Saturday, 28 May 2011

Mollie Makes

Mollie Makes is a new magazine aimed at people who love "making, thrifting, collecting and crafting". These happen to be my favourite hobbies so this description was certainly enough to convince me to purchase the first issue.

Molllie Makes is an eclectic and aesthetically pleasing feast for the eyes; it perfectly blends vintage inspired crafts with elements of contemporary design culture. This magazine stands out alongside the shelves of other craft magazines currently available in the UK. Up to now the choice of craft magazines has been disappointing to say the least; most are old fashioned, uninspiring and to be frank a total waste of time and money. Some American craft magazines show potential but for a UK audience are always somewhat frustrating because of our differences in suppliers, fashions and terminology.

Mollie Makes brings together beautiful photography, tasteful graphic design with content that inspires, instructs and observes the handmade lifestyle in a relevant and 'down to earth' manner. The way that it mediates between a craft and lifestyle magazine stops it from becoming overtly prescriptive or predictable and stimulates creativity.

In the first edition I particularly liked the 'Happy Garlands' craft and a wonderful feature on how to have success as a seller on the online craft shop Etsy. The idea of showcasing someones 'workspace' on the back page is also a totally inspirational feature.

Overall i found Mollie Makes to be quirky, fun and fresh and it will certainly appeal to the current generation of women (and perhaps some men!) who find the 'make do and mend' culture quite irresistible!

Monday, 23 May 2011

High Chair - Spotty Fabric - Recycled & Recovered

I am a little bit picky about high chairs and was determined to find one for Martha which blended in well with the rest of our lounge and one that I would be happy to have up all the time. This wish at first seemed unlikely as most wooden highchairs are pretty expensive. So I decided to keep an eye out on ebay and gumtree and I did eventually spot a wooden high chair at a bargain price in Cambridge! The high chair is lovely but the removable cover was a bit grim so this afternoon i covered it in some gorgeous fabric from CallyCo (in Cambridge) and it is (in my opinion) transformed! The photo above shows Martha testing out the new chair cover and looking rather pleased! Perhaps the fabric isn't the most practical for the inevitable food spillages it will suffer but it is v.pretty and i can always put it in the washing machine!

Order of Service - Lace and Ribbon

 Order of Service - Weddings

Recently I have been busy making wedding stationary. I have almost finished making the Orders of Services pictured above. I have really enjoyed this project and hope to make lots more wedding stationary this year. See my website for inspiration!

Wedding dress photo - A pretty hanger idea

Bridal - Wedding dress hanger for those special photos.......
I have recently started doing coat hangers again. I have even had the opportunity to spread the coat hanger craft to people in Cambridge and last week organised a 'coat hanger session' at 'mums and baby' group i attend. This particular hanger is one i have made for a certain bride-to -be this summer! A pretty hanger for the wedding dress will really make those popular wedding dress 'hanging on the door' photos special.

Victoria's Birthday

For my sisters birthday I have made her a bracelet to match the outfit she is wearing to our brothers wedding this summer. I have chosen the beads from The Beaderie in Cambridge. The Beaderie have a fantastic selection of glass beads which they source from all over the world. The staff are particularly helpful and friendly and will order things in specifically for you. If you are in Cambridge I would definitely recommend a visit!