festive traditions :: natural crafting

I love the days and weeks in the buildup to Christmas, Mid-winter, and the turning of the year. As the days grow ever darker, and the weather ever more unpleasant, I find that I am soothed by the warmth of the kitchen, and the rituals of making and baking, creating and decorating.

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Spring crafting :: Pysanky eggs

Seasonal crafting is a favourite in this house, it’s a lovely creative way to observe the cycle of the year. This weekend, the eldest two boys and I have been trying our hand at egg blowing. A friend’s chicken, the grandly named Princess Rainbow, provided us with three perfect white eggs, proudly collected for us

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December :: styling the seasons

Last month, when I was invited to Liberty London to celebrate the launch of Katy and Charlotte’s Styling the Seasons project, I was set the challenge of using some of the gorgeous Liberty print fabric to create some Christmas decorations. During the afternoon, whilst chatting and sipping tea, I made some super simple Liberty print baubles

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knitting for him

Since I learned to knit over a decade ago, I’ve made my fair share of knitted gifts. One year, I cast off the final rows of a hat, just moments before midnight on Christmas eve! Nowadays, with limited time, I generally tend to knit things for myself, or occasionally the children. However, when Debenhams contacted me

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