharrigan@gmail.com or Tweet to him at @melcontent

You can also email us at Creative Crafting to articles@creative-crafting.com

Get the help you need
NOW!

www.ravelry.com/stores/michael-harrigan-designs

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Happy Spring!

My aim with my newest shawl design was to create a pattern that was an easy, relaxing, and fun knit – so I’m calling it simply “Nice ‘n Easy.”This triangular shawl is a generous size (57×32″/ 145x81cm after blocking) that’s perfect for spring and for summer evenings.

The yarns I used are from an indie dyer in Scotland – but you certainly can use your favorite fingering weight yarn. The pattern alternates stockinette stitch sections with garter eyelet sections – and alternates colorways – providing textures and stripes.You can find the pattern in my Ravelry store at: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nice-n-easy-shawl 

Read Michael’s story here
http://creative-crafting.com/index.php/2019/02/26/meet-michael-the-master-hand-knitter/

Read about how to become a Knitting Master here
http://creative-crafting.com/index.php/2019/03/13/michael-harrigan-tells-us-more-about-being-a-master-knitter/

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Do you love to read craft blogs?

I love to discover new ones but it can be a bit of a job to track them down. So I have been creating a list of

Craft Blogs To Follow in 2019.

Do you think you should be on it? Tell me about yourself and your blog in the comments or contact me HERE

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their blogs to me.

The March list so far:

CraftGawker

craftgawker is a curated photo gallery that allows the visual search and discovery of handmade arts and crafts to inspire your own projects. we publish photography submitted by craft bloggers from around the world. our editors review submissions daily and choose the highest quality, most creative images to showcase.

VISIT CRAFTGAWKER

Skip to my Lou

From hosting a shrimp boil, celebrating holidays, making homemade scratch art paper, sewing gifts and throwing parties to cooking delicious food, you will find it all here at Skip To My Lou. The site is full of free patterns, downloads and I hope plenty of inspiration. Please hang out with me awhile and check it out!

VISIT SKIP TO MY LOU

Craft Gossip

Confused about everything crafty out there? Not sure where to go and what to buy for your latest craft idea? Can’t find that kitsch pattern that everyone else is talking about? Well worry no more!

VISIT CRAFT GOSSIP

Recyclart

The goal of Recyclart.org is to bring you good products that are made from recycling, reusing, upcycling, etc. We will not bother you with a lot of text or details, we prefer to give you inspiration through pictures and the links where you can find more information. The goal is to be a kind of portfolio based on  ideas in which you can brainstorm your sustainability creativity.

VISIT RECYCLART

C.R.A.F.T

CRAFTING REALLY AWESOME FUN THINGS!

Creating with freebies has been happening since I can remember. I grew up with a wonderfully crafty mom who would take me to Good Will and garage sales to my little heart’s content. The free part is easy when you are a kid with no money!

VISIT C.R.A.F.T

Did You Make That

Hi, I’m Karen! I’ve been blogging about sewing and knitting for more than half a decade – wow. Over that time, Did You Make That has grown into one of the leading UK sewing blogs. Friendship has always been really important to me, and that’s informed every word on this blog.

VISIT DID YOU MAKE THAT

The Beading Gem

Hello! And welcome to my journal. I call myself the Beading Gem because of my given name Pearl (really!) and because I love beading and jewelry. So much so in early 2005, I started my own small business teaching the craft

VISIT THE BEADING GEM

Heidi Swapp

Hi! I’m Heidi Swapp.
Each day my media team and I share ideas and inspiration all about “Making Pretty Stuff”! We love to create handmade cards, DIY crafts, pretty parties and everything in between! Come join our obsession!

VISIT HEIDI SWAPP

Would you like your blog included in our April List?

Email us the details to articles@creative-crafting.com

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Do you remember last month when I shared with you my ‘Mondays aren’t all bad’ Chicken Mash Pie? Well, this is the dessert that I make to go with it each week. I wouldn’t be allowed to stop this family tradition now if I tried!

This dish is super flexible and you can easily substitute various ingredients if you run out of anything. I’ve used easter egg chocolate, truffles, golden syrup etc when I’ve needed to. It’s super quick to whip up, doesn’t need baking and everyone loves it!

