Friday, 20 May 2016

Making Home Link Up #31: Making Wind Chimes With Your Mini Makers

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Be inspired by posts all about moving house, home decor, DIY, crafts, family activities, recipes, gardening and more. It’s all here under one roof at Mrs Crafty B’s.

Don't forget to join in and link up your own posts. The linky is open from Friday until Tuesday. Find out how to take part at the end of this post which is a tutorial by Amy of Hooked showing us how to make wind chimes with our little ones. 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Making Home Link Up #30: Needle Felting Project For The Home

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Be inspired by posts all about moving house, home decor, DIY, crafts, family activities, recipes, gardening and more. It’s all here under one roof at Mrs Crafty B’s.

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This week I have learned a new craft. Ok I am still learning but I am totally loving needle felting. I fully intended to give this ago around the time I moved house (ahem...18 months ago) but I found that the equipment you apparently needed was fairly pricy just for giving it a go. Last year I picked up a little kit to make a seascape picture which I thought would fit nicely with a decor scheme I had in mind in the utility room. The kit contained a foam mat, a single needle and holder (with a spare needle) a piece of felt and enough fibres to create the picture. It was just £9. This week I took it out of the pack on a whim and just, went for it. It was so easy and very therapeutic.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Meet The Maker: Lesley of Decorque Ltd

This beautiful card 'The Antique Floral Flamingo' is a mixed media piece by creative Lesley Rudman Stevens of Decorque Ltd. In this interview we talk about the love of cats, all crafters being heroes and where to start in creating your own cards. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

Making Home Link Up #29: How To Make Overnight Oats

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Hello you crafty lot. No guest poster this week. I am here to rave to you about my new discovering for super easy breakfast times!

Recently I have been on a bit of a lifestyle shake up. As I am now working from home and being a full time Mummy, I have found a need to change things up a bit, increase my energy and productivity levels and reduce my stress levels. I have gradually changed my eating habits over the last year, very slowly (but hopefully permanently) lost 2.5stone (16kg) and I'm working on becoming fitter; yes I have ACTUALLY been exercising! 

Part of my little re-jig in lifestyle has been making life easier and I have discovered overnight oats. I am sure you have seen these all over the place along with some intricate recipes with all sorts but I am all about keeping it simple. They are great to grab out of the fridge in the morning and the Little B's love them too.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Making Home Link Up #28: How to Crochet a Heart Shape

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Be inspired by posts all about moving house, home decor, DIY, crafts, family activities, recipes, gardening and more. It’s all here under one roof at Mrs Crafty B’s.

Don't forget to join in and link up your own posts. The linky is open from Friday until Tuesday. Find out how to take part at the end of this post which is a fabulous crochet tutorial from Eve over at Little Miss & Mummy.

Today I'm sharing this really quick and easy pattern for a crochet heart, prefect for using up those odd bits of yarn you have lying around.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

How to Decoupage with Paper Napkins: Make a Tile Coaster and a Desk Tidy

It is no secret that I am a bit of a hoarder. It's a trait I am certain I share with crafters and creatives around the world. I see the potential in everything to become something better than it is or to be used in a project. Pretty paper napkins do not escape my attention. Not only do they make a nice addition to a table setting when entertaining but they can be used in my craft projects too. In the past I have made paper pom poms with napkins but in this post,  I am going to show you how to use them in your decoupage projects. 
how to decoupage with paper napkins

Friday, 22 April 2016

Making Home Link Up #27: How to Make Coasters with Fimo Clay

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Be inspired by posts all about moving house, home decor, DIY, crafts, family activities, recipes, gardening and more. It’s all here under one roof at Mrs Crafty B’s.

