Month: September 2016

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4 Things that Caught my Eye

  Images from top left to right: I know cacti are easy plants to look after as they relish a lack of water, but if you want even more low maintenance plants make your own. These DIY painted rock cacti are so cute and would make a wonderful handcrafted gift. Even better, get the kids to make them! Find out how at Salt and Pepper Moms. This photo doesn’t do justice to Sena Runa’s quilled paper art which she sells on Etsy. Turkish-based Sena folds and curls and quills coloured paper in all manner of things from flora and fauna to dancers and hot air balloons. You can follow her on Instagram. Want a new take on sushi? Japanese purists might be horrified but if you find the sushi rolling fiddly, try making these sushi donuts, adding whatever toppings tickle your fancy. Watch the video on Bloglovin’ The Edit. Although embroidery is not a craft I’m drawn to do, I am attracted to the work done by others. This one would have to take the cake as far as …

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Interview: KT Doyle | JEANBAG

Designer KT Doyle takes her love of jeans and her role as denim rescuer seriously. Her passion for ‘diverting denim waste from landfill’ and her background in textiles and wallpaper design converged to become her latest creative and business endeavour, JEANBAG. As sole designer and maker, along with a raft of other like-minded people, KT saves denim and turns it into beautifully crafted cushions, bean bags and bunting. “I want to honour the labour, skill, time and resources that goes into making every pair of denim jeans,” she says. “…Your jeans may have come to the end of their wearable life but they still have miles left in them yet.” Come and meet KT … You’ve been an artist and wallpaper and textiles designer for twenty years. Tell us more about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’ve always expressed myself creatively and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something. I studied Fine Art after finishing school and have continued to exhibit my work over the past twenty years. My …

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4 DIY Projects to Try

Images from top left to right: Indoor plants have made such a comeback that you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back into the 70s. But just how many different planters can one own or buy? Instead, why not make your own with wool, cord and tassels like these cute mini hanging planters by Oh Lovely Bows? The only thing extra you need is a glue gun. Find out how here. Having said to myself, ‘I must cut down on my chocolate consumption’ – so far with limited success – I couldn’t resist the eye candy of chocolate baking. Broma Bakery succeeds in taking mouth-watering photography as much as making mouth-watering food. These Salted Caramel Nutella Chocolate Cups ooze decadence and are in no way about reducing your chocolate intake! Learn how to make them at Broma Bakery. I’d never heard of flower incense bundles before but I’m liking the sound of them. You make charcoal sticks and need an assortment of dried flowers for an aromatic floral smell. Looks intriguing. Anyone game to make them? Find out how …

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Interview: Bronwen Holding | Flower Ceramicist

For someone who’s training is in medicine (and works part-time as a GP), it’s an amazing achievement to become an Etsy award finalist for what essentially began as a hobby in her backyard studio. Having always had a love of crafting earthenware clay, Bronwen Holding has perfected the art of making life-like ceramic flowers that are so beautiful and delicate they demand being on display centre-stage. Come and meet Bronwen and find out about her love of clay … You say on your Etsy site that you discovered clay about eight years ago at an evening pottery class. Tell us about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I am a mum to two boys, a part-time GP [in Perth, Western Australia] and full-time maker of clay flowers. I started pottery classes as a means to cope with life’s stresses – trying to complete my GP specialisation and being a new mum to my second child. I have always been crafty since I was very little. I used to have a craft stall …