The only real guideline for it is that in my experience make sure you eat it fresh the same day. If you keep it too long the cereal goes stale and it loses some of its awesomeness.

Let’s get to it so you can jump up and create it yourself.

Ingredients
  • 200g Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup butter or spread
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1 cup crisped rice cereal

You could easily add extra ingredients to mix it up a bit. Perhaps some cherries or dried fruit.

Method
  • Line a shallow tin with baking paper. I’ve used both a square cake tin and a flapjack tin.
  • put the chocolate, butter, syrup and peanut butter in a large bowl and melt in the microwave on a low setting until it all combines together. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t go too far.
  • Once combined and looking yummy add in the crisped rice and mix well until it is all covered.
  • Spoon into the tin and place into the fridge until required.
  • Slice into individual piece and fight with your family over who gets how many.

Enjoy!

Do you have a favourite recipe that you would like to share? Let us know.

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April has arrived and there are numerous jobs to get done in our Handmade Garden. The April showers are making the plants and weeds grow very quickly.

The RHS suggest that we:

  • Keep weeds under control.
  • Protect fruit blossom from late frosts.
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses.
  • Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors.
  • Start to feed citrus plants.
  • Increase the water given to houseplants.
  • Feed hungry shrubs and roses.
  • Sow new lawns or repair bare patches.
  • Prune fig trees
  • Divide bamboos and waterlilies

That little lot should keep us busy shouldn’t it!

I have been searching for tutorials to make your own weeding tools but they seem rather complicated so for this one let’s stick to some that have been made for us.

Personalised Garden Tools

Personalised Garden Tools, Gardening Gift for Nanny, Unique gift for Dad, Gift from Grandchild, Custom Fathers Day Gift, Retirement Present
Our gifts are all engraved by hand (not a laser machine in sight!), and you can choose your own message to make your gift extra special – just type your message for engraving into the personalisation box, and we will do the rest!

By CoveCalligraphy

BUY HERE

Personalised Head Gardener Medium Fushia Gardening Gloves

Handmade item. Made to order

Personalised Head Gardener Medium Fuschia Gardening Gloves are ideal for any gardening queen! Made from luxuriously soft leather and nylon, they are ideal for light gardening.
These durable, lightweight and strong gardening gloves can be personalised with a name up to 12 characters long. Please note that the text entered will appear in upper case.
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Personalised Gardening Pruner Multi Tool

Gift your favourite Gardener with this useful Pruner Multi Tool featuring your choice of message engraved on the handle

This 12 in 1 pocket sized pruner is essential around the garden. Unfold this beechwood tool for pruning garden plants and use the remaining tools for household tasks.

Each tool includes pruner, knife blade, phillips head screwdriver, can opener, ruler, file, large flat head screwdriver, wrench (4, 5 and 6mm), awl, small flat head screwdriver, bottle opener and saw blade.

By TwentySevenUK

Personalised Engraved 5ltr vintage style bronze & gold watering can

A 5ltr distressed, vintage style bronze & gold style watering can perfect for watering those plants and flowers indoors or outside the home or even as a planter for those who have a vintage style mind.

This watering can is easy to carry with a metal handle, has a beautiful bronze & gold finish and a detachable rose. Why not add that touch of class and have it personalised with any message.

By KatiesCustomGifts

Rusty Daffodil Plant Stake

Plant Supports that are Handmade in Mr Fox’s Garden. They are made from steel that will turn rusty and age beautifully in your garden.

By MrFoxsGarden

Do you sell or make gardening tools or accessories? We would be happy to review them for you.

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Current News from the Crafting World

Welcome to our first Craft Scoop.

Have you heard any great news from the craft world? so that we can include it next time.

Makers Central 2019

Makers Central is *THE* event for the Maker Community! We bring together thousands of makers from around the world including crafters, inventors, artists, and hobbyists to share and celebrate their enthusiasm for all things creative. If you’re a maker or simply share the passion for making and creating, join us for this spectacular event.