The linky is open from Friday until Tuesday. Find out how to take part at the end of this post by Angela from Garden Tea Cakes and Me who is showing us how to make coasters with Fimo clay.
How to make coasters with Fimo clay

Friday, 15 April 2016

Making Home Link Up #26: Gardening Jobs For April

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This week, Joanna from Adventures and Tea Parties offers up a list of jobs you can do in the garden in April to get a head start on a beautiful garden this summer.
Jobs to do in the garden in April

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Creating The Perfect Dining Room as The Heart of Your Home

When searching for our first family home together, we wanted a kitchen and dining area as one space. We love to cook and entertain and the dining room in our home is most certainly the ‘hub’. We go straight there when we come home to dump our things down, we eat meals together, do crafts and home work, play games and it doubles as an office for me during the day. Coffee with friends, dinner parties, children’s parties, BBQs; and the best bit is that the sliding doors open right up onto our garden which is our next favourite place.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Meet The Maker: From Evija With Love

I almost couldn't keep this interview a secret until today. Evija Roberts documents her amazing creations via From Evija With Love and it is a blog jam packed with inspiration. She is also a regular #MakingHome linker upper! I was so excited that Evija was happy to feature this particular project. I highly recommend you check out the original post for this compass table.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Making Home Link Up #25: Guest Post and Host for #MakingHome

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Be inspired by posts all about home; moving house, home decor, DIY, crafts, family activities, recipes, gardening and more. It’s all here under one roof at Mrs Crafty B’s.

Don't forget to join in this week and link up your own posts. The linky is open from Friday until Tuesday. Find out how to take part at the end of this post. 


The purpose of 'Making Home' is to create a collaborative and interactive network of like minded bloggers who can provide great reading and inspiration for others in their creative and home making journeys. As our network is growing I thought what better way to invite linkers to guest post and host the #MakingHome link up! 

Friday, 25 March 2016

Making Home Link Up #24: Free Printable! A Change of Address Checklist

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A few weeks ago I shared a free printable of a moving day checklist. Moving home is considered to be one of the most stressful things to do in life. It makes sense to be as organised as you can where possible. The actual moving day is one thing but what about all the things you have to do before and afterwards?! One such task that might see your blood pressure rise is letting everyone know about your change of address. There are so many people and companies to remember.  

As soon as I found out we would be moving, I started making a list of all the things I received via the post. I sorted out all of our paper work before moving and this helped me to build on the list with the intention of not forgetting  anyone. Today I am sharing that list with you in the hope that you might find it useful too!

So here is a checklist of who you may need to contact with your change of address. 
Free Printable: A Change of Address Checklist
Free Printable: A Change of Address Checklist

Monday, 21 March 2016

Meet The Maker: Sally McGowan From Duckdora

You may remember a while ago, I told you about a beautiful Amalfi dinner set that I have from Duckydora. I absolutely love the Duckydora collection and I couldn't wait to invite Sally McGowan, one of the ladies behind the business, to take part in Meet The Maker! 

Friday, 18 March 2016

Making Home Link Up #23: Making a Lampshade With Wallpaper

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Ok confession time. We are in excess of bare bulbs in our house. That is to say that we have not really focused on putting lampshades up. In our home office we just popped up an old Ikea paper shade and a while back I shared how to make a lampshade using fabric. This is probably why we have no shades up. The creative side of me has already decided I need to make them all but of course time is lacking. Recently however I did make a lampshade using superhero wallpaper for the Little Bs.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Craft Hobby for Men - Star Wars R2-D2 Metal Model Kit from Qwerkity

At the start of the year, I told you that I would start to make time for myself again to get back to crafting and learn new skills. I am not a big fan of new years resolutions but I did need to make a change. I didn't have a time set aside to just indulge in something or learn something new. You may remember that this prompted me to start Crafty Bs online. A group of like minded crafters come together via social media every Tuesday night and share their projects and help each other along the way. 

Starting a new hobby, especially learning a new craft can be extremely therapeutic and is a great way to relax and focus the mind on something else away from everyday stresses. There is a huge misconception though that crafting is solely a 'female' hobby. Admittedly, a higher percentage of women craft than men but thats not to say its not a great way for males to switch off too!