BOOK your tickets now from the Makers Central Website HERE

Hobbycraft’s 100 Mile Trek – Coast to Coast The Hadrians Wall Walk

Five colleagues from high street craft retailer Hobbycraft will partner with the children’s charity Together for Short Lives to take on Hadrian’s Wall this spring. The company’s CEO, Dominic Jordan, will join Andrew Moulden, Michael Oates, David Poole and the charity’s CEO Andy Fletcher to walk the wall in a bid to raise £30,000. The trek will start on 3rd May 2019.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hobbycrafttrek-hadrianswalk

New Series – Handmade in Japan

BBC4 has a new three part series looking at traditional Japanese crafts and craftspeople.

Part 1 – Mingei Pottery

Part 2 – The Kimono

Part 3 – Samurai Sword

All episodes are available on IPlayer

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tvn33

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Easter is a great time to get the kids being creative. There are lots of fun things to do from making cards to decorating eggs, making house and table decorations etc.

This year the school holidays have Easter right at the end so this gives us plenty of time to get busy creating with the kids.

I have had a wander through the web and found some fun crafty Easter themed projects to enjoy.

How to Make – Exploding Box Easter Spring – Step by Step DIY

This is a fabulous looking project which I really wanted to do with the awesome products sent to me by The Paperbox last week. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough of the right colours. It does look lots of fun and not too challenging though.

How to Make - Exploding Box Easter Spring - Step by Step DIY | Eksplodujące Pudełko Wielkanoc Wiosna - YouTube
How to Make – Chicken Bookmarks

My youngest son is a voracious reader who is always on the lookout for bookmarks so these look like a good idea.

Chicken Bookmark Design - Chicks & Chickens for Spring & Easter DIYs - Cute & Easy Paper Crafts - YouTube
How to Make – An Easter Bunny Corner Bookmark Paper Craft For Kids

Another bookmark option for those more into bunnies than chickens.

Easter Bunny Corner Bookmark Paper Craft For Kids - YouTube
How to Make – 3D Easter Egg Card

3D cards are ALWAYS fun aren’t they!

Easter Crafts for Kids | 3D Easter Egg Card - YouTube
How to Make – An Easter Basket Craft

These are really pretty, love the glittery card.

How to Make Easy Cardboard Basket - DIY Easter Basket Craft - Cute Homemade Easter Basket Ideas - YouTube
How to Make – A Bunny Pom Pom

Ahh! making pom poms takes me back to being small.

Easter Craft: DIY Bunny Pom Pom | DIY Easter Craft | Easter Kids Craft | Easter Bunny's 2018 - YouTube
25 Easter Egg Coloring Tips

Lots of fun (and sometimes crazy) tips for colouring eggs.

25 Easter Egg Coloring Tips | Learn How To Dye Easter Eggs By Crafty Panda - YouTube
18 SUPER EASY AND CUTE EASTER CRAFTS

This is a varied selection of Easter How to’s which give you lots of choice of projects.

18 SUPER EASY AND CUTE EASTER CRAFTS AND DIYs - YouTube

Do you have any favourite projects? Please let me know in the comments, email, tweet at me etc.

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This inspirational story from Sarah was first shared in 2016 with The Professional Crafters Guild in which Sarah is a valued Sapphire Member.
Did you miss the first instalment? Find it HERE

So a few days ago I ventured into the neglected craft room. In truth it has been a waste land for stock, materials, rubbish and other oddities that just needed to be left quickly whilst I was in hospital.

White Fairy Tea Light Lantern Click Image To Buy

Craft rooms are lovely and a luxury not every crafter has and I know I’m lucky to have one. In truth I convinced my husband (I will say he didn’t wince too much in the arm lock) to part with the spare room to give me a craft room. It really became a need, during the day I am restricted upstairs and when I first started out I started with just the canvas printing which was a ‘clean’ process, so we put the printer in the spare room and run it from there. Now, although my canvas printing is popular, it’s not a constant demand and as I said during the day I’m restricted upstairs and needed to keep my hands busy. So I started playing with other crafts, like my diamante work, and hand painted glass. This in turn also helped me in several ways. I have found ways to keep my productive parts of the days busy and by also creating a mixture of crafts it created temptation for customers to come back and buy other creations allowing me to build customer relationships but also repeat trade.

Dinosaurs Nightlight Click Image To Buy

Now, I’m going to try and put into words how much a craft space means to me and means to craft with my conditions. If my body was fully functional, I would be able to work as I used to, I could get up in the morning, get ready, set out my crafts, work for a full day and pack away all my gear at the end of the day. Sit down with my husband have some dinner chill out and finally go to bed. My body can no longer work like that, there are days that getting up in the morning becomes a problem, so if my crafts were all packed away, just getting out everything I need could use up my productive part of the day. By having a craft room, full of a variety of accessible crafts allows me to be productive for the limited productive time I have in the day. Now on bad days I also craft from my bed (and I do), having the craft room next door again makes it easier for me to remain productive.

Well, we get to a few days later and my craft room no longer looks like a tornado got loose in there. Yep I did say a couple of days; it did take me that long. Firstly I have to do things in short bursts and rest in between, but mainly I do not like to part with anything, everything may be of use one day. I mean I am often left in a situation that I throw something out, and then in the following days it turns out I could have put it to use. Anyone else? Ahh, you see it’s not just me who’s a craft hoarder. In itself this hoarding leads to storage issues, that many Knicks and Knacks need homes and those homes have to be accessible for me, and despite many requests my husband tells me we are too poor for me to have an entire crafting house (though sometimes it looks like I’m already there).

I am also a gadget freak, I don’t mean in having the latest snazzy phone or a TV bigger than my house. No, I am a gadget freak for craft tools and aids and I have become great at taking something and putting it to use for something else. You see not wanting to pack away equipment and materials has made me find ways to make this happen. I purchased from an online auction site a shop display stand that we got heavy duty breaking wheels for and this is my main working bench. It’s perfect for standing height and can just be pulled out into the room or pushed into the corner. Plus I have an ironing board, well an old one that was going to be thrown out. We removed the cover and mounted a piece on MDF to the top.

Why does this excite me so? Well for me this is brilliant. If I need to stand I or sit I can easily adjust the ironing boards height to suit, it’s been one of the best gadgets for me to craft with.

Dolphins Nightlight Click Image To Buy

Wedding Gift Nightlight Click Image To Buy

I also use lots of ribbon to trim my Illuminated glass blocks. Now, as I said, I don’t like packing things away for the energy spent getting things out and putting away again. But in addition I’m useless at remembering the variety of ribbon I have (I’m talking 40mm wide 20mtrs on a roll size and 20+ types), so I never thought I’d get hubby to be putting gutter up in my craft room (yes the type on the outside of your house). You know what, gutter is awesome for holding ribbon spools, much better than hanging it on dowel rods where it’s always the middle spool you need and have to take all the others off just to get to that one. So although currently I have guttering attached to my twin slot shelving, I have plans, mwahaha she laughs rubbing my hands (ok not really evil plans but I thought I’d try). I noticed that I am running out of shelf space and floor space, yet… the ceiling is under-utilised. So I have invested in a couple of bike ceiling pulleys (surprisingly low cost pulley system). One will be set up to hold dual sections of gutter that will run the length of the ceiling (just think of all that luscious ribbon it will hold). The second will go over the resting place for my workbench on wheels, and I am currently hunting for an old wooden ladder which I will overlay with a strong metal mesh. This will then give me a racking system where I can hang my ‘S’ hooks for drying crafts and my hanging mini tin planters than can hold tools, pens, brushes and other crafting tools freeing up much needed space from shelves and of course creating more space for new items. Oh, and shhh, please don’t tell the hubby.

So Crafters out there, are you hoarders? Do you have your own gadgets? And for those that know crafters, do we seem insane to you?

Saz

www.spratt-designs.co.uk

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SprattsDesigns www.facebook.com/sprattsdesigns www.instagram.com/craftingspratt www.twitter.com/CraftingSpratt

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We had a lovely surprise the other week when we were sent a fabulous selection of paper supplies from The Paperbox Limited.

It’s been a busy time here at Creative Crafting so we still have to make some Easter cards with the lovely card blanks and envelopes but I have spent a fun few hours creating a few bits.

Paper Bunny Box

First, I used some of the thick paper (I chose pink) to make a great little box which will be perfect for filling with tiny eggs. This was super simple and would be easy enough for a young child to do with you.