Qwerkity have a great range of gifts for men and Hubby B couldn't wait to have a go at building a Star Wars metal model! If that doesn't sell it to the man in your life, what would?!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Making Home Link Up #22: Pirate Themed Party Snack Treasure Chest

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Just a quick update from me this week. As those of you who follow me on social media will know, this week I celebrated a 'big' birthday and so I have been a bit unprepared with all the celebrations going on ;-) I did however do a bit of shopping this week again! We made an impulse buy of a lovely mirror and a photo frame for our utility/downstairs toilet as well as some paint samples and a roll of wallpaper. On a whim! So not something I would normally do. The picture frame is for some photos that Hubby B took on our holidays and this particular space is going to be nautical themed. I will post some pictures of all of our goodies very soon and I am so excited to get this project underway.

Hoping you will join in with #MakingHome this week. With it being the week of my birthday I would love to see a few posts on handmade gifts, maybe cake recipes or party themes. All other posts welcome too of course! Here's a contribution from me; a treasure chest made from a loaf of bread for a pirate themed birthday party! 

Friday, 4 March 2016

Making Home Link Up #21: Spring Craft Projects

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Spring is on the way for sure. Can you feel it? I can feel a new motivation brewing and spring craft projects are the cutest. On the agenda this weekend is an easter bonnet and a 'happy hat' for Baby B's class assembly. I have also been DIY shopping to get me started on a few projects on the coming weekends. Some metallic paints and decoupage papers made their way into my basket to experiment with decorating jars because....well why not? I also finally purchased some paint for the walls that is washable online the paint that was used when the house was built to allow it to 'dry' out. White walls + two little B's. Argh. 

I am looking forward to getting some more crafting time in over the next few weeks. You may have seen the Crafty Bs online craft group that we started recently which has helped me to dedicate a chunk of time to JUST crafting and chatting with like mined people. Come and check it out if you haven't already. 

Friday, 26 February 2016

Making Home Link Up #20: Free Printable! Moving Day Checklist

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When we moved house, it was a bit of a trek. We didn't move within the same town and it was difficult to organise the logistics especially as our entire home contents was being driven by a removals company. We had to stay in the old house over night with nothing but airbeds and a takeways, put the cat into a 'kitty hotel' and follow on to meet the movers the next day. 

In order to help the day go smoothly, I created myself some documents that I could share with you lovely lot in the future. Those of you moving house; whether you have rented or purchased may find this free printable useful. 
Free printable: Moving day checklist

Monday, 22 February 2016

Meet the Maker: Lauren John of These City Days

This week we meet craft kit lover Lauren John. Come and find out what inspires Lauren to make and write and the advice she has for wannabe crafters! 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Making Home Link Up #19: Win Cake with Baker Days!

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Be inspired by posts all about home; moving house, home decor, DIY, crafts, family activities, recipes, gardening and more. It’s all here under one roof at Mrs Crafty B’s.

Don't forget to join in this week and link up your own posts. The linky is open from Friday until Tuesday. Find out how to take part at the end of this post. 

This week I have been MIA with tummy bugs and chest infections invading our house over the half term week. Absolute pants. Now we are all feeling a bit more like ourselves, it is time to talk cake.

For this week's #MakingHome, I have teamed up with Baker Days to give you lovely peeps a chance to win a personalised cake right in time for Easter. 

Friday, 12 February 2016

Making Home Link Up #18: Dining in Style With Our Duckydora Amalfi Dinner Set

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Our home is an eclectic mix of things collected over the years from various points in our lives and places we have visited. Something they all have in common is the feeling of happy. We enjoy bringing in pretty things to make us smile and making things personal. Everything tells a story, holds a memory or gives us a simple pleasure. Our collection of dinner ware has grown in the years since we were students (a longer time than I care to recall) and although we have fond memories of those days, they aren't pretty to look at. As big foodies, I have been waiting eagerly to replace our chipped mismatching plates with a nice dinner set that we can enjoy. When I was asked to consider some handmade items by Duckydora, I jumped at the chance.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Meet The Maker: Joanna of Adventures and Tea Parties

With Valentines Day fast approaching, it seems apt that this week's maker is sharing this 'Love Birds Handkerchief'. This was hand embroidered by Joanna Payne, creator of Adventures and Tea Parties. Ready to get gossiping? 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Making Home Link Up #17: Home Uses for WD40

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First up, a little bit of an update from me.


Over the last couple of days, I have had a bad, BAD situation going on with my lovely boots. The zip keeps undoing from the bottom up when it is fastened. I realised that an extra zip tooth has made its way through the pully and I have no idea how to fix this. Help please! In trying to get the zip back down, I had a bit of trouble so I rubbed a little bit of my trusty friend, WD40 onto the teeth to help it along. Then I remembered this post and another situation recently where WD40 caused me to be very smug.
WD40 DIY

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

My Cake Addiction: Cake by Post with Baker Days

If you are not already familiar with my relationship with cake, let me enlighten you. I love cake. Like a lot. Baking it, buying it, eating it, whenever or why ever. there is no occasion that need not be celebrated with cake. Now that we have that straight, I shall tell you that when I was asked to try out a cake via post (like through my letter box) I wasn't too sure I could get on board with that concept. Firstly, how in the heck does a cake survive being posted?

Monday, 1 February 2016

Meet The Maker: Shelley of Shelley Makes

Welcome back to #MeetTheMaker! This week, Shelley of Shelley Makes is sharing an item that she has made. A self confessed 'closet crafter', Shelley likes to keep crafting simple, enjoys a good cuppa and has a few crafty plans for the next year. Read on to find out what inspired Shelley's make and what she thinks to Twitter chats...

Thursday, 28 January 2016

MS: A Personal Account and Fundraising for MS Trust

As my regular readers will know, I don't go into much detail about my personal life on the blog (occasionally the woes of being a grown up or my personal struggles with housework). Today however, I am going to get a tiny bit personal as my sister is fundraising for MS Trust and I wanted to share with you a personal experience.

A few years ago, one of my nearest and dearest (who shall remain anonymous) was diagnosed with MS. I won't be going into the personal struggles of that person or the people around them but MS takes it toll in so many ways untold. 

Monday, 25 January 2016

Meet The Maker: Jess of Babi a Fi

The best thing about hosting a new crafter every week for #MeetTheMaker is the variety of handmade loveliness we get to oogle. This week, Jess of Babi a Fi is sharing something we haven't seen before on the feature! I'm already intrigued....

Friday, 22 January 2016

Making Home Link Up #16: More Ikea Projects

Welcome to the #MakingHome weekly link up!

Be inspired by posts all about home; moving house, decorating, DIY, handmade for home, crafts, family activities, recipes, gardening and more.

Don't forget to join in this week and add your own posts if you are a blogger. You can find out how at the end of this post. 

First up, a little bit of something from me

This week has flown by (yet again) but in keeping with our intentions of a productive January I have managed to take a few pictures of things to sell online and we FINALLY have a guest bed. We went for a Hemnes Day Bed from Ikea in the end. Seemed like the most sensible option as it meant we would have a room with a function when it is not needed as a double bed for guests. The room will have a pretty cool function too but it's a secret until it's complete *watch this space*. 

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Quick and Easy Noodles for Children with Sausage and Broccoli

When it come to tea times during the week, we occasionally find ourselves stuck in a bit of a rut. The Little Bs eat together but Hubby B and I will eat later on. Although on the weekends we can be more creative and cook nice family meals together, busy routines on weekdays usually see me making the same things over and over. A break in routine is always good, especially when it comes to encouraging good eating habits and encouraging the Little B's to try new things. One meal in our 'cycle' is this noodle dish and it is so quick and easy. I thought I would share it in the hope that you will give it a go and perhaps comment below with some suggestions for things I could add to my repertoire of dinners. 

Monday, 18 January 2016

Meet The Maker: Simmi of Grace's Favours

Welcome to this weeks #MeetTheMaker interview. We are getting to know Simmi of Grace's Favours. The start of Simmi's crafting journey was very similar to mine so I am extremely pleased to be hosting her today. Further proof that crafting for therapy really is a positive way forward.