I used a free downloadable printable which gave me everything that I needed. You can find the download at www.donteatthepaste.com/2009/04/printable-bunny-box.html

Paper Flowers

I also made some lovely paper daffodils with the pale yellow and mint green card. These were a bit more tricky and more of a challenge if that it something that inspires you.

You can print the templates for these at www.auntannie.com/PartyDecorations/Bouquet/

Handmade Gift Box

My eldest son really isn’t into chocolate (he doesn’t get this from me!), in fact he still has some of last years Easter Egg left (much to the disgust of my  youngest son). So this year I decided to go in a different direction with his gift. He has recently become addicted to the card game ‘Magic the Gathering’ so I purchased some new cards for him. I then used some of the silver non shed glitter card and aquamarine pearl card to create this lovely box. This was fun, it was my favourite to make by far.

There is a great video tutorial for this one. You can find it here www.paperdaisycrafting.co.uk/2019/01/lovely-flowers-edgelits-box-video.html

This tutorial is for a box with a paper daisy cut on the top but I just missed that bit out.

I still have a lovely selection of envelopes, cards and papers to use for Easter cards and I’m looking forward to making these with my boys over the next week or two.

The Paperbox Limited have a fabulous selection of paper supplies and accessories. They have a comprehensive selection of items that would be perfect for making wedding invitations etc.

Here is more information about The Paperbox from the company themselves.

Why Choose The Paperbox?

The Paperbox has just one mission, and that’s to provide a consistent, reliable source of quality craft materials.

Over the years as the company has developed, we’ve outgrown multiple premises until we finally moved into our very own purpose built factory in 2016. It’s from here that our products are carefully and responsibly sourced, cut and creased to order and lovingly packaged for delivery.

So whether you’re a designer, an excited bride or groom, casual card maker or first time dabbler in crafts; let us help you bring your visions to life.

Remember; whatever the occasion, make it personal.

www.thepaperbox.co.uk

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You get to see a lot of things from behind a trader’s table at makers’ markets and craft fairs,  and meet quite the range of people! Lisa has been selling at a variety of events since she was a teenager, and some of her tales are cautionary, some simply amusing, but all of them, honestly are true.

A Row Of Pretty Pollies

You’re probably aware of stall holders having a “patter”, you know, when blokes with fruit and veg yell a couple of different phrases on repeat (“naaaarners phaundabunch”) I’ve found it’s not so different with designer makers selling at events, although thankfully we tend not to bellow them across the venue we’re selling in.

I have a couple of stock phrases, varied to suit how I’ve gauged the browsing potential customer, and also a handful of ready small jokes tied into them. “Do feel free to pick things up to have a look rather than bending over. Have you developed “craft fair browser’s back” yet?”. This also means that part of me breaking the ice with nearby stall holders is to josh about how often they’ll hear me repeat the same things, and an apology in advance that they’ll get fed up of it.

This opening chat, at a smaller church hall fair, led to my older adjoining stall holder confessing she’d only done a handful of events with her new business, and she was never quite sure how to open a conversation with people looking at her jewellery. After a bit of back and forth natter, she decided to tell people that her jewellery is all sterling silver, that she does make it all herself in her own studio, and what influenced a couple of the designs.

As the morning wore on, I’m chirping at people “Do pick things up…” and she’s increasingly confident to chip at people “If you like that, it’s inspired by…”. Eventually, the knitwear lady next to her makes a joke about us both being so chatty, although it does seem to get people to stop, look and buy. So she breaks out of her knitting reverie, starts to look people in the eye, and tell them “It’s all natural wool, no acrylic, have a feel of this…”

I have no idea how the stall holders opposite us survived the final couple of hours of that event, but I for one know that our little row of peeping and chittering phrases was practically in my dreams that night!

Look out for Part Two of Tales From The Table next month.

Tales from the table are written and illustrated for Creative Crafting by Lisa Ward from Perfidious Jewellery
Shop: www.PerfidiousJewellery.etsy.com
Website: www.perfidiousjewellery.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerfidiousJewellery
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Perf_Jewellery
Instagram: www.instagram.com/perfidiousjewellery